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Coming up:
*** Tue 27th June: Workshop with Brontë Woodruff ***
*** Thu 6th July: Watercolour Demonstration with Keith Noble RBSA RSMA ***


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Spotlight - the art of Connecting

This month's Spotlight is inspired by the (go and see it) Ludlow Fringe Art Trail - Art For Everyone. So many talented and dedicated people have made it happen. Of course art can bring joy and learning and peace and appreciation of our surroundings. Art also connects people.
 Michaelangelo's 'The Creation of Adam' includes a visual connection - almost touching fingers, anyway - in the creation of humankind as beings of joy and learning and peace and appreciation of our surroundings... Well, mostly we are. Maybe that is why the fingers are almost touching.
A line can be a connector, in diagrams and telecommunications. Francis Alys poured a 'Thin Green Line' of paint as a notion of connection, and of separation - a border on a map.
My experience of the Ludlow Art Trail is of many connections made.
Art connects the artists with eachother, and with keen visitors. It connects Art Trail people and activities with the performers of the Fringe, and those who run it. And it connects visitors with one another.
Vincent van Gogh, 'Midday'...
...In a gallery we often connect silently through shared mood when looking at a painting, with people we know and those we don't (yet, maybe). Or we connect when a work of art is a talking point. Often both. Like the weather, fine arts can shape a collective mood, and be a topic of conversation.
Street Art is mostly about connection. (That image is not of a street sculpture, by the way. That piece is painted onto those 3 walls.)
While I have been at the Art Trail, one memorable connection has been with two kids, boisterous lads, one particularly so, sometimes on bikes, who started talking about the aeroplane installed at St Laurence's church. They came back, and came in (through the gate, though one was very good at transcending the railings - the line of railings was, like Francis Alys' line of paint, a symbolic barrier). They asked lots, we chatted lots, and I helped one have his first go at using a drill (as he had picked it up, with apparently trigger-intented interest). He wanted help to help me drill a piece I was working on, and said so: "I don't want to mess it up." 
Enjoy the Fringe and the Art Trail's connectivess. There's magic to be had, and great characters to meet.
Dive in.
Nice weather in that painting by van Gogh!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Meeting July 6th

Ludlow Art Society's Major Contributions to Festival

The Ludlow Fringe Festival got underway on Saturday with a host of free public events taking place on Castle Square.  Ludlow Art Society's now familiar Paint Jam brought artists from as far afield as Chester to paint large paintings on boards throughout the day, while children were encouraged to do pavement paintings on the flagstones and graffiti art on a board provided.  The brilliant sunshine made the whole thing a wonderful spectacle for visitors, shoppers and artists alike.

From Saturday June 24th watch out for the aeroplane crash-landing in St Laurence's churchyard, part of this year's Fifth Plinth sculptural installation, yet again organised by Ludlow Art Society and this year featuring Ludlow Art Society's very own Matt Smart.

At the same time, last minute preparations were being made for the Ludlow Fringe Art Trail, also organised by Ludlow Art Society.  This shows off the work of dozens of artists from around the region: painters, sculptors, potters, printers, photographers and more.  Their exhibits are spread across twenty-three different locations across the town centre.  A free map and guide is widely available around town including the Fringe information kiosk on Castle Square. Look out for a venue number in a red circle. The trail runs until July 2nd.

One art trail exhibit took some very special handling.  On Thursday, Warrior the War Horse arrived by horsebox (how else?) at Myriad Organics, venue 22.  Created by artist Ann Wallace, he represents the famous World War 1 war horse who survived the battles at the Somme and Ypres and was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal.

There are also two exciting art workshops organised by guess who? - Ludlow Art Society! Rob Leckey's "painting without brushes" was a success this afternoon, and on June 27th Brontë Woodruff will be "exploring line and wash with Vandyck crystals".  Brontë's workshop costs just £15 plus £5 for materials, and is at 1.30 to 4.30 in Ludlow Women's Centre (men are allowed!) Book by emailing

Monday, 12 June 2017

Pope Head: The Secret Life of Francis Bacon

We are pleased to have this amazing theatre piece at Ludlow Fringe Festival on Saturday 17th June. Written and performed by Garry Roost Directed by Paul Garnault is a dark comedic drama exploring the life, art, sexuality, psyche and philosophies of the great artist, Francis Bacon. Caught wearing his mother’s stockings and banished from the family home. We follow the struggle of the young artist who eventually finds that success goes hand –in- hand with tragedy when you are determined to live life to the full.
It's a powerful solo show that found International success after the east coast tour of Australia in February / March 2015 to critical acclaim and invited to Summerhall Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. The Francis Bacon Estate has endorsed the play with high praise. Clare Shenstone a close confidant of Bacon found the portrayal as a “Startling…brilliant performance.” Pope Head played the opening night of the MoMA Dubrovnik Francis Bacon Exhibition December 2016. The first of its kind in Croatia. Bacon famously proclaimed; “Champagne for my real friends. Real pain for my sham friends”.
“Superb Solo show” Public Reviews ****
“Roost brings Bacon back to dangerous life” - Syke On Stage
“Roost delivers in spades” – Scenestr
“Mesmerising portrayal” - South Sydney Herald “A very talented actor” – ScotsGay
“A superb character actor, one of the most inspired at the fringe.”- FringeReview
Tickets are £12/10 concessions and just £5 on the door for students with ID. Booking: Taking place at the Sitting Room, The Blue Boar, 52 Mill St, SY8 1BB on Saturday 17th June, 7.30pm.
This is definitely one to see for all theatre fans, artists and those interested in the psyche of the creative mind. Full details at:

Friday, 9 June 2017


Ludlow Art Society has been offered studio space in Harvest House, for a limited period of about 9 months before the building is demolished. If you are at all interested in using this, or if you are looking for more permanent studio space, please do get in touch. If there is sufficient response we may be able to work jointly to bring something about. Please enquire to Tom Crowe (

Sunday, 4 June 2017

3 Events of Interest

A gala fundraising dinner:

An exhibition and workshop by our very own Val Alexander:

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Spotlight - Connective reasons for making art, and Mandalas

This month, Spotlight shines on the meanings in mandalas and artistic wishes and ways to connect.
A mandala is a physical manifestation of gratitude
We are creators

Mandalas are usually thought of as patterns, drawings, multicoloured swirling geometric images. There are many forms. Now is a good time of year to make land mandalas: patterns on the land, on grass or soil or on rocks, made by placing colourful leaves, found petals, pieces of moss, stones.. pretty much anything natural. Placing them in patterns, typically circular patterns growing outwards as you go. It is basically like land art.

As with any art, creating a land mandala is an act of focus, and takes your mind from other things. It is this giving of yourself to the creation you are assembling and shaping, the object, and to the act, that is much of why it is a pleasure to make mandalas. A way to escape from what we may find tedious and uncreative in daily obligations and routines. Not an “escape from reality” but a shift into another reality: that of the work we are creating when we paint or sculpt or draw. And a shift into its meanings – whether we paint a sunset to convey a cosy warm feeling, or an activist piece to make viewers aware of politicians’ unfulfilled promises – or sketch about families, or sculpt about the environment.
Duck House Echos is a painting by Caroline Krieger Comings 

According to the mandala principle, a prominent feature of tantric Buddhism, all phenomena are part of one reality. Whether good or bad, happy or sad, clear or obscure, everything is interrelated and reflects a single totality.
It is particularly rewarding to make mandalas with other people – sharing that letting go, and sharing a creative process. Placing leaves or petals or stones, everyone does their thing for the collective whole. Like a social blending of different ages and wisdoms, or views and cultures. When we drop the burdens and worries, and the petty politics, and money worries or whatever it is that we think makes other people enemies…. Connectedness is stronger.
This is true in our art practice. Does anyone do art to take something away from someone else, or make them into enemies, or make them feel small? We do it for connectedness.
As with art, some people think it’s a waste of time, or an indulgent hobby. Many of us see its value. What it conveys, what it gives, and why people do it. What it shares.
Mandalas communicate less obviously. They still do. Their meanings are maybe a bit more obscure, generally. Like art, their meanings are very clear when you do them. Also like art, what a mandala means is up to you.