Welcome to Hampshire Open Studios 2018! Our full colour brochure is out now and highlights more than 250 venues that you can visit across Hampshire in the ten days leading up to the August Bank Holiday weekend – 18th to 27th August.
They are everywhere. You don’t have to enter any of them, indeed some are quite expensive to enter, but the competition criteria are often interesting, the prizes vary and the winners are well worth a look. You can catch an overview of what is going on in the art world and be inspired.
The piece below is a list I have ‘stolen’ – my apologies to idesigni art-competitions. It has many international competitions and some home grown. Art suppliers often hold mini competitions (Jackson’s for example Jackson’s)
Art competitions can present potentially massive opportunities for artists worldwide, offering wide exposure and substantial cash prizes…
But how do you know which ones you should be entering?
There are many colossal lists and indexes of art contests and awards available online – if you’re willing to go trawling the web!
To save you that trouble, we’ve handpicked some of the very best art competitions around, and detailed the rewards up for grabs in each:
I saw an enthusiastic review of this exhibition and hope to get to see it before it closes.
Poole Museum Service
4 High St, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW
Saturday 3 September – Sunday 6 November 2016
Open daily: 10am – 5pm
Lines of thought
Drawing from Michelangelo to now
Saturday 3 September – Sunday 6 November 2016
Poole Museum is delighted to be hosting an exhibition of drawings from the British Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest graphic collections. Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now explores the importance of drawing as one of the most effective mediums for expressing and representing an artist’s ideas. The exhibition showcases selected drawings from masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo right up to artists working in the present day.
This exhibition will tour to just three UK locations, Poole, Hull and Belfast before travelling internationally. It aims to encourage art students and art lovers to engage with and learn to draw from their local and national drawing collections.
Remember to bring your sketchbook or ask at the museum for drawing materials to have a go at being inspired by the masters! or if you are between 6 and 18 years old why not take part in our drawing competition, Junior Poole Open.
Generously supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation.
Image: Rembrandt (Black chalk and charcoal on paper, an Asian elephant c.1637)
The exhibition features works by major artists including Graham Sutherland, Peter Lanyon, Stanley Spencer and Gillian Ayres. Visitors will be able to enjoy portraits and landscapes, as well as observational drawings, abstract works and compositional sketches.
The art of drawing
Highlights include studies by Sutherland for his crucifixion paintings, where stark black lines and dense shading create Christ’s agonised form on the cross. In contrast, Stanley Spencer used delicate pencil outlines to represent stretcher-bearers during the First World War.
The show ranges from the energetic scribbles of Frank Auerbach, from which London landscapes take shape, to the exuberant colours of Gillian Ayre’s abstract work and Michael Rothenstein’s designs of birds.
If you have a chance over the next couple of days (before Sunday 3rd July) head to Mottisfont, nr Romsey, to see drawings from the Schlee Collection. This wonderful collection is normally hidden away in the vaults of Southampton Art Gallery. Grab this chance to see drawings, preparatory drawings and other works by major modern British artists. Thoroughly recommend it – much better than looking out at the rain.
This afternoon I went to see this small, but wonderful exhibition at the Salisbury Museum. It closes on 9th May. Rush to see it if you have a chance. I don’t know why they used this black and white photo as part of the advertising – it does not reflect the sunny nature of most of his work
John Craxton ‘A Poetic Eye’:A life in art from Cranborne Chase to Crete
John Craxton working on Pastoral for P.W., 1948 Photograph by Felix Man
Saturday, January 30, 2016 to Saturday, May 7, 2016
Curated by Ian Collins, this is an exhibition exploring the colourful life of artist John Craxton and his incredible emotional, physical and creative journey from Cranborne Chase to Crete. From an early age Craxton lived with artists Cecil and Amy Waller near Farnham, a short walk from the Pitt-Rivers Museum, where he was inspired by art, archaeology and the landscape of Dorset. This exhibition shows his art as it changes from dark to light and as he moves across Europe to Crete, but the strength and importance of line in his work remains constant.
When it is sunny, the combines are working in the fields, and the garden is overflowing with courgettes, lettuces and beetroot, the thought of Autumn Art Classes couldn’t be further from your minds. Fair enough. I thought I would send out a quick list to whet your appetite. Please look at the courses for more details
When the courgettes have turned to marrows, the lettuces have bolted and the beetroot are even larger because you don’t want to eat them every day…there will still be a light on the horizon.
Museum visit – Homage to Ganesha –Wednesday 30th September A visit to The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford to see the Homage to Ganesha exhibition, and to draw from the museum collection. Each term there will be a visit to an exhibition, and a chance to draw in a museum. Art Draw Paint – Monday 28th The start of a 10 week course covering introductions to a variety of different media including ink, graphite, mixed media and acrylic. Practise What you Have Learnt – Monday 28th Monday afternoons are a time set aside to practise what you have been learning, to bring along pictures you are working on for discussion, or to paint a Still Life.
Evening Life Drawing – Tuesday, 6th The first Tuesday of each month (term time) there will be an evening of life drawing. Experimental Drawing – Tuesdays 6th, 13th, 20th A reminder of the experimental possibilities, pleasure, and variety of options available within drawing. Art Draw Paint – Mondays 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th Practise What you have Learnt – Mondays 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Evening Life Drawing – Tuesday 3rd Autumn Charcoal Drawing into Oil Painting – Tuesdays 17th, 24th A series of classes to lead you from drawing in charcoal into painting with oils Shipping Forecast – 18th and 19th The poetic language and rhythms of the shipping forecast are companion to the insomniac and early riser. On this course you will endeavour to capture something of the broadcast. Art Draw Paint – Mondays 16th, 23rd, 30th Practise What you have Learnt – Mondays 16th, 23rd, 30th
Evening Life Drawing – Tuesday 1st Autumn Charcoal Drawing into Oil Painting – Tuesdays 1st, 8th Art Draw Paint – Mondays 7th and 14th Practise What You Have Learnt – Mondays 7th and 14th
If you want to join this trip tomorrow please meet at the exhibition desk at 11.50am.
You will be given a guided viewing of drawings by great British artists from Gainsborough to Hockney, followed by a chance to draw in the museum’s cast room. These guided tours offer a fascinating insight into the exhibition and are well worth having.
Tuesday, 23rd June 2015
11.50am at the Museum (timed entrance to exhibition) – 4.30pm
£25 (to include entrance to exhibition, and guided tour, and discount in the museum shop)
The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has an exhibition of their fabulous collection of British drawings and watercolours – one of the largest and most important in the world.
Samuel Palmer (1805–81): The valley thick with corn
Great British Drawings shows more than one hundred works by some of the country’s greatest artists, from famous watercolours by Gainsborough and Turner, to the outstanding draughtsmanship of Rossetti, Millais and Holman Hunt, to 20th-century works by David Hockney, Gwen John and Walter Sickert.
Once you have been around this exhibition we will go to the cast room, downstairs in the museum. You will draw the statues using some of the artists’ techniques seen in the show.
You will need to bring a Sketchbook and dry drawing materials. There are some portable stools provided by the museum.