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ARTSPACE @ ROSEBERY – 26/27 OCT 2019

New Venue for Annual Art Fair.

The local art group ArtSpace Loughborough is delighted to announce that their annual art fair is on the move- the art fair which ran for 10 years in Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall is relocating this autumn to Loughborough. This year the event will take place over the weekend of 26th and 27th October at the Rosebery Community Centre, on Storer Road.

With 11 members taking part, the group will be exhibiting many art forms include paintings, drawings, ceramics, textiles, photography, fine art prints, collage and digital prints. The group will also be joined by 5 guest artists who have been specially selected to compliment the work of the group.

Do come and join us- it is the perfect place to find an original, unique work of art by a professional artist at an affordable price. Many of the artists will be attending the event in person, so it is also an excellent opportunity to meet them and discuss their work.

All of the works will be for sale with prices starting at £2.00 for an original handmade card; limited edition prints from £25; and many original pieces being priced under £100.With hundreds of pieces to be browsed, there will be something to suit all tastes and pockets, and with Christmas fast approaching you could a snap up the ideal gift for a loved one.

Doors are open from 10am to 5pm both days. Entry is free. Handmade cakes and refreshments will be also be available, the proceeds of which will be donated to the British Legion Poppy Appeal. Last year over £100 was raised- the group are hoping to top this figure and will be baking furiously to ensure a range of delectable bakes are there for your enjoyment.


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ArtSpace in Nuneaton

“Delight in Disorder” the current exhibition by 16 ArtSpace members opened on the 9th July at the Nuneaton Museum and Gallery. The show is an exciting mix of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, ceramic pieces and assemblages which reflect the individuals’ responses to this George Eliot inspired theme.

The Museum and Gallery are open 6 days a week (closed on Mondays) and is just a 40-minute drive from Loughborough. The Museum is on the edge of a large park and has a café which makes it an ideal place to visit over the summer holidays. 

The exhibition runs until 15th September.

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ArtSpace @ Timber

‘Earth’ Workshop at Timber Festival

The willow Earth and workshops based around it, initially part of the May 27th ‘Sculpture in the Woods day’, were successfully staged at the Timber festival over the 5th-7th July. We were able to rebuild the earth structure at Timber and run an extended set of workshops there. Visitors were encouraged to write positive healing thoughts on ribbons of muslin to hang in the ‘Earth” – these became symbolic roots to protect the Earth as well as acting like prayer flags to take these messages away on the wind. Adults and children took part in this, writing, then tying their message in the Earth. Over the weekend more strips were added to the installation, a space where visitors could go inside, read positive thoughts and contemplate our place in nature.

It became particularly beautiful in the evening as the sun set through the willow, illuminating the colours in the muslin, as they moved in the wind. We installed some of the tree spheres from the outwoods in adjacent trees, and ran 2 drop in workshops to make small willow earths. These ran over both afternoons and proved very popular. In the mornings we held sewing workshops, sewing meditative words on prayer flags to take away. Both these were for adults and older children, or families working together. Around 130 people wrote on muslin, 60 people made a willow sphere and 10 people sewed prayer flags.

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trail workshops attract 100 ‘s …..

ArtSpace workshops at the Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail were declared a great success. Despite the challenging weather at the sculpture trail opening event, around 700 visitors, adults, children and families, worked together and enjoyed getting creative willow weaving, felting, monoprinting, making woodland mobiles and weaving yarn. Hundreds more attended the ‘Sculpture in the woods day’, with workshops taking place at 5 locations along the trail.

Here are a few photographs to remember the occasion ……

Drop-in Workshop.
Drop-in Workshop.
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Up to 30,000 visit ArtSpace Sculpture Trail !

Over six weeks this spring an estimated 20,000 – 30,000 visitors experienced the ArtSpace ‘Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail’.

Nita Rao completed 20 days working as ‘artist in residence’ in the Loughborough Outwoods. In addition 13 commissions were given to local charnwood artists, mostly ArtSpace members, to add to Nitas’ residency work to make a mile and a quarter long trail.

Continue on this blog to take a virtual walk along the trail ……

Click here to visit Nita Rao Art to see some of her more ephemeral work from her residency.

Keeper of the Woods – Nita Rao
People of the Trees – Nita Rao
Jack Russel – Lisa Denham
Spirit Of The Woods – Nita Rao
Caged and Confused – Sarah Green
People of the Trees – Nita Rao
Centipede – George Turner-Denham
Peacock – Lisa Denham
Peacock – Lisa Denham
Ashes to Glazes – Erica Middleton
Ashes to Glazes – Erica Middleton
Owl – Lisa Denham
Owl – Lisa Denham
Taking Root – Nita Rao
People of the Trees – Nita Rao
Aspire – Rooted in the Earth, Reaching for the Stars – Nita Rao
Aspire – Rooted in the Earth, Reaching for the Stars – Nita Rao
Persephone returns -Jacqueline Palmer
Persephone returns -Jacqueline Palmer
Persephone returns -Jacqueline Palmer
This Tenuous Earth -Jacqueline Palmer
People of the Trees – Nita Rao
Woodland Webs – Judith Eason
Woodland Webs – Judith Eason
Woodland Webs – Judith Eason
Nita Rao – willow sphere
Circle of Renewal – Nita Rao
Framing The Woods -MakeSpace Step-Up project
Framing The Woods -MakeSpace Step-Up project
Framing The Woods – MakeSpace Step-Up project
Changing Times – Susheel Rao
Changing Times – Susheel Rao
Open Cycle – Nita Rao
Open Cycle – Nita Rao
People of the Trees – Nita Rao
Leaping Horse – Jo Sheppard
Leaping Horse – Jo Sheppard
… Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle, Susan West
Back to Nature – Sue Barry and Susan West
Back to Nature – Sue Barry and Susan West
Back to Nature – Sue Barry and Susan West
Gaurdian Angels – Nita Rao
Gaurdian Angels – Nita Rao
Changing World – Nita Rao
Changing World – Nita Rao
Tree Sphere installation – Nita Rao
Tree Sphere installation – Nita Rao
Tree Sphere installation – Nita Rao
People of the Trees – Nita Rao
Women May Hold Up Half The Sky – Alison Folland
“Made you look, made you stare” – Pam Everard
“Made you look, made you stare” – Pam Everard
Unity Of Time – Nita Rao
Unity Of Time – Nita Rao
People of the Trees – Nita Rao
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Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail

Next free drop-in Workshops 27th May – Get creative this Spring at the Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail !

Quick Visitor Survey

If you have visited the Sculpture Trail and/or taken part in our drop-in workshops please complete this quick survey for us. It will help us feedback to our sponsors, help with funding for future projects and help us provide better projects. Thank you very much! 

How to find us ….

ArtSpace are inviting the public to come along to the Loughborough Outwoods on 27th May for our ‘Sculpture in the Woods Day’. Get creative in a series of free sculpture drop-in workshops spread along the Sculpture Trail. Eight drop-in trail-based workshops will run between 10.30am and 4.30pm allowing visitors to both make work to take home as well as work on a larger collaborative piece to remain on the trail.

Workshops will aim to inspire, engage and challenge adults, young people and children, enhancing their opportunity to experience and be inspired by the sculpture trail and reconnect with this ancient woodland. Try felting a pebble or contribute to making a fantasy woodland landscape using clay and natural woodland materials. You will also be able to make your own fish from willow withies and much more. The full program for the ‘Sculpture in the Woods Day’ is posted below.

Back to Nature, Sue Barry and Susan West

The workshops are all part of the Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail, an ArtSpace initiative which will see a 1 1/4 mile sculpture trail weave its way through the Outwoods for 6 weeks, from 27th April to 9th June. Find the ‘Keeper of the Woods’, giant felted bluebells, willow tree spheres, an owl, jumping willow horse and much more! 

Jack Russel, Lisa Denham

Twelve commissioned artists created and installed their work in the woods over the Easter holiday period, 15-26th April, allowing visitors to observe the process and talk with the artists. Work is figurative as well as abstract, using natural materials, felt, willow, ceramic and metal.

Peacock, Lisa Denham

The opening event for the sculpture trail on the 27th and 28th April was a great success despite the howling gale at the start. It included two days of free public drop-in workshops.

Aspire-Rooted in the Earth, Reaching for the Stars, Nita Rao
… Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle, Susan West

ArtSpace are a Charnwood based group of professional and semi-professional artists that formed in 1997. The Project has been generously supported by Arts Council England, The National Forest and Charnwood Borough Council. 

May 27th Workshop Programme

Create a mini landscape 10.30 – 1.00 with Lisa Denham

Come and join in a collaborative workshop and help to create a mini landscape. Add as much or as little as you want using clay and things found in the woods. The woods will be the inspiration, the creatures that could be found there, or ones from your imagination.

Don’t Mess with Mother Earth 10.30 – 1.00 with Jacqueline Palmer

Re-using the material of the piece which is imbued with the elements Air, Water, Fire (Sun) , Earth and Spirit, this workshop expresses respect for the environment and will contribute to its protection through your Memory Bundle.

Earth 10.30 – 1.00 and 2.00 – 4.30 with Nita Rao

Help create roots to symbolically heal and hold our Earth together. Write down positive thoughts on ribbons of muslin and tie them inside the willow ‘Earth’. Wrap branches and twigs to create trees to take home as a reminder of these healing thoughts.

Felting with found objects 10.30 – 1.00 and 2.00 – 4.30 with Susheel Rao

Come and play with felting! Find a fallen stick, a stone or something similar and cover all or part with felt. We will have some pebbles if you prefer, a selection of coloured wools, and warm water to felt it all.

Make a fish with willow withies 10.30 – 1.00 and 2.00 – 4.30 with Jo Sheppard

In this workshop you will use willow withies and recycled materials to make two and three dimensional fish.

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Charnwood’s Biggest Ever Woodland Arts Event

Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail

27th April – 9th June

ArtSpace have won national funding to stage the biggest woodland art event to happen in Charnwood for decades, perhaps ever! Mountsorrel artist Nita Rao, main creator behind the event, has undertaken an 8 week ‘artist residency’ in the spectacular woodland setting to wet the public appetite and set the scene. This will be followed by a six week long sculpture trail leading through the woodland featuring artworks from eleven commissioned artists.

Some of Nita’s work at last years Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week.

The Sculpture Trail in Charnwood’s Outwoods, just outside Loughborough, will be opened with a weekend art event, including free creative drop-in workshops for the public, on 27th and 28th April. The Trail will be open until the 9th June. Nita’s residency started on 18th February and will continue until the opening of the Sculpture Trail.

Last years Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week.

Mountsorrel based photographer and ArtSpace member Tony Thory, said ‘last year’s smaller event was such a success, and because the public appetite for opportunities to be creative outdoors in beautiful natural surroundings was clearly so large, ArtSpace members decided to go all out and stage a bigger and better event that would last longer and meander through a large part of the woodland.’

Some of Nita’s work at last years Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week.

As artist in residence, Nita will spend 2 or 3 days a week developing new work in the woods from natural and found materials, taking inspiration from the Outwoods itself.

Some of Nita’s work at last years Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week.

The eleven commissioned artists will be creating and installing their work on site over the Easter holiday period, 15-26th April, allowing visitors to observe the process and talk with the artists.

Drop-in felt workshop at last years Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week..

The opening event for the Sculpture Trail will include two days of free public drop-in workshops developed in response to work in the trail. During the six week trail further free workshops will be held during a ‘sculpture-in-the-woods day’. Four day-long drop-in trail-based workshops will allow visitors to make work to take home as well as work on a larger collaborative piece to remain on the trail.

Drop-in willow workshop at last years Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week..

The Project has been generously supported by Arts Council England, The National Forest and Charnwood Borough Council. For further updated information see facebook – Into the Outwoods Sculpture Trail.

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4 ArtSpace Artists in Leics Open

Four members of Loughborough ArtSpace, Jo Shepard, Beryl Miles, Alison Folland and Susan West, have been successful in getting into the 2019 Leicester Open exhibition in the New Walk Museum in Lecester.

River Lin, Jo Shepard
River Lin, Jo Shepard
Swithland Oaks, Jo Shepard
Swithland Oaks, Jo Shepard
Small Earth 3, Susan West
Small Earth 3, Susan West
Beryl Miles
Beryl Miles
The Waiting Game, Alison Folland
The Waiting Game, Alison Folland
Fragmentation, Alison Folland
Fragmentation, Alison Folland
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Sculpture Trail for Spring 2019 gets Official Support

Following the success of the ‘Into The Outwoods Sculpture Week’ event last spring, the Loughborough Outwoods Management Committee have given their approval to plans for a bigger and better event in spring 2019. The event will include free creative art workshops for the public as well as a six week long ‘Sculpture Trail’ through the woodland itself. The organisers, Loughborough ArtSpace, are now seeking funding to stage the event and make it a reality.
The event will take place next April/May and will follow on from an eight week ‘Artist Residency’ by local Sculptor Nita Rao in February/March. She will be making work in the woodland in response to the environment, temporary ephemeral work as well as more substantial pieces which may form elements of the sculpture trail. In addition ArtSpace hope to commission around 10 artists to make work specifically for the sculpture trail. All work for the trail will be installed mid April and the trail will be officially opened with a weekend event at the end of the easter holidays, 27/28 April, including free creative drop-in workshops for the public.
A full programme of events will be announced as the plans develop. You can also follow the event via facebook : IntoTheOutwwodsSculptureTrail2019.