Meetings are held at Jacob's Well, Trinity Lane, Micklegate, doors open at 7pm on the first Monday of the month, unless otherwise stated.
Admission: members £2, non members £5.
Membership and programme enquiries to:- Terry Brett, firstname.lastname@example.org, 43 Stonegate, York tel 01904 641187
7th January - Mini Talks
Members and Invited Guests will talk about a piece of their work, an object which may have inspired them or demonstrate a technique or process. This is a chance for members to share aspects of their working lives with the rest of the group.
4th February - Bridget Bernadette Karn, Textile Artist
Bridget Bernadette Karn is self-taught in textile art since being introduced to felting by a member of her Craft Club in 2010. She immediately saw the potential for what she terms ‘painting with wool' and by 2016 had one of her felted pictures in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Bridget continues to facilitate her Craft Club and is a founding member of York Textile Artists. She has international interest in her ‘Wool Paintings' and runs workshops teaching her techniques in her local Acaster Malbis village hall and online.
4th March - Julie Held, Painter
Julie Held graduated from Camberwell School of Art, followed by The RA Postgraduate diploma programme in the 1980s. She exhibits widely including solo shows in the UK, Germany and Prague. Recent solo exhibitions include Eleven Spitalfields in 2014; followed in 2017 with a shared exhibition there with Tony Eyton RA. Recent Group exhibitions include The London Group, The National Portrait BP Award 2013, and The Summer Exhibition. Held teaches at The Royal Drawing Schools and was made a member of The Aborealists in 2018.
1st April - David James, Artist and Mosaicist
Award-winning Artist David James of Olicana mosaics creates garden features and landscape detailing, working in materials such as Venetian smalti, marble, stone, pebble and shell. Locally, his work can be seen at RHS Garden Harlow Carr and York Gate Garden. Recently, he has completed two commissions for the Laskett Gardens, in Herefordshire. He is a frequent exhibitor at the Chelsea Flower Show and has been featured in The English Garden magazine. David will talk about his creative journey and approach, taking you through a selection of commissions and the Chelsea Flower Show experience.
13th May - Trevor Julian, York Civic Trust
York Civic Trust is a local membership organisation that supports and promotes the sensitive preservation and considered development of our city's heritage. This YCT talk – The conservation of York over the centuries – outlines how York developed with examples of buildings we enjoy today that date from the Romans to the present. The conservation efforts of individuals and organisations since the 16th century are then discussed.
3rd June - Steve Simpson, Painter
Now a painter, Steve Simpson began his creative life as a printmaker. By accident, he strayed into making religious work; this led to a number of commissions for churches including the Chapel of St George's Crypt, Leeds, and Polesworth Abbey in Warwickshire. His work can also be seen in Wakefield and Exeter Cathedrals. He has exhibited widely in galleries, churches and cathedrals. Recently his work has explored the spiritual dimensions of colour without reference to figuration. Major heart surgery in 2017 caused him to review his whole career resulting in the book he wrote entitled ‘Going to Art School'.
July – Members' Social
August – Outing
2nd September - Effie Burns, Glass artist
Based in Whitby, Effie Burns has exhibited her sculptural glass work internationallyincluding shows with Contemporary Applied Arts in London and the Crafts Council in Tokyo. Her talk will explore significant moments that have allowed her work to change and develop, like being awarded a scholarship by the Queen Elizabeth Trust and aFellowship with the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. Effie often casts ordinary things such as broccoli and other natural matter to create extraordinary cast glass landscapes. Her talk will reveal the making process behind these intriguing objects.
7th October - Bernadette Oliver - Painter/Printmaker
Bernadette approaches her work through a wide variety of media preferring not to be restricted to painting in a distinctive style. Constant experimentation and research keep her work fresh. As a "Military Wife” for over 20 years, Bernadette lived in 18 homes across Europe and Africa and some of her experiences still feed into her art. On returning to the UK, she had a successful career in the construction industry before returning to Art College on retirement. This led to Bernadette exhibiting with York Open Studios, The Great North Art Show, the Kunsthuis and Pyramid galleries and also running workshops.
21st October – Outing/Talk - Katie Sollohub – Artist
Venue - The Lund Studio - Members £4 Non-members £6
Katie Sollohub has a background in Social Anthropology from Sussex University and Fine Art from Northbrook College. She is a passionate teacher of art, believing that the process of looking and making marks has the power to change the way we experience the world. In her own work, Katie's love of interior spaces has led to residencies in heritage properties in the South East, including JMW Turner's House and Strawberry Hill House. With each project comes a body of work, both drawings and paintings, which have been widely exhibited and sold to collections in the UK and abroad.
4th November - Paul Smith - Sculptor
The inspiration for Paul's sculptural ceramics comes from a love of nature and art, and European folk stories including Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. These elements combine in his artwork; his style is bold and semi-abstract with graceful sweeping curves and simplified details. Paul intends to make something during the event and to talk whilst working. He will also bring some examples of his finished sculptures for members to look at.
2nd December – Billy Hickling - Performance artist
Billy Hickling, the award-winning TrashBang! Man, will teach you how to make music out of your household rubbish…or the tools of your trade! He will explain that music can be made from anything including how your body can be played as a drum. With 15 years' experience as a performer and rehearsal director with the international stage hit STOMP, Billy knows that people have a natural ability to enjoy playing together. His energetic and inclusive style of percussion, using anything that comes to hand, is interactive, fun and accessible to all. Bring an item, join in and make some noise!
Venue - TBC