Monthly Archives: April 2012

Valerie Armstrong : printmaking school workshop

Each year Artworks offers the opportunity for local schools to apply for one of four fully-funded one-day artist workshops, with the schools selecting an artist of their choice from the Artworks exhibition. The four workshops are then planned, organised and run by the selected artists.

Schools are encouraged to visit the annual Artworks exhibition in September, and this is often the time when teachers (or the children!) decide on which artist they would like to work with later in the school year.

In 2011, Artworks artist Valerie Armstrong was selected to run a one day workshop with Great Whelnetham Primary School:

This year I was invited to Great Whelnetham primary school to run a printmaking workshop with eight and nine year old children.

Realising I would need considerable time to turn an organized multi purpose classroom into a printmaking studio, it was agreed that I should run the workshop in two sessions; an afternoon workshop followed up by a workshop the very next morning, giving me time to set up and clear up in the two lunch breaks.

I planned several ambitious techniques for the children to explore. To my delight they had just begun a classroom project on India, a country I have a deep involvement with, so I was able to provide lots of images and material to work from.

The children embraced the experience with focus, joy and enthusiasm and produced some vibrant and thoughtful pieces of art. The results of the two half day workshops will be on exhibition in the schools section of the next Artworks exhibition in September 2012.

Visit Valerie Armstrong‘s website.

More information about planning school visits and applications for artist workshops is available on the Artworks Schools page. While some school groups simply enjoy looking at the exhibition, other groups come to sketch, paint and draw. There is always someone from Artworks on hand to offer more information on the art, encouraging the children to study, enjoy and absorb all the art in the exhibition.

N.b. To avoid possible clashes with other school visits please contact our Schools Coordinator who will assist you in planning your visit to the Artworks exhibition.

The Artworks exhibition this year runs from the 8th to 30th September 2012 at Blackthorpe Barn, open daily 10am to 5pm.

John Glover : a new artist to ARTWORKS

Today we warmly welcome a new artist to Artworks (and the Artworks blog) the highly accomplished and experienced portrait painter, John Glover.

John Glover recently won the Rowland Hilder Award at The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. Below is the prize-winning painting, which is entitled ‘Mrs. McLeod’.

‘Mrs McLeod’ © John Glover

John Glover’s subjects include people from all walks of life, from official portraits to more intimate family groups or individual studies. He works in a variety of mediums including pencil, watercolour, pastel and oils.

John says of his work: “As a portrait painter I find myself in a very privileged position. I am invited into people’s lives however briefly, to witness their work, their aspirations, their successes and sometimes their failures, indeed their humanity.

John was also recently elected as the President of The Cambridge Drawing Society. The Cambridge Drawing Society was founded in 1882 by Lady Sandys and is one of the oldest art societies in the country. Former members of The Cambridge Drawing Society include Cecil Beaton, Ronald Searle, Gwen Raverat, Peter Graham (Vice President of the Institute of Oil Painters) and James Horton (President of the Society of British Artists). The Cambridge Drawing Society’s membership now comprises over one hundred and forty artists. We wish John much success in his new appointment.

John is also an experienced teacher in portraiture, life-drawing and painting. He runs day classes locally in the Cambridge area and also teaches at summer schools throughout the UK. John also offers painting demonstrations to many art groups and societies. He is also available for individual, one-to-one art tuition.

Visit John Glover’s website for more information on commissioning a portrait or attending one of his art tuition classes.

Lyn Aylward shortlisted for Anteros Arts Prize 2012

Artworks artist Lyn Aylward is one of five regional artists shortlisted for the East Anglian Artists Development Prize, a competition open to all visual artists aged under forty and living in Norfolk, Suffolk or Essex, inviting them to apply for the £5000 professional development prize.

The prize is organised by the Anteros Arts Foundation, which is based in Norwich, UK. The other shortlisted artists are: Adam Batchelor, Rachel Daniel, Rosie Winn and Thomas Joynes.

You can see examples of the shortlisted artists’ work in an exhibition currently on at Anteros Arts, which runs from 9th March to 28th April 2012. The Anteros Arts Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

One of the five shortlisted artists will be awarded the £5,000 prize, free access to Anteros Arts courses for a year and a solo exhibition in Spring 2013 at Anteros Arts. The judging panel comprises John Hemmant, Aude Gotto and Susan Mumford, but feedback from gallery visitors will also contribute to the final decision. The winning artist will be announced on 14 April 2012 at 2pm.

Good luck Lyn!

East Anglian Artists Development Prize exhibition
9th March to 28th April 2012

Anteros Arts Foundation
7-15 Fye Bridge Street