Grab your paints and pencils! The Creative Arts event of the year takes place in Benahavis this Sunday.

On  February 2 the Gran Hotel Benahavis opens its doors to host the annual Art Exhibition organised by The Arts Society Benahavis. Now in its eighth year the display area will move from the ballroom to the spacious foyer and courtyard walkways, allowing spectators to see the artwork with fresh eyes.

There will be a huge variety of artwork on show from painting and sculpture to jewellery and ceramics with over 30 artists available to talk about their techniques and inspiration. Due to the generous sponsorship of Blevins Franks and Benahavis Town Hall the artists are able to show free of charge.

A highlight of the day is the Young Artists’ Competition when Key Stage 2 students from local schools show their paintings. The theme is to provide an image to illustrate one of the Society’s upcoming lectures on its brochure.  In addition to the winner having his or her image printed on the front cover of the Society’s brochure there are three cash prizes also donated by Blevins Franks

For those not content just to watch, The Arts Club San Pedro offer the opportunity to take part in their “Sip and Dip” painting project. Complete a small sketch which will later be revealed to be a crucial part of a big picture.

Those with a literary turn of mind can enter the light-hearted Start A Novel competition winning a bottle of wine for the most compelling opening paragraph.

For youngsters there are the thrills and spills of Virtual Reality rides and for primary kids the chance to join a creative arts workshop run by professional Paco Alarcon whose murals decorate many walls in Estepona. Advance booking is advised for the workshops on 659 626 510 as Paco’s sessions are exceptionally popular with the children and a joy for adults to behold.

The Awards Ceremony when prizes will be given to the winning young artists and prospective novelist will be held at 16.00 hours.

For more information see www.theartssocietybenahavis.com