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.

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110626 It’s All Go!

Well, what a week. I am well and truly cream crackered but happily so. I have participated as much as possible in the inaugural Literary Festival, reading out my own satirical piece as well as someone else’s where I played the Queen (as One does) as part of the Worcester Writers’ Circle Lampoon evening at Drummonds last Wednesday, read my short story “Whistler’s Mother” as part of the Sinister Shorts evening at the University on Friday, as well as run a Picture Book workshop with children’s book author Karen King in the very beautiful St Swithun’s Church ( I have lived in Worcester for twenty three years and am ashamed to say this was the first time I had stepped inside this beautiful interior).

As well as “performing” I have also enjoyed hearing Tony Judge talk about the writing of his first novel Sirocco Express in an interview with Peter Spalton, attended a mesmerising book binding workshop where I hand stitched two small booklets under the expert eye of Angela Sutton, heard about the writing of the play “Elgar and Alice” about Elgar’s life by Peter Sutton at the Swan Theatre, and nearly, I repeat nearly, heard William Cash talk about his book about Graham Greene’s affair which inspired “The End of the Affair” (unfortunately we turned up not realising he had cancelled. Gggrrr, William Cash, gggrrrr!)

This afternoon I am off for cake and bubbly to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Worcester Writers’ Circle and shall no doubt read a few of my haiku, and tonight I am off to read more haiku at Malvern Theatre as a member of Malvern Writers’ Circle. Today and tomorrow are the last two days to catch our Literary Portraits exhibition here at our Battenhall studios. Oh! and I’ve got toothache. It’s all go!

So what now? Well, I have started writing a non fiction book about life drawing so watch this space and I’ll keep you informed. If and when it’s published you’ll be the first to know and I’ll encourage you to buy a half a dozen copies to keep the bare wolf from this door.

110410 Worcestershire Arts Trail

The Worcestershire Arts Trail was launched today with website and brochure now available. What is it exactly? Well, 25 Worcestershire artists and craftsmen are opening their studios to demonstrate what they do for 4 days at the end of May 2011. It has backing from the Lottery and Arts Council England and will be a showcase of makers’ talent. We too will be participating so look forward to welcoming visitors to our studios in Battenhall, Worcester. My goodness, what with the Three Choirs Festival at Worcester Cathedral, an inaugural Worcestershire Literary Festival AND the Arts Trail Worcester is really putting itself on the cultural map this summer. And not before time.

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110205 open studio

Worcester based artists celebrate the completion of their new architect designed studio gallery adjacent to their home in Battenhall Avenue this weekend: Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 10-4pm.

Sara Hayward and Paul Powis work for galleries and publishing companies worldwide. Sara, who is a graduate of Oxford University and has a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art, is a painter, printmaker and illustrator. Paul who was a senior lecturer at BIAD has an international reputation for vibrant and colourful landscapes.

“It is inspiring to have a contemporary space with white walls and good lighting to show case our contemporary images,” says Sara.

Their work can be seen at their open studio this weekend; full details can be found on their website: