Sheila Benson – Dunbabin 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 www.libby-gliksman.webeden.co.uk
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 email@example.com for further information and menu options. Please book in advance to reserve a table.
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!
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. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.aber.ac.uk/en/sell
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).
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 email@example.com 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.