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2014 Festival Events in Slad

The Slad Valley Art & Craft Competition


We are delighted to announce the results of the judging of the Slad Valley Art & Craft Competition which took place on Tuesday 6 May. We are very grateful to our two judges, Ann Taylor of Stroud Museum and Elaine Day, a professional designer-jeweller. They were impressed by the standard of entries and spent nearly 2 hours making their decision. Entries were displayed and judged anonymously but we can now reveal the winners!



Well done to all our winners. Prizes will be presented at the Slad Valley Festival opening ceremony on 21st June at the church, and the winning entries will be on display in the ‘Inspired by Slad Valley’ exhibition from 21 to 29 June. In addition, the judges recommended several other entries for display in the exhibition so you will be able to see these also and appreciate the wealth of amateur artistic talent in this valley.


Supported by Stroud Arts Festival


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Details of more Festival events will appear here as plans are confirmed…

Performances of 'Cider with Laurie'


Slad performances SOLD OUT - others may be available (below)


The story of Laurie Lee’s life told through his own writings, compiled and edited by local author Jamila Gavin.  Readings, live music and a little lubrication, in a cosy café-style atmosphere.  Produced by the Centre for the Spoken Word and supported by Stroud Arts Festival.


Minchinhampton Market Hall: Wednesday 4th June 7.30 to 9.30

Slad, the Old Schoolhouse: Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd June 7.30

Stroud Black Book Cafe: Sunday 13th July 4pm

Museum in the Park: Sunday 21st September 3pm

Kingshill House, Dursley: Saturday 4th October 8pm


All tickets will be £8, including one complimentary drink of cider/apple juice.


Tickets will be available in due course from the Tourist Information Centre at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud (01453 760900) and also from a few local outlets close to the individual venues.  The only exception is Kingshill House, which will handle its own ticketing (01453 549133).


For more information apply to centreforthespokenword@gmail.com


2014 is going to be a busy year in Slad, in particular focusing on the week long celebrations from 21 to 29 June aligned with Laurie Lee’s centenary.

Click this link for the fulltimetable

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‘Inspired by Slad Valley’ Exhibition

This runs from 21 to 29 June in the church.  An exhibition of work by Gloucestershire artists and craftsmen inspired by the valley, much of it for sale.  Come and be inspired by this and by the concurrent Flower Festival, also on valley themes.


'The Valley Under the Skin' Exhibition


17 June - 6 July 2014 at Lansdown Gallery, Lansdown, Stroud GL5 1BB

Open Mon - Sat 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, Sun 11.00 - 4.00 pm


Glass artist Amanda Lawrence set out to get ‘under the skin’ of the Slad Valley, where she lives and works, with a two-year walking project.  Traversing the valley from end to end, she explored streams, woods, edges and settlements with camera, pencil and sound recorder, aiming to see the valley from angles other than the obvious.  What she discovered gave rise to a series of kiln formed and engraved glass pieces which will be showcased in this exhibition, along with a selection of the photographs, drawings and soundscapes which inspired them.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to get 'hands-on' with glass themselves as Amanda is planning to run short workshops during the exhibition on some of the techniques she uses.  See www.amandalawrenceglass.com for more information.


Supported by Stroud Arts Festival