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Sunday, 31 January 2016

LCS - the Newlyn School and the Beginnings of British Impressionism

On 10th February at 7pm (doors at 6.30pm), in Oscars at the Assembly Rooms, the Ludlow Civic Society is holding a talk on the Newlyn School and the beginnings of British Impressionism. This is given by James Pearn,  a former head of the Picture Department at Christies, South Kensington, with many years of auctioneering experience both in London and the Provinces

You can find all the details HERE.

Thanks to John Jarvis for spotting this!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Spotlight - Mary Beale

Mary Beale, self portrait, date uncertain

This month, Spotlight takes a look at Mary Beale, 'the first professional female English painter'.

Perhaps Mary's life wasn't overly dramatic when compared with, say, Caravaggio or Van Gogh, but in a time where her field was occupied almost entirely by men she was something of an exception.

You can find a biography of her HERE, and a collection of over 130 of her works HERE - as you can see, her speciality was portraiture.

If you'd like to find out more about women in art, a good place to begin might be the website of the National Museum of Women in the Arts - although the museum is based in New York, the website has a lot of information.

Of particular relevance to Mary Beale is a short NMWA article about the 16th and 17th centuries.

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to - please note that this isn't for self-promotion!

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Query - Potential Shared Studio

The old Sitting Room, above the Thai Box, is going to be rented out in the near future. What we'd like to do is see how many LAS members would, in theory, be interested in clubbing together to split the rent and use the space as a communal studio. The LAS used to have a studio of our own, but our members haven't had the opportunity to use such a space for quite some time.

The old SR has a sink, socket for a kettle, and a bathroom. For lighting, we think it would be suitable but of course we'd ask to have a look around with lighting specifically in mind.

For now we're just making a list of how many people are interested, but if there's enough of a response then we can start getting into details. This is obviously not open-ended as other people will be looking to rent the space too.

A couple of LAS members have already expressed interest - if you'd like to get some more details, then please drop me a line at

Top Hat Tours in 2016

Top Hat Tours are starting up again for 2016, and there are several visits planned already - the Ashmolean in Oxford on Thursday 3rd March, the Wedgwood Museum and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday 7th April and to Cardiff on Thursday 12th May.

If you're interested you can find all the details on Silk Top Hat's website HERE.

Upcoming Talk - Matt Smart, Sculptor

Our 2016 programme is going to be starting very soon - on Thursday 4th February we welcome sculptor Matt Smart to talk about his work, including, according to Matt, new sculpting techniques,vanishing people, desire, how art is magic, art for change, and accidentally creating rainbows. Should be an excellent evening!

Matt has very kindly sent some images of his work to us ahead of time (l to r - Growth, Ghost, Many Happy Returns; click to enlarge):

 The talk is at our usual time, so please arrive 7pm for 7.30pm at the Studio, Ludlow Assembly Rooms,  and it's £3 for members, £4 for guests - tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

See you there!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Ludlow Studio Call-Out

Outgoing LAS Treasurer Tom Crowe is looking for a shared art studio space in Ludlow.

Do any LAS members know if anything suitable is available? If so, please drop me a line at and I'll pass on the details.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Illustration Q&A Session Transcript, Sam Manley and GoGII

Just to inform any new members who may not yet know - if you're involved in an exhibition, if you run a workshop or take part in any art-oriented activity, let us know! Drop a line to and we'll publish details of what you're doing!


On a similar note, last Saturday evening I was invited to take part in a Q&A session on art in games with the gaming group Guild of Games II, a collection of students at Hilo University, Hawaii. If you're interested, you can find the transcript of the event HERE.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Express Yourself: Painting, with Paul Webster

All the details for this drawing course in Church Stretton (beginning on 23rd January) are on the flyer below:

Click to enlarge!

You can also find a Facebook event for it HERE.

Art Exhibition at St George's Hall

There's a solo exhibition by Worcestershire artist Karen Hotchkiss in the Community Cafe of St George's Hall in Bewdley. The show will run until the end of January.

From the Hall's website:

"Karen has been painting since her early teens and attended Mid Cheshire College of Art and Design. She recently opened her shop and gallery at Canalside Craft Centre, Hanbury Road, Stoke Prior where she holds painting classes. Karen works mostly in watercolour, but she also enjoys using inks, pen and wash and arcrylics."

You can find the details, along with links to Karen's website and Facebook pages, HERE.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Ann Wallace's Studio Courses

Ann Wallac, who will be our guest speaker in November, has some spaces available on some of her upcoming courses Fused Glass Jewellery for Beginners, Introduction to Drawing Facial Features and Portraits, and Make a Unique Valentines Gift - all the details are on the images below (click the pictures to enlarge them):

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

New Membership Forms

The new membership forms are online! It's a simpler format than before and now includes details of how to pay via bank transfer. You can find them at THIS link, and also on our Membership and Exhibition Forms page.

Jackson's Open Art Prize 2016

The Jackson's Open Art Prize is now accepting submissions. The text from the contest reads:


The Jackson’s Open Art Prize is an international platform for recognising excellence in art. The first annual competition offers an on-line showcase and impressive prizes for contemporary and traditional visual artists, both emerging and established, working in any 2D media (except photography). We welcome submissions from any country by artists of any age. There is no fee for submission.

We will have a two-tier selection and judging process: first the Jackson’s selection panel will select a longlist and then the panel of expert judges (curators, gallerists and artists) will select first a short-list and then the winners.

The Jackson’s Open Art Prize will open for submissions from 4th January 2016.


Prizes range from £600 of gift vouchers through to £3,000 in cash for first place.

All the details are on the Jackson's site HERE.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year!

2016 is a milestone for us, as it marks the Ludlow Art Society's 70th year - we'd like to begin it by wishing a very happy New Year to all our members!