Sunday, 28 June 2015

Newton on Ouse Lay Flat Challenge

A few weeks back we told you that Newton on Ouse were entering this year's SAA Lay Flat challenge - essentially filling a sketchbook with twenty original pictures and returning it to the SAA.  You can read about that here if you missed it.

We're pleased to tell you that they completed the book within the deadline and are now awaiting the results.  Good luck to all our colleagues at Newton.

Luisa Holden's contribution to the challenge

You can see more of the work over on the Newton blog.





July Demonstration

The next demonstration in this year's programme takes place on Saturday 11th July and features the work of Polish-born Sonia Bacchus.

Having studied for a Master of Fine Art degree in her homeland, Sonia subsequently taught art as therapy and spent some time working in the film industry as a wardrobe assistant and scenery artist. One of the films she worked on was The Damned United (just for all you Leeds fans - no chanting during the tea break, please).

You can read a little more about Sonia and her work over at the Art Profiles site.

The demonstration starts at 2:00pm at the usual venue of Christ Church Hall, Stockton Lane, York.   Entry is free for members and £5 to guests.

This is the last demonstration before the summer break.  Our schedule will recommence in September. See the demonstrations page for more detail or contact our programme secretary and grape maestro Mr Chris Dewire.



Hungry Artist Celebrates One Year

Happy Birthday to The Hungry Artist who have now been faithfully serving our cultural and nutritional needs for one year.



Year Two kicks off with a preview on Saturday 4th July.







York Art Gallery

Long time readers may recall the news in summer 2012 that York Art Gallery was closing for extensive renovations.  Well, we're pleased to announce that it finally re-opens on 1st August 2015.


The gallery is a central point of art and culture in our city and has been much missed over the last 30 months.

However, it's not all good news because, as you may have heard already, cuts in funding mean that it will have to introduce an entry fee of £7.50 per visit to support itself.  Age and employment related concessions should still apply, but for most of us the economic option looks like being the York Museums Trust card which gives unlimited access for an annual fee.

As you can imagine, there's been a lot of debate around this topic, not to mention the wider question of public ownership and entry to national collections.  Your starter for ten can be found on these links

The Press - York Art Gallery to stand on its own two feet

The Press - Pledge over art gallery fees

and you can learn more about the YMT card here.

York Museums Trust YMT Card

If you have deeper feelings about museum and gallery fees, you may be interested to know that there is a demonstration against the new entrance fee outside York Art Gallery this Wednesday 1st July from 5.30pm lead by The Peoples Assembly.   You can find out more on here and on FaceBook.  Thanks to Richard Liptrot for bringing it to our attention.




Thursday, 4 June 2015

June Demonstration - Stephen Coates

The next demonstration in this year's programme takes place on Saturday 13th June and features Reflections in Watercolour by Sheffield-based Stephen Coates.

Although an artist of some ability from an early age, Stephen's teachers suggested his future lay in other directions.  With 16 years in the music industry behind him and a further 16 years running his own sandwich business, Stephen finally disregarded their advice and returned to his first love Art. Turning professional in April 2011, he now runs classes and art groups in his home city, specialising in watercolour.You can read a little more about him and see examples of his work over at the Art Profiles site.

The demonstration starts at 2:00pm at the usual venue of Christ Church Hall, Stockton Lane, York.   Entry is free for members and £5 to guests.