Artist in Residence Karl

The Willow is excited to welcome you to join us for a wonderful variety of events, exhibitions and workshops for all agesthis summer. Please scroll down for full details.


The Big Paint, Print & Sew – Friday 26th & Saturday 27th  July – 11am-1pm.

Have fun experimenting with a variety of techniques to create your own unique artwork to be exhibited as part of The Willow Gallery’s ‘Big Paint, Print & Sew’ panel. Pop in anytime between 11 and 1.

£5 per participant including all materials (ages 6-14)


LIVE at The Willow – Friday 9th of August – Monthly Acoustic Music Night

Launched by The Gregory S. Davies Band & Little Red Bird.  8pm (Tickets £4 available from Willow Gallery)

Recently identified by the Shropshire Star as “one to watch”, The Gregory S. Davies Band is a new Americana-style collective fronted by local singer-songwriter Gregory Davies. With a diverse sound encompassing gypsy folk, latin, blues, boogie-woogie and americana, the group will be playing acoustic versions of songs taken from their 2013 album ‘Santiago’, which includes a BBC Radio Shropshire Song of the Month .

Local favourites Little Red Bird will also be performing a collection of songs sure to get you on your feet.

A special selection of food will be served by the Willow Eatery from 7pm and throughout the evening. Please book in advance to reserve a table.


Film @ The Willow – Monday the 2nd September – from 7pm

Special event showcasing a selection of contemporary artists films in connection with the natural selection exhibition. Hopefully this will become a regular fixture in the Willow Gallery calendar.


Artists working at The Willow – Artist in Residency/Studio Spaces Available
Internationally renowned oil painter Karl Robinson-Bray is currently working daily in a studio space at the Willow Gallery. The Willow Gallery has several bright, spacious and historical studio spaces available to rent and can also offer artists the opportunity to run workshops and courses, have their work promoted within the Willow Gallery and on the website and publications etc…

The gallery also runs Artist in Residency and Artist in the Gallery schemes.

Please contact the Willow Gallery for further information


Children’s Events & Art Workshops

Summer Holiday Workshops – Wednesdays & Fridays 1-3pm. Suitable for ages 6-12 years
Get Creative this Summer with an exciting variety of art workshops. Take home what you make.

Miniature Theatre Making – Wednesday July 31st
Create your own theatre and sets using acetate & glass paints.

Creative Victorian Cameos  –  Wednesday 7th August
Capture a portrait in relief to make your own unique Victorian Cameo,

Puppet Making & Puppet Show – Friday 9th August
Make a moving puppet and put on your own puppet show at the end of the session.

Pattern & Paint – Wednesday 14th August
Explore a variety of techniques for painting on fabric and decorate your own pencil case, bag or other fabric item.

Crazy Collages – Friday 16th August
Use fabric, felt, special paper and card to create your own unique collage artwork.

Make your own Movie – Wednesday 21st August

All workshops are £6 per child including materials. Please book in advance.



Printmaking Taster Session with Ben Partridge. Saturday 21st September.10.30am – 4pm
Unlock your printmaking potential in this lively introduction to a variety of printmaking techniques. Get to grips with process and discover the exciting variety of printmaking methods at your fingertips. Suitable for complete beginners or those that haven’t pulled a print in a while.

Introduction to Printmaking: Collagraph and Dry Point with Ben Partridge. 

6 weekly sessions. Fridays. Starting: Friday 27th September. (4pm – 7pm)
Get to grips with two accessible and versatile printmaking processes through these informal weekly sessions.  Participants will have the opportunity to incorporate collaged materials into rich, textural collagraphs and explore line and tone through the medium of dry point. Materials will be provided and participants will have the opportunity to create a small edition of a print of their choice. Suitable for beginners or those wanting to extend their printmaking repertoire.


Stained Glass Decoration Workshop with Jenny Newall – Saturday 28th September 

Create your own unique piece of stained glass decorative artwork using traditional copper-foiling techniques under expert guidance from professional stained glass artist Jenny Newall.

Introduction to Oil Painting with Tereska Shepherd.

Tuesday 1st October to Tuesday 3rd December. 5 sessions. 10am -3pm 

Discover the exciting world of oil painting through this inspiring starter course. Ideal for those who wish to learn and develop skills in a variety of oil painting techniques and gain confidence with this medium. The sessions will also cover advice on materials, colour mixing and the exploration of a range of subject matter and painting styles. Throughout the course we will study the work of historical and contemporary painters. Demonstrations, group discussions and individual advice and assistance will be given. Enjoy having time to be creative.


Painting with Felt: Feltmaking Workshop with Sue Mulcock. Saturday 5th Oct.10.30-4pm

Create your own unique felt artwork with expert guidance from professional artist Sue Mulcock. Bring your own photograph or image to inspire your exploration with colour and texture. A variety of felting techniques and British wool types will be explored.

Workshop suitable for beginners and improvers


Pin Hole Photography Workshop with Ben Partridge – Saturday 19th of October


Oil Portrait Painting Course with Internationally Renowned artist Max Baccanello. 

Saturday &Sunday 23rd &24th November.

Max Studied fine art in Florence, Italy, and has recently had work shortlisted for the Royal Society of Portrait painters exhibition in London.

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


Dunbabin Room – Available to hire for functions, courses, exhibitions and events.



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


The Willow Gallery is privileged to be showcasing works from this distinguished family of Welsh Artists. Both son and granddaughter of Augustus John will have their artwork exhibited together for the first time in this special exhibition. With an upbringing nurtured by Augustus and his sister Gwen John, Edwin and Sara were influenced by two of Wales’s greatest visual artists. A wide selection of oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and studies, specially selected from Sara’s studios in London and Wales will be on display.  This exciting exhibition is likely to attract interest from a wide audience due to the rarity of this first time collection of Sara and Edwins works inspired by the Welsh landscape and their travels.

Natural Selection Exhibition – Saturday 7th September to Saturday the 19thOctober

Special Preview – Friday 6th September from 7pm

‘Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better’ Albert Einstein

An open exhibition of contemporary, innovative and traditional works of art, in a wide range of media. This fascinating exhibition will explore our relationship with the natural world, address current conservation issues and celebrate the local landscape and heritage.


If you are interested in entering work into this exhibition please contact the gallery for further information.
Feature Artists:

Sue Mulcock: Atmospheric felt paintings created from a variety of British wools and beautifully embellished these wonderful works of art capture the subtle colours, atmosphere and topography of the British landscape.

Steve Ferguson: Creating vibrant and painterly works of art, Steve channels his inspiration from nature, texture and form. He is particularly influenced by Cornish artists and sculptures. A selection of Steve’s paintings of Birds in Acrylic on reclaimed wood, will be exhibited throughout July and August.

Lyn Evans: Lyn Evans captures the essence of local scenes and areas of natural beauty through her bright and eye catching collages.

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.

Allanah Piesse:  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 are also an important aspect of Allanah’s work.

Judith Harrison: Judith Harrison’s subtle and detailed Collographs are inspired by landscape and Celtic myths and legends.

Alison Holt: Skilled combination of freehand machine embroidery and silk painting, by this internationally renowned artist, capture the subtle colours and details of the natural world.


Willow Gallery Shop

The gallery shop showcases a wide variety of unique, handcrafted products and cards by local people including decorative stained glass, ceramics, wood turning, woven willow items, jewellery, textiles, woven rugs, clay and wooden sculptures and much, much more!


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, 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).


Please contact the gallery for further information.

Craft Fairs – A Celebration of Local Crafts

Autumn Craft Fair- Saturday 26th October

Winter Craft Fair – Saturday 20th December


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


The gallery is launching an exciting programme of ‘Artist in the Gallery’ and we are very keen for you to be involved. Every Saturday or Wednesday we are hoping to have an artist being creative in the gallery. This could involve sketching, painting, sewing, knitting, hand throwing pots, card making, silk 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 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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