Patchings Diary 2019

Jan 5 - Feb 9

Print Exhibition 2018

The Photographic Alliance
f Great Britain


Jan 5 - Mar 17

New Year in the Crew Yard Gift Shop

Feb 16 - Mar 17

Patchings Club
Members Exhibition

The Patchings Art Club Annual Exhibition

Shirley Trevena and Friends

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.


Elaine Lokhandvala

Elaine’s work is inspired by the unexpected results of experimenting with watercolour and she has developed a lasting passion for this wonderfully fluid medium.

She is a member of the Association of Sussex Artists and the Sussex Watercolour Society.

Her paintings have been exhibited regularly in the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Open Exhibition in London. She was accepted as a candidate for membership of the RI in 2012.

She also exhibits widely in Sussex and has work in private collections in New Zealand and Europe

“Not Enough Space”

Alison Sibley

Alison has developed a wacky mixed media style of painting on big canvases. She prefers to remain local in subject and has painted Brighton’s famous landmarks many times, although travel also plays a part. “I like to bring atmosphere and colour back with me in my head and put it into a new piece of work,” she says.

She is a member of the Association of Sussex Artists and the Sussex Watercolour Society.

She has shown at the RI Open Exhibition in London, and in a variety of exhibitions both here and abroad.

“Last days of West Pier”

Sarah Mitchener

Sarah, a Brighton-based watercolour and mixed media artist, is influenced by her home town and the South Downs, producing land, sea and townscapes.

She is a member of the Sussex Watercolour Society, and last year was shortlisted for the prestigious Sunday Times watercolour competition.

She works and sells from home and has paintings in collections in Europe, America and Australia.

“Rapeseed after Rain”

Shirley Trevena

Shirley was born in London and now works in her studio in Brighton.

She is a member of the Institute of Painters in Water Colours and exhibits annually at The Mall Galleries, London.

She was President of the Sussex Watercolour Society 2015 -2017.

Recent international exhibitions include:

  • World Watercolour Competition Exhibition, Narbonne, France 2014
  • International Watercolour Exhibition, Qingdao-Jimo, China 2017
  • Masters of Watercolour, St Petersburg 2018.

“Flowers & Fruit against a Blue Curtain”

Mar 23 - May 6

Spring Time in the Crew Yard Gift Shop

Mar 23 - May 6

Photography Exhibition 

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.

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 Sculpture Group

The term ‘ground-breaking’ 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.

May 18 – Jun 16

The Peter Henson Memorial Exhibition Nottingham and Notts Photographic Federation

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.

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