Thursday, 19 May 2016

June and July Dates for your diary

Help needed on 9th July with Marquee Raising
  • June 2 Regular Art Session
  • June 9 Regular Art Session
  • June 16 Third Thursday. Outdoor painting at Pickhams
  • June 23 Regular Art Session
  • June 30 - Emily Wallis Demonstration & Workshop. Book your place. £5. 
  • July 7 Regular Art Session
  • July 14  NB Outdoor painting - venue TBA 
  • July 9th - Marquee raising in the Village Hall Field - help needed
  • July 15 - Setting up Art Show at Arlington Village Hall - help needed
  • July 16th Art Show at Arlington Village Hall and Arlington Gets Cajun
  • July 17th Art Show at Arlington Village Hall & Arlington weekend
  • July 21 Third Thursday. Outdoor painting - venue TBA
  • July 28 Regular Art Session
Regular Art Sessions at 7-9pm at Arlington Village Hall, no need to book, bring your own materials and project. Demonstration 7pm at Arlington Village Hall, please book your place. Third Thursday/Outdoor painting - please get in touch for details.

Sunday, 10 April 2016


April 7 Regular art session
April 14 Regular art session
April 16 (sat) Just Art show at Heffle Cuckoo Fair in Heathfield, 11-4. Please support our Julia Hawker who is running this on the day
April 21 Third Thursday (Not at Arlington village hall). Suggestions so far:
  • Monk's House Twilight Tour, Rodmell, Lewes, 7-8.15, £15 advanced booking essential from National Trust. 
  • Lighting of Beacon for Queen's 90th birthday celebrations at Primrose Farm, Arlington, 7.30 - bring your own drinks and snacks. 
April 28 Demonstration: Kate Osborne, watercolours
May 5 Regular art session
May 12 Regular art session
May 19 Third Thursday (Not at Arlington village hall). Suggestions so far:
May 26 Regular art session

Regular art sessions and demonstrations are at Arlington Village Hall, 7pm. For Third Thursdays, please discuss options at sessions in the weeks before and decide if you want to do something as a group, maybe sharing lifts.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Lindy Dunbar solo show

Lindy has visited out group a few times to run sessions on life drawing - she has a solo exhibition coming up at the Birley Centre in Eastbourne (next to the Towner).

Monday, 14 March 2016


WATERWEEK 3 - 14th to 19th March 2016.

There are walks every day and films in the evenings at different venues, following the route of Wallers Haven across the Pevensey Levels East Sussex to the sea at Normans Bay.

Join local artists Clare Whistler and Charlotte Still for a walk and talk, or a water themed film. Everyone is welcome and all events are free For detailed information about each days events check out the Waterweek2016waterwalk page 
contact  07951168144

A couple of events in the week:

Thursday 17th March
Bells, Film and Music, 7.30pm. Bellringing will welcome us to the beautiful setting of St Oswalds Church followed by a screening of 'Touched by Water' a beautiful film by Tamas Wormser and songs by supremely talented musician Danny Emerson. Although the evening is FREE there will be delicious homemade cakes and refreshments served to raise money for the Church roof.

Sat 19th 10.30 film 'Watermark’ , Hailsham Town Council offices, Inglenook, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE

Register for the Art Trail

Registration is now open for the September Art Trail for Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture. The trail has gone from strength to strength over the years and the Festival is now in it's 10th year. The APPLICATION FORM is on the festival website and assumes you have your own venue in or around Hailsham (the Trail stretches to Herstmonceux, Horam, Arlington and Wilmington) BUT, if you don't have a venue, get in touch and there may be a venue looking for an artist just like you! Registration deadline is 1st June so don't delay.


We have been sent this email - if you are interested, please get in touch with Robin Symington for details.
We have our Spring Show next Saturday, March 19th., and the Show schedule is attached.  Any/all of your members are most welcome to enter any class if they wish.  All details are in the schedule, [not attached, ask Robin for a copy] the Show happens in our Chiddingly Village Hall.

For simplicity, people can email entry forms to me, see last few pages of the schedule, and pay entry fees on the day.  Entrants will note that membership of Chiddingly Horticultural Society is a pre-requisite to entering the Show – membership is just £4.

I’m happy to answer any questions anyone emails me.  But the answers to just about everything can be found somewhere in the schedule.

Robin Symington
Chiddingly Horticultural Society

Friday, 11 March 2016

Well done!

Thank you all for the input for our AGM, a really positive meeting. There are exciting plans to be made, the most immediate change is that we will not be meeting at the hall on the 3rd Thursday of each month. The idea is to have an outing, or meet elsewhere so please let me have your ideas as soon as possible. A couple of suggestions to consider: Thursday 17th March, Botanic and Tribal art by Joy Adamson at Pashley Manor Gardens in Ticehurst, 5-8pm, £3 ; Thursday 21st April, Monk's House Twilight Tour, Rodmell, Lewes, 7-8.15, £15 advanced booking essential.
We also hope to start some Saturday afternoon workshops in Hailsham so watch this space!

In the meantime, please help to spread the word about the group.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Have your say

Have your say in the future of Arlington Arts Group. Either come to the AGM this Thursday, 10th March 2016 (7-8pm Arlington Village Hall) or let us know your thoughts in advance.
Do you want the group to continue to meet weekly?
Would you like more or less tuition?
Do we need to change the Aims and Objectives of the group?

Monday, 15 February 2016

Art Group news, membership , art shows and AGM

Art Shows

Please could you have a look at the questions below and email me your answers or tell me at the next meeting.
We are committed to 2 art shows, one in Heathfield alongside the very popular Heffle Cuckoo Fair  in April, one in Arlington  in July alongside the Arlington weekend (live music, picnic). Both events were extremely well attended last year (see details of Heffle Just Art Exhibition 2015 )
You can view all of the points for discussion via this LINK or just answer these 3 questions:
  1. Are you willing to exhibit some of your art at one of these shows?
  2. Would you like to sell your work?
  3. Are you available on 16th April and / or 15/16/17th July?


Annual membership fees are now due of £10 per person. All members are covered under the groups SAA Public Liability insurance and can purchase art materials from the SAA at SAA member's rates through the group.

Arlington Arts Group - MEMBERSHIP
£10 payable annually, 1st Feb
Telephone / Mobile                                                                                   
Would you like a Loyalty Card for the Thursday Evening Art Sessions?  Y  /  N
This will entitle you to half price entry to group Demonstrations / Workshops with sufficient stamps.
Note: Regular attendees to the Thursday Art Sessions with a loyalty card may pay their renewal fee in 2 instalments of £5, one in February one in August.
Any comments:
Please make cheques payable to Arlington Arts Group and return to us at one of the art sessions or post to AAG, Pickhams, Hayreed Lane, Wilmington. Polegate, BN26 6RR

February Dates
  • Regular art sessions, 7pm at Arlington Village Hall on 4th, 11th and 18th.
  • Demonstration/ Workshop on 25th Feb with Ben Ecclestone. 7pm: Wet pastel painting. £5 per person. If you have an Arlington Art Group loyalty card the cost is reduced to £2.50 if you have 4 points. 
    Ben says "This includes print-offs from pastel to form colour beginings that people could develop later in full-blown paintings if they wished at a later time. For this folks need to bring some water colour paper with good cotton content ie Saunders Waterford NOT , preferably 90lbs or Bockingford NOT 90lbs.  A variety of SOFT pastels ( not chalk or oil pastels), a small domestic plastic washing-up sponge, a water bowl large enough to wash-out the sponge, masking tape and a variety of sheets of paper for print-offs ( these can be whatever people have but for fun it would be good to bring along a variety of types and maybe colours).Some kitchen towels will be handy. Everyone would need to have some idea of a subject to work on and I suggest something not too complicated and with bold colours." Note: we have some chalk pastels in the art store but they are quite hard so bring your own if you have them

March dates
  • Regular art sessions, 7pm at Arlington Village Hall on 3rd, 10th alongside AGM, (not 17th), 31st. £5 / members £2.50
  • Demonstration/ Workshop on 24th March with Juliette Dodd. 7pm. Portraits in pen & wash.  £5 per person. If you have an Arlington Art Group loyalty card the cost is reduced to £2.50 if you have 4 points. 
    Juliette says "The members can split into small groups or 3 or 4 and draw each other, always a fun thing to do." Note: We have a large selection of pen nibs and some pen holders, bamboo quills and quite a few bottles of inks thanks to Maureen. 

Arlington Arts Group AGM Agenda
Arlington Village Hall - committee room
Thursday 10th March 2016
7pm - 8pm
(usual painting session in main hall from 7pm for those not attending AGM)

  1. Those present / apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Annual Reports - presentation by Officers of the Committee 
  5. Accounts - presentation by the Treasurer
  6. Election of Committee / Officers
  7. The constitution
  8. Any Other Business 
  9. Date of the next Annual General Meeting
We have not had competitions, themes or Artists of the Month for a while - can you let us know if you want any of these formats to be resurrected or if you have any other suggestions for items of interest for our weekly sessions. Also, we did try to arrange some outdoor painting sessions last year - let us know if you would like to do any this year and what days suit you best.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

William de Wilde

For William's session on Jan 28 th he will be covering acrylic and watercolour paintings of plants and botanical drawings. Bring your choice of medium and you might like to bring some reference (bits of plants, pot plant, photos of flowers etc). Start 7pm, finish 9.30pm. £5 or £2.50 with 4 points on your AAG loyalty card.

Apparently the road through Arlington village is closed (actually closed, not 'closed') until Wednesday 27th Jan for water mains works so it should be open again for Thursday evening. If not, you can access the hall from the Berwick direction or follow the diversion from the Hailsham direction via Tye Hill Lane.