What’s On at The Willow Gallery 

Workshops with Visiting Professional Artists

The Willow Gallery is excited to welcome a variety of enthusiastic, professional artists to run a wide range of courses in their specialised area of expertise. We hope you are able to make the most of this fantastic opportunity.

For further information on any of the courses below or to book a place, please contact the Willow Gallery. Advance booking is highly recommended.

Willow Basket Weaving with Helen& Kalvin Stanley

Saturday 4th May   10am – 4pm  – Dunbabin Art Space (Adjacent to Willow Gallery)

This workshop offers a fantastic opportunity to learn a variety of Willow weaving techniques from these two inspiring practitioners. Helen and Kalvin have over 15 years of Willow Basket Making and Teaching Experience and are keen to share their knowledge and expertise.

Create your own Willow Basket to take home. Gain inspiration and ideas for future willow weaving projects.

£35 including all materials.

Family Sewing Workshop with Sandy

Saturday 4th/11th/18th & 25th May

11am – 1pm – Main Gallery Space

Have fun learning how to sew different embroidery stitches and produce your own patterns as well as crochet and develop your skills over the four weeks. Take home what you create and make the most of this rare opportunity to learn a new skill.

For ages all ages.  £6 per child (Includes all materials and a drink)

An Introduction to Wood Carving with Jim Heath

Saturday 25th  May

10am – 4.30pm – Dunbabin Art Space (Adjacent to Willow Gallery)
Develop skills in a wide range of wood carving techniques whilst learning how to carve your own wooden object. Throughout the session you will also gain ideas and techniques which can be used for other wood carving projects. Jim’s enthusiasm is sure to make this an inspiring and enjoyable workshop.
£30 including all materials


Jewellery Making with Rachel Montgomery

Create your own unique brooch. Rachel will provide a variety of fabrics, silks, threads, beads, scissors, needles and antique lace. Bring a small item you love or carries a memory to include in your brooch.

Two workshops: 9.30 -12.00 & 13.30 -16.00

£15.00 per person per session including materials.


Portraits in Pastels with Katherine Laird 

Saturday 15th June 10am-3:30pm

£30 includes all materials

Three Day Figure Sculpture Course with Maxmillion Bacconello

Friday 5th July to Sunday 7th July

£185 for the 3 day course including all materials

After School Art Group

With Anthony Smith, PGCE, CRB

Starting from 7th May and then every Tuesday 3:30-5pm

For ages 7-12

Learn a variety of artistic techniques and have fun creating your own works of art. Including drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, printing and decorating your own bag to take home using felt and embroidery. £6 a session (Includes all materials)

Life Class – Taught session

Starting Wednesday 8th May

Every Wednesday 6pm to 8pm

Working from a live model, each session will include tuition on using a variety of media to describe the human form. Take advantage of expert tuition and demonstrations or pop along to work on your own project and ideas.

£7 a session (includes basic materials, students are welcome to bring their own mediums)

Upcoming Courses:

Art History

Upcoming Events: Summer Craft Fair – 6th July


Rhythm and Dynamics Exhibition (Phase 2) 

22nd March to 1st  June

This vibrant exhibition will be showcasing work from a variety of local artists. It will be a celebration of movement, music, energy and the natural world expressed in a wide range of media, including sculpture, oils, ink, acrylic, pastels, collage and photography.

Featuring work by: David Bannister, Cordelia Weedon, Madeleine Vale Simon Howe, Boo, Jean Napier, Katharine Laird, Llewellyn Cumings, Lavinia Range, Malcolm Tillis and Stephanie Jacobs

Willow Gallery Featured Artists – April, May & June

David Bell –  3rd of April to  6th of May

Local landscape oil paintings, capturing the detail and atmosphere of the local landscape.

Tony Edmonds – 15th April to 13th May

Documenting his travels through photography, Tony captures majestic mountain vistas.

Freda Cox – 15th April to 13th May

Celebrating Spring Flowers through her beautiful botanical illustrations.

Philippa Hughes and Rachael Montgomery – 6th May to 3rd June

Stunning and affordable glass work by these two expert practitioners, be uplifted and inspired by this fascinating medium.

Karl Robinson-Bray – 27th May to 22nd June

Paintings inspired by the character of buildings and stonework.

Upcoming exhibition:

Borderland Visual Art Open Studios Exhibition

8th June to 22nd June

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

The Willow Gallery CIC is a not-for-profit organisation run for the community, mainly by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at The Willow or would like to support the Willow in any way, either through a donation or your time, then please contact the gallery. Any support is much appreciated.

The Willow Gallery CIC , 56 Willow Street, Oswestry, SY11 1AE
T: 01691 657 575
E: willowgalleryoswestry@gmail.com

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