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Congratulations to The Lost Words of Epsom winners

Winners of The Lost Words of Epsom Common competition have all been presented with a specially printed book at an awards ceremony and festival performance event.

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Epsom Salts re-discovered at 2018 MGSO4 Festival

Reviewing a fantastic week of creative events and activities - and some curious headlines - in an arts festival themed to celebrate the discovery of Epsom Salts.

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MGSO4 Discovery 400 Project wins Arts Council Lottery Grant

We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant of £12,000 towards the costs of our festival project 'Discovery 400.'

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Vote for the People's Choice Artist Award

Voting is now open for the MGSO4 People's Choice Artist Award. Choose from artists short-listed to exhibit at the Journey of Discovery Contemporary Art Exhibition.

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2018 MGSO4 Arts Festival Programme Revealed

An exciting week-long programme of events has been revealed for this year’s MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival.

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Artists Long-listed for Festival Open Exhibition

The artists long-listed for MGSO4 Festival's Contemporary Art Open Exhibition have been announced.
They are:

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Lost Words of Epsom Competition for Children

Children and young people in Epsom & Ewell are being urged to get creative and enter MGSO4 Festival's Lost Words of Epsom art and poetry competition.

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Last Week to Enter MGSO4 Contemporary Art Open Exhibition

Emerging and mid-career artists have just a few more days to submit entries for the festival's contemporary art exhibition.

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Composition Workshops for Schools and Community Groups

A highly-accessible music composition workshop has been developed by festival composer Greg Harradine, for schools and community groups.

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Register your MGSO4 Festival community fringe event

If you have organised your own free creative event or exhibition of work during the week of the festival, your event can be added to the community fringe page or arts trail.

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Sponsor to make great things happen in 2018

Make the most of unique sponsorship and advertising opportunities in the year that Epsom celebrates the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Epsom Salts.

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Creative arts students lead on festival design

Students at Epsom’s University for the Creative Arts (UCA), and at North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT) are applying their skills to two ‘live’ festival briefs.

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New chair announced for MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts charity

MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts is delighted to announce the appointment of Eleanor McBrien as new chair of the charity.

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£1000 festival funding awarded by County Councillors

MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival is pleased to have received a £1000 donation from Surrey County Councillors John Beckett, Eber Kington and Jan Mason.

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New trustees appointed to MGSO4’s charity board

Welcome to MGSO4’s new trustees Alyson Smith and Mark Jarman.

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Winner announced for festival Discovery Commission

We are pleased to announce that composer and performer Greg Harradine has been selected to produce an original piece of work on the theme of Discovery.

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Raise money for festival outreach projects with Co-op charity fund

Co-op stores in Epsom and Ewell have selected MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival as one of their local causes for the next year.

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Discovery Commission – MGSO4 calls for proposals

MGSO4 Festival is pleased to announce a new open arts commission to celebrate the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Epsom Salts and the festival theme ‘Discovery.’

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2018 is a festival year for Discovery

In celebration of the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Epsom Salts, the theme of the 2018 arts festival will be 'Discovery.'

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MGSO4 Festival is looking for new trustees

In preparation for the next MGSO4 Festival in July 2018, we are looking for experienced, enthusiastic people to join our Board, the body with overall responsibility for MGSO4’s governance as a registered charity.

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Washed-off Memories project exhibition

Following several months of creative workshops around the borough, we are very pleased to announce that there will be an exhibition of work produced as part of our inter-generational clay project Washed Off Memories.

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Arts project grant for work with older people

We are delighted to have been awarded a grant of £750 through Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS), to support creative activities that benefit older people.

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New MGSO4 Art in Caffè Nero, Epsom

Thanks to an excellent public response to the art exhibited in the town centre café during our first festival, we are delighted to announce there will be a rolling exhibition of local artists’ work in Caffè Nero, Epsom.

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Storming Arts Festival Success for MGSO4

The first MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival has been a great success, with a fantastic three days of events held all over the borough.

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MGSO4 Festival Young Musician Winners Announced

Judges have finally selected the winners of MGSO4 Festival’s Young Musician of The Year competition.

They are:

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Inspiring Arts Events From MGSO4's Community Partners

Don't miss a host of free arts events this week, hosted by MGSO4's community partners.

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MGSO4 Schools Jigsaw Map Unveiled

MGSO4's first community arts project has been unveiled - a 3 metre-high jigsaw map of the borough of Epsom & Ewell.

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Our Town Children's Poetry Competition Shortlist Announced

After reading a fantastic collection of poems on the theme of Our Town, MGSO4 Festival judges have selected the shortlist for the children's poetry competition.

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Fundraise for MGSO4 Festival with Luxury Epsom Salts

MGSO4 Festival has partnered with luxury handmade brand The Surrey Soap Company to offer a fantastic special edition product range of Epsom salts to support fundraising efforts. A donation of 16% will be made to festival funds for each purchase.

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Local Artists Celebrate at MGSO4 Launch Event

MGSO4 formally launched the new three-day arts festival this week at a busy launch party.

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MGSO4 Young Musician 2016 Competition Launches

A competition has been launched to find the borough's most talented musicians, aged 18 and under and the winners will perform live on stage at MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival in June.

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Festival Art Sets New Local Record for Exhibitions

Residents and visitors to Epsom and Ewell will soon be spoilt for choice as shops, businesses and venues prepare to host the biggest number of concurrent exhibitions of original artwork that the borough has ever seen.

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Built To Last - a Song for MGSO4 Festival

A brand new song has this week been released to celebrate the launch of MGSO4: Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival, by local songwriter and musician Ben Tompsett.

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Acclaimed Book of Breasts Adapted as Stage Play

The inspiring book Bare Reality: 100 women, their breasts, their stories, featured on television and talk shows across the world, is being brought to the stage for the first time in Ewell, Surrey.

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Nicholas McCarthy Festival Performance Announced

We are thrilled that the amazing Nicholas McCarthy is going to be performing at MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival.

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MGSO4 Launches 'Our Town' Poetry Competition

MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival has launched a competition to find the borough’s most talented young poets, on the theme of ‘Our Town.’ Submissions are invited from children and young people aged between six and 18, in the form of a poem of up to 40 lines.

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MGSO4 Festival is now a registered arts charity

We are delighted to announce that MGSO4: Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival is now a registered charity, number 1166041.

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Author Michael Frayn Returns to Ewell for MGSO4 Festival

The first ever arts festival in Epsom & Ewell is to welcome the celebrated playwright and novelist Michael Frayn, back to his childhood home, for a unique event.

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Final call for applications from festival musicians

The deadline for applications from local bands and musicians to play at the MGSO4 Festival is 31st March.

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Teenage volunteers take up the MGSO4 challenge

Teenagers from The Challenge, a government-backed volunteering scheme, have selected MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival their social action project for 2016.

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UCA contributes creative minds to MGSO4

University of the Creative Arts, Epsom has welcomed plans for an arts festival in Epsom & Ewell, and put forward its marketing students to come up with new ideas for promoting the three-day event.

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Save the date for MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival

Make a note on your calendar – the first ever arts festival to be held in Epsom & Ewell will be a three-day extravaganza from 24-26th June 2016.

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Raising funds for our creative community

To make sure that everyone can enjoy the arts festival, many of the high-quality events put on by MGSO4 will be completely free. These range from arts and music sessions for people who have dementia, to exhibitions and outdoor shows.

 

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Bringing out the artist in everyone

The MGSO4 team is pleased to be working with local groups including The Sunnybank Trust, Conquest Art, Phab, drop-in centres and care homes for older people, as well as all schools in Epsom & Ewell.

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