Have You Dreamt of Exhibiting Your Artwork?

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…If you have then this could be an opportunity for you…

Each year, artists around the area have used our Open Exhibition to showcase their work, to launch careers, show their latest style or just to dip their toe in to test the waters.

To apply to be a part of the exhibition, click here to be taken to our Contact Page and we will send you an application pack.

Successful applicants will be notified in the week beginning 23rd August for work to be delivered to West Studios at a pre-arranged time.

What are you waiting for? We’d love to see your work!

Running from 6th September until 27th September.

Below are a few examples of previous years’ work.

Our Summer Workshop Event is Coming!

Due to the success of our Christmas Workshop Event, we are presenting another set of sessions with adults AND kids in mind.

I’ve put together a bit more information for you below…

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Arabella Walker - Wire and Bead Trees

Arabella will provide everything you need to make beautiful wire trees. She’ll guide you through the techniques she uses to make these incredibly popular trinkets from her exhibit at the ‘Young Contemporaries 2019’ show in May.

One hour sessions. 10am-11am, 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:45pm-1:45pm, 2pm-3pm

Price: £10

Click here to book your place.

[Under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult due to the techniques and tools used}

Deb Langner of ‘Drawn and Fired’ - Piggy Banks

Deb will be helping you to make ceramic, animal money banks; either piggy banks, or a different animal, if you choose to! There will be a choice of white gloss glaze or transparent gloss glaze.

One hour sessions. 10am-11am, 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:45pm-1:45pm, 2pm-3pm

Price: £12

Click here to book your place.

Please Note: There will be a 4-6 week wait for drying, glazing and firing the finished item.

[Under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult due to the techniques and tools used}

Martha Bramwell - Coil Pots

Martha will be showing you a slightly different technique in ceramics by making coil pots and vases and planters.

One hour sessions. 10am-11am, 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:45pm-1:45pm, 2pm-3pm

Price:£12

Click here to book your place.

Please Note: There will be a 4-6 week wait for drying, glazing and firing the finished item.

[Under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult due to the techniques and tools used]

Petitbooche - Felt Wall Banners

Make your very own summer themed felt pennant banner to brighten up your home. Choice of designs and both sewn and glued options available. Jonathan of Petitbooche says, “This workshop is suitable for both littles and bigs alike, but all littles must have a big with them!”

One hour sessions. 10am-11am, 11:15am-12:15pm, 12:45pm-1:45pm, 2pm-3pm

Price:£10

Click here to book your place.

[Under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult due to the techniques and equipment used}

Ray Castleton - Introduction to Writing

West Studio based playwright and actor Ray Castleton offers a writing workshop which shares a simple technique he uses to "get past the blank page" to write "history for performance". It is also a technique that can get you started on novels, short stories etc.

All you need to join in is a pen/pencil and a note book and bring the story of how your parents met, where and in what year.

One hour session: 11:15am - 12:15pm

Price: £5 - with all proceeds going to the Alzheimers Society.

Click here to book your place.

[Please note that this workshop is Aged 14+]

Sparky Ink Studios - Stop-Motion Animation

Jane from Sparky Ink Studio will be guiding mini-sessions for Under 9’s and Over 9’s who would like to learn the basics of stop-motion animation and editing. Jane from Sparky Ink Studios says…

Films will be published and promoted on our social media and YouTube channel. Participants can also have the MP4 copy if they bring in a usb memory stick or I can make it available for them to view online and copy to their own PC.

…how exciting is that?! You can share your animation with your friends and family.

Under 9’s: 45 minute session £7.50

  • 10.00am-10.45am (1 child), 11.15am-12.00pm (1 child), 12:30pm-1.15pm (1 child), 1.30pm-2.15pm (1 child)

Over 9’s: 1 hour session £12.00

  • 10.00am-11.00am (2 places available), 11.15am-12.15pm (2 places available), 12.30pm-1.30pm (2 places available), 1.30pm-2.30pm (2 places available)

Click here to book your place.

[Please Note: Adults responsible for the children attending must stay in West Studios whilst the workshop is running.]

Sombrero Printmaking - Lino Printed Cards

Dave from Sombrero Printmaking will be guiding you through the process of lino printing. He said participants of his workshop will be able to “design, carve and print a design (approximately 5x5 inches) which you'll be able to re-use afterwards. You'll be able to print it onto cards or paper at home.”

90 minute sessions:  10am-11.30am, 11.45am-1.15pm, 1.30pm-3.00pm.

Click here to book your place.

[Under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult due to the techniques and tools used]

So there we have it! Loads to choose from. Please remember to book early to avoid disappointment though…

See you on 17th August!

'Communicate' An Exhibition by Dave Elsom

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Ahead of his exhibition starting on Friday 5th July, I asked Dave Elsom of ‘Sombrero Printmaking’ a few questions to find out what makes him tick and the inspirations behind his work.

West Studios: Hi Dave, can you tell us a bit about your background in art?

Dave Elsom: I attended college to study art in my teens but twice failed to finish the courses. Around 6 years ago I enrolled on courses at Sheffield College and studied drawing & printing, as well as printmaking. I’ve been selling my work since the end of 2017, in local shops as well as online through Etsy.

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West Studios: What is the name of your exhibition?

Dave: ‘Communicate’ I chose this title as there are times when I feel I can only express myself through creating things and running. They are my ways of communicating when I can’t talk.

West Studios: What materials have you used to create the work in the exhibition?

Dave: Mainly Lino and Ink. I also have photography- Digital work based on my photos & artwork.

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West Studios: What have you taken inspiration from to create this exhibition?

Dave: The need to communicate, when words are struggle.

West Studios: What made you chose West Studios when deciding where you should exhibit your work?

Dave: Cos it’s brilliant! I love the feel of the place. I’ve run a couple of printmaking workshops and I enjoy the facilities.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more images and information on the exhibition! ‘Communicate’ will be on at West Studios from 5th July -26th July. A special launch evening will be held from 5pm until 8pm on 5th July. Everyone welcome!