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Exhibitions of Specific Interest

This page covers our records of exhibitions of specific interest that took place before this blog went live in March 2011.

Summer Exhibition 2001

Although the society had been putting on Exhibitions for many years, the Summer 2001 Exhibitions was the first to be shown on the internet.

This Exhibition set new standards of excellence for the Society. The quality of work submitted was commended by the selectors. They were nevertheless rigorous in their selection. A total of 81 members submitted 323 works to the exhibition of which almost one third were rejected.

The Society safeguards the interests of novice painters by use of a rule which guarantees that every member who submits will have at least one work shown. Each exhibition brings inquiries from visitors who wish to apply for membership after seeing the standard. This is very encouraging and is welcomed as a way of maintaining the quality of our exhibitions.

The Selectors: Hazel Dixon DesRCA and Claire Spencer ARCA, RBSA, PS.
Our meticulous Exhibition Secretary Richard Kite.
A selection of sculptures and ceramics:

 Summer Exhibition 2005

In 2005, Noel Shepherdson became the second LAS President (the first being John Blockley), and showed his work.

Noel Shepherdson, President

The selectors: Ann and Noel Shepherdson

A selection of works:

Daph Willett with her glassware and plant studies

Bob Kirk, Pont Avon - the Harbour, Pastel and Watercolour

Rae Harrison, Balanced, Pastel

William Priest, River Teme - Leintwardine, Acrylic

Sheila Perry, Looking for Crabs, Pastel

Summer Exhibition 2006

The Society's 60th Anniiversary was celebrated with a special exhibition which showed work by former members. Two founder members were presented with engraved glass goblets. These were presented by the Society's patron Lord Croft at a special reception held at The Barber Institute in the University of Birmingham.

LUDLOW ART SOCIETY: Sixty Years Young.

Recollections by Noel Shepherdson - President

We moved to our house in Clunton in October 1973. Within hours we had our first visitor, who introduced himself as Felix Singleton, Treasurer of Ludlow Art Society and reluctant teacher of an Art Class at Craven Arms. He had two requests, that I take over his class and I become a member of the Society. Bemused and flattered I agreed to both.

So my membership only goes back a little over half way to the founding of the Society, but I was able to get to know some of the original members. Two in particular I remember with affection and gratitude. Winifred Burlingham worked in watercolours, oils and scraper-board. In the latter medium she produced a very popular book of Ludlow Views. Many will still cherish her portraits of children and her flower studies. Together with four other members of the Society, we formed an exhibiting group ‘Six Ludlow Artists.’ This later became the ‘Teme Painters,’ and later still the ‘Marches Group.’

Kit Hall was uncertain whether to become a professional painter or flower arranger. It was painting’s loss that he became a flower arranger. He was able to produce quite magical effects with watercolour on unlikely choices of wallpapers, nearly always including Ludlow Castle somewhere in his picture.

I served on the Society’s Committee under two very different Chairmen. Roland Spencer-Ford was a virtuoso watercolourist with his own gallery in The Linney. His ambition was to turn the Society into the ‘Ludlow Academy’, run on the lines of the Royal Academy. His committee disagreed, and our meetings became exceptionally lively. Bill Hall, a distinguished journalist, led the Society into calmer waters and into perhaps its most successful decade.

I am delighted that as part of our Sixtieth Anniversary Exhibition some work is to be included from those who made a contribution to the early years of the Society. They had the foresight to see the need for an art society that has established high standards and which still attracts strong support. May it still be a valuable asset to the cultural life of Ludlow and to its members during the next sixty years and beyond.

Noel Shepherdson



To mark our 60th Anniversary the Committee agreed to show paintings by prominent former members as an acknowledgement and celebration of their work for the Society.

When you look around Ludlow it is surprising how frequently the work of former members is displayed. The print of a watercolour by Roland Spencer-Ford normally hangs in the waiting room of the minor injuries unit of Ludlow Community Hospital. William Hall’s watercolour is usually seen in the Bishop Mascall Centre. These are but two examples – other chance encounters with members work can also be enjoyed.

The names of former members showing work will arouse pleasant memories for visitors well acquainted with our exhibitions. Winifred Burlingham, Kit Hall and Roland Spencer-Ford were founder members of the Society. Kit and Roland both held the office of Chairman for a number of years. Another Chairman of long standing was ‘Bill’ Hall. The fine watercolours of Mona Wallin and George Goode were once eagerly bought at our exhibitions.

I was delighted when our President Noel Shepherdson offered two watercolours by former members from his own collection. Kath Jones and Rachael Shaw were both active members when I first joined the Society and it is good to see their work again. Noel has also written an account of his recollections of the Society drawn from 33 years of continuous membership.

My good friend Hazel Dickson has the distinction of being the only living artist in this group of former members. Together we both survived Bill Hall’s era as Chairman – and that goes back many years now – so I am delighted that she agreed to show her work with us again.

This small and rather arbitrary selection of former members’ paintings will arouse pleasant feelings of nostalgia among older members and visitors – but in changing times the Society faces new challenges. I hope this 60th Anniversary celebration will also give our newer members a sense of the Society’s tradition and stimulate their enthusiasm to help take the Society forward to another 60 prolific years of artistic achievement.

Robert Kirk

The selectors and hangers at work:

Some paintings from the exhibition:

Kit Hall (Founder Member), Ludlow Castle, Watercolor

Kath Jones (K Joy), Fading Poppies, Watercolour

Mona Wallin, Wild Flower Composition, Watercolour

Rachael Shaw, Ancient Birch Trees - Skye, Watercolour

Roland Spencer-Ford (Founder Member), Spring  Comes to Priors Halton - Ludlow, Signed Artist's Print

George Goode, Lakeland Tarn, Watercolour

Winifred Burlingham (Founder Member), Ullswater, Watercolour

Summer Exhibition 2009

Keith Noble takes over as President, and the Exhibition included 'browsers', or unframed works, for the first time.

A selection of works:

Keith Noble, R.S.M.A., Summer Beach, Perranporth, Watercolour

Keith Noble R.S.M.A., Low Tide, Aberdovey, Watercolour

David Donne, The Yellow Scarf, Oil

Jean Simnett, Teasels, Watercolour

Jean Williams, Requiem for a Routemaster, Collage

Juliet Hole, Still Life with Geranium, Oil

Lesley Ann Connolley A.R.B.S.A., Bonny and Clyde, Pastel

Merrill Middleton, Urban Landscape, Gouache

Ruth Tune, Sweet Modest Violet, Watercolour

The Craft Table

The above watercolour portrait of Councillor Alan Middleton in his Ludlow mayoral robes was painted in 2002 by Pat Hunter, a former member of the LAS.
Summer Exhibition 2010

The Exhibition was formally opened by The Mayor of Ludlow who said that to have kept the Sociery going for 64 years was a remarkable achievement. He congratulated members on the high standard of work on display.

We are pleased to be again featuring the work of our President Keith Noble R.S.M.A. We also acknowledge the support of our members. 51 have sent in 186 framed paintings and 75 unframed works. There were also the usual examples of engraved glass and other craft items.

We hope you will enjoy seeing this random sample of framed works that were sent in. They display the variety of work that is a feature of all our members' exhibitions.

Robert Kirk, on behalf of the Committee

A selection of works: 

Keith Noble, Gondolas on the Grand Canal, Oil

Keith Noble, Figures and Reflections - Oxford, Watercolour

Olwyn Parker, Teifi Pools - Wales, Watercolour

The Craft Table

Trevor Innes, Hymn, Etching

Lesley Connolley, Scavengers: Gulls, Acrylic

Richard Bell, Leintwardine View, Watercolour

Barbara Atkin, The Green Man, Painted Silk and Embroidery

Diane Jennings, Poppy, Acrylic and Wax

Paul Priestley, This is no Garden, Acrylic on canvas

Robert Kirk, Digger: a Burrowing Owl, Watercolour

Valerie Alexander, Windblown Tulips, Watercolour

William Langford, Summer Interlude, Pastel

Summer Exhibition 2016 - 70th Anniversary Year

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