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Melbourne Announces Second Display for Forest of Drawings Winners

Tuesday, 14th August 2012

The judges find it tough deciding on the winners of the Forest of Drawings competition

Entries for the ‘Forest of Drawings’ competition will make their debut public display at the National Forest Wood Fair over the August Bank Holiday Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August but now organisers of one of Derbyshire major arts festivals have just announced a second showing at the Melbourne Festival.

Competition judge Sharon Brown was so stunned by the quality of the entries for the Forest of Drawings competition that she has created an extra attraction within the Melbourne Festival to display the artwork.

Sharon said: “We sifted through nearly 400 beautiful creations and had to choose just eight winners and eight commended.  It was extremely difficult as the standard was just so high.  I felt that this would make a brilliant addition to the art displays we have during the Melbourne Festival on 15 and 16 September.”

Penny Wilkinson from the National Forest Company said: “We are over the moon that Melbourne Festival will be showing the winners and commended entries.  At the Wood Fair we will be displaying every single entry! And it is going to look stunning!”

Melbourne Festival is the highlight of South Derbyshire’s cultural calendar.  Each September Melbourne comes alive as a hub for creative and performing arts.  Concerts and Performances will run from 7 to 30 September, with its popular Art and Architecture Trail, featuring over 100 artists exhibiting in 60 homes, halls & businesses in the heart of Melbourne, taking place on the weekend of 15 and 16 September.  For more information and a festival programme visit the website

Other judges for the Forest of Drawings competition were Alistair Kennedy of Burton-based PINT Arts Festival and Lorna Blease from Ashby Arts Festival.

The National Forest Wood Fair is organised by the National Forest Company and Leicestershire County Council, and will see awe-inspiring lumberjacks, the fast and furious UK Championship Log to Leg Race, horse logging, chainsaw carving, pole lathe turning, forest machinery, falconry and lots of children’s activities from eco art to greenwood crafts, making pizzas to scaling the climbing wall - all in the stunning setting of Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire. For more information on the Wood Fair visit the website