Art and Performance Weekend – A Caricaturist, Artist and Musician

An amazing weekend of culture and experience with live music, song, poetry, plays, interactive installations, art and artists in the beautiful surrounds on the recently renovated Royal Porcelain Works. This event is suitable for all ages and appreciations.

Andy Meanock – Caricaturist, Artist and Musician

I’ve been drawing and became quite obsessed by art in general at the age of four. Cartoons and comics were my main interest and inspiration, but I didn’t just enjoy watching them, I wanted to create them. I would spend hours copying favourite characters. Trying to get them to look exactly like the ones I watched – honing my skills.

This obsession with cartoon, comics and illustration continued into teenage years, creating my own comics and inventing my own characters.

At school I would often be reprimanded for drawing in the back of my work books, when I was supposed to be doing school work. A few times teachers would find caricatures of themselves i had drawn – some were not impressed. Others would ask if they could have the drawing – “but don’t do it again!”

After Stourbridge Art College I ran my own unit in the Merry Hill Centre in Dudley, drawing caricatures of people face to face. I continued to draw caricatures at events and festivals, spending the season in Padstow, Cornwall and an Easter in Blackpool. As well as doing the caricatures at weddings and corporate functions and more recently, at Comic Conventions. I also undertake private commissions for clients, such as caricatures from photographs, posters, album covers, logos, tattoo designs and murals. Any artwork project really.

More recently I have started to gather a body of work I have called ‘Reclaimed Remastered’. I am taking old canvas prints/paintings from charity shops and car boot sales and adding to them in my own style to give them a (often whimsical) new life. This fits well into my own philosophy of re-using items that are no longer wanted as they are and giving them a second chance. I will be holding exhibitions of this work later this year or early next year.

I also play guitar, sing and play harmonica. My musical interest started heavily at age 12 or 13. A year later I formed a band where I was the lead singer. I have been in various bands over the years since and started to learn harmonica in my 20’s and a little later on, I learned guitar, so I could play and entertain on my own.

My musical interests are folky/bluesy style music. I have played in pubs, busked and played at family and friends parties. My inspirations are the levellers, Bob Dylan, Mumford and Sons, the Doors, Laura Marling and K.T. Tunstall.

Email: meanocks@gmail.com Tel: 07904 687 566 or 07732 187 153 Facebook: Cultcaricatures

Over the August Bank Holiday Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm and Monday 11-4pm, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in art and culture of all forms at The Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester, WR1 2NE.

Website: http://www.participateinart.com/events

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Art and Performance Weekend – The Story Book Adventures

Participate In Art and the Royal Porcelain Works will host the first Arts and Performance Weekend on 24th to the 26th August 2019 at the Royal Porcelain Work, off Severn Street, Worcester.

A weekend like no other bringing all aspects of arts and culture together in one place, from poetry, a book shop, artworks to interactive performances.

An amazing weekend of culture and experience with live music, song, poetry, plays, interactive installations, art and artists in the beautiful surrounds on the recently renovated Royal Porcelain Works. This event is suitable for all ages and appreciations.

Children’s Theatre Company White Sock Theatre will be there over the weekend...

The White Socks Theatre Company presents:

The Story Book Adventures Children’s Theatre

Stories can take us anywhere, to the jungle, the bottom of the sea and even to outer space!

Ever wandered where your odd socks disappear to, well we can tell you, it’s ‘SOCKTOPIA’; an imaginary planet far away, where all your odd socks go on holiday! Come along with our storytellers on a space-based adventure, an interactive 30-minute performance, packed with problem solving, poetry and puppetry.

White Socks Theatre was started in 2015 by Jimmy Bates and Katy Rooke, together they have over 15 years’ experience working within the theatre industry.

Jimmy has a degree in Theatre and has been working in Children’s Theatre since 2002. He has worked as a voice over artist for Disney and is the creative producer, writer and director of White Socks Theatre

Katy trained as an actress at East-15 Acting School in London and graduated with a first class BA (Hons) Degree in Acting. She performed at Shakespeare’s Globe as part of the Wanamaker Festival. As a director of White Socks Theatre, she is returning to acting following a break to raise two children. 

Working in Children’s Theatre and with young people is really close to the hearts of Jimmy and Katy, it is the mainstay of the work that they do.

Inspire – Play – Educate 

Tel: 01386 304 239 Email: info@whitesockstheatre.co.uk Website: whitesockstheatre.co.uk Facebook & Instagram @whitesockstheatre

White Socks Theatre will be performing on Saturday 24th

Over the August Bank Holiday Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm and Monday 11-4pm, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in art and culture of all forms at The Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester, WR1 2NE.

Website: http://www.participateinart.com/events

Look for our Facebook Events

Art and Performance Weekend – Kinver Ceramics

Participate In Art and the Royal Porcelain Works will host the first Arts and Performance Weekend on 24th to the 26th August 2019 at the Royal Porcelain Work, off Severn Street, Worcester.

A weekend like no other bringing all aspects of arts and culture together in one place, from poetry, a book shop, artworks to interactive performances.

An amazing weekend of culture and experience with live music, song, poetry, plays, interactive installations, art and artists in the beautiful surrounds on the recently renovated Royal Porcelain Works. This event is suitable for all ages and appreciations.

Kinver Ceramics will be there over the weekend…

Kinver Ceramics

The first presentation of the new bone china ranges from 4th generation Worcester Porcelain workers the Davis Family of Kinver Ceramics (Josiah Davis – Guilder and the hugely respected Harry Davis – painter).

Kinver Ceramics was founded in 1999 by Rick and Julia Davis. The family have a long history of ceramic manufacturing, Rick being the fourth generation to have trained and worked at Royal Worcester following the illustrious careers of Josiah and Harry Davis, great grandfather and grandfather respectively.

Kinver Ceramics work exclusively in fine bone china and have developed a reputation for producing exquisite models, vases and ornamental wares.

In house development has allowed them to push the boundaries between of what is possible in bone china.

Having provided bone china wares for many other companies, Kinver Ceramics have now developed it’s own range of ornamental wares. The skills that have been honed over last 20 years are now evident in new range which is made entirely by hand making no two pieces the same as a result.

These skills allow Kinver Ceramics to create bespoke items tailored exactly to customer requirements not being constrained by mass production techniques.

Tel: 01905 641 150 Mobile: 07410 453 187 Website: www.kinverceramics.co.uk

Over the August Bank Holiday Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm and Monday 11-4pm, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in art and culture of all forms at The Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester, WR1 2NE.

Website: http://www.participateinart.com/events

Look for our Facebook Events

August Bank Holiday Event

Reserve a date in your diary for the Art and Performance Weekend over the August Bank Holiday

For more information please go to http://www.participateinart.com/events or speak with staff members of Nest Worcester, or see the TV boards at Royal Porcelain Works

Art and Performance Weekend Artist Jean Baynham

Participate In Art and the Royal Porcelain Works will host the first Arts and Performance Weekend on 24th to the 26th August 2019 at the Royal Porcelain Work, off Severn Street, Worcester.

A weekend like no other bringing all aspects of arts and culture together in one place, from poetry, a book shop, artworks to interactive performances.

An amazing weekend of culture and experience with live music, song, poetry, plays, interactive installations, art and artists in the beautiful surrounds on the recently renovated Royal Porcelain Works. This event is suitable for all ages and appreciations.

Artist Jean Baynham will be there over the weekend...

Artist: Jean Baynham

With a degree in Art and Design from Worcester University and an  MA in Art and Science from Central St Martins, London Jean has exhibited across the country as well as participating in art-science collaborations which include Worcester University, Bath University, and the Science Museum, London.

Jean’s main practice is sculpture and installation. She make constructed forms using everyday mass-produced and recyclable products.

She investigate these patterns through my research into mathematics and science.

To support this work Jean makes drawings and prints, which is a very important part of my process. Her 2D collection brings together previous works with a series of new drawings and prints that reflects her latest research into patterns as a form of data and how that data becomes information once it is observed or recorded. In particular, Jean has been inspired by the similarities between indigenous patterns and digital systems and how they convey information. 

Website: www.jeanbaynham.com 

Over the August Bank Holiday Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm and Monday 11-4pm, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in art and culture of all forms at The Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester, WR1 2NE.

Website: http://www.participateinart.com/events

Look for our Facebook Events

Art and Performance Weekend – Poetry Performances

Participate In Art and the Royal Porcelain Works will host the first Arts and Performance Weekend on 24th to the 26th August 2019 at the Royal Porcelain Work, off Severn Street, Worcester.

A weekend like no other bringing all aspects of arts and culture together in one place, from poetry, a book shop, artworks to interactive performances.

An amazing weekend of culture and experience with live music, song, poetry, plays, interactive installations, art and artists in the beautiful surrounds on the recently renovated Royal Porcelain Works. This event is suitable for all ages and appreciations.

Poets who will be performing over the weekend...

Over 12 poets, including the new Worcestershire Poet Laureate, will be performing sets of their work ranging from family friendly to dark and gothic.

  • CS Barnes (Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2019-20)
  • Suz Winspear (Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2016-17)
  • Holly Yuille (Worcestershire Flash Fiction Winner 2019)
  • Georgie Bull
  • Bob Woodroofe
  • Sue Johnson
  • Mel Wardle Woodend
  • Io Osborn (Worcestershire Poetry Slam Winner 2019)
  • Sharon Carr
  • Amanda Bonnick
  • Claire Walker
  • Holly Daffurn
  • Scott Cowley

A bookshop presenting titles from Black Pear Press and V Press and the performing poets will also be available.

There will be poetry performances throughout the weekend, with something for everyone.

The Poetry performers are:

Charley Barnes

Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2019-20

Charley Barnes has performed her work at poetry salons, open mic events and festival stages around the UK since starting her poetry career back in 2014. Charley’s work looks at everything from motherhood to mental health to silly life mistakes.

Through her work, Charley aims to pack an emotional and intellectual punch by finding new ways of looking at age-old issues, and she does this through a mixture of performance and page-based poetry, ensuring that there is a little something for all audience types.

Charley debut pamphlet of poetry, A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache, was published by V. Press in 2018. Well-received by reviewers, the pamphlet discusses everything from real-life relationships in the modern world through to living with a disability – having suffered from a chronic illness for much of her life, this is something else that comes through a lot in Charley’s work. Her second pamphlet is forthcoming and is due for release later this year. This second release is focussed around the issues of body dysmorphia and eating disorders and, a small but mighty collection, the book aims to shine a spotlight on the reality of these conditions.

All of that said, Charley also has one or two poems tucked away about ending up outside an ex-partner’s house while being totally sloshed. So, there are some easier poems in the catalogue as well!

Twitter: @charleyblogs Website: http://www.charleybarneswriter.com

Suz Winspear

Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2016-17

Suz Winspear, will take you on a riotous, disquieting and often humorous guided tour through the world of those people, the outsiders, the awkward ones.

Your itinerary will introduce you to Worcester’s late-night population, a 1940’s hair salon, giant squid dancing under jellyfish chandeliers, misanthropic day-trippers, folk- horror, time frozen pubs, steampunk, dysfunctional families, eyeball bouquets, malign urban tress, and a transgender Velociraptor. Suz Winspear’s unerring eye for the offbeat and bizarre finds poetic inspiration and even laughter in the darkest, most unlikely places

If you are looking for sugary poems about sunshine and babies, or are turned off by strange, dark themes, look away now!

Holly Yuille

Worcestershire Flash Fiction Winner 2019

Holly Yuille looks on the dark side of life with her short fiction and poetry. Often drawing on the weird and wonderful characters from her native South Wales, she’s a big fan of a twist in the tale or a good old unhappy ending.

Her work is written to be shared aloud and enjoyed – she’ll even do the funny voices.

After graduating with a Creative Writing Degree from Swansea University in 2008, Holly took a short ten-year hiatus from writing until 2018 when she found a suitably weird home in Worcester’s spoken word scene. Since then she has been a regular at The 42 Worcester and The Long and the Short of It.

Her work has appeared in Roundyhouse Magazine and The Big Issue Cymru. She recently won the 2019 Worcestershire Litfest Flash Fiction Slam and her short story You Don’t Know Me was shortlisted for the 2018 John O’Connor Short Story Competition. Holly is currently working on a magic realism novel set in South Wales about a young woman and her Country and Western fairy godmother.

Holly hosts Time to Write Worcester once a month at the Kiln where she locks other writers away for 6 hours at a time and forces them to eat vegan cakes and write.

Website: www.facebook.com/timetowriteworcester

Georgie Bull

Georgie Bull is a freelance copywriter and published author living in Worcester.

She has lived with bipolar disorder and depression since she was a teenager, and her writing, often focused on mental health issues, is refreshingly honest. Her stories dive into shocking depths of desperation and despair, but also examine how bonds of family, friendship and love can provide a bright spark of hope in the darkest of days.

She runs the writer’s community blog Fiction Fridays and is the artistic director of Brain Cocaine, an immersive theatre company.

A homeless woman struggles to find her own identity in a society insistent on pretending that she doesn’t exist…A young girl is plagued by menacing ghosts that nobody else can see… A young man runs away from his abusive home and prepares to raise his own child, while the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father haunts him every day… A lonely woman starts an extramarital affair with the man she is obsessed with, who also happens to be her new boss… A teenager is pressured into an arranged marriage by her parents in a society where it is unacceptable to be gay… An elderly woman with dementia has to make the difficult decision of whether life is worth living while her precious memories are stolen from her by the dreadful disease…

These are just a few of the characters in Voices. Ordinary people in extraordinary, often horrifying circumstances. Inspired by true events, this collection of short stories gives a voice to those who are not often heard, but should be.

Website: georgiebull.com  Website: braincocaine.com

Bob Woodroofe

Born and bred and still living in the Vale of Evesham Bob is scientifically trained and has worked in the engineering, computing and environmental fields.

He is inspired by the natural world, the countryside and its rural traditions and ancient mysteries. Intrigued by the crossover between science and art he attempts to bring the magic of nature and its restorative and healing qualities to a wider audience.

His poems are performed at various local venues and have appeared in many poetry magazines. Bob has published several collections including a trilogy about the local Vale of Evesham and a pamphlet about his search for Greenness.

Two joint collections with Sue Johnson about their Family Trees and their Journey together. All publications are also available on Amazon in print or e-book format. The full collection entitled ‘Pick of the Crop’ includes local poems about Evesham, Worcester and Croome Park.

Website: www.greenwoodpress.co.uk Email: bob.woodroofe@outlook.com

Sue Johnson

Sue is a poet, short story writer and novelist. She also creates books aimed at helping other writers. Sue is a Writing Magazine Creative Writing Tutor and also runs her own brand of workshops. She is a member of the Society of Authors.

Sue’s work is inspired by country walks, visiting historic houses, eavesdropping in cafes and reading fairy tales.

Many of her ideas begin as poems and then grow into something bigger. She never goes out without a notebook and a supply of pens. Sue is a great fan of writing competitions. Some of her best successes have resulted from entering a competition including the publication of her first UK magazine short story in ‘Woman’ in September 2000. She has since published nearly 100 stories in UK, European and Australian magazines. Her first Pocket Novel ‘The Girl With Amber Eyes’ was published by My Weekly in 2017. She has since republished with Toadstone Press and an audio book should be available soon. So far, Sue has published five novels, three poetry collections and two joint collections with partner Bob Woodroofe.

In 2017 Sue and Bob joined forces with singer-songwriter Colin Pitts to create a CD called ‘A Town Like Evesham.’ They will be performing poems and songs from this at Number 8 Community Arts Centre, Pershore in October 2019. Sue is very fortunate to have lexical-gustatory synaesthesia – she experiences certain words and names as a specific taste. She is a member of the UK Synaesthesia Association. Sue’s other interests include reading, learning Italian, cooking and yoga.

Further details of Sue’s workshops, publications and events can be found at www.writers-toolkit.co.uk

Mel Wardle Woodend

Mel Wardle Woodend is a keen reader, writer and body boarder from the West Midlands.

Her family, animals, interactions with the people she encounters on her journey, and the natural world all inspire her work, which includes three dyslexia-friendly children’s books, nature poetry collections, and Just a Thought (2019) exploring mental health issues.

Mel holds an MA Creative Writing and is a full-time writer, editor and performance poet; organising poetry slams and events, facilitating workshops, participating in slams and open mics, and performing at festivals in London and the Midlands; including Wolverhampton LitFest’s 2018 Poets Against Racism, Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2019, and Worcestershire LitFest 2019.

Facebook: melwardlewoodend Website:www.melwoodendwriting.com

Io Osborn

Worcestershire Poetry Slam Winner 2019

Writing has been a compulsion for most of my life. I was educated in several countries and in several languages and I always struggled to limit my school essays to the required word limit.

My friends and family were regaled with letters that started off with Dear and ended some few thousand words later. I guess all this was an indication which way my path should go, yet, although I never stopped writing, it never occurred to me to do anything with it.

When I did, so many years later, it was through connections I made when I joined writing groups.

Since then my poetry and prose has been published in several anthologies and I have contributed in international poetry projects, including collaboration in the University of Granada translation department. I write poetry in several languages, and recently managed to write my first two poems in Russian, which surprised me as well as my Russian audience. I am a member of Worcester Writer’s Circle, Coachhouse Writers and Robin Woods Writers. For the last eight years I have been performing at spoken events and including the Worcester Litfest Poetry slam which I won two years running in 2018 and 2019.

Writing for me is essential, like food that you also enjoy sharing with others. What you offer to others should be the best you can make it and I take my writing seriously, although I have no great ambition to be published or to make a name for myself. It is enough to be able to write, and to know that some people like my work makes me feel satisfied that I have served something worthwhile.

Sharon Carr

Originally from Canada, Sharon Carr-Wu has been a Midlands dweller for many years.

Beginning her storytelling career in 2010, Sharon worked as one of the resident artists at Birmingham Storytelling Café.

Since leaving the Cafe, she has run her own spoken word event: StoryVibes – storytelling, spoken word & music that she co-hosts with fellow storyteller, Pyn Stockman every two months in South Birmingham. 

For the past two years, Sharon has had a short residency as a Storyteller at Tudor House Museum in Worcester and returns this summer for more family storytelling. Sharon has performed at festivals, museums, libraries, theatres, spoken word events and wherever she gets a chance to tell a tale!

Facebook: StoryVibesStorytellingSpokenWordandMusic Twitter: @Story_Vibes

Amanda Bonnick

Amanda Bonnick is a Worcester writer. She is also a producer, director and actor with Melting Pot Theatre Company.

She has co-hosted the Word and Sound open mic event and has performed her poetry at Parole Parlate, SpeakEasy, Licensed to Rhyme, and Stirchley Speaks spoken word events.

She has recently published her poetry pamphlet ‘Pick Your Own’ with Worcester’s Black Pear Press and her work has appeared in anthologies ‘Voices of 1919’ (by Mike Alma), ‘Ripples’ by Jackie Summer, and several small presses (Envoi, Fire, Critical Survey, Agenda)

She is currently writing her third novel in a Children’s fiction series. She is interested in collaborations through poetry with other art forms, especially the visual arts. She has co-led Creative Writing Workshops with Polly Stretton for Worcestershire LitFest and is very keen to develop this side of her work.

Claire Walker

Claire Walker’s poetry has been published in a range of magazines, webzines and anthologies, including The Interpreter’s House, Prole, Ink Sweat and Tears and The Chronicles of Eve.

She had two poems shortlisted in the 2019 Welshpool Poetry Festival Competition.

She has two pamphlets published by V. Press – The Girl Who Grew Into A Crocodile (2015) and Somewhere Between Rose and Black (2017), which was shortlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet at the 2018 Saboteur Awards. Her third pamphlet, Collision, is due in September 2019 from Against the Grain Press. She is Co-Editor of Atrium poetry webzine (https://atriumpoetry.com/).

Website: https://clairewalkerpoetry.com/

Holly Daffurn

Holly Daffurn’s work rages from the political to the confessional, flitting from witty anecdotes to stark cutting observations; the uniting feature is a distinct and brazen honesty.

Holly Daffurn’s debut poetry collection is a book about extremes. ‘Crossing The Line’ offers a storm of sexuality;

snapshots of mania and depression; brooding portraits of fractured love; musings on boundaries crossed, conflict and duality… and a hunger for the forbidden. Out in July through Bite Poetry Press.

 Website: www.hollydaffurn.com 

Scott Cowley

Opening doors for conversations into difficult subjects.

Multi slam winning poet Scott Cowley is known for his uncomplicated truth, hard hitting lines and emotive delivery.

Scott’s poetry offers a refreshing blend of reality and artistry that will leave you reeling. Scott Cowley’s first collection of poetry screams in the face of his inner demons. ‘Not Under My Breath’ shouts about Scott’s battles with addiction and the mental illness that almost killed him, while offering intimate reflections on his absent father, his relationship with his son and grief. Out in July through Bite Poetry Press

Website: www.bitepress.co.uk

Over the August Bank Holiday Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm and Monday 11-4pm, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in art and culture of all forms at The Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester, WR1 2NE.

Website: http://www.participateinart.com/events

Look for our Facebook Events

Courtyard Arts Sunday 4th August

This month includes Dan Holden (Abstract Artist), Jadu Sheridan (Acrylic, Ink and Mixed Media Artist), Jilly Oxlade-Arnott (Architectural Watercolour and Pop Art Artist) and a Long Gallery of eight other artists.

Courtyard Arts forms part of a series of new and amazing events the Royal Porcelain Works has to offer. Operated by Participate in Art, it is held on the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 5pm.

Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street, Worcester, WR1 2NE

It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the creators and artists themselves and to purchase from a great range of works from glass, ceramic, utility ware, acrylic, oils, watercolour, screen printing, fabric designs, mixed media and much more.

Each month we showcase a completely new set of artists which provides something new every time, not just local talent but national and internationally renowned artists across all mediums.

Dan Holden

After studying for a Degree in twentieth century art and being inspired by numerous artists of that period, I delved into the idea of creating art myself, and subsequently, became obsessed with generating abstract paintings.

I started with recycled retail display boards and woodchip (OSB) board. The OSB board allows me to be quite brutal in my creative process such as scraping back many layers of paint. In developing a picture, I often completely eradicate an ordered image which can be a destructive process.

Although the process is chaotic, I try to bring my art back into balance. I don’t want it to be dark. I often start with half dark and half light as a base. As the work I make evolves, a significant personal meaning emerges. Often my work is a comment on our time, on modern life and perceptions of art. I like to show the angst of life but also I find a place of stability for the self within the chaos of society. I try to find balance, safety and hope. Often a white or gold square is painted or collaged in a solid area of the picture or sometimes instead of a signature as a reflection of self.

I hope my work lends itself to stopping and examining the image; that it has a momentary affect which is thought provoking. We are so used to images in society that are fleeting, I believe taking time to truly look can take us to a place of calm within the chaos.

I hope that my work can be stimulating as well as absorbing, and that the moment of calm, I found in the production of it can be shared.

Paintings are signed and titled on the back. The canvas and wood paintings are wired and ready to hang. Limited edition prints are available for some of my work.

Email: dan_holden@rocketmail.com Website: www.danholden.art
Instagram: danholdenart

Jadu Sheridan

Jadu Sheridan is an artist who divides her time between painting landscapes inspired by her travels, and developing unique 3D works of art.

A self-taught student of art, she left a career in teaching to follow her passion for art; she uses acrylic paint and ink to create landscapes incorporating seas and trees.

Her latest series of work explores sunlight on water; creating semi-abstract paintings. She also experiments with 3D arts such as needle felting and creating 3D sculptures from old unloved books; these works are inspired by both nature and her love of literature. Jadu works from her home in Worcester, when her rescue beagle allows, and is available for commissions.

Email:  jadusheridanart@gmail.com Website: jadusheridan.wixsite.com/jadusheridanart Twitter: @jadu_sheridan Instagram: jadusheridanart Facebook: @jadusartist

Jilly Oxlade-Arnott

She is a Worcester based architectural watercolour artist from a family of draughtsmen, painters, potters and sculptors. Having two distinct styles, a traditional ‘Classique’ which is bright watercolour with detailed fine line ink and ‘Vivid’, simplistic bold lines on layers of pure vibrant colours, inspired by the pop art genre and best seen on large scale canvasses.

Oxlade-Arnott is known for her unique watercolour and fine line ink depictions of historically or nationally significant architecture.

Image is: The legendary Juliet’s Balcony in Verona

Jilly is known nationally for her works of Worcester, London, Cheltenham, Malvern and Ludlow and is gaining a following from the international collector’s scene for both her classique global and vivid work.

She is currently exhibiting in Croome Court (National Trust), Eastnor Castle and Canwood Gallery , she has also just finished a large scale indoor and outdoor project at St. Joseph’s Catholic School for ‘One World Week’.

Architecture and its’ appreciation is of importance to Oxlade-Arnott, who commented “Buildings are the foundation of our lives, the interaction we all have with them may be inconsequential but if, once in a while you stop, look up, you’ll be surprised by what you’ve missed and how varied and intricate the urban landscape can really be.”

Mobile: 07879 347 007 Email: jilly@architecturalimpressions.uk Website: http://www.archiimp.com Twitter: @JillyArchiImp Instagram: @archiimp Facebook: @Jilly Oxlade-Arnott

The Courtyard Arts is just part of the incredible facilities at the Royal Porcelain Works, stock up at the deli counter, drop in for breakfast, lunch or just a drink at the Nest Café, look around the famous Royal Worcester Museum or perhaps book a tasting and treat at the Piston Gin Distillery.  

Courtyard Arts Sunday 4th August

This month includes Dan Holden (Abstract Artist), Jadu Sheridan (Acrylic, Ink and Mixed Media Artist), Jilly Oxlade-Arnott (Architectural Watercolour and Pop Art Artist) and a Long Gallery of eight other artists.

Courtyard Arts forms part of a series of new and amazing events the Royal Porcelain Works has to offer. Operated by Participate in Art, it is held on the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 5pm.

Royal Porcelain Works, Severn Street , Worcester, WR1 2NE

It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the creators and artists themselves and to purchase from a great range of works from glass, ceramic, utility ware, acrylic, oils, watercolour, screen printing, fabric designs, mixed media and much more.

Each month we showcase a completely new set of artists which provides something new every time, not just local talent but national and internationally renowned artists across all mediums.

Dan Holden

After studying for a Degree in twentieth century art and being inspired by numerous artists of that period, I delved into the idea of creating art myself, and subsequently, became obsessed with generating abstract paintings.

I started with recycled retail display boards and woodchip (OSB) board. The OSB board allows me to be quite brutal in my creative process such as scraping back many layers of paint. In developing a picture, I often completely eradicate an ordered image which can be a destructive process.

Although the process is chaotic, I try to bring my art back into balance. I don’t want it to be dark. I often start with half dark and half light as a base. As the work I make evolves, a significant personal meaning emerges. Often my work is a comment on our time, on modern life and perceptions of art. I like to show the angst of life but also I find a place of stability for the self within the chaos of society. I try to find balance, safety and hope. Often a white or gold square is painted or collaged in a solid area of the picture or sometimes instead of a signature as a reflection of self.

I hope my work lends itself to stopping and examining the image; that it has a momentary affect which is thought provoking. We are so used to images in society that are fleeting, I believe taking time to truly look can take us to a place of calm within the chaos.

I hope that my work can be stimulating as well as absorbing, and that the moment of calm, I found in the production of it can be shared.

Paintings are signed and titled on the back. The canvas and wood paintings are wired and ready to hang. Limited edition prints are available for some of my work.

Email: dan_holden@rocketmail.com Website: www.danholden.art
Instagram: danholdenart

Jadu Sheridan

Jadu Sheridan is an artist who divides her time between painting landscapes inspired by her travels, and developing unique 3D works of art.

A self-taught student of art, she left a career in teaching to follow her passion for art; she uses acrylic paint and ink to create landscapes incorporating seas and trees.

Her latest series of work explores sunlight on water; creating semi-abstract paintings. She also experiments with 3D arts such as needle felting and creating 3D sculptures from old unloved books; these works are inspired by both nature and her love of literature. Jadu works from her home in Worcester, when her rescue beagle allows, and is available for commissions.

Email:  jadusheridanart@gmail.com Website: jadusheridan.wixsite.com/jadusheridanart Twitter: @jadu_sheridan Instagram: jadusheridanart Facebook: @jadusartist

Jilly Oxlade-Arnott

She is a Worcester based architectural watercolour artist from a family of draughtsmen, painters, potters and sculptors. Having two distinct styles, a traditional ‘Classique’ which is bright watercolour with detailed fine line ink and ‘Vivid’, simplistic bold lines on layers of pure vibrant colours, inspired by the pop art genre and best seen on large scale canvasses.

Oxlade-Arnott is known for her unique watercolour and fine line ink depictions of historically or nationally significant architecture.

Image is: The legendary Juliet’s Balcony in Verona

Jilly is known nationally for her works of Worcester, London, Cheltenham, Malvern and Ludlow and is gaining a following from the international collector’s scene for both her classique global and vivid work.

She is currently exhibiting in Croome Court (National Trust), Eastnor Castle and Canwood Gallery , she has also just finished a large scale indoor and outdoor project at St. Joseph’s Catholic School for ‘One World Week’.

Architecture and its’ appreciation is of importance to Oxlade-Arnott, who commented “Buildings are the foundation of our lives, the interaction we all have with them may be inconsequential but if, once in a while you stop, look up, you’ll be surprised by what you’ve missed and how varied and intricate the urban landscape can really be.”

Mobile: 07879 347 007 Email: jilly@architecturalimpressions.uk Website: http://www.archiimp.com Twitter: @JillyArchiImp Instagram: @archiimp Facebook: @Jilly Oxlade-Arnott

The Courtyard Arts is just part of the incredible facilities at the Royal Porcelain Works, stock up at the deli counter, drop in for breakfast, lunch or just a drink at the Nest Café, look around the famous Royal Worcester Museum or perhaps book a tasting and treat at the Piston Gin Distillery.  

Worcester Show 2019 PIA Art Pavilion Artists

The PIA Art Pavilion will present the amazing works and creations of some Worcestershire based artists and creators.

Worcester Show 2019 – PIA Art Pavilion on Sunday 11th August 2019

Participating Artists are: Antony Pearson (Stereographic Photography), Mercedes Pearson (Graphic Design & Mixed Media), Jiny Lennon (Oils and Pastels), Jilly Oxlade-Arnott (Architectural Watercolours), Bic Beaumont (Mixed Media), Laura Pettit (Illustration), Justine Morris (Silver Smith), Sarah Greening (Glass Fusion), Chris Greening (Pottery) and Lenny Ledgerwood (Lino Cut).

Antony Pearson (Stereographic Photography)

Contact Antony via Email: anthony.pearson@dankspangle.com Website: http://www.dankspangle.com

Mercedes Pearson (Mixed Media & Graphic Designer)

Contact Mercedes via Email: mercedes@mercedespearson.co.uk Website: www.mercedespearson.co.uk

Jiny Lennon (Oils and Pastels)

Contact Jiny via Email: jinyjan@aol.com Facebook: jinylenny Instagram: jiny_lennon Hype Hub: https://hype-hub.com/author/jiny-lennon/

Jilly Oxlade-Arnott (Architectural Watercolours)

Contact Jilly via Mobile: 07879 347 007 Email: jilly@architecturalimpressions.uk Website: http://www.archiimp.com Twitter: @JillyArchiImp Instagram: @archiimp Facebook: @Jilly Oxlade-Arnott

Justine Morris (Silver Smith)

Contact Justine via Email: JustineMorrisDesigns@gmail.com Website: www.etsy.com/shop/JustineMorrisDesigns Facebook &Instagram: @JustineMorrisDesigns Twitter: @JMD_Silver

Laura Pettit (Illustration)

Contact Laura via Mobile: 07701 001 998 Email: laurapettitillustration@outlook.com Instagram: laura.pettit.illustrations Facebook: laurapettitillustration

Lenny Ledgerwood (Lino Cut)

Contact Lenny via Facebook: @InkyBunnyCards  Instagram: lennyledgerwood

Bic Beaumont (Mixed Media)

Contact Bic via: Email: ferridaybeaumont@gmail.com Facebook: bicbeaumontart

Chris Greening (Pottery)

Contact Chris via Web: http://www.chrisgreeningpottery.co.uk Email: chris@chrisgreeningpottery.co.uk Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @greeningpottery

Sarah Greening (Glass Fusion)

Contact Sarah via Web: http://www.sarahgreeningglass.co.uk  Email: sarah@sarahgreeningglass.co.uk Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @greeningglass

The PIA Art Pavilion is a Participate In Art especially curated & created for the Worcester Show 2019

This event is on the 2nd day of the Worcester Festival, see Festival Event Guide Pages 8 & 17 for more details

Location numbers 13 on the Festival map on page 21

For more information on the event visit the Worcester Show website: https://www.worcestershow.org.uk/ or Participate In Art website event page: https://www.participateinart.com/events/worcester-show-2019-pia-art-pavilion/

Riverside Arts – The Artists in detail

We have a great selection of artists and creators for this years Riverside Arts on Saturday 10th August.

The Annual Worcester Riverside Arts held on the opening day of the Worcester Festival (Saturday 10th August, 10am to 5pm) on the banks of the River Severn, Quay Street.

Presenting a Parisian style avenue of high quality artists and creators, with over fifteen individual Worcester artists.

This family friendly event is produced by Participate In Art and supported by The Worcester City Council and is on the same day as the St. Richards Duck Race.

They include:

Bic Beaumont – Illustration

Growing up in Shropshire, I was fortunate to be surrounded by creativity; I got my first camera before I was ten years old, snapping everything and anything as well as painting the animals and the surrounding countryside.

I went to Birmingham School of Art to study fine art as a mature student, where I worked in paint and mixed media creating large scale abstract and illustrative pieces.

After a hiatus away from art during which time I worked in marketing and events for educational and charitable organisations, I created bright illustrative paintings for a couple of prosthetic leg projects and using photographs I’d previously taken as inspiration, worked on drawings and painting.

Several years ago, I moved to Worcestershire and joined a local life drawing class, which led to the Open Studios and other local opportunities before looking further afield and exploring other avenues for displaying my artwork.

Over the years my art practice has evolved as I’ve learnt new techniques and pushed to improve myself, as well as being inspired by the amazing work of artists around me and discovered what I truly enjoy creating. My current work mainly revolves around painting, print making and photography, using nature and animals as my inspiration, with lots of bright, bold colours and a little bit of sparkle to create the characters of my pieces. I want my pieces to make you smile or chuckle and for some, transport you to a simpler, kinder world.

Contact Bic Beaumont via: Email: ferridaybeaumont@gmail.com Facebook: bicbeaumontart

Chris Greening – Pottery

Chris creates a wide range of functional slipware pottery for modern living.

His pieces are decorated with coloured liquid clay (slip) which provides a fantastic fluid palette to explore the patterns that nature produces, particularly in marine geomorphology, such as the drawing back of silt by the waves on a sandy shoreline.

Web: http://www.chrisgreeningpottery.co.uk Email: chris@chrisgreeningpottery.co.uk Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @greeningpottery

Sarah Greening – Glass Fusion

Sarah fuses coloured glass pieces with some chemistry in a kiln to make unique contemporary fused glass jewellery pieces which she sells in shops, galleries and craft markets. She lives and works in Worcester where she also runs glass fusing taster classes.

Web: http://www.sarahgreeningglass.co.uk  Email: sarah@sarahgreeningglass.co.uk Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @greeningglass

Both Chris & Sarah Greening will be taking part in this years Worcestershire Open Studios over the August Bank Holiday

Dan Holden – Abstract

After studying for a Degree in twentieth century art and being inspired by numerous artists of that period, I delved into the idea of creating art myself, and subsequently, became obsessed with generating abstract paintings.

I started with recycled retail display boards and woodchip (OSB) board. The OSB board allows me to be quite brutal in my creative process such as scraping back many layers of paint. In developing a picture, I often completely eradicate an ordered image which can be a destructive process.

Although the process is chaotic, I try to bring my art back into balance. I don’t want it to be dark. I often start with half dark and half light as a base. As the work I make evolves, a significant personal meaning emerges. Often my work is a comment on our time, on modern life and perceptions of art. I like to show the angst of life but also I find a place of stability for the self within the chaos of society. I try to find balance, safety and hope. Often a white or gold square is painted or collaged in a solid area of the picture or sometimes instead of a signature as a reflection of self.

I hope my work lends itself to stopping and examining the image; that it has a momentary affect which is thought provoking. We are so used to images in society that are fleeting, I believe taking time to truly look can take us to a place of calm within the chaos.

I hope that my work can be stimulating as well as absorbing, and that the moment of calm, I found in the production of it can be shared.

Paintings are signed and titled on the back. The canvas and wood paintings are wired and ready to hang. Limited edition prints are available for some of my work.

Email: dan_holden@rocketmail.com Website: www.danholden.art
Instagram: danholdenart

Deb Stanley – Wildlife Pencil & Pastel

Deb is a Malvern based artist specialised in creating highly detailed, realistic artworks using artist quality coloured pencils and pastels.  She is a keen photographer and prefers to work from her own references.  Her artwork covers a variety of subjects and is currently focused on wildlife, particularly big cats. 

She received The David Shepherd Award at Nature in Art in 2018 for Athena Emerging and again in 2019 for Drop Dead Gorgeous.  Sales of her artwork have enabled Deb Stanley Art to adopt two big cats at The Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent. Deb is a signature member of The Coloured Pencil Community of Australasia.

For more information on Deb please contact through Email: debstanleyart@yahoo.com Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube: @debstanleyart Website: Debstanleyart.weebly.com

Jadu Sheridan – Mixed Media

Acrylic, Ink and mixed media artist Jadu Sheridan is an artist who divides her time between painting landscapes inspired by her travels, and developing unique 3D works of art.  A self-taught student of art, she left a career in teaching to follow her passion for art; she uses acrylic paint and ink to create landscapes incorporating seas and trees. Her latest series of work explores sunlight on water; creating semi-abstract paintings. She also experiments with 3D arts such as needle felting and creating 3D sculptures from old unloved books; these works are inspired by both nature and her love of literature. Jadu works from her home in Worcester, when her rescue beagle allows, and is available for commissions.

For more information on Jadu please contact through Email:  jadusheridanart@gmail.com Website: jadusheridan.wixsite.com/jadusheridanart Facebook: @jadusartist  Twitter: @jadu_sheridan Instagram: jadusheridanart

Jilly Oxlade-Arnott -Architectural Watercolours

She is a Worcester based architectural watercolour artist from a family of draughtsmen, painters, potters and sculptors. Having two distinct styles, a traditional ‘Classique’ which is bright watercolour with detailed fine line ink and ‘Vivid’, simplistic bold lines on layers of pure vibrant colours, inspired by the pop art genre and best seen on large scale canvasses.

Oxlade-Arnott is known for her unique watercolour and fine line ink depictions of historically or nationally significant architecture.

Jilly is known nationally for her works of Worcester, London, Cheltenham, Malvern and Ludlow and is gaining a following from the international collector’s scene for both her classique global and vivid work.

She is currently exhibiting in Croome Court (National Trust), Eastnor Castle and Canwood Gallery , she has also just finished a large scale indoor and outdoor project at St. Joseph’s Catholic School for ‘One World Week’.

Architecture and its’ appreciation is of importance to Oxlade-Arnott, who commented “Buildings are the foundation of our lives, the interaction we all have with them may be inconsequential but if, once in a while you stop, look up, you’ll be surprised by what you’ve missed and how varied and intricate the urban landscape can really be.”

Mobile: 07879 347 007 Email: jilly@architecturalimpressions.uk Website: http://www.archiimp.com Twitter: @JillyArchiImp Instagram: @archiimp Facebook: @Jilly Oxlade-Arnott

Justine Morris – Silver Smith

Justine creates contemporary silver jewellery using traditional silversmithing techniques from her garden studio in Worcestershire.

Her designs are based on classic shapes using hammered and textured finishes on her jewellery.

She also incorporates stones and other metals such as copper, but her favourite is seaglass due to its natural shapes and texture. She sells mainly at craft fairs in Worcestershire and via her online Etsy shop. Private commissions are undertaken, especially using seaglass collected by her clients to create unique meaningful pieces.

Email: JustineMorrisDesigns@gmail.com Website: www.etsy.com/shop/JustineMorrisDesigns Facebook &Instagram: @JustineMorrisDesigns Twitter: @JMD_Silver

Laura Pettit – Illustration

Laura studied illustration at Hereford College of Arts in 2011 where she achieved a BA (hons) in the subject. Taking inspiration from the world around her and her pet dogs Laura specialises in animal and pet illustrations, creating each one with watercolour pencils and pen. She aims for each one to show the character of the animal and takes commissions for both pet illustrations and portraits.

Lenny Ledgerwood – Lino Cut

Inky Buddy Prints: Lenny is a Worcester based artist producing hand-printed lino-cut cards and original limited edition prints.  She loves to use bold, expressive colours and her subject matter is as erratic as her train of thought!  Although Lenny has always trained and worked in the arts industry (originally as a theatrical costume designer and now a teacher of dressmaking and craft courses), printmaking has only fairly recently become a speciality. 

Whilst undergoing a course of chemotherapy in 2017 she took up lino-cut printmaking as a form of therapy to help her through some difficult times.  Now, out the other side of her illness, it has become a passion and a compulsion and she’s excited to be improving with each new piece of work and exploring the world of lino-cutting whilst she settles on her own unique style which can be best described as ‘whimsical wanderlust’.  Her love of travel and kitsch memorabilia influences her limited edition prints, whilst her greetings cards are inspired mostly by nature. 

Lenny’s hope is that her finished artwork brings as much happiness to her customers as the process of making it does to her.

For more information on Lenny please contact through Facebook: @InkyBunnyCards  Instagram: lennyledgerwood

Mandy Clifford – Abstract & Aboriginal

Mandy’s fascination with Aboriginal Art originated from her trips to Tazmania, which is now the principle influence of her work.

All her work is unique and individual, with great use of bright and vibrant colour, to inspire and brighten any room.

She undertakes private commissions in colours to suit you, and doesn’t produce prints or reproduction, so each piece is a true original.

Email: mandy.waller@btinternet.com Mob: 07970 759 939 Facebook: hand-painted-canvasses.webnode.com

Penny Webb – Painter (all Mediums)

My name is Penny Webb, I was born and bred in Worcester.  As a teenager I worked in Shropshire working for a bespoke hand painted tile company and I saw myself through University, where I graduated as a Teacher by buying children’s second hand furniture and painting them with Disney characters and fairies etc.  I also painted wall murals. 

Art has always been a huge part of my life and my dream is to become a full time artist and teacher of art techniques.

  This dream is one that is becoming a reality, as I now have my own art studio and workshop and am selling my art work, having displayed at the Worcester Art gallery and various other places across Worcester and Malvern with the Worcester Society of Artists.  I hope you love my art, as much as I love being an artist! 

Email: penny.webb.art@gmail.com Mob: 07506 630 507 Website: www.pennyjwebb.co.uk Facebook: penny.webb.art Instagram: pjw.art

Richard Evans – Glass Pendants

A self-taught Flameworker, specialising in borosilicate implosion pendants, its low coefficient thermal expansion properties creating a huge array of opportunity for colour, shape and form. Through continual discovery and experimentation in coloured glass applications, silver fuming and flame control, each unique piece is colourful, intricate and beautiful. He confesses to be, addicted to the endless pursuit of the perfect pendant.

For more information on Richard please contact through Email: evansgsm@gmail.com Studioa nd Work shop at: Ruskin Glass Centre, Wollaston Road, Stourbridge , DY8 4HF Facebook: @rich.evans.56863 Instagram: @richevansgb

Suzie Elisabeth Hunt – Photography

Suzie Elizabeth Hunt creates a vast range of artworks, mainly prints; which explore the different angles of the everyday landscape, our relationships with them and how we respond to them.

She crops and carefully selects aspects from documented shots allowing the viewer to see their environment in a refined format. Her current work focuses on the areas between Worcester and Birmingham and is gradually expanding.

By documenting, she decontextualizes then reconstructs her surrounding space. This allows her to separate the work from the constant influx of information, and process it into a readable format; leaving her work open to inexhaustible invitations of deduction and speculation. Left mute, the caption or title takes on the role of the missing voice.

 A contemporary fine artist, living in Worcester after studying her degree in Birmingham. Suzie has been Artist in Residence at Birmingham City University, University of Worcester and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery creating these location-based pieces.

Through this she has gone on to work with other artists, creating work, organising workshops and curating exhibitions.

As a result, she has exhibited at Birmingham City University, The arches Birmingham, The old print Works and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

Recently she has begun to exhibit in Worcester having taking part in Worcester Stands Tall with her design ‘Gregory’ and is due to take part later this year with several art events run by ‘Participate in Art’.

Email: suzieeh@googlemail.com Instagram: suzieelizabethhunt Website: http://www.suzieelizabethart.com

The Cabin – Art Supplier, Printer and Framer

The Cabin is a family run business in the heart of Worcester City Centre. 

We offer and supply ready-made and bespoke picture frames and mounts.

We have a large selection of frame mouldings and mount colours to choose from and offer a full bespoke picture framing service.

We work with many local artists, from amateurs to professionals to find their perfect framing solution. Our instore Fujifilm photo print services allow our customers to print from any device on to a variety of products, and through our wide format printer we offer a full Giclée printing service.

The Cabin are a ‘preferred and vetted supplier’ of Participate In Art.

Address: The Cabin, 7 Trinity Street, Worcester, WR1 2PW Phone: 01905 612525 Email: info@thecabin.co.uk Instagram: discoverthecabin Twitter: thecabinretail Facebook: discoverthecabin

The Annual Worcester Riverside Arts held on the opening day of the Worcester Festival (Saturday 10th August, 10am to 5pm) on the banks of the River Severn, Quay Street.

Presenting a Parisian style avenue of high quality artists and creators, with over fifteen individual Worcester artists.

This family friendly event is produced by Participate In Art and supported by The Worcester City Council and is on the same day as the St. Richards Duck Race.

Location: Banks of the River Severn by the Water Fountain, Quay Street Worcester, WR1 2JJ