Visit: Art Studios and Gallery, Ellesmere and Oswestry
This is an opportunity to view some of the art in Shropshire, some of it of national importance. Jason Hicklin, Head of Print at the City and Guilds Art School in London and successful landscape artist, is allowing a visit to his studio in Ellesmere. See examples of his work, drawings and etchings (many atmospheric views of Scotland and Ireland), and a simple demonstration of etching technique. There should also be chance to visit a commercial gallery and craft shop in Ellesmere.
After lunch, acclaimed portraitist Peter Edwards will talk about his work, some of which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. Then move to the nearby workshops of Peter Vidal, cabinet maker, to see work in progress on some prestigious commissions. Then visit The Malthouse Gallery, accompanied by Peter Vidal, to see a selection of work in a variety of media. This gallery is an important showcase for art in Shropshire demonstrating local talent and traditional craftsman expertise. One of Peter Edwards' paintings is currently on display here.