All posts by Lois Wakeman

Potter, photographer, writer and a bit of a geek, living in Uplyme, East Devon

Making a Mark, 28/9/2018-10/10/2018

The Town Mill Studio Artists will be exhibiting some of the work they have been producing since November 2014, with mentor Phil Clayton.  This “behind the scenes” exhibition is designed to demonstrate how the individual artists have approached their work, with a particular emphasis on the creative process, by using mark making, research and experimentation. This may or may not have resulted in a finished piece of work, but more in the development of their individual creative expression.

In September 2017 this group of local artists, who had been painting together for three years, decided to form the Town Mill Studio Artists, in a shared space above the Courtyard Gallery. The artists Jules Critchinson, Hilary Highet, Rachel Hudson, Elizabeth Richie, Kathie Scott, Sue Warren and Libby Washington wanted to continue to work together in a creative environment with the encouragement and support of each other and with Phil’s expertise. The studio has been designed to accommodate the artists with their own allocated spaces and unrestricted access enabling them to work on their individual processes and projects at any time. During the exhibition the studio will also be open so that visitors can meet the artists and see them at work.

Open 10.30-4.30 daily, free admission.

Sponsored by Martin Diplock,

Maria Barbashina & the Boat Building Academy Show, 28/09/2018-10/10/2018

Lyme Regis artist Maria Barbashina will be exhibiting some of her colourful portraits of staff members of Lyme’s renowned Boat Building Academy (amongst other portraits and still lives) and alongside will be pieces of woodwork, furniture and even a ukulele and a whole boat made by staff and students of the Academy.

Open daily 10.30-4.30. Free admission

Realism to Abstraction, 12/10/2018-31/10/2018

Paintings by Christine Allison

Lyme Regis artist Christine Allison is known locally and internationally for her huge, dynamic, contemporary paintings of eagles, owls and falcons. In her latest work Christine continues to draw inspiration from the natural world but executes her paintings in two very different ways, one realistic; the other abstracted. She portrays the bonds between domestic animals and their humans in realistic, sensitive and perceptive portraits in oil paint. In contrast, inspired by her garden, she creates curious, colourful, abstracted oil paintings, some tiny, some large, which at times resemble richly embroidered textiles or perhaps crazy dreams!

During the exhibition Christine is running a series of six workshops on themes extracted from her book ‘Drawing, techniques and tutorials for the complete beginner’ which was published last year and reprinted this year due to its success by The Guild of Master Craftsman Publications. Although the book is aimed at beginners, Christine is an experienced tutor and her workshops are suitable for all abilities.

In this exhibition Christine celebrates nature with skill, joy, light, a curious eye and a love of drawing and painting.

Open daily, 10.30-4.30, free admission

Workshop details

Each workshop runs from 10am -1pm and each costs £30 per person. Workshops take place within the exhibition space at The Malthouse (the exhibition will be open to the public whilst the workshops are taking place).

Booking is essential as there are only eight places per workshop.

Each workshop can be taken separately although a 10% discount will be given to anyone wishing to participate in the full series of six workshops.

Some materials and equipment will be provided, some you will need to bring with you. Christine will discuss requirements with each participant.

Contact Christine either by email or mobile phone to discuss booking., 07971 624856

Workshop dates and themes

  • Monday 15 October  ‘Making marks & more’
  • Friday 19 October ‘Apples & more’
  • Monday 22 October ‘Flowers & more’
  • Wednesday 24 October ‘Landscapes & more’
  • Friday 26 October ‘Seashells & more’
  • Monday 29 October ‘A drawing a day & more’

A Brush with Imagination, 18/10/2018-31/10/2018

Paintings and prints by Peter Coates

An exhibition of paintings and prints featuring landscapes, seascapes, humour, mystery and intrigue all in beautiful colour.

‘I never stand still and like to explore new ideas so in this exhibition there are new themes that invite you to look closer, be curious, be surprised, to read in what you will … and smile!’

Open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm, free admission

From Charmouth to Chernobyl, 14/09/2018-26/09/2018

People and Places that Inspire

 An Exhibition by Howard Flanagan.

Howard Flanagan is an emerging international artist, who has become more widely known over the last two years for his individual highly detailed paintings.

He was a finalist in last years (2017) Sunday Times Watercolour Artist of the Year and exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society. This year he has worked almost exclusively with the organisers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the International children’s charity Unicef, to produce 12 paintings, a series of limited edition prints and a calendar, all to be sold in aid of Unicef. The original paintings will be exhibited in Liverpool this July to coincide with the end of this year’s Clipper race.

Death Valley

Howard takes inspiration from people and landscapes around him. He was lucky enough to visit the exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, in the Ukraine, this spring. Looking around him, he was both inspired and humbled by the struggles of the people who continue to live there.

Working mainly in pastel, watercolour and ink, Howard seeks to capture quiet, unadorned natural beauty in the eyes of people struggling with every day life and the landscape around us.

Following his one-man show in Liverpool in July, Howard is pleased to be exhibiting at the Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill Arts, Lyme Regis.

Open daily 10.30-4.30, free admission.

Private view on evening of 13th September.

Galleries, 8/09/2018-25/09/2018

Oils by Valerie Barden

Valerie Barden was born in Buckinghamshire in 1938; she studied at Yeovil College of Art and later read Art History with the Open University. She has been exhibiting professionally since 1994 and a number of her paintings are held in the Bridgeman Art Library.

Barden’s work fits into the genre known as paintings of ‘Modern Life’ first explored at the end of the C19 and beginning of the C20. Although painted in a figurative manner, the qualities of abstraction and flatness specific to modern painting and the subject matter place them in contemporary context. This group of paintings are all about contemporary figures in different public, indoor spaces, all there for the purpose of looking at things.

People in galleries is a subject which has been treated by various artists in the past, which may have been in her subconscious, but she says she came to the subject simply by sitting for long periods in art galleries (and shopping centres) and thinking of pictures she could make of people standing or sitting fairly still in front of static paintings and objects, of the correspondence between viewer and exhibits, or simply figures as contrasting shapes against interesting architecture. These shapes, or ‘disegno’ in painting are her main interest, together with, the ever present challenge, of making colour ‘work’.

Curated by Deborah Wood of The Art Room Topsham.
Valerie’s web site is

Open 10.30-4.30pm each day, free admission.

The Big Draw, 31/08/2018-03/09/2018

Drawing for all at the Town Mill Malthouse inspired by this year’s theme “Play”

For the last weekend of summer, we are turning the Malthouse Gallery into a creative and inviting space where all our visitors – young and old – can experiment with different forms of drawing using various media and surfaces, the drawings being inspired by the visitors and playthings in the Malthouse. Co-ordinated by TMA painter Cass King and Sarah Clark, the Mill manager.

The atmosphere will create a playful environment linking with the Big Draw 2018 theme of play. Why not come along and see what you can draw?

Edge, 31/08/2018-12/09/2018

Celia Goodman,  Kathy and Martin Collins,  Jasper Jacob

Four artists display their varied skills inspired by landscape and seascape where water meets land and deserts, field and forest meet sky.

Celia and Kathy work in glass in different ways: Kathy makes illuminated panels for display on walls, in windows or as lights, suggesting coastline and sea in sunshine, calm or storm.  Celia’s cast glass reflects her passion for three dimensional sculptural pieces.  Some have been inspired by her love for nature and the natural forms, such as ammonites, sea stars and sea weed to be found on the Jurassic coast, others are more abstract, demonstrating a joy of form and colour.

Martin throws pots in fascinating shapes and sizes, each uniquely crafted and glazed.

Jasper’s watercolours are inspired by landscape, colour and light and how the wind brings together sea and land. He has painted all over the world and his work delves into the energy which shows an inner life.  Paintings of the English countryside respond to the ever-changing and inconstant weather.  Those of Croatia show the seasons, rain, moonlight and a mysterious lady who echoes the landscape behind her.  Those of Italy and France capture challenging elements and how the power of light is exerted on the land.

The four artists have joined forces for ‘Edge’ to demonstrate how each has been enthused by colour, light, shape, contours, weather and atmosphere where the elements meet.

Open daily 10.30-4.30, free admission

Summer Open, 2018, 03/08/2018-08/08/2018

Developing on the success of last year’s Open exhibition, once again Town Mill Arts will be showcasing an extensive range of local creative talent. This year’s exhibition will take place during peak tourist season allowing maximum exposure for the participating artist whilst also giving the visitors a wide cultural experience. There is no theme and submissions are welcome in any media. We hope you will take this unique opportunity to exhibit your work in one of the South West’s premium exhibition spaces.

If you would like to exhibit please complete the entry form and return it to:

Town Mill Arts, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU

by 30th July

Radiance, 10/08/2018-29/08/2018

Julie Oldfield’s latest exhibition (her second this year at the Mill)  is titled ‘Radiance’.  She will be showing new paintings that focus on the skies.

Julie is known for her seascapes and now has set herself a challenge to explore the moodiness and unpredictability of rapidly changing skyscapes.

She uses copper, aluminium and brass sheets with mixed media and heat and chemistry to bring out the luminance and radiance of her skyscapes.

“I really enjoy working on metal and playing with the chemistry”.

These experimental techniques also have unpredictable unforeseen results that can inspire the development of these dramatic sky images.

“The resulting images are not intended as exact records like a photograph. My work gives an impression of the environment and is intended to provoke contemplation and an emotional response.”

Julie’s work is distinctive and draws the attention of the viewer, and yet is calming and contemplative.

Open daily 10.30-4.30, free admission.