Patchings Diary 2019

We have an exciting programme of exhibitions and events this year at Patchings – as we get more information we will expand and update this page. If you would like to download a quick glance guide please click on the button…..

PAGB Sony Inter-Federation
Print Exhibition 2018

Jan 5 – Feb 9

The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
150 of the bbest framed prints from the United Kingdom

Patchings Club Members Exhibition

Feb 16 – Mar 17

The Patchings Art Club Annual Exhibition

View the exhibition Online

‘Shirley Trevena RI and Friends’

An exhibition of Watercolour and Mixed Media works

MAR 23 – MAY 6
After a successful exhibition at the Barn Gallery at Patchings Art Centre in 2016, Shirley Trevena is returning this year to exhibit her paintings with three talented friends and artists.   Click for more information…….

Saturday 30 March

Spring is in the air and it’s time to get out in the garden and get planning and planting for the year ahead and where better to get inspiration than at this brilliant new Plant Hunters’ Fair. With free entry to this brilliant plant fair we know you’ll be bringing your friends and family along to get your gardening year off to a great start.

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.

#Connected 2019
Photography Exhibition

Apr 6 – May 3


 This year sees the 12th annual #Connected exhibition come back to Patchings Art Centre to inspire and engage anyone with an interest in photography or art. 

#Connected2019 will bring together a truly community driven collective of artists from all over the world to share their passion, love and creative exploration as photographers and artists. Covering all genres from landscape to portrait and abstract impressionism #Connected2019 will be a visual delight for the guests and viewers at Patchings. 


The special launch weekend Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April which as always is free entry, will feature six truly amazing and inspirational guest speakers / performers who will enthral and inspire us with a journey through their creative explorations 


Nottingham Bear Fair

Bank Holiday Monday 22 April – 10am – 4pm

Traditionally at Patchings on Easter Monday, the Pavilion becomes the temporary home for 100’s of teddy bears and their friends.

Free admission and parking.

Refreshments available from the Pavilion and Cafe.

Journey into Abstraction


 John Sprakes RBA ROI

May 11 – Jun 23

Breaking Ground

11 May – 29 Sep
Yorkshire Sculptors Group

The term ‘breaking-ground’ has several interpretations: it can mean ‘to make progress by doing something completely different’ or ‘to begin digging into the earth for new construction’. The members of the Yorkshire Sculptors Group will be rising to the challenge and interpreting theexhibition theme in many different ways, reflecting their individual, diverse and deeply personalways of making sculpture.


The Peter Henson Memorial Exhibition

Nottingham and Notts Photographic Federation

May 18 – Jun 16

May 26

Open Studios - National Garden Scheme - 'Hands On'

Today we encourage and promote the enjoyment of art and nature. We have our Open Studios event,’ have a go’ activities for all ages and abilities and we also open our grounds as part of the National Garden Scheme.

The Artist & Leisure Painter Exhibitions

July 11 – August 11

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 Festival. The range of talent, skill and imagination behind the work on show clearly illustrates why these are two of the most popular exhibitions in our programme.

Plein Air @ Patchings

Saturday 3 August – 10am – 4pm

Now in it’s fourth year, interest in the plein air weekend has grown considerably. Open to everyone, we invite all artists to join us to paint in the gardens and grounds 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 Artists Brushes for supporting this event with vouchers for a prize draw.

Laura Boswell in Print

August 24 – October 6

Laura Boswell is a printmaker working exclusively with lino and woodblock. Her work focuses on landscape in the UK and Japan, where she studied traditional Japanese woodblock printing.

Her landscapes aim to leave the viewer with a feeling of the familiar or remembered, rather than depict a specific place. Her work exploits meticulous cutting to create fluid and spontaneous line, white space and a painterly approach to inking. This results in editions where cut marks are identical, yet every print is subtly unique.

To coincide with exhibition Laura will be running a two day workshop at Patchings on the 5 & 6 October – View Workshop PDF

Nottingham Bear Fair

August 26 – Bank Holiday Monday 10am – 4pm

The Nottingham Bear Fair returns for its second visit to Patchings

Free admission and parking.

Refreshments available from the Pavilion and Cafe.

Wildlife from Around the World

September 2 – September 28

Peter Jones, Susan Wilson and Patricia Kearton

A captivating look at wildlife from around the world through the art of photography.

The Artist Collection

October 12 – November 17

This exhibition features selected artists who join for a group exhibition giving us the opportunity of enjoying a greater range of their work. From last year’s competition we welcome work from

  • Clare Bowen
  • Hilary Carr
  • John Hopkins
  • John Shave
  • John Walsom ROI
  • Michael Leetham-Cooper
  • Peter Burgess
  • Roger Dellar ROI PS RI
  • Sophie Parr


The Art Club of the Year 2019

October 12 – November 10

“Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines’ Art Club of the Year competition and exhibition, held in association with Patchings Art Centre and Jackson’s Art Supplies, is a unique celebration of the outstanding work of UK art clubs in promoting amateur art, and especially painting, in this country. Three of the ten clubs shortlisted from this year’s competition will be awarded prizes – and visitors have the chance to vote for their favourite paintings at the exhibition”. Ingrid Lyon. Editor of the Leisure Painter


November 22, 23 & 24 - 10am to 4pm

Friday – Saturday – Sunday 10am -4pm

The perfect opportunity to buy individually designed work from selected Artists & Craft makers.


Seasonal Refreshments

Nov 30 - Nov 24

An opportunity to buy original art/photography straight off the wall they are all the same A5 size with the Artist setting the price. With around 300 un-framed pictures in a variety of mediums the choice is yours….

Saturday 7 December

Tickets £13.50 each includes mince pie & glass of wine at the interval

7:30pm Patchings Pavilion 

Pre theatre Menu available…..

Sunday 8 December

Ticket £8.50 each includes mince pie & glass of wine at the interval

7:30pm Patchings Pavilion