Margaret Riordan- Exhibition of Work in Burnham on Sea

Margaret Riordan,  local artist from Lympsham, has a small exhibition of her artwork in the Café at the Princess Theatre, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 1EH, from 21 August to 15th September 2016.  Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00 – 3.00.  Delicious food and cakes, free parking and free wi-fi.  Venue contact 01278 784464

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Clevedon Art Club- 62nd Open Art Exhibition

The 62nd Open Art Exhibition got off to a flying start on Friday 17th August with a lively and well attended Preview Evening. Visitors commented on both the variety and high standard of paintings and 3D art work. The Club President, Martin Bentham RWA, presented awards to students from Clevedon School in recognition of their excellent art work. Martin is pictured below alongside The President's Choice, Ian Price's oil painting 'Cape Coastguard'.

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LT Gallery announces a newly opened upstairs gallery

The LT Gallery cordially invites you to you visit our newly opened upstairs space where we currently have a collection of work left on consignment with us by artists who have previously had exhibitions in the gallery. There are fifty three artworks on display by eighteen different artists for you to enjoy - hope to see you in the galley soon!

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LT Gallery 1 Orchard Street, Weston-super-Mare 07730 431726

An Opportunity to Draw and Paint from Clevedon Sailing Club

I have booked Clevedon Sailing Club, The Beach, Clevedon BS21 7QU on Thursday 26th July between 1pm and 4pm for a painting and drawing session. If anyone would like to come along, please contact me: or on 07849821576 for more details or to book a place.

£10 per person

Opportunity for CAC members to display and sell art work

The Fox Hall Clinic is the new venue for a multi-disciplinary health team on Old Street in Clevedon (opposite the fire station) with parking at the rear at 9A Teignmouth Road BS216DI. They have kindly offered the extensive corridor walls for hanging CAC members’ art works. They will feature the works in their website and blog when they’re up and running.

They will process payments for the artists in the event of a sale (at no commission). Insurance will be for the artists to arrange. There are no restrictions on size, media or themes (but no rude bits please). They’d like to rotate the art works every 3-4 months starting in July when they expect to have hanging rails installed.

Artists are welcome to visit and view the hanging spaces and to discuss arrangements which need to be agreed between the artists and the Clinic. 

Contact should be via Becky or Leanne on:01275877359 or


University Centre Weston announces recruitment for the CAPS Degree Course

The Creative Arts Faculty at University Centre Weston (UCW) is presently extending recruitment for its exceptionally successful and  innovative Foundation Degree and BA Honours programmes in Contemporary Art & Professional Studies (CAPS) which have been seen as “…innovative (fine art) programmes… with ‘good practice’ which could be shared ‘nationally at conferences”   (Dr Jane Norris, External Examiner 2014-15)This two-year full-time (3 year part time) course offers a unique through-line of study especially designed to cater for direct entry students, thus bypassing the entry requirement of a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.From the FdA students can then progress level to our BA (Hons) top-up year, with the potential to then join our Masters Degree in Creative Enterprise (MACE), which is currently under development.

The unique feature of both the FdA and BA (Hons) programmes is the teaching and philosophy which underpins it, which equips students with the kind of skills they will need, not only to develop and define their creative voice, but also to evolve the entrepreneurial capability needed to set themselves up in creative business or gain employment in a related field.

The Contemporary Art and Professional Studies FdA/BA are delivered at University Centre Weston in partnership with the awarding body, Bath Spa University, and are well-established, highly regarded programmes. The programmes benefit from high-end technology and equipment, bespoke workshops, digital suites and dedicated studio spaces.  We also have at our disposal the combined experience of a wide variety of subject specific industry professionals, all of whom combine their teaching with continued practice in their field.

UCW provides excellent student learning opportunities and is nationally recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency and HEFCE’s Teaching Excellence Framework, for the excellence of its teaching and learning support services, which enable students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience to maximise their potential.

The effectiveness of this approach to creative development and professional practice is demonstrated by the various shows and commissions our students have engaged with to date.  For example, recently, a student was commissioned by the Order of St John to produce a bronze portrait bust of the Duke of Gloucester (a cast of which is on show in Kensington Palace). BA students have established successful independent or collaborative businesses, and a number of well-reviewed shows have been staged in Bristol by year 2 students.

We believe that this course genuinely prepares students to be authentically creative and employable in the future and for that reason we would very much like to visit you and share with you and your students, the philosophy underpinning this course.   During recent years, the students have furnished us with “unanimous praise for the course and for their educational experience at UCW” and we would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about this and show examples of the variety of creative practices and employability options, gained by our graduates.

lease do not hesitate to contact Terence Wilson-Fletcher to book a visit from a member of the CAPS team or to arrange a visit to Creative Arts Campus.

Terence Wilson-Fletcher MA (Bris, Hist); MA RAS; PGCE FHEA

Curriculum Coordinator FDA & BA Contemporary Art and Professional Studies

Creative Arts

University Centre Weston, University Campus, Loxton Road, Weston-Super-Mare

01934 411 627


Neil Murison 1930 - 2018

The local Art world is mourning the passing of Neil Murison RWA, one of our best loved and influential artists. Despite not living in the area, Neil has been the President of Clevedon Art Club for over 30 years. He loved his association with the club and his charming presence at so many club events will be so sorely missed by it's members. 

Born in 1930, Neil was a student at the West of England College of Art, before teaching at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital and the Blue Coat School in Bristol. He later became a lecturer at the West of England College of Art retiring in 1987 as Head of Foundation Studies at Bower Ashton which was then part of Bristol Polytechnic. He was a full Member of the Royal West of England Academy of Art from 1979 and was Director of The New Gallery at The Academy from 2003-09. He was made an Honorary Member in 2000.

Neil described himself as a "visual sensualist" he said: 'My work is strongly based in nature. I keep sketchbooks and take endless photographs on my travels and am never short of source material’. Neil loved travelling his first visit to the Caribbean was to Grenada in 1984 and he became totally enchanted by the sea, sand and palms. This interest in the tropical landscape was subsequently developed in Tobago, Kenya, Goa, Thailand and Sri Lanka. He worked in acrylic, using it sometimes like watercolour and sometimes opaquely like oil, but always rich in colour. His paintings have natural life and style and he is totally compulsive about his work. It reflects all the countries he has visited and he constantly returns to this love affair he has with the tropics. His work also includes sumptuous flower paintings, colourful landscapes and figurative interpretation. Neil said that each trip abroad prompted its own response and produced paintings which would reflect the memory of that experience.

Neil exhibited extensively in galleries throughout the United Kingdom, France and Germany, and his work is represented in private collections in Georgia and Florida in the United States. He has had over forty solo shows since 1963 and his paintings are in the collections of the Bank of America in London and Amsterdam, Merchant Bank of Scotland, Government of Portugal, Oxford University, the Contemporary Art Society of Wales, Bath University and other notable corporate institutions.

As President of Clevedon Art Club for over 30 years Neil Murison gave constant encouragement to the local art community, especially with the Clubs Summer Open Exhibition, held locally each August. Neil was a wise, experienced hand, guiding the art club from a distance, coming to the fore at the Open Exhibition, awarding the President’s Choice to a different artist each year. He regularly held workshop days at his impressive house and grounds and was generous in allowing the Clubs members to have free-rein of his land. His help and enthusiasm for the Club has seen it grow and gain stature in the region through its Exhibitions and activities. Neil was a fine, dedicated artist, a sympathetic, knowledgeable tutor and Head of Foundation, a man loyal to family and friends, and a wise, kind, gentlemanly person.  Clevedon Art Club Members are very proud to have called Neil Murison “Our President”