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The Barony of Rhydderich Hael will host the Æthelmearc Arts & Sciences Faire on April 11th, 2020. This will be a day to celebrate the artisans of our Sylvan Kingdom! Come and enter your work! Help us as an advisor or sponsor. Or join us to admire the beautiful entries on display. We will have room for all who choose to do so to display their works.

Detailed info about the Faire can be found at the Kingdom Arts & Sciences website: http://aeans.aethelmearc.org/as-faire/



The 2018 Faire in progress.

What makes The Arts & Sciences Faire and Queen’s Prize Tourney unique? It is not a competition: advisors provide feedback and critique, but there is no score; feedback is designed to be qualitative, not quantitative. The Arts & Sciences Faire is an opportunity for up and coming artisans to show their work and be interviewed by more experienced artisans, and is also an opportunity for more experienced artisans to gain meaningful feedback about their projects. To show her appreciation to the artisans entering the Arts & Sciences Faire, Her Royal Majesty will honor her favorite entry with the Queen’s Prize.

To encourage mentorship, each entrant must be sponsored by a Laurel or Fleur (or the equivalent to the Fleur from another kingdom). This can take many forms, and is dependent on the entrant and their sponsor. If an artisan wishes to enter but does not know of a sponsor to approach, we are glad to help match them up; likewise, if anyone would like to be a sponsor and is seeking an artisan(s), we will work to pair folks together. Each sponsor is asked to bring a gift for each entrant they sponsor, so that each entrant receives a prize.

The format of the Faire is similar to that for the Kingdom Arts & Sciences Championship; entrants are allowed up to three items which should show a cohesive body of work. Entrants will have two groups of advisors, scheduled for one hour each, who will ask questions about the item(s), documentation, the research process, etc. After each review session, the entrant will receive feedback forms from each advisor. Entrants will be given their review schedule in the morning, but should be prepared to sit with their display throughout the day. Written documentation is encouraged, but not required.

Youth artisans are highly encouraged to enter the Faire! The comment sheets for youth entrants will be different from those for adult entrants, designed with their age group in mind. We understand that there is usually parental help and guidance through the art process, which is a great way to help mentor a budding artisan! Ideally, a youth entrant should be able to express how much of the project they did alone and how much they had help with, what the project is, how it works, and what they believe they learned throughout the process.

Would you like to be an advisor to our entrants? We are looking for advisors for a successful Faire. Advisors must be Fleurs or Laurels and are expected to spend the better part of the day in face-to-face advising of the entrants.

Feel free to approach us with any questions you may have by checking our FAQ online, by email, or by finding us at your favorite event. We will be hosting A&S consultation tables at many future events throughout the Kingdom and look forward to seeing you there.

We hope to see many of you at the Arts & Sciences Faire!

In service,
Hrólfr and Elska, Kingdom Ministers of Arts & Sciences