A call to artists & photographers

'Through the Mill' - Flaxmill Maltings Community Arts open exhibition.


11th, 12th and 13th September 2015.

You are invited to participate in this exhibition of Flaxmill Maltings related artworks.

The exhibition is being arranged and managed by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings Community Arts Group (FMCA).

The exhibition will be staged at the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings over the weekend of the 12th and 13th of September.

This will form part of the Heritage Open Weekend, which attracts around 1,500 people.

A private viewing will be staged on Friday 11th of September, which all artists and their guests will be invited to attend.

The exhibition will then move to 'Participate' Contemporary Artspace in the Riverside shopping centre from Monday the 15th for a two week period.

The Flaxmill Maltings site will be opened to artists and photographers to come and sketch, photograph and make work on Sunday the 16th & Sunday the 23rd of August between 1pm and 5pm. 

To download a copy of terms and conditions and an application form please go to our website here.

For any further information please email Richard

Art Express exhibition

Have you been along to the VAN Gallery yet? The stunning Art Express exhibition is on display until June 28th!


Visual Art Network Gallery, Market Hall, Shrewsbury.

Exhibition ends on 28th June 2015!

For gallery opening times go to http://www.visualartnetwork.org.uk/ 

The Art Express workshops were a great success.

We hope that you can join us in celebrating this project by visiting the exhibition to see some of the work that was created.

BVA Group Exhibition and more

A Summer Exhibition call for entries, plus other events and workshops too! An update from The Willow Gallery in Oswestry.


Borderland Visual Arts Exhibition and Open Studios:

The exhibition will run from Saturday 30th May to Saturday 27th June at the gallery featuring a wide range of contemporary art including painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture & embroidery.

Artists will be opening their own studios across the Oswestry region on the weekends of 13th & 14th and 20th & 21st June to visitors.

Full details of all events and artist studio details can be picked up at Willow Gallery, Oswestry or downloaded from www.borderlandvisualarts.com


Summer Open Exhibition - Call for Entries:

Part 1: Saturday 4th July - Saturday 8th August (5 Weeks)

Part 2: Saturday 15th August – Saturday 19th September (5 Weeks)

Exhibitors can choose either period to exhibit or both if they wish.

Summary: An open exhibition open to all artwork and craft in all media and subject matter. Please contact the gallery for a full application pack!


Summer Craft Fair:

Saturday 18th July 2015, 10am to 5pm.

If you are a stall holder and wish to have a table, please contact the gallery for an application pack.


Tapestry Weaving - Windows on the natural world with Irene Evison:

Sunday 21st June, 10am to 4pm

Learn how to use simple tapestry weaving techniques to weave your own glimpse of the natural world. We will start indoors with a short introduction to tapestry weaving and Irene's approach to weaving, and will then venture outdoors. We'll explore views of nature at small and larger scales, trying out designs that work well for the medium of tapestry weaving – think colours, think shapes. And then it'll be time to start translating your  chosen view of nature into a small woven piece that you'll be able to take home with you at the end of the day.


Workshop Location: Underhill Farm, Underhill Lane, Pant, SY10 9RB.


Block Printing with Drusilla Cole:

Saturday 27th June, 10am to 4.30pm

This deceptively simple technique uses Scratch Foam to produce prints on paper or card to create a look similar to Linocuts, but without the effort. It is suitable for beginners and improvers and interesting results can be achieved very quickly without the use of a press.

Colours may be layered one on top of another  and the medium also looks stunning used for strong black and white designs.

£45 including all materials.

Please bring an apron and ideas or photos to work from. Make your own and take it home.

RBSA Gallery call

Entries are now invited for the first RBSA Photographic Prize exhibition.


The RBSA welcomes photographers and those working in lens-based mixed media to enter their work for our inaugural open photography exhibition.

Approximately 100 works will be selected to be exhibited across two floors of gallery space, with a top prize of £1000 and further rewards for runners up. Taking the theme of 'urban life' this exhibition will explore the diverse applications of photographic technology today.

Robert Neil, the President of the RBSA said "This landmark exhibition marks a turning point for the RBSA. Whilst the boundaries between fine art and photography become increasingly blurred, this exhibition will allow us to assess how we move forward as an art Society in response to new media."

Read more details here: http://newartwm.org/rbsa-gallery-call-entries-first-photographic-prize-exhibition/

Outside In and Craftspace

Invite artists to submit to a national touring exhibition of Outsider Craft.


Outsider Craft combines Outside In's fourth triennial open art exhibition and Craftspace's touring exhibitions programme which reflects developments in craft.

It will showcase UK creativity by artists who define themselves as facing barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation, and who have submitted their work through the Outside In website.

The works selected through this open call out will be displayed alongside pieces by historically renowned and invited contemporary Outsider and self-taught artists.

Submissions are now open. Submission deadline 30th October 2015.

For further information, take a look at the document below.


The Mildmay Collective- 23rd of April at The Printhouse Gallery in Dalston.


Exhibition dates: 23rd April to 23rd May.
Private View: Thursday 23rd April, 6:30pm - 9:30pm.
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm. 

The Mildmay Collective are pleased to invite you to their opening on Thursday 23rd April at 6:30 pm at The Print House Gallery, Dalston.

Please join us for a drink on the opening night.


An exhibition of work by The Mildmay Collective, a group of 30 care home residents, families and staff co-led by artists Amy Pennington and Clea House who have been in residence since June 2014. Many members of the collective are adults suffering from degenerative illnesses. The work reflects the struggles of living with these conditions, their perception of societies view on them and the political and social nuances of living in a care home. 
Working from a training room turned art studio The Collective have been involved with art projects as groups, but also individually. This mixed media show includes: a series of political text based prints, a knit bombed wheelchair, and the remnants of a protest soap opera. A central piece of the exhibition is a vending machine that stocks purchasable artworks that reference the collective's work from the past year.
The artistic process enabled members of The Collective to express themselves as individuals and develop their own arts practice. The residency has sought to challenge the role of what art can be in care settings, placing art at the centre of activity in the home. The Collective invites you to enter their world and to view things from their perspective.  The show is a promenade through this reality so many do not encounter.
The core collective members are: Daniel Berhane, Jean Curtis, Gary Dunn, Sue Finn, Clea House, Tracey Musgrave, Tony Neville, Amy Pennington, Helen Theodore, Alex Wright, Mia Wright, Michael Waller
Amy Pennington is a northern artist based in London. Working primarily with drawing and people she often ventures off the paper into mediums such as film, installation and conversation. Amy often works in collaboration with people in spaces that do not typically inhabit artists such as estates, caravans and shops. Most recently she has undertook residencies with Battersea Art Centre (London), In-situ (Manchester) and has shown work at Project Row Houses, Houston, USA.
Clea House has been working as an artist and designer in care homes for five years. Her practise focuses on prop making, photography and sound. She set up the award winning Cocktails in Care Homes project with Magic Me and has worked with a collective designing interiors for parties.


Disrupted at mac birmingham

Curated by Noemi Lakmaier during her year-long residency at mac, this exhibition explores a sense of awkwardness...


Disrupted is a group exhibition that has been conceived for mac birmingham to directly respond to, and interact with, the arts centre venue, the building and its audiences.

The artworks and installations exhibited here invite visitors to encounter the 'Other' - that which is different and unfamiliar, often remaining unseen in our day to day lives - and to engage with it in a familiar space.

Curated by Noemi Lakmaier during her year-long residency at mac, the exhibition explores the sense of awkwardness such encounters can bring, and the unique experiences and unexpected insights that can emerge from them. 

Disrupted brings together both established and emerging artists working in the realm of Disability Arts, including the Swedish performance artist Anna Berntdson, London-based artist and activist The Vacuum Cleaner, Martin O'Brien and up and coming sculptor Anna Smith from Wolverhampton.

Disrupted is a mac birmingham commission in partnership with DASH as part of 'IN', a DASH initiative concerned with sustaining Disability Arts in the mainstream.

The exhibition is on display until Sunday 3rd May 2015!

Bishops Castle Town Hall

Bishop's Castle Town Hall will be hosting its second Open Art Exhibition in July, between the 4th and 31st.


For your chance to exhibit, email - events@bishopscastletownhall.co.uk

You can also phone 01588 630023 or drop in to the Town Hall for more details.

The exhibition aims to showcase high quality work that will have a wide appeal for visual arts audiences.

The closing date for entries is June 5th 2015.

This exhibition is open to all 2D artists.

Tickets can be bought from the Town Hall or online here - bcth.ticketsource.co.uk  

DAC Annual Exhibition

A celebration of the life of Mark Annis, a visual artist and long time Disability Arts Cymru member.


DAC Annual Exhibition:

Disability Arts Cymru are proud to present a touring exhibition bringing together a diverse range of multimedia visual art by over 40 Disabled and Deaf artists from across Wales.

Exhibition dates:  December 3rd 2014 to January 3rd 2015 – Norwegian Church, Harbour Drive, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff.

January 8th to March 8th 2015 – Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead.

Tour dates for summer 2015 to be confirmed!

For more information contact Disability Arts Cymru via email: kate@dacymru.com or telephone: 02920 551 040.

At Home: A Living Centenary, 1914-2014

DASH trustee, Nicola Lane, is creating an innovative installation in London which is certainly worth exploring!


Preview event: Wednesday 22nd October at 5:30pm.

Artist filmmaker Nicola Lane's mother Diana was born in Cyprus on 15th August 1914, the month and year WWI was declared. Her soldier father departed for campaigns in the Eastern Mediterranean and France. Diana did not meet him until 1918, after he had been wounded at the Somme.

Recently Nicola discovered a photograph of Diana and her first husband in their house in Cyprus, celebrating Diana's 20th birthday at a formal 'luncheon' with officers from the Mediterranean Fleet. Research indicates that the photograph was taken when the Mediterranean Fleet visited Famagusta in 1934, as increasing unrest in the Middle East & Europe foreshadowed the conflicts of World War 2. 

The glamorous lunch guests and that world have vanished. Memory loss has fragmented Diana's past and present, and in her 100th year the important people in her world are the carers and healthcare professionals enabling her to live at home. 

On July 17th 2014, the 1934 photograph of Diana's 20th birthday lunch party was re-enacted in Swiss Cottage Gallery, the photograph's table & settings re-created by Nicola and her creative team.  Nicola invited Diana's carers, District Nurses, London Ambulance paramedics, A&E nurses,  & other healthcare professionals, to celebrate Diana's Centenary by re-enacting the lunch party with a menu selected from her 1930's Housekeeping scrapbook, cooked by local chef Beatriz Rodriguez and served by volunteers. The re-enactment was filmed from start to finish, visible to Swiss Cottage Library's public through the Gallery's glass doors. 

From this material Nicola will create a 'Living Centenary' installation in Swiss Cottage Gallery. Photography, sound recording and the projected film of the Centenary lunch party will be accompanied by a programme of talks and events, with the lunch table and it's 12 chairs used as a platform for discussion and audience interaction. Archives relating to the exhibition will be uploaded to the Imperial War Museum's "Lives of World War 1" site.

Through the relic of the photograph and its re-enactment, audiences & participants explore the enduring power of human contact and the power of relics & archive within history and living memory: WW1's Centenary embodied & mirrored in Diana's 1914 -2014 timeline.

AT HOME: A LIVING CENTENARY 1914-2014 exhibition runs for the period: 18th October – 12th November 2014.

The exhibition is curated in partnership with London Borough of Camden.  

For more information on Swiss Cottage Gallery and the work of Camden Council's arts team, visit: http://www.camden.gov.uk/swisscottagegallery

Many thanks to Waitrose John Barnes for their generous donation to the project.