1st Saturdays ‘Meet the artists’ 1st June 2 – 4pm

‘Meet the Artists’ afternoon
Come and browse whilst enjoying some cake and fizz at ArtSpring Gallery when we are excited to introduce our guest artists for June and July.

Saturday 1st June 2 – 4pm
167 High Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1BX

Containment, Mixed Media on Hand Made Paper
45×39 cm

Guest artist : Christa Corner
Christa took up textile design and screen printing in the late 80s, followed by batik, felt- and paper making. Her work as a textile and paper artist began in earnest in 1993 when she experimented with commercially available papers which she worked into collage and 3D forms.

She has exhibited widely in group shows and had solo exhibitions at the Barbican Centre, London and Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells. Her work has been published in Artists and Illustrators Magazine, Fiberarts Design Book Six, Batik for Artists and Quilters, Papermaking Techniques, Batik: Transitions from Classic to Contemporary, and SATURA, the Italian cultural magazine and is held in private collections in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Dubai and Australia.

‘Kursk’,  Mixed Media on Hand Made Paper 62x50cm

Guest artist : Jane Bridger

Small Sea Urchin Bottles, 11cm, by Jane Bridger

We are thrilled that Jane is returning to artSpring as a guest artist once again. Her work is mostly thrown on the wheel and often classical in form, inspiration coming from the ceramics of ancient Persia and the world around us. With a great love of experimenting with glazes, decorating and firing techniques, her work is mostly stoneware fired, although she also enjoys earthenware and raku. 

She has been working in Ceramics and teaching the subject at Tunbridge Wells Adult Education Centre for many years, and is a member of The Society of Women Artists and an active member of the Kent Potters Association. Her work is sold at Art in Clay, Hatfield House and Farnham, and in exhibitions and various galleries in London and the South of England.

Sea Urchin Bowl, 30cm, Jane Bridger

Last chance to see :
…paintings by Joanna Plachcinska Joanna will finish her guest slot with us at the end of May

Joanna will finish her guest slot with us at the end of May

‘Queen of the Desert’ by Joanna Plachcinska

… work by ceramicist Barbara Colla
Barbara finishes her guest slot on the 20th May, so do pop in quick if something has caught your eye!

‘Dawn Mist’ Stoneware by Barbara Colla

Our members out and about:

Tonbridge Art Fair
After it’s success last year we are excited to be taking a stand again at this years fair! Come and join local and regional artists taking part in the 2nd Tonbridge Art Fair at River Walk, the picturesque setting by the river Medway opposite Tonbridge Castle. Entry is FREE.
Also see work by Christine Highland, Kate Hasted and Camilla West who will be taking their own stands!
See you there, hopefully it will be another sunny day!

South East Open Studios

Some of our gallery member artists will be opening up their studios this June and taking part in the South East Open Studio event! This is a great way to meet the artists and find out more about their work, processes etc.
ArtSpring Gallery members taking part this year are:
Hilary ShieldsMark WellandHildegard Pax, Kate Hasted, Paul ChaveCamilla West & Sarah de Mattos
For more information visit the main website here.

Art in June 2019 will run from 7-23rd June with 60 artists taking part in Sevenoaks and the Eden Valley. Two ArtSpring Gallery artists taking part in this open studios event are Anne McArdle & Claire Longley.
For more information about the event click here

Our Artists – Further Afield:

Mark Welland : 5th-9th June
Plantae – The Society of Botanical Artists, The Mall Galleries, London  

Kate Hasted & Christine Highland : 19th June – 1st July
Two person  exhibition titled ‘Summer of Colour’ at the Red Door Gallery in Rye 

Charlotte Tabor : 21–27 June 2019
Showing work with six Kent artists & makers at ‘Nature and Abstraction’ – An Exhibition of Eclectic Contemporary Art at Show Off Gallery, Whitstable CT5 1AQ 

Ruth McDonald : 24th March – 4th June
‘Land and Sea’ at the Pie Factory Margate as well as 
Lombard Street Gallery Margate ‘Spring Light’ until 2nd June & ‘Summer Exhibition’ from 8th June – 31st August

Tonbridge Business Awards

Celebrating businesses and employers in Tonbridge

There is a new initiative to celebrate the many fantastic businesses in the Borough

If you are enthusiastic about having our artist-run gallery in town, maybe you would like to nominate us in one of the categories? To do so, please click on the TBA image.
We would be eligible for the New Business under 5 years (In July we’ll be celebrating our 3rd Birthday!) and we also like to think of us as having made a great contribution to Tonbridge High Street, being the only art gallery in town.
Any vote would be really appreciated, especially since we are a not-for-profit group of local people.
Nominations close at 5pm on 10th May. The judges will then pour through the nominations and decide on the winning businesses.
Good luck to everyone with this fantastic initiative!

Arty happenings in Tonbridge:

Roundel Poetry Breakfast : 20 May
@ Basil:  9:30-10:30 –
Theme: Childhood

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