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ARTWORKS: Meet the Artist : Printmaker Bryan Whiteley

Today, Tuesday 9 September 2014, Bryan Whiteley will be at the Artworks exhibition demonstrating relief printmaking in woodcuts and linocuts. Brian Whiteley will be in the demonstration area of the Artworks exhibition from 10.15 am – 4.30 pm.

Bryan Whiteley says: I am inspired by the natural environment and love the disciplined and therapeutic aspect of cutting the block and the suspense as the print is pulled.

Great Leighs, by Bryan Whiteley

Great Leighs, by Bryan Whiteley

Read more about Brian Whiteley‘s work.

Stay tuned to the Artworks blog for exhibition news and updates, as a different artist will be demonstrating in the Artworks exhibition each day. Or follow us on Twitter: @ARTWORKS_tweets.

Wednesday 10 September 2014, Ruth McCabe
Thursday 11 September 2014, Gillian Crossley-Holland
Friday 12 September 2014, Roger Gamble
Saturday 13 September 2014, Katie Millard
Sunday 14 September 2014, Helen Dougall
Monday 15 September 2014, Eileen Revett
Tuesday 16 September 2014, Valerie Armstrong
Wednesday 17 september 2014, Roger Gamble
Thursday 18 September 2014, Lyn Aylward
Saturday 20 September, 2014, Alfie Carpenter
Monday 22 September 2014, Janet French
Wednesday 24 September 2014, Katie Millard
Thursday 25th September 2014 Curwen Print Study Day
Friday 26 September 2014, Alison Jones
Saturday 27 September 2014, Roger Gamble

Read more about all the Artworks artists here.

ARTWORKS 15th Annual Exhibition
6 – 28 September 2014
Blackthorpe Barn
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

The Artworks exhibition is open daily 10am to 5pm, admission is free, free exhibition catalogue, ample free parking, wheelchair accessible.

We also have the Artworks Shop selling small framed and unframed artwork, including original prints, paintings, ceramics and sculpture, together with a wide range of greetings cards and postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.

We hope you will enjoy your visit to Artworks in 2014!

The last weekend of the ARTWORKS exhibition + more pictures – finishes Sunday!

As promised, another taster our annual Artworks exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn in the heart of rural Suffolk. This is our last weekend, we are open Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5pm (full details below).

Paintings and drawings by Chris Gamble
Paintings by Katie Millard
Paintings by Helen Du Feu
Large painting by Jazz Green
Linocut prints by Rachel Hutchins
Botanical watercolours by Alison Jones
Prints by Eileen Revett
There is also the popular Artworks shop to visit, with many unframed and small artworks for sale, including paintings, drawings, original handcrafted prints (not gicleé reproductions), collage, metalwork, ceramics, glass, papier maché, a range of greetings cards (some handmade, unique) and artist postcards.
Artworks shop
The Artworks café is next door to the Artworks shop, making it a perfect setting to relax after viewing all the art on show.

ARTWORKS 14th Annual Exhibition
7 – 29 September 2013
Blackthorpe Barn
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

Find out more about the Artworks artists on our main website (or click on the links in the right-hand column). The Artworks exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample free parking, wheelchair accessible, free exhibition catalogue.

Please note: The exhibition closes promptly at 5pm on Sunday 29 September 2013. Buyers of work can collect work from 3pm, so do arrive early if you wish to visit the exhibition on Sunday.

ARTWORKS : Artists making an exhibition of themselves

A not-to-be-missed special evening of artists’ demonstrations, in association with the annual Artworks exhibition at Blackthorpe Barns. This special event is sponsored by The Curwen Press. New to Artworks in 2007, the Artists Making an Exhibition of Themselves evening (AMET for short) was a resounding success.
Artists Making an Exhibition of Themselves
on Saturday 1st October 2011, from 6pm to 9pm.
Lynn Hutton demonstrating image transfer techniques
AMET is a special, one-off event when some of our Artworks artists set-up mini working studios in front of their work in the Artworks exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn, to demonstrate the media, materials & techniques used in their art, ready to answer any questions that visitors to the exhibition may have about their art.
Valerie Armstrong explaining collagraph printmaking
The atmosphere is always bustling, creative & very inspiring – and refreshments are also available in the adjoining cafe gallery. In previous years our artist demonstrations have included:
Pastel Painting NOT Drawing
Taking a (wax) line for a walk with brilliant dye colours
Wire Sculptures
Watercolour Landscapes
Lost Wax
Transferring textures and images onto surfaces
Acrylics in Action
Flowers in Watercolour
Constructing a Collagraph Plate
Printing on Slate
This special event proves very popular year after year and the next Artworks AMET evening is 
on Saturday 1st October 2011
 from 6pm-9pm, at Blackthorpe Barn – a special date for the Artworks diary!
We also have artist demonstrations throughout the Artworks exhibition so please follow our new blog and check back in early September 2011 to find out who will be demonstrating on the days you might like to visit the Artworks exhibition!
The Artworks 12th annual exhibition runs from 10 September – 2 October 2011, open 10am – 5pm daily, at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9JG. Admission is FREE.
You can read more about Artworks history and view full profiles of all our exhibiting artists on the official Artworks website.

Penny Bhadresa linocuts featured in BBC Gardens Illustrated magazine

Exciting news! Penny Bhadresa was recently commissioned by the BBC’s Gardens Illustrated magazine to create a new series of linocuts to accompany Carol Klein’s forthcoming series of gardening articles in the magazine, ‘A Year at Glebe Cottage’.

© Penny Bhadresa 2011

Penny explains: In late December 2010 I received an email from the Art Editor of BBC Gardens Illustrated Magazine. They had looked at my website and asked if I would consider illustrating Carol Klein’s new series, ‘A Year at Glebe Cottage’. This was an opportunity both extremely exciting and deeply daunting as the brief was to create two linocut illustrations each month to accompany Carol’s text.

Penny was actually considering having a well-earned break after one of her busiest years ever, but this was an offer difficult to refuse as the subject had great appeal and it was a great challenge, so she readily agreed!

As Penny says: accepting this commission has given me a chance to work on subject matter I find inspiring anyway but the challenge of working to tight deadlines, I have realised, requires a highly disciplined approach because of the time constraints involved. A nail-biting deadline is always looming!

My first deadline for the February issue was already looming so I had to get my skates on, but I managed to get the two illos (as they call them in publishing circles) scanned and delivered in time. I thought my somewhat hurried first two linocuts looked quite nice in the February issue of the magazine, and now, looking forward each month and seeing my work published in this highly respected gardening magazine is the icing on the cake.

© Penny Bhadresa 2011

Penny explains the techniques in creating her original prints on her own website – here is a quick excerpt that aptly demonstrates the level of craftmanship that goes into each of her distinctive & vibrant linocuts:

Making limited edition linocut prints has become a central part of my creative work as an artist. I love linocut for the boldness and strength of image it produces. The process starts with drawing my idea for a composition, remembering that the image will be in reverse in the final print. I work straight from my imagination or combine this with visual references from photographs I have taken or sketches I have made. When I am happy with my design and composition I transfer it to lino using tracing and carbon papers.

Cutting out the design is done with different sized gouges and V-tools. Once the cutting is complete the lino is mounted on board to strengthen it and is then ready for inking. I prefer to ink up my lino blocks in one go, using different sized rollers and sometimes brushes for intricate areas for each separate colour. Sometimes a subject may be suited to the traditional reduction method of linoprinting which produces a more hard-edged quality in the final image.

I like to use linseed oil based relief printing inks which have great depth and luminosity of colour. For paper, I experiment with different types. I especially like some of the fine Japanese papers and find Imitation Japanese Vellum a superb all-round support for linocut prints. For most of my printing I use a small table-top relief printing press, although for larger work I sometimes use a Britannia press. I also like to hand burnish my prints to give greater depth of tone where appropriate.

The two linocuts shown here can be seen in the current April edition of Garden’s Illustrated magazine. This commissioned series of prints will appear as new illustrations each month in Gardens Illustrated and they will also be available to purchase as editioned original prints. You can see more of Penny Bhadresa’s linocuts on the Artworks website & on her own website.

Penny Bhadresa is a founding member of Artworks, its elected Chairperson since 2003 and she exhibits annually at the Artworks exhibition. Penny is also a member of Suffolk Craft Society & exhibits annually with Norfolk Arts, and she also participates in the very popular Christmas Craft Markets at Blackthorpe Barn. Her linocut prints are also available to buy at Smith’s Row Craft Shop, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Craftco, The Suffolk Craft Society – Gallery 2 and St Judes Gallery.  In addition to her limited edition prints, Penny Bhadresa’s linocuts have also been reproduced as a series of greetings cards – you can view & purchase the cards online at One Brown Cow.