CALL FOR ENTRIES - Painting with Words Exhibition

The Willow is inviting entries into a special exhibition running in connection with the Oswestry Lit Fest, a celebration of the written, spoken and sung word.


This open exhibition will celebrate the influence and inspiration of literature and language on the visual arts.

We encourage Artists to explore this interesting and inspiring topic in a broad range of styles, materials and interpretations. A variety of lit fest inspired creative and musical events will also be taking place at the gallery throughout the exhibition.

Please visit the gallery website - - and Lit Fest website - for further information.

You can find further information about entering artwork into the 'Painting with Words' exhibition below. Contact the Willow Gallery for an entry pack, which can also be downloaded from the gallery website.  
Painting with Words Exhibitors Information:

Summary: An open exhibition celebrating the influence and inspiration of literature and language on the visual arts. This special exhibition is running in connection with the Oswestry Lit Fest,

Key themes for inspiration: Literature, language, storytelling, prose, poetry, song lyrics, sung and spoken word,. Myths, legends and local history.  Calligraphy, illuminated manuscripts, typesetting, print, bookbinding, paper and print.

Media: Open to all media: paintings, sculpture, original prints, textiles, drawing, ceramics, glass and metal work, photography, etc.
Description: This exhibition will run for 6 weeks. Artists can submit single pieces or a series of work, submission fees are according to the space used rather than the number of works submitted. The gallery will be responsible for hanging all artwork.

Entry Form: Title your postal application /email: Painting with Words Exhibition 2014. Please send example (JPEG) images of work with the title or post images of your artwork. A list of the works you wish to exhibit and the dimensions on the form. Submission fee is required to be paid with the entry form. Please indicate any special requests or enquires about hanging unusual work.

Please send your application and direct any enquiries about this opportunity to:

The Willow Gallery CIC
56 Willow Street
SY11 1AE

Subject: Painting with Words Exhibition

Oriel Davies Open 2014 - call for submissions

Call for submissions for the Oriel Davies Open 2014. Please do circulate to interested parties!


Oriel Davies Open 2014:

1st Prize - £1000 and a solo exhibition.

Student prize - £500.

Deadline: 13th January 2014.

Exhibition: 26th April until 18th June 2014.


Anthony Shapland, Artist and Co-director of g39

Deirdre Figueiredo, Director of Craftspace

Helen Legg, Directo rof Spike Island

Alex Boyd Jones, Curator, Oriel Davies

For further information and to send applications/submissions, email:

Affordable Art Exhibition: Call for entries

The Willow Gallery is looking for Artists to submit for their next exhibition 'Affordable Art' which will run from the 26th of October to the 30th of November.


'Affordable Art' is an open exhibition aiming to celebrate the diversity of art which doesn't break the bank; enabling everyone to have a piece of original artwork in their home or to give as a gift for Christmas.

Please email for an application pack.

Information for Exhibitors:

Exhibition Title: Affordable Art Exhibition
Key themes for inspiration: All subjects and mediums considered, each work is requested to be priced at £100 or below.
Summary: An open exhibition celebrating the diversity of artwork created which is affordable, enabling everyone to have a piece of original artwork in their home or to give as a gift.
Mediums: Open to all mediums: paintings, original prints, sculpture, textiles, drawing, photography, etc.
Description: This exhibition will run for 5 weeks. Artists can submit single pieces or a series of work, submission fees are gauged on the spaced used rather than the number of works submitted.

The gallery will be responsible for hanging all artwork.
Exhibition Timetable:
Entry Form, Entry Fee and Signed Exhibitors Agreement, Hand in Deadline: 18th October

Artwork Delivery: 21st October 2013. (Alternative days can be arranged by prior agreement.)

Exhibition Dates: 26th October 2013 to 30th November 2013 (5 weeks).

Collection of all unsold artwork: 2nd December 2013 (Alternative day after this date can be arranged by prior agreement.)

Submission Types and Prices:

Type 1: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <100cm - £12
Type 2: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <200cm - £25
Type 3: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <300cm - £35
Type 4:  Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <400cm - £45
Type 5: Plinth for sculpture, ceramics and 3D work – 20x30cm - £10

All cheques to made payable to: Willow Oswestry CIC
or alternatively you can pay in person at the gallery by cash or card.

The gallery takes 35% commission on all artwork sold. Please include this commission within the given selling price on the application form. The Willow Gallery is a community interest, not-for-profit, gallery therefore commission on sales and exhibition entry fee's go to supporting the up-keep of the gallery.

The Willow Gallery, 56 Willow Street, Oswestry, SY11 1AE
Tel: 01691 657575. Email:

Shape Open Exhibition

The Shape Open is an annual call-out for disabled and non-disabled artists to submit work in response to a disability focused theme.


Exhibition dates: October 4th until 20th October 2013.

This year's theme 'Disability Re-assessed' generated submissions from an exciting international range of artists. The 2013 Open will showcase a multi-disciplinary selection of works which includes painting, sculpture, textile, digital art and photography.

The work represents a rich diversity of opinions, reactions and responses to this highly political and often deeply personal theme, but is united by a clarity, energy and commitment to re-interpreting and re-assessing disability.

"The Shape Open Exhibition provides a fantastic platform for artists to show their work. Such exhibitions offer great opportunities for artists to be discovered by institutions and large audiences. Similar exhibitions have helped to contribute to the development of my own personal career."

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Shape Open Patron

Address: The Nunnery Gallery, 181-183 Bow Rd, London E3 2SJ
Directions from local transport links:
The Nunnery Gallery is wheelchair accessible. A BSL Interpreter and live audio description will be available at the private view.

There is very limited parking on-site. If you require an accessible parking bay please get in contact and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Bastion - an installation

Bastion - an installation, is open for public viewings at Wolverhampton Arena Theatre from October 3rd - 25th.


The installation is open from 10am to 5pm each day and for one hour before theatre performances. Entry is free!

A simple, funny and powerful story of transformation is projected onto three screens. Sounds surround you. A barber's chair sits invitingly in the middle of the space and human hair is beneath your feet.

"An ordinary day, a few of the regulars, old gents with less and less hair to cut each time, I was ready to head home, and then he entered, that harmless fool."

Come and spend ten minutes experiencing the installation, less time than it takes for a No. 3 crop. There's even a comfy chair...

Digital and movement artist Ray Jacobs worked with a team of disabled and non-disabled artists and actors, in Wolverhampton, to explore the story and produce this exciting installation.

The main parts in the projected story are performed by talented young learning-disabled actor James Doolan and West Midlands based actor Denny Hodge.

The installation is based on a story by Simon Armitage.

The installation is being shown during world mental health week and aims to challenge our preconceptions about people around us. This has been supported using public funding, by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Further information  - Ray Jacobs 07817194644

DAC@30 Visual Art Exhibition

A reminder to all those visual artists out there about the new exhibition coming up with Disability Arts Cymru. Please pass on to anyone you think may be interested!


Disability Arts Cymru, invite you to submit work for the:

DAC@30 Visual Art Exhibition

Taking place at the Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay to celebrate our 30th Birthday and the International Day of Disabled People 2013.

Open to d/Deaf and disabled artists and those with long term health conditions, residing in Wales and aged 16 and over.

The closing date is Monday September 30th - there's a £5 entry fee. Work will be exhibited from December 3rd 2013 through until January 4th 2014.

Exhibition opportunities at Gallery3, Shrewsbury

The Gallery3 exhibition space is run by the SADAA Art Panel to showcase the visual arts in Shrewsbury. They are now accepting exhibition proposals from artists who wish to exhibit their work during 2014.


If you are interested please send your proposal by email:

What's On at the Willow Gallery

The Willow Gallery is excited to welcome you to join us for a wonderful variety of exhibitions, events and workshops over the coming months.



Sheila BensonDunbabin Gallery:

Shelia's new series of unique, vibrant and contemporary paintings are currently on exhibition in the Dunbabin Gallery, adjacent to the main Willow Gallery. Follow the signs!

Natural Selection exhibition - featuring 'The Art Crew':

Saturday 7th September through until Saturday 19th October.

Preview on Friday 6th September from 7pm.

'Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better' - Albert Einstein.

An open exhibition of contemporary, innovative and traditional works of art, in a wide range of media. This fascinating exhibition will explore our relationship with the natural world, address current conservation issues and celebrate the local landscape and heritage.

The Art Crew includes three professional artists working on the Welsh Borders; Ray Perez, Katharine Laird and Jean Briers.

Affordable Art Exhibition: 26th October though until 30th November.


LIVE @ The Willow Monthly Acoustic Music Nights;

Friday 20th of September - Libby Gliksman at 8pm.

Tickets £5. Stunning singer Libby Gliksman will be performing emotional and jazzy music with pianist Dean Ames.  Songs will include carefully selected covers of Etta James, Adele, Norah Jones, Cher, Abba and many more great artists. Libby and Dean have been performing together for just over a year, with Libby's Adele cover nights being exceptionally popular. Find out more information about Libby on her website

The Willow Eatery will be providing a selection of delicious, freshly prepared Italian treats for the evening of Friday 20th September. This will include a special selection of light bites, main meals and, of course, delicious desserts, as well as wines, beers, cider and prosecco. Tables will be limited therefore bookings from 7pm onwards are being taken and pre-orders are required.

Please email for further information and menu options. Please book in advance to reserve a table. 

 Upcoming  Performances:

Friday 20th December at 8pm - The Gregory S. Davies Band – Back by Popular Demand!

Film @ The Willow: Sunday 20th October from 7pm.

Showcasing a selection of contemporary artists films in connection with the natural selection exhibition. A wide variety of unique films will be on display in the main gallery – for this night only!

Craft Fairs: 

Autumn Craft Fair - Saturday 26th October

Winter Craft Fair – Saturday 30th November 

A celebration of local creativity. Around fifteen stalls showcasing a wide range of handcrafted products from local artists and makers will be on display for you to browse and buy. Demonstrations and children's craft activities throughout the day. A perfect excuse to do some early Christmas shopping! 

Artists working in The Willow:

Sue Christian will be weaving in the gallery on Saturday 28th September.

Internationally renowned oil painter Karl Robinson-Bray is currently working daily in a historic studio space adjacent to the Willow Gallery where a wonderful variety of his atmospheric landscapes and scenes of rural and village life are being exhibited.

The Willow Gallery has several bright, spacious and historical studio spaces available to rent and can also offer artists the opportunity to run workshops and courses, have their work promoted within the Willow Gallery and on the website and publications etc...The gallery also runs Artist in Residency and Artist in the Gallery schemes.

The gallery is launching an exciting program of 'Artist in the Gallery' and we are very keen for you to be involved. Every Saturday or Wednesday we are hoping to have an artist being creative in the gallery. This could involve sketching, painting, sewing, knitting, hand throwing pots, card making, silk painting, etc... This will be a great opportunity for artists to be able to share and further promote their work. This will also enable gallery visitors to gain an insight into the creative process and the time and skill involved in hand crafted items. Any artist working in the gallery will be promoted on the what's on and gallery website/blog. If you would like to be involved then please contact the Willow for further information.


Printmaking Taster Session with Ben Partridge.

Saturday 21st September between 10:30am and 4pm. Unlock your printmaking potential in this lively introduction to a variety of printmaking techniques. Get to grips with process and discover the exciting variety of printmaking methods at your fingertips. Suitable for complete beginners or those that haven't pulled a print in a while. £35 including materials.

Introduction to Printmaking: Collagraph and Drypoint with Ben Partridge. 6 Fortnightly Friday Sessions . Starting: Friday 27th September. (5pm until 8pm)

Get to grips with two accessible and versatile printmaking processes through these informal weekly sessions.  Participants will have the opportunity to incorporate collaged materials into rich, textural collagraphs and explore line and tone through the medium of dry point. Materials will be provided and participants will have the opportunity to create a small edition of a print of their choice. Suitable for beginners or those wanting to extend their printmaking repertoire.

£15 per session or £75 for 6 sessions

Stained Glass Decoration Workshop with Jenny Newall: Saturday 28th September - 9:30am to 4:30pm - Age 16+  

Create your own unique piece of stained glass decorative artwork using traditional copper-foiling techniques under expert guidance from professional stained glass artist Jenny Newall.

£45 including all materials

Animals & Wildlife in Pastels with Katherine Laird: Saturday 5th October - 10.30am to 4pm.

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore a wide range of soft pastel techniques with the expert guidance of professional artist Katherine Laird.

£38 per person  including all materials.

 Introduction to Oil Painting with Tereska Shepherd. Tuesday 1st October to Tuesday 3rd December. 5 sessions, 10am to 3pm - £70 for 5 sessions (£60 concessions and early bookings).

Discover the exciting world of oil painting through this inspiring starter course. Ideal for those who wish to learn and develop skills in a variety of oil painting techniques and gain confidence with this medium. The sessions will also cover advice on materials, colour mixing and the exploration of a range of subject matter and painting styles. Throughout the course we will study the work of historical and contemporary painters. Demonstrations, group discussions and individual advice and assistance will be given. Enjoy having time to be creative. 

This course is an Aberystwyth Lifelong Learning Course, and therefore provides the optional opportunity to gain 10 credits towards a certificate in Art and Design, equivalent to studying for the first year of a degree.

For further information and to book a place on this course please contact Lifelong Learning: 01970 621580. Web:

 Painting with Felt: Feltmaking Workshop with Sue Mulcock: Saturday 5th October, 10.30am to 4pm.

Create your own unique felt artwork with expert guidance from professional artist Sue Mulcock. Bring your own photograph or image to inspire your exploration with colour and texture. A variety of felting techniques and British wool types will be explored.

Workshop suitable for beginners and improvers - £38 per person, including materials.

Pinhole Photography Workshop with Ben Partridge - Saturday 19th October. 10:30am to 4pm.

Discover the intriguing world of Pinhole Photography, learn how to make your own cameras and create unique photographs. £35 including all materials.

 Clay Animal Workshop with Willie Carter : Friday 1st November – 10.30 to 4pm.

Experiment with a variety of clay modelling techniques with expert guidance from professional potter, Willie Carter.

 Oil Portrait Painting Course with Internationally Renowned Artist Max Baccanello. Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November, between 10.30am and 5pm.

Max Studied fine art in Florence, Italy, and has recently had work shortlisted for the Royal Society of Portrait painters exhibition in London. Throughout the course he will be teaching and demonstrating a variety of portrait drawing and painting techniques and participants will have the opportunity to create their own oil portrait painting on canvas.

A selection of materials will be provided however if possible please bring: Oil Paints : White, ivory black, orche, ultramarine blue, raw umber, vermilion red. Canvas approx 40 cm x 30cm. Paint brushes, paint palette, easel.

 £120 for two days. (£50 deposit required on booking).

For all courses and workshops please book in advance as places are limited

Children's Events & Art Workshops. Young Artists Workshops on Tuesdays starting 24th September - 3:30pm until 5pm

For ages 6-12 - £6 per session, including all materials. £30 for 6 sessions.

Have fun exploring a variety of artistic techniques to create your own original artwork with expert guidance from professional artists and educators. Projects will include: book making and decoration, printing, sculpture, sewing and much more. Learn about different artists and techniques with like-minded young artists. 

 Giant Insect Sculptures - Saturday 28th September - 11am to 1pm, 6-12yrs - places £6 (siblings £3).

Weaving with Recycled Materials and Fabric - Saturday 12th September - 11am to 1pm, 6-12yrs - places £6 (siblings £3).

Giant Mask making Workshop - 28th August & 30th August, 6-12yrs, 11am-1pm - places £6 (siblings £3).

Featured Artists:

Sue Mulcock: Atmospheric felt paintings created from a variety of British wools and beautifully embellished these wonderful works of art capture the subtle colours, atmosphere and topography of the British landscape.

Steve Ferguson: Creating vibrant and painterly works of art, Steve channels his inspiration from nature, texture and form. He is particularly influenced by Cornish artists and sculptures. A selection of Steve's paintings of Birds in Acrylic on reclaimed wood, will be exhibited throughout July and August.

Lyn Evans: Lyn Evans captures the essence of local scenes and areas of natural beauty through her bright and eye catching collages.

Boo: Free flowing ephemeral paintings of fish from a underwater viewpoint glimmer, glisten and shine in the sunlight that streams through the surface of the water. Boo's use of metal leaf adds to the reflective quality of the work. 

Gerald Dewsbury: Gerald Dewsbury is known for his intricate and beautiful oil paintings of trees, woodlands and surrounding hills. His paintings combine vivid colours with his distinguished style resulting in a unique representation of nature. 

Llewellyn Cummings: With his timeless style and dynamic use of oil paint he captures the atmosphere and essence of the landscape.

Ostinelli & Priest: Renowned sculptors Ostinelli and Priest are currently exhibiting a selection of their unique animal sculptures, including dogs, bulls and horses. Their distinct techniques and delicate colour pallet enables the artists to embody the character and personality of the animals in a way that is unique to them.

Allanah Piesse:  figurative acrylic paintings reflect aspects of mythology. She creates stories through the juxtaposition of objects and figures. The concept of time, past, present and future become intertwined in these surreal and sometimes eerie paintings.  Colour and texture are also an important aspect of Allanah's work. 

Judith Harrison: Judith Harrison's subtle and detailed Collographs are inspired by landscape and Celtic myths and legends.   

Alison Holt: Skilled combination of freehand machine embroidery and silk painting, by this internationally renowned artist, capture the subtle colours and details of the natural world.  

Willow Gallery Shop:

The gallery shop showcases a wide variety of unique, handcrafted products and cards by local people including decorative stained glass, ceramics, wood turning, woven willow items, jewellery, textiles, woven rugs, clay and wooden sculptures and much, much more!

If you have any handcrafted products you would like us to consider for our gift shop please get in touch.

The Willow Eatery:

Open Monday to Saturday: 9.30am - 5.30pm.

The Willow Eatery is the newly refurbished cafe at the Willow Gallery. Under new management since April 2013, it is run by Lindsay Chaplin from Lindsay's Cakery. Serving a range of fresh, tasty home-baked cakes and lunches including quiches, soup with homemade rolls, paninis, wraps, locally sourced Treflach Farm free-range pies and more. Drinks available include fair trade coffee made with organic milk, loose-leaf speciality teas, milkshakes and soft drinks. Catering for the individual; Gluten-free snacks, decaf tea and coffee and soya milk available. 

Drinks, cakes and a selection of lunch options are now available for Takeaway too!

We are now offering 'Afternoon Tea at Willow Eatery', so please pop in or email us at  to enquire about enjoying a relaxing afternoon full of scrumptious delights within the Willow Gallery. Afternoon Tea vouchers make the perfect gift. (Please book Afternoon Tea at Willow Eatery at least one week in advance. Time restrictions may apply).

Please contact the gallery for further information on anything listed above. 

DAC@30 Visual Art Exhibition

Disability Arts Cymru invite you to submit work for the DAC@30 Visual Art Exhibition, at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay.


Celebrating our 30th Birthday and the International Day of Disabled People 2013.

Open to d/Deaf and disabled artists and those with long term health conditions, residing in Wales, aged 16 and over.

The closing date is Monday September 30th
and there is a £5 Entry fee. Work will be exhibited from December 3rd 2013 through until January 4th 2014.

For more information contact Disability Arts Cymru by telephoning
02920 551040.

Willow Gallery - Call for entries

Natural Selection exhibition - We invite all artists to enter contemporary, innovative and traditional works of art, in a wide range of media into this exciting exhibition opening on the 6th of September.


Key themes for inspiration: Wild Places, Endangered British Species (Birds, Marine life, Insects, Mammals), Plants to Encourage Insects/Wildlife, Heritage and Legacy, Man in Nature, Folklore and Myths of the natural world, The Changing Face of Farming.
Summary: An open exhibition based around our relationship with the natural world.
This can be a literal or an abstract interpretation.

The gallery will also be organising a film event, art workshops and other events in connection with the exhibition. If you would like to run an event or workshop or be involved then please let us know.

Mediums: Open to all mediums: paintings, original prints, sculpture, textiles, drawing, photography, video etc. 

Description: This exhibition will run for 6 weeks. Artists can submit single or series of work, submission fees are gauged on spaced used rather than number of works submitted.

The gallery will be responsible for hanging all artwork.

Exhibition Timetable:

Entry Form, entry fee and signed Exhibitors Agreement - hand in deadline is 29th August. 
Artwork Delivery: 2nd September 2013. (Alternative day can be arranged by prior agreement.)

Preview: Friday 6th of September between 6pm and 9pm
Exhibition Dates: 7th September until 19th October 2013

Collection of all unsold artwork: 21st October 2013 (Alternative day after this date can be arranged by prior agreement.)

Submission Types and Prices:

Type 1: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <100cm - £15 
Type 2: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <200cm - £30 
Type 3: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <300cm - £45 
Type 4:  Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) <400cm - £60 
Type 5: Plinth for sculpture, ceramics and 3D work – 20x30cm - £20 

All cheques should be made payable to: Willow Oswestry CIC
or alternatively you can pay in person at the gallery by cash or card.

Entry Form: Title your postal application or email: Natural Selection Exhibition 2013. Please send JPEG images of your work, plus a list of the works you wish to exhibit and the dimensions.

Preparation of work:
All framed/canvas work must be mirror plated and strung using D rings and picture wire. All artwork including sculpture must be clearly labeled on the back. All framed/canvas works must have a luggage style label hanging down from the back of the artwork giving artwork details as described above. This label must be clearly visible when the work is on the wall. The top of the work should also be clearly marked This is essential for accurate labeling and hanging of artwork.

Artist Statement: All work needs an artist statement included, this should be no larger than an A5 page at font size 12, Garamond style. A statement could elaborate upon your working practices, mediums used, inspirations, or a literacy piece which accompanies your work and an image of you working, if you wish.

Please send application and enquiries to: The Willow Gallery CIC, 56 Willow Street, Oswestry, SY11 1AE.