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A quick gallery visit to the ARTWORKS shop, take a browse!

Here at the Artworks blog we thought we would share a few pictures of our Artworks shop at Blackthorpe Barn (further details of the main Artworks exhibition are below).

Sculptural ceramics by Kate Reynolds

The Artworks shop is always popular with visitors, offering up small delights & serendipitous finds, often artwork direct from the studios of Artworks artists and not previously exhibited.

Elaine Nason cards, work by Genista Dunham & Mac MaCaughan

The Artworks shop stocks small paintings, unframed prints and drawings, collage, sculptural artworks including ceramics, metalwork, glass and papier maché, together with a wonderful variety of handmade artist cards, greetings cards and artist postcards.

Most artists have prints, paintings or drawings in these browsers

Read more about setting up and managing the Artworks shop from Gillian Crossley-Holland, a founder artist member of Artworks.

Glass by Liz Waugh-McManus, cards by Christine McKechnie

Most Artworks artists exhibiting in the main Artworks exhibition also have a small selection of their work in the Artworks shop. Artists who are taking a sabbatical year out also contribute artwork to the Artworks shop.

You will find all styles and genres of art on display, from abstract to figurative, with all work in the shop available to be purchased and taken away on the same day of purchase. It is rather like an organised artist’s open studio set-up, comprised of many artists work on display. We accept cash and debit card payments on all purchases.

Together with the Artworks Café, the Artworks shop provides a most relaxing & informal atmosphere to browse all things art, from postcards (all at 50p!) to original paintings, handcrafted prints and small affordable sculptures.

The Artworks exhibition is open daily 10am to 5pm, from 7th – 29th September 2013. You can read more about all the Artworks artists here (or see the left sidebar for direct links to individual artists).

ARTWORKS 14th Annual Exhibition

7 – 29 September 2013
Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ
The Artworks exhibition is open daily 10am to 5pm, free exhibition catalogue, free admission, ample free parking, wheelchair accessible. There is also our Artworks café selling light refreshments.
We look forward to welcoming you to Artworks 2013 at Blackthorpe Barn.

ARTWORKS today: Learn about batik with artist Helen Dougall

Today, Friday 20 September 2013, Artworks artist Helen Dougall will be demonstrating traditional and creative batik textile techniques in the Artworks exhibition demonstration area.
Helen Dougall Batik: Everything it’s Cracked up to be!


Helen Dougall says: I am interested in the effect of agriculture on the landscape, tractors ‘drawing’ across fields to produce perspective patterns and the effect of sunlight across stubble fields… 

Read more about Helen’ Dougalls batik artwork on the Artworks website.

You can see Helen Dougall demonstrating the techniques of batik in the Artworks exhibition today, from 10.15 am – 4.30 pm
Stay tuned to the Artworks blog for daily Artworks exhibition news and updates, as a different artist will be demonstrating in the Artworks exhibition every day.
The Artworks annual exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to see and buy new and original contemporary work by some of East Anglia’s most inspired and creative artists, all under one roof! Read more about the Artworks artists on our main website.
7 – 29 September 2013
Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ
The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, free exhibition catalogue, free admission, ample free parking, wheelchair accessible. 
We also have the ever popular Artworks shop, which stocks small paintings, prints, unframed drawings, often straight from the artist’s studio, a good range of sculptural art including ceramics, metalwork, glass & papier mache, together with many handmade artist cards, assorted greetings cards and artist postcards. There is also our Artworks café selling light refreshments.

We look forward to welcoming you to Artworks 2013 at Blackthorpe Barn!

We are looking for new artists join ARTWORKS!

Artworks are inviting professional artists living in East Anglia (Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex & Cambridgeshire) to join our group and take part in our annual showcase exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn.

Artworks are looking for new artists to join whose work is creative and innovative, enhancing the appeal & range of work in our annual exhibition, and artists who will also contribute ideas and enthusiasm to support to the aims & objectives of the Artworks group.



Artworks was established in 2000 and membership is strictly limited to thirty artists. Some of our artists take a sabbatical, providing the opportunity for new artists to join us for one year.

Artworks currently have vacancies for four full (permanent) and three temporary (one-year) artists.  If you are interested in joining Artworks, head on over to the Artworks website for more information on how to apply. The closing date for completed artist applications is 16 February 2013.

See some photographs of the Artworks exhibition:

Seven Ways art exhibition at Wymondham Arts Centre, Norfolk

Artworks artist Jazz Green has some paintings in a new exhibition ‘Seven Ways’, featuring the work of seven contemporary East Anglian artists, united by friendship and their connection to the Waveney Valley.

The seven artists in ‘Seven Ways’ are: Nell Close, Clare Cummins, Miles Fairhurst, Jazz Green, Richard Hunter, Dee Nickerson and Julie Noad. Here are some photographs of the exhibition.

Miles Fairhurst (paintings) and Clare Cummins (ceramics)
Dee Nickerson (paintings)

Seven Ways promises to be an engaging and eclectic art exhibition, showcasing the seven artists very different approaches – from gentle observations of country ways, musical elements of still life, scenes of nature, landscape and skies to bold abstract forms and textures of the earth.

Jazz Green (paintings)

Jazz Green has been a member of Artworks since 2010.
See more of Jazz Green’s art here: www.jazzgreen.com

Wymondham Arts Centre is located in Becket’s Chapel, the second oldest building in the town of Wymondham, founded as a chantry in 1174 by William D’Albini, the grandson of William D’Albini who founded Wymondham Abbey. Read more about the history of Becket’s Chapel.

The exhibition Seven Ways at Wymondham Arts Centre is open daily from 29th May to 10th June 2012: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sundays 12 noon – 5pm.

Seven Ways
29th May to 10th June 2012

Wymondham Arts Centre
Becket’s Chapel
Church Street

Wymondham

Norfolk
NR18 OPH

Chris Gamble : double success in the Eastern Open exhibition

One of Chris Gamble‘s pieces, ‘The Faces That You Meet‘, has been selected for the annual Eastern Open exhibition and it gained not one but two awards! The first award was the Exaclair Art Prize of artists’ materials and the second was the Bank House Hotel Purchase Award.

This year’s Eastern Open attracted 557 works by 280 artists from seven counties, with prize money totalling more than £4,000. The winners were announced during a packed ceremony at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre in Norfolk.

Chris Gamble‘s prize-winning work, ‘The Faces That You Meet‘, comprises thirty six small pen drawings of head portraits, and it represents part of an on-going body of work around the theme of ordinary people.

The faces that you meet  © Chris Gamble 2012

The annual Eastern Open exhibition is held in King’s Lynn Arts Centre, and it invites artist submissions from seven counties in the east of England: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire.
A different group of selectors are invited each year to select wotk for this prestigious exhibition. On the judging panel for the Eastern Open 2012 were: Mark Hill, TV Presenter, 20th Century Design Expert and Applied Arts Patron of the King’s Lynn Arts Centre; Yasmin Canvin, freelance curator and Director of Fermynwoods Contemporary Art; Jessica Lack, Arts Writer for The Guardian for 12 years and co-author of “Tate Guide to Modern Art Terms
The selection panel selected forty one works for the 2012 Eastern Open exhibition, all currently on show in the Shakespeare and Fermoy galleries at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre. An alternative Community Choice panel selected works to hang in the Red Barn and the Old Warehouse galleries.
In addition to being a member of the Artworks group, Chris Gamble also belongs to Breckland Artists, who will be holding a tenth anniversary exhibition in the Forum, Norwich, from 27th May until 1st June 2012.
Chris’s husband, Roger Gamble, is also in Artworks, and he won the ‘Best in Show Award’ at the Eastern Open exhibition in 2002. Both Chris & Roger have had their art selected in previous years. Chris won also an award in 2009 for an acrylic painting called ‘Economic Downturn‘. 
The Artworks blog says well done to them both – a prize-winning duo!
The Eastern Open exhibition continues until the 19th May 2012, open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
Eastern Open exhibition 2012
31 March – 19 May 2012
King’s Lynn Arts Centre
King’s Lynn
Norfolk
PE30 1HA

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.

www.johngloverportraits.co.uk

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
NORWICH
Norfolk
NR3 1LJ

Janet French : Deckchair art on show at Hospice

Artworks artist Janet French was recently invited to the St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich for a special viewing of the deckchair design she created for the Suffolk Coastal Deckchairs project.

Suffolk Coastal Deckchairs was a fundraising project in 2010 featuring over 40 deckchairs designed by invited celebrities and local artists to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice. The charity deckchair auction raised £35,000 for the Hospice.

Artist Janet French with Jane Petit, Chief Executive of St Elizabeth Hospice

When Janet French submitted her deckchair canvas design for the fundraising Suffolk Coastal Deckchairs Project in 2010, a campaign was launched at St Elizabeth Hospice to get enough donations to keep the deckchair at the Hospice for patients, visitors, staff and volunteers to enjoy.

Chief Executive of the Hospice Jane Petit hosted Janet French for the special viewing and gave her a tour of the Hospice, including the deckchair in situ, before sitting down to join the Larch Group celebration.

Janet French’s deckchair canvas

Janet French’s deckchair canvas mirrors an aerial view of the Hospice garden and it is currently on show in the Day Unit at St Elizabeth Hospice.

Janet French is a printmaker whose work explores the fragile symbiotic relationship between man and the natural environment.

www.janetfrench.co.uk

About St Elizabeth Hospice

St Elizabeth Hospice provides palliative care by improving life for people living with a progressive illness.

Their work is centred around an individual’s needs, which means specialist support, wherever it is required, whether at home, in the community or at the Hospice.

They help people deal with problems such as pain, anxiety and fatigue, as well as offer practical advice and family support.

The Hospice is an independent charity which provides its services free of charge. The Hospice currently has fifteen charity shops throughout Suffolk and a distribution centre in Ipswich. The funds raised through the shops enable St Elizabeth Hospice to continue to provide services free of charge to the local community.

www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk

A collaboration in art & nature: Janet French & Emma Buckmaster

Artworks artist Janet French has recently begun an exciting collaborative art project with another artist, the printmaker Emma Buckmaster.

Quercus, Fordham, etching on oak leaf handmade paper

The aim of this project is to produce a series of etchings of native tree species printed on to paper created from the trees’ own leaves. Once completed, the delicate prints are trapped between two sheets of glass and framed to allow light to enhance the fine details of the image and the translucent quality of the leaves.

Five tree ‘portraits’ have now been completed and they are currently on show, together with other new work by Janet and Emma, at The Assembly House in Norwich, Norfolk.

Noverre Gallery
Assembly House
Theatre Street
Norwich
NR2 1RQ

The exhibition runs from Friday 2nd December 2011 to Monday 2nd January 2012, open Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 5pm.

Tilia, Braxted, etching on Lime leaf handmade paper

The flowers of the Common Lime have a narcotic effect on bees which may be found asleep under the tree.  The branches are full of mistletoe and the leaves have been used to make the paper on which the tree portrait is printed.

Emma and Janet currently co-Chair the Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop in Sudbury, Suffolk.

For further details on their work you can visit Janet and Emma’s websites:

www.janetfrench.co.uk

www.emmabuckmaster.com

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!