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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.

ARTWORKS exhibition 2017: Meet the Artists – Daily presentations

The popular ‘Meet the Artist’ series of presentations return to Artworks in 2017. A different artist sets up a mini art studio each day, ready to talk about their work or demonstrate creative art techniques. Other artists will be working at the sales desk or in the Artworks’ café, so there are numerous opportunities to meet some of the artists on any day during the Artworks exhibition.

Below is the MTA schedule to help you plan your visit to Artworks. Pop in any time between 10.30am and 4.30pm as the art presentations are informal – there is no need to book.

Saturday 9 September 2017
Alison Jones: A brush with flowers in watercolour

Sunday 10 September 2017
Alfie Carpenter: Interpreting the land in mixed media


Moonlit reeds

Monday 11 September 2017
Roger Gamble: Artful Acrylics!

Tuesday 12 September 2017
Kit Price Moss: Printmaking: puffins to penguins

Wednesday 13 September 2017
Nora Gaston: Foraging the waves: working through ideas

Thursday 14 September 2017
Val Armstrong: Letting go of realism – building mixed media backgrounds for abstracts

Friday 15 September 2017
Christine McKechnie: Watercolour painted paper collage

Autumn leaves by Christine McKechnie

Saturday 16 September 2017
Julia Groves: Botanical Art / Drawing techniques


Chandos Beauty by Julia Groves

Sunday 17 September 2017
Roger Gamble: Artful Acrylics!

Breckland Trail

Breckland Trail by Roger Gamble

Monday 18 September 2017
Cathy D’Arcy: Making happy faces in clay

Tuesday 19 September 2017
Helen Dougall: Batik: wax resist dyeing on cloth

Wednesday 20 September 2017
Sue Caddy: Seeds and ceramics


Bowl of Earthy Delights

Thursday 21 September 2017
Gillian Crossley-Holland: Oil pastels: A joy to use


Sea study, Scolt Head, August afternoon after rain

Friday 22 September 2017
Lyn Aylward: Painting portraits in oils


Fly Past by Lyn Aylward

Saturday 23 September 2017
Gainsborough’s House Workshop: portfolio presentation showing a variety of printmaking techniques

Sunday 24 September 2017
Chris Hann: Unsighted drawing


Mousehole 4

Monday 25 September 2017
Katie Millard: Watercolour landscapes without a pencil

Tuesday 26 September 2017
Kate Reynolds: Figures in movement

artworks shop

Wednesday 27 September 2017
Alison Jones: A brush with flowers in watercolour

Magnolia by Alison Jones

Thursday 28 September 2017
Val Armstrong: Simple monoprinting using a gelli plate



Friday 29 September 2017
Nicola Coe: Polaroid as art



Saturday 30 September 2017
Hazel Bradshaw: Creating impractical pots

Sunday 1 October 2017
Ruth McCabe: Working loosely with watercolour

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, complimentary full-colour catalogue, free parking, barn complex is on ground level with easy access. All work in the exhibition is for sale. Relax in the Artworks Café or browse the Artworks Shop for an extensive range of art cards and a range of smaller artworks to buy and take away.

Ruth McCabe: Open Studio & Art Sale on Saturday 23rd September 2017

Ruth McCabe: Open Studio and Sale on Saturday 23rd September 2017.

A retrospective showing work in a variety of media, from large to very small will be available to see and buy.

Those curious to explore the journey I’ve made since I began to paint in 1997 will be able to enjoy the collection, arranged chronologically.

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. How I wish this had led to some interest from a London gallery.


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.

So please come and visit the studio and the two additional spaces I will be setting up to show this collection. I hope to make it an interesting journey for you.

There will also be unframed pieces, cards and some wire works.
Look for the signs to get you to me! Come straight to the studio.

During the painting demo (see poster below), work can still be seen in the cottage.


Saturday 23rd September 2017, 10am until 4pm
Threeways, Coles Hill, Wenhaston IP19 9DS

11am to 12 noon Watercolour demo in the studio: working loosely with this medium. Please email to book your place since due to space restrictions, only 6 places available, £3.00 per person.

All visitors please come straight to the studio. Other rooms of work will be open for browsing during the demo if you arrive while that is taking place.
Twitter: @mccabe_ruth
Instagram: @ruthmccabe8420

Spring Exhibition PAINTINGS, PRINTS & COLLAGES in Walberswick



Anne Paton and  Jazz Green, two artists in Artworks, together with three other Suffolk painters, have organised a new art exhibition to be held over the Spring Holiday weekend of 27-29 May 2017 in Walberswick.

A new exhibition featuring work by five established East Anglian Artists: Geoffrey Chatten RBA, Miles Fairhurst, Jazz Green, Julie Noad and Anne Paton.

Walberswick is a pretty village on the Suffolk coast, a popular location for coastal walkers, plein-air painters and other artists.


The street in Walberswick village

The art exhibition is at Walberswick Village Hall for three days only, over the Late Spring Holiday weekend of 27th, 28th & 29th May 2017. Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 6pm. Free admission. Free parking at Village Hall for visitors to the art exhibition, or pay & display at either the boatyard or dunes car parks.


The beach at Walberswick

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 dunes car park.

Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th & Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2017
Walberswick Village Hall
IP18 6TZ

Free Entry. Exhibition open: 10am – 6pm on Saturday, Sunday & Monday.
Credit-card facilities available. Free Admission. Ground floor access.


The boatyard at Walberswick

Nature … at its best: exhibition at The Garage Gallery, Aldeburgh

Nature … at its best

Thursday 11th May to Wednesday 17th May 2017, open 10am to 5pm daily.

The Garage Gallery, Aldeburgh (below Peter Pears Gallery, 152 High Street Aldeburgh, IP15 5AQ).

An exhibition of four Suffolk Artists: Cyndi Speer (paintings); Carol Pask (ceramics); Gillian Plummer (photography); Naomi Brangwyn (glass).

Land Song by Alfie Carpenter : Norfolk landscapes and soundscapes through art and song

Land Song by Alfie Carpenter
Norfolk landscapes and soundscapes told through art and song.


Salthouse Church, North Norfolk, NR25 7XA
6 – 21 May 2017, 11 – 5pm daily
LIVE PERFORMANCES: Friday 5 May 2017, 6 – 9pm and Saturday 13 May 2017, 3 – 5pm
Free admission

Alfie invites you to look and listen to his most recent mixed media landscape creations that come with an extra slathering of singing on top. Collaged materials and papers layered with tones of music and paint will form interpretations of local scenes. 

Fellow vocalist, Kimberley Moore, will assist Alfie in some exciting live performances of original material happening alongside the display of new artworks.


Samphire green, samphire red

Land Song explores our connection to Earth, our kinship with mother nature and how to feel at home in an unfamiliar place.


Seeds of sound

Follow this link for a preview of the sights and sounds:
Follow this link to the Facebook event page:


‘Walking home

Also happening in May, Alfie will be the artist in residence at Ipswich Preparatory School. Alfie will be working with Key Stage 2 students; taking inspiration from the grounds and views from the school and encouraging the students to make use of his collaging technique. You will be able to see the results of the residency at the school from 4pm on Thursday 25th May 2017.

New exhibition – Alison Jones – Iceni Botanical Artists

Alison Jones, who is also a member of Iceni Botanical Artists (IBA), will be exhibiting original paintings of ‘The Wild Flowers of the Brecklands‘ at The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, from 4th – 30th April 2017.

Forty five paintings are featured in the IBA exhibition. The original paintings are not for sale, but copies of ‘Breckland Wild Flowers, Heaths and Grasslands‘ are for sale.

Military Orchid by Alison Jones

Iceni Botanical Artists (IBA) The Wild Flowers of the Brecklands
4th – 30th April 2017
The Apex
Charter Square
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3FD

Solo Exhibition for Ruth McCabe at Burnham Grapevine Gallery

Burnham Market is home to Burnham Grapevine Contemporary Arts where Ruth McCabe’s solo show opens on Saturday 8th April 2017. Over 30 pieces of her work in oils and watercolour will be on display in the gallery throughout April.


Burnham Grapevine is an independent gallery with a reputation built over the last 15 years both for the range and quality of work shown and for its friendly and approachable character. Situated in one of the oldest buildings int Burnham Market, the gallery is just a five minute stroll from the Green, along either Front Street or North Street towards the eastern end of the village.


Ruth’s work in oils and on canvas are most often a response to the East Suffolk landscape, and are either energetic and textured, or worked into smooth flowing abstract forms.


Her watercolours arise from similar inspiration and are worked in translucent layers of pure watercolour on hand made paper.


With over 30 pieces in the show at Burnham Grapevine Contemporary Arts, there are a range of unusual pieces, coming out of different landscapes such as North Wales, and sometimes, a result of her love of the creatures of the Suffolk landscape.


Ruth has been an exhibitor in the Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Competitions.
Bankside Gallery, London, and a finalist and exhibitor in Sunday Times Contemporary Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London.

In 2016 she made a brief television appearance as a competitor at Stowe House, in the Sky Arts “Landscape Artist of the Year 2016”.


Burnham Grapevine Contemporary Art
Overy Road
Burnham Market
PE31 8HH
Tel: 01328 730125

Follow Ruth McCabe on Twitter: @mccabe_ruth

Artists living and working in East Anglia: apply to exhibit with Artworks

Artists living and working in East Anglia are invited to apply to exhibit with Artworks in 2017.

All types of 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, animation, video and multi-media installation art. We are looking for professional artists whose work will enhance the high standard of artwork we showcase in our annual exhibition.

To apply, print off and complete an application form on our membership page. Completed forms must be returned by post to the address on the form by Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Further information on how to apply and the benefits of membership 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 (date to be advised).