Thursday, 1 February 2018

Call for Entries & What's On at Willow Gallery Oswestry

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Call for Entries & What's On at Willow Gallery Oswestry
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Call for Entries


February 2018

A Day Out 
Mixed media
Whether you paint, throw a pot, sketch or sculpt, and whatever medium you handle, the Gallery is always interested in exhibiting new works, and artists aged 18 and over are eligible to submit their work for consideration. Call for entries is directed at established artists as well as those just starting to attract the attention they deserve. Some exhibitions have themes you are asked to follow; others are entirely open - offering a diverse and stimulating programme throughout the year. You may submit a single piece or a series of artworks; you can also exhibit as part of a group.

Application pack
Please telephone (01691 657575) or email for full application advice and an entry form. All applications must be supported by images of the work/s to be exhibited.
3 March - 7 April 
For our March/April exhibition we are calling for artworks based upon or inspired by the written word - any literature of your choice from classical to contemporary. Painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, collage, digital art, photography and sculpture are all welcome entries. We ask artists to submit their applications by Monday 12 February, and artwork needs to be delivered, ready to be exhibited, on Monday 19 February.
14 April - 26 May
The Gallery is also now accepting submissions for our annual Spring Open Exhibition – open to all subjects and themes. We look forward to celebrating a wealth and cross-section of artistic talent : painting, printmaking, mixed media, collage, photography, textiles, sculptured works, ceramics, glass and more. Deadline to apply is Monday 26 March, and you are asked deliver your artwork on Tuesday 3 April.

Continues until 24 February
We are pleased to enjoy old friends and meet new ones, including up-and-coming talent, with artworks to suit all budgets. See below how acrylics can be used in different ways to create different landscape effects.

Low Cloud over Caer Caradoc, Church Stretton ~ Acrylic
Cranberry Rocks, Stiperstones
Acrylic on paper
DES JONES ~ Bright Sun over the Mawddach River ~ Acrylic
We are also delighted to present integrative artist's Wilf Thust's enthralling Tree Structures, exploring their patterns, textures, abstraction and balance of  light against dark.
Wilf takes inspiration from 'plants, landscapes, animals and from encounters with people'. He sees his work as 'not purely abstract but a response to life experiences. With shapes I am interested in cut-outs, offcuts and negatives; with colours I search for and explore nuances; with movements I reflect on changes; and with interaction I encourage the viewer to look closer.'
On Saturday 24 March we welcome world-renowned French-Swiss singer/songwriter and breathtaking guitarist Claude Bourbon. On Saturday 28 April Simon Kempston, one of Scotland's most gifted songwriters and acoustic guitarists, will be keeping us entertained. On Friday 25 May the Dan Walsh Trio will harness banjo, violin and mandolin to telling effect.

When booking tickets for live music and other events, please let us know if you require wheelchair space, or an aisle seat close to the front.

Please note that tickets cannot be reserved without pre-payment.
Support local artists and crafts-makers

Saturday 5 May
Saturday 14 July
Saturday 20 October
Saturday 1 December

Craft-makers: If you wish to book a spot, please contact the Gallery for an application pack
Tables available at £35
No commission on your sales
When booking, please provide full contact details, including email

Please browse our current workshops and courses available to book. The tutors are all artists skilled in their own practices, and class sizes are kept small to ensure that everyone gains the maximum from each session. Courses previously listed and not appearing below are now fully subscribed - but please keep an eye out for new courses as they pop up throughout the year.

Please check our website for full details, including materials you will need for some of the courses. All sessions take place at the Willow Gallery's Dunbabin Room. Book by phone (01691 657575) or call in at the Gallery, our online booking system is currently unavailable until further notice. For Lifelong Learning courses, please book through Aberystwyth University Lifelong Learning (01970 621580 :
Shells: Natural History Illustration [CF206] with Tereska Shepherd
[Lifelong Learning]  

Use a variety of drawing and watercolour techniques and materials to depict a range of shell types, their forms, textures, patterns and colours
Saturday 10 Feb & Saturday 10 March (2 sessions)
10am-3.30pm : £55 (£45 concessions)

Painting Gardens [CF207] with Tereska Shepherd
[Lifelong Learning]  
Visit inspiring local gardens, gaining observational and recording skills; back in the studio, experiment with a range of materials and techniques for capturing the atmosphere, colours and textures of gardens
Mondays 12 Feb, 26 Feb, 12 March, 26 March,
11 June, 25 June & 9 July 
(7 sessions)
10am-4 pm : £220 (£180 concessions)
Speed Painting & Drawing [1] with David Bannister
In a fast-moving workshop, sharpen your observational drawing skills and see what you can create in 3, 30 or 60 minutes
Saturday 24 March
10am-4pm : £45

Speed Painting & Drawing [2] with David Bannister
Adding to the observational skills you have already learned, we'll aim to get outside to sketch and paint in the natural light - gaining confidence about working in public spaces
Saturday 28 April
10am-4pm : £45

Batik for Collage with Jenny O'Leary
Learn the art of batik - hot wax resist - on paper and tissue paper, creating interesting textures; then cut and tear to create collages, suitable for stitching into at a later date
Saturday 31 March
10am-4pm : £40

Chinese Painting with Leo Donaghy
Be inspired by the timeless figures found in Chinese painting: learn how to paint their characteristic poses and set them in the landscape
Wednesdays 11, 18, 25 April & 2 May [4 sessions]
10am-1pm : £85
Loose Oil Painting 2 with Leo Donaghy
Continue exploring the medium in a more fluid style; guidance given on preparatory sketches, composition, palette and subject choice
Thursdays 12, 19, 26 April & 3 May [4 sessions]
10am-1.30pm : £85
Mixed-Media Textile Book Workshop with Suzette Smart
Take inspiration from nature to create a textile book using mixed media, fabric collage and free machine embroidery
Saturday 21 April
10am-4pm : £45
Making Abstract Art with Anne Marie Lagram
Develop a way of thinking and making that takes your painting to another level and frees you from the constraints of realism
Saturday 12 May
10am-4pm :  £50 including materials

Patterns from the East with Jenny O'Leary
Create beautiful batik pieces reflecting the motifs, textures and colours of the East, suitable for further embellishment with stitch or print and to use for cushions, book covers or bags
Saturday 19 May
10am-4pm : £40

Mixed-Media Painting & Collage with Peter Monaghan
You will be introduced to collage and creative print techniques that may be incorporated into your mixed-media paintings
Saturday 2 June
10am-4pm : £55 
Drawing with Paint with Anne Marie Lagram
Develop and free up your drawing and painting skills by creating strong and evocative imagery using inks, paints and unconventional drawing materials
Saturday 16 June
10am-4pm :
£50 including materials

Feltmaking: Skies & Skylines with Susan Mulcock  
Experiment with a range of plant and animal fibres to interpret cloud formations, to produce a piece of work with delicious-coloured skies against a dark skyline
Saturday 23 June
10am-4.30pm : £45 : Bring apron, rubber gloves and an image to inspire you

Embroidered Garden Birds with Suzette Smart
Embroider one of your favourite garden birds using fabric collage and free machine embroidery on vintage fabric
Saturday 7 July
10am-4pm : £45
Classes are held at the Gallery's Dunbabin Room unless otherwise stated
Monday evening classes - Beginners & Improvers
For more information, please contact Adie on 07980 291311
Tutor : Diana Buckle
You will need your own instrument - fiddle, flute, whistle or mandolin
Classes at the Gateway, Shrewsbury
and Dunbabin Room, Oswestry
Contact Diana on 07983 884411 or email
Teacher: Betty Hyam

Friday morning, mixed ability, 10-11.30am
Contact: 01938 554894
Save Our Bees
- unbleached organic cotton apron -
Fascinated by bees and concerned for their future given the huge pressures they face in the modern environment, botanical and natural history artist Tereska Shepherd has created a series of watercolour paintings depicting many British bee species. Through her artwork, prints, greetings cards and textiles, Tereska aims to raise awareness about the plight of bees - the world's most important pollinating insects - and donates a percentage of every product sold to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Save Our Bees aprons, along with tea towels, placemats, cushions and bags, are on sale at the Willow Gallery Shop. For full range, see
Art by Tereska website.
Centrally-located in Oswestry, the former car showroom is an artist-led, not-for-profit gallery space dedicated to the community. Open all year, the Gallery displays ever-changing exhibitions where you can seek out and buy original artworks - paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textile art, jewellery, glassware, photographic works and more. Also meet our talented artists-in-residence and talk to them about their work.

Other regular events include live music, workshops, talks and craft fairs. In the Gallery Shop, you will find a diverse collection of limited-edition prints, ceramics, sculpture, woodcraft, jewellery, textiles and cards.

Gift vouchers and other gift ideas
Gift vouchers are available at the Willow Gallery. They can be bought for any amount and be redeemed in both the Gallery and the Shop. Booking a place for a friend on one of our artist-run workshops can also make an original and rewarding gift - or treat a music-loving friend or family member to a ticket for one of our live music events.

Gift vouchers are also available for the Willow Eatery and a lovely way to make someone's day.

A venue to suit your occasion
Use our spacious Dunbabin Room for your own event. It's ideal for community groups, workshops, talks, meetings and training sessions, parties and celebrations, while its clear hard floor and high ceiling are perfect for dance and fitness classes. Please contact us ( for availability and rates.
To contact the Willow Gallery:
Tel: 01691 657575
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Address: 56 Willow Street, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 1AD
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Tel: 07773 720425
Address: 56 Willow Street, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 1AD
Gallery open: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm
Eatery open: Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm
Closed Sundays/bank holidays     
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