ARTBAR Guest next week is the artist Sandra Porter RWA, discussing her prints, paintings and current exhibition at the Museum in the Park, Stroud.

Our next Artbar guest is the artist Sandra Porter RWA who will talk about her prints, paintings and her current exhibition at the Museum in the Park, Stroud.

“Sandra Porter studied Fine Art at Stourbridge College of Art, achieved an MA in Fine Art Painting from Chelsea School of Art in 1981 and studied Printmaking with Dorothea Wight at Morley College in the 1990s.

She is a contemporary abstract artist interested in the symbiotic relationship between painting, drawing and printmaking. Her work currently explores a fascination with grids, stripes and recurrent schemes which often find their beginnings in architecture, usually grand as in St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow or Siena Cathedral in Italy. Recently, humble corrugated iron bothans on the Isle of Skye have caught her eye, appearing like drawings in the landscape and inspiring the new works which are shown in this exhibition. This is Sandra Porter’s first solo museum show and will include large-scale carborundum prints, drawings and paintings.” The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England & The Iona Foundation, Amsterdam.

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ARTBAR Guest: Max Naylor

ARTBAR GUEST: Max Naylor discusses his work which is a playful exploration of drawing and surrealist landscapes. He shall also discuss his recent residency in LA. See more of his work here:

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ARTBAR Tuesday 16th January: Professor Mike Tooby discusses the curation at Turner Contemporary of the exhibition ‘Journeys with The Wasteland’ and the significance of T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ with the 60 artists taking part in the exhibition from February to May 2018.


ARTBAR Christmas Quiz! Tuesday 19th December, get a team together, get there early, win prizes, drink beer, eat Raven pies and chips, have fun…


ARTBAR GUEST: The Ceramicist Sara Moorhouse..

Our guest on Tuesday 21st will be ceramicist, Sara Moorhouse whose work can be currently seen in ‘The Art of Perception: Seurat to Riley’ exhibition at The Holburne Museum in Bath.

Sara Moorhouse was born in Sheffield in 1974. Originally from Worksop in Nottinghamshire, Sara trained initially at West Nottinghamshire College of Further Education before studying Illustration at the University of Wolverhampton. Following a Post Graduate Certificate in Art and Design Education at Exeter University, Sara taught and lectured. Then she studied Ceramics and took a Masters and PhD at UWIC School of Art and Design, Cardiff.

Sara says of her work: “The development of my work into ceramics, colour, and spatial perception began with a Masters degree at Cardiff in 2003. The work explores the ways in which spaces within landscape appear altered depending on the ever-changing colours of season, weather, time and farming. The bowls act as a canvas for paintings that distill specific landscape scenes, perceptibly altering the size, depth, and shape of the form by the applied colour.”

ARTBAR Guest: The gallerist Bridget de Leon the talk entited: ‘From Brstol to Bath via Brooklyn..’ Bridget, who will discuss her life as a gallerist, curator and arts consultant. “Bridget is an experienced specialist in contemporary and 20th-century art. She co-founded the Percy Miller gallery from 1999- 2005 and in 2006 she organised and ran the first ‘Collecting Contemporary Art’ course for the Whitechapel Gallery, London. She presented an extensive exhibition of Grace Weir’s film work at the Science Museum in 2007. This was the largest exhibition dedicated to a single artist at the museum. Prior to this Bridget’s career has included running the Delfina Studio Trust from 1991-1995, working at Tate, London and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. She has placed works in private and major public collections including the British Museum, Deutsche Bank, The Fleming Collection, Zabludowicz Collection, St. John’s College, Oxford, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Bridget has an M.A. in Curating Contemporary Art from The Royal College of Art, London and a joint honors degree in History/History of Art from Bristol University.”

ARTBAR Guest: Geoffrey Bertram.

Our Artbar guest this month is the art dealer, curator, consultant, and Chairman of the Wilhemina Barns Graham Trust, Geoffrey Bertram. The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust was established by the Scottish artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in 1987. The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust exists to enhance the reputation and understanding of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham as one of Britain’s most significant 20th-century artists, and through her legacy supports young people and other individuals to fulfill their potential in the visual arts.