Exhibition 2017

These are the details of Exhibition 2017. We will update this page with news of Exhibition 2018 later in the year.

We recently sent out our October Newsletter which you can take a look at here.

Please note that our organisation team has changed, and that our contact email address for 2018 is: exhibition@strettonfestival.org.uk.

Alternatively, you can contact Sue Mitchell, on 01694 722015.


Guest artists 2017

Paul Hipkiss

Paul Hipkiss, one of our Guest Artists, very sadly passed away a few weeks before the exhibition. The prints selected by Paul just before his death were on display at the Exhibition as originally intended.

Winter Carpet Torrent Walk Dolgellau
by Paul Hipkiss

Paul was described recently as: “One of the foremost British linocut artists of today”. His work featured in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition four times. Paul’s relief and intaglio prints, often inspired by the industrial environment around his home in the Black Country, have been exhibited widely, both locally and nationally. A recent series of prints, “Mountains and Moorlands”, was inspired by the natural landscape and industrial heritage of North Wales.

The organisers extend their sympathy to Paul’s family, friends and colleagues in the Midland Printmakers group and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA).


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.

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.

Distinctive prints and etchings created by Paul, David and Jacqui 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.

Exhibition admission details are here.

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!

All enquiries about Exhibition 2018 should be addressed to exhibition@strettonfestival.org.uk. Please use this email address, as the organisation team has changed.
Alternatively, you can contact Sue Mitchell, on 01694 722015.

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 has been cancelled

Wednesday 9 August: Lino printing workshop – led by guest artist Jacqui Dodds

Saturday 12 August, 2:00 – 4:00 pm: Meet the artist session – hosted by guest artist David Harban

(See above for more details of these events.)