Hot off the press: Exhibition 2017

Guest artists update

The organisers of Exhibition 2017 are delighted that Jacqui Dodds, an artist and printmaker from Wellington, is joining David Harban and Paul Hipkiss as a guest artist this year. Distinctive prints and etchings created by Jacqui, David and Paul will be on show – and for sale – in the drama studio at Church Stretton School throughout the Exhibition. The Opening Night is Monday 31 July 2017 at 7.30pm, entry £2.50 to include a glass of wine or juice.

Admission details are here.

David Harban

Castle of the Wind, Glyder Fach
by David Harban

David, a print-maker since 1999 and a member of the Midland Printmakers group and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA), experiments with every image he creates. He exhibits widely and has won many prestigious prizes, including the Intaglio Printmaker Prize for 2016 at the RBSA. David’s etchings are created on copper plate using traditional and contemporary processes then individually hand printed on a traditional etching press.

At the free Meet the Artist session on 12 August from 2pm to 4pm, David will explain and illustrate the different print processes he uses. All are welcome to drop in to chat to him about his work. His inspiration is hugely varied, from mountains, rocks and trees to cathedrals and cityscapes.

Paul Hipkiss

Winter Carpet Torrent Walk Dolgellau
by Paul Hipkiss

Paul was described recently as: “One of the foremost British linocut artists of today”. He exhibits locally and nationally. He is a member of the Midland Printmakers group and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA), where he curates exhibitions on a regular basis. His work has featured in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition four times. Paul makes both relief and intaglio prints, often inspired by the industrial environment around his home in the Black Country. A recent series of prints, “Mountains and Moorlands”, was inspired by the natural landscape and industrial heritage of North Wales.

Paul’s current ill-health prevents him from leading the planned lino-cutting demonstration and workshop during Exhibition 2017, but we are very pleased to be exhibiting his lovely work.

Jacqui Dodds

Poinsettias by Jacqui Dodds

Jacqui is a member of the Birmingham Printmakers group. Her work revolves around memories of places visited and the objects within them. She uses colour to alter the mood of her work. Interestingly, she also produces blind embossings which are devoid of colour but extremely tactile.

Jacqui exhibited recently a collection of screen prints named “Reveal, Conceal” inspired by Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. At present, prints which formed part of a touring exhibition of a “Cabinet of Curiosity” (partly funded by Arts Council England) can be seen in Shrewsbury’s Museum and Art Gallery.

Jacqui will lead an all day workshop on Wednesday 9 August. She will show examples of different methods of lino printing; the workshop will then focus on producing and printing a one or two colour linocut. Participants are asked to bring an image of their own (no larger than A5) from which to work and an apron or overall to protect clothing. All materials and tools will be provided.

Di Purser

Caernarfon Castle by Di Purser

A real friend of the Exhibition, a regular exhibitor and a former guest artist, Di will lead an all day Art Workshop on Thursday 3 August. Participants will be guided in the use of acrylic inks to create interesting effects both in their own right and to enhance watercolour and acrylic paintings. Di will demonstrate how to work imaginatively with coloured inks and give participants time to experiment, using not just brushes and pens, but lollipop sticks, credit cards and sponges too. No experience required!

More space – more exhibits – extra workshops

We are also delighted to report an expansion of space to accommodate the increased number of craft exhibits which may be entered. Last year saw a wonderful variety of work – textile art, metal work, ceramics, woodwork, jewellery, leather work – and we are hoping this year to have an even more impressive display spread over two rooms. And, of course, that is in addition to the usual large and very popular displays of art and photography.

Displays of student art work from St Lawrence CE Primary School and Church Stretton School will again form part of this year’s Exhibition.

Children’s workshops

There will be two half day workshops for young people aged 7 to 13 years on Friday 4 August. The workshops, led by staff from Scrappies, will be held at Church Stretton Library. Our beautiful local landscape will form the inspiration for creating collage and 3D work using Scrappies’ recycled materials.


Application forms for all our workshops are available to download:

Main Art Exhibition Workshops form is here.

Children’s Workshops form is here.

Look out locally for the Exhibition and Children’s workshop flyers which include the forms. Applications and payment must be made by post; places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Read our June Newsletter here. Any queries should be addressed to exhibition@strettonfestival.org.uk.

Information for artists, designer makers and photographers who wish to exhibit in 2017.


Admission Information:

The exhibition is held at Church Stretton School.

Opening Reception:

Monday 31st July, 7.30pm: admission £2.50 to include a glass of wine or juice.

Normal Exhibition Admission:

Tuesday 1st August to Saturday 12th August inclusive, 11am to 6pm.

Admission £1.00; free to children, students and exhibitors.

When there is an evening performance at the school, there is free admission to all from 6pm to 7.15pm.


Exhibition Events Overview:

Thursday 3 August: Exploring acrylic inks workshop – led by Shropshire artist Di Purser

Friday 4 August: Children’s workshop in association with Scrappies and Church Stretton Library (held at the Library)

Saturday 5 August: Lino-cutting demonstration (unfortunately, this has been cancelled)

Wednesday 9 August: Lino printing workshop – led by guest artist Jacqui Dodds (this is a change to the original programme)

Saturday 12 August: Meet the artist session – hosted by guest artist David Harban

(See above for more details of these events.)