Patchings Art Festival is probably the biggest arts and crafts festival of its kind in the UK attracting nearly 200 talented artists and crafts specialists who come together once a year to the outskirts of Sherwood forest, Nottingham.

I first visited the Patchings Art Festival back in 2007 and remember walking around the entire day as I was overwhelmed with meeting and chatting to some of my watercolour painting heroes, and there was so much to see and do. I managed to buy tickets to see demonstrations from my favourite watercolor artists such as David Bellamy and Charles Evans who were giving watercolor painting lessons, and even managed to pick up a couple of free watercolor books. I also seem to remember Winsor and Newton were selling ex-stock tubes of watercolour paints at almost one-third of the high street cost! – Unbelievable! I’m planning on going again this year and hope to record interviews this time with David Bellamy,  Charles EvansPeter Woolley, and whoever else I have the good fortune to meet.

Festival settings

Set in the fields behind the Patchings Art Centre on the outskirts of Nottingham, and just on the edge of Sherwood Forest this is an excellent location for professional and amateur artists wanting to buy art materials and see a full program of demonstrations delivered by professional artists across many mediums, and for the first time in 2013 including photography as their special guest for Festival Sunday is Charlie Waite. Charlie is an internationally known landscape photographer and he will be giving an illustrated presentation – ‘Behind the Photograph . . . Making Landscape Photographs’ – I can’t wait! 🙂

The Patchings 2013 Art Festival brings together some of the very best in art, craft and design with nearly 200 talented artists and crafts specialists taking part.

Patchings Art Festival Map 2012

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Patchings Art Festival 20th birthday in 2013

Being 2013, the Festival is now in its 20th year, and once again their four-day event showcases some of country’s finest artists and craft makers. It offers a special opportunity to view and buy contemporary work whilst seeing many of the creative process involved.

Also represented are the major art material manufacturers and suppliers, with many of them offering demonstrations of their products and services.

The next Patchings Art Festival is on Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 June 2013. Sunday is their Family Art Day with activities for children and young people.

Festival Address and Contact Details:

Patchings Festival
Patchings Art Centre
Oxton Road
NG14 6NU

Telephone: 0115 965 3479
Fax: 0115 965 5308


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Patchings Art Centre

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 Festival A-Z Exhibitor Listing 2012

I havent yet found the latest version of Patchings list of exhibitors for 2013, but below is a list of exhibitors from their 2012 festival.

  • 1 off handbags
  • Alex McQuade
  • Alsager Pottery
  • Ann Fellows
  • Anne Symonds
  • Annie Barnett
  • Annies Accessories
  • Ark Contemporary Designs
  • Art Safari Ltd
  • Art-Shoponline
  • Artmaster Ltd
  • Artway
  • Barncrafts
  • Bill Cockburn
  • Billy Showell
  • Bob Elcock Artist
  • C & Ms Bearhugs
  • Carlton Brass
  • Carole Baker
  • Charles Evans
  • Charles Williams
  • Cheddar Painting Holidays
  • ChezLulu
  • Chromacolour International
  • Clerestory Glass
  • Cottage Textiles
  • Created and Felted by Claire Louise
  • Creative Craft Retreats
  • Crooked Knitwear
  • Daisy Designs
  • Daisy Dumpling
  • Dave Woolass Fine Art
  • David Bellamy
  • David Curtis. ROI. RSMA
  • David Evans
  • Dennis Brown
  • Derwent
  • Designer Silk
  • Designs on Silk
  • Devon Croft Nurseries
  • Dianne Tempest
  • Diy Framing
  • Educational Activities
  • Elisabeth Bailey
  • Emma Jane Bennett
  • Emma Learoyd Design
  • Fe-b-jewellery
  • Fiona Peart
  • Floral Art in Silk
  • Frailloop
  • Francoise Chantell
  • Gallardo & Blaine Designs
  • Gareth Watling: British Bird Paintings
  • Gayle Mason Fine Art
  • Geoff Kersey
  • Gillian Woolley Swift
  • Glyn Matthews Fine Art & Photography
  • Graham Laughton
  • Graham Wyvill
  • Green Eye Glass
  • Gwen Scott BA Hons
  • Hahnemuehle FineArt
  • Haidee-Jo Summers
  • Hazel Lale BA Hons Fine Art
  • Hazel Soan
  • Helen Parsley Paintings
  • Hilary Hand Knits
  • Ian Ridley
  • Ian Risely
  • Jacksons Art Supplies
  • Jakar Caran d’Ache
  • Jamie Boots Wildlife Art
  • Jane Bushell
  • Jane McCormick Ceramics
  • Jane Orton
  • Janine Kilroe Fine Art Photographer
  • Jenny Keal
  • Jeremy Ford
  • JM Dichroics
  • Joanna Frost, Cane and Rush Seating
  • John Connolly
  • Judy Adams Ceramics
  • Julie Walton Jewellery
  • Just Soaps of the Earth
  • Karens Beads
  • Ken Devine Original Art
  • Ken Howard OBE, RA
  • Kerry Richardson
  • Knitwear and Accessories by Pauline
  • Lavan Designer Jewellery
  • Lily Mosaics
  • Linda H Matthews Paint n Canvas Holidays
  • Linda Wain – ProColour
  • Longridge Mount Cutters
  • Louise Diggle – Artist
  • Lynda Kinnard Textiles Revisited
  • Lynn Hazel
  • Majik Jewellery
  • Maria Helena Spector Jewellery
  • Marie Brown
  • Mark Pidduck
  • McNeill Glass
  • Michael Richmond Ceramics
  • Michael Thompson
  • Michelle Gillam-Hull
  • Midland Life Castings
  • MoBair by Victoria Smedley
  • Moody Views
  • Nicky Dillerstone – Fabric with Pins in
  • Niki Guy
  • Oliver Lovley Artwork
  • Patchings Framing Service
  • Paul Dyson – Wildlife & Wilderness Artist
  • Pauline Hill
  • Pauline Venables
  • Peak & Brim Hats
  • Pear Tree Farm & Derbyshire Arts
  • Pebeo
  • Peter Barker
  • Peter Millward
  • Peter Welton
  • Peter Woolley
  • Phantasm Easels
  • Photofont
  • Pollyana Pickering
  • Portraits
  • Pro Arte
  • Rachel Byass
  • Richard Holland Landscape Artist
  • Riece D,Luce Jewellery
  • Rob Wareing
  • Rocks Galore Ltd
  • Rosemary & Co Artists Brushes Ltd
  • Ruth Williamson, David Wilkins
  • Sarah Burton Pottery
  • Search Press Ltd
  • Sharon Walker – Codger Bags
  • Sheila Gill Fine Art
  • Shirley Trevena
  • Silver & Sparkle – Diana Lambert
  • Sky Blue Designs – Handmade Jewellery
  • Snail Pottery
  • Spin . Weave
  • St Cuthberts Mill
  • Stephen Ashurst
  • Stephen Coates (Coatesart)
  • Steve Harrington – Simpson
  • Steve Mcloughlin Artist
  • Stitches (Liz Rhodes)
  • Stone Creek Silk
  • Studio Pottery
  • Sues4art
  • Tas Severis
  • Terry Harrison
  • The Art Shop Skipton
  • The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines
  • The Bindery
  • The Craft Light Company
  • The Decopatch Place
  • The Furniture Company
  • The Moon Up Above
  • Theresa Galanides
  • Tickly Spider
  • Tim Fisher Artist
  • Tim Rose
  • Tony Cowlishaw
  • Touchy Feely Textiles
  • Tracy Whinray Ceramic Art
  • Two Rivers Paper Company
  • Unique Turning
  • Vivien Graham
  • Vivienne Cawson
  • Well Head Books
  • Wendy Tait
  • Winsor & Newton
  • Wood Like to Play
  • Woodturning by Keith
  • World Owl Trust
  • Yew Tree Studio
  • Zonis

Next steps  – Your feedback

Have you ever been to a Patchings Art Festival before? What did you think about it and what did you learn? Please let us know your feedback in the comments below – Thanks 🙂