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We will be keeping you up to date with not only what's happening with the art fair but also what's going on with the arts in Berkshire.

By windsorevents, Apr 14 2015 09:07AM

Louise Luton
Louise Luton
Louise Luton Baron
Louise Luton Baron
Louise Luton - Turner
Louise Luton - Turner

Spring is in the air and in the art!

From Louise Luton Art - April 2015

There have been some nice developments during March which I'm delighted to tell you about.

I have had work accepted into the ArtCare Annual open exhibition. It is open today in Salisbury district hospital. We had the Private View and presentation evening last night which was great fun. Work is for sale and there is a great variety of subjects and themes. The quality of work is excellent. My work is on level 3, on the plastic surgery corridor.

I am also thrilled to be working with Salisbury museum this year delivering a workshop based on the their new exhibition on JWM Turner.

Turner is a huge influence on me. I remember so clearly haunting the Turner wing of the Tate in London when I was an art student. Many art students dismissed him, favouring the more edgy work of Bacon and Rothko. However, I used to slope off to see Turner, and quietly filled my sketchbooks observing his work.

At the end of the last year the Tate mounted the hugely popular exhibition "Late Turner". It was stunning. As I wondered though the exhibition, I found that I understood so much more, now that most of my days are spent painting. His processes no longer mystified me. I recognised every colour from my own palette and every sketch as if from my own sketchbook! I came away inspired and ready to paint. Little did I know that I was preparing myself for a workshop that didn't yet exist!

Salisbury Museum are curating an exhibition on Turner that begins on 22nd May.

It will focus on drawings and paintings of Salisbury Cathedral, the city and its surroundings. Salisbury museum is directly opposite the Cathedral's west front, and is ideally placed to explore Turner’s relationship with Salisbury and the Cathedral.

The Museum states "Working with the Turner scholar Ian Warrell, the museum will explore Turner's work throughout Wessex.

It promises to be a unique and exciting exhibition, which will be supported by a programme of events including lectures by Turner scholars, artist workshops, trails around the Close."

I'm one of the artists delivering a workshop.

Mine will be an all day workshop on 1st September, entitled "Looking Through"

Why “Looking through”?

I wanted to create a drawing workshop that embraced the complexity of the Architecture surrounding the cathedral close in addition to Turner’s own approach.

Based on the premise that Turner builds up layers of paint to create mood and atmosphere, I discovered that looking through the layers of architecture around the Cathedral can help us understand the same approach.

I drew this from the south transept. The yellow shape marks the first shape I drew.

Whilst drawing; a number of visitors to the cathedral stopped to have a look. The most common statement I heard all through the day was “I’d love to do something like that, but I wouldn't know where to start”. This comment has informed my entire workshop; we will find out where to begin.

I have some alternative plans if all this complex architecture is too intimidating. We'll also be creating watercolour postcards in Turner's style too.

It promises to be a great day.

I've got a Baron!

Let me explain...

My most recent piece of exciting news came yesterday evening.

To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, Salisbury is hosting The Baron's Charter.

Twenty five life size Baron sculptures will be placed around the city, each hand painted by an artist.

I am delighted to discover that I'm one of the artists.

Artists were invited to submit their designs last year, which had to be short listed and then in turn selected by one of the sponsors.

My Baron is the Stained glass Baron! He will be painted in the style of a stained glass window, depicting various plants and flowers which hold significance in British folklore.

Some of us have elected to paint in a public space so that people can come and have a look at what we're up to and generate a buzz about the project. We will be based in Cross Keys Mall from Easter. The Baron's trail goes on display in the Summer, when I'll give you more updates.

Just a little reminder that I will be at Reading Contemporary Art Fair 24th April - 26th April and I still have a few tickets left for the Private View. Feel free to email me if you'd like a ticket. I love to see you.

Louise xxx

Louise Luton will be on Stand 92 at Reading Contemporary Art Fair 25/26 April 2015

By windsorevents, Apr 10 2015 11:10AM

Jelly Workshops
Jelly Workshops
Children's Questionnaire
Children's Questionnaire
Reading Contemporary Art Fair
Reading Contemporary Art Fair
Este MacLeod and SirJohn Madejski OBE DL
Este MacLeod and SirJohn Madejski OBE DL

BLOG – More than just an Art Fair!

Masses of art, workshops, activities, café – a great day out!

Reading Contemporary Art Fair 2015 promises to be a vibrant, ‘hands-on’ celebration of the best contemporary art and artists from the local area, the UK and worldwide. With the theme “Real Art for Real People” there will be something to appeal to everyone.

More than 130 artists, sculptors, ceramicists, printmakers, photographers and galleries will be exhibiting and selling their work at the sixth Reading Contemporary Art Fair, 25th-26th April, Rivermead Leisure Complex.

No need to re-mortgage with prices for original art from as little as £45


But its more than just an art fair…..come and get stuck in yourself and try your hand at a workshop, let the children astound you with their opinions and insight while completing an arts related fun questionnaire, give your opinion about which exhibitor you like best on the Visitor Award feedback form and relax with a cup of tea or glass of wine as you soak up all the creativity around you.

The Jelly workshops are free of charge and suitable for all ages and abilities - under 5's will require adult supervision.

The sessions run over the whole weekend and include - Make a secret sketchbook, using folded paper-not what you expect! Printing, Drawing Class and Make your own woven piece using recycled fabrics. For more information see the website.


Este MacLeod's Interactive Art Project will be taking place again giving visitors the exciting opportunity to add their own little piece of art to an evolving canvas with Este there to guide them. Canvases created at previous art fairs have been displayed in public places to much acclaim. How nice to know your daub has helped create a masterpiece!

She will also be offering short workshops specifically for adults.

As a GOLDEN* Artists educator the focus for the sessions will be on mono printing, exploring different layering and drawing techniques with a variety of versatile acrylic paints and mediums to complete a project.

Workshop groups are limited to 5 people and will last for 40 minutes. Booking is required and the cost is £8 per adult. For more information or to book contact Este@estemacleod.com.

Young visitors to the fair can show just how much they know about art (probably more than Mum and Dad) by filling out a fun questionnaire about art techniques, art history and the artists exhibiting at the fair. We give extra marks for interesting comments and opinions!

Questionnaires are pitched at two age groups 5-8yrs and 9-12yrs. There will, of course, be prizes!

We value your opinion and invite you to nominate your favourite exhibitor for the Visitor Award. Your selection can be based on creativity, originality, presentation or pure artistic talent – it’s up to you.

The first five hundred visitors to the fair will receive a free calico bag with an exclusive design by local artist and printmaker Jo Quinn. Jo’s etchings are inspired by the aesthetics of everyday objects and can be found on the Jelly stand at the fair.

The art fair café will be serving tea, coffee, wine and soft drinks and a selection of light lunches and gorgeous afternoon teas including scones and cream!


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