Annual Exhibition


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Annual Exhibition


The Bramshott and Liphook Arts and Crafts Society’s annual exhibition last weekend was a celebration of work produced by local artists during lockdown. In 2020, for the first time in the Society’s history, the annual exhibition had to be cancelled because of Covid, like so many other events, and members had plenty of time to produce some excellent art. The exhibition was supported by the Arts Council / National Lottery, under the Create and Share project, which enabled the society to keep going during lockdown and support members through Zoom workshops and ‘Create-Alongs’ to continue painting and creating. The result was an exhibition full of work that reflected the artists’ journey through what has been a tough and isolating time for everyone.

With over two hundred framed paintings, from traditional scenes to abstract art, and with wire, bronze and resin sculptures, and turned wood, it was an exciting display. There were six hundred and seventy visitors who enjoyed the exhibition, and many had lunch in the BLACS café making it a relaxing and enjoyable outing.

The Society is keen to encourage and support art and craft for all ages and there were exhibits from the students from Bohunt school, with amazing photography on the subject of reflections and art on the subject of structures, with a winner in each category judged by the Treasurer of BLACS, a keen photographer, and Caroline Strong, a local artist. Work from the 6th form was also exhibited and included drawing, painting, photography of such a high level of competency.

During this year BLACS artists worked with the Federation of Liphook Infant School and Liphook C of E Junior School who was a partner under the Create and Share project, and Tamsin Norris, an experienced artist and teacher, worked with the children to produce some delightful art which was displayed at the exhibition.

Each year the Society gives awards to winners in a number of categories and the awards are presented by the President of the society, Andy Tubbs. This year the winners were

Andy Tubbs award for body of work – Lindsay Sword

Louise Garwood award for floral art – Mariella Wolff

Paul Bywood award for landscape in oils – Melanie Cambridge

Eli Chem award for Innovation – Barbara Whitbourn


Committee choice 3 D – Roger Russell

Committee Choice 2D – Maureen Oben

Peoples Choice Craft   - Geoff Cruttenden

Peoples Choice Framed Art – Caroline Strong

The society aims to encourage people to take up art which is something that is within everyone, every child paints with abandon and bravery, it is only as people grow up that they are constrained by what others think and say about their art. Art helps people express themselves, enjoy themselves and give enjoyment to others. It is a precious thing, and this year five people were inspired to join the society which is amazing.

If you are reading this and have ever felt you would like to try to create, then do contact the Chair of the Society, Barbara Whitbourn, for a friendly and informal chat. Her contact details are on the website, along with the workshops and demonstrations.

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