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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: