Due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandaemic our programme of events has been severly affected. Please see below the events that have been affected so far…

North & East Midlands Photographic Federation Annual Exhibition of Photography

An Exhibition with over 230 photographs is shown in both the Barn and Pavilion galleries demonstrating a range of skills across various genre – a must see exhibition.

Our Story of Art II
Barn Gallery February 15 – March 15


Our Story of Art II’, an exhibition where Members of the Patchings Art Club showcase paintings based on works by some of their favourite artists.  Click on an image below to view the exhibition.

Patchings Club Members’ Exhibition
Pavilion – February 15 – March 15


The Members’ Exhibition continues in the Pavilion gallery with a show of their recent work,  which as always is a vibrant and varied collection. 

Click on an image below to view the exhibition.


POSTPONED 2021 -Royal Photographic Society – Visual Art Group 2020 Members Print Exhibiton

BARN GALLERY : March 21 – 4 May 

Each year the Royal Photographic Society – Visual Art Group stage a members’ print exhibition.  An RPS gold medal is awarded for the overall best print together with three certificates for Highly Commended prints and three for Commended prints. In addition each selector makes a personal choice for the award of a certificate.  We are pleased Patchings has been invited to host the 2020 exhibition.  The exhibition represents the typical depth and breadth of work by group members and images have been selected from over 400 entries.


The Visual Art Group (VAG) is one of fifteen special interest groups, alongside eighteen Regions that make up the Royal Photographic Society.  VAG supports and encourages all types of photography and its activities encompass both traditional and contemporary interpretations across a wide variety of subject

matter.  This includes still-life, landscape and architecture to portraiture and macro-photography.

The awards ceremony and official opening of the exhibition will be undertaken by Stewart Wall ARPS, the Regional Organiser for RPS East Midlands and will be at 11.30 on the morning of the 21st March. Please join us – all photographers, potential photographers, family and friends are all very welcome. 

Visual Art Group Web link : https://rps.org/groups/visual-art/

“Visual art photography is defined as showing evidence of a personal vision or style which should convey a sense of design, emotion, mood or some meaning which encourages the viewer to look beyond the subject.”

POSTPONED #Connected 2020

PAVILION : March 28 – 1 May


Returning for it’s 13th year and annual exhibition of photography and creativity at Patchings, #Connected2020 will be a celebration of individual and collective creativity with the camera as the artists brush.

The only true open and inclusive photography exhibition where entry is not governed by selection committee and individual creative passion and expression is encourage and celebrated.

We are proud and thankful to be supported by Fotospeed once again and will also be joining forces with the TogCast again to produce a couple of exhibition special episodes featuring an extensive Q&A with our speakers and guests at the exhibition.

The exhibition celebration focus weekend is 2nd and 3rd of May and will feature two days of FREE entry inspiration and creative community focus. Across the two days we welcome a superb line up of guest speakers to enthuse you with their passion and creative journey:


Kate Bellis – http://katebellis.com/

Jim Motram – http://jamortram.co.uk/ & https://smalltowninertia.co.uk/

Victoria Hillman – https://www.vikspics.com/

Jack Perks – https://www.jackperksphotography.com/

John Illingworth – https://www.johnillingworth.com/

Our final special guest speaker will be announced very soon.


On the evening of Saturday 2nd May we will be holding a social event and meal at Patchings which can be booked via (paid ticket) once released on our web site: www.connected-exhibition.co.uk and this year we will be supporting the British Heart Foundation in memory of our good friend and editor of Outdoor Photography Magazine, Steve Watkins who passed away suddenly late last year. Steve was always a massive supporter of the photography community and the work we have done with Patchings over the years at #Connected and the Festival and will be hugely missed by all.

Exhibition Info: www.connected-exhibition.co.uk


Botanical Collection

CREW YARD : March 21 – May 8

Our theme for Spring this year is all things Botanical. In part inspiration is from the Plant Hunters Fair and the opening of the garden walks at Patchings from the beginning of April.

For those with a horticultural eye, a range of gardening gifts, accessories and fine art including the floral designs by Gertrude Jekyll. All these gardening goodies including artwork by other well known artists and gardening authors are certain to grab your interest.  

SATURDAY MARCH 28 : 10am – 4pm

Spring is in the air and it’s time to get out in the garden to plan and plant for the year ahead. Where better to be inspired than at this brilliant Plant Hunters’ Fair.  With FREE entry and parking, this is a great way to begin your gardening year.  We invite you to bring along your friends and family to join us for this special day.  Both the Patchings Café and Pavilion will be open for home-made cakes and drinks, along with our normal lunchtime and snack menu.

The event offers the opportunity to visit 20 top specialist nurseries and artisans from across the country.  All the nurseries attending are happy to offer expert advice to help less experienced gardeners select the right plants for their gardens. 

For true ‘plantaholics’ there are always those little treasures to discover that can’t be obtained elsewhere.


Nottingham Bear Fair

PAVILION : 13 April, 10am to 4 pm

Patchings becomes the home for 100’s of teddy bears and their friends.  An annual treat with Free admission and Parking.
Refreshments available from the Pavilion and Café

Minster Classic Car Event

PAVILION : April 26, from 9am

A great opportunity to see the start of a Classic car tour for cars over 20 years old. Their journey begins at Patchings where they register in the Pavilion before leaving for their tour around Nottinghamshire. Join us to see these icons from the past.

The Nottingham & Notts Photographic Society

PAVILION : May 9 – June 14

A photographic print exhibition by members of The Nottingham & Notts Photographic Society.  Their 2020 exhibition at Patchings continues the tradition showing a range of subjects where a variety techniques allow members of the NNPS to demonstrate their photographic skills at their best.

Inspired by Artists

CREW YARD : May 9 – August 21

Following on from the opening of our new ‘Artists’ Trail’ we continue the celebration by focusing on well known fine art. The inspiration and pleasure we receive through art is not resticted to the wall of the home or office. It can be enjoyed through giftware and collectables, fashion and personal accessories.
Let us prove the point as we look foward to showing you some very special ranges through this exhibition.

The RBA at Patchings

Selected members of the Royal Society of British Artists

BARN GALLERY : May 9 – June 21

The Royal Society of British Artists [RBA] originally established in 1823 and granted royal warranty in 1887, has attracted numerous famous artists as members over the years.  These include James McNeill Whistler, Claude Monet, Walter Sickert, 

L S Lowry, Henry Moore, Philip de Laszlo, Sir Roger de Grey, Carel Weight and many, many others. 

Cheryl Culver    The Lake, All to Myself

Today the Society boasts over 100 of the UK’s top painters, sculptors and printmakers as members, all possessing the highest levels of skill and competence in their chosen fields.  RBA exhibitions guarantee that no matter what your preferred subject matter, style, medium or colour palette, everyone will be sure to find a work of art they fall in love with. 

Brian George – Derelict Shore Defences

Sarah Spackman –  Allotment Nasturtiums 

CANCELLED – Open Studios & National
Garden Scheme

GROUNDS & GARDENS : Sunday 24 May. 10:30am – 3:30pm

In addition to our Open Studios event, we join the National Garden Scheme for one day this year with a focus on the treasures that nature provides. Enjoy the tranquil trails that wind their way around a natural landscape to our Monet Lake and Bridge. New for 2020 – The Artists’ Trail.

Entrance to grounds £3 per person for NGS Charity – Children Free

Refreshments in the Café and Pavilion.

The Artist and  Leisure Painter Exhibitions

BARN & PAVILION GALLERY : 9 July – 9 August

THIS YEAR : Due to Covid 19 this exhibition will only be seen online at the Painters Online website.

Many hundreds of artists, both professional and amateur, have once again submitted entries for this year’s Open Art Competition organised in partnership with The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines. The selected entries from the UK and overseas form two major exhibitions opening with the Virtual Festival.

Plein Air Patchings

GROUNDS & GARDENS : Saturday 8 August 10am to 4pm

Plein Air at Patchings is what it says – simply Painting Outdoors at Patchings.

Ability and experience is put aside for this popular opportunity, where enthusiasm and enjoyment are the only necessities and of course your chosen materials. No charge.
Our thanks to Rosemary and Co Brushes for supporting this event with vouchers for a prize draw.

CANCELLED : Classical Creatures

CREW YARD : 22 August – 6 November

This time we add to our regular collection  in the Crew Yard Gift Shop with an emphasis on the animal world.  Alongside the classy creatures we include nature inspired Glass Art by Elizabeth Welch. The inimitable style of her work will delight you.  Minature Frogs, Geckos, Birds, Dragonflies, Bees and her iconic collection of Octopus are all exquisite little creatures, painstakingly made by hand.

CANCELLED Adebanji Alade – VPROI

BARN GALLERY : 22 August – 4 October

Adebanji Alade who can be seen regularly presenting Art Documentaries on the One Show, BBC One and who is the Vice President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters will be exhibiting sketches, drawings and paintings of people and places. His work is exciting, colourful, energetic and full of life. He will also be signing copies of his new book on the preview day. Don’t miss this great solo exhibition of one of the UK’s most vibrant painters today.

Adebanji will be signing copies of his new book during the exhibition preview on Saturday 22nd August 

CANCELLED New Search Press Authors
and Artists

PAVILION : 22 August – 27 September

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Search Press, we are pleased to exhibit work from eight of their leading artists – all have published new books this year.

Alison Board,  Angela Gaughan, Barry Herniman, Charles Evans, Lesley Linley,  Robert  Dutton, Trevor Waugh and Vivienne Cawson need no introduction. Join us for the Preview and Book Signing – 11am Saturday 22 August.


Nottingham Bear Fair

PAVILION : 31 August, 10am – 4pm

We always make sure we have time in our programme for two visits each year by the teddy bear fraternity. Today is the second regular slot for their visit to Patchings. If you missed the first – today is the opportunity to catch up.  Free admission and parking.
Refreshments available from the Pavilion and Café.

Nottinghamshire Book Fair at Patchings

PAVILION : Saturday 3 October, 10am-4pm

Including ;

….Collectable, ….Antiquarian, ….Out of Print

….First Editions, …& Ephemera 

No Admission Fee – FREE PARKING – Refreshments Available


The Artist Collection

BARN GALLERY : 10 October – 22 November

The quality and range of work, as seen each year in the professional category of the annual open competition, brought about an extra exhibition a few years ago linked to the award. The Artist Collection features selected artists who join for a group exhibition giving us the opportunity of enjoying a greater range of their work. 

The Art Club of the Year 2020 Exhibition

PAVILION : 10 October – 15 November

The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines’ Art Club of the Year Competition and Exhibition, is held in association with Patchings Art Centre and Jackson’s Art Supplies. This is a special celebration of the outstanding work produced by art clubs and societies from across the country. 10 groups have been selected to show a range of their work.

Christmas Time in the Crew Yard Gift Shop

CREW YARD : 7 November – 24 December

Find Unique Gifts & Perfect Presents For Christmas


Annual A5
Open Exhibition 2020

Patchings Galleries : 5 December – 24 December

This Exhibition is proving to be one of the most popular in our programme.
Last year we showed over 300 individual works, all of A5 in size but very different – watercolour, oil, mixed media and photographs – all entries hung with the opportunity to buy straight off the wall – ideal for the time of year. Our thanks to St Cuthberts Mill, Fotospeed and Clairfontaine for their support.