It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been online, although I’ve been working on paintings in the background and life has generally been very busy.
I have a few shows and exhibitions coming up over the summer. Keep a look out on my social media and bio page for details.
21-22 May 10am-4pm – Open Studios @ The French Collection Gallery in Project Workshops, Quarley, Hampshire – Open Studios
2-29 July – Solo Show @ The Arena Cafe, The Lights, Andover, Hampshire – Please click here for opening hours and facilities, they have lovely coffee and cake!
20-29 August 10am-5pm Hampshire Open Studios Art Trail @ Broughton Village Hall, High Street, Broughton, SO20 8AX
I am participating in my local group art exhibition with the Wallop Artists. Lots of us are presenting work, so do come and visit.
29th and 30th September 10am-5pm hosted at Wallop Parish Hall, Middle Wallop, Hampshire, SO20 8EG
There is another exciting exhibition next week – one that I am not part of – but my beautiful and talented mother has organised for the Society of Women Artists:
Society of Women Artists
A flavour of the annual exhibition of The Society of Women Artists 2018. Exhibition opens on Tuesday 25th September ar 4pm. Private view on Wednesday 26th September. Exhibition will be opened by HRH Princess Michael of Kent at 11.30am.
25 – 30 September Open daily 10-5 closes at 1pm on Sunday
I found this unexpected gem in Bournemouth back in February, lurking around the corner from the Royal Bath Hotel: The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. I’d heard of the Russell-Cotes gallery when I’d lived in Bournemouth, but had never ventured inside before. I found the gate – hiding in plain sight, overlooking the East Cliffs. The gate led to a beautiful, relatively small garden with features and nods to the Japanese influence that lurks inside the house. The house itself is quite remarkable – it has a wonderful history with the Russell-Cotes family, and you can learn more by reading the placards and watching a short documentary on the first floor. The building was a pet project of Merton Russell-Cotes’ – he spent his retirement years building his dream home based on influences from the family travels. If Merton was alive today, he would be the star of Grand Designs, for sure! Although the style is eclectic, it works in a wonderfully wacky way. The open rooms don’t just house the huge art collection the family collected – walls and coving are painted with intricate coving and are grand and artistic in their own right. Even if Victorian art is not your favourite, I think you’d be hard pushed to not find something you like here. When Merton finished building the house, next to their business – the Royal Bath Hotel – he gifted it to his wife, Annie, who he adored until he died. When she finally passed away, the family gifted the house to Bournemouth council to enable the public to enjoy the art collection they had amassed. This is remarkable in itself, and worthy of a day trip.
As an aside, they run various events throughout the year. When I visited, you could partake in a murder mystery game. I’ve listed this year’s exhibitions below.
Russell-Cotes Ceramics: Connoisseur or Conned?
24th March 18 – 26th August 18
Philip Sutton: Woodcuts
1st May – 29th July
Making and Breaking the Rules: Royal Academy 250 at the Russell-Cotes
5th May – 14th October
The Flourish Flock Project
31st July – 5th August
Visit the website for opening times, admission fees and more info.
Just a quick note to let you all know that Project Workshop artists are holding open studios this upcoming weekend at the farm in quarley!
Hampshire contemporary artist