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Diane Hall
A critique of members' artwork
Meeting 2nd September 2015
Leicester High School for Girls, 
454 London Road, Leicester, LE2 2PP 
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Guests welcome for £3
For more details, click here 
or on the photograph.

Detail (1 of a 100 clay tiles) from piece entitled ' without borders' Diane Hall
What's been happening...
LSC Workshop with Tony Sumpter.
Many thanks to Tony Sumpter for a very enjoyable and intensive Life Drawing workshop in August in Knighton Parish Centre. He gave lots of advice and exercises to stretch us throughout the 3 hours. Looking forward to more of them next year.
Drawing by Brigitte Thomas.
In the frame...
Simon The Framer in Leicester gave a great talk/demo in August on framing. Members got a chance to play around with frames and mounts over their work, learn about the different kinds of framing methods available and to see some of the bespoke paint effects he creates on frames. Really informative - many thanks Simon.

Unit 14b, Faircharm Industrial Estate, Evelyn Drive, Leicester
Tel; 0116 3190303 or 07580773347

Leicester Sketch Club Past and Present...
Our 3-month run in the New Walk Museum has finally ended.

The exhibition's success has helped to promote the Club and its members' work. It was wonderful to follow the history of the paintings from our earliest members to the present day and to see the high standard set by our founders, still in evidence today.  

Innovations such as the 'Sketch Book' and two Museum Sketch Days were an exciting way to engage the public and fellow artists alike.

Congratulations to 8 members who sold their work. They include Barbara Taylor-Harris, Jenny Riseborough, Shirley Easton, Alison Cork, Janet Alderson-Smith, John Nixon, Joan Roobottom and Vivien Blackburn.

The Committee wishes to give its appreciation and thanks to everyone who helped with dismantling the exhibition, the packing of paintings, the administration and of course the clean-up at the end.

We are indebted to everyone who volunteered their time and skills in the planning, manning and running of the exhibition. We are certain that it has been very worthwhile and we feel very excited about the coming months and look forward to see what 2016 will hold for the LSC.
LSC Exhibitions - update 2016/2017...
We are looking forward to holding two exhibitions in 2016! 

The first comes early in the year at the Sock Gallery, Loughborough and the second is our Annual Exhibition in September, back in the heart of Leicester at Newarke Houses Museum. The committee is researching venues for 2017. All the details below, starting with Sock...  

Please make a note of the dates in your diaries and we'll keep you posted with updates in forthcoming meetings and newsletters...
Sock Gallery Exhibition
28th January - 19th March 2016
Sock Gallery - Loughborough Town Hall
Market Place, Loughborough, LE11 3EB
This is a bonus exhibition in addition to our Annual Exhibition and gives us the opportunity to show our work in another part of the County, in the lovely surroundings of the Sock Gallery in the Town Hall in Loughborough in early 2016.
The committee will be issuing application forms in early October. Well done to Alison Cork as her painting has been used for online publicity by the Gallery. The committee sent a selection of images to their publicity department to choose from. If you would like your work to be included in general publicity in the future, please email: as we are currently lacking in fresh material to use.
The Sock Gallery will permit us to hang up to 50 paintings in the gallery so unfortunately, the committee will only be able to accept work from the first 50 application forms.
Annual exhibition 2016
Newarke Houses Museum
Saturday 10th - 15th September

The committee are delighted to announce that the Club’s Annual Exhibition for 2016 will be held in the Newarke Houses Museum in Leicester from Saturday 10th Sept – Thursday 15th Sept 2016.
The exhibition will be held in Gallery 2 & 3 in the same location as the Leicester and East Midland Open 26 Exhibition. Handing in will be on Friday 9th Sept. 2016.
There will be a ‘garden party’ style preview on the 10th Sept. in the afternoon. Unfortunately, an evening preview would be too expensive due to extra staffing costs.
The venue has white walls and track lighting and will be advertised in the Council's What’s on brochure, website and the Leicester Link.
Newarke Houses Museum , The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY
Exhibition 2017
The committee will be sending in an application soon to exhibit in the new Gallery space in the Attenborough Arts Centre for 2017. Since they will favour proposals with a themed approach, Milan Popowich has kindly volunteered to work on developing this. We welcome ideas from members that might inform the proposal so if you have any suggestions, please email him at :
Sketch and painting days...
10 members and guests turned up for a sketching day in Bradgate Park. It was a very enjoyable sunny day to draw in broken by lunch under some shady trees. Some of the work can be seen here:
Painting by Nigel King.
Painting Day... for members
Bradgate Park, Newton Linford
Saturday 5th Sept 2015
Meet in the car park 10.00am  Free admission to the Park but there is a fee to use entrance car park. There is a free car park a little further away - Full details here or click on the map below; 
If you would like to come or have any queries, please email: or just turn up on the day. You will only be notified of cancellation if you book it.
Indoor Monthly Sketch Days.
The Indoor Sketching days in Knighton Parish Centre are now fully booked. If you would like to be put on a reserve list in case of cancellation, please email or let Emma know at the next meeting.
The dates include: 31st Oct, 21st Nov 2015. Dates for 2016 include 30th Jan, 27th Feb, 26th March, 30th April.
1.30 – 4.30pm. The 6 sessions cost £25 in total which includes a fee for a model for three portrait sessions and three still life sessions.
Heather Wharam: 
Workshop update
The location for the Heather Wharam workshop has changed to Brocks Hill Visitor Centre. Washbrook Ln, Oadby, Leicester LE2 5JJ
Those attending have been notified. Details on what to bring will be emailed soon. If you have booked your place, please send your cheque for £17 (payable to LSC) to 29, Browning Street, Leicester LE3 OJL or hand in at the next meeting by Wed. 2nd Sept. There is one place left.
Click on the boot or here for details
'Underfoot' by Heather Wharam
Committee news...
LSC Club Exhibition Screens
The committee is currently looking into the pros and cons of retaining the Club’s display screens and aims to produce a report for members to consider before the AGM.

Storage of our screens is currently costing the club over £450 each year and now the additional fee for delivery and set up is approximately Â£400. Therefore, the Committee would like to research alternatives, including the practicalities of hiring stands should we need them in the future and compare the costs. 

Although these high-quality screens have been extremely useful in the past, given that the situation now is different, ie, we would like to aim to exhibit in galleries or spaces with integral hanging spaces, we would like to find out if it makes financial sense to hold onto them. The considerable sum of money saved could be used to hire dedicated gallery spaces such as Newarke Houses or Sock, or towards promoting exhibitions. 

If anyone has strong views for or against this or would like to help the committee's research and preparation of the report, please email at:
AGM ...
The LSC AGM is on the 4th November at 7pm in the Leicester High School for Girls. We look forward to seeing you! There will be wine, soft drinks and nibbles afterwards.
Motions proposing changes to the rules or the general running of the club may be submitted for inclusion on the agenda by email to Emma Fitzpatrick  on  or by post to 29, Browning Street, Leicester LE3 OJL  Deadline: Friday 2nd October  

Nominations for the committee may be submitted by email to Emma Fitzpatrick on or by post to 29, Browning Street, Leicester LE3 OJL Deadline to receive names: Friday 30th October.
The present Committee would greatly appreciate new members coming forward to help in any capacity.
Membership news...
New members take club to 100!
We would like to welcome our latest members, Helen Meheux and Roz Kite to the Club. Helen's Portrait of an Unknown Man shown on the left. Their work will be on view on the website shortly.
The Committee is also delighted to announce that with Helen and Roz, membership has now reached one hundred! The intense work in promoting the LSC over the past few years is paying dividends. We look forward to increasing the membership over the coming year. 
Open Studios...
Northampton Open Studios 2015 - Aug/Sep
Kettering Museum and Art Gallery are re launching Open Studios for 2015 and will be taking over the project as an entirely new venture. The Alfred East Art Gallery will therefore introduce the new Northants Open Studio Trails in September 2015, with a launch event in August to promote the event and officially open the NOST Central Exhibition. See more here
Exhibitions... Leicester and County
Sock Gallery Open
Runs on the 5th September 2015
Members exhibiting include Scott Bridgwood, Sue Barry, Alison Cork, Helen Meleux , Christine Mannion and Alan Willey.
Sock Gallery, Loughborough Town Hall
Market Place, Loughborough LE11 3EB
Free admission

Image by Scott Bridgwood
Exhibitions... further afield
Helen Newton Exhibition - Sagres, Portugal
1st - 4th October, 2015

Helen Newton has an exhibition of 8 watercolour sketches at the annual Festival de Observação de Aves de Sagres (Bird Watching Festival) in Sagres, Portugal, 1-4 October 2015. Sagres is at the western end of the Algarve. Portugal. The exhibition venue is in the stunning Forte do Beliche perched on the cliff top in the natural park and the event attracts 1000 international birdwatchers. The sketches are of the local area where birdwatching activities will take place. See more of Helen's work on her website:

Image: Road to Vale Santo
'Racing Lines: Le Tour' Maxine Dodd
jGallery, 25 West Street, Moulton, Northampton
30th July - 30th August, 2015
LSC members and friends are warmly invited to catch Maxine Dodd's successful exhibition, 
'Racing Lines: Le Tour'  but also to discover jGallery Art Gallery and Coffee House.
This independent gallery, specialising in contemporary art, in a unique space, will be of interest to any member(s) wishing to explore new exhibition possibilities, so well worth a  visit. website,
Tony Sumpter Life Drawing Workshops
Many members were keen to know about Tony’s upcoming life drawing workshops so include the information here:

Leicester Grammar School. London Road, Great Glen, Leicester LE8 9FL

24th Sep, 8th Oct, 10th Oct, 15th Oct, and 29th Oct 2015.

There are 5 places left for 5 life drawing sessions with adults working alongside the students. They run from 4:00-6:00pm in the art room. Easels
are provided. There's ample parking. Places are on a first come first serve basis. Sessions to be paid for in advance - no cancellation refund. Tony can be contacted on 0116 2781870.
The total cost is £50 (@£10 for 2 hours each session).


Deadline for entries: 23 November 2015
Part of this year's Big Draw, the Campaign for Drawing invites submissions from artists for the John Ruskin Prize. Click on the picture above or the link below for full details.

Cank Street Gallery – Call for entries for their Open Exhibition
Submission of Works 1st September – Saturday, 19th September. More details here: Cank Street Gallery Open  To download the entry form, click here.
Art in Lyddington 2015
Friday 30 October, Saturday 31 October & Sunday 1 November, 10am – 5pm
Preview: Thursday 29th October from 6.30pm – 8pm
7pm, Opened by the High Sheriff of Rutland, Andrew Brown

Submissions invited for this year's exhibition in Lyddington, Rutland. This popular event which raises funds for St. Andrew’s Church, other charities and AiL equipment funds. Click here or on the photograph to download information and email Barbara@theoldparsonage for an application form.  
Mall Galleries – Online submission to the 
Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Deadline: 28 August, 12 noon
More details about prizes and procedure can be found by clicking the doorway or at:
And finally...
It's hard to believe that the Pop Art movement began in the UK (yes really!) in the mid-1950s and that it is now 60 years old. The BBC celebrates this unique take on British and American culture with a series of programmes during the last week of August. Discover the vibrant work and artists involved, Derek Boshier, Ed Rusha feature, along with Warhol, Lichtenstein, Blake et al... You'll discover that it's not just soup cans and Marilyns!   Read all about it and catch up on iPlayer,
Do you have something to share? We would love to hear your news, views, tips and techniques.
Deadline to submit for next issue is 15th

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