New Year Open 2020

New Year Open 2020

18th January – 7th March

Featured Artists

Reg Turrell

I treat every painting as an adventure. Some of these excursions end in failure but a few take me on exciting journey.
During these adventures I explore different techniques, push the boundaries of watercolour and experiment with other materials added to the paint.

I don’t set out to represent a subject. All the time I am interpreting my response in an inventive way that expresses how I feel.
One of the joys of working in watercolour is that it produces exciting and unpredictable results. The secret is to go with it and let it take you to the unknown.

Hannah Broadhead

I believe that within a painting there is a journey, this is explored through many guises. It can mean different things to different people, a journey can be built up of events ,places and people and characters we find on the way. It is through paintings I explore these expeditions, whether it is a story that I have heard that has directed my work, a character that has experienced feelings I have, or a landscape I have needed to share.

Emma-Jayne Holmes 

“No such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.” A great saying I heard many years ago and one that has changed my perspective of weather. We need the dark grey skies as a backdrop to majestic veils of sunlight, the overcast gloom and long shadows of winter to contrast with the wide open clear blue skies that bleach out the summer vistas. It is the contrast and variety of weather conditions and how light illuminates a landscape that excites me. No weather or day is boring, rather a challenge to identify its features and convey them via paint. A recent move to acrylics after years of oils has bought change in my work, as a new catalyst tool to apply the paint has replaced my brushes. The practice of using this is very reminiscent of my earlier work with mono screen printing, using a screen and squeegeeing but with no stencil, painting directly onto the screen in thin layers. Now I apply thin layers of paint directly onto paper, often adding a transparent medium, to build the narrative of colours and marks into the works.

Lesley Fisher

My inspiration  comes from a lifelong passion for colour, form and texture.  I enjoy experimenting and have developed a technique using tissue and acrylics in order to create an exciting surface on which to work.

Susan Mulcock

My work at present follows two main threads: landscape wool-paintings and experimental, abstract work that explores the possibilities of felt.

My landscape work involves trying to capture the effects of light as it moves across my field of view, and trying to explain the three-dimensional, organic form of the hills and mountains.

David Whiley

I live and work on the edge of the Shropshire Hills, where the effects of weather on the landscape are very apparent. Walking, sailing, cycling and fell running are my outdoor pastimes where an appreciation and understanding of the weather is vital. Contemporary landscape paintings should be about, not of, a place and time – the expressive reaction to landscape as well as a representation of it. Seeing and experiencing the effects of weather and light and their interaction with landforms are the inspiration to make dynamic landscape paintings. Paintings have been inspired by recent walking and sailing trips to Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire and the Western Isles of Scotland. The weather and climate can be harsh, and this has a profound effect on the landscape. The western coasts have the visual excitement of light, wind and weather on the sea and high mountains as a theme for the paintings. After living in Brittany and then the West Country for a number of years, I have returned to Shropshire and the Marches, where I have held a number of solo exhibitions over the last 20 years.

Dom Kavanagh

I am a self-taught artist specialising in wildlife and landscapes. My preferred mediums are watercolour and oil and I paint exclusively from my own photography, or sometimes plein air for landscapes.  I live ‘out in the sticks’ but near to Shrewsbury, surrounded by inspiring scenes and terrific wildlife opportunities. I strive to recreate the character of wildlife and atmosphere in scenes I witness and record. I returned to painting very productively after a life-saving transplant. I enjoy the peace and quiet of our wildlife’s countryside. I paint to reflect on my good fortune and to share nature’s ‘gifts’. 

Martin Salway

Over the previous 4 months I have been working on a series of paintings of the Wem, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses in North Shropshire. These ancient areas were primarily used for the production of peat are abundant in wildlife. At no moment in time are the mosses the same. look away for a moment and the light and shade will change the tonal value of the view in seconds. Lots of photos and studio work have resulted in these oil on board images which I hope you will enjoy.

David Dawkins

I studied ceramics and glass at Plymouth University College of Art and Design, and glass at Farnham University College of Art and Design. I have been a practicing artist for 20 years mainly making colourful lamps, bowls, and abstract sculptures out of glass.

​While at Plymouth art college I invented a new technique for fusing glass together which means I can make fused 3D glass sculptures using a mold, the glass structures can be horizontally or vertical and can be as thin as 1mm without air pockets occurring.

​Last year I totally changed direction by making colourful ceramic sculptures. I like colour; 

Each one of my sculptures has two sides to them like a two-page book, and each one has a true story behind them. Some of my ideas come from various people I have known over the years. Recently I have been focusing on life, the universe and everything, political, the news and things rattling around inside my head. The sculptures are mainly ceramic, I also use gold and silver leaf, liquid gold and silver, resin, paper, and jewelry. My ceramics sculptures have been described as philosophical quirky Pop Art some humorous, but some more serious.

Joanne Dale

In recent years I have been exploring both 2D and 3D outcomes using a variety of materials and processes. Currently, I am exploring surface and what lies beneath, and I am influenced by both the urban and rural landscape. Marks both natural and man-made being a source of inspiration. I am also interested by the changing environment and the idea that history can never be totally erased.

Process is important, I use a variety of materials such as past work, words, poems, objects, found paper, waste materials, often sewn together to create seams and texture. These materials are collaged together and act as a ground a starting point.

Layers of plaster and other fillers are applied then sanded away in a process of creating and destroying. Inks and other wet media are applied between layers. Random and unexpected compositions then slowly reveal themselves, I look for connections, texture and shape that begin to appear on the surface that may develop into an abstract work.

Geoff Beckett

Geoff is Welsh artist who works from his countryside home studio near Malpas on the Cheshire border.

A self-taught artist, he grew up on a local farm before gaining a degree in Maths & Stats. He then switched his attention to his artwork and has since made a living from painting.

Geoff is known for his quirky paintings that involve layers of texture and colour with a thick resin finish.

Geoff paints using lots of texture – heavy body acrylic paints, texture gels and more, often 5 or more different medium on every painting.

All this work is then covered in a layer of resin that can be up to quarter of an inch thick. Only the highest parts of the texture work protrudes from the surface , and all other texture work gets submerged – still giving shadows and depth but from within the resin.


Pauline Jordan

This is a memorial exhibition of the remaining work from the estate of Pauline Jordan, who passed away in November 2019.

Following years of pencils, then watercolour and later pastel studies, Pauline had converted to acrylic paints in the later years and became a convert, loving their versatility, layering of transparent colours for depth of tone, adding mediums and glazes, and textiles and other papers and materials.

She became a wealth of knowledge who was also very happy to share her findings as many of her fellow artists will testify. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and love of art will be missed.

More works are available, please ask a member of staff if you would like to see the rest of the collection.

CPRE Shropshire Landscape Photo competition 2019 Exhibition

My Shropshire landscape photo competition which was run to mark the
70th anniversary of the Campaign to Protect Rural England both nationally and at a county level.