A FREE contemporary art festival is back and bigger than ever this June.

The Langford Art Festival is returning to a village near Lechlade this summer providing an array of exciting activities for families and art enthusiasts on the weekend of Saturday, June 10 - Sunday, June 11.

The festival began five years ago and is the brainchild of a group of enthusiastic Langford residents who had the vision of doing something a bit different that would bring the community together, whilst delighting visitors and raising money for the village charities.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Art by Roger Jones Art by Roger Jones (Image: Roger Jones)

Now Langford Art Festival has been established as a formal organisation in its own right. 

It is run by a volunteer committee which includes within its ranks experienced organisers who have taken part in many art exhibitions.

Over 60 amateur and professional artists will be showcasing their contemporary artworks across the weekend, ranging from water colour, acrylic and oil paintings, prints and photography through to sculpture, glass, jewellery and pottery.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Art by Julia SorrellArt by Julia Sorrell (Image: Julia Sorrell)

There will also be sculpture garden, The Thatch displaying 3D art, a photographic exhibition and an entire art in action pavilion.

The festival will be taking place across five locations in Langford including St Matthew’s Church which will be displaying a range of 2D work to be sold.

If people want to try as well as buy, there will be plenty of live art-based activities to take part in including metalwork taster sessions, a potter’s wheel, painting simple watercolour cards, making paper-clay decorations, nature collage creating and mandala pebble decorating.

Light lunches and afternoon teas will be served in the Arts Café in the village hall and The Pitstop will be offering breakfast butties at the free car park. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Dandelion Field by Mel WyattDandelion Field by Mel Wyatt (Image: Mel Wyatt)

The festival runs from 11am - 5pm throughout the weekend.

Entry is free and the optional catalogue is £2.

All the money raised will be reinvested in the festival or passed to local charities such as the village hall, which is the lifeblood of Langford’s community, and St Matthew’s Church.

To find out more about visiting or exhibiting visit www.langfordartsfestival.co.uk