The exhibition in the Library

Chris Walker and Trevor Hunter, two of the winners of the Hanbury Hall exhibition 2018


‘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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Tina Watkins’ paintings in Park’s Cafe

Tina Watkins is a mainly self-taught artist who recently moved to Droitwich from Kenilworth.  Since taking early retirement Tina has enjoyed revisiting her interest in painting.  Tina is currently serving on the committee as Membership Secretary for the Coventry & Warwickshire Society of Artists and Membership Secretary and Newsletter Editor for Droitwich Arts Network she is also a member of Droitwich Spa Art Club.  

More artwork is available on her ‘ArtyTina’ Facebook page Commissions undertaken with pleasure… She can be contacted on 01905 771886.


Upcoming exhibitions in April

Steve Williams in the Park’s Cafe

April will be busy months for Droitwich Arts Network members. Our traditional exhibition in the Long Gallery of Hanbury Hall will be held in April, rather than usual October. For 10 days (6 – 15 April) the visitors will enjoy a selection of paintings, textiles, crafts and cards from 24 artists. Most of the artworks are for sale, so there is a chance to buy a fantastic, unique present or treat yourself with something new for your home. 

After a commercially successful exhibition in Park’s Cafe last month, Rosie Philpott has a display of 3 pictures in Droitwich library. “Wonky Droitwich 1938”, “Victoria Square” and “Lazy Sunday at the Lido Park” are for sale. If interested, please contact Rosie directly. Rosie’s display will be in the library until 6 April. Upcoming artists who will show their works for 2-weeks displays are Stewart Bourne (6 – 20 April) and Ruth Bourne (20 April – 4 May), both the exceptional photographers. 

Park’s Cafe hosts the exhibition of 2 artists – Lyn Davies and Steve Williams. Although working in very different styles, Lyn and Steve’s joint exhibitions are always work well together and are a real treat for any art lover. Their exhibition will be on until 23 April. Tina Watkins will exhibit her paintings from 23 April until 21 May.

April’s meeting is scheduled for 8 April, starting 7.30pm at the Park’s Cafe, when Sara Morgan and her colleagues will give us a talk about Worcestershire Open Studios.  


The unveiling of the ceramic mural “Buildings of Droitwich”

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery, Wychavon District Council and Droitwich Town Council the Droitwich Arts Network have reached a stage to organise an unveiling ceremony for the restored Droitwich Spa’s national treasure. This colourful and intricate work of art had been removed from the St Andrew’s shopping centre wall in order to replace broken ceramic relief’s and to strengthen the panels. The ‘Black Dog’ Studio where the mural was originally made 43 years ago by artist Philippa Threlfall has now fixed a date for the replacement of the restored mural.

So the unveiling ceremony will take place at 4.30 pm on Wednesday 17th April. Since November 2018, artists have produced art work to fill the gap on the wall left by removal of the mural as shown below.