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George Eliot Bicentenary celebrations kick off this weekend with the Festival of Arts

Published on Friday, 1st February 2019

Painting by Rachel Shirley, girl in teapot with teddy bears
From the 2018 Art Section, Artwork by Rachel Shirley, Into The Blue.

2019 sees the bicentenary of the birth of Mary Ann Evans, known to the world as George Eliot. Born in Nuneaton, Eliot was one of the most famous and best read of all nineteenth century novelists.

As part of celebrations organised by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and The George Eliot Fellowship to commemorate the bicentenary, a special class celebrating George Eliot is included in this years’ Festival of Arts Art Exhibition at the museum. 

The Art Exhibition section of the festival will run from Saturday 2 February to Sunday 3 March.  

Amateur artists across all age ranges have brought along their creations to be judged and displayed across two galleries. Often included are watercolours, oil paintings and drawings of a wide variety of subjects. There will also be the children’s categories for anyone wanting to find a bit of spring-time cheer. Entrants have been challenged to produce a picture associated with George Eliot and her work.

Cllr Ian Lloyd, portfolio holder for Arts, Leisure and Economic Development said:

“What a great way to start the bicentenary celebrations, this festival is an annual favourite within the Borough and we welcome all visitors to once again enjoy the work from our local artists both young and old.”

Entries will be displayed in the Art Gallery on specific dates from February to April. Entries are adjudicated and awards are presented to the winners of the competitive classes at a presentation evening.

Remember, as with all museum and art gallery shows, admission is FREE and many of the works will be for sale so there will be a chance to buy some great artwork at a very reasonable price!  Maybe even a picture of George Eliot!