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Stephan Evans’ Gallery of Wild Animals

DAN member Stephen Evans is keen to show his artworks to the art audience and fellow artists. Stephen enjoys trying different styles and media, and we can always expect something new from him. This time Stephen shares the group of his paintings of wild animals.

“I have always been interested in large wild animals with a special fondness for large cats, particularly leopards and tigers”, Stephen says. “I have put together a gallery displaying a small selection of some of these incredible creatures painted with soft pastel chalks. It is a wonderful medium to use which I found ideal for my chosen subjects. I enjoyed ‘Painting for Pleasure’ these fascinating animals but I was inspired as well because many are sadly on the verge of extinction.

He continues, “I look forward to sharing some more of my paintings from my wildlife portfolios again. A selection of the range of subjects that I ‘Paint for Pleasure’ can be viewed by visiting www.droitwichartsnetwork/gallery-stephenevans/  ”  


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Visit to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

Members are invited to the group visit to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford on Wednesday, 14the August. The Ashmolean Museum has on display some of the most incredible art objects in the world such as the Alfred Jewel, Guy Fawkes’ lantern, Egyptian mummy, Raphael’s drawings, Japanese and Chinese objects, Islamic art… Please visit the website for more details.

Please see further details below:

Train from Droitwich at 9.30am arrives at Shrub Hill 9.38.

Train to Oxford leaves 10.14 arriving at 11.29am. 

Some may prefer to drive to Shrub Hill.

With a rail card off peak return is £12.60 and anytime return £13.75. Without a rail card it is  £19.10 or £20.80

Admission to the museum is free!

A rooftop restaurant needs to be booked tel.01865 553823
Food buffet style downstairs is very good too and no booking necessary.
There is also the Morse cocktail bar over the road at the Randolph!


Call for creative poppies

Droitwich Arts Network monthly meeting 9th October will be all creative. It would be dedicated to creating a poppy wreath for the Remembrance Sunday. The wreath will be designed from individual poppies made in various techniques and materials – paper, fabrics, felt, crochet, knitting, painting, clay…- and put together during the evening meeting at Park’s Cafe in the centre of Droitwich Spa. 

We are calling all DAN members to create their poppies in any material and technique they wish (paperwork can be laminated to endure the weather), bring them to the meeting and take part in creating the unique wreath.

Droitwich Arts Network representative will attend Remembrance Service and wreath-laying at the war memorial at Victoria Square on 10th November. 

Wednesday, 9th October 2019, Park’s Cafe, 4 Victoria Square, Droitwich Spa, at 7.30pm.


‘Karen Moore Award’ for creative writing

This competition aims to promote intelligent and creative writing amongst the students of years 10-13 at Droitwich Spa High School. Students will need to show: an understanding of an issue or a theme; an ability to research information as necessary and put forward effectively realised arguments.  The award will be made every summer term.

Students can respond to the title as they see fit.  The title will change every year.  Entries should be a minimum of 1000 words: there is no upper limit.  Entries should be typed with each sheet having a name, year group and title of the work on it.

The title for 2019 is ‘Are all forms of protest acceptable?’

Entries should be made via email.  Your entry will be confirmed by return email: if you have not had a confirmation email within 48 hours, please speak to Mr Izod.  The deadline is midnight on Monday, July 1st.

The judging panel will comprise Helen Karakashian from the Droitwich Arts Network and Mrs Karen Moore, ex-Deputy Head Teacher. They will then pass their chosen entries to the final judge, Jack Solloway, ex DSHS pupil who is now a freelance writer who has written for The London Magazine, The Stage Review, The Play’s The Thing UK and The Times newspaper.

The prize will be a trophy to keep for a year and a cash prize of £100.  The trophy has been kindly donated by Mrs Moore. The cash prize is kindly sponsored by the Droitwich Arts Network. The prize will be awarded in the last week of the summer term.

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