What's on: CREATIVE ARTS

Local art exhibitions, arts societies meetings, craft events, art clubs, arts workshops and
information about how you can exhibit your own work.

Event are listed in order of start date.

CALLING PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS

Closing date:
31st August, 2021

Visit the Arts4Wokingham website

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CALLING PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS

Newcastle has the Angel of the North, Headington has its Shark and Dublin has its Spire. Now, Wokingham has embarked upon a quest to find its own landmark work of art.

As part of an ambitious ongoing regeneration project, the Town will soon boast a new flagship arts and leisure complex, The Carnival Hub. The search is underway to secure a major permanent free-standing artwork which will be located close to the main entrance of the new Hub site.

It is hoped that the work will not only symbolise the transformation of the Town and Borough but will also act as a significant artistic beacon to be enjoyed by all those who visit or live in the area.

Wokingham Borough Council's Chief Executive, Susan Parsonage, recognises the enduring impact that a major work like this could have: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Wokingham to make a real statement and hallmark its cultural landscape. I can’t wait to see what sort of ideas artists come up with."

Established artists are being invited to express their interest by the end of August 2021. They can find more details on the dedicated website www.arts4wokingham.com.

Community engagement will be an important part of the process with the chosen artist being encouraged to develop ideas alongside workshops and various other activities involving members of the local community. The aim is that the work should be completed close to the opening of the new Carnival Hub in August 2022. Responsibility for commissioning, funding, shortlisting and selecting the winning submission rests with Arts4Wokingham, a local arts-based charity linked to the Borough’s Arts and Culture Alliance.

Book: Silver Jewellery Making - A complete step-by-step course

Available from 1-Feb-2021

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Available from Amazon

Silver Jewellery Making: A complete step-by-step course

A new book by local jewellers Janet Richardson and Machi de Waard will be published by award-winning craft publisher Search Press on 1 February 2021.

Silver Jewellery Making is a practical beginners' guide to making silver jewellery. Seven step-by-step projects guide you through the core skills and techniques that will enable you to progress to making your own beautiful jewellery.

The tried-and-tested projects have been developed by Machi and Janet, who have over 40 years of industry experience teaching others this amazing craft. The emphasis is on teaching good practice and acquiring the basic techniques and skills to give the reader a solid basis for developing their jewellery-making capabilities.

Tools are introduced for each individual project, and their uses and correct handling explained. Troubleshooting tips explain how to overcome common problems that may arise. At the end of each project, there are examples of how the skills gained can be used to make other items.

The book is perfect for those who wish to start jewellery making either on their own or as a supplement to classes.

Silver Jewellery Making (ISBN 978-1-78221-735-0) is available from:

For more information download the Press Release or go to Janet's website at janetrichardson.co.uk or Machi's website at machidewaard.co.uk.

Until lock down ends!

INSIDER ART: 'more arts.' Lock Down Gallery

We want to give local artists every possible opportunity to show their work, even while we are asked to stay at home.

While the Covid-19 lock down continues, we'll feature work here from our local artists.

Follow our Insider Art Series, on our social media pages on Instagram and on our Facebook page.

Poste Haste by Linda Graves

Poste Haste by Linda Graves (20cm x 30cm Oil on Linen). Click image for larger picture. See more at www.lindagraves.co.uk

Daily lock down diary by Susan Thomas

Daily lock down diary by Susan Thomas. Click image for larger picture. Follow Susan @susanmary797

Ostrich painted in Acrylics on paper by JayneK

Ostrich painted in Acrylics on paper by JayneK. Click image for larger picture. Instagram: #jaynek_art

Self portrait in oil by Mick McNicholas

Self portrait in oil by Mick McNicholas. Click image for larger picture. Follow Mick @mick_mcnicholas.

Shelagh Casebourne at work in the garden

Shelagh Casebourne at work in the garden. Click image for larger picture. Follow Shelagh @shelaghcasebourne

Fred Bennett at work

Fred Bennett at work. Click image for larger picture. Follow on FaceBook as @Fred Bennett and on Instagram as @fredbennett_art

Fred Bennett: Oranges in oils

Fred Bennett: Oranges in oils. Click image for larger picture. Follow on FaceBook as @Fred Bennett and on Instagram as @fredbennett_art

Click image to see Gemma Cumming's time lapse painting

Gemma Cumming: Timelapse painting. "During lockdown I have been going through my backlog of images and also refining methods for timelapsing." Follow @postcardpainter on Instagram.


Timeless announcements: CREATIVE ARTS

These creative art activities run permanently.

Watercolour Classes

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Tuesdays &
Thursdays

Finchampstead

Watercolour Classes

If you would like to learn to paint in watercolours, or develop your skills and techniques, why not join one of my classes in Finchampstead.

For more details please visit the website www.saa.co.uk/art/lespatey or call Les on 01344 775276.

Art Classes at The Phoenix Studio, Towersey

Throughout
the week

The Phoenix Studio, Chinnor Rd, Towersey, Nr Thame, Oxfordshire OX9 3QZ

How to get there.

The Phoenix Studio runs a range of art classes for all abilities, from the complete novice to the lifelong artist. The brand new studio, set amidst a beautiful meadow in the quiet village of Towersey in Oxfordshire, offers a great place to explore your creativity.

For more details please visit the website www.phoenixstudio.co.uk or call James on 07765 980508.

New Art Group

Every Tuesday

1pm to 3pm

FBC Centre, Gorse Ride, Finchampstead RG40 4ES

Come and join a friendly group of people who enjoy painting and drawing together in modern surroundings at the FBC Centre. All abilities from beginners to experienced painters are welcome.

No joining, termly or annual fees. Cost £3 per session.

For more details telephone 0118 9088155 or 0118 9732484

Twyford Arts Group Life Drawing Sessions

Every Wednesday

7pm to 9.30pm

URC Hall, Church Street, Twyford RG10 9DR (opp. Haweli restaurant)

How to get there

The group meets for life drawing sessions on Wednesday evenings for people to come along and practise their skills. More information: www.twyfordartgroup.co.uk.

The Ark Studio

 

 

Ravenswood Village, Nine Mile Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 6BQ

How to get there

The Ark is an educational arts and disability charity that runs music, dance, drama and other arts courses. Contact: (01344) 755528 or email us for details.