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Pilgrim Artists

A small festival of art, music, and words in the Huon Valley

Come enjoy our small festival of art in the Christian tradition, 4-14 November 2022. Guests of all ages and backgrounds are warmly welcome. You will find us in the Huon Hub in Huonville. This year's prompt: Justice + Mercy

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Events and Activities

Check back as events are updated and added. If you would like to make a submission to the 2022 Pilgrim Artists Festival, see details here.

Festival Weekend

10am - 4pm, 4 - 7 Nov (Fri - Mon)
  • Exhibition of visual art, FREE entry.
  • Collaborative live art demos.
  • Adult and youth workshops in writing, art, music, acting and craft.
  • People's choice voting on your favourite submissions.

Friday, 4 November

  • The Craft of the Children's Book, A Reading
    10:00am to 11:00am — free, all-ages

    Writer and visual artist Steve Isham of Bandicoot Books has decades of experience in writing, illustrating, publishing, and selling children’s books. Steve will demonstrate what does and doesn’t work when creating a children’s picture book, using some favourites as examples.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited.

  • The Aurora Lady's Guide to Publishing Your Non-fiction Book
    11:15am to 12:15pm — free, all-ages

    Have an interest or skill that you’re passionate about and would like to share with others? Ever thought that your love of local history, astronomy, baking, or foraging could be turned into a successful self-published book? Join Margaret Sonnemann, aka The Aurora Lady, as she takes you through all the key steps, with examples from her journey of publishing the best-selling Aurora Chaser's Handbook.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited

  • The Art of (Re)writing, for Short-Form Non-Fiction
    12:30pm to 1:30pm — free, all-ages

    Emma Wilkins shares tips and tricks for polishing and re-writing your short-form non-fiction, with ample opportunity for you to ask your questions about getting started and getting published. Emma is a widely published journalist and freelance writer.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited

  • Writing Within Limits, for Short Fiction
    2:15pm to 3:30pm — free, open to adults

    Whether you're a 'putter inner' or a 'taker outer', writing short stories can hone your skills and excite your creativity. This workshop by podcaster and author Ruth Amos will cover the basics of short fiction and give you a chance to explore your own imaginative response to selected writing prompts.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited

Saturday, 5 November

  • Draw What You See
    10:00am - 11:00am — free, open to children

    Award-winning pencil artist Naomi Kewley will guide your children towards developing the fundamentals of sketching. The workshop covers basic tips and principles that help kids capture on paper what they see in life.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited. This class is now full.

  • Digital Art for Beginners
    11:15am - 12:45pm — free, adults, teens, and children 10+

    Learn digital art essentials with graphic designer and visual artist Shiloh Longbottom and create a simple, charming illustration you can be proud of. Required: an iPad with the app Procreate pre-installed ($9.99). And if you have an Apple pencil, bring that along too.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited.

  • Plein Air (Outdoor) Painting – Setting Up for Success
    1:00pm to 2:20pm — $6, for adults and teens 14+

    Award winning landscape painter Fiona Verdouw will walk you through the essential tools, tips, and equipment for plein air painting. This is the perfect introduction to painting outdoors or on-the-go: explaining the equipment you’ll need and advice on how to make it as enjoyable and stress free as possible. Fiona brings her years of experience from an oil-painter’s perspective, with much of the content directly transferable to other mediums.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited.

  • Get Messy Sculpting
    2:40pm - 4:00pm — $5, for 10-14yo's

    Join sculptor and art teacher Seth Isham for an activity inspired by some of his works in the Pilgrim Artists exhibition. You will learn sculpting techniques from working with plasticine and plaster bandage. It’ll be messy, experimental, and wonderfully creative.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited. This class is now full.

Sunday, 6 November

  • Restorative Drama
    12:00pm to 1:00pm — free, all-agesLearn how to interact as an ensemble in this immersive workshop with Elisa Riddington. Through movement and music, build confidence as you connect to others. Elisa is an actor, singer, writer, and voice artist currently residing on the South Coast of NSW. In 2019, Elisa studied at the Atlantic Acting School in New York City, and most recently completed her Masters Degree in Human Rights (Curtin University, 2022).

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited.

  • Hook, Line and Singer: An Introduction to Song Writing
    1:15pm to 2:15pm — free, all-agesVeteran song writer Isaac Lee teaches you how to take the next steps in your song writing journey. Isaac graduated with a Bachelor of Contemporary Art (Music) in 2007 and has been writing songs and singing since he picked up a guitar in 2000.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited.

  • Enjoying Classical Music
    2:30pm to 3:30pm — free, all-agesLove the idea of listening to classical music but don’t know where to start? Want to enjoy the TSO but don’t know a symphony from a concerto? Composer Christina Baehr will introduce ways to enhance listening to and interacting with classical music. Ideal for parents who want to develop a love of music in their children, or deepen their own music appreciation.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited.

  • Child of Sunday
    7:30pm to 8:30pm — $20 per person, $50 for familiesElisa Riddington brings her 2022 Sydney Fringe Festival nominated (Best Musical Theatre/Cabaret) one-woman show to the Huon Valley for one night only. Told through a mixture of musical theatre and spoken word, Elisa narrates fables of her childhood as a preacher’s kid.

    Child of Sunday examines the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the “ordinary people” in our communities. The single mother trying to balance it all – The desperate souls looking for the promise of redemption – The smiling faces wearing a public mask to conceal their private pain – The fanatics and the fraudulent. This show examines what brings people together, lending a voice to the broken and the quietly brave, in the constant search for connection and hope.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited.

Monday, 7 November

  • Intro to Improv Acting
    10:00am to 11:00am — free, all-ages

    Come learn the three basic rules of improv and a selection of improv exercises you can take with you anywhere, from Peirce Baehr, who trained at the Young Actors Space in Los Angeles.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited.

  • Practical Podcasting
    11:00am to 12:00pm — free, open to adults

    Do you, like 40% of Australian adults, enjoy listening to podcasts? Do you have a great idea and wonder how to make your own podcast? In this workshop, Ruth Amos, host of the podcast A Quiet Life since 2018, will share her practical knowledge and answer your Who/What/When/Where/Why and How questions about podcasting.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited.

  • Embroidery Patching on Denim
    12:10pm - 1:10pm — $3, for adults and children ages 8+

    Learn how to rescue and elevate a well-loved piece of denim clothing with slow-fashion techniques from master seamstress Laura Haines.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited. This class is now full.

  • Make Your Own Macrame
    1:20pm to 2:20pm — $5, for adults and children 10+

    Design and craft a decorative plant hanger with Finnish weaver Iris Jarvela. Iris will teach you how a few simple knots can became a beautiful and functional work of macrame. Required: bring your favourite fabric scissors and tape measure.

    Message us to book now as spaces are limited. This class is now full.

  • Stories of Justice and Mercy
    2:30pm to 3:30 pm — free, all ages

    Come listen and vote for this year's winning literary entries in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Three short but powerful pieces from each category and age group have been selected by our curators. Now it's your turn to decide which ones win the top prize.

Exhibition Week

10am - 4pm, 8 - 14 Nov (Tue - Mon)
  • Exhibition of visual art, FREE entry.

Getting Here

The Pilgrim Artists festival is 35 minutes from Hobart, located in the Huon Hub building, 25 Main St, Huonville.

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