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An extraordinary exhibition

Posted on February 27 2020 at 2:32:24


Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith discovers some passionate, uplifting local art.

Collage, charcoal, acrylic, watercolour, wood burn, driftwood, digital print, paper and ink, pastel, pencil, ceramic, thread, resin, graphite – diverse media – assorted subject matter – moments caught in time – artists taught and brimming with talent, edging forever closer to their personal creative prime.

Flowers, animals, landscapes, portraits, scenes wholly imaginative, abstracts pulsing with abstruse meaning. There’s something for everyone at this thunderbolt of artistic energy on show until Sunday March 8 at Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch – hurry; don’t miss out.

The artists are members of the popular and expanding Redditch Art Circle, a welcoming group dedicated to promoting art in their local community.

Adorning the walls of the exhibition on the middle floor of the museum are 132 framed/canvas paintings for sale with over 100 examples of ceramic and 3D work in cabinets, plus more than 150 unframed originals/prints. Art cards are available also for purchase.

Exhibition hours are 11am to 4pm (Tuesday to Friday) and 1pm to 4pm at weekends. The venue is closed on Mondays. For demonstrations, visit on:

Sun March 1 (1–3pm) Jackie Kirby – mixed media

Weds March 4 (1–3pm) Lyn Sharp – needle felting

Thurs March 5 (11am to 2pm)  Eric Watson – pastel/pencil

Fri March 6 (11am to 2pm) and Saturday March 7 (1pm to 3pm) Suzanne Charli Farquharson – pastel

Sunday March 8 (1–3pm) Mike Crockett – oils

The Circle, formed 43 years ago, holds regular professional art demonstrations, workshops and social trips. Its members welcome beginners, enthusiasts and professionals to join them on their artistic journeys.

Normal admission rates apply for entry into Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, which includes permanent exhibits in addition to this exciting and revelatory temporary exhibition.

Learn how Redditch came to dominate the world needle trade and discover the excavated ruins of Bordesley Abbey where the Cistercian monks lived and worked.

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Pictured: Art by Jackie Kirby

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