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‘Flow’

The Sock Gallery, Loughborough Town Hall.  

7th March – 20th April 2024.  

Open Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm. 

ArtSpace Loughborough are staging a major exhibition of new work at Loughborough Town Hall’s Sock Gallery. 23 artists were given free rein to interpret the exhibition theme ‘Flow’ in their own way. 

Inspiration for this exhibition has come from sources as diverse as dance, meditation, relationships, the natural world, the climate crisis, written stories and communication in all its facets. The exhibitors are from the Charnwood area of Leicestershire and include painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers, jewellery, textile and digital artists. 

Beryl Miles_Breath
Beryl Miles_Breath

Beryl Miles’ work encompasses the idea of Samadhi meaning ‘the flow state’ a state of oneness, complete absorption, being in the moment. Spatial concepts have always been important in her work. Compositions are often sparse and asymmetrical and the idea of simplicity and an absence of elaboration or decoration appeals. In ‘Breath’ and ‘Deep Pool’ she is attempting to portray a single moment in a heightened experience where the figure is suspended and caught in total absorption. 

Liz Macfarlane_The Crimson Tide

In contrast Liz Macfarlane looks at blood through the lens of microscopy, revealing nature’s unseen world of cells and vessels that we all possess and which are fundamental to the life sustaining flow of blood in our bodies. She juxtaposes this with a more social comment on real life experiences and reflections of women in relation to their menstrual cycle. 

Kate Hooper_Flow of Thought

Kate Hooper explores non-verbal communication in her work ‘Flow of Thought’. She uses the ideal vehicle for this – facial expressions.  “I wanted to inject a little humour into the work but also wanted the piece to be decorative incorporating pattern and colour.  Mixed media and collage worked well for this purpose. The faces were taken from newspaper and magazine articles, and family photographs.” 

Rod Shaw_Incoming Tide at Marazion, Cornwall.

Rod Shaw has a passion for the beauty of the natural world and turns to landscapes and the fleeting effects of light and weather as a source of inspiration for his paintings, while Frances Ryan utilizes lyrical shapes and bright colours to epitomise a sense of movement and energy in her images of fishes and birds. 

Frances Ryan_Wonderland

Over 50 diverse works are on show with references as varied as intergenerational family connections, the flow of emotion, of time and tide, the flow of flood waters and concerns about future climate and justice.  

And why not pop in and talk to some of the artists at the ‘Meet the Artist’ session on Saturday 23 March 11am-1pm, free and open to all. 

Ingrid Kleins-Daniels_Fluid Motion

BLURRED BOUNDARIES

18th Jan- 02 March 2024

Blurred Boundaries is a beautiful solo exhibition of immersive colour by Anna Michalska at the Sock Gallery, Loughborogh.

In this exhibition Anna explores the power, language and meaning of colour. Her work references colour in all its nuances and encourages us to find meaning on a physical and spiritual level. She examines the blurred boundaries that we create through our use of and response to colour.

Anna is also an experienced and inspiring teacher of adults and children. In her classes students are encouraged to express themselves and evolve through creativity. In her teaching she encourages a mindful and spiritual approach.

Over 24,000 visit Beacon Hill Sculpture Trail

Over the last few months, parts of the Beacon Hill Country Park have been filled with ‘tree-people’ and various other pieces of sculpture. The ‘Up To The Beacon Sculpture Trail’, created by ArtSpace Loughborough, and a successor to the award-winning ‘Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail’ that has run in recent years, featured 34 sculptural installations, a ‘geo-timeline’, and over 80 ‘tree-people’. Sadly, the trail has now come to an end, but Nita Rao, who was lead artist for the project, was happy to see so many members of the public walking around the 2.2 km route at the Beacon Hill Country Park, and to read comments about nice days out on the project’s social media channels. “It has been great to talk to people around the trail and during workshops, with visitors finding the work thought provoking as well as enjoyable”.  

The sculpture trail’s Facebook page is full of people tagging their friends and family members, and leaving comments about their experience of the trail. The reception has been really positive, Nita says. One facebook user commented: “We went last week and had a super time. The little [tree] people were great fun to find.” 

Recurring themes of the sculpture trail included the climate crisis and the importance of biodiversity, addressed by numerous pieces of sculpture produced by various artists. Nita’s Don’t look up, an ostrich and ostrich chick, was one example. The adult Ostrich had its head buried in the sand, unwilling to look to the future, while the chick looked up in hope. Fans of the sculpture trail were tasked with suggesting names for the Ostrich chick – Nita chose Hope to reflect the need to boldly face the future and not bury our heads in the sand in light of the climate and ecological crises we face.  

Other works highlighted the importance of biodiversity. Lisa Denham made a beautiful set of small ceramic birds, and, as well as the ostrichs there were albatross, dragonflies, ants, polar bears, bees, snails and slugs, a fox, an adder, a hedgehog, a bird of prey and two shoals of fish – Nita Rao’s Our gift to nature, willow fish filled with plastic from the river Soar, and Shoal by Sarah Green, hanging fish made from wire and cloth. 

Nita Rao’s Polar Bears, symbolically filled with white plastic and perched on small platforms to represent shrinking ice sheets, also provide a warning for the ecological crisis.  

The trail was nestled in the Upper Beacon at the Beacon Hill Country Park, near some of the oldest rock formations in England. The trail also celebrated these rocks, and the Charnwood Forest’s (encompassing the Beacon) attempts to gain UNESCO World Geopark status for the area, as a historically significant area based on its unique geological heritage including the discovery of the ‘Charnia’ fossil there in 1958, one of the oldest pieces of evidence of complex life. 

This was represented by Nita Rao’s willow Charnia, as well as a ‘geotimeline’, A brief timeline for life on earth, produced by Tony Thory (with illustrations from Ingrid Klein-Daniels and Erica Middleton) which described the evolution of life on earth. It highlighted past mass extinctions, the coming and going of the dinosaurs and the emergence of humans, from 560million years ago to the present. The 17 markers around the 2.2 kilometre trail were placed in proportion with the time passed between events. In this vein, each metre walked represented 255,000 years of time, the emergence of homo sapiens appearing only 1.1m from the end of the trail!  

There was also a ‘fascinating fossil day’ on 20 august, featuring workshops where visitors could create small willow ‘Charnia’, paperclay ammonites and fossil fern prints. The day also featured guided walks around the Beacon rocks with Charnwood Forest Geopark geologist Dr Jack Matthews.  

Out of the 34 amazing installations on the trail, some were created in school outreach workshops locally. The Amazing Ants made by Nita Rao and Lisa Denham, using recycled materials, were made with pupils from Cobden Primary, Limehurst and Outwoods Edge Primary. The six giant Dragonflies were made from steel and willow by Nita Rao in workshops at the Rectory Wildlife Garden and Maplewell Hall School. The Wings installation was a collaboration between Lisa Denham and Glebe House Workskills clients.  

The trail was generously supported by grants from Leicestershire County Council, Charnwood Forest Geopark, Intelligent Energy, Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation, Charnwood Arts, Shire Community Grants, the Heritage Fund, Charnwood Borough Council and The National Forest. 

Loughborough ArtSpace, the trail organisers, are pleased to have been able to brighten peoples’ days and help get them out and active in the inspirational Beacon Hill Country Park area. They hope to stage another new trail in summer 2024 or 2025. 

Up to the Beacon Sculpture Trail 2023  – Free and open to all. 10nd June – 17th Sept 2023.  

Up to the beacon sculpture Trail Workshops

Free Workshops at the Sculpture Trail

‘Ways with Words’ – Saturday 24 June from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, ArtSpace member and award-winning writer Mary Byrne will be hosting a creative writing workshop. Suitable for all levels, 13-years plus, booking for this is essential. To book your place please email tony.thory@ntlworld.com.

Drop-in willow weaving workshop – Saturday 22 July
10am – 4pm. Learn to make your own random weave willow sphere with Nita Rao. No need to book, just turn up and get creative!


There will also be a ‘Fascinating Fossil Day’ sometime in August, including free willow workshops and talks by The National Forest Company Geoheritage Officer Dr Jack Matthews. Watch this space for dates and details.

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‘Rhythm & Movement’

ArtSpace Loughborough’s Exhibition At Déda Derby 

17th May – 31st August 2023. Open Mon-Sat 9 am- 4.30 pm. 

ArtSpace Loughborough, which created the phenomenally successful Outwoods Sculpture Trail in summer 2023, has an exciting new venture in Derby. The group of artists from the Charnwood area of Leicestershire has collaborated with Déda, Derby’s dance and performance centre. Members were given the opportunity to sketch and photograph in a selection of dance classes and performances and then use their responses to create work. The result is ‘Rhythm & Movement’, an exciting exhibition of new art. This will run from 17th May to 31st August 2023 throughout the Déda building in Chapel Street, Derby. 

Beryl Miles  ‘Flight’ (oil & cold wax on board)

Ballet and contemporary dance feature as inspiration in the work of Beryl Miles, Ingrid Kleins-Daniels, Mary Byrne, Kate Hooper, Pam Everard and Frances Ryan among others. Sue Barry sketched student rehearsals for a drama performance. 

Other sources for ‘Rhythm & Movement’, not so directly related to Déda’s activities, vary from Judith Eason’s paintings of birdsong patterns and Sally Reayer’s paintings of birds in flight to Gill Hugman-Perkins’s work based on patterns in reflections. 

Sue Barry   ‘Drum Beat Joy’ (mixed media on textile)

Ingrid Kleins-Daniels also organised a collaboration between BA/MA dance students at Déda and MA Fine Art students from Derby University and some of the art students’ work features in the exhibition too. Mary Byrne, who is a prize-winning author as well as an artist, will lead a creative writing workshop, inspired by work in the exhibition, on 18th May 2-4 pm at Déda. 

Kate Hooper   ‘Let’s Dance’ (linocut)

‘Rhythm & Movement’, Déda, 19 Chapel Street, Derby DE1 3GU (opposite Chapel Street car park).

sculpture trail moves to Beacon country park

The renowned ArtSpace sculpture trail will return to Charnwood this June, moving from its previous home of the Outwoods, to Beacon country park. 

‘Up to the Beacon Sculpture trail’, formerly ‘Into the Outwoods Sculpture Trail’, organised by Artspace Loughborough, will open on June 10 and stay in place until September 17. 

The trail, which was run in 2019 and 2022, won Leicestershire Tourism’s ‘Best Free Event of the Year’ award last year. 

This years trail will see a new generation of tree people.

Tony Thory, trail organiser, said: “This summer will see the hugely successful, award-winning woodland sculpture trail reinvented and rising to new heights as it will be staged at The Beacon Country Park for the first time.” 

The Project is being generously supported by Leicestershire County Council’s Shire Grants, The Intelligent Energy Charitable Trust, Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation, Charnwood Arts, The Charnwood Forest Landscape Partnership Scheme, Charnwood Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council’s Parks Department 

Nita Rao, lead artist for the project, said: “We expect there to be over 25 works making up the trail, which will be based on the theme ‘Harmony and Healing for Planet and People’. 

Lisa Denham’s ceramics will feature again this year.

“Much of the sculpture will directly reference issues of climate change, sustainability and ecology. Through these trail works, and the outreach workshop programme at local schools, we aim to raise awareness of the climate emergency and encourage people to think about our place in the natural world. 

“The sculpture trail will encourage people from different backgrounds to come together, be in nature, engage in the creative arts, and learn new skills participating in workshops. These are all well proven ways to improve and develop community as well as supporting improved mental health and emotional well-being.” 

Nita Rao making a giant willow figure.

So come up to the beacon this summer and discover fascinating fossils, amazing ants, a new generation of ‘tree people’ and much more. It is free and open to all, dawn to dusk, at The Beacon Country Park near Loughborough (standard parking charges do apply).  

Up to the Beacon Sculpture Trail 2023 

Free and open to all. 10nd June – 17th Sept 2023.  

Opening times: Dawn to dusk, 7 days a week. Upper Beacon Country Park. 

Layered Meanings – in Relation to the Written Word

An Exhibition by ArtSpace.

Members of ArtSpace Loughborough, Charnwood’s group of professional artists, who have just finished their fantastically successful sculpture trail in the Loughborough Outwoods, are exhibiting paintings and drawings at West Bridgford Library Gallery, West Bridgford Road, Nottingham, from 4th to 22nd October. The exhibition is titled ‘Layered Meanings – in Relation to the Written Word’: the gallery is in a library so the artists have linked their work to books or words.

Ingrid Kleins-Daniels: ‘Time Passes’ (pastel)


Most of the artists have been inspired by texts – from writers as diverse as Dante, Sigmund Freud and Virginia Woolf. Some artists have related their work to wider aspects of the written word such as the conveying of meaning or the patterns of rhythm in language.

Kate Hooper: ‘Interpretation of Dreams’ (acrylic)

Ingrid Kleins-Daniels has an atmospheric pastel drawing ‘Time Passes’ inspired by part of Virginia Woolf’s novel To the Lighthouse. Kate Hooper’s ‘Interpretation of Dreams’ is an enigmatic acrylic painting about the artist’s own dreams and imaginings. Mary Byrne is fascinated by the character of Estella in Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. Erica Middleton was encouraged by some words of Dante about making proper use of every day: she painted five exquisite little oils of dawn over the River Soar as seen from her house on five different days. Sue Barry liked the poem ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies: it made her stop and look afresh at details in the natural world. Greta Thunberg’s rousing words about saving the planet encouraged Sally Reayer to paint her as Joan of Arc!

Pam Everard: ‘Writer’s Block’ (acrylic)

Anna Michalska Tomajer translates rhythms and patterns in poetry visually. Judith Eason was moved by the symbolism on medieval tiles. Jemma Rix has a haiku as well as an art work. Frances Ryan’s narrative paintings are about women searching. Alison Folland has actually used cut-out parts of old books in her collages. Pam Everard’s abstract acrylic painting is about writer’s block!

An exhibition for everyone to enjoy, not just art lovers.

Sally Reayer: ‘Eco Warrior’ (oil)

Venue and opening times:

  • Exhibition runs 4th to 22nd October at West Bridgford Library , West Bridgford Road, Nottingham NG2 6AT.
  • Sunday/Monday closed
  • Tues-Thursday 9am-6pm
  • Friday 9am-5pm
  • Saturday 9am-4pm

Outwoods Sculpture Trail sees more than 20,000 visitors !

We have estimated that visitor numbers were well in excess of 20,000 for the 8 weeks that the trail was open. Over 60 visitors took part in willow dragon fly workshops during the jubillee celebration holiday, marking the opening of the trail, and approximately 40 visitors took part in a creative drop-in workshop making flags and messages of hope for the ‘message in a bottle’ installation. Another 42 visitors took part in our ‘find the tree people’ guided walk.

Walk the trail here in photographs and see some of the many visitor comments we have recieved ……

“Wonderful, such fun and very important messages too. Kids love it, especially spotting the Tree People!” – visitor comment.

Jubilee holiday willow dragonfly workshops
Jubilee holiday willow dragonfly workshops
Jubilee holiday willow dragonfly workshops
Jubilee holiday willow dragonfly workshops
Jubilee holiday willow dragonfly workshops
Flag making workshop.


“The horse is stupendous and quite beautiful! It also reminds me of the Narnia creation story illustration, where all the animals grow out of the earth. Its symbolic.”
– visitor comment.

Flag of hope.
Trail start.
Keeper of the Woods – Nita Rao.
Keeper of the Woods – Nita Rao.
70 ‘tree people’ line the route …

“Wonderful to experience sculpture in such a beautiful setting. Inspiring and thought provoking and my two year old grandchild loved looking for the tiny people” – visitor comment.

70 ‘tree people’ line the route …
Spirit of the Woods – Nita Rao.
Spirit of the Woods – Nita Rao.

“What a fabulous opportunity to see these pieces placed in natural woodland. Very inspirational” – visitor comment.

Long tailed tits – Lisa Denham.
Long tailed tits – Lisa Denham.
Long tailed tits – Lisa Denham.
Long tailed tits – Lisa Denham.

“This was wonderful. Attempted on Sunday but far too busy. Had the woods to myself Monday evening. Gorgeous thanks” – visitor comment.

Magpies – Lisa Denham.
Magpies – Lisa Denham.

“We thoroughly enjoyed the sculpture trail and highly recommended friends and family to visit. We thought it was absolutely amazing!! Well done to everyone involved!!” – visitor comment.

Tree creeper – Lisa Denham.
Tree creeper – Lisa Denham.
Taking Root – Nita Rao.
Taking Root – Nita Rao.
Taking Root – Nita Rao.

“Wonderful seeing a very familiar site a fresh. Great for dealing with anxiety. Loved the variety and sensitivity to natural surroundings” – visitor comment.

For the Love of Trees – Pam Everard.
For the Love of Trees – Pam Everard.
For the Love of Trees – Pam Everard.
Creative writing workshop led by Mary Byrne.

“I have visited twice. What a wonderful idea, a walk through a gorgeous wood, filled with sculptures that told a message.The sculptors had done a fabulous job and loved the wood lice with smiley faces! All sorts of facts and messages on the trail pamphlet,well done everyone involved. ” – visitor comment.

70 ‘tree people’ line the route …
Guided ‘tree people’ walk revealing locations of all 70.
70 ‘tree people’ line the route …
70 ‘tree people’ line the route …

“Would be great if the trail can last the whole of the summer holidays” – visitor comment.

Guardian Angel – Nita Rao.

This is worth a visit. We took our pre- teen grandchildren and they had a great time spotting the sculptures especially the small ceramic people perched on branches!

‘Older than Dinosaurs’ – Nita Rao.
‘Older than Dinosaurs’ – Nita Rao.
‘Older than Dinosaurs’ – Nita Rao.
‘Older than Dinosaurs’ – Nita Rao.

“Amazing trail, look above eye level, not to miss small peaple !” – visitor comment.

Replenish – Erica Middleton.
Replenish – Erica Middleton.
Replenish – Erica Middleton.
Replenish – Erica Middleton.

“That’s wonderful been round once but would like to go around again. We can now the time as been extended shame it’s not until August.” – visitor comment

Ebb and Flow – Alison Folland.
Ebb and Flow – Alison Folland.
Ebb and Flow – Alison Folland.

Had a lovely visit today – wonderful sculptures.” – visitor comment.

70 ‘tree people’ line the route …
Intrusion – Nita Rao.
Intrusion – Nita Rao.
Intrusion – Nita Rao.
Intrusion – Nita Rao.

“Well done to all for all the amazing work ” – visitor comment.👏

“It’s brilliant we have been twice and will probably go again😃 thank you.x” – visitor comment.

Wonderful Woodlice! – co-created by Nita Rao and Lisa Denham, and students from Outwoods Edge and Cobden Primary Schools.
Wonderful Woodlice! – co-created by Nita Rao and Lisa Denham, and students from Outwoods Edge and Cobden Primary Schools.
Wonderful Woodlice! – co-created by Nita Rao and Lisa Denham, and students from Outwoods Edge and Cobden Primary Schools.
Wonderful Woodlice! – co-created by Nita Rao and Lisa Denham, and students from Outwoods Edge and Cobden Primary Schools.

“Well done! My first visit was on Monday but I failed to spot many tree people! Tony must hidden them well! We didn’t find Holly either even though I was sure the dog would spot her! He was totally taken in by the swans and gave them a look as if he expected them to hiss at any moment.” – visitor comment.

Bird of Prey – Lisa Denham.
Bird of Prey – Lisa Denham.

“We have been 3 times now it’s lovely the grandchildren only found 51 tree people but I do think that was good for a 4 & 7 year old.👍👏👏👏When will we be able to purchase one please or 2 !!😃😘” – visitor comment.

Woodland Web – Judith Eason.
Woodland Web – Judith Eason.
Woodland Web – Judith Eason.
Woodland Web – Judith Eason.

“I loved all of it. Couldn’t wait till July, needed to see it as soon as possible. Hope you get chance to have it for 2023. Told my friends all about it ❤️❤️❤️” – visitor comment.

One’s Favourite – Jo Sheppard.
One’s Favourite – Jo Sheppard.
One’s Favourite – Jo Sheppard.
One’s Favourite – Jo Sheppard.

“Can I just say thank you very much to you and your team for organising it. It’s such a lovely thing & myself & my family have loved seeing all the sculptures back in the woods again. Well done!” – visitor comment.

Owl – Lisa Denham.

“Fabulous day out – the grandchildren had such fun looking for the little men – took us about 2.5hrs to get round- very educational as well – we allLoved it.” – visitor comment.

Think – Sally Reayer.
Think – Sally Reayer.
Think – Sally Reayer.
Think – Sally Reayer.
Think – Sally Reayer.
Think – Sally Reayer.
‘Holly’ – Lisa Denham.
Polar Bears – Nita Rao.
Polar Bears – Nita Rao.
Polar Bears – Nita Rao.
Polar Bears – Nita Rao.
Polar Bears – Nita Rao.

“Loved this ❤️ fantastic and thank you to all involved 👏👏” – visitor comment.

Aspire – Nita Rao.
Aspire – Nita Rao.
Aspire – Nita Rao.

“It does look amazing !!! xx” – visitor comments.

The Queen’s Swans – Lisa Denham.
The Queen’s Swans – Lisa Denham.
The Queen’s Swans – Lisa Denham.
The Queen’s Swans – Lisa Denham.

“Can it not stay until winter, many people still want to see it.” – visitor comment.

Tides of Change – Nita Rao.
Tides of Change – Nita Rao.
Tides of Change – Nita Rao.

“I visited with a friend today, and what a great time we had. The free entry makes it accesible for all, adults, children and dogs can enjoy the trail. It gives out good messages to all ages,or just makes for a pleasant walk under the gorgeous trees. I would love to have the opportunity to buy a little man or a long tailed tit, it would be a chance to put a little money back into the pot. Thank you for a lovely day .” – visitor comment.

Message in a Bottle – Nita Rao.
Message in a Bottle – Nita Rao.
Message in a Bottle – Nita Rao.
Message in a Bottle – Nita Rao.
Message in a Bottle – Nita Rao.

“Took our two granddaughters lots of fun looking for the clay men in the trees & the sculpturesWell worth a visit.” – visitor comment.

Open Cycle – Nita Rao.
Open Cycle – Nita Rao.

“We went today, well done 👏it was amazing!” – visitor comment.

70 Flags for 70 Years – Susheel Rao.
70 Flags for 70 Years – Susheel Rao.
70 Flags for 70 Years – Susheel Rao.
70 Flags for 70 Years – Susheel Rao.
70 Flags for 70 Years – Susheel Rao.
Shoal – Sarah Green.
Shoal – Sarah Green.
Shoal – Sarah Green.
Shoal – Sarah Green.

“It’s brilliant really hope you do more things like this 😀” – visitor comment.

Queen bee and her workers – Nita Rao, Alison Folland and Maplewell Hall School pupils.
Queen bee and her workers – Nita Rao, Alison Folland and Maplewell Hall School pupils.
Queen bee and her workers – Nita Rao, Alison Folland and Maplewell Hall School pupils.
Queen bee and her workers – Nita Rao, Alison Folland and Maplewell Hall School pupils.
Queen bee and her workers – Nita Rao, Alison Folland and Maplewell Hall School pupils.
Queen bee and her workers – Nita Rao, Alison Folland and Maplewell Hall School pupils.

“We loved it, thank you” – visitor comment.

INTO THE OUTWOODS SCULPTURE TRAIL 2022

JUNE 2ND – JULY 24TH 2022

ArtSpace invite you to come down to the Outwoods between 2nd june and 24th July to discover the 70 tree people lining the 1¼ mile woodland trail, encounter willow bees and dragonflies, the Queen’s horse, ceramic birds and giant woodlice … and much more. The trail will celebrate biodiversity and explore concerns about habitat loss and the climate emergency. We are also celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the 70 years of the Queens guardianship of the people and lands of the UK as part of our project theme ‘Harmony and Healing for Planet and People’ .

The trail is open to all, dawn to dusk, and entry is free.

Free Workshops

‘Trailing Words’: a creative writing workshop – Saturday 25th June 2 – 4 pm. Be inspired by the art on the trail! Creative writing workshop with artist and prize-winning author, Mary Byrne. Suitable for all levels 13 yrs plus. You will need to bring paper or notebook, pen and something to lean on.e.g. a clipboard, and a folding chair will be very useful. Booking essential, see below.

Make Flags of Hope : 11 am -4 pm Sunday 26th June : make textile flags and messages to add to the ‘message in a bottle’ sculpture by Nita Rao in the heart of the woodland trail. Drop-in workshop – no need to book – just turn up and get creative!

To book your place please email me at tony.thory@ntlworld.com or call/text 07786 857530. Let us know how many adults and children you want to book in and for which sessions. Thank you.

Very sorry but all Dragonfly workshops are now fully booked !

Come along and make your own willow dragonfly at these free workshops in the crook barn next to the main Outwoods car park 2pm-4pm on the afternoons of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of June. All materials provided. Suitable for all levels. Booking essential.

People of the Trees – Nita Rao

The Outwoods Sculpture Trail goes Platinum!

The Into the Outwoods Sculpture Trail 2022 will open on 2nd June to mark the Platinum Jubilee and help celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s guardianship of the people and lands of the UK.

So ArtSpace invite you to come down to the Outwoods between 2nd june and 24th July to discover the 70 tree people lining the 11⁄4 mile woodland trail, encounter willow bees and dragonflies, the Queen’s horse, ceramic birds and giant woodlice … and much more. The trail will celebrate biodiversity and explore concerns about habitat loss and the climate emergency.

Success with Platinum Jubilee funding from the ‘Let’s Create’ Arts Council scheme means a more substantial trail with more artwork and free willow workshops on the afternoons of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of June, to coincide with other jubilee celebrations. So come along and make your own willow dragonfly at these free workshops (booking via the ArtSpace website essential).

Installation work has begun !

The National Forest have also stepped up to help make this happen by awarding an ‘Arts Grant’ to fund some of the artist’s commissions. They are also funding a public workshop in the woods, free to participants, making ‘flags of hope’ to add to the ‘message in a bottle’ sculpture. This will be a drop-in workshop, so just turn up and get creative. Dates will be posted on the ArtSpace website.

In addition, the public have generously contributed to a ‘just giving’ page to fund more Sculpture commissions. This means the trail will have more than 25 works and co-created sculpture.

ArtSpace for Ukraine

A fundraising exhibition to support refugee families from Ukraine.

1st May – 30 June 2022.

All proceeds from this online exhibition of artwork by members of ArtSpace will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC ) to help support refugee families from Ukraine. All artwork is priced at £100 or less. This is a rare opportunity to purchase quality artwork at very reasonable prices. If you wish to make a purchase and help refugees email contact@artspace-lboro.co.uk.

Shire Grants and the National forest award funding !

We are very pleased to announce that ArtSpace have been successful with funding bids to Leicestershire County Council’s Shire Grants and The National Forest’s Arts Grants for the 2022 Outwoods Sculture Trail.

Into The Outwoods Sculpture Trail 2022 is based on the theme ‘Harmony and Healing for Planet and People’. Much of the sculpture will directly reference issues of climate change, sustainability and ecology. Through these trail works, and the outreach workshop programme, we aim to raise awareness of the climate emergency and encourage people to think about our place in the natural world.

Felting workshop at the 2019 trail.

The Shire Grant funding will enable us to work with local schools and vulnerable groups to co-create work for the woodland trail. Mapelwell Hall School, Cobden School, Glebe House, the Wellbeing Café, and Albert Street Artists are all taking part. We aim to provide a vehicle for creative practice to help improve mental health and well being for the participants.

Funding from The National Forest Arts Grants will enable us to commission inspiring work for the trail, work with an additional school and run drop-in workshops for the public. 

Clay workshop at the 2019 trail.

The sculpture trail will encourage people from different backgrounds to come together, be and walk in nature, engage in the creative arts and learn new skills participating in workshops. These are all well proven ways to improve and develop relationships between participants as well as supporting improved mental health and emotional well-being.

We want to encourage people to visit the natural woodland environment and create a meaningful experience for them there so that they look on the woodland as a sanctuary in difficult times, enhancing a sense of place and where, through art, we can all make connections with our social and environmental context, with other people and with the natural world.

Willow workshop at the 2019 trail.
Willow workshop at the 2019 trail.

Into The Outwoods 2022 Sculpture Trail will be open from June 2nd to July 24th. It is free and open to all, dawn to dusk, at The Outwoods near Loughborough.

‘A Sense of Place’ – A New Show by the Association of Leicestershire Artists.

Charnwood Museum

12th March – 5th June 2022

Zenobia Girl by Mary Byrne.
Zenobia Girl by Mary Byrne.

Two members of ArtSpace are currently in an exhibition at Charnwood Museum, Loughborough. Judith Eason and Mary Byrne are also members of The Association of Leicestershire Artists. The Association – a small group formed after the artists graduated from Loughborough and De Montfort Universities – is exhibiting ‘A Sense of Place’ from 12th March to 5th June.

The ‘place’ referred to in the title is Charnwood. Artists were inspired by the Charnwood landscape and by items in the Leicestershire Museum Collections, some of which are on display with the artworks. There are paintings, drawings, collage, digital works and sketchbooks.

Storm Warning by Vivien Blackburn.
Storm Warning by Vivien Blackburn.

Glen Heath and Vivien Blackburn focus on nature in Charnwood. Vivien uses many different media, including digital art, to explore light and pattern in the landscape. Glen’s interest is chiefly in the damage that man has done to nature and the repercussions. She’s also interested in myths associated with the countryside.

Owl or Hare by Glen Heath.
Owl or Hare by Glen Heath.

Judith has landscape drawings too but also paintings based on medieval tiles in the Museum Collections. She was fascinated by the symbolism and surface texture. Sue Graham is interested in the fossils in the Collection but also rocks in the present landscape and how time erodes and changes them. 

Medieval Floor Tile by Judith Eason.
Medieval Floor Tile by Judith Eason.

Christine Johnson-Hume has paintings and sketches of Bradgate House which evoked thoughts of the young Lady Jane Grey before her future fate.

With a focus more on people, Ros Kite is fascinated by the colours and patterns in the Leicestershire Museum dress collection. (There is also an original 1850s dress on display!) Mary has paintings and drawings inspired by a 1920s photo archive of women workers at a Loughborough perfume factory. The women are surprisingly individual and ‘modern’ looking.

Blue Dress by Ros Kite.
Blue Dress by Ros Kite.

There is something for everyone to see. And a café too!

The Museum (Granby Street) is open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-3pm. After 15th April, it’s open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm.

There is a ‘Meet the Artists’ session on Saturday 2nd April 1-3 pm.

Exhibition flyer.
Exhibition flyer.

Crowdfunder Launched for Outwoods Sculpture trail

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ArtSpace have spent many hours developing plans and submitting funding applications to Arts Council England and Charnwood Borough Council for an Outwoods Sculpture Trail in 2022. Unfortunately we have not been successful with these core funding applications. We have, however, secured a Leicestershire County Council ‘Shire Grant’ of £5000 to run a series of creative workshops with  Mapelwell Hall School, Glebe House and Cobden Primary School to co-create three or four woodland installations for the trail. 

We are now launching a ‘justgiving’ crowdfunding page in the hope of raising some funds to offer modest commissions to a number of local artists to produce and install work for the trail and create a more substantial experience for the people of Charnwood and Leicestershire.

Open Cycle – Nita Rao

The proposed theme, ‘Harmony and Healing for Planet and People’, aims to promote personal and community well-being and increase awareness of environmental sustainability and draw links between the two.  

Please help us make these plans become a reality . Any donation, however small, will be very helpful and appreciated. All funds raised will be used to build a bigger and better Outwoods trail. 

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ArtSpace New Work


Sorry, this exhibition has now ended. An archive exhibition tour video will be uploaded soon.

ArtSpace present ‘New Work’, our next interactive on-line exhibition. The exhibits range from paintings and mixed media to photography, collage, video and print.
Much of the work is for sale.
Please note work is not shown actual size in this virtual gallery. Price and actual size are given in the ‘list of works’ (via drop down menu top right when in gallery view) or, along with an artist statement in some cases, via the info tab (top right when viewing a specific artwork) for a given work.
Enquiries are welcomed via individual artist’s emails, if given, via the group email : contact@artspace-lboro.co.uk.

REMEMBERING CHRIS ENGLISH

One of the most valued members of ArtSpace Loughborough, Chris English, sadly passed away in April 2021.  

The courage and determination that Chris showed in life, particularly in the face of his continuing health problems, was an inspiration to us all. His passion for painting and poetry was a gift to us all.

We are pleased to post a small tribute to Chris here on our website where Chris will be our featured artist for the next few months.

Click here to view the page which includes a gallery of some of Chris’s paintings and poetry.