Recall Exhibition and Reunion at The Storey Lancaster

Well it’s taken over 35 years to return to Lancaster, but it was fantastic to be back at The Storey where I did my BA in Fine Art from 1976 – 79

The degree course had a temporary home in this historic purpose-built art school while they built the new premises at Preston Polytechnic, now UCLan (The University of Central Lancashire)

The show includes work by students and tutors from the first three years of the course and it was wonderful to catch up with so many people and to hear all the success stories, not least that everyone is still making artwork.

Harry Ball, Sally Beaumont, Dave Ding, Patti Da Silva, Gordon Faulds, Andy Goldsworthy, Rob Hart, Patricia Haskey, Frank Harwood, Philip Heyes, Graham Hill, Huw Jones, Andrew Kay, Bill Kerr, Alexandra Leadbeater, Barry Midgley, Adrian Moakes, Linda Mort, Chris Mott, Pat Naylor, Phil Owen, David Schofield, David Sergeant, Tim Shorten, Theresa Taylor, Laine Tomkinson, Jude Trescatheric and Adrian Todd

21st Oct – 1st Nov at The Storey Lancaster 10:30 – 4pm

6th Nov – 29th Nov at PR1 Gallery UCLan, Preston Mon – Fri 9 – 5pm 


Recall Exhibition Lancaster Preston

Recall Exhibition




South East Open Studios… it’s Summer!

I am opening my studio for two weekends in June. Sea by the yard, sale bargains and paints at the ready for you to paint your own. Just off the seafront in St Leonards.

Please note not open 17th & 18th June

Click the link below for details of how to visit

Art with Heart Auction for Save the Children, Sissinghurst, Kent

From Monday 31 October until Thursday 17 November, The Milk House are showcasing over 20 fantastic works of art, photography and sculpture donated by talented artists from the local area and the South East.

This special exhibition is in aid of Save the Children culminating in an exclusive art auction on Thursday 17 November. Tickets available.

Fingers crossed my Jug painting finds a new home…

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Kent Painters Group 26th Annual Exhibition, Sevenoaks, Kent

Delighted to be part of this for the third year running. Lovely atmosphere and I always enjoy the drive through Kent with all the autumn trees in the sunshine.

Enormous amount of money raised for Mental Health charities in Kent

Kent Painters Group 2016

Kent Painters Group 2016

Kent Painters Group Gilly Lovegrove and Alex Leadbeater

‘Jugstaposition’ ! Gilly Lovegrove and I enjoy painting jugs and get put together every year as the show is in alphabetical order



always stunning flowers on display

The Big Draw at The Guardian

Another amazing day with families at the annual Big Draw event at The Guardian. They loved writing letters to the sea with water soluble pens, then looking for words in the paper to complete the message.

It was scary with such a lot of disturbing news at the moment, so it was great that they found positive words among the horrors of the world.

See the write up in The Guardian here


Letters from the sea - The Big Draw at The Guardian

Letters from the sea – The Big Draw at The Guardian

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Open Studio trail

Great to be included in this review of Coastal Currents by Chris Daley who has recently washed up in St Leonards.

Check out his cool blog Soap and Rocket here

Around the corner, is Pip Carpenter in Stanhope Place – with a full monty printing press in her living room. After a quick & instructive tutorial on acid etch Dry Point hand coloured printing, a catch up on Ulster politics and a peek at some of her Fauveseque palette work I headed to Alexandra Leadbeater’s huge studio – where  the enamel jug series paintings particularly stood out. Across the way I found Julie from Cribb & Hammer – Restoration and Bespoke Carpentry and Joinery, working away restoring a fine but tired table to former glory. Next door, is tree surgeon & Timber Sculptor Joc Hare’s workshop – full of trees, machines & a beast of an oil drum wood burner stove & oven.

Soap and Rocket is a photo ‘zine project, dedicated to analog based Fine Art photography – either still or moving image.

The idea is to publish limited edition, high quality Soap and Rocket photo’zines – of different artists’ work, backed up with a  website featuring an archive of published ‘zines and a gallery shop – to buy the ‘zines, or picture prints.

The website is in its beta version, launched in June 2016, and still ironing out [lots of] creases. Critique welcomed – please use the contact form. The target publication date for the first Soap and Rocket ‘zine publication  is August ’16. The ‘zine is planned as A5 sized, printed in runs of 300 copies in monochrome and colour. Its envisaged format is to present 12 / 16 images and a short piece of writing from one artist per episode.
Portfolio & written contributions are welcome, please get in touch via the Contact page.