Category: Exhibition

Sven Evans: Cyanotypes


Haunting – evocative – otherworldly – extraordinary. 

If you see one photography exhibition this winter – see this one: Sven Evans’ exhibition of cyanotypes up in The Heritage Gallery in Oswestry this month. Cyanotypes were developed by the astronomer Sir John Herschel in 1842, and are a way of producing blue – cyan – coloured photographs, using the sun to create the exposure. The photographs are really extraordinary – both soft and crisp at the same time, unearthly and haunting.

This is a remarkable exhibition: the images themselves are exquisite – landscapes, flowers, ships, views of Brittany – rendered ghostly and not-quite-real by the cyanotype process. But the photographs are remarkable also for their technical accomplishment: Sven has revived an 180-year-old process, giving us an extraordinary insight into the artisanal skills and specialist knowledge of real photography.

These are photographs worth seeing – photographs as artefacts, not just pretty pictures on social media. Do yourself a favour when you’re in town for your Christmas shopping: stop by the Heritage Gallery and see the exhibition for yourself.

Sven Evans/Blue Moon Photography: Cyanotypes. Heritage Gallery, Oswestry – through December

Cockaygne: Land of Plenty


Cockaigne was a mythical land of plenty, but Bruegel’s depiction of Cockaigne and its residents

is not meant to be a flattering one. He chooses rather a comic illustration of the spiritual emptiness

believed to derive from gluttony, sloth and the other 7 deadly sins.


“Not only the Willow” by Diana Baur

one of the 2D entries depicting Cockaigne in much the same way that Bruegel did, but with a 21st Century environmental twist.





07 NOVEMBER, 2018 TO 13 NOVEMBER, 2018

Ant Dickinson installing work with Jessica Lloyd Jones at  Canary Warf January 2018Some previous works by Jessica belowA FEAST FOR THE EYES!

(Aiming to post up links to inspiring artists regularly. If you have a favourite artist send Diana a link for posting throughout 2018. Let’s brighten our lives big time!! Thank you.

Dear Inside Out Artists

Long time no post! I’m now nine weeks since my hip op and thinking about a get together. Would a Friday in the Willow Gallery suit people? I’m suggesting Friday 29 September usual time 2.0 ish. If this is a really difficult day for some of you, let me know.

Diana is getting ready to take part in this exhibition coming up shortly in Camarthen.

“Diana sketches regularly in her local countryside of North Wales, and so inspiration also comes from the hills and bye ways where she lives. A welcome and surprising developmental fusion of her abstract paintings with the beautiful hilly landscapes around her has driven her to develop the body of work on display.”


Recently I have also been creating some very small abstract landscape paintings e.g. below.

Old Oswestry Hillfort! 11/12 February 

Bring your heart!!

Join the HUG!! hearts-around-the-hillfort_flyer_updated_jan21-1



Pound Shop Logic
16th January – 31 March 2017
Private View: 16th January 2017 4-6pm
In Pound Shop Logic, Mayman and Jones present a sculptural installation that recalls a stage set or festival site; a world of shifting scale, pulsating colour, hallucinatory landscape, and cult ritual.
The work comprises forms and characters developed by the artists during an activity they describe as live montage; a process where they reanimate their archive of images and sounds in improvised performances. This is an important element in the work they produce collaboratively as Datamosh.
These structures and situations represent a desire to find the potential for transcendence in the everyday. The environment in which Mayman and Jones work is both reflected and distorted through the prism of live montage creating a response to the world which is simultaneously pragmatic and utopian; down to earth yet magical.
This collaboration came about when artists Paul R Jones and Guy Mayman discovered a large archive of 35mm slides, audio cassettes and A4 booklets earmarked for destruction at the Art School where they were working. This material was no longer wanted because of a perception that it had been rendered obsolete by digital and wifi.
Mayman and Jones are fascinated by the hallucinogenic possibilities of everyday experience. Their ongoing project DATAMOSH is a site of excavation and construction, awakening the analogue spectre of the recent past. It re-animates obsolete technology and information, developing a montage of psychedelic improvisation and performance.

Oriel Sycharth Gallery
Glyndŵr University
Mold Road
LL11 2AW

Great photos courtesy of our very own SHROPSHIRE STAR!


Graham Mitchell and his Old Oswestry Hillfort inspired range of jewellery on show at The Visitor Centre and Exhibition Centre.


Hilary Cowley-Greer showing her kiln-fired sculpture called “Embodiment” showing Queen Guinevere, wife of Arthur, legendary king of Britain displayed on Old Oswestry Hillfort, reputed to be the place of her birth.


Diana Baur displaying the HERITAGE MATTERS POSTER created by John Swogger (remember his comic strips celebrating local Heritage?) and a screen printed Hillfort design on a cushion created by Myra Ryan.


All on show at Oswestry Visitor & Exhibition Centre until February 26th. Drop in there for a refreshing cuppa, or a delicious and hearty lunch and pop upstairs to see To Frame or not to Frame – an exhibition by Liz Mellor and Diana Baur.

Preparing for a small exhibition called

Heritage Matters

that will be on display at Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre

from January 4th-February 25th 2017.

A chance to look back over the past year and see photos and some works that were part of Artists Hugging the Hillfort Willow Exhibition and re-visit the HOOOH project supported by   thousands of locals and thousands of not-so-locals who are deeply concerned to protect and celebrate our amazing Heritage for future generations. The 2017 Hug weekend is 11th and 12th February and the emphasis will be on preserving our ecological Heritage. More details to follow, so watch this space. Hope to see you dropping into the Oswestry Heritage Centre for a warm up, some welcome refreshments and a browse. (There will be an exhibition upstairs at the same time called To Frame or not to Frame by Liz Mellor and Diana Baur – so two for the price of one, as they say!

A Happy Christmas and an art-packed New Year

to all our followers, artists, friends & family members, especially those who provide their van to transport artworks across the country for us! You know who you are!!


Filmage is a film company run by Joey Edwards who seems to work 24/7 to produce some amazing films. Follow him on Facebook.

A big thank you to Bridget Drukker for inviting us to join the artists who have enjoyed classes given by Jood Gough at Black Park Chapel for a seasonal treat!

Warmed by under floor heating and a huge wood pellet boiler, the meeting room enfolded us all as if in a blanket. Hot drinks and mince pies accompanied an opportunity to see the portraits and life drawings the group had created under Jood’s supervision. The work room is large and well lit and served by kitchen facilities and has all been renovated to top environmental standards.





After meeting some of the artists, (Josie included!) Bridget took us on a tour of the building. img_0937

The Chapel area is huge and light and again with  underfloor heating and beautiful pews plus a large range of equipment for musical performance makes the venue ideal for many types of celebrations, including all kinds of musical and performance events and ideal too for weddings. (Contact Bridget via the website or on their Facebook page


This amazing community resource boasts two exciting sensory rooms full equipped for much fun. Rob and I had a go at several of the sensory items.



A full programme of events is mapped out for the coming year and, as mentioned here on the blog Jood’s Life Drawing by Candle Light project begins Wednesday 7th December – you do need to book. Come along to the Carol Concert on Friday 16th December too!


Finally it’s not always winter at Black Park and there’s lots going on in the warmer months. Look forward to seeing you there very soon!


And thanks again Bridget for the invitation!


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