1st Saturdays : ‘Meet the artists’ 2nd March 2 – 4pm


‘Meet the Artists’ afternoon
Come and browse our new exhibition and enjoy some cake and fizz at ArtSpring Gallery when we are excited to introduce our guest artists for March and April.

Saturday 2nd March 2-4pm
167 High Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1BX

Riverside village by Giles Whitehead, acrylic on wood.

Guest artist : Giles Whitehead
Giles grew up on a farm in Tenterden, Kent. Influenced by his rural surroundings and his father who was a farmer, musician and craftsman. 
Giles’s art focuses on the more quirky aspects of life. He uses evocative colours, textures and worn surfaces  to create thought-provoking and humorous pieces, frequently painting on and sculpting in wood. Giles depicts places he has visited and people he has observed in his own unique style, giving rise to both a sense of place and history.


Guest artist : Barbara Colla
The work of ceramicist and sculptor Barbara Colla is hewn from a deep interest in history, discovering the past through the traces left behind in the landscape and artefacts long since forgotten. Her current work emphasises a timeless view of Kent past and present, through the lyrical sculptures of ancient woodlands and the turbulent nature of the seascape.
Barbara studied at Canterbury Christ Church University leading to an MA in Fine Art. She works from her studio in Ramsgate, and has exhibited widely throughout Kent.

Woodland Walk by Barbara Colla

Guest artist : Colin Anderson
We have three guest artists this month with Colin Anderson’s work in the gallery until the end of March. You can buy his book “ Less discovered landscapes” in the gallery for £12.


Behind the scenes :
Our artists are always busy in their studios preparing work for the gallery for our new exhibition the end of February,

Work in progress from Ruth McDonald, who is
currently inspired by rough seas and brooding skies. 
Work in progress by Mark Welland, inspired by
his love of a particular tree…
Find an interview with Mark on our Facebook page.

Last chance to see :
… work by Tim Harker, who leaves us for different adventures at the end of this month. You can visit him along with many other studios during June as part of the South East Open Studios event 7th to 23rd June.

… work by our guest artist, the collage artist Karen Stamper from Cambridge. If you have been admiring her work or have not yet seen it in the gallery, you still have another week to catch her unique artworks.


2 March : SatArtday in Tonbridge
Your chance to visit not one, not two, but three art events in Tonbridge all in one day!
You could start off at Duncan’s Place in Lyons Crescent (R Allen Garage) to see works by 4 Tonbridge artists (including ex-gallery members Sue Vass and Gill Goldsworthy) inspired by this historic setting, soon to be demolished. Open every day 2-15 March from 11am-4pm.

Then onto visiting the Old Big School Gallery in Tonbridge to see their ‘Babel’ exhibition, which will finish on Sunday 3 March. Open on weekends 12-4pm.

Having been inspired by this Tower-based exhibition, finish your art tour with a stop at ArtSpring Gallery for some fizz and cake and a see all the new art on display.


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