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Spring Craft Fair

Live Music Events

Workshops and Courses

Current Exhibitions  

Feature Walls to Rent                                                

Call for Entries – Spring Open Exhibition

Willow Eatery Events

Spring Craft Fair – Saturday 19th April – 10am to 5pm

A celebration of local creativity with around 20 stalls in the main gallery and dunbabin room this is a craft fair not to be missed.  Crafters, artists, designers and makers will be showcasing a wide range of handcrafted, locally made products including ironwork, jewellery, textiles, furniture, wood turning, silk, glass work, ceramics and much more.

Special Craft Fair Event – 3D Weaving with Rikka Katajamaki

Saturday 19th April 10am to 1pm

Fun 3-Dimensional weaving workshop for children and adults. Learn to weave and experiment with different materials with expert guidance from professional weaver Rikka Katajamaki. Create your own piece of orginal woven artwork.

The Willow Gallery Craft Shop is now brimming with its new Spring Collection of hand crafted items, ideal for gifts or a special treat..


Upcoming Workshops and Courses

Please book in advance for all workshops and courses due to limited places.

Dry Point Printmaking Workshop with Amy Sterly   

Saturday 5th& Sunday 6th April 10am to 4pm  

Rare opportunity to explore this exciting printmaking technique. During this two day drypoint etching workshop you will learn the basics of drypoint printing- similar to etching but without the acids and use Amy’s mobile printing press to make greetings cards, fabric designs, collage, a fine art print for your wall or anything else that takes your imagination!  Use expressive line techniques and without solutions or acids, just card & ink, you will be surprised at the effects you can create!

£80 for two days, including all materials.

Enamelling Workshop with Pat Thatcher

Saturday 12th of April. 10am to 4pm

Create your own unique piece of jewellery or enamel art with expert guidance and tuition from professional enameller Pat Thatcher. Learn how to clean and prepare the metal, sift and wet lay enamel and make your own unique piece of jewellery using enamel, scriaffitto, millifiori beads, stencil or stamping.

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners with no previous artistic experience and those wishing to develop their skills or learn new techniques.

£45 including all materials.

Max Baccanello Oil Portrait Painting Course 

Saturday 26th April & Sunday 27th April.  10am to 4pm

Max Studied fine art in Florence, Italy, and has recently had work shortlisted for the Royal Society of Portrait painters exhibition in London. Throughout the course he will be teaching and demonstrating a variety of portrait drawing and painting techniques and participants will have the opportunity to create their own oil portrait painting on canvas. Further techniques including glazing and detail will be covered for students who have previously attended one of Max’s courses.

A selection of materials will be provided however if possible please bring: Oil Paints : White, ivory black, orche, ultramarine blue, raw umber, vermilion red. Canvas approx 40 cm x 30cm. Paint brushes, paint palette, easel.

£120 for two days.

Art History Course with visiting Guest Speakers       

Starting Thursday 6th March 6pm to 7.30pm                                             

Sessions: 6th March, 13 March, 20th March, 27th March, 3rd April and 10th April

Professional guest speakers will give an insight into a wide range of art historical subjects, the artists’ inspiration, techniques, influence and historical context. Subjects include Dadaism, Irish Art, The History of Portraiture, Kitchener Poster, Natural History Illustration.

£9 a session

Flower Painting with Tereska Shepherd

Starting Tuesday 11th of March.  10am to 4pm.                                                  

8 Sessions: 11th March, 25th March, 8th April, 13 May, 20th May, 10thJune, 24th June, 8th July.

This inspiring, practical painting course is ideal for those wishing to capture the wonderful colours and forms of flowers in a variety of styles and media, whilst further developing their observational and painting skills.

Throughout the course colour mixing, mark making and compositional skills will be developed through exploration a variety of techniques and study of historical and contemporary artists. Demonstrations, group discussions and individual advice and assistance will be given.

£140 (£120 Concessions)

Tereska has recently had work accepted for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. This exhibition features work inspired by gardens and gardening and she will be teaching a Painting Gardens Course at The Loft in Welshpool. This course will conclude with an exhibition of students work in The Dunbabin Room at the Willow Gallery.

Painting Gardens Course with Tereska Shepherd

Starting Wednesday 2nd April

The Loft, Coed-y-Dinas, Welshpool, SY21 8RP

10am to 3pm

2/04/14, 16/04/14, 14/05/14; 21/05/14, 11/06/14; 18/06/14, 9/07/14, 17/07/14

This 8 session course will involve painting visits to some of the most beautiful and interesting gardens  in the area including Powis Castle, The Dingle and local allotments. Whilst back in the studio we will experiment with a wide range of watercolour and mixed media techniques for depicting colour, texture and form. Artist’s gardens will be studied and their ideas of composition and form will be brought into our own garden paintings. Demonstrations, discussions, practical projects and individual advice and assistance will be given throughout each session.

 Code : CF202

 Fee £140 (£120 Gostyngol / Concession)

 Please contact Aberystwyth Lifelong Learning for further details and bookings:

01970 621580 /

Exploring the Language of Drawing – Life Drawing with Darren Fraser

Starting Tuesday 29th April. 6.30pm to 8.30pm

4 Sessions: 29th April, 6th May, 13th May, 20th May

4 Sessions: 3rd June, 10th June, 17th June, 24th June

Throughout the course the human form will be explored through the exciting language of drawing. This guided course will give you the confidence and skills to develop your abilities to the next level. Professional artist Darren Fraser brings his enthusiasm and skills to this course where a variety of approaches and techniques will be developed including working from a life model. This taught course is open to all levels.

£40 for 4 sessions. Please bring your preferred drawing materials. You may also wish to bring your own easel although a selection of desk top easels will be available.

Moving Meditation with Classical Music – Tai Chi with Alan Jeffries

Starting Sunday 9th March. 10.30 to 12pm.

6 Sessions: 9th March, 16th March, 23rd March, 30th March, 6th April, 13th April

Cultivate Strength & Flexibility in Body & Mind. Improve co-ordination, posture, balance awareness and focus. Qi Gong and Tai Chen Movement. During these relaxing Sunday sessions we will cover: The Eight Pieces of Silk, Sixteen Step Dynamic, Qi Gong by Grandmaster Shen, Five Element Qi Gong, 6 Healing Sounds, The Tai Hui, Chen soft circle work and silk reeling.

Alan Jefferies is a registered instructor with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain. (

Suitable for beginners or the more advanced student.

£60 for 6 sessions.

Spaces still available for drop in sessions.

Tai Chi  – with Alan Jeffries.  Starting Sunday 11th May.

10.30am to 12pm.                                                               

(6 Sessions 11/5/14, 18/5/14, 25/5/14, 31/6/14, 8/6/14, 15/6/14)

After School Art Workshops 

Tuesday’s from 4 to 5.30pm (6 to 13years)

Have fun experimenting with a variety of artistic techniques including weaving, ceramic painting, felt making, printmaking, fabric painting, mosaic and much more! With expert tuition from visiting professional artists.

£6 per session or £30 for 5 sessions. Including all materials


Live Music Events

Please book in advance. 

May Weekend Ceilidh with The Devil’s  Chair Ceilidh Band

Saturday 3rd of May  8pm  £8

This lively group of experienced musicians & singers blend their own styles into a toe tapping and memorable selection   of tunes. Professional guidance for dancers. Featuring Andy Jones (fiddle), Andrew Norman (concertina/vocals), John Evans (guitar/vocals) and Hilary Evans (bodhran/caller.)

Dunbabin Room with Outdoor Seating – Bring your own ceilidh picnic and drinks. 

Ceilidh Dancing Workshop   

Saturday 3rd of May – 6pm – 7.30pm

£2 adults/50p children

Live music from the Devil’s Chair Ceilidh Band and tuition from professional caller Hilary Evans.

Chris Quinn – Saturday 10th May – 8pm   £10

Chris Quinn is becoming known across the UK and Europe as an exceptional acoustic musician, songwriter and performer. He’s recently taken in shows at some of the world’s most famous venues, from BB Kings Blues Club in New York, to London’s Royal Albert Hall and from Cambridge folk festival to touring with the opening act for The Jools Holland Orchestra.  Heavily influenced by British folk and roots music his songs have been critically acclaimed in the music press. Chris’ shows cover a wide range of contemporary acoustic music alongside his own songs, from beautiful interpretations of British folk songs to inventive flat picked tunes and from mean finger style delta blues to instrumental solo guitar pieces.

Acoustic Blues Guitar Workshop with Chris – Sat 10th May – 5pm to 6.30pm. £10

Acoustic Sessions – 1st Saturday of the month, 3.30 – 5.30pm.

All acoustic musicians welcome for an informal gathering to share ideas, perform and jam.

Free event, no need to book.


Current Exhibitions

Painting with Words

Saturday 8th March to Saturday 19th April

A special exhibition running in connection with the Oswestry Lit Fest, a celebration of the written, spoken and sung word. This open exhibition will celebrate the influence and inspiration of literature and language on the visual arts. Artists have explored this interesting and inspiring topic in a broad range of styles, materials and interpretations.

Featuring ‘Grimm (a quartet of perspectives)’ the work of contemporary enameller Maggie Furmanek, inspirational jeweller/metal worker Sara Piper Heap, and evocative mixed media artist Judith Harrison, exploring The Grimm Fairy Tales.

April Feature Wall Artists: 

Penny Price, Anthony Butterflield, Lyn Evans, Susan Mulcock, Jake Stephenson, Amy Sterley, Emma Walton, Alison Holt, Allanah Piesse, Judith Harrison.


Willow Gallery Feature Wall Rental 2014

To compliment out main exhibitions the gallery has a number of prominent walls available to rent on a 4 week basis. All artists are requested to send a sample portfolio of their work for consideration before acceptance.

Main Feature Wall – 400cm (w) x 210cm (h) – 4 week Period – Price: £40

Cafe Feature Wall – 300cm (w) x 230cm (h)  – 4 week Period- Price  £35

Rear Entrance Wall – 380cm (w) x 230cm (h) – 4 week Period – Price £25

A number of smaller spaces are available for between £10 and £15 a month for small or individual pieces.

Please contact the gallery for date availability along with a sample portfolio.


Call for Entries for the Spring Open Exhibition

Exhibition Title: Spring Open 2014

Dates: Tuesday 22nd April 2014 – Saturday 24th May 2014   5 Weeks

Summary: An Open Exhibition to all Themes & Subjects.

Media: Open to all media: Paintings, sculpture, original prints, textiles, drawing, ceramics, photography, glass and metal work.

Installations considered, please contact the gallery.

Description: This exhibition will run for 5 weeks. Artists can submit single piece or a series of work, submission fees are according to the space used rather than number of works submitted.

The gallery will be responsible for hanging all artwork.

Exhibition Timetable:

Entry Form + Entry Fee + Signed Exhibitors Agreement, Hand in Deadline:

Monday 14th April 2014

Artwork Delivery: Saturday 19th April 2014 between 3 and 6pm.

(Alternative earlier delivery can be arranged by prior agreement)

Exhibition Dates: 22nd April 2014 – 24th May 2014   5 Weeks

Collection of all unsold artwork: Monday 26th May 2014

Submission Types and Prices:

Type 1: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) ≤100cm – £12

Type 2: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) ≤200cm – £24

Type 3: Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames) ≤300cm – £36

Type 4:  Maximum total width of all works (inc. frames)≤400cm – £48

Type 5: Plinth for sculpture, ceramics and 3D work – 20x30cm – £12

Please contact the gallery for an application pack


Willow Eatery Events

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at Willow Eatery is the most perfect way to spend a relaxing and indulgent afternoon, with the added benefit of being situated within an art gallery should you chose to browse the latest artwork on display, or visit the gift shop for some unique, local crafts.

As the name suggests, these are only available in the afternoon, however one weeks’ notice must be given for afternoon tea.

The total price for 2 to share a delightful afternoon tea is £22.50, with any additional persons thereafter at £10.00 per head.



Congratulations to our wonderful fit athletes who last Sunday completed their first half marathon in aid of Parkinson’s Disease Research. Now it’s up to us to support and sponsor them. If you have already donated, thank you very much, you are ahead of the game. We have until next Monday to raise as much money as possible. If you would like to support this cause, please donate to Coco Vidal at The Willow Gallery.

With huge appreciated

Peter Vidal


The Willow Gallery is a community interest, not-for-profit gallery; therefore your support is much appreciated.

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

Tel: 01691 657575.

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