Commission for new Enfield artworks

Enfield Council is commissioning two new artworks for an arts trail inspired by the town centre’s literary and industrial heritage, and reflecting its connection to water and nature.

Proposals are invited for two interpretative art and design works that will complement and enrich the wider development of Little Park Gardens in Enfield Town, as part of the Liveable Neighbourhood programme. More opportunities will be announced in the coming months.

For further information about these commissions and how to apply, visit Lets Talk Enfield

The deadline for proposals is midnight on Friday 6th October.


Artist residency in Palmers Green

Arbeit Studios are launching a new artist residency programme, High Street Happenings Residency 23-25 in Palmers Green.

This will be a three-month rolling programme of free studio space from this October through to July 2025 for an artist or collective to work on their practice and create a piece of work to exhibit in response to the theme High Street Happenings.

Organisers are keen to hear from artists whose work is already inspired by Palmers Green high street, or high streets in general.

Applications open on Monday 25th September. For more information visit the Arbeit Studios website

Exhibition visitors pick their top three

Camargue Horses by Pam Riley was the runaway winner of the visitors’ choice vote in this year’s annual exhibition, with 34 votes.

This was followed by Pymmes Park: Bench by Mona Ascott, which netted 20 votes and Lockdown 2021 by Val Gudge, with 16 votes.

Almost 450 visitors voted during the fortnight that the exhibition was open at Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield, in early August.

Although the exhibition has now closed, many of the works are still available to view and buy online. See the exhibition here

EAC member exhibits at Mall Galleries

Congratulations to EAC member Mary Horsfield, who has had her work accepted for exhibition at London’s prestigious Mall Galleries later in the summer.

‘Mismatched’, in acrylic on stretched canvas, will be shown as part of the show, Through the Looking Glass, curated by Swanfall Art, which runs from 28 August to 2 September.

Sketching with Chesterfield Primary School

Enfield Art Circle members spent a fun afternoon at Chesterfield Primary School at the end of June, working with children in Years 5 and 6 to explore the ways that sketchbooks can be used by artists.

Each artist spoke to a different class about the variety of ways that sketching can help an artist to develop ideas, followed by a practical session where the children tried things out for themselves.

Debbie Peaty said: ‘The children were making their own sketchbooks and the class I visited had already made theirs. We started by looking at the concept of doodling – what this was and how it could be a useful way of formulating ideas, practising using mediums and so on. I showed some quite varied examples from my own sketchbooks, then it was their turn to do their own doodles. They were enthusiastic and really engaged with the task with some very interesting results. We looked at using sketchbooks as preparatory work for eventual paintings, experimenting with shading to give things solidity, which they then tried for themselves, once again with some interesting results. We finished up by looking at sketchbooks as diaries of places we had been, people we had met, etc.  I think they enjoyed it and I certainly did. It was a very new experience for me – although I have run training sessions for adults I have never been faced by a class of nine and 10 year-olds before!’

Dolores Kitchener said: ‘Like Debbie, I’d not had any experience with the primary classroom situation and was a bit nervous, to be honest! But the children were really attentive and inquisitive. I decided to have a bit of fun with two-handed exercises, with the children drawing each other – this raised some giggles between them. Then they did drawing of whatever was in front of them, with a continuous single line. Some of them produced really interesting pages. Finally we went into the playground to draw a part of the building with the same technique. Even the teacher had a go!’

Sheila Burbidge said: ‘I spent a delightful afternoon with year 6 pupils talking about my sketchbooks and helping them make their own. Their teacher had devised a series of short exercises about sketching and we spent the rest of the time filling their books with doodles, quick drawings of each other, moving objects and animals, and finishing up with a collage. By the end of the afternoon they had little sketchbooks full of ideas. It was a very worthwhile time, being creative and having fun.’

Bill Simpson said: ‘I talked about how one would progress to draw and eventually paint, presenting my own sketchbook as a demonstration. The children were very responsive and interested inwhy I should spend my time drawing and painting. After that the children were instructed how to collect some paper, with decorative wallpaper for covers, and make a simple sketchbook, then draw in it, and they all set about the task with enthusiasm. The afternoon was a useful and formative interaction. To what extent it will be a lasting memory to the children, one can never know, but I like to think that there will be some that do recall our visit and follow up on some interest stimulated by it.’

Landscape painting with pastels

Thanks to artist Dawn Limbert for an entertaining and instructive demo on painting a landscape scene with soft pastels for our June meeting.

Dawn works mainly on Pastelmat paper, building up thin layers of colour using multiple short strokes, adding tones from light to dark. She scumbles colours together lightly, to avoid the ‘muddy’ effect that is often a risk with too much blending of soft pastels.

Dawn paints both in her studio and in the open air, and finds she gets the best results having experienced the location.

Painting a seascape in acrylics

We enjoyed an excellent demonstration from Sue Gray at our May meeting on painting a seascape in acrylic. Sue works mainly from small sketches which she does in situ, then works up the finished painting in the studio. She uses Daler Rowney System 3 acrylics, working on 3mm MDF boards, coated with gesso.

EAC member exhibits with Society of Graphic Fine Arts

EAC member Elizabeth McCrimmon is showing three ink drawings at the prestigious Society of Graphic Fine Art’s 102nd annual exhibition in central London.

The exhibition runs from Monday 13 to Saturday 18 March at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1.

The Society of Graphic Fine Art promotes original works of high quality that show excellence in draughtsmanship and drawing by hand. Work chosen for the exhibition is selected from a very large pool of entries.

‘This is my first year exhibiting as a full member which is quite exciting. I feel extremely lucky to have my work accepted,’ said Elizabeth.