New exhibition until Sunday October 29th 2017

Visitors out and about in Worcestershire during October may come across a major exhibition of paintings by two Worcester based artists, Paul Powis & Sara Hayward. Their joint exhibition, “Landscape: Towards Abstraction,” is at the GreenStage Gallery, at the Hop Pocket, Bishops Frome, Worcestershire,WR6 5BT, until Sunday October 29th.

“We were delighted when Mr Will Pudge, the gallery director of GreenStage gallery, visited our Worcestershire Open Studio event last August and invited us to show at the GreenStage gallery this autumn. Will is a tour de force in the art world regularly exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea,“ said Sara. “It is a great gallery for this exhibition of more than thirty original paintings and a unique opportunity to see vibrant, heightened colour at its most expressive. I really love Paul’s latest landscapes, inspired by the Teme valley.”

Paul Powis trained as an abstract painter and became interested in landscape when he moved to Worcestershire from London in 1988. Since then he has become an internationally recognised artist with collections in America, Japan and Europe. As well as working extensively for galleries Paul works in publishing in the form of limited edition silkscreen prints, book covers, calendars and greeting cards. Closer to home his work can be seen on permanent display in The Place To Eat restaurant at John Lewis, Bristol and in the Italian restaurant on board the Queen Mary II. Other clients include Harper Collins, Washington Green, Nouvelles Images and IKEA. His work is predominantly about subjective colour and vibrant mark-making. Paul often paints his landscapes in early morning or late afternoon in order to capture long shadows raking over fields and hills. Although his paintings are representational, they lean towards abstraction using constructional spatial devices in the composition, and use of subjective colour to describe space.

Sara Hayward studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art at Oxford University before going on to study printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London. Eight large scale abstract paintings inspired by the gardens at Winterbourne House & Garden are on display. Travels abroad visiting European art collections have also inspired her recent work. Sara was commissioned recently to paint the portrait of Henry Sandon MBE which is on permanent display at the Museum of Royal Worcester.

Teme Valley III lr



m1  I have been working on a new series using the above motif. Each painting is created in a vibrant different colour way. I see this as an ongoing series.  So far there are twenty but I have a sketch book filled 200 black and white line drawings exploring further possibilities so watch this space. They have all been created since I returned from Magdeburg in the autumn of 2015 so I have entitled the series M1, M2, M3 etc. So next time you’re stuck on the M5…think of me.


Henry Sandon MBE portrait unveiled

Henry Sandon final

Henry Sandon MBE by Sara Hayward MA(RCA) , oil on canvas, 60″ x 40″, Museum of Royal Worcester 

“I think it’s fabulous. It makes me look happy which is what I always am. I’m delighted with it,” said Henry, 29th August 2014. 

Visitors to the Museum of Royal Worcester can now see my portrait of Henry Sandon hanging upstairs near the twentieth century gallery. BBC Midlands Today recorded the occasion as the portrait was officially unveiled with plenty of style and ceremony by Cynthia Crawford MBE in the museum last Friday. Painted between March and June this year it is is the first to be completed of two portraits I started of Henry. I am hoping – if Henry is willing – to complete the second portrait of Henry holding a Royal Worcester pot- in the autumn, with a view to showing it elsewhere.

Henry is not only a great character but also an affable raconteur and it was wonderful to hear tales of his growing up in London and his career at Worcester Porcelain. Outside builders and cranes on Severn Street kept us entertained as did visitors to the museum coming into our temporary studio who were clearly very excited to have stumbled across their Antiques Road Show hero. Henry is a national treasure, giving generously of his time to charities and institutions; multi talented, larger than life, a gentleman to the core, he is joyous; I wanted to capture something of his great integrity and also sense of humour. A friend said to me, “Make sure you capture the twinkle in his eye!” and I hope I have. Notice the distinctive teapot tie and his laughter lines. My inspiration for the painting were paintings by Bonnard; inspired by his use of  heightened colour and vibrant mark making. 

My thanks go to to the museum for the commission; I hope it does Henry justice. Henry likes the portrait, his family like it, the museum like it and so far so do the visitors. I hope you like it too. Pop in and see it if you can! It’s a gem of a museum and well worth visiting.

Museum of Royal Worcester, Severn Street, Worcester Open Monday to Saturday, March to October 10am – 5pm November to February 10am – 4pm  

Cinquaine 2



tired weary

walking limping stumbling

moving on alone


Cinquaine 1

slated vaulted
shading smoking hiding
place of peace

Emeritus Worcestershire Poet Laureate Maggie Doyle & Sara Hayward MA (RCA)


Pilgrim Poetry Workshop in the Crypt at Worcester Cathedral Worcestershire Literary Festival 2014

The Pilgrim workshop at Worcester Cathedral was shared between artist Sara Hayward and Worcestershire Poet Laureate Emeritus Maggie Doyle. In the atmospheric crypt the journey of The Worcester Pilgrim was discussed as poets and writers set about discovering their own pilgrimage. Ms Hayward brought along a piece of her artwork as inspiration.


new work


my exhibition at winterbourne show cases eight new abstracts and i will be talking about them this thursday during the lunchtime lecture. i’ll also be showing behind the scenes photographs taken during the making of our film, remembrance of things passed, and talking about the making of the portraits which are a new addition to the walls of winterbourne house. previously unseen photographs of winterbourne house & garden taken in the snow last january will also be seen when three feet of snow fell whilst the house was closed; a magical landscape. i have put together 100 odd images to show and just need to find now a memory stick with enough memory to store the material so i can bring it over on thursday. there was  mention of the exhibition in saturday’s birmingham mail. hope to see you there! birmingham mail article