Month: November 2016

Calling artists from across the Cotswolds and beyond

To crown the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) the Cotswolds Conservation Board is hosting a public art exhibition at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester from 13 January to 5 February 2017.

Open to amateur and professional artists from within and beyond the Cotswolds, the exhibition showcases works in a variety of medium and genres inspired by the Cotswold landscape.

We welcome paintings, sculpture, photography, textiles, ceramics, glass, mosaics and digital art.

You can submit your work by going to the following website

Deadline for submissions is 18 November 2016 at 5pm.

Following the submission deadline a panel of art professionals will look at each submission and will select a mix of works that capture all that is inspired by the Cotswold landscape.

The art professionals are: Beth Alden, CEO of New Brewery Arts Centre, Steven Parissien, Director of Compton Verney, Liz Eyre, Chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board and Cotswold artist Alexandra Woods.

You can submit a maximum of two works, for a supporting fee of £25.00. There is no charge for those who are currently studying on a full or part time course. Please include details of your course and your college or training provider in your submission details.

For more information about submitting works or about the exhibition please contact Chris Brant on 01451 862003 or visit


Billhooks at the ready for the Cotswolds Hedgelaying Championship this weekend

Hedgelayers from across the country will battle it out against each other in the new look Cotswolds Hedgelaying Championship this Saturday at Daylesford Farm near Kingham in Gloucestershire.

The annual event organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board will see competitors tasked with transforming a 15ft high wild hedge into an agricultural work of art!

It’s your chance to watch this traditional countryside craft at its very best. Witness the skills and craftmanship of our competitors.

The new look event which will have ‘hands on’ rural skills activities for visitors, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Cotswolds as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

While the hedgelayers compete there is chance for you to grab a hot drink and have a go at rural skills such as dry-stone walling, wooden spoon carving, wool weaving and cider making and of course hedgelaying.

Entry is free, event starts at 9:30am with winners announced at around 4pm at the Greedy Goose Pub where the awards ceremony is being held.

For more information about the event and rural skills courses and workshops across the Cotswolds AONB visit


JOB VACANCY: LEADER Programme Manager

Full-time 37 hours per week, £29,332 – £31,048

We are currently seeking to appoint a LEADER Programme Manager to join our hardworking and friendly team at the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

For further details, go to