Monday, 25 July 2016

Watercolour workshop

This Thursday, 28th July, demonstration and workshop with Tracey King  (Bring watercolours, clingfilm, old toothbrushes, fine pens). £5 per person. Please email to let us know you are coming or message on facebook.7pm Arlington Village Hall.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Message from the Chair


Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to those that took part in the Arlington Art Show last weekend and those that came along and helped. We were a select few but I had many compliments about the quality and high standard of work on show. Sales were good, over £400, and with well over 200 visitors we were kept busy with the tombola, selling raffle tickets and Jill did a great job with refreshments. It looks like we raised over £200 for the MS Society which will be added to the sum raised at the Arlington Gets Cajun event, at present £1500!

As usual, a few people do a lot of work so it is important to try to publicise the Art Group and encourage more people to get involved. Spread the word!

Now, we have a committee meeting on 31st August to which ALL members are invited. There are 2 officer roles up for grabs: Secretary and Chair. Both are roles that can be very simple but are necessary under our group constitution.
I suggest we try to lighten the load and attempt a rota of duties to share amongst members, maybe on a monthly basis, such as sending out information and publicising meetings, checking hall hire, arranging weekly subjects, collating Third Thursday suggestions, unlocking/locking the hall, arranging monthly competitions and Artist of the Month, setting up refreshments.
We can also discuss options for the continued financial viability of the group such as making 'term times' and paying up front for blocks of sessions.
The meeting is at 6.30 at Pickhams, RSVP.

Kind regards

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Members meeting

31st August, 6.30pm at Pickhams.
All members  and committee welcome. We shall be discussing the format for future meetings and electing a new Secretary and Chair. Please let us know if you would like to be considered for either role.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Art Show 2016

Please note, opening hours may be subject to change.

Committee vacancies

We are looking to appoint a new Minutes Secretary with immediate effect, and a new Chair from 1st Sept 2016. We will hold a committee meeting shortly, date to be announced.
Please email if you would like to be considered for either role.

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 - Tracey King  Demonstration and workshops.  (Bring watercolours, clingfilm, old toothbrushes, fine pens)
  • 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.