About the festivalA FESTIVAL AND EVENTS, CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RANDOLPH CALDECOTT 1848-1888 AND THE HISTORIC AND LOVELY TOWN OF WHITCHUCH SHROPSHIRE
There will be Monthly events leading up to the festival. See our events page for details. From July-October these events will be online because of Covid-19. The festival itself is planned to be in Whitchurch in the civic Centre. All the events area organised by the Caldecott steering group and artists.
We will bring our community together. So we can clebrate the life, work and inspiration Caldecott provides for us to live our dreams and follow our star.
Our Two Aims
1. To raise the profile of the inspiring nineteenth century artist and children’s illustrator, Randolph Caldecott, making sure his work gets known nationally.
2. At the same time raise the profile of the historic market town of Whitchurch that nurtured his talent.
We hope that the festival will become an annual event. It will inspire everyone to fulfil their creative potential, and to find fun and joy in life.
Here is Randolph Caldecott
He is our star!
His father wanted him to work in a bank. He wanted to be an artist. He wanted to make people laugh, he wanted to hunt, and he wanted to travel. So he did what his dad wanted him to in the day, studied art at night and finally went on to live his dreams!
He travelled all over Europe to work and he went to America too. He lived in Whitchurch in his formative years, aged 15 to 21. Then went to Manchester and from there aged 24 to London. He drew and painted and laughed and had fun. He became a famous illustrator of children’s books and funny travel books.
His publisher F. Warne and Co. said about him, “added to technical accomplishment he had a spirit of fun and a sense of the joy of life”, which shined through all his work and make his illustrations a pleasure for all ages.