TAS first monthly Art Challenge

Well last nights meeting was the Societies first ever monthly Art Challenge. Was a little worried how many entires we would get, but I need not have worried. 

We had 15 entries in total, and the standard was incredibly high, but thats not surprising with the talent we have in the Society.

All members who attended the meeting were eligible to vote (one vote per member), and it was actually quite close for the two most popular paintings.

However, there can only be one winner, did have a slight panic wondering what to do if we get a tie, but I think we can ask the guest artist to select a winner in that case.

The winner was this lovely painting by Shirley Walton, well done Shirley:



Art workshops at The Old Brick Workshop in Wellington

Claire Western is a well-established West Country painter and printmaker, who has been showing and selling her work in galleries, group and solo exhibitions for many years. She is also an experienced and successful teacher of both adults and secondary-age students and has been Head of Art at Queen’s College in Taunton for the past twelve years. She has now left the school in order to concentrate fully on her own work and teaching adults in classes and workshops.
She has planned a series of exciting and varied courses, starting this autumn, which will be held at The Old Brick Workshop in Wellington.
‘I am really excited about these workshops. It is several years since I last ran adult classes and during that time, I have discovered and explored so many new ways of working and using fantastic materials. The internet is a constant source of new ideas and a means of exploring the work of a wide range of other artists’ work’, says Claire. ‘I also have a printing press and will provide everything people will need to explore collagraph printmaking, etching, mixed media work, collage and so many other fascinating and creative ways of working.’
She also plans to run drawing and painting courses. “I’m very aware that many people want to develop and painting skills in a group environment led by an experienced tutor and artist,” said Claire. Details of every course are on her website: clairewestern.co.uk.
Each course is designed to cater for a full range of experience, from the complete novice to more competent artists.
Contact Claire for further details and information: clairewestern2@gmail.com

Sky Arts – Landscape Artist of the Year 2018

Sharpen those pencils and load your brushes…
You could win a £10,000 commission for a major British institution, and £500 of Cass Art materials.

Sky Arts

Note to all applicants (including those who have already applied): a producer will notify successful and non-successful entrants on or shortly following the 30th May 2018


CLICK HERE to apply for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018



The 48th East Devon Arts Festival

The 48th East Devon Arts Festival takes place this year from the 15th to the 19th May.
This long running and successful festival features art and craft from Devon and beyond and is displayed in our lovely parish church in Thorverton – 8 miles north of Exeter.

If anyone wishes to enter work the closing date is 14th April.
You can find out more on the following links:- (If you are concerned about clicking on links go to the Netherexe Mission Community website and look in ‘Whats On’ and the Exeter Diocese website  – events)


Arts Festival at Thorverton Church


Gold Illumination Workshop with Judith Richardson-Dawes, The Gothic Script

Create a Capital Letter of extraordinary beauty, using The Gothic Script! Gild your work with fine Holbein gold.

This Workshop includes calligraphy. Treat yourself to an exceptional day, surrounded by some of the finest manuscript illumination from Medieval England!

The Boniface Centre, Church Lane, Crediton, EX17 2AH

Friday, May 4th, arrive 10.00 for coffees. Workshop 10.30 – 4.30 Workshop

Cost: £37.00. incl. coffee & a delicious lunch and pudding from Hilary.

Specialist materials and expert tuition provided.

If you have any dietary requirements, please let me know.

Booking essential, either phone 01392 438273, text 07905 006 188

email : richardson.dawes@btopenworld.com or write to the address below,

Please send cheques for £37.00 made payable to Judith Richardson-Dawes, to 30, Chute Street, Newtown, EXETER, EX1 2BX.

Sky – Landscape Artist of the Year


Do you, or someone you know, have what it takes to become the next Sky Arts Artists of the Year?
We are on the hunt for both portrait and landscape artists to apply. Please help us spread the word via your mailing lists and social media!
Deadline: Portrait Artist of the Year 2019: Friday 16th March 2018
Deadline: Landscape Artist of the Year 2018: Friday 11th May 2018
Prize: £10,000 commission to paint a portrait/landscape for a major British institution and £500 of Cass Art materials.
The new series of Portrait Artist of the Year is currently being broadcast weekly on Tuesdays at 8pm on Sky Arts. In the meantime here are some links to view a couple of episodes from the previous series to give you a flavour of what’s involved:

Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 Episode 1: https://vimeo.com/195785524
Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 Episode 1: https://vimeo.com/238597959
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New year and work starts on organising the Spring Exhibition

Well we are now in to February of 2018, and the committee is starting to ramp up the work required for the Spring exhibition, which is held in April

There is much work to be done, and as we will be exhibiting at a new venue (but same location), we will have our work cut out to see how it all fits. We anticipate that quite a few things will change as we are a bit limited for space. This includes NOT having anything on the walls of the venue, so we will have to be creative on how we use the screens.

Certain procedures may also have to change, because we won’t have the room to do all the things we did before. We are going to have to be much stricter on how work is handed in, if pictures do not comply with the standard of stringing, labelling etc., we will not have the room to rectify these, so it will be important that members read the instructions carefully or ask for help/advice before hand.

It really is a new challenge for the committee and all who help with setting up and running the exhibition, but I’m sure, in the tradition of TAS, we’ll end up with the usual stunning exhibition!