Coming up

Coming Up:
Fri 18th October: Social Evening 8pm at The Blue Boar.


Tuesday, 29 October 2019

The Artists Gallery Ludlow Farm Shop

The Exhibition runs from Saturday October 5th until the end of December and showcases the work of a range of local artists.

Friday, 18 October 2019

International Watercolour Masters 2020

A Celebration Of Master Artists And Inspirational Watercolour At It's Best

5th - 15th May 2020.  Lilleshall. Shropshire.
Exhibiting artists include:  Tianya Zhou

                                       Tickets £5.00 SAA members. Non members £8.00

For more info:

Ledbury Art Society Christmas Exhibition


Thursday, 10 October 2019

Spotlight: Sticking tape

This month’s brief Spotlight is about sticking tape.  It holds things together.  Or it masks edges, if you want to paint some gloss over a window frame.  Tape art.
Max Zorn creates images with sticking tape.
He started by putting tape on street lights.
It evolved.
Max is now well sought-after, with about 18 months’ wait for commissions.
Ok, the stuff is tacky, but lots of people love it.  And it probably says something, if that matters.
Max Zorn is based in Amsterdam.  He has exhibited in the UK, in 2017 and 2016, at The Old Truman Brewery in East London (I had a piece up in a record store round the corner from there last year!).  Mainly he exhibits in Germany and USA.
Many artists, particularly from the Netherlands, have been reticent about UK appearances since 2016.  Around June 23rd, 2016.
It might be nice to stick together.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Aberystwyth University’s Lifelong Learning Programme now at Ludlow Mascall Centre

Stella Stilwell is running the following courses at Ludlow Mascall Centre on behalf of Aberystwyth University’s Lifelong Learning Programme this term. If you can't read the phone number it's 01970 621580.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Spotlight: the Coastal watercolous of William Toplis

'Port Gouray, Sark' - William Toplis. Watercolour
William Arthur Toplis (1857~1942) is known as the artist of Sark.  Sark is a small island in the Channel Islands, now inhabited by about 400 people. William's paintings bring out the beauty and colourful movements of the little island. The features and landscapes he depicted are still today, there to enjoy.
'The Venus Bath' (This painting took Toplis a decade to complete. The area is now more usually known as "The Venus Pool", and is still as depicted here.)
William was born in Sheffield. He taught himself to paint and sold his first painting at the age of 10. In Sheffield he attended Bowlings School and the People's College, then studied at the Sheffield School of Art, graduating at the age of 15. He married in 1878, and he an Eleanor had, over the years, 8 children. They stayed in Scotland and at Betws-y-coed, where William produced many landscapes. His painting "Sermon in Stones" was accepted by the Royal Academy in 1880, and the Royal Academy remained a reliable promoter of his work.
In 1881 the Toplis family moved to Jersey in the Channel Islands.  Two years later, following a holiday in the neighbouring small island of Sark, they moved to Sark, where William continued to paint the details of its rugged coastline and landscape.  He had many works exhibited on the mainland, including large scale Sark paintings accepted for both the 1885 and 1887 Royal Academy exhibitions.  Toplis was a dedicated painter with a determined eye and hand, and went to great lengths to capture impressions of the island... 
    "...he built a wooden platform and fixed it to the side of the cliff with the use of ropes. Christmas lowered him to the platform by rope and he was then able to obtain the view he required for the painting."
There are always painters on Sark, as everywhere.  Rocks on waves.
William upheld the beauty and nature of Sark, during a transition from a wonderful and advanced island of freedom and peace, through the early changes of the times. In the nineteenth century, ahead of his time, Helier de Carteret had created a somewhat Utopian democracy in Sark under the guise of a feudal state. By the end of the nineteenth century, Sark was still ahead of the times, in that it had degenerated into the first of Europe's fascist dictatorships.  This was under the control of one extended family, which was under the control of one man.
'The Causeway, Sark'
This pattern of control, though the periods of industrialisation and wealth generation, became a more dominant feature of the island, and one which William riled against. The island’s ruler sought to evict Toplis and his family, however William resisted keenly, his sense of decency and rightfulness aided by always having, at any time, several unfinished landscape paintings to complete on the island. The dominant family was itself over-ruled when Sark was captured and occupied by German forces during the second World War. Toplis’ troubles, such as "Last night at 11.30pm another shot was fired at the same bedroom window..." were then at the hands of the new oppressor.
Sark remains a troubled island today, through the political and economic interference of the wealthy Barclay Brothers who have had a castle built for themselves on a neighbouring island.

Waves over rocks.
'Creux Harbour, Sark'. Watercolour
William passed away on Sark in 1942, during the German occupation, and Eleanor followed in 1944.

In the summer of 1993 I lived on Sark for 9 weeks. On the neighbouring island of Brecqhou, a castle was being built. From Sark’s cliff tops we saw crates delivered by helicopter. 
The rocks and waves and colours of Sark are still as William Toplis painted. If you holiday on Sark, you may also wish to stay there.

William Toplis' paintings are mostly in private collections, and rarely seen.  Some remain in the Channel Islands as part of the collection of the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery, along with many of his sketches, and works by some of the other Channel Islands artists.  The Gallery is at St Peter's Port, which is also where one can take the small foot-ferry from Guernsey to Creux Harbour on Sark.

Monday, 2 September 2019

Call-out for artists to talk to children at Busy Bodies Child Care

We have received the following request from James Boddey, director of Busy Bodies Child Care Centre in Ludlow. 

For two weeks (16th - 26th Sept) our nursery theme is Art and we are going to be exploring a range of famous artists and their processes. This will all lead to our first ever Art Show on the 27th September 2pm - 4pm. The Art Show will be open to all and an opportunity to show off the Artwork the children have created.

We are looking for local artists, sculptors and designers to come in to talk to the children about how they create their work. This is an opportunity to inspire the children, share their work and get a shout out on our website and Facebook page.

If you need any more information please email and I will forward your email to James.

Friday, 30 August 2019

Summer Exhibition Highlights

Sales are going well and we will update this post with full information as soon as we have accurate figures. The following paintings have been chosen as winners by our various prize sponsors to whom we are extremely thankful. We also thank Ludlow Spar and Blakemore Foundation for the generous donation of £60 towards the preview evening which enabled us to open the doors to the general public as well as invited guests. The results of the public vote are listed underneath.
Twenty Twenty Gallery Prize (£50 cash)
"Beehives, Kefalonia" by Samuel Bebb

Castle Bookshop Prize (£25 voucher)
"Tasteful Nude" by Martin Crowdy

The Mayor of Ludlow's Choice
"Dance of Conflict" by Alicia Lothian

LAS President's Choice (£25 cash)
"Isolation, Glencoe, Scotland" by Carl Niblett

Chang Thai Bar & Restaurant Prize (£20 voucher)
"Promenade on the Pier, 1905" by Peter Ramage

Ludlow Brewery Prize (beer gift pack)
"Vistas" by David Tedham

Results of the public vote

CarlNiblettIsolation, Glencoe, Scotland73
Li LyWangPipe Smoker37
Li LyWangLudlow Road in Winter29
Shelley XChanPablo Picasso29
RowanneCowley"A Mile in Yours"24
LesleyConnollyLadies That Lunch23
CarlNiblettLoch Ness, Scotland23
RobLeckeyBarmouth Beach23
Li LyWangOne Man and His Dog21
ValLittlehalesUntitled I20
CarlNiblettGone Swimming', Nefyn Beach, North Wales19
LesleyConnollyCat in a Box17
GhislaineBeesonThe Will be Rockpools16
Li LyWangRain Alley Shrewsbury16
LenaJarl-ChurmGoing Out15
GeorginaFeatherAlicante Tom's15
Li LyWangVan Gogh's Ludlow12
MartinCrowdyPuffin Family11
GeorgeLoadesTowards Tor Cross - Devon11
ValerieAlexanderThe Sunhat, Skiathos11
MattJennesonWinter Hues10
Li LyWangAscetics From North India10
JohnWillettsSnow at English Bridge, Shrewsbury9
GhislaineBeesonMagical Light9
WilfredLangfordStiperstones from Gleanings9
RichardOlsenBoxing Day Hunt9
MattJennesonWinter Reflections9
CarlNiblettPoppies, Bewdley9
RobLeckeyWinter at Stokesay Castle9
FrankHiltonRainy Dales Day8
GhislaineBeesonFeel the Colour8
AlexandraAdamsYou and Whose Army8
AlexandraAdamsEwe Follow Me8
PeterRamageHomeward Bound8
GeorgeLoadesIn The Langdale Valley7
GeorgeLoadesAt the Dartmouth Ferry7
CarlNiblettCamusdarach Sunset, Mallaig, Scotland7
WilfredLangfordManstone Rock, Stiperstones6
Anne EPriestShe's Keeping Watch6
RichardOlsenThree White Horses6
RichardOlsenWindmill at Lley6
PeterRamageCornish Farm6
ValerieAlexanderFantasia 116
ValerieAlexanderBack Water, Venice6
Li LyWangVan Gogh with Cigarette6
AlexandraAdamsSunlight and Shadow5
SueGreenHare Brained5
ValLittlehalesSummer Evening5
Li LyWangWild Duck in Flight5
MaryPhillips WestEchinaceas5
GretchenIndA Road Less Travelled5
JohnWillettsGreat Western Roundhouse4
LesleyConnollyHeavy Horses4
GhislaineBeesonAcross the Estuary4
GhislaineBeesonMarsh Wet4
LarryTurnerMonmouthshire & Brecon Canal, Brecon4
LarryTurnerTowards the Chancel, St Laurence's Church4
RichardOlsenLone Cowboy at Sunset4
ValLittlehalesOwl Over The Mynd4
Li LyWang"I will be good to you"4
SamuelBebbBeehives, Kefalonia4
FrankHiltonJessie's Blue Jug3
FrankHiltonJack Scout Cove3
MartinCrowdyBurford Churchyard3
MartinCrowdyFetch to Windward3
MartinCrowdyTasteful Nude3
GhislaineBeesonThe Wind Touches Clouds and Grass3
MargaretBookerToward the Wells, Cleobury Mortimer3
RichardOlsenComing Down the Back Straight3
PeterBishopClee Hill, Shropshire3
MattJennesonLife's a Birch3
ValDaviesKeeping Watch3
ValDaviesGrandad's Shed3
ValDaviesLooking For Mischief3
ValLittlehalesIn the Harvest Field3
ValTurnerWorcester Cathedral & Severn3
TomCroweThe New Creation3
MargaretRowsonPontesbury Hill3
FrankHiltonHigh Force2
LenaJarl-ChurmThe Calling2
MartinCrowdyBurford Trees2
RosKingstonMother and Cub2
GhislaineBeesonThe Sky Changes so Quickly2
AlexandraAdamsPoppy Seed Heads2
AlexandraAdamsStokesay Castle2
SueGreenBad Hair Day2
SueGreenSwanning Around2
PeterBishopMortimer Forest, Shropshire2
PeterRamagePromenade on the Pier - 19052
MattJennesonThe Angel2
ValerieAlexanderMarket Stalls, Ludlow2
ValLittlehalesUntitled II2
ThelmaAyreWinter Farm2
ThelmaAyreSummer Landscape2
Li LyWangWood Carving in Ludlow2
Li LyWangThe Portcullis in Ludlow2
TresiHallThe Old Mill2
AliciaLothianDance of Conflict2
GretchenIndOld Street, Ludlow2
GeorginaFeatherWhite Feathers2
MargaretRowsonCranberry Rock2
JohnWillettsPoldark Country1
JohnWillettsLords Hill Farm, Stiperstones1
JohnWillettsEarl's Hill, Shropshire Hills1
DavidTedhamFire Wire1
DavidTedhamSlide Lights1
LenaJarl-ChurmBirch Trees1
RosKingstonDinham Bridge, Ludlow1
GeorgeLoadesOn The Beach at Tenby1
GhislaineBeesonThe Tide Goes Out So Far1
Anne EPriestCharlie1
Anne EPriestKes1
RuthTuneStaint Bernard "Troy"1
RuthTuneRed Kite1
MargaretBookerFrom the Dining Room Window1
MargaretBookerA Quiet Moment on a Walk by the Thames1
RichardOlsenFarmyard at Onibury1
ValDaviesGentle Waters1
ThelmaAyreEvening Light1
ValTurnerPears on a Blue Plate1
ValTurnerFete at Brampton Bryan1
TomCroweA Genuine Fake Picasso1
GeorginaFeatherMoth Orchid with the Blues1
MargaretRowsonApril Showers1