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Festival in the Shire is returning to Scotland

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Festival in the Shire is returning to Scotland

Following our very successful exhibition of fantasy and Tolkien inspired art and album covers we are pleased to announce that we are returning to Aberdeen, Scotland for a second Festival in the Shire on 11th – 18th November 2013. It will again be organised by Mark Faith’s Festival Art and Books in association with the Artist Gallery and held at their premises in 403 Holburn Street, Aberdeen.

New to this event will be the Rodney Matthews Experience. World renowned artist Rodney Matthews, who has taken his talents to the world of fantasy art with great success, and a man who in the past has created album covers for rock bands such as Thin Lizzy, Asia and Magnum will be there to give a talk, present his work and sign your prints. He will also be touring the area giving talks and showing his art to interested schools/groups. His visit to Ashley Road School, Aberdeen during the last event was a huge success, he gave a lively and entertaining lesson to the pupils inspired the children into being more involved in the world of art, literature and music as well as explaining how they can feed into each other, the way music and literature can inspire art and vice-versa.

This talk sparked an interest for the pupils, proven by the steady stream of kids and parents visiting the exhibition over the weekend where they could discuss art (and drums) with Rodney Matthews and buy signed prints to inspire them further.

The event will include an exhibition of fantasy art including album covers and Tolkien inspired art. Also on show will be a selection of rare Tolkien first edition books and collectible posters. Other artists include Ruth Lacon, Joe Gilronan, Ted Nasmith and Roger Dean and many more.

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  1. Many thanks Arwen, best wishes as always, Joe.