In the café area we host exhibitions of local artists' work.
The work is on show for 6 weeks and sometimes begins with a private view.
Paintings and photographs are for sale and the shop take a small percentage of any pictures sold.
Our art committee consists of three local people (two artists and one member of the Village Shop Committee), who are very keen to maintain a reasonably high standard of work, so the artists are asked to send some reproductions of their work and a summary of any exhibitions they have been a part of.
As well as the permanent art exhibition, there are often various locally produced craft items for sale in the shop.
The new Brockweir & Hewelsfield Village Shop 2017 Calendar
is now on sale at the shop
Great as a Christmas stocking filler for all those distant (or not so distant) relatives. Hurry up and get one before they all get snapped up.
Notes for Exhibitors:
If you are interested in exhibiting in 2016/2017, you can download an application form and print it out and send it, with a selection of photographs of your work, to the shop. Full instructions can be found in the application form. If you are unable to download or print the form, they can be obtained by emailing or visiting the Brockweir Village Shop.
Permanently on show is the splendid wall hanging created by a talented number of local residents. This wonderful work shows the local area and attractions rendered in a mix of fabrics and textiles.
On the café walls
13th February - 26th March
The next exhibition in the café is by local embroiderer, Sara Rickard, who lives in the Forest of Dean.
All the works on display explore ideas related to two main themes: mystical birds and creatures, and landscapes. The pieces are all relatively small in scale, in order that a range of experimental grounds could be stitched into. These include digitally printed fabrics depicting images from other embroideries, fabric quilted collages, silk painting quilted and layers of slashed and stitched chiffon on antique tray cloths. Many explore layers of translucency, mark-making, colour and surface texture. Birds and creatures are appliqued on to the grounds, using machine and hand-stitching.
Living in the Forest of Dean over the last 16 years has impacted considerably on how the work develops. Sara makes numerous observational drawings around the area and has researched medieval designs from the V&A and Roman Mosaics at Bristol Art Gallery. She was inspired by The Age of Ice at the British Museum and a visit last year to William Morris’s house, Kelmscott Manor. This paperwork ultimately informs the translation into fabric and thread often with a sense of humour or twist that adds a playfulness.
Sara has made things in textiles since her childhood. “My grandmother was a knitter and my mother taught me basic stitches. At 7 years old, the thrill of making stuffed soft toys from a ready-made kit was wonderful”. She finds that to this day, through the making ‘process’, a real sense of excitement continues…..