Tavistock Edge started from an idea by two people chatting after a choir practice. They wanted to produce something exciting in Tavistock – and we did. After various informal meetings we invited lots of people – performers, artists, musicians, photographers – lots of interested parties to meet, discuss and decide. A few months later after lots of emails, meetings telephone calls, pre events, tears, laughter and most other emotions we did it!! Along with the help of a large number of volunteers, givers in kind and sponsors with money we produced something not before seen in Tavistock and we met most of our objectives!! It was Free and Fun!
We joined with the Lions for the Fun-day in the Meadows and in the Carnival – helping them raise money for their charitable work. There was a knitting side to the Edge where lots of blankets were knitted and this will be used for good causes. The knitters also produced all sorts of sweets, pizzas, cakes and all sorts for display in shops.
The POP UP Art Gallery with smaller pieces of work, each one only £30 was a great success both in sales and in bringing many of the local art groups together in one place.
In 2016 The Bedford Hotel Gardens was the main venue with lots of music and rain! The Bedford also hosted the pop up gallery.
A lot more knitting took place which was distributed around the town!
Once again The Bedford Hotel Gardens was our hotel – and the weather smiled upon us to produce a fantastic day of music and fun. Bedford Square also played host to dancing and other activities, and the popular Busk Stop was also once again in fine fettle on Brook Street
We are now looking at 2018 and have great plans -we need help and funding so we look forward to hearing from you!
Our thanks go out to all those who organised, took part, worked behind the scenes, put up posters, knitted and our wonderful sponsors, both in money and in kind! The old cliché is true – we could not have done it with out you!
The Tavistock Edge is a vibrant, exciting and fringe look at the Arts; with arts being defined in a very wide sweep. It is independent of other ‘arts’ events and aims to appeal to a very broad cross section of the community.
Tavistock Edge also tries to reduce the barriers between the arts, artistes and their audience by using less formal settings such as the street, shopping areas and other public places. It also likes to look at the arts through different lenses by arranging different people doing different things in different places. The ultimate purpose has to be fun, to bring a smile to people’s faces – both performers and audience. To encourage people to join in or learn a new skill – for the sheer joy of it!