Monday 16 May 2011

Barking Episcopal Area Arts Festival

The Barking Episcopal Area Arts Festival is a new initiative beginning in 2011. The Festival will involve a series of quality events from a variety of Arts genre as a way of embracing and celebrating both performing and visual arts from the Barking Episcopal area and engaging with the local communities, their people and arts culture. It is iintended that the Festival will be an annual event but held in a different part of the Episcopal Area each year and will run in parallel with one of the already established community arts festivals or trails within the Area.

The first Barking Episcopal Area Arts Festival is taking place from Thursday 14th – Saturday 24th July and will run parallel to the Leytonstone Festival. For more information contact: The Revd. Kathryn Robinson, Performing Arts Adviser for the Barking Area - Tel: 020 8520 3771 / Email: - or The Revd. Jonathan Evens, Visual Arts Adviser for the Barking Area - Tel: 020 8599 2170 / Email:

commission4mission will be exhibiting as part of the Festival from Thursday 14th – Monday 18th July at Holy Trinity with St Augustine Leytonstone (4 Holloway Road E11 4LD). For times and details - tel: 020 8539 6067 or see

on Monday 18th July, 6.00 – 8.00pm, at St Johns Leytonstone:
Other exhibitions during the Festival will be by Peter S. Smith and the St Johns Photographic Group from Thursday 14th – Sunday 24th July at St Johns Leytonstone (High Road, Leytonstone, London E11). 

Peter Smith is a Painter/Printmaker working out of a studio in Clink Street on the Southbank in London. He studied Fine Art at Birmingham Polytechnic (BA (Hons) Fine Art, 1969) and Art Education at Manchester (Post Graduate Certificate in Education,1970). In 1992 he gained an MA (Printmaking) at Wimbledon School of Art. From 1971 he taught, full and part-time, in Secondary and Further Education. Between 1979 and 1981 he was West Midlands Fine Art Fellow working as Artist in Residence with Dudley Education Services. He was Head of the School of Art and Design at Kingston College from 1983 until 2010.

He exhibits his paintings and prints in the UK and overseas with work in public and private collections as well as teaching workshops in the visual arts. In 2002 to 2005 he was Further Education Sector representative on the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) Council and from 2005 to 2007, 2nd Vice President of NSEAD. He is currently UK member of the Board of Christian Artists Seminar. Chairman of the Athene Trust. Member of the Society of Wood Engravers.

In September 2006, Piquant Editions published a book about his printmaking called “The way I see it….” With an Introductory essay by Calvin Seerveld. He is currently working on a print commissioned by St John the Baptist Church Leytonstone to celebrate the the new church roof. A small exhibition will take place in
the church during the Festival where Peter will give a talk about his work 

The St Johns Photographic Group will exhibit photographs taken during the recent building restoration work at the church.

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