Friday, 26 February 2016

Jacksons Open Art Prize

Anybody want to enter ?

The Jackson’s Open Art Prize is an international platform for recognising excellence in art. The first annual competition offers an on-line showcase and impressive prizes for contemporary and traditional visual artists, both emerging and established, working in any 2D media (except photography, unless used as a component of a painting or original print). We welcome submissions from any country by artists of any age. There is no fee for submission.
We will have a two-tier selection and judging process: first the Jackson’s selection panel will select a longlist and then the panel of expert judges (curators, gallerists and artists) will select first a short-list and then the winners.
The Jackson’s Open Art Prize will accept submissions until 3rd April 2016.


   First Prize… £3000 Cash

   Second Prize… £700 Jackson’s Gift Vouchers

   Third Prize… £700 Jackson’s Gift Vouchers

   Amateur Prize… £600 Gift Vouchers

To find out what you can buy with the vouchers please visit


Carlos de Lins
Carlos de Lins
Carlos de Lins is a Brazilian artist living and working in London. His work explores the relationship between modern city-dwellers and the giant concrete and glass edifices which delimit their horizons. He is also the current director of Espacio Gallery in Shoreditch, London.
Read our interview with Carlos de Lins.

Hilary Daltry
Hillary Daltry
Hilary Daltry is a London based artist and head of Printmaking at The Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea. She is best known for her multi-layered woodcut prints of fruits and still lifes. Her work is regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and she is an elected member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.
Read our interview with Hillary Daltry.

Hugo Grenville
Hugo Grenville
Hugo Grenville’s colour-filled, romantic paintings have earned him a reputation as one of today’s leading painters. In a career than has spanned nearly 3 decades he has had over 20 one-man exhibitions, including shows at Messum’s on Cork Street and Wally Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach and New York. He was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize in 2013. He is the founder of The Grenville School of Painting, and writes regularly for publications such as The Artist and Artists and Illustrators.
Read our interview with Hugo Grenville.

James Hobbs
James Hobbs
James Hobbs is an artist and freelance journalist. He is the author of ‘Sketch Your World’ and former editor of Artists & Illustrators magazine, and has freelanced for publications including the Art Newspaper, the Guardian, New Statesman and Art World. He regularly contributes his vibrant ink drawings to the Urban Sketchers and London Urban Sketchers blogs, which celebrate the art of drawing the world from direct observation. He has just completed a new book which will be published next year.
Read our interview with James Hobbs.

Paul Bell
Paul Bell
Paul Bell is a Scottish artist living in Buckinghamshire. His use of bold colour and simple composition are the cornerstone of his work. Paul works in a variety of mediums but predominently Oil and Acrylic and takes inspiration from people, landscape, cityscape and still life. His most notable achievements to date were making the last round of 250 in the 2014 BP Portrait Award, winning the BBC1 series ‘The Big Painting Challenge’ and as a consequence two paintings produced during the programme hung in Tate Britain.
An interview on our blog with Paul Bell is coming soon.

Sarah Sparkes
Sarah Sparkes
Sarah Sparkes is an artist and curator. She runs the visual arts and research project GHost and has published on and regularly lectures about this subject. She has exhibited widely, both in the UK and internationally. Recent exhibitions and commissions include: English Magic at New Art Projects, London; Fall of the Rebel Angels at this years Venice Biennale; Theatrical Dynamics at Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, U.S.A. She is currently developing a new commission for an exhibition at FACT exploring science and magic, curated by Rob La Frenais. She is the winner of this years MERU Art*Science award for the production of an artist’s film exploring blackholes, inner and outer time. Read our interview with Sarah Sparkes.


   Open for Entries: 4th January 2016

   Entries Close: 3rd April 2016

   Long-list Announced: 15th April 2016

   Short-list Announced: 29th April 2016

   Winners Announced: 14th May 2016

  • Please enter using the form below.
  • The Jackson’s Open Art Prize entries close 3rd April 2016.
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    Please do not submit an image if you do not have access to the original.
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Friday, 19 February 2016

Andrew Geeson demo

We had a demo workshop this week by Watercolour artist Andrew Geeson.

The bio on his website says this...

I have been a professional artist for several years, and specialise in a fun wet into wet style of watercolours. This quick, fun and rewarding approach to watercolour painting allows you to capture your subject, what ever it maybe, in the most atmospheric way without the constraints of over detailing. Come along and give it a try, I think you may find a new world of painting. 
 "I am passionate about my loose style of watercolours, wet-into-wet, and am keen to share it with others. Being spontaneous, immediate and atmospheric, I feel that this allows you to express more than the subject of the painting."

So Andrew came along and we all had a go at his wet in wet loose style and cane up with these.



And here is Andrew at work and then some of his other work.

And the almost finished piece 

His other examples 

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Monday's meeting , a reminder.

Hi all, just a reminder that tomorrow's meeting is a demo with Andrew Geeson.

Please bring watercolour paints and brushes.  He tends to work in a loose fashion and he didn't say to bring any reference material. 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Notes from Monday's meeting



Rod had received apologies from Jean Kipling, Di Arey and Debbie Hislop.
Jean and Rod led a discussion on a variety of subjects affecting the club in the next few months.

Malcolm offered a bike for display which we gladly accepted.
Jean still has the Olympic Rings which might be useful.
Members thought a smallish exhibition in Jean's drive, or in the event of 
Inclement weather in the three garages. Coffee etc and bacon sarnies/
refreshments are a possibility. This can be arranged nearer the time 
when we have more details of the village arrangements.

2. SHOP EXHIBITION IN SELBY. Jean and Karl visited the venue and 
had discussions with the Shop Owner. Karl to arrange a month long 
Exhibition and to get back to us on costs. May was the favoured month.

3. ANNUAL EXHIBITION Members decided a date at the end of September 
was suitable. 
Jean to arrange for a party to visit the Community Centre and evaluate.
Cost is £15 per hour. ie, approx £90 per day. 
Leslie proposed that we sell refreshments.

4. OUTINGS. There was little enthusiasm for a visit to The Yorkshire 
Sculpture Park. Joyce suggested that a list be put up for members 
Interested, to sign.
Leslie to look into the cost of a coach as against individual cars. Car 
parking is £8 per car per day.
Suitable date, Monday 16th May.
Members agreed to pay once only by cheque. 

The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield.
York Art Gallery, recently reopened after an £8 million revamp.
Leeds City Art Gallery. 
The Lowry Gallery, Salford.
SAA Headquarters, Newark.
Summer outdoor painting days, for July/August 
Karl was keen for us to do some Plein air painting in Selby as publicity 
before the May Exhibition. Last year, Karl, Elizabeth and Jean painted outside the Abbey and reported that it was great fun, a good outing and the public were interested. 
A number of members were keen to do this again. Perhaps a club picnic and there is a good take-away coffee shop ! 

Jean reported that she sent 132 mini paintings to Newark and 
had received recognition that the World Record had been broken. 
The club have been given some prints of Monk Fryston and Hillam, 
Drawn by the late Ralph Atkins. Members were unsure as to 
what we should do with them. 
Maureen B. asked if members were happy with a demonstrator 
every month or whether they wanted a change. Cost was considered.
Decision made not to have demonstrators in May, possibly June, 
July and August this year.

7. NEXT MEETING. Rod suggested at the next meeting we formally vote in a 
Rod suggested Jean became Hon. President and takes on a lighter 
For the time being ROD has volunteered to be CHAIRMAN
KARL SIMPSON was happy to continue with PUBLICITY and the 
BLOG, whilst RON SMITH will take over our FACEBOOK 
LESLIE VENABLES volunteered to become Social Secretary.
take charge of TEA and COFFEE etc. Joyce asked if we would
keep some dried milk in the cupboard. 
Thank you, one and all, your help is much appreciated.
However, we do need a SECRETARY , and someone to to become 
EXHIBITION ORGANISER. Neither of these positions are 
particularly arduous and in setting up the exhibition IAN 
WOODHOUSE has offered to help, along with others who are also 
willing to help and give support. 

It was agreed that from now on, everybody was responsible for the 
Cupboards, Books and Notice board. Rod explained that the 
Cupboards have been cleaned out and tidied, and asked that 
everyone put things back exactly where they find them.
There will no longer be a book audit and Cindy proposed that NO ONE
takes books home. Use them during the session but put them back in 
the cupboard. This had general agreement.
Use of the notice board is open to everyone. Jean explained that if 
we don't use it we will lose the space! Members showed interest 
and various suggestions were made. 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Free Painting 1st Feb 2016

Sixteen photos to view.

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