ARTWORKS: First Saturday, The Artworks Shop & a Mini Art Show online

This is the weekend we would have been opening Artworks to the public, an exciting time and also a time to breathe a sigh of relief and know that most of the challenging work of putting on this exhibition is over and the fun can begin.

Ceramics by Sue Caddy

One of the fun events I’ve always enjoyed the most is setting up the Artworks shop, which we always do early on the first Saturday morning. It’s so delightful to open boxes of the new art works made by our members and to be setting out all the original and handmade greetings cards, but looking on the positive side it should be even more exciting next year.

November Fen by Iona Howard

Meanwhile, we do have an online slideshow of recent works on the homepage of this website. As always there is a wonderful mix of styles and subject matter; some members, Anne Paton, Kit Price Moss, Lyn Alyward and Roger Gamble have responded directly to the pandemic.

Blue Poppies by Julia Groves

Others have carried on observing the landscapes they love to explore; Alfie Carpenter, Janet French, Helen Dougall, Colin Slee and Iona Howard. While other members, Sue Caddy, Jazz Green, Antonia Hockton, Evelyn Polk and Julia Groves have continued to pursue the disciplines that inspire them.

Do browse our website to enjoy this range of work.

If you’ve been saving up to buy a special artwork and this was to be the year, please use the contact page link on the Artworks website.

Gillian Crossley-Holland

(Artworks Chair)

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ARTWORKS: Guest Artist Louise Chapman on painting in ‘lockdown’

Louise Chapman was looking forward to exhibiting with Artworks as a guest artist in 2020. The cancellation of our annual exhibition has not deterred Louise from creating new work in lockdown:

New beginnings, mixed media on canvas

Determined to turn ‘lockdown’ into a positive I decided like many artists to use the time to experiment, painting some semi abstract work, developing my interest in collage and marrying the two in mixed media pieces.

On the h, mixed media on canvas

This has proved a very rewarding experience, producing works that I am pleased with in their own right, and leading and teaching me new ways of working.

Everything I love, mixed media collage

Collage practice has assisted significantly in the development of the design and composition of my large abstract oil paintings, inspiring me to get back into the studio as soon as possible following a recent very successful exhibition in Framlingham late this summer.

Keeping the balls in the air, oil on canvas

The results of this successful and exciting phase will, I hope, be evident in the work I will produce and exhibit next year as a guest artist with Artworks at Blackthorpe Barn in Rougham, a long held ambition.

Louise Chapman

ARTWORKS: Julia Groves and the alchemy of pigments

This year my continuing journey into the alchemy of pigments and paint making has led me to explore metal leaf.

I found learning how to do this more physical activity, than some of my detailed botanical work, was easier for me to engage with as it required a different kind of focus during lockdown.

The preciousness and impermanence of this human life were in my thoughts whilst making this work


These new paintings delve once again into the worlds of the rose and the poppy, with a focus on formal and symbolic qualities of light and shadows.


The pieces also have an ever-changing movement which is created as light plays with the lustre of the metal surface.

Julia Groves

Recent & new exhibitions

I am showing work at the Wildwood Gallery in Bury St Edmunds this summer, work can be seen at the gallery or is also on their website.

I will be exhibiting work as part of the Iceni Botanical Artists online exhibition from early October.