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Alison Jones : botanical paintings

Alison Jones has been a member of Artworks since it began in the year 2000. She has contributed to the annual Artworks exhibitions with botanical paintings in watercolours and ‘still life’ in pastels. 
Hellibore ‘Cinnamon Snow’ © Alison Jones

Alison Jones has also exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society. In 1990 and 1993 Alison Jones was awarded the prestigious Grenfell Silver medal at the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual exhibition for her exhibitions of fuchsias and cyclamen coum – and she has also been awarded the Grenfell Silver-Gilt medal twice, in 2000 and 2008.
Alison Jones has also exhibited at the Society of Botanical Artists in London, and is also a member of the Society of Floral Painters, exhibiting annually in the South of England. You can see more of Alison’s botanical paintings on Alison Jones profile page.
In August 2010 Alison joined twenty three other flower painters who had their first exhibition in the Edmund Gallery in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Following its success the Iceni Botanical Artists was born in October the same year, with aims of encouraging and practising a high standard of all forms of botanical art through annual exhibitions by members.  
The Iceni Botanical Artists (IBA) is now engaged in a unique project to record and document the rarest of Norfolk’s Breckland wild flowers.  The collection of original paintings will be available for exhibitions at different venues and will be included in a Florilegium of wild Breckland Plants. More news nearer the time.
Meanwhile, the The Iceni Botanical Artists will be exhibiting again at the Edmund Gallery from 3rd – 8th August, 2012.
The Iceni Botanical Artists
3rd – 8th August 2012
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 1LS

Valerie Armstrong : printmaking school workshop

Each year Artworks offers the opportunity for local schools to apply for one of four fully-funded one-day artist workshops, with the schools selecting an artist of their choice from the Artworks exhibition. The four workshops are then planned, organised and run by the selected artists.

Schools are encouraged to visit the annual Artworks exhibition in September, and this is often the time when teachers (or the children!) decide on which artist they would like to work with later in the school year.

In 2011, Artworks artist Valerie Armstrong was selected to run a one day workshop with Great Whelnetham Primary School:

This year I was invited to Great Whelnetham primary school to run a printmaking workshop with eight and nine year old children.

Realising I would need considerable time to turn an organized multi purpose classroom into a printmaking studio, it was agreed that I should run the workshop in two sessions; an afternoon workshop followed up by a workshop the very next morning, giving me time to set up and clear up in the two lunch breaks.

I planned several ambitious techniques for the children to explore. To my delight they had just begun a classroom project on India, a country I have a deep involvement with, so I was able to provide lots of images and material to work from.

The children embraced the experience with focus, joy and enthusiasm and produced some vibrant and thoughtful pieces of art. The results of the two half day workshops will be on exhibition in the schools section of the next Artworks exhibition in September 2012.

Visit Valerie Armstrong‘s website.


More information about planning school visits and applications for artist workshops is available on the Artworks Schools page. While some school groups simply enjoy looking at the exhibition, other groups come to sketch, paint and draw. There is always someone from Artworks on hand to offer more information on the art, encouraging the children to study, enjoy and absorb all the art in the exhibition.

N.b. To avoid possible clashes with other school visits please contact our Schools Coordinator who will assist you in planning your visit to the Artworks exhibition.

The Artworks exhibition this year runs from the 8th to 30th September 2012 at Blackthorpe Barn, open daily 10am to 5pm.

John Glover : a new artist to ARTWORKS

Today we warmly welcome a new artist to Artworks (and the Artworks blog) the highly accomplished and experienced portrait painter, John Glover.

John Glover recently won the Rowland Hilder Award at The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. Below is the prize-winning painting, which is entitled ‘Mrs. McLeod’.

‘Mrs McLeod’ © John Glover

John Glover’s subjects include people from all walks of life, from official portraits to more intimate family groups or individual studies. He works in a variety of mediums including pencil, watercolour, pastel and oils.

John says of his work: “As a portrait painter I find myself in a very privileged position. I am invited into people’s lives however briefly, to witness their work, their aspirations, their successes and sometimes their failures, indeed their humanity.

John was also recently elected as the President of The Cambridge Drawing Society. The Cambridge Drawing Society was founded in 1882 by Lady Sandys and is one of the oldest art societies in the country. Former members of The Cambridge Drawing Society include Cecil Beaton, Ronald Searle, Gwen Raverat, Peter Graham (Vice President of the Institute of Oil Painters) and James Horton (President of the Society of British Artists). The Cambridge Drawing Society’s membership now comprises over one hundred and forty artists. We wish John much success in his new appointment.

John is also an experienced teacher in portraiture, life-drawing and painting. He runs day classes locally in the Cambridge area and also teaches at summer schools throughout the UK. John also offers painting demonstrations to many art groups and societies. He is also available for individual, one-to-one art tuition.

Visit John Glover’s website for more information on commissioning a portrait or attending one of his art tuition classes.


Lyn Aylward shortlisted for Anteros Arts Prize 2012

Artworks artist Lyn Aylward is one of five regional artists shortlisted for the East Anglian Artists Development Prize, a competition open to all visual artists aged under forty and living in Norfolk, Suffolk or Essex, inviting them to apply for the £5000 professional development prize.

The prize is organised by the Anteros Arts Foundation, which is based in Norwich, UK. The other shortlisted artists are: Adam Batchelor, Rachel Daniel, Rosie Winn and Thomas Joynes.

You can see examples of the shortlisted artists’ work in an exhibition currently on at Anteros Arts, which runs from 9th March to 28th April 2012. The Anteros Arts Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

One of the five shortlisted artists will be awarded the £5,000 prize, free access to Anteros Arts courses for a year and a solo exhibition in Spring 2013 at Anteros Arts. The judging panel comprises John Hemmant, Aude Gotto and Susan Mumford, but feedback from gallery visitors will also contribute to the final decision. The winning artist will be announced on 14 April 2012 at 2pm.

Good luck Lyn!

East Anglian Artists Development Prize exhibition
9th March to 28th April 2012

Anteros Arts Foundation
7-15 Fye Bridge Street

Artists Making an Exhibition of Themselves!

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Artists Making an Exhibition of Themselves!

Saturday 1st October 2011, from 6pm to 9pm.

Artists Making an Exhibition of Themselves (or AMET) is a special evening of artists demonstrations, in association with the annual Artworks exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn.

AMET is a special evening event when some of our Artworks artists set-up mini working studios in front of their work in the Artworks exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn, to demonstrate the media, materials & techniques used in their art, ready to answer any questions that visitors to the exhibition may have about their art. It’s like visiting ‘open studios’ but it’s all under one roof!
Valerie Armstrong explaining collagraph printmaking
The atmosphere is always bustling, creative & very inspiring – and refreshments are also available in the Artworks cafe.

Lynn Hutton demonstrating image transfer techniques

The Artworks AMET evening is 
on Saturday 1st October 2011
 from 6pm to 9pm, at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Suffolk – a special date in the Artworks diary!

This special evening event is sponsored by The Curwen Press.

The Artworks 12th annual art exhibition runs from 10 September – 2 October 2011, open 10am – 5pm daily at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9HZ (for SatNav). Click here to download a printable map to Blackthorpe Barn (PDF).
Entry to the Artworks exhibition is free, there is ample parking with full disability access (two wheelchairs are also available if required). There will also be the Artworks Cafe selling light refreshments alongside the very popular Artworks Shop.
If you haven’t yet visited, we hope you will enjoy your visit to Artworks.
You can read more about Artworks history and view profiles of all our artists on the official Artworks website (see links to the right).

ARTWORKS Exhibition : pictures from the preview evening

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful people who attended the Artworks preview evening last friday. We had over 500 guests through the doors and we were blessed by some late afternoon sunshine, making it a most memorable & enjoyable evening in such a beautiful rural setting. Here are a few photographs from the Artworks preview evening.

Many artists’ works are proving very popular with visitors and art collectors alike, but if the work you like has sold or it is out of your budget, then pop into the Artworks shop.

The Artworks shop has a dynamic, evolving display of smaller, original paintings, prints, ceramics, sculptural glass & ironwork, together with an extensive range of artist greetings cards.

There was an assortment of delicious canapés and liquid refreshments to accompany the evening’s perusal of the art. On top of that, live music was supplied by the Gill Levin Jazz Trio! Utterly spoilt!

The Artworks 12th annual art exhibition runs from 10 September – 2 October 2011, open 10am – 5pm daily at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9JG.

Entry to the Artworks exhibition is free, there is ample parking with full disability access (two wheelchairs are also available if required). There will also be the Artworks Cafe selling light refreshments alongside the very popular Artworks Gallery Shop.

If you haven’t yet visited, we hope you will enjoy your visit to Artworks 2011!

Artworks Prize Draw: Landscapes, Places, Travel

As promised, another sneak preview of six more mini artworks in the Janette Place Mini Artworks Prize Draw in Artworks 12th annual art exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn, open daily from 10 September to 2 October 2011. Draw tickets are just £2 each. This selection features original artworks donated by: Roger Gamble, Anne Paton, Doug Patterson, Christine McKechnie, Gill Levin and Lynn Hutton.

Roger Gamble

Anne Paton

Doug Patterson

Christine McKechnie

Gill Levin

Lynn Hutton

The ‘Janette Place’ Mini Artworks Prize Draw takes place on Saturday 1st October 2011 at 4pm. Prize Draw tickets are on sale at £2 each throughout the duration of the Artworks exhibition – just enquire at the reception desk. All the mini artworks are original works of art! Read more about the history of the Mini Artworks Prize Draw.

The Mini Artworks Prize Draw provides funding for Artworks outreach work with local schools, with a proportion of the draw proceeds going to a nominated charity. In 2011 we are delighted to be supporting the innovative Bradfield Green Oak Centre project run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. You can follow the development of the project on the Bradfield Green Oak Centre’s blog.

Next time, we will feature another selection of six original mini artworks focusing on the broad theme of people and portraits.

The Artworks 12th annual art exhibition runs from 10 September – 2 October 2011, open 10am – 5pm daily, at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9JG.

Entry to the Artworks exhibition is free, there is ample parking with full disability access (two wheelchairs are also available if required). There will also be the Artworks Cafe alongside the very popular Artworks Gallery Shop, selling small paintings, original prints & drawings, ceramics, sculpture and glass, in addition to a wonderful selection of artists greetings cards. We hope you will enjoy your visit!

Artworks exhibition: EAST magazine Sept 2011

The September 2011 issue of East magazine features an illustrated article on Artworks and our forthcoming exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn in Rougham, Suffolk.

You can read the East magazine article on Artworks online.

East magazine is a regional events & listings magazine and is available in many outlets and venues across East Anglia. Pick up your free copy today.

The Artworks 12th annual art exhibition runs from 10 September – 2 October 2011, open 10am – 5pm daily, at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9JG.

Entry to the Artworks exhibition is free, there is ample parking with full disability access (two wheelchairs are also available if required). There will also be the Artworks Cafe alongside the very popular Artworks Gallery Shop, selling small paintings, original prints & drawings, ceramics, sculpture and glass, in addition to a wonderful selection of artists greetings cards. We hope you will enjoy your visit!

Read more about Artworks on the official Artworks website.

Constance Stubbs: retrospective art exhibition

The acclaimed East Anglian artist Constance Stubbs is having a major retrospective of her art at Blackthorpe Barn, Suffolk in August 2011. The exhibition comprises over one hundred and twenty mixed media paintings, drawings and etchings, tracing the career of one of the region’s most prolific and brilliant artists.

Youngest Grandson, c.2002, mixed media, ©Constance Stubbs

Constance Stubbs became an established artist following her move to Pakenham in Suffolk, which afforded her the opportunity to develop and further her diverse talents resulting in her one woman shows around East Anglia and in London. Constance Stubbs has been a key member of the Artworks group for many years and her paintings always delight the visitors to the Artworks exhibition with their abundance of colour and expressive use of mixed media.

Portrait of the artist Constance Stubbs in her studio

Constance Stubbs studied at Cheltenham School of Art and in 1946 gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, where she worked under Professor Robin Darwin, and her tutors included Ruskin Spear, John Minton, Carel Weight and Rodrigo Moynihan. Sir Hugh Casson, President of the Royal Academy 1976-1984, once said that: ‘Constance Stubbs is probably the most exciting British painter today. Without doubt, she is amongst the foremost ranks of portraitists.’

Sir Hugh Casson, c.1989, ©Constance Stubbs

Constance Stubbs’ work has been exhibited widely, including the Royal Academy and the Hayward Gallery, to much praise & critical acclaim.

Nareesh, 2003, mixed media, ©Constance Stubbs

Constance Stubbs’ undoubted artistic reputation rests on her wonderful gift for drawing, etching and portraiture, combining technical virtuosity with originality of composition through her perceptive and compassionate portrayal of everyday life. Her innovative mixed media collage techniques, using acrylic or watercolour with gouache, chalk and pastel, builds up delicate layers of radiant and exotically coloured textures on canvas or board.

Skinny Dipping, mixed media, c.2000, ©Constance Stubbs

The Constance Stubbs retrospective exhibition is at Blackthorpe Barn, Suffolk for one week only, from 13 – 20 August 2011, open daily, admission free. If you can’t make it to this exhibition, you can see more of Constance Stubbs’ artwork at her official website: www.constancestubbs.com

Rescue from the sea bed (Wreck of Medusa series), c.1998, ©Constance Stubbs

Constance Stubbs, 13 – 20 August 2011, Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Nr Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9LZ.

Take five with… Lyn Aylward, figurative portrait paintings

Lyn Aylward’s paintings are concerned with the human figure, portraying people from different backgrounds, in both figurative, narrative works and more traditional portraiture. Her distinctive, realist paintings also explore human relationships, family ties and recollections of childhood.

Family (from on high) oil on canvas ©Lyn Aylward

Take five with… is an ongoing series of informal interviews with Artworks artists. Without further ado, let’s ‘take five‘ with the figurative painter Lyn Aylward, who is a new member of Artworks.

Which person most encouraged you to first become an artist?
My mother first encouraged me. She studied to be an art and history teacher at Southampton during the 1960s and had (and still has) a wonderful sketchbook that she worked in that is filled with portraits and figurative studies of her room mates and friends during her time there. I have always wanted to have a sketchbook that was half as good as hers and I definitely haven’t managed it yet!

Which living artist do you most admire and why?
Chuck Close, whose work is beautiful and for bringing the portrait back into fashion when it was no longer considered to be a modern art form.  He is an inspirational artist who comes up with gems such as ‘problem solving is way too overrated‘. ‘Problem creation is much more interesting‘ and painting is ‘coloured dirt smeared on a flat surface, usually stretched around some wooden sticks‘.

Self Portrait, oil on canvas, 2000-2001 ©Chuck Close

Whereabouts in the world is (or has been) the most inspiring location for you as an artist?
I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2009 and I have to say that when I walked into the room that housed the Chuck Close, Andy Warhol and Alex Katz works I found myself in heaven.  I was on holiday with my cousins and they had to sit and wait for me for at least quarter of an hour whilst I stood in front of the Chuck Close ‘Lucas’ painting alone.  There are many fantastic works of art in the museum and I really would like to go back and spend a lot longer there.  My cousins presented me with a printed bag after the trip which includes a photograph on the front of me standing in front of the ‘Lucas’ painting.  I obviously stood there for what seemed like ages to them but nowhere near long enough for me!

Lucas, oil on canvas, 1987 ©Chuck Close

What do you listen to while creating – music, a radio station, or do you work in silence?
I am a huge fan of all types of music so often have music playing when painting.  The type of music depends on what I am working on at the time.  I mostly listen either to a classical film soundtrack or classical music as it is the only way to stop me singing along to songs and losing my concentration!  Or it has to be something sung in a different language to keep me from joining in or an audio book – usually Agatha Christie.  The golden rule for me is to NEVER put anything on that can be danced to as that just leads to some very dodgy dance moves and some shaky painting!

Dance Teachers, oil on canvas, ©Lyn Aylward

How do you generate or develop ideas for your art?
I tend to scribble ideas on bits of paper and I do have an ‘ideas’ book that I paste into any scribbles, photos or pictures that I think might inspire me at some point.  I am inspired by other artists, photographers, film, books and often the people around me so ideas can spring from anywhere.

Clare and Katie Leaping, oil on canvas ©Lyn Aylward

Could you describe your art studio set-up.
One room, no running water, no heating and the scariest steep staircase but it has wonderful big windows so excellent light.  Brilliant in the summer but freezing in the winter!

What time in the day are you at your most creative?
Definitely during the morning and the worst time is during the evening. 

What is the purpose of drawing for you as an artist?
Drawing is incredibly important for me.  I always begin paintings with preparatory sketches.  I never go straight to the canvas.  Plus I think that even if my sketches are not brilliant, they have helped me to really look at my subject so that when I get to the stage of working on canvas I have already got a good feel for the subject/sitter.

Delusions, oil on canvas ©Lyn Aylward

Is there an art medium/technique you’d most like to try but haven’t yet?
I have never tried etching and I would love to try this as I like the idea of being able to have more freedom to draw than some of the other printing methods. I have only printed using lino, lithography and collagraph to date.

If you had to choose between using a pen or a pencil – which one and why?
I would always choose a pencil. The way that you can make different marks with a pencil is the reason why.  Plus you can start a sketch using very light marks so that you are able to correct any mistakes and I find that a pencil enables me to give more tone than ink. 

Do you have a personal motto?
I heard Antony Gormley say this in a TV documentary and I have stolen it for my own motto! It is on the back of an envelope and pinned to the wall in my studio. It is ‘what is worth doing, do it completely and tell it like it is‘.

Waste Man, 2006 ©Antony Gormley

Thank you very much Lyn, for ‘taking time out‘ for the Artworks blog – we appreciate the insight into your creative world! Read more about Lyn Aylward‘s work on the Artworks official website or view many more of her paintings on her own website: www.lynaylward.co.uk

In addition to being a new artist with Artworks in 2011, Lyn Aylward is also an active member of the Norfolk artists group Breckland Artists. She exhibits her work at a number of galleries throughout East Anglia and also accepts portrait commissions.

There will be another ‘take five‘ artist interview on the Artworks blog soon, so stay tuned…