Sunday, 31 July 2011

More photos of the Walcot Chapel Preview sent by Jay Kynch

I appealed for more photos of Friday night, and here they are.....
 Kathy talking to Tim.
 'The Winter's Tale bought by Jay and Mike.
Walcot Chapel around 9.30pm.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Paul Exton and Tim Carroll's Exhibition at Walcot Chapel preview photos

The Preview for this exhibition was a great success, thank you to all those people who came and contributed to making the evening so special.
Apologies for not taking photographs earlier, I was occupied with grandmotherly duties and then didn't think about them until the last few minutes.

 Karen in the foreground, Jackie and Paul talking to Paul Brokensha of Trinity Artists who kindly lent us their screens to hide the 'messy area'.
 Ali taking photos, with Jill, Rich and Chris chatting.
 More chatting.
 Tim standing by the postcard rack and angel display.

 My favourite pictures: above Paul's pictures, and below, Tim's picture.

There is only one day to go at Walcot Chapel, so if you want to see the exhibition, get there before 5pm tomorrow, the 31st of July.
Advance notice: Gordon Dickinson will be having an exhibition in Walcot Chapel 22nd-28th August with a Private View on the evening of 26th of August.
To find out more about Gordon's work, visit:

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The Swindon Open Studios Brochure has now gone to Print!!!!

Exciting news, we are on target to collect the brochures from the printer on
August 3rd.
Jane Milner-Barry, one of the three SOS committee members has designed and collated the brochure, and made an excellent job of it.
This year we have grouped artists according to areas for easier access; this is the Longcot group's page:
Isn't that fab? Can't wait to see the whole brochure.

Monday, 25 July 2011

The Setting up of Paul Exton and Tim Carroll's Exhibition at Walcot Chapel from start to finish

 Here is the chapel at 8.45am this morning, sun shining through the end window, the walls a brilliant white.
 Tim is beginning to bring paintings into the chapel.
 Paul has arrived with a table, chairs and lots of paintings
 At the end of the day, here is Tim's side of the chapel.
And here is Paul's side of the chapel.

The exhibition is open daily from 11am - 5pm and there is a special party with drinks and nibbles on Friday evening from 5pm til 9.30pm.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Favourites at the Take Three Exhibition at The post Modern, Theatre Square, SN1 1QN July 18th - 30th Open Monday - Saturday 11am - 5pm

The exhibition space at the Post Modern has been divided into three sections to accommodate the work of Vicky Silver, Hannah Moreton and Sally Taylor.
At the private View on Friday night, I talked extensively to Hannah about her work, a bit to Sally and less to Vicky.
 This magnificent embroidery piece entitled Queen Viv, is a tribute to Vivienne Westwood, who inspired Hannah's interest in fashion.
 These plates are a reflection of Hannah's interest in domesticity. I have bought the middle one and am thinking about domesticity in a different light.
 Sally is interested in personal histories, particularly the stories held within old photos. My favourite picture of Sally's has appeared on the blog under the 'Substance' exhibition entry, this is my second favourite, entitled 'Alan with Gran and Gramps 1962
 Vicky has many birds on show, I'm not sure what this one was called.
Do try and get along and have a look at the exhibition.
And have a look at Gordon's slide show on you tube:

Thursday, 21 July 2011

The Trinity Artsists Private View at Walcot Chapel, Bath 19th July

The Trinity Artists have an exhibition at Walcot Chapel this week, their Private View was on Tuesday evening.  There were 14 artists taking part, so the chapel was packed with guests.
Their website is:

Here is their  poster:
They produced a high quality A5 flyer two sided with all participating artists listed:

 Here's the entrance to the Chapel:

And inside the chapel, lots of people and work on walls.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Tim Carroll and Paul Exton are holding a Joint Exhibition at Walcot Chapel from the 25th - 31st July

Walcot Chapel is a glorious venue for an exhibition, set back from Walcot Street on the left as you leave London Road in Bath and head for the centre of Bath along Walcot Street.
The post code is: BA1 5UG.
Tim and Paul will be at the gallery from 11am until 5pm each day, do go along if you get the chance.
If you are available on Friday 29th July, do try and go to the Private View on  when they will be offering refreshments and lots of people to talk to until 9.30pm.
Why not have a night out in Bath?

Here's the official invitation:

More examples of Tim's work can be seen on his website:

This exhibition is also advertised on Bath Society of Artists website: under 'exhibitions'.
And also on the Art Rabbit website by following the link below:

Walcot Chapel is a lovely building to draw; this is what I drew and coloured in last year:

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Sue's Gallery and Framing in Highworth for all your framing needs.

Looking for frames?
Why not contact Sue?
Sue Ilett who is sponsoring us this year by having an advertisement in our brochure, is a Fine Art Trade Guild Commended Framer.
She is a specialist framer of memorabilia, cross stitches, jigsaws, pictures, prints etc.
She also does dry mounting and laminating, and has a range of ready made frames available.
Sue has a FVS, a frame visualisation system so you can see your picture framed before buying .
To contact Sue, please ring: 01793 764929 or visit her in person at Unit 23 Blackworth Industrial Estate, Highworth.
Or visit her website:

Friday, 15 July 2011

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RAF Fairford) - Airshow 16th/17th July

The air show is one of the biggest and best air shows with hundreds of aircraft offering death-defying displays to an expected 170000 visitors according to the information available via a Google search. This is the 40th anniversary of the event with gates opening at 7.30am, and special traffic arrangements for miles around to cope with the expected influx on to the site of the air show.
To find out more, visit the RIAT website:

Why are we featuring an air show in the blog?
Because David Bent's image has been used on the front cover of their brochure:

The link to find out more about David's art is:

The advertisement above is courtesy of Frequency Magazine:

An update from the Tattoo on Friday 15th July:

'A great couple of days so far including setting up  &  over 200 aircrew signed David's Riat 2011 artwork - to be raffled/ auctioned to help raise funds for the rafcte charity later this year. David's Artwork features on all of the Air tattoo material including tickets, brochure, mega posters and on buses! Mugs, tshirts & stickers for sale via   A copy of the signed artwork will be at David's studio as part of his open studio weekend in September'

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Private View of 'Take Three', an exhibition of work by Vicky, Sally and Hannah at Artsite

This private view sounds well worth attending; should be a great party. Here's what Vicky, Hannah and Sally say on the invitation:
You are invited to the Private view of 
"Take Three" 
an exhibition of work by 
Sally Taylor, Hannah Morton and Vicky Silver
"The Post Modern" 
Theatre  Square
Friday 22nd July 2011
7.00pm to 9.00pm
Artsite has been very busy lately and this will be a great opportunity for us to party and thank all the wonderful volunteers who have helped us move on over the past few months. Also a chance for our associate members to reconnect with each other and catch up with all the latest news.

Look forward to seeing you there.

There are three posters  rather cleverly based on Scrabble boards, and the Take Three idea, one of them has loaded up and appears here.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Bev Greig's Shortlisted painting

The painting is titled: 'Carousel Volume Versions on a Tenacious Slab ( with yearning).

Bev has just graduated from with a BA (Hons) Drawing for Fine Art Practice, Bath University, and one of her final show paintings has been shortlisted for the Cork Street Open Exhibition which is supporting the charity Papyrus - Prevention of Young Suicide. The exhibition will run between 4-12 August 2011 at 27-28 Cork Street, London W1S 3NG. Tickets for the Private View (benefiting PAPYRUS) on 3rd August 7-9pm are available at or if people are just interested in seeing the 300+ artworks and happen to be in London at the time they could pop in and see the exhibition for free.

Swindon Big Arts Day 9th July 12noon til 10.00pm

It's happened! The second Big Arts Day was a tremendous success, it didn't rain and hundreds of people took part and twenty thousand attended.
There were three stages and many tents with a wide variety of activities taking place.

 There really was something for everyone, and all ages were represented.

 These two were the Powdered Wigs, they were highly interactive ladies coming down frequently from their ivory towers to mix with the common folk.

 St Mary's Church is home to one of Swindon's most treasured pieces of art, the St. John Triptych, the 17th Century panels are normally kept behind screens to protect them from the light, and can only be viewed three times during the year. Last Saturday being one of them.

This painting from the 15th century is on display on one of the pillars in the church the whole time and quite remarkable when one considers it's age.

Last but not least, the walled garden at Lydiard Park is a joy.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

St. Joseph's Catholic College Art and Photography Exhibition - last chance to see it on Monday July 11th

 The poster advertises the exhibition only until the 7th of July, but it is still at Artsite and can be seen on Monday. I looked round and coincidentally photographed quite a few images depicted on the poster.
If you saw it between the 4th and 7th of July, the exhibition was curated by some of the students who gave interesting insights into the work.

 The large picture with peacock feather tail is 'Contours on Canvas' by Rebecca French. With 'Light aliens crossing road' by Ember Welson and 'Flowers' by Jennifer Barrett is top right.

 This 'Fabric Lady' by Katherine Bryan caught my interest. Top left is 'Mixed Media Canvas' by Marta Tomaszek and below that ''Bananas on Pattern' by Sean Benny.

This is 'Naked' by Sarah Manley.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Platform as a Venue for Open Studios an Update.

Excellent news, after meeting Paul Ashman of the Swindon Music Service this morning, it has been confirmed that we're still welcome to exhibit in the Platform despite a change of use of the building.
Annoyingly the details of the Music Service were left behind, but there are some photos of the inside and some text I copied from SBC's website.

 When people say, well where is the Platform?
It's that rather imposing, lovely building on Faringdon Road. It was the old Railway Museum.

 Here's a photo of inside with the railway carriage in the background.

Here's the stage with it's excellent music facilities.

 And here's a view of the inside of the railway carriage.

And here's another dizzy one of the outside.

Below is information copied from the borough's website:
Thursday, 07 July 2011
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Youth Support - The Platform

On this page: Information about youth support services provided at The Platform.
What is The Platform?
The Platform is a centre for all young people aged 11-19 in Swindon, housed in the former Railway Museum building in Faringdon Road, Swindon.
It is a general meeting place for young people, and the venue for diverse events - some of which are planned, while others are spontaneous.  
The resources available to our visitors include:
  • Wi-Fi
  • Internet enabled
  • Railway carriage
  • Xbox 360 with Kinect
  • Wii
  • CafĂ©
  • Industry standard sound system
  • Much more

Youth Engagement Programme of Activities - Swindon South Area

Details of the extensive programme are contained in a downloadable PDF file:

Further Information/Contact

The Platform
Faringdon Road
SN1 5BJ 
Tel: 01793 465013

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Caerleon - the most amazing Roman site in Britain

Caerleon, just north of Newport is a fascinating place to visit for the Roman remains, larger than life size wood sculptures around every corner. The one in the church yard depicting two people hugging is a surprise and delight.
There are surprises around every corner, including the mosaics either side of the town hall front door shown below:

There's  a map of the town, available in many pubs and shops. The Priory has a lovely garden to eat in if you go on a fine day. For a closer look at what's on offer  visit: