Acton Community Forum Arts Festival

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The Acton Community Forum is holding the 4th annual Arts Festival again this year, as previous years were such a success. It is taking place at Acton High School in the new building, where many artists have submitted their work. Most of the art work will be on sale, for the public to buy. The art work includes Photography, Paintings, Ink Drawings, painting on silk, sculptures etc.

Opening Times:

Open Exhibition - Saturday 2nd June (10am-5pm)

                             Sunday 3rd June (2pm-5pm)

                        Monday 4th June (10am-3pm)

                        Tuesday 5th June (10am-3pm)

One of the artists whose work can be seen in the exhibition is Carl Gabriel. Carl was born in Trinidad and came to London in 1964. He has lived in Acton for 40 years.

Carl's work is supported by the Arts Council and he works in mild (soft) steel. His work is exhibited at the V&A, Science Museum, British Library, Hyde Park, City Hall and at the Thames Festival and in large-scale festival events such as the Divali celebrations in Trafalgar Square.

Carl originally worked as a specialist sheet-metal worker, then trained in photography. He became involved with the Notting Hill Carnival playing with bands and is now a full-time carnival artist. His work is huge and impressive, but also manages to be intricate and graceful. As well as his steel sculptures, he works with recycled material vases and pots with materials gathered from Gunnersbury Park, amongst other places.

Hannah Hasiciimbme also has work on display at the exhibition. Hannah works in acrylic paint on canvas. Her work is vibrant and colourful. She told me: "Painting has always been a part of my life. I have never been to art school, but my parents always encouraged me." Hannah is currently studying IT and web design. She lives in Ealing.

Hannah says painting has always been a part of her life. "It has always been a way to express myself. I hope to focus on art one day."

The exhibition is well worth a visit. The work is very varied and interesting and includes work by other professional artists as well as local children.

For more information call ACF on 0208 993 6158

June 4, 2007