3:06pm Tuesday 8th July 2008
By Helen Peacocke
IT'S now more than 30 years since the first Art in Action gathered together artists from all over the world to demonstrate their skills in front of an audience.
Art in Action, which takes place at the beautiful gardens of Waterperry House, near Wheatley, is considered one of the largest art shows in the country. This annual show offers a chance for artists to meet and inspire each other. It also offers members of the public an opportunity to watch works of beauty being created.
One of the most popular tents are those set up to provide children with tuition, under the watchful eye of an artist, potter, or sculptor, pictured.
This year, there will be a combined Art of Asia marquee, with artists from India, China, and elsewhere in the East. Weather permitting, there will also be performing arts from around the world, staged in the newly-created open-air theatre in Waterperry Gardens.
The sculpture village will also be well worth a visit. It's here that Jekka McVicare will be complementing the outdoor sculpture with a show of organic herbs and propagation techniques. There's a great market tent too, where designers can sell their works. It's here that fashion-conscious visitors can view (and buy) the most lavish of lavish hand-made garments, hats, scarves, and accessories. The rule is that they must have made the goods themselves, nothing can be brought in that has been imported or sub-contracted, which means the market tent is a treasure trove of beautiful craft and design.
Art In Action takes place on Thursday, July 17, to Sunday, July 20. For further information, go to artinaction.org.uk, or phone 020 7381 3192.
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