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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Clun Art & Craft Show

The Clun Art & Craft Show - on now (click the image to enlarge):

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Old Laptop Wanted

Do you have an old laptop that the LAS could borrow for the duration of the Summer Exhibition?

We're looking to feature a video display of the Words for Art project, a collaboration of artists, poets and film makers, and plan to include this (with headphones, so as to keep sound contained) as an additional part of our exhibition.

If you can help us out, we'd really appreciate it - drop me a line at

Friday, 29 July 2016

Figurative sculpture classes with The Sculpture Place

You can join new figurative sculpture classes with The Sculpture Place, a new community venture based at Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton.
  "We have a light and spacious studio in the very attractive converted Victorian grammar school building. We will be running mainly figurative sculpture classes and workshops. Classes will be small and suitable for all abilities from beginners to advanced.
We have a couple of classes starting in September,  The website is

Courtesy of 
Sally Scholes, Director, The Sculpture Place

Wednesday life-modelling classes
Our Wednesday life-modelling class will be with a professional life model. It will start on 14th September 2016 and run for six weekly sessions at 9:30am – 12:30pm.The classes will be led by Miranda Wakeman, a professional sculptor and qualified teacher who trained at Stafford College. Beginners and advanced students are welcome.The course cost is £95: this covers all tuition and the first 10kg bag of clay. Additional clay is charged at £6 per bag.

Be part of a sculpture group
Untutored sessions with a professional life model will run on Thursday evenings, 7pm – 9 pm, starting on 15th September 2016. All levels are welcome and informal guidance is
given to beginners. The sculpture group costs £47 for six weeks, including the first bag of clay.

To book, contact Sally Scholes on 07752 798969 or

The Sculpture Place


Thursday, 28 July 2016

Spotlight - Bocklin, a Swiss Romanticist with Italian mythological light

This month Spotlight shines on Arnold Bocklin, a Swiss painter of the 19th Century.  He studied at Dusseldorf Academy, then known for vibrant landscape techniques with widely coloured palettes.
Bocklin is best known for a series of later works, various versions of "Isle of the Dead", which sold well through prints.

  Bocklin visited Paris and studied Corot, which brought a lightness to his work, akin to the more Parisien practice of painting en plein air.  A few years later went to Rome and was inspired by the warmth of the light, and by mythological imagery.  He shifted from landscapes to more figurative work, and began to use tempera instead of oils to remove brushstrokes from the images, to capture and recreate the smoothness of skin and light.
In Rome he met his wife to be, and returned to Germany with a family.
From this point, temples and mythological creatures such as Titans and Pan permeate his work, still in landscapes.  Bocklin remained diverse, still painting some landscapes and also portraits, overall showing much diversity of composition as well as fine brush technique.  Much of his works he described as dreamscapes.
   Modern art removed him from the public interest, but he was later rediscovered and some of his ideas and techniques influenced many more progressive artists such as Max Ernst, Dali, and de Chirico. Marcel Duchamp, while very diferent in style and subject, referred to Bocklin his favourite artist.

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Upcoming: LAS 70th Anniversary Summer Exhibition

Our very special 70th Anniversary Summer Exhibition is coming up soon, with hanging on Friday 26th August and the show running until Monday 5th September.

If you'd like to exhibit, don't forget that the deadline for your entry forms is in just one week's time!

Also next weekend is the deadline for the Anniversary Art Project (a quick note: you will get your pictures for this particular exhibit back once the AAP book has been produced).

See you at the preview!

Upcoming Silk Top Hat Exhibitions

Starting on Saturday 6th August, the Silk Top Hat Summer Exhibition gets under way with new work from John Alford, LAS member Tamsin Bridge, Patrick Howse and former LAS President Noel Shepherdson as well paintings, prints and sculpture by other Silk Top Hat Gallery artists including Edward Bell, Nik Burns, Mary Griffin, Rae Harrison, Jenny Jones, former LAS President Keith Noble and Matthew Wood.

The exhibition is on from 6th August to 3rd September.

Picture This Workshops at the LAR

Taken from the Shropshire Council website, Picture This is a "fabulous opportunity for 11 -14 year olds to take part in a 2 day workshop with professional artists; the ‘illustration’ theme will involve a wide range of creative activities such as set building, visual arts and drama."

You can find all the details right here:

Friday, 15 July 2016

Westhope Exhibition and Open Day

Westhope Craft College is having an exhibition and open day this weekend - all the details are on their flyer:

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Love Your River workshop (4th August)

Take part in this exciting workshop at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms, in the Studio.
Suitable for ages 5+,  glue and stick together a mixture of fabrics, paper and chicken wire, and build your very own 3D fish!
On Thursday 4th August, the workshop is open from 10:30am to 12:30, for only £5. 
The completed fishes will be put out proudly on display in the foyer.
Booking is online, until 2 hours before the workshop starts.
See the Assembly Rooms' page about the workshop.
Love Your River workshop

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Pictures from Jane Keay's Talk

I'm afraid I wasn't able to get to the talk, but there was a fun bout of hat-swapping as Frances Clarke took the register and payment, Pat Innes organised refreshments and Anne Fox opened and closed the meeting!

Anne also very kindly sent along some pictures of the event, showing a selection of Jane Keay's beautiful artwork (click to enlarge):

There is no talk next month (we usually take a break in August), but we'll be back on September 1st with a talk on Art Therapy from Frances Newman, and of course in before that we have our Summer Exhibition!

Eden - Idea of a Garden

This one's a little strange and short on information, but it looks like it merits a mention:

This is at the Participate Contemporary Artspace, Unit 31-34 Ground Floor, Riverside Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury SY1 1PL.

The Facebook page is HERE, but it really doesn't have many more details! If you're interested, perhaps emailing would be the best way forward.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Special events at Church Stretton Arts Festival

Whether or not you will be exhibiting in Church Streton Arts Festival, you can join in.

Meet the Artist and Book-Signing
Saturday 6 August: a drop-in session between 2pm and 4pm to meet our guest artist Catherine Downes. Chat to Catherine about her inspiration, her preparation and her final works of art. She will also sign copies of her new book, Catherine Downes, the Sketches.
Catherine is the Arts Festival's 2016 Guest Artist, and is a member of the Shropshire and Ludlow Art Societies. Her paintings demonstrate her deep love and knowledge of the countryside, the sea and our local industrial heritage.
Stevie Walker Textile Workshop 1
Thursday 4 August: Fuse the Fibres: an introduction to Nuno. Learn to use this wet felt-making technique utilising silks and soft merino fleece to provide a background for embroidery.
Stevie Walker Textile Workshop 2
Friday 12 August: Painting with Thread. Learn to stitch in a free and creative way, using traditional hand embroidery to create a contemporary layered and painterly effect.

Follow this link for the workshop booking form:

All events are at Church Stretton School
The events are detailed at  

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Summer Exhibition Update

Previously we have said that no nudes could be shown in our exhibitions at St Laurence's Church, but we've spoken with the staff there and can now confirm that we can accept tasteful and artistic nudes.

Upcoming Plein Air Day

Next Saturday (July 16h) we are getting together for our third plein air trip of the year.

We'll meet at the Ludlow Food Centre between 10am and 10.30am, go sketching along the river walk for a couple of hours before breaking for lunch in the cafe between 1pm and 1.30pm and then carrying on after - but please don't worry if you can't turn up until later, just find the people with the art materials.

Monday, 4 July 2016

James Hurdwell at Gallery 131

LAS member James Hurdwell has some artwork along with Tamsin Bridge's show at the Ludlow Library, and he also has work in Gallery 131, on Corve Street.

You can see some of his work online at Saatchi Art:

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Tamsin Bridge at the Ludlow Library

LAS member Tamsin Bridge has an exhibition of paintings on at Ludlow Library until the end of July.

You can find her work online at

Valerie Alexander: Sunshine and Shadows Exhibition

LAS member Val Alexander has an exhibition of recent paintings at home and abroad coming up on the walls of the Chang Thai Bar. All the details are on the poster below:
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We're always very keen to promote our members' work - if you have an exhibition coming up, if you're taking part in some artistic activity somewhere, or if you'd like us to link to your website (the list of links is over on the right-hand-side), let us know via email - just send the details to Matt Smart at

Wetmore Clinic - Exhibition and Open Weekend

Over at Craven Arms' osteopathic Wetmore Clinic there's an art exhibition and open weekend on the 23rd and 24th of July. The images below have all the details - click to enlarge.