Monday, 27 June 2016

Arlington Art Group dates July & August 2016

Dates your diary. 
  • June 30 - Emily Wallis Demonstration & short Workshop. Book your place. £5. NB PLEASE do  email to let me know you will be coming as we need to know that we will have sufficient people attending to run the event. 
  • July 7 - Regular Art Session
  • July 9th - Marquee raising in the Village Hall Field - help needed from midday please.
  • July 14 - NB Outdoor painting - venue TBA at previous art session
  • July 15 - Setting up Art Show at Arlington Village Hall - help needed from 5.30pm at Bates Green Farm to collect the screens and from 6pm at the hall.Please reassure me I won't be on my own and let me know if / when you can help!
  • July 16 - Art Show at Arlington Village Hall and Arlington Gets Cajun
  • July 17 - Art Show at Arlington Village Hall & Arlington weekend
  • July 21 - Third Thursday. Outdoor painting - venue TBA at previous art session
  • July 28 - Regular Art Session / Demonstration TBA
  • Aug: 4, 11, 25 - Regular Art Sessions; Aug 18th is Third Thursday - suggestion of Life Drawing at the Lamb Inn, Old Town Eastbourne, 8pm
Art Show
(If you do not wish to exhibit this year, please consider supporting the event with some help - see below)

So far there are just a few people who have returned forms - this isn't much of a problem as we can just fill the space with our own work BUT we will most definitely need help with stewarding.
If you do wish to exhibit, forms are online or you can fill one in at the art session this week. The DEADLINE is 1st JULY!!
As an incentive to encourage people to do a little more stewarding, I am offering a 10% discount on exhibiting fees to anyone offering to steward for 3 or more sessions (not including the final session).
If you do not wish to exhibit but can offer even just an hour of stewarding, please let me know asap!

On our website are details of table top display stands that you might like to order to display your work. AAG members can order materials at SAA member prices if ordered through the AAG group account so please get in touch asap if you would like to place an order. If you want to order some of the more robust stands from Ken Bromley, let me know and we can combine orders to get a bulk discount.

We are once again raising funds for the MS Society so ask for a donation of a prize (or a few!) for the tombola and / or a donation of a picture.
The Art Show is part of Arlington Weekend which features Arlington Gets Cajun and other events in the field - see the Arlington Day website for details of events and to book tickets - hurry, they are selling fast.

If you have any questions at all about the application form or the show, or can offer help please do email

Pickhams Arts Week
I am running an Arts week from 6th to 14th August at Pickhams in Wilmington. We will have a garden Sculpture Trail which features a brand new mural of Trees painted by Jill Church (with a little help from me - see work in progress picture), sculpture and art installations organised by Anna & Tom Acciarini, art work on show in my Open Studio, hands on events in the marquee at weekends, weekday Art Workshops on Observational Drawing in the mornings and Painting in the afternoons (book your place - see, charity Book Sale, cakes and refreshments.  On Saturday 13th August the day will be dedicated to celebrating the launch of the programme for Hailsham Festival of Arts & Culture - we will have live music, you can film for entries into the festival 3 Minute Wonder Film Competition, sit in the garden amongst the art installations and be inspired to write for the literary competitions, get your hands dirty with art activities in the marquee and find out all about what will be happening in the area in September for the 10th annual festival. Free entry, 10.30 am - 5pm daily.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Queen's Birthday - Party in Arlington

All AAG members are invited to buy tickets to the Arlington Village PARTY!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Art Show Applications

The Application process for the Arlington Art Show has started. Click HERE.

Display stands

If you wish to buy table top display stands for your art, here are some options.

Invisi Lightweight Display Easel

Ken Bromley Art Supplies do some sturdy folding stands which can support framed, glazed work - I have found that they will take a 16 x 20" frame.
Prices start at £6.25 for an individual stand, the unit cost goes down the more you order: 5 for £26.75; 10 for £48.95

Picture Display Stands

The SAA sell these lighter stands. Made of robust, neutral mountboard, these picture display stands come in various sizes and can take up to 1/2 Imperial sized artwork, down to A6.
Prices range from £7.50 for a pack of 10 small stands; £14.95 for a pack of 12 assorted sizes. 

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Annual Art Show

Art show applications will open on Monday 30 May for those with an active AAG loyalty card, on 6 June for other AAG members (a week later for non members) for our event on 16th & 17th July. The art show will be open 10.30-5 both days with a special late night opening on Saturday from 6-10.30pm. Free admission, donations and tombola in aid of MS Society. Part of ARLINGTON WEEKEND.

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