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Try something new!

Posted on May 30 2019 at 9:45:30 0 comments


Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith looks ahead to a festival of the arts.

Thirty-plus years ago, I tried something new and branched out of figurative art into something more abstract and, to me, more compelling.

The image (above) is titled Twilight walk in Bromsgrove, 2018 and gives a flavour of where I presently find myself on my own art journey.

This year’s Bromsgrove Festival (its 59th) brings you a plethora of events to experience, including the following art and craft celebrations.

If you are enthralled by the wildlife of Africa, make a free visit to the exhibition walls at Artrix between June 4 and July 15 to engage with Lyn Sharp’s exquisite animal portraits.

Lyn works in a range of media from pastels to acrylics to textiles and attempts to capture the majesty of Africa – its wildlife and its commanding landscape.

Artrix is situated at Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1GN. Try something new: animal portraits.

If silk painting is more your thing, check out the free display at Rubery Library from June 21 to July 6 by the South Birmingham Guild of Silk Painters.

Monthly meetings provide opportunities to try various techniques and fresh ideas. Contact Kay Morris on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you would like to take your interest further.

Rubery Library is on Library Way, Rubery, B45 9JS. Try something new: silk painting.

What about textiles? Head to Avoncroft Arts Centre on June 22 or June 23 (Redditch Road, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove B60 4JR) to see the fascinating textile art by students of Edwina Mackinnon and Littleheath Barn Studio.

£4 entry with free tea, coffee and cake – accompanied children free. For more information, contact 07891 079080. Try something new: textile art.

Would you like to learn to handcraft enamelled jewellery? Meet Christine Harmer on Bromsgrove High Street on June 22 to find out about taster sessions and learning the beautiful craft.

Christine’s work will be on show and for sale, including new designs and unusual gifts. More information at or 07759 122984. Try something new: enamelled jewellery. 

Or you could harness the vitality exuding from any of the fantastic Bromsgrove Festival events (music, dance, drama, opera, literature, comedy, walks, talks and community fun) to take your art in a unique direction – to find your personal artistic voice.

Full details of all the Bromsgrove Festival events can be found at

For a deeper reflection on abstract art (if I have piqued your curiosity) try and click “Thoughts on art 2019”.

Please get in touch if you’d like me to write about an art event near you:
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