Hampshire Open Studios 2014.

Hampshire Open Studios

A weekend visiting some of the many Hampshire Open Studios

This weekend has been a weekend of meeting with Artists, Photographers and Crafters taking part in the Hampshire Open Studios 2014.  We have been spreading the word about the Titchfield Art & Craft Show and will hopefully have a few more new faces joining us for the 2015 show.  We decided to explore some of the Open Studios from Warsash through to Winchester and Chandlers Ford this weekend.

This is how our weekend panned out, and the places we visited;

Warsash Studios

The weekend started off with a visit to Warsash Studios, a great new studio just opened in Warsash.  It has a nautical themed shop and the Garden Studio at the rear of the shop.  The gallery is currently hosting a collection of work from local Artists, Photographers and Crafters for Hampshire Open Studios, but will be used to run courses on various different crafts for the future, you can find a list of day courses on their website in the Events section.

Warsash Art Group

Our next stop, as it is just down the road from Warsash Studios, was the Warsash Art Group Annual Exhibition. Although this is not part of the Hampshire Open Studios it was an exhibition not to be missed.  The Warsash Art Group always have a wonderful exhibition of work on display. Unfortunately if you missed it this weekend it has already finished as it only runs for one weekend, but it is definitely an exhibition worth keeping an eye out for next year.

Stuart Tocher & Mark Chamberlain

Stuart & Mark are first time exhibitors in Hampshire Open Studios.  Stuarts work is generally Oil, and he paints seascapes.  He is a really nice guy to talk to and is more than happy to share his knowledge and experiences in painting with visitors to his home studio.  His fine art prints can be found at The Art Barn.
Mark is a photographer and specializes in long exposure seascapes.  The pictures he has on display are amazing.  If you are looking for some high quality Monotone images printed on Aluminium then he is the man to talk to.  He also has colour images printed on Aluminium.  If you have not seen this medium used for printing it is worth a look, as it gives the images a wonderful look and feel to them.  Marks website is tranquil-images.co.uk

Fair Oak Art and Craft Society

The Fair Oak Art and Craft Society have been meeting for 35 years at the Village Hall in Fair Oak. They put on a fantastic 35th anniversary exhibition of work by their members, from art to craft, there was a bit of something for all tastes. One thing that we enjoyed the most was being able to look through members sketch books and see how their work has changed over the years. Unfortunately this is also a show that was only run for the one weekend. However they will be holding their Annual Exhibition in November during the weekend of the 8th/9th.

Hilary A Archer

As we were planning on venturing into Winchester we stopped off at Hilarys house on the way past, and we were glad that we did. Hillary is such an enthusiastic artists, she has her artwork all over her house. The only room that there isn’t a picture or sculpture or carving in is the bathroom. She was a wonderful collection of her work on display, and some that is not on display, but she pulled out from cupboards to show us. Her carvings are wonderful, and she uses a variety of different materials, she had some stone that came from Salisbury Cathedral and some wood work as well. Hilary has a website where you can see some of her work and find her contact details : hilaryarcherart.co.uk

Dallas Maughan, Brynja Maughan, Marion Browning, Joan Sortwell

As we drove through Badger Farm on the way to Winchester we noticed the familiar Open Studio signs directing us down towards Olivers Battery, so decided to follow them to see what was on display. We were well rewarded on finding this little treasure trove of Art including Photography by Brynja, Paper collage work by Dallas, Intricately stitched cards and felt work were all on display here.

2D3D South Contemporary Art

A very well organised Exhibition of work by the members of this group held in a great light airy space at The West Downs Centre. The exhibition is over 2 floors and contained a good variety of work. The availability of a glass of wine was very much appreciated, as was the interaction with the artists, as most of the exhibitors were there to talk to about their art work and their journey in the world of art.

Louise & Gordon Brown With Friends

We were on our way to Romsey for our final visit when I saw that there was a Photographer in Chandlers Ford who sounded interesting, so we detoured to visit Louise & Gordon Brown at their home. There was an extensive collection of photographs displayed in their Garden Studio. Gordon is the photographer, and it was great to chat about photography with him and discuss some of the decisions around editing and framing certain images. Louise is a framer, amongst many other talents, and also had some basket weaving work on display which was interesting. As the day was getting on the home cafe with seating in the beautiful garden was welcomed and a cup of tea and slice of home made cake went down very well.

Purbeck Cottage Studios

After discussing Photography with Gordon he recommended that we visited Purbeck Cottage Studios where several of his fellow Winchester Photographic Society members where holding their own Open Studio so we decided that as it was on the way back home we would go their instead of going into Romsey. This was another amazing find on our trail for the day. The amount and quality of Photography, Linocut prints, crafts and Jewellery on display was fantastic and it was displayed in the great setting of a barn which was converted into a gallery for the purpose of the Open Studios. There were also refreshments available, as well as most of the exhibitors to talk to.

And so we reached the end of a day and a half visiting Hampshire Open Studios 2014, and came away very satisfied to have met lots of wonderful Artists/Photographers/Crafters on our journeys. We are hoping that we will be able to get to as many more of the Open Studios venues as we can over the course of the next week, so if you are reading this, and have an Open Studio, please don’t feel put out that we haven’t mentioned you this weekend, we are quite probably on our way to see you…

Mark Pearce

We’re almost there…

Today is the day that all the setting up of Titchfield Community Centre starts.

Work has been going on furiously in the background making sure that everything that needs to be organised has been done.  New signs have been printed to indicate where the entrance to the show is, based on visitor feed back from last year.  The catalogue has been produced, signs have been printed and laminated ready to be put up around the Community Centre.

New Signs

New signs

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Must dash, need to get going to organise things……….


1 week and counting…

With only 1 week to go until our Preview Evening and grand opening of the 40th Titchfield Art & Craft Show there are a few things to be done to get us ready……

On Sunday morning at 9:30 current chairman Jacqui Knott and Mark Pearce will be talking to Nick Girdler on BBC Radio Solent about the 40th anniversary of the Titchfield Art & Craft Show.

Starting on Thursday next week we will start to set up the Titchfield Community Centre and be receiving work from the Artists.  Art work is dropped off by the artists on Thursday between 5:30pm & 7:00pm and Friday between 09:00am & 10:30am.  Once this has been completed it is then all hands to the deck to get everything hung and ready for judging, which normally happens at around 3:00pm on the afternoon before the Preview Evening.  As mention in a previous post the Judging this year will be done by Tim Craven for the Art and by River Studio for the Digital Art/Photography.

Also on the Friday we will have our Craft stalls being set up, and volunteers will be busy in their kitchens cooking the hors d’oeuvres for the PreviewEvening.  We also have volunteers who provide flowers for the hall and they will be busy arranging these.

Also behind the scenes preparations are being made for our History of Titchfield Art & Craft Show presentation that will be running in the Bar area, new signage is being produced to help people find their way around the show, as well as through the front door.

We shall be opening the doors for the Preview Evening at 7:00 pm and then it will be all go for a busy weekend.

We hope to see you there, and if you still need a Preview Evening ticket then pop along to Titchfield Community Centre to get one, remember that the price of the ticket includes nibbles, a glass of wine and a catalogue which you can use to gain entry to the show for the whole weekend.

A big thank you to River Studio, Warsash.

Today I have been to pick up some of the signs that have been printed for us by one of our sponsors, River Studio in Warsash.

They look amazing and will hopefully make navigating around our show a little bit easier this year as they will point out where the Country Market, Photography/Digital Art section, Craft and Sales desks are as well as there being new signs to go outside by the entrance to the show.

We are most grateful to Dave at River Studio for providing the posters as well as sponsoring our Photography/Digital Art section for the second year in a row.

You can find out more about River Studio and the printing services that they provide in the Sponsors Section of our website.

Happy Thursday everyone,


Artist Demonstrations – 2014

Titchfield Art & Craft Show 2014 logo

As those of you that support us year after year will know, we always line up some great local artist demonstrations over the weekend of the show.  This year is no exception and we have the following artists lined up to show you how they work this year :

Friday 25th April :      Preview Evening :  Rachel Baylis

Saturday 26th April : 10am – 1pm :          Elaine Reed

Saturday 26th April : 2pm – 5pm :            Belinda Colby

Sunday 27th April :    10am – 12pm :        Gill Dollery

Sunday 27th April :    2pm – 4pm :           Ron Moody

We hope that you will be able to come in and see some your favourite local artists in action during the weekend.


2014 Art Show now FULL

Titchfield Art & Craft Show 2014 logo

It is with mixed emotion that we have to announce that we have had to close applications to the art show early this year.  We now have over 400 pieces of art work in the show and we do not have any further wall space left.  If you have sent in your application form and it has come in the post after we have filled up we will be in contact to let you know that unfortunately we have not been able to accept your application at this time.

We are very pleased to have a full show, but it is sad that we will have to turn away some artists that would like to apply for the show at the last minute.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact form.


Preview Evening tickets now on sale

Titchfield Art & Craft Show 2014 logo

You can now purchase your Preview Evening tickets for the 2014 show from Titchfield Community Centre in person, or by reserving over the phone.

Tickets include a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres during the evening as well as a catalogue which will give you entry to the show for the whole weekend.  You will also be able to enjoy the opportunity to have the first pick of all the art work that is available for sale.  All the art work in the show is original, there are no prints (except for Photography/Digital Art).

All our Craft stalls will also be open for the Preview Evening as well as a table of produce from Titchfield Country Market.

The ticket price is £7.50 per person.  We recommend that you purchase tickets from the Community Centre in advance as in previous years, but we may have some available at the door this year.

The Preview Evening is on Friday 25th April from 7:00pm to 9:30pm.


Titchfield Community Centre,
Mill Street,
PO14 4AB

Tel     :  01329 842933
e-mail: titchfield.ca@btconnect.com

Application deadline drawing close.

Titchfield Art & Craft Show 2014 logo

Titchfield Art & Craft Show application deadline – 25th March 2014

As we move through the month, or even the year as it seems to be flying past, the deadline for application forms to be received for the Titchfield Art & Craft Show 2014 is drawing close.  If you want to have a chance to exhibit your Pictures, Photos or Digital Art at our show this year your application form must be received by the 25th March.

We are looking forward to seeing all the new 1st time artists and photographers that are joining us this year, as well as being able to welcome back many of our regular artists to the show.

If you are considering entering the show this year then you will need to be quick, download the Application Form without delay.

The Titchfield Art & Craft Show is open to all, and we do not have a vetting process for work that is submitted for exhibition so help us to make this the biggest Titchfield Art & Craft Show by submitting your application form today!

If you have any questions about entering the show then feel free to contact me using the details below :

Mark Pearce
email    : mark@titchfieldartandcraft.co.uk
mobile : 07962 200 208


Titchfield Photography Group.

For anyone who is interested in Photography there is an Inaugural meeting this evening at The Queens Head in Titchfield to discuss setting up a Photography Group in Titchfield.  Details below Taken from the Titchfield Village Website run by Phil Burner:

Want to improve your photographic skills? Come and join a group of keen photographers of all abilities.

Titchfield PhotographyLocal ‘snappers’ are being invited to a meeting to discuss forming a ‘photographic group’ for Titchfield. The aim of the group would be to improve photographic skills, exchange ideas and discuss photography in general. There would be no competitions, just friendly and informal chat about picture taking.
Photographers from all backgrounds and abilities are welcome.

Possible format for the group  :-

  • Discussion of photographic techniques
  • Non competitive image appraisals
  • Sharing of photographic skills
  • Help with photographic styles and techniques
  • Visiting speakers
  • Discussions
  • Tutorials
  • ‘Show and Tell’ sessions

You don’t need to be an expert to join us, just have a keen interest and enthusiasm for photography.  The inaugural meeting to discuss the formation of the group takes place 7.30pm on Wednesday 12th February at The Queen’s Head.

Contact Phil Burner for more details:- 847642 or email phil.burner@gmail.com

2014 Press Release


Titchfield Art & Craft Show 2014

It’s the 40th anniversary of our acclaimed annual event and we’re looking forward to a wide variety of quality original art work, photography and craft exhibits.  All of the art is for sale, with prices to suit every pocket – you are sure to find something to your taste!

We shall have both painting and craft demonstrations for you to enjoy, will be running a raffle with some great prizes and our artists are invited to sell greetings cards of their work.

The Show takes place at Titchfield Community Centre (Mill Street, Titchfield) on Saturday 26th April – 10am to 5pm, and Sunday 27th April – 10am to 4pm, tickets are available on the door for only £2.

Tickets for the Preview Evening on Friday 25th April can be bought from Titchfield Community Centre at a price of £7.50, and will be available from Wednesday 19th March.  The ticket includes entry to the exhibition, wine and canapés, as well as a tremendous social evening and the opportunity to buy from the pick of the exhibition!

Entry to the Preview Evening is by ticket only.

Children’s competition

This year the children from Titchfield County Primary School and West Hill Park School will be delighting us with their Van Gogh and Picasso inspired work.  All visitors are invited to vote for their favourite pictures throughout the weekend and the votes will be counted on Sunday afternoon to determine the winners.  The children create some fantastic work to be proud of!

Homemade refreshments provided by our local Country Market will be on sale throughout the Show, and if you want to buy something delicious to take home there is a mouth-watering choice of fresh produce to choose from.

Come and celebrate our 40th anniversary with us!