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ARTWORKS Exhibition 2018: Meet the Artists – Daily art presentations

The popular ‘Meet the Artist’ series of daily demos and artist presentations return to Artworks in 2018. A different artist sets up a mini art studio each day to share their artwork and art processes. Other artists will be working at the sales desk or in the Artworks’ Ivy café, so there are numerous opportunities to talk to the artists during the Artworks exhibition.

Below is the MTA schedule to help you plan your visit to Artworks in September 2018. The artists will be working 10.30am and 4.30pm (with a short break for lunch) – these art presentations are informal and there is no need to book ahead. Follow us on Twitter @ARTWORKS_east for daily news and updates.

Saturday 15 September 2018
Gainsborough’s House Printmaking Workshop: portfolio presentation day, see examples of original prints, with the opportunity to sign up to their printmaking courses.

Sunday 16 September 2018
Hazel Bradshaw: Creating impractical pots

Impractical Pots

Monday 17 September 2018
Roger Gamble: Acrylics in action



Tuesday 18 September 2018
Helen Dougall: Waxing lyrical! Batik painting with wax and dye


Shingle patterns on the beach

Wednesday 19 September 2018
Chris Hann: Painting with Ice


Sea form

Thursday 20 September 2018
Cathy D’Arcy: Making a smiling face in clay

Friday 21 September 2018
Nicola Coe: Working with nature


Saturday 22 September 2018
Roger Gamble: Acrylics in action

Breckland Trail

Breckland Trail by Roger Gamble

Sunday 23 September 2018
Val Armstrong: Simple monoprinting with a geli-palte



Monday 24 September 2018
Art Demo TBC. Exhibition open.

Tuesday 25 September 2018
Christine McKechnie: Collage magic

Autumn leaves by Christine McKechnie

Wednesday 26 September 2018
Roger Gamble: Acrylics in action

Drink Smoke Read Text

Thursday 27 September 2018
Lyn Aylward: Painting the figure in oils



Friday 28 September 2018
Sue Caddy: Hand-building clay forms


Bowl of Earthy Delights

Saturday 29 September 2018
Kit Price Moss: Monoprinting, or the art of surprise


Penguins busy on the beach

Sunday 30 September 2018
Eileen Revett: Fun with Woodblock Printing



Follow us on Twitter @ARTWORKS_east for exhibition updates.

ARTWORKS 19th Annual Exhibition

Saturday 15th September to Sunday 30th September 2018
Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

The ARTWORKS Exhibition is open daily 10am to 5pm, free entry, complimentary full-colour catalogue, ample free parking. The barn complex is on ground level with easy access. All artwork in the exhibition is for sale. Relax with coffee and homemade cake in the Artworks Ivy Café or browse the Artworks Gift Shop for artist postcards, greetings cards, original prints and a changing display of small artworks to buy.

Walberswick Exhibition : Art with a Sea View


Artworks artists Anne Paton and Jazz Green are exhibiting paintings and prints with Frank Beanland, Miles Fairhurst and Julie Noad in a pop-up art exhibition in Walberswick over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 26 August & Monday 27 August 2018.


On show will be colourful abstracts on paper and canvas, landscapes in oil and acrylic, mixed media collages, drawings and silkscreen prints. All work is for sale.

Walberswick is a village on the Suffolk coast, a popular destination for tourists and a creative retreat for generations of artists, including resident Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1914-1915 (read more).

Sunday 26 August and Monday 27 August 2018
Walberswick Village Hall
IP18 6TZ

Exhibition from 10am to 6pm on Sunday and Monday. Pay & Display car parking nearby at the boatyard or dunes car park.

Directions: Follow road signs to Walberswick from Blythburgh on the A12. The Village Hall is centrally located opposite the village green, next to the access road to the beach car park. Entry to the exhibition is free.


The boatyard at Walberswick

MEDITATIONS The Aldeburgh Gallery, exhibition of recent work by Valerie Armstrong & Brenda Nash

MEDITATIONS at The Aldeburgh Gallery, a new exhibition of recent work by Artworks member Valerie Armstrong, shared with printmaker Brenda Nash.

The exhibition runs from Thursday 6th to Wednesday 12th September 2018, open daily 12am – 4pm:

IP15 5AN

Saturday 8th September lunchtime both artists will be present and very happy to show off their new work.

Wine and nibbles will be served from 12am.

Artists in East Anglia: apply to exhibit with Artworks in 2018

Artists living and working in East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire & Essex) are invited to apply to exhibit with Artworks in 2018.

All types of contemporary art are considered, including painting and drawing (oil, acrylic, watercolour, collage, mixed media), original printmaking (such as etching, lithography, woodcut), sculpture and 3D (including stone, bronze, glass, ceramics, metalwork), photography, video and multi-media art. We are looking for professional artists whose work will enhance the high quality and range of contemporary art in our annual exhibition.

To apply, download and complete the application form on our membership page. Completed application forms must be returned by Wednesday 31 January 2018. The application form is supplied as a DOC and PDF – application forms can be typed or handwritten, returned by email or by post.

Further information on how to apply is on our membership page.

After you have submitted a completed application, you will be invited to present a portfolio of your work in early February 2018 (date to be advised).

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Christmas Exhibition at Great Walsingham Gallery for Nicola Coe, Janet French, Carol Pask

Three members of ARTWORKS – Nicola Coe, Janet French and Carol Pask – have been invited to show their work in a forthcoming Christmas Exhibition at Great Walsingham Gallery in Norfolk.


Nicola Coe – mixed media with photography
Janet French – original prints on handmade paper made from leaves
Carol Pask – ceramic sculpture

The special preview evening is on Friday 17th November 6 – 9pm, followed by an open day on Saturday 18th November 10am – 5pm. The exhibition continues throughout the Christmas holidays into the New Year, to the end of  January 2018, open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm (see Great Walsingham Gallery website for full details).

Great Walsingham Gallery & Framing
Hindringham Road
Great Walsingham
NR22 6DR

More details on the art exhibition, opening times and venue location, visit

Ruth McCabe: Open Studio on Saturday 18 November 2017

Ruth McCabe: Open Studio and Sale on Saturday 18th November 2017.


The studio and two other rooms will be open, showing both work going back to 2009 when I painted mostly in oils, and the current sketches I’m working on in preparation for two new shows next year, both of which have an environmental theme.

A brief intro…

My earliest pieces were often painted in acrylic like these limes, a large piece…


A few years later, having switched to oils, my work was still pursuing figurative forms…


….but also abstraction, like this piece – a response to a walk in spring woodland…


….and this even more abstract response to sunlight on a favourite footpath I walk regularly…


This later oil is based on returning to my Yorkshire roots and shows the beginning of a period in which I enjoyed using texture.


Two more textured oils from this period… “Snow Ewes” and “Spring Surge”



At this time I would often apply white oil, creating texture with the palette knife, then once dry, rub other pigments onto the textured surface with my finger. Loved it!

Boats were a regular subject in these years, loving their rounded forms and general buoyancy! These always sold well and only a few very small works remain like this oil on canvas which was one of a series of pieces painted to show alongside the ceramics of Usch Spettigue.


In 2010 I began exploring the medium of watercolour, in a curious response to the combination of struggling through a long long winter of snow and ice which seemed unwilling to let go its grip, followed immediately by the driest April ever, when trees began shedding their leaves to reduce water loss. Somehow this left me wanting to work in a thin, sparing medium and I persevered through a year of frustration (watercolour is so difficult) until I began to achieve pieces I liked. This early watercolour won its way into The Mall Galleries in the Sunday Times 25th Contemporary Watercolour Competition exhibition. I was thrilled, and doubly delighted to find that they’d chosen my piece to use on the cover of their brochure.


Continuing since 2011 to develop my practice in the use of watercolour, I am grateful to competitions like the Sunday Times and Royal Watercolour Society’s Contemporary competition, in the hope that these prestigious bodies change the art world’s prejudiced view of ‘watercolour’ as the medium for ‘amateur dabbling’. I love its translucency and flow, and never work in a tight, controlled way.

To give you a glimpse of the new work I’m developing for next year, some of which will relate to climate change, rises in sea levels and the role of saltmarsh on the East Anglian coast, here’s a couple of sketches made plein air at a Suffolk site where the marsh is now developing as an intertidal saline habitat following the breach of the sea wall in the tidal surge of 2013.



I look forward to welcoming you on the 18th. The studio will be cosy courtesy of my converted calor gas wood burner. During the watercolour demo between 12 and 1pm work can still be bought, and I now have a card payment system.
Twitter: @mccabe_ruth
Instagram: @ruthmccabe8420

Artworks: Professional artists in East Anglia – join us in 2018

Artworks welcomes new applications from professional artists based in East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire), producing contemporary artwork in any medium.

All contemporary artwork is considered, including: painting and drawing (oil, acrylic, watercolou, collage and mixed media, original printmaking (such as etching, lithography, woodcut, silkscreen), sculpture and 3D (including stone, bronze, glass, ceramics, metalwork).

For the first year, artists joining Artworks are temporary guest members, and thereafter can apply for permanent (full) membership. All artists’ applications are considered on the portfolio of work on selection day, there is no shortlisting or pre-selection, and there is no fee to apply. Read more about exhibiting with Artworks on the APPLY page.

LAST CHANCE TO VISIT… the final weekend of ARTWORKS 2017

It is the final weekend of ARTWORKS 18th Annual Exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn! Thank you to everyone who has supported Artworks in 2017. If you have not yet visited, we invite you to see the Artworks 2017 exhibition before it closes on Sunday 1st October 2017.

For returning visitors, the last weekend is often a quieter occasion to discover many smaller works of art not easily seen at the bustling, crowded Private View evening (click link to see photos).

It is also an opportunity to discover some unique art-related gifts by established East Anglian artists, either in the Artworks Shop area or in the many browsers of prints and paintings by the wall displays. Every sale from the exhibition, from a postcard to a large painting or sculpture, will support the creative work of our group of artists.

Saturday at ARTWORKS
On Saturday 30th September, one of this year’s guest artistsHazel Bradshaw, will be demonstrating ‘Impractical Pots’, which will be intriguing – pop in to watch some ‘art in action’ – there is no need to book a place and entry is free.


‘Coastal’ by Hazel Bradshaw

At 3pm on Saturday, the Artworks Prize Draw takes place, hosted by Lucy Lutyens. Always a thrilling occasion, this is a chance to win one of thirty original artworks, all generously donated by the artists in Artworks. The prize draw tickets are £2 each. Monies raised from the Artworks Prize Draw will fund next year’s Artists in Schools workshops, and we also donate a proportion of funds raised to a charity – this year we voted to support Teenage Cancer Trust.

Sunday at ARTWORKS
If you plan to visit ARTWORKS on Sunday (the last day), arrive before 2pm to allow plenty of time to see the whole exhibition. From 3pm on the last day of Artworks, Blackthorpe Barn can get busy as art buyers begin to arrive to collect their purchased artworks. You will probably meet some of the exhibiting artists at this time as we prepare to take down the exhibition.

Also on Sunday, Ruth McCabe is the day’s demonstration artist, sharing her distinctive painting processes & techniques with watercolour, all at the demonstration table in the thatched barn, from 10.30am to 4pm. The image below is of Ruth’s new series of watercolours in this year’s exhibition.

Lastly, the Artworks Ivy Café is open on Saturday and Sunday for scrumptious homemade cakes, scones and shortbread, pots of tea and brewed coffee. For the more health-conscious, we also have herbal teas and fresh fruit on offer.

It is a relaxing space, a little café situated at the end of the long thatched barn, a place to meet up with friends or read through the Artworks catalogue. The Artworks Ivy Café also has a selection of small paintings for sale on the walls.

Entry to the Artworks exhibition is free, and our colour exhibition catalogue is also free!

Do not miss this last chance to view our annual art exhibition – we believe it’s our best year yet, and from the feedback we have received so far, many visitors agree!

Follow us on Twitter @ARTWORKS_east for exhibition updates.

ARTWORKS 18th Annual Exhibition
Saturday 9th September to Sunday 1st October 2017
Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ


Open 10am to 5pm, free entry, complimentary full-colour catalogue. Blackthorpe Barn is on ground level with easy access, free parking.

All work in the exhibition is for sale. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, or any of the major credit/debit cards.

Photos taken at ARTWORKS 2017 exhibition private view

Here is a selection of photographs taken at the ARTWORKS Exhibition private view on Friday 8th September 2017. Artworks was delighted to welcome the new Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Terry Clements, with his wife, to view our annual exhibition.

Around 450 people attended the private view, sales were brisk, the atmosphere buzzing and lively. A warm thank you to everyone who attended.

We are now into the final week of the ARTWORKS exhibition, open all week 10am-5pm to Sunday 1st October 2017. Follow us on Twitter @ARTWORKS_east for exhibition updates.

ARTWORKS 18th Annual Exhibition
Saturday 9th September to Sunday 1st October 2017
Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

Open 10am to 5pm, free entry, complimentary full-colour catalogue. Blackthorpe Barn is on ground level with easy access, free parking.

All work in the exhibition is for sale. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, or any of the major credit/debit cards.

Relax in the new Artworks Ivy Café, or browse the Artworks Shop for an enticing range of cards and smaller 3D artworks, including ceramics, handmade glass jewellery and metalwork. Browsers of art are also placed next to each artist’s work.

Welcome to the new artists exhibiting with Artworks in 2017

A warm welcome to the new artists exhibiting with Artworks in 2017.


Mousehole 3 by Chris Hann

We welcome back Chris Hann as a full member of Artworks, along with new guest artists Hazel Bradshaw, Sue Caddy, Nicola Coe, Mari French, Nora Gaston and Julia Groves.


Smoke Fired Vessel by Sue Caddy


Inlet by Hazel Bradshaw

Eleonora Knowland, Anne Paton and Eileen Revett are taking a year out to pursue other projects, but will be rejoining us in 2018.

Follow us on Twitter @ARTWORKS_east for exhibition updates.

ARTWORKS 18th Annual Exhibition

Saturday 9th September to Sunday 1st October 2017
Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

Exhibition open daily 10am to 5pm, free entry and complimentary full-colour catalogue, free parking. Blackthorpe Barn is on ground level with easy access.

All work in the exhibition is for sale. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, or any of the major credit/debit cards.

Relax in the new Artworks Ivy Café, or browse the Artworks Shop for an enticing range of art cards and smaller artworks, including ceramic pots, handmade glass jewellery and metalwork.