Newsletter – September 2020

Dear SAG member,

I know, for some of you, back to school will mean the opportunity for you to get back to art. Our online sessions are still happening every week and I urge anyone who’s not tried them yet to give them a go. There’s a weekly life session on Mondays and a fortnightly portrait session every other Wednesday – both run via Zoom by Marissa Burgess.

In this month’s newsletter we have picked out some more things for you to discover, such as the Sky Arts channel which is now free-to-air; we have an interesting Tai-Shan Schierenberg tutorial for you to watch; there’s another fascinating Arts Society lecture; and last but not least news on a talent programme for artists over 50. You can find out more about all of these in our Art Opportunities section.

On the last page of this month’s newsletter we have included a useful guide, that Royal Academy have written, on how to photograph your artwork.

Until next time, take care and enjoy your art.

Peter Davis

SAG Communications Manager & Archivist

Art Opportunities

Weekly art sessions via Zoom

We’re thrilled that our Zoom sessions are still happening every week – and we’d like to say a big thank you to Marissa for organising them and to everyone who has joined in so far. We have life drawing every Monday from 6.30-8.30pm and Marissa is also now running her own portrait session every other Wednesday.

If you’re interested in attending one of them, all you need to do is email to book your place each week. The cost is just £5 per person per session.

Sky Arts – free to watch from this month

The TV channel, Sky Arts, is now free for everyone to watch (on Freeview) as part of what it said was a mission to “champion and celebrate creativity”. One of the channel’s most popular shows, Portrait Artist of the Year, returns later this year with sitters including Sir Trevor McDonald, singer Ray BLK and Normal People star Paul Mescal.

They have also said that next year there will be a series bringing artists and communities together to create “the next great British landmark”. Hmm, sounds like they’ve been inspired by Stockport Art Guild’s mission!

It’s well worth a watch if you’ve not seen the channel before.

Tai’s top tips on a limited palette

Keeping with the theme of ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’, here’s a fantastic video that the ‘Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year’ programme producers have posted on Facebook where the portrait painter Tai-Shan Schierenberg explains the beauty of a limited palette.

It’s only 6-minutes long and well worth the watch – click here:

Art Society lecture – Aboriginal Art

We thought we’d share with you another interesting film by an Arts Society Accredited Lecturer. This talk, by Rebecca Hossack, tells the histories – and stories – of three aboriginal paintings. It’s 34 mins long.

Watch it here:

2020/21 bOlder Programme for artists over 50

This is a fantastic opportunity for artists, aged over 50, who live in Greater Manchester and are currently unemployed or economically inactive. The bOlder Programme is a talent development programme for contemporary artists.

Castlefield Gallery are accepting applications from artists working across mediums in the visual arts including, but not limited to, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation, artist’s film, moving image, sound, live art, public art, socially engaged practices, design, craft.

The deadline for applications is Monday 28th September 2020

Successful applicants will receive 1-to-1 sessions by Castlefield Gallery (between October 2020 and May 2021), coaching sessions with a qualified artist coach and professional development workshops.

More information can be found at:

Member News

Show us your art and tell us your news

Sadly, we don’t have any member news for you this month. If you have any artwork that you’re working on at the moment or any news that you would like to submit for our October newsletter, please email all the information to

Other News

More volunteers required

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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