A NEW festival is coming to South Ayrshire, that seeks to celebrate the ‘art of living’.

This year will be the inaugural year for the Girvan Arts Festival, which will be taking place on Saturday, June 11 until Sunday, June 12.

The festival’s organiser, Helen DW Humphries, a published poet, described the festival as “about the art of living.”

It will feature talks and exhibitions from a variety of people from different walks of life. Artists, anglers, farmers, and doctors will be among those talking to audiences at the Girvan Community Garden, the Wee School Art Space, and the South Parish Church Hall.

Famous Scottish playwright Des Dillon, will be giving a talk in the Community Garden on the Saturday at 1.45pm and Girvan-based artists James Harrigan, Gilbert Browne and Stewart McFadzean will have their work on show in the Wee School Art Space throughout the duration of the festival.

You don’t have to be an aficionado to get something out of the festival, says Helen, with the festival about more than just traditional art forms. The event will even feature a talk from Brian Young from Holmes Farm Plants, who will describe his passion for plants.

Helen said: “The festival is for ordinary people, who have even the slightest interest in hearing other people’s experience of what it’s like to be alive, and to create.”

Patron of the festival, playwright Douglas Maxwell said: “Growing up in Girvan has inspired all of my work. It’s a place which produces writers, musicians, artists, designers, makers and enthusiastic, knowledgeable audiences.

“A festival which brings all of those strands together is a wonderful thing.

“My hometown is a special place for a visit any time, but with such a varied programme spread across the weekend, there’s no better time to take a trip down the beautiful Ayrshire coast, and get a taste of that inspiration for yourself.” Helen added: “I want to involve the community in welcoming visitors for as long as they want to stay.

“The weekend of June 11 and 12 is an ideal time to visit, as the first Girvan Arts Festival is on.

“I want to thank two friends, Derek Hall and Brian Neve, for believing in me, and my idea of an arts festival in Girvan, and for financing the entire event.”

Admission to the Art Exhibition at the Wee School Art space is free and can be attended between 12-6p on both days of the festival. All artwork on display will be up for sale.

The talks cost £10 each. A discount is available if customers purchase a full weekend pass. Dainty Doily cream tea sessions are £5.