Art gallery hopes 1,000 Aylesbury Vale residents will pose in Santa hats

Danny Higgins & Richard Heason arts and crafts gallery in the courtyard of the Kings Head in aid ofAylesbury festival
Danny Higgins & Richard Heason arts and crafts gallery in the courtyard of the Kings Head in aid ofAylesbury festival

A PHOTO studio and an arts and crafts gallery has been opened in the courtyard of the Kings Head to help raise funding and awareness of the Aylesbury Festival, writes Neil Shefferd.

A variety of work will be on display including photos, paintings, knitwear, cards and gifts – and organisers are also trying to raise funds by taking pictures of 1,000 people wearing Santa hats.

Danny Higgins & Richard Heason arts and crafts gallery in the courtyard of the Kings Head in aid ofAylesbury festival

Danny Higgins & Richard Heason arts and crafts gallery in the courtyard of the Kings Head in aid ofAylesbury festival

All the work has been produced in the Aylesbury area and is priced between £2 and £200.

Photographer Danny Higgins said: “We are aiming to show Aylesbury is the most festive town in the county through a 1,000 festive faces campaign, where we aim to get 1,000 pictures of people in our Santa hat.

“We currently have 330 pictures, so we need 200 a week until Christmas.

“In return we will send you a Facebook image and a thank you, and we can also turn your photo into a Christmas card or gift.”

The photo studio also offers group family pictures as well.

“Any groups or businesses would be more than welcome to join us,” Danny added.

“We have already had some interest, from a couple of toddler groups.

“Generally though, we need to increase awareness about this event, so if people could tell all their neighbours and friends and we could get as many people to drop by and also raise as much money as possible, that would be brilliant.”

The gallery is open everyday from 10am until 4pm, and until 8pm on Thursday evenings. You can see all the festive photos taken so far across the walls of the studio and at www.facebook.com/dannyhigginsphoto

The Aylesbury Festival will take place from July 6-12 next year, featuring a wide variety of music concerts, workshops and events in various venues across Aylesbury.

The festival receives no core funding and is entirely paid for through donations to the Aylesbury Festival charity.

For more details visit www.aylesburyfestival.org