Kimpton Art Show 4-6 May 2013

The Kimpton Art Show, one of the major events of the Kimpton May Festival, is now in its 32nd year.  This year's May Bank Holiday show begins at 6pm on Friday 3rd May and runs until 4pm on Monday 6th May.

Opening Night 3 May - 6.00-9.00 (admission £5)

Sat 4 May– 11.00–6.00
Sun 5 May - 12 noon- 5.30
Mon 6 May - 11.00 - 4.00
Sat-Mon Admission £1.00

Each year, the Kimpton Art Show brings together more than 100 artists from across the region.  Exhibits have included much oils, watercolours and mixed media.  The Show offers an opportunity for new artists to test their talent as well as for those who already have a well-established reputation to make a very valued return.  Last year, the organisers were delighted to include a number of new artists who have exhibited with Herts Open Studios.  We also welcomed artists in Other Media with their high quality displays of glassware, stained glass, clay, sculpture, framed photography and textiles.  With works from £30 to £3,000, there is something for everyone’s budget.

The art is displayed in the spacious and gracious ambience of the 12th century parish church.  At various times during the weekend, local musicians will be playing informally, thus adding a very living experience to the occasion.

The Opening Night is Friday 3rd May from 6pm to 9pm.  Admission is £5.00, payable at the door, and includes a complimentary glass of wine.  Admission on Saturday, Sunday and Monday is £1 with children free.

The May Festival Service, which is attended by the May Queen and her attendants, takes place on the Festival Sunday at 11am.  It includes the annual recognition of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the village.

The Art Show, along with the May Festival itself, was set up to provide funds for the restoration of the church, following the collapse of the Dacre Chapel roof.  The roof has long since been re-built but, although much restoration has taken place, an ongoing programme is necessary in order to preserve the village’s most historic building for future generations.  Proceeds now go also to support the village Memorial Hall and other local causes.

Further details on how to submit your artwork can be found at