Newsletter – August 2020

Dear SAG member,

Hopefully you are all staying safe and getting used to the new normal. We trust that you are also still making art during these unprecedented times.

We know a lot of you are keen to get back to our weekly sessions at the gallery, however sadly, we’re unable to restart them yet. As soon as Stockport Council and the Government say it’s safe to return, we’ll let you know.

In this month’s newsletter, we’ve picked out some more things for you to watch and get involved in – from the incredible biographical drama ‘Loving Vincent’ to an informative summer talk from Sotheby’s on how contemporary artists are being inspired by some of the great art of the past. Find out more in our Art Opportunities section.

Our Member News section this month is jam-packed with some fabulous new work and news from members, so make sure you check out pages 4-8.

We end this month’s newsletter, in Other News, with some competition news, a survey and another reminder for volunteers.

Until next time, please take care and enjoy your art.

Peter Davis

SAG Communications Manager & Archivist

Art Opportunities

Weekly art sessions via Zoom

Our Zoom art sessions are now part of the new normal. We have life drawing every Monday from 6.30-8.30pm and also a portrait session with a costume model occasionally on Wednesday evenings. We’d love to see you there.

To register, all you need to do is email each week to book your place. The cost is just £5 per person per session.


Loving Vincent

We have a  DVD recommendation. ‘Loving Vincent’ is a biographical drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh. It is the world’s first fully oil-painted animated film and brings his artwork to life in an exploration of the death of one of history’s most celebrated artists.

A true labour of love, it was written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, created by a team of 115 painters.

Check it out: It’s only £4.99 from Amazon, HMV and other online retailers.

Sotheby’s 500 Years of Art: Summer Talks

As part of Sotheby’s 500 Years of Art: Summer Talks series, watch African-American artist Kehinde Wiley and the Duke of Devonshire as they explore the ways in which contemporary artists are inspired and influenced by the great art of the past, referencing it to explore ideas about identity, status and culture.

Watch it here:

A growing list of Art for Isolation

This is a curated list of creative performances, talks, films and more for you to explore in lockdown. Pulled together by Will Jennings, it’s very comprehensive and well worth an explore.

Find out more here:

Member News

Lindi Kirwin

The World Health Organisation has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse”, marking 200 years since Florence Nightingale’s birth. Lindi has just finished this fantastic pandemic painting in celebration of Florence Nightingale’s dedication to nursing.

Her plan, with the Guild’s help, is to pledge £500 on its sale to St. Ann’s Hospice. Lindi says “It’s all about putting something back. I’d like this large painting to sell to someone who values our NHS, nurses, doctors and ALL who care for someone in their lives…but also someone who obviously values art! (My dad was a volunteer driver for years for St. Ann’s Hospice in Cheadle.)”

If you are interested in purchasing it, please get in touch with Lindi:

Ian Dawber

Ian’s painting of Judge Rinder (see below) was created during lockdown. It is currently on show as part of The Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts online exhibition, ‘THOUGHTS ARE FREE’.

Please click here to view the exhibition:

This summer, Ian has also taken part in Sky’s ‘Portrait Artist of the Week’ and some of his portraits can be seen below (as well as his first self-portrait). Great work Ian!

Stephen Johnson

Stephen has recently completed a couple of oil paintings (see below).

The first one is a study of a painting called ‘The Gardener’ originally created by the Australian artist Maxwell Wilks. It’s of an old lady working in a vegetable patch in France. The painting is 61cm x 47cm.

The second painting is of Stephen’s son Nick and his partner Antonia. It painted a week before the arrival of their son Finn. Congratulations all!

Three Counties Exhibition – two guild members win prizes

You may recall the call for entries in our June newsletter for the ‘Three Counties Exhibition’. The prize-winners have just been announced and the guild is thrilled to announce that two of our members have won prizes.

Peter Davis won the Burslem School of Art Prize with his painting ‘Wetin dey’

(24″ x 20″ acrylic on board); and Karen Wise won 3rd Prize for her painting ‘Gardeners at work’ (30 x 23 cm acrylic and gouache). See images below.

The exhibition can be seen here:

Peter Davis
Karen Wise

Show us your art and tell us your news

Don’t forget, if you have any artwork that you’re working on at the moment or any news that you would like to submit for our September newsletter, please email all the information to

Other News

Winner announced for The Arts Society’s Isolation Artwork Competition

20-year-old artist, Abigail McGourlay, has recently been named the winner of The Arts Society’s Isolation Artwork Competition, for young artists, with her painting entitled ‘Brewing’ (see below).

When Abigail discovered that she had won, she was ‘taken aback.’ A Fine Art student at the University of Leeds, she explains that the uncertainty of lockdown had left her feeling stressed and anxious. Eager to take control of the situation, she ‘jumped at the chance’ to enter the competition. ‘I wanted something to work towards,’ she says.

You can find out more here:

Stockport COVID-19 Experiences Survey

Katherine Rosati (Museums Assistant at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery) has shared a Survey Monkey with us. She would like us to all take a couple of minutes to help the new Stockport organisation, Forward, understand the demographics of our communities in Stockport and what their experiences with the COVID-19 lockdown have been. This is so they can shape current and future services to better suit the needs of the local people.

Here’s the link to the survey:

More volunteers required

We just want to remind everybody that we still have several key roles that we need our members to fill. We are currently looking for:

  • Guild Representatives (to help with studio sessions, one-off events and the annual exhibition)
  • Gallery Programme Manager (to help with planning demos etc)
  • Annual Exhibition lead (understudy for 2020 to take over role in 2021)
  • Treasurer (understudy for 2020 to take over role in 2021)
  • Chair (to take over from Angela)

Please take a moment to consider these positions. We are an artist’s collective and we all have a collective responsibility to help run Stockport Art Guild. If you think you have the skills to help and would like to know more about what’s involved, please email Thank you.

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