Archive for October, 2012

On the Liverpool Tate website there are some fascinating v. short video interviews with creative people. Doug Aitkin is trying to find out the source of each artist’s creativity. Well worth a watch!


This weekend at the Willow!!!!!!!!

Two exciting events at the Gallery this Weekend:

Autumn Craft Fair – The Willow Gallery

Saturday 27th of October & Sunday 28th October 10.30 – 5pm

The gallery will be brimming with local craft, jewellery, ceramic, textiles, art and floral stalls.
Children’s Activities & Wood Turning Workshops on Saturday
Demonstrations throughout the days.

Start your Christmas shopping at The Willow Gallery!



Vidal and Vaughan Furniture Exhibition
Dunbabin Gallery

Exhibition preview: Saturday 27th October , preview 12pm till 6pm
Exhibition Dates: Saturday 27th October – Saturday 1st December

– A unique exhibition of hand crafted furniture and furniture making tools.


The Bead by Bead… The exhibition opened last week and will run until Saturday 17th November

A wonderful collection of bead created jewellery, photography and oil paintings.

We hope to see you at the Gallery this weekend; the cafe and gallery will be open on both days this weekend.

Kind regards,

The Willow Gallery Team


The Willow Gallery, 56 Willow Street, Oswestry, SY11 1AE

Telephone: 01691 657575

BBC4 – The Goddess of Art: Marina Abramovic


From Jenny with appreciative thanks:-

Please would you be kind enough to put this on the Inside Out blog?

I’d like to recommend a BBC 4 programme called The Goddess of Art:  Marina Abramovic.  It’s available until the 30th of this month on iplayer:
Even if you’ve never connected with performance art, if you stick with this, it will give you an abundance of thought-provoking starting points about human life and interactions.  I’ve known her work for decades, but for me this program, in spite of its length, was eye and brain riveting stuff, and totally unique!

Bead by Bead……….

The Willow Gallery
Bead by Bead…..

Monday 22nd October to Saturday 17th November.


You are warmly invited to our exhibition preview evening of

Bead by Bead…

on Saturday 20th October between 1pm and 6pm.

A special exhibition of innovative jewellery by Brenda Day.

Featuring inspiring photography by: Jean Murphy and James Stuart
A Polaroid view of fading Americana by Robbie James

We look forward to seeing you at the preview evening or at some point during the exhibition. 

Kind regards,

The Willow Gallery

The Willow Gallery,
56 Willow Street,
SY11 1AE

Telephone: 01691 657575

The Raven has Landed……

This magnificent raven, complete with golden ring and  made by Ben Broadbent is now finished and installed at Ellesmere College.


Monsta Ball – Monsta Lights – Monsta Bash! – More pics!

The Big Bash was just that -A BIG BASH!  A really fun way to raise funds for a much needed cause – Hope House. The bands, the lighting effects, the fashion show, the gymnasts, the jewellery and sweet stalls, the raffle, the food, the people – everyone contributed hugely and had a great time.

What’s on at The Willow!

The Willow Gallery

What’s on in October

Please scroll down for further details of events, courses and exhibitions at the Willow Gallery.

Antiques & Collectables Valuation Day – Saturday 13th of October 10.30am to 3.30pm

With Jeremy Lamon from BBC’s Bargain Hunt (MRICS Fine Art Director) Andrew Beeston (Fine Art Senior Valuer)  & William Lacy (Specialist  Painting Valuer)

Exciting opportunity to have those treasured objects or curiosities valued by professional valuers.

Items to be valued including: furniture, ceramics, artwork, toys, textiles, silver, books, sporting and equestrian pieces.

Organised by The Rotary Club of Oswestry in association with Halls Valuers & Auctioneers.

All proceeds to Rotary Charities & Good Causes. (£2 per item or £5 for three items.)

Enquiries or appointments for larger items please contact John Ward: 07803 019999


Willow Gallery Autumn Craft Fair

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th of October

10.30 am until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The Willow Gallery will be brimming with stalls featuring locally crafted products including glass, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, art and much more. Perfect for finding those unique Christmas presents or something special for yourself. Featuring fascinating demonstrations by local crafts people.

If you are interested in booking a stall and participating in the Autumn Craft Fair please contact the gallery for further information. We are passionate about exhibiting local work and welcome demonstrations, for which we can provide more space at no extra charge.


Three Day Clay Portrait Sculpture Course with Internationally Renowned Sculptor Maxmillion Baccanello

Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th of November

11am-5pm each day

We are excited to welcome Max back to the Willow Gallery, he Studied fine art at The Charles H. Cecil Studio in Florence, and has recently had work accepted in the Royal Society of Portrait Sculpture Exhibition in London.

During this fantastic course learn how to sculpt a head from life. Over the 3 days you will learn how to make a life size head, from creating the armature to the last final details that bring a sculpture to life. All this will be done using the sight size tradition. The course will include demonstrations of a variety of sculpting techniques. Individual advice and assistance will be given during the sessions.

Supplied on the course and to take home: Steal armature stand, wooden base, modelling clay. You are able to take your sculpture home at the end of the course giving you the option to then have it cast or work from it. Sculpture Stand and Modelling tools will also be supplied therefore you just need to bring yourself, but if you would like to bring your own tools please do so.

Due to limited places please book in advance.

£185 for the three days, including all materials and armature. (£50 deposit required on booking.)


Willow Weaving – Family Fun Workshop

With Professional Willow Weavers & Tutors Helen & Kalvin Stanley

Saturday 10th November 1-4pm. All Welcome

An inspiring workshop with enthusiastic and highly skilled weavers Helen & Kalvin Stanley. Have fun experimenting with a variety of willow weaving techniques to create your own willow sculpture (bird feeders & boxes) or let your imagination run wild!

£8 including all materials. Please book in advance.


Moulding & Decorating Ceramics with Willie Carter

Saturday 24th of November

Fantastic opportunity to experiment with a variety of techniques and create your own unique Christmas presents or something special for your home.

For further information please contact the Willow Gallery


Weekly Art Classes & Groups


Art History Evenings

With International Museum Educator Felicity Woods

Every Tuesday from 6-7.30 pm

A thematic approach to great works of art. Each evening includes a talk about different art historical themes and iconic works of art, followed by discussion and exploration of the Willow Gallery’s current collections.

A special day visit to a cultural city will also be arranged to explore the collections of several well known galleries.

For further information or to book a place please contact the Willow Gallery


Life Drawing Classes

Every Wednesday


An opportunity to gain expert tuition and develop your life drawing skills or simply have the opportunity to work from a live model.

£8 per session, please bring your own materials.

For further information please contact the Willow Gallery


Children’s & Young Artists Events

After School Art Group

Tuesdays from 6th November

3.30-5pm – Dunbabin Gallery (next to main gallery)

With Anthony Smith (Professional Artist, Enhance CRB Checked)

Have fun experimenting with a variety of exciting artistic techniques and exploring artwork in the Willow Gallery.

Suitable for 5-11year olds.


Young Artists Group

Tuesday’s from 6th November

5.30-7.30pm  – Dunbabin Gallery (next to main gallery)

With Anthony Smith (Professional Artist, Enhance CRB Checked)

Explore the exciting world of art and art history with other like minded young artists and the expert guidance of a professional artist.

Experiment with sculpture, printing, painting and photographic techniques.

Suitable for 11-18 year olds.


If you are interested in bringing students to see exhibitions at the Willow please contact the gallery for further information. Workshops and talks are available with International Museum Educator Felicity Woods.



Granny Willow Story Time: ‘A Very Big Problem’

Thursday 1st November 2-3.30pm

This story time is held in the Dunbabin room, the session includes exciting and creative activities; Storytelling, Model Making, Painting, Play Acting & Story Writing, A afternoon for children aged 5-10

£6.50 including materials.




Feature Wall Artist – Jim Heath – Monday 8th October – Monday 5th November
Chronicling local scenery and the further flung inspiration of Southern France, Jim Heath has experimented through the medium of Acrylic Ink to depict architecture that invokes memory and explores the relationship between the natural and the man-made.


Feature Artist – Michael Goodrum – Until November 30th.

Unique collection of artwork including magical, watercolour and ink character houses and their occupants.


The OlymPics – Open Exhibition & Competition

Featuring Peter Fletcher’s Olympic Artwork Collection

Going For Gold – NATSPEC Art Competition Prize Winners & Entries in associated with The Derwen College

Saturday 22nd September –Saturday 20th October

A varied, colourful and energetic exhibition of artwork inspired by The Olympic & Paralympic Games and Torch Parade. Including mosaic, pastel and wire work.

Prize winning Categories include: 5-10, 11-17, 18-25 and Professional Artists.

Competition prizes kindly donated by Booka bookshop and Honey Pots of Oswestry.


Transient Nature Exhibition

Featuring Award Winning RSPCA Wildlife Artists

Last chance to see this inspiring exhibition – Last day Saturday 13th October

A special exhibition of paintings, sculpture, animation, photography, textiles & glass work celebrating the diversity of the British environment. This exciting exhibition in Oswestry showcases work by renowned local artists as well artists from across the UK.

Tour the exhibition and show your friends on YouTube:


Upcomming Exhibitions…..


Bead by Bead….

Monday 22nd October to Saturday 17th November

Preview Saturday 20th October 10am – 7pm

Special exhibition of innovative beaded jewellery by Brenda Day.

Featuring Inspiring Photography by Jean Murphy & James Stuart


A Polaroid View of a Fading Americana by Robbie James

Look out for accompanying exhibition events.


Vidal & Vaughn Exhibition – Dunbabin Gallery

Saturday 27th October –Saturday 1st December

A display of luxury bespoke furniture created by local master craftsmen. Also featured is a collection of hand tools charting the history of wood working, revealing the mastery of the profession.

Bulgarian Exhibition & Events – Monday 26th of November to Saturday the 5th of January
Preview Saturday 24th of November 7pm – 10pm

Special Exhibition featuring a diverse collection of Bulgarian Artwork.

A Winter’s Tale – Saturday 8th December – 5th January
An art exhibition exploring the realms of folk lore, stories and mystical illustration.

Look out for accompanying events.


Willow Gallery Shop

The Willow Gallery shop is a treasure trove of beautiful and exquisite, locally hand-crafted gifts. We have a range of showcase jewellery, textiles, ceramics, wood turning, cosmetics and limited edition prints. Discover that unique card for a special someone from our selection of handmade and original greeting card designs.


Willow Cafe

Warming lunchtime specials, homemade cakes, speciality teas and coffee and best of all a friendly welcome and relaxed, bright atmosphere.


Artisan Shops

Vidal & Company– Bespoke, Handcrafted, quality furniture.

Second Home – Brimming with an exciting selection of furniture, picture frames and china. Open from 10-4 Monday-Saturday

KMK–Bespoke, handcrafted jewellery.

Top to Toe – for all your beauty requirements.

Please contact the gallery for further information: The Willow Gallery, 56 Willow Street, Oswestry, SY11 1AE. Tel: 01691 657575.


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Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade: sustainable development for marginalised producers, workers and their communities, based on ideals of equity and transparency.

Did you know that Oswestry was declared a Fairtrade Town  in 2006 and 2007? I must admit, I didn’t.

But the truth is that Oswestry has a lot of small, independent retailers (and big supermarkets) who actively stock Fairtrade foods and goods. Some of the cafes in Oswestry make a point of only serving Fairtrade tea and coffee.

A few weeks ago wondered on this blog if anyone was interested in doing a small Art Works project to do with the shops in Oswestry that stock Fairtrade products. Well, it turns out that the two weeks between Monday, February 25 and Sunday, March 10th next year is Fairtrade Fortnight – a two-week long festival across Britain dedicated to raising awareness of Fairtrade products and the Fairtrade ideal. Following my blog post two weeks ago, the Oswestry Advertiser got in touch and said that they would be very interested in following any art project Inside Out might do relating to Fairtrade in Oswestry.

So, what about it? Is anyone interested in putting together a series of Fairtrade-inspired artworks perhaps for exhibition in and around Fairtrade shops in Oswestry during Fairtrade Fortnight in 2013?

I’d certainly be up for this – and we can coordinate both with The Fairtrade Foundation‘s national campaign as well as initiatives and events run by the Oswestry and District Fairtrade Group. Anyone else who’s interested, post a comment to the blog – or come along to next month’s Notebook Meeting at the Willow Gallery (Wed., Nov. 7th at 2pm) and we can have a brief chat about it then.

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