Portrait Pastel Workshop with Katherine Laird – Saturday 15th June. 10am – 3.30pm 

Join professional artist Katherine Laird for a day of expert tuition and learn how to use pastels to depict realistic portraits. Produce a level of realism you never before thought possible with pastels. Open to all levels of ability. £30 including all materials.

Fun with Felt – Children’s Embroidery Bird Workshop – Sat 22nd June – 11-1pm


Have fun with felt making your own embroidered bird, learn different embroidery stitches and how to put them to use by designing and creating your very own little felt bird to take home.

£6 per child.

Jewellery Making with Rachel Montgomery – Sat 29th June 


2 Workshop Times: 9.30 -12.00 or 13.30 -16.00

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 one which carries a memory, to include in your brooch.

£15.00 per person per session including materials.

Three Day Figure Sculpture Course with Maxmillion Bacconello -Three day workshop: Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of July from 10am – 5pm each day. 


Max Studied fine art in Florence, Italy and has recently had work accepted to the Royal Society of Portrait Sculptors exhibition in London. 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 and continuing individual advice and assistance will be given during the sessions. Supplied on the course and to take home: Steal armature stand, wooden base, aluminium armature wire, modeling clay. You are able to take your sculpture home at the end of the course, giving you the option to have it cast. 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.

Introduction to Wood Carving Workshop with Jim Heath. 20th July. 10am-4pm.


This course provides an introduction to wood carving with tuition from professional wood carver and artist Jim Heath. Throughout the day you will learn all the basics and get to grips with the tools used in wood carving. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn a new skill. £30 per person, including all materials.

Painting with Felt – Landscape felt making workshop with Sue Mulcock – Coming Soon. 



Courses and Groups:

After School Art Group – Every Tuesday 3:30-5pm – For ages 7-12 – £6 per session, including all materials


With professional artist and educator Anthony Smith, BA (Fine Art), PGCE Art and Design (CRB)

Have fun experimenting, exploring and creating. Each week we will cover a different project including drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, printing and collage. Learn about different artists and techniques with like-minded young artists.

Understanding Paintings Course (Art Contextual Studies) with Christine Matthews.  

Starting in September.


Food Festival Fun – Create your own imaginative sculptures – Sat 13th July – 1-3pm  –All Ages Welcome

Join in with all the food festival fun by making food themed sculptures from felt, wire and paper. You can decorate these using a variety of different artists’ techniques including painting and embroidery stitches.

Get your creative juices flowing!

£6 per child


Children’s’ workshops will also be held every Wednesday and Friday from 1pm-3pm throughout the school holidays, including the Big Paint, painting competition a


For all courses and workshops please book in advance as places are limited. 



Craft Fair – Sat 6th July 


Featuring a wide variety of stalls promoting the work of local craftspeople including ceramics, prints, wood, glass, textiles, jewellery and much more. The perfect opportunity to discover the inspirational creativity of craftspeople around Oswestry and see demonstrations of different crafts. Children’s craft activities will also be taking place throughout the day.

 If you are interested in book a craft stall please contact the gallery for further information.  



The Willow’s monthly Acoustic Music Night will be launched at 8pm on the 9th of August by The Gregory S. Davies Band,  




Artist in Residence – Karl Robinson-Bray – Painting in the gallery daily

Karl Robinson-Bray is our current artist in residence and currently also one of our featured artists. His paintings are influenced by his travels and the character of a building or place. His paintings are full of feeling and nostalgia, often depicting idealised scenes of rural life, walking along a country road, working the farm or rambling on a late summer’s evening.

Borderland Visual Art Exhibition – 8th June – 23rd June


BVA Open Studio’s Exhibition – The Willow Gallery

Award winning sculptor George Triggs will officially open the show on Friday 8th of June from 7pm.  Enjoy a relaxing evening of wine, nibbles, live music and the opportunity to meet many of the exhibiting artists.

All of the artists taking part in Open Studios 2013 will be displaying work in the Group Show. Established in 1999, this is Borderland Visual Arts 13th Annual Open Studios Event.  We currently have 64 members working in disciplines as varied as painting, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, woodcarving, glass and metalwork, many of whom are opening their studio doors to the public on the weekends of June 15th/16th and June 22nd/23rd.

Visitors are welcome to come and have a look at our studios and our work.  You may even catch some of us creating when you visit.  Many of the studios are also open during the week – others are by appointment only.


Sara & Edwin John Collective Exhibition – 29th June – 17th August. 


The gallery is also excited to be hosting The Sara & Edwin John Collective Exhibition, showcasing a wide variety of watercolours, oil paintings and drawings from this highly influential family of Welsh artists.


Feature Artists:

Lyn Evans

Lyn Evans captures the essence of local scenes and areas of natural beauty through her bright and eye catching collages. She will be revealing her mystery collage at 1pm on Saturday 8th of June, pop along to meet Lyn and be the first to see this new creation.

Jean Napier: Photography that shows the ever changing landscape of the Welsh coastline and mountains. Her work promotes conservation and appreciation of what we see around us.


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.


Judith Harrison: Judith Harrison creates complex collagraphs. Her initial inspiration comes from landscapes, she then imagines the creatures, real or imaginary, that would inhabit this landscape. This inspiration originates in Celtic Boarders and Scotland with narratives and myths associated with the land and sea.


Alison Holt: Alison Holt’s delicate freehand machine embroideries of trees, plants and woodlands are a must see. They transport you into the wild and focus your eye on the delicate intricacies of the natural world.


Allanah Piesse: Allanah Piesse’s 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 also play a big part in Allanah’s work.


 Sue Mulcock: Sues evocative felt landscape paintings capture the subtle colours and atmosphere of the Shropshire and Welsh landscape. Unique and inspiring artwork.



Willow Gallery Shop

The gallery shop showcases a wide variety of handcrafted products and cards by local people including ceramics, jewellery, textiles and wood carving. Artists work currently on display includes:

Fumi’s Gem: Fumi  has perfected the art of casting flowers in glass, resulting in some outstanding jewellery pieces. Her range encompasses everything from delicate understated pieces to real show stoppers, they are unlike anything you are likely to have seen before, perfect for that special occasion.


Helen Jones: Very affordable and attractive rag bags and rag rugs of all sizes by local maker Helen Jones can be found flying off the shelves in the gallery shop.


Willie Carter: Willie’s quirky and original designs make a perfect for to brighten up any home, from his fabulously large serving plates to his smaller sculptural ornaments his pieces have a sense of fun and joy.

Maggie Davis: Local ceramic artist that often uses a traditionally Japanese firing process known as Raku. Raku ware has a distinctive white cracked appearance and by nature is an unpredictable process resulting in a completely unique item every time. Maggie Davis seamlessly blends the oldest of ceramic skills with modern aesthetics.


The Willow Eatery


Open Mon-Sat: 9.30am – 5.30pm

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 we have 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  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).


The gallery is launching an exciting programme of ‘Artist in the Gallery’ 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 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 understand 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.

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 gallery in any way, either through a donation or your time, skills or financial support, then please contact the gallery. Any support is much appreciated.


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

T: 01691 657 575

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