Monday, 22 October 2018

Students’ work to feature in art and crafts guild’s autumn show

TWO sixth-form students from Shiplake College are among the artists whose work is going on show as part of the Henley Art and Crafts Guild’s autumn exhibition.

TWO sixth-form students from Shiplake College are among the artists whose work is going on show as part of the Henley Art and Crafts Guild’s autumn exhibition.

Billy Sayers and James Hargreaves will see their work displayed to the public from tonight (Friday) when the show opens at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Upper Market Place.

Elaine Fear of the Henley Arts and Crafts Guild, which has around 160 members, explained that one of the ideas behind the event was to get more of the town’s young people involved.

She said: “This annual guild exhibition is always selected by an outside selector and this year the guild is very pleased to welcome the head of art at Shiplake College, Hema Gillings, to select the work for display at the autumn exhibition.



“This always results in a delightful exhibition of the work of guild members and is well worth a visit when you pop in to Henley.

“The guild is also very keen to be open to the work of younger members of the local community and is displaying the work of two Shiplake College students, Billy Sayers and James Hargreaves, alongside members’ work.

“Junior members are welcome within the guild and it is hoped that a junior section can be developed to encourage budding young artists locally.”

The decision to include younger artists’ work was welcomed by Hema Gillings, who said: “The work that Billy and James entered is from last year’s AS work.

“Billy was inspired by life drawing class and James by the gestures made by hands.

“Both are continuing to study art at A2 level, developing their painting skills. They are very excited about exhibiting and hopefully selling their work.”

One of three annual shows put on by the guild, the autumn exhibition gets under way tonight with an open view from 6pm to 8pm at which wine and nibbles will be served.

Elaine Fear added: “All are welcome to meet the artists, see the deputy mayor who is opening the exhibition, and have an enjoyable preview of the inspiring art and sculpture on display.”

From tomorrow until Tuesday (October 20), the exhibition will be open daily from 10am to 4pm.

Any artist, sculptor or craftsperson, young or not so young, who would like to join the guild, is asked to visit www.henley-arts.org for more information.



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