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Scenes from this year's show....
Over 290 exhibitors -- 70 of them new to the show


Painting Sculpture Jewellery Textiles Ceramics Metalwork Woodcarving Clothing Photography Prints Stained-Glass......

Nearly all items for sale

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We are so very grateful to all the people who gave up their time to help set up and run this show, and to all who donated cakes and ingredients to the Café.
We always need new volunteers for everything : Sales desks, door, raffle, setting up, table moving & taking down. We especially need helpers for the cafe area and cake bakers. No matter how much or little time you can spare,do come join us-It's friendly,involving and fun , and all for a great cause
If you're interested in helping at the Summer 2019 show please contact Helen on 01736 786613


EVOLUTION OF THE SHOW

LONG-TERM PLANNING
The preparation for this Exhibition begins in earnest in the New Year with the compilation of the new Exhibitor list, although telephone queries are received as early as September.
We print the Terms and Conditions, Entry Forms, posters and car stickers and send out approximately 500 Entry Forms and Letters.
The website is updated,exhibitors telephone to confirm that they are attending and New Exhibitors telephone with queries and to register their interest.
A new floor plan is drawn up with a space allocated for every Exhibitor. and the Rota is created,with 358 time slots to cover the Sales Desk, Door, Raffle ,Catering and Atrium Marshalling , compiled by telephone calls to yet more volunteers.
The advertising for the catalogue is sourced and put together and the cover created.

THIS YEAR'S FINAL PREPARATIONS
This year we started the physical work of setting up on Tuesday the 24th of July when our storage container was unloaded into 2 horse boxes ready for unloading at the school on Wednesday the 25th, when we also set all the pegboard in place.
Between Thursday 26th and Tuesday 31st teams of volunteers arrived at the school and collected every available table which was then carried into its pre-allocated space, ( some Committee members walked from 4 to 6 miles in the school each day!), before taking in the Exhibits, checking that every single item was priced and marked with the Exhibitor's name and number before the displays were set up.
By midday on Thursday the tables were in place, the beautiful cloths and valances were pinned in place to give a professional look, and the paintings were hung.
Sunday was reserved for cataloguing Paintings and Crafts and every single Exhibit was rechecked to ensure that no one gwent to a Sales Desk with an unlabelled item. The catalogue insert was worked on, and printing began on Monday.
Work continued on Tuesday: printing, fine tuning,organising the cafe area, tidying and preparing for the Fundraising Preview Evening.
You can see that we are working right to the last minute!

And then, after 17 days running a very busy business we take it all down, paying the Exhibitors, returning all the tables back to the classrooms and all our equipment back to the storage container.

Amazingly, this is all done on one day, by early afternoon! We always welcome new volunteers: please contact Helen on 01736 786613 if you would like to help in any way.


History of the Show

Run entirely by volunteers,this amazing Exhibition was started in 1967 by the late Dr David Jefferson Brewer who had seen the high quality paintings and crafts being created in local homes, and had the vision to use them to raise funds for what was then, the British Empire Cancer Campaign Committee.
This first Exhibition was held in the Parish Rooms with items on display only and raised £200.
The Exhibition moved on to the W I Hall and then to the newly opened Cape Cornwall School.
As time has gone on the Exhibition has expanded and now uses 3 halls in the school, has approx 400 Exhibitors each year making it one of the largest Art and Craft Exhibitions in the south west of the UK.






LATEST NEWS

Another accolade for one of our committee: HELEN WILLIAMS ,our Exhibition secretary and coordinator (on left of picture),received a Volunteering Appreciation Award from Volunteer Cornwall,having been nominated by Nikki Collins from Cancer Research UK. Congratulations Helen on a very well deserved award.

LINDA CROFT
Our cafe area,Lindy Lou's Cafe,was named after our friend and Committee Member Linda Croft, who passed away suddenly in June. She is sadly missed.
She worked so hard to run the Cafe and was so thrilled with the sums raised there and looking forward to being there again this year.
She would have been amazed as over £4000 was raised there this year.
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