November 2020

As a result of the national Coronavirus lockdown, the physical Members Appraisal on Friday 13th November has, unfortunately, had to be cancelled.

HOWEVER, a virtual appraisal will take place on Friday 20th November, where members’ entries will be appraised by John Maude
Ffinch. Please ensure all entries are in as soon as possible, participants must be members and will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event will be transmitted through the Zoom platform, please advise the committee if you would like to view the event by contacting the club through this site or emailing Sue Merrill on . You will then be sent a zoom invitation.

(I know) What You Did Last Summer!

The club has had some activities during the lockdown period; members have met at Trinity Farm in Kinver for informal painting sessions, plenty of room , fresh air and things to paint, there have been two en plein air (outdoor) workshops sessions with artist DJ (David Johnson) at Bodenham Arboretum and by the time this goes to print the Churchill painting group will have started again.

Tony Osbourne
Mike Spencer & Graham Lockett
Maggie Peacock
Mike Spencer
Sallie Gurney
Sue Merrill
Bob Truman

Hello, we’re back! News Update October 2020

It’s been a horrible six months for everyone but now Hagley Art Club has finally decided to dip their toes (or paintbrushes!) in the water and venture out again.

Of course, everything will seem different at first but we are determined to try and make it seem as normal as possible, within the guidelines of course.

To be honest our committee has been back in business for a while, trying out ideas on how we could operate in any way normally, but also safely and within the guidelines. But every time we came up with a plan, the rules changed, and even as I have my fingers poised above the keyboard for the nth time, I do not expect this will not be the last time the arrangement changes

We were hoping to hold our usual October Appraisal meeting, strictly members-only and sanitised within an inch of its life but the circumstances changed as we lost our venue at St Saviours Church Hall. We are hoping to use Hagley Community Centre.

We devised the most elaborate system whereby we could operate digitally using zoom or Facebook but just when we had tied ourselves in cyper knots, someone suggested another venue, the Community Centre at Hagley and finally we will go ahead with that at the November meeting, Friday 13th November 2020. I have to emphasie this is for members only, will have limited numbers and operate on a registered basis, first come, first served.

The eagle eyed among you will notice that November is when we normally hold our Annual Exhibition. We really tried to find a way to stage it but sticking scrupulously to Covid regulations, we felt it would not be how we would have liked it to be, not least asking people to queue outside two metre apart with the potential of driving rain, as we have had in the past!

Instead, we are going to try our hands at staging a virtual exhibition. We have no details yet, but the joy of having a virtual exhibition is it can start any time and finish any time but it definitely won’t be before November. Hopefully, we will be able to say more shortly and the details will appear on our website, Facebook page, and the Hagley Village News as soon as they are available

Socially distanced HAC committee meeting!

But we know that every care needs to be taken so that at the the moment everything we do together apart from the demonstrations now has to be members only as we have to restrict numbers. We will be following Covid restrictions with social distancing and strict cleaning protocol. Everyone will need to wear a mask and we are unable to offer refreshments although everyone is welcome to bring their own

Regarding membership, members joining from 1st September will pay half year membership ie £12.50 which allows them free entry to demonstration meetings, reduced fees for workshops and the opportunity to display and sell their work at Hagley Art Club Exhibitions both actual and virtual. There is a small fee £2.50 per session for Churchill and the numbers are limited to twelve allocated on a rota basis.

New members are always welcome. So if you’ve taken up art whilst stuck at home during lockdown, why don’t you join us and share your enthusiam. We are an amateur organisation so all levels are encouraged, even if you’re an absolute beginner or just experimenting (or of course, absolutely brilliant!) you will find kindred spirits here.

Please contact the club through the website, Facebook page or directly via Sue Merrill on 07831487648

News Update March 2020

February saw a couple of interesting opportunities for members, with the artist Mo Awkati demonstrating the skills for working with coloured pencil and a workshop by Max Hale on pen and wash techniques.  
The coloured pencil demonstration saw a high input of new visitors and the workshop was oversubscribed and will be repeated on Saturday 18th April. This is open to all, but preference is given to members

Annual General Meeting

Just a reminder that it is the club’s AGM this Friday 13th (!) and this is the opportunity for members to have some input into future plans for the club. It has been a year of mixed fortunes with a drop in club membership initially and a much-reduced committee with members having to double up on jobs. This has put quite a strain on them and we are sincerely hoping to get more volunteers in the forthcoming year. On the plus side, we have had some extraordinary demonstrations, well-attended workshops, a “field trip” to Patchings Art Festival, and this all culminated in our best Annual Exhibition for some time, not only in terms of sales and increased takings but also with many compliments about the new cafe-style layout which encouraged more people to linger, chat and admire the works of art.

We would really welcome input from the floor or messages sent prior to the meeting about other activities members might be interested in, particular demonstrations they would like to see or even other changes they think would benefit the club.

Other excitement at the meeting will be the presentation of public choice prizes from the Annual Exhibition, sketchbook displays from some of our especially talented members, an opportunity for a life drawing session (fully clothed I understand though) and the chance to win a year’s club membership worth £25, not to be sniffed at!

Committee members

We will be asking for nominations for committee members at the AGM, anyone is more than welcome to put themselves or someone else forward for any of the existing posts and at the moment the Programmes Manager has no nominees at all and it is one of the most important jobs. The jobs tend to require periods where not a lot has to be done and then periods of frenetic activity, for example, at Exhibition times and we would welcome committee members who would like to just be part of the team and help out with smaller jobs such as poster delivery, from time to time without having to have a heavier commitment. Should anyone wish to put themselves forward for a post, let’s say experience is welcome but not essential as everybody pitches in to help and enthusiasm is much more valued.

We would particularly welcome TECHIES! Anyone with enough technical knowledge to help us upgrade our technical equipment .g.projector and/or troubleshoot other things of that nature

We still do not have a dedicated tea team and so will continue with the rota system for next year unless someone comes up with a better idea.

Membership Renewals

Please note that membership needs to be renewed from April 1st 2020. It still remains an inflation-beating £25 per annum and entitles members to free attendance at monthly demonstrations, preferential treatment and fees for workshops and the opportunity to exhibit with the club on occasions throughout the year. Payment can be made on the evening of the AGM by cash, cheque or card payment or by post.

Pen and Wash Workshops

The pen and wash workshop on Saturday 15th February turned out to be very popular and so was filled to capacity to try to accommodate everyone who wanted to attend. It was more expensive than many of the workshops we have had in the past but we still determined to try and keep the participation costs low. We still have people who were on the waiting list and so have managed to get Max back for a second session on Saturday 18th April, his only free day for the rest of the season. places are filling quickly, so please let Lesley know if you wish to attend. It is open to all but members will be given preference.

For those of us who attended the last session, it certainly was quite an experience, and one I think most of us, however, practised artistically we might consider ourselves, found quite challenging. We nearly all came armed with nicely packed pencil cases, only to be told we only needed a pen, some smooth paper and a limited watercolour palette. No pre-pencil drawing was allowed, no rulers, no eraser, definitely no tracing (note to self Michaelangelo traced, it’s just in this instance it’s taboo) And although there were some barely concealed gasps at first and considerable moaning about not being able to draw a straight line (and that was just me!) we buckled down and worked pretty hard. It was a discipline well applied and learnt and as you can see from the pictures below definitely worth it. (Just some examples – more will appear in the gallery in due course)

News Update January 1st 2020

Firstly, a very Happy New Year to all our members and their families from the Art Club Committee.

We are looking forward to another busy year ahead of us starting with our first demonstration of the year, Colin Jacks demonstrating Japanese Style painting, on 10th January at 7.30 pm

Unfortunately, we have had to cut short our annual winter exhibition at Harvington Hall, due to their refurbishments and next year may be in jeopardy as well. This means our next exhibition isn’t until Russells Hall Hospital in June. If any members have any suggestions for places we could approach (eg libraries) we would definitely consider that.

We have our first Saturday workshop of the year on February 8th. where Max Hale will be introducing the group to pen and wash work. This event has proved to be very popular and is now fully subscribed. if any places become vacant they will be advertised on the website and Facebook page

News Update: Sunday, December 1st

Annual Exhibition Review

We do hope you enjoyed our Annual Art Exhibition in November.  We are pleased to report this was a very successful event, our sales were well up on last year, and the rearrangement of the hall seemed to please everyone. Having the tables in the main hall meant we could enjoy the lovely refreshments while still being able to see the pictures.

French Mussel Pickers Graham Madders

I can now give the results of the voting for the Best Liked Pictures:

1st.     No 85    “French Mussel Pickers”          Graham Madders

2nd.   No 108  “Who Loves Ya Baby”               Lesley Moore

3rd.     No 77    “The Pinnacles of Teallach”    Graham Lockett

Congratulations to these Artists.  They will receive their Awards at the AGM in March and Graham Madders will receive The Alan Pritchard Trophy to keep for the year.

News Update – October 25th

So it’s nearly time;

We could still do with offers for homemade cakes for the art cafe. Just contact any member of the committee or the website

PLEASE NOTE: the 4 pm closing time on Sunday is for the public but paintings cannot be removed before 4.30 to avoid the public seeing empty walls!

Appraisal Evening 12th October

Friday 11th October saw our annual Appraisal Evening where members have a chance to bring their latest pieces of work to be critiqued by a professional artist and encouraged by other members. It’s always a good evening, with such a variety of work and lots of ideas from both the artist and the other members on how to progress your work, that it really is affirming and unmissable. On this occasion, it was local professional artist Tim Nash who cast his expert eye over our work and I know I went home full of enthusiasm and ideas.

The photograph below shows some of the members and their efforts and this has appeared in the Stourbridge News to highlight the upcoming Annual Exhibition

News Update October 2019

Remember FINAL date for entries to the Annual Exhibition is this Sunday 13th October but ideally, bring your entry form to the Appraisal Evening on Friday 11th October

Please note entries can only be accepted by fully up to date paid club members

News Update September 13th

Annual Exhibition 2019 (Members Only)

It’s time to go digging into this year’s half-finished/run out of time/brutally rejected masterpieces and get them onto your easels and polished off. In other words, it’s Annual Exhibition time and we really want to fill the hall with beautiful, vibrant works of art to cheer up these uncertain times.

Lesley and I have been researching (spying) on other clubs’ exhibitions and are hoping to bring a fresh new look this year, but more of that later. The most important thing you need to know is that this year, although there are now up to 8 framed entries allowed there is unlimited unframed so you can really go mad with all those interesting and experimental efforts you might not have been brave enough to have on the wall, but may still be exactly what someone wants in their Christmas stocking.

The other thing you need to know is due to Lesley’s selfish decision to go to India to celebrate her Golden Wedding Anniversary (I don’t care if it was 2 years in the planning!) just before the Annual Exhibition, entries MUST be in before October 13th, with no exceptions because the programme is being prepared by myself, the most unreliable person in the world, and therefore needs plenty of time.

Seriously, I do hope everyone will support Lesley in her first year as Exhibitions Manager. The Annual Exhibition is our art club’s showpiece date and your opportunity to have your work displayed to the public and hopefully (if that’s what you want, personally mine are my babies and will have to be wrestled out of my arms) hopefully even sold.

All queries to Lesley at

Sallie Gurney


News Update August 2019

NB the site is experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment so please bear with us. We are trying to control the gremlins!

Hagley Railway Station Posters:

The posters have been updated and now appear as follows:

Ticket Office

  • Ann Becke: A Mouse’s Eye View

Platform one:

  • Steve Millward: Clent Hills
  • Jacqui Bradley: Farm in Winter
  • Sheila Hill: Abstract 1
  • Sallie Gurney: Winter World
  • Graham Lockett: Light & Shadow on Durdle Door

Platform two:

  • Margaret Pritchard: Copper Beech
  • Rebecca Horton: City Splendour
  • Alex Macskowski: The Steps (Worcester)
  • Shirley Campbell:  Reflections

All of the pictures have now been displayed at the station at least once. Bob will continue to swap them around every two months to ensure all of the pictures get a fair viewing in different locations around the station. Bob is hoping to create more posters from your artworks for the station next year  –  watch this space in the new year.

Saturday 21st September Workshop Line and Wash/ Graham Wilcox

There are still a couple of places left on this workshop, please contact Lesley Moore if you are interested at

Harvington Exhibition

All the paintings submitted are now on display at Harvington Hall Tea Rooms and are looking pretty amazing!

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