The exhibition in the Library

The exhibition in Droitwich Library is the final event of the ArtsFest 2017. 24 artists showed their works in various media. More »

DAN annual exhibition at Hanbury Hall

Each year DAN members hold an annual exhibition in the prestigious venue, Long Gallery at Hanbury Hall. More »

Handel Water Music

Droitwich Spa celebrated Handel Water Music with a concert and historical reenactment. More »

Winners of the Hanbury Hall exhibition 2018

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Paintings, photography, music, workshops, public art, and many more

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The “Buildings of Droitwich” Ceramic Mural restoration progression

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery, Wychavon District Council and Droitwich Town Council the Droitwich Arts Network have reached the halfway stage to restoring Droitwich Spa’s national treasure. This colourful and intricate work of art has been removed from the shopping centre wall in order to replace broken ceramic relief’s and to strengthen the panels. Good progress is being made at the ‘Black Dog’ factory where the mural was originally made 42 years ago by artist Philippa Threlfall.

Over the last two months artists have been designing art work to fill the gap on the wall left by removal of the mural. This has now been completed as shown below. 

Local artists kick off 2019 with a Group Exhibition

Droitwich Arts Network is kicking off 2019 with a group exhibition at Park’s Café in Droitwich Spa, running until 22nd January. The display includes works by 14 artists. Many of the exhibits were winners of the public vote in the network’s annual exhibition at Hanbury Hall in 2018.

Rosie Philpott, artist and secretary of DAN is thrilled to have organised the display. “There’s a great variety of styles within the network and it’s lovely to see them alongside each other. It should spark a lot of conversation and it’s great to give the public another chance to see their favourites”.

A different DAN artist exhibits every month at Park’s Café. It is such a popular venue that it is already fully booked for 2019! Owner, Paul Richardson says “Myself and my customers always look forward to the DAN group exhibitions and over the last 7 years of them being held at Parks, they have never disappointed”.

Artists posing with their paintings

Hanbury Hall award winners’ announcements and photography workshop with Rhys Jones

The DAN meeting on 7th November was held at Spectrum Days, Old Coach Road. Helen opened the meeting by congratulating the artists with the most votes by visitors to the Hanbury Hall Exhibition. 

Adult votes:

1st Trevor Hunter for “Red Deer Stag”

2nd  Graham Wilson for “Your Delivery Has Been Dispatched”

Joint 3rd Julia Rollit for “Breaking Calm” and  Lyn Davies for “Bright Harbour”

Children’s votes: 1st Tina Watkins for “Hare”,  2nd Tracey Whittam for “Toby”, and 3rd Trevor Hunter for “Red Deer Stag”.

Congratulations to all winners! 

Total sales at the exhibition were £400 higher than last year. It will take a few weeks for artists to receive their money as we need to reconcile our sales records and recover the value of debit and credit card sales from the National Trust.

Rhys Jones then gave a talk entitled “Shooting People, with your camera”. The first topic was Composition, and suggested that knowing the reason for taking a photo helps with the “framing”. Portraits do not need to be in portrait format; landscape and square are interesting alternatives. Rhys emphasised that the eyes are usually the most important part of a portrait and must be in focus.

The second topic was Light. Rhys talked about different sources of light and the positioning of people in light and shade, avoiding harsh sunlight. He also outlined ways to make the best use of flash, and when to avoid using it.

Photo took by Rhys Jones during his workshop using the studio lights

The third topic covered the different types of camera, and how taking control of camera settings can improve the quality and impact of your photos.

We then had the opportunity to take photos of each other using two portable studio lights.
For those interested in the relationship between Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO, more useful information can be seen at  https://www.slrlounge.com/iso-aperture-shutter-speed-a-cheat-sheet-for-beginners/ 

 

Charity concert to help funding Spectrum Days

Droitwich Lions are organising a Charity Concert on Friday 9th November at Droitwich Working Mens Club at 7.00pm. The aim of the event is to help local non-profit organisation Spectrum Days, Worcestershire Young Carers and Worcestershire Carers

Spectrum Days is a small non-for-profit charity who provide people with profound disabilities and their families with specialist support within Worcestershire and the surrounding areas. The areas they currently cover are Worcester, Droitwich, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Pershore, Tewkesbury and Tenbury Wells.

Spectrum Days charity works with the family to support and provide each member with a unique, fun and purposeful care package which meets their needs. The experienced, well trained and fantastic staff work together to provide a fun, stimulating and safe service throughout the week from Monday to Saturday.

Spectrum Days gave a fantastic support to Droitwich Arts Network throughout the year, by giving us their rooms for various projects and presentations. 

Tickets £10 from Mike John or Carole Moseley 01905 796565. Mike is part of an excellent music group and there will be a very entertaining Black Country poet and comedian David Bartley