The Site Festival is a contemporary arts festival, now in its 18th year, which brings a full and dynamic
programme of visual arts, performance, music, screenings, open studios, artist talks and workshops
to the Stroud Valleys for the whole month of May.
The Site Festival 2014 will be opening with an exhibition of new work by John Wood and Paul
Harrison in the Brunel Goods Shed and in SVA’s new exhibition space in John Street. This show will
include 7 new video works linked by a sense of foreboding and violence, undercut by a lack of
spectacle and drama. The show will also include over 50 small drawings.
An exhibition catalogue will be available with texts from Simon Munnery, writer and experimental
standup comedian and Tony Fretton, Principal of Tony Fretton Architects.
SVA hosts the Site Festival, which draws thousands of visitors to Stroud every year. SVA will be
opening its newly refurbished street facing exhibition and studio spaces in John Street for the Site
Festival. This has been made possible through funding from the Arts Council, Summerfield Trust and
Gloucestershire Environmental Trust. The building has been designed by Tony Fretton Architects,
whose back catalogue includes the Camden Art Centre, London; the Lisson Gallery and the British
Embassy in Warsaw.
For this year’s Open Studios artists will be combining creative forces with writers and poets in
their studios during the weekends.
The programme of exhibitions, talks and events is vast and may often be witnessed in a diverse range of venues
from the warehouse to empty shop to shed... To ensure you don’t miss something special pick up a Site
Festival Programme and an Open Studios directory, featuring over 80 artists. This event, spanning two
weekends, is a highlight for many visitors to the Site Festival who wish to view and buy work directly from
artists. Look out for the Fringe programme and check out www.sitefestival.org.uk for updates and downloadable
We hope you are inspired by and enjoy this years Site Festival!
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