Art Exhibition: Paintings by Sophie Gidlow

The current exhibition in our downstairs gallery features a range of paintings by Sophie Gidlow. The exhibition will run through to the end of July.

I am an Essex based artist and educator, having trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design London. My practice comprises of paintings and drawings of both abstract and realistic art, however, I am currently concentrating more on abstract design.

I predominantly use acrylic as its fast-drying, versatile qualities ideally suit my way of working. It is left for the viewer to draw their own conclusions as to the context behind my work; I like to allow personal meaning for all.

Like other contemporary artists, I am interested in how the inner emotions of the painter are reflected in their work and find it an ideal medium to express my own mood and sentiments. The design and colour choice of a piece often take me back to the emotions I was feeling at the time the painting was created.

I am inspired by my surroundings, my loved ones and my life experiences, all of which significantly influence my work.

Additionally, I greatly enjoy teaching art to young adults and children, bringing years of experience in both private tutoring and teaching and supporting students in Secondary Schools and Sixth Form colleges.

Book Launch: ‘The Bag’ by D J Cattrell

Saturday 15th, July 3.15 pm

Following the success of his first book ‘The Bucket’ a couple of years ago, we are delighted to welcome D J Cattrell  back to Red Lion Books to launch the follow up.

‘The Bag’ is an exciting adventure, featuring sisters, Rachel and Sarah, and a wicked witch called Esmeralda.

Sarah’s bag attracts the attention of Esmeralda and becomes part of her evil plans.

The action crosses boundaries between different worlds as Sarah realises that her precious bag contains more than she realises.

‘The Bag’ is a magical tale aimed at 8 – 12 year olds.

It is published in paperback price £8.99.

About the author:

D.J. Cattrell trained as a psychiatric nurse, then as a psychotherapist. He left that world to act as main carer for his terminally ill mother, then acquired a degree in performing arts. He helped create and run the New Route Theatre Company, championing new writing and giving aspiring actors new works to try and trained others in international negotiation skills. He has written plays in various genres as well as articles on the world of biodiesel and the relevance of Shakespeare within modern day management and business.

He now devotes his time to writing for children, running a small business, looking after his ageing horse, deaf cat, wife and two children.

The Press Gang: Exhibition of Prints.

The Press Gang Printmakers

June 2017 Exhibition

Come and see the gang’s vibrant and varied work in our gallery downstairs. The exhibition will run through June.

The Press Gang printmakers work from the print room at The Wilson Marriage Centre and are tutored by Judith White. They share a passion for the traditional art of printmaking including monotype, linocut, drypoint and collagraph techniques.

You can find out more about the group from The Press Gang Facebook page

Centuries of Change: The History of St Mary’s at the Wall, Colchester

For best part of 40 years now St Mary’s Church has flourished as a much loved arts venue. The building which shakes now to the sound of heavy metal bands was once shaken by the impact of 38lb canon balls during the siege of Colchester as well as by the earth quake of 1884.

The current building is actually the third built on the site. The first was St Mary the Virgin which only later became known as St Mary’s at the Walls.

The church has witnessed the burning of protestants in 1557 within yards of the west door. During the Civil War, a cavalry charge led by Charles Lucas, repelled the parliamentary invaders with the help of a cannon hauled to the top of the Church’s tower.  During the siege that followed, cannon were trained on the tower and a relentless bombardment resulted in the church’s destruction.

The fabric of the current building is lovingly detailed; the stonework, paintings, bells, and stained glass are all described and illustrated with photographs.

This fascinating book traces the history of a church that has been at the heart of Colchester life for so many generations.  The one disappointment for some might be to discover that St Mary’s famous link with Humpty Dumpty is unfounded!

An Audience with Sarah Perry

Red Lion Bookshop, in partnership with Appetite Book Club, are delighted to host this event with Sarah Perry, who will talk about her wonderful novel, ‘The Essex Serpent’ at
Colchester Arts Centre
Wednesday 28th June 2017 at 6.30 pm

The Essex Serpent’,  is set largely in and around Colchester towards the end of the nineteenth century.

A series of misfortunes out on the Blackwater estuary lead to rumours that the legendary serpent (or dragon) is stalking the land once more, roused from its slumbers by the earthquake of 1884.

It has been shortlisted for many prestigious, national literary awards, including the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, Costa Fiction Prize and the Wellcome Book Prize. It has just been announced winner of the British Book Award 2017.

The Arts Centre doors will open at 6.00pm with the event starting at 6.30pm sharp.

There will be the opportunity for audience Q&A and the event will run through to 7.30pm.

Tickets at £5.00 can be bought from the shop during normal opening hours of 9 – 5.30pm.

Tickets are also available online from  Colchester Arts Centre website for £6 where an ordering charge is also applicable.

All profits from this event will be donated to  Read Easy, a charity that works to help adults learn to read.

Find out about the excellent and important work they do here