Ellesmere's Inaugral Art Exhibition Launched

The College will host its inaugural National Art Exhibition and Sale of Works between 6th and 10th June 2012.

Old Ellesmerian, Martin Aitchison, who exhibited at the Royal Academy, will be guest of honour. His work includes technical drawings used for the development of the Bouncing Bomb, as epitomised in the 1955 film “The Dam Busters”; comic book illustration from the 1950’s classic The Eagle; and illustration of more than 70 editions of Ladybird books.

His work will be exhibited alongside that of over 60 nationally renowned artists and sculptors. These include Sioban Coppinger, Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors;  members of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Arts, including David Lloyd Griffiths who lives in the Conwy Valley, Sally Matthews and Sonja Benskin Mesher. Works by Shropshire artists Thelma Ayre from Ludlow and John Humphries from Selattyn will feature next to paintings by Barbara Goolden from Meifod and Matthew Snowden from Heswall, who is known for his acrylic knife technique. There will be a wide and varied selection of original paintings and sculptures to view and to purchase.

Nick Pettingale, Director of Development, said: We are delighted that our Patron, Mr Heber-Percy, Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, will also be present at this prestigious national event. We will be making use of our beautiful grounds and buildings with any profit from the Sale of Works no doubt lifting the profile of the Arts in the county.”

Members of the public will be given a warm welcome to this major event, being held in one of North Shropshire’s hidden treasures – the College's Big School Hall. Light refreshments, summer lunches and bistro suppers will be available, large groups are advised to pre-order meals.

Preview evening Wednesday 6th June 7 – 9pm, Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th June 11am – 9pm, Sunday 10th June 11am – 2pm.

Group organisers and members of the public who would like further details can contact Doris Taylor on 01691 626541.

Top Picture - Martin Aitchison

Below Picture - Example of Martin’s work

20th September 2012  Back to News