EARTH is the theme for this year s Appledore Visual Arts Festival, with attractions such as a giant scrap planet, a curvaceous cob wall, local Bideford Black pigment, stone carving, film, dance, open gardens and the ever-popular decorated door knockers. D

EARTH is the theme for this year's Appledore Visual Arts Festival, with attractions such as a giant scrap planet, a curvaceous cob wall, local Bideford Black pigment, stone carving, film, dance, open gardens and the ever-popular decorated door knockers.During the four days of the festival from May 29 to June 1 visitors are being offered a unique opportunity to interact with artists as they take part in a wide range of residencies, demonstrations, workshops, talks and art-creation events. An extensive programme of workshops include film animation, a play-in-a-day and life drawing. There will also be free drop-in workshops, where whole families can join in and create a giant scrap planet, paint with natural earth pigments or help the National Trust build a dry stone wall Artists include several internationally renowned artists who are inspired by Devon's landscape. Peter Randall-Page will be present, talking about Granite Song, a collaborative project with photographer Chris Chapman which celebrates their mid-Devon landscape. Stone sculptor David Brampton-Greene will be carving stone on site. David worked extensively on the Seed, Peter Randall-Page's massive sculpture at the Eden Project. Cob artists Jill Abey and Jackie Smallcombe will be creating a curvaceous wall sculpture.