horizonfest: community arts festival celebrating creativity and spirituality

The horizonfest community arts festival celebrated creativity and spirituality over three weeks this summer, from 1 to 21 July 2013. The festival showcased the work of local and national artists through displays, demonstrations, workshops and evening performances. It was based at Horizon Methodist Church, Hunter's Bar, Sheffield. This site will remain online until a decision is made about the future of the festival. Check here to keep up-to-date. If you have any feedback for the horizonfest's organisers, this would be very welcome. This is not the main site but an archive for marketing purposes. The main site is here.

Main Art Installation

Abstract panel from Creation: A CelebrationCreation: A Celebration the art installation by acclaimed artist Sue Symons will be open for visitors throughout horizonfest.  This stunning mixed-media work draws on Christian, Jewish and Islamic influences to depict the story of creation using embroidery, calligraphy and illustration.

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spirituality logoSunday services, 10.30 - 11.30am
7 July 2013  – Deacon Merry Evans
14 July 2013 – Rev Gareth Jones with Holy Communion
21 July 2013– Rev Vernon Marsh, Chair of the Sheffield Methodist District.
Quiet, reflective worship, Wednesdays, Arts Chapel. 12.30 - 1.00pm.
3rd and 10th July - Rev Gareth Jones.
17th July Jackie Bailey and Women’s Group
Why not bring your sandwiches and enjoy a drink and chat afterwards.
Messy Church for children aged 0 – 11 years and their parents/carers
20 July 2013, 10-00am - 12 noon. Theme: “Creation” with singing, Bible stories, games, messy play and fun! With drinks and cake!

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Concerts, Performances and Events

Paul Bell playing guitarExperience the rhythm and sounds of Sheffield through our evening concerts and performances which include poets Ian McMillan and David Harmer, drummers, singer-songwriter Paul Bell, a demonstration of Indian dance, jazz bands, folk bands, choral groups and Vulcan Varieties music hall. For the green-fingered we have a Gardener’s Question Time and plant sale, a presentation on orchids and a demonstration of contemporary floral art.

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performances logoEvents featuring music, drama and other performances.

garden logoEvents about plants and gardens.

family logoWhilst many events may be of interest to families, a few have been designed with them in mind

Craft Demonstrations and Workshops

Karen Herrick, Harlequin ArtsEach day, 2 – 3 local artisans will be working on site, including the Arwkright Spinsters, botanical artists, jewellers, embroiderers and calligraphers.

Graham S Reed at drawing board.  His workshop is on Friday 5 JulyBook into one of many taster workshops to experience a range of arts and crafts including mosaics, textiles, scrapbooking and watercolours; or explore spirituality through chant, creative writing and weaving, or take time for quiet contemplation in our Arts Chapel.

Artwork on Display

'My Dead Child' by Richard Stott


Each week, the work of different local artists will be displayed in our lounge where light refreshments are also available.

Schools Events

Andy MesserThere will be two schools days with professional schools worker and Storyteller Andy Messer. Children will be drawn into a world of intrigue, discovery and fun. The sessions include a range of learning and creative activities. They are available only to schools that have pre-booked.

The festival is part of the Horizon @ Hunter’s Bar initiative to create a permanent centre for exploration of and participation in creativity and spirituality.