Pegasus Art is more than just a store and more than just a site. By visiting us at Griffin Mill, right here online or via our Facebook page you are invited to join our worldwide community of friends. Since 2005 our passionate team of artists, led by Jane Fisher, has been serving the worldwide artistic community from our beautiful and characterful converted mill in the Cotswolds Valleys.
What’s Happening at Pegasus Art
View our Classes and Workshops page for full details on art demonstrations, workshops, master classes and art classes for adults and children. Pegasus Art is located at Griffin Mill in Thrupp, near Stroud, in Gloucestershire. The Mill has 6 artist studios where artists may work plus Studio One, a teaching studio which regularly holds classes and tutorials on a variety of skills. Sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page to keep updated on forthcoming events.
Tetbury Art Society 40th Anniversary Competition
Tetbury Art Society celebrated their 40th Anniversary in April.
As part of those celebrations, they held a competition for members, to be judged by the President of The Royal West of England Academy at the Preview Evening. Pegasus were delighted to offer a set of Cobra Water based Oil Paints as a prize, which were presented to Nicki Heenan.
Any income from the sale of the paintings has been donated to Longfield House and The Prince’s Trust.
The Walled Garden at the Museum in the Park, Stroud
Now open for painting workshops with Pegasus Art.
This Summer, Pegasus Art is teaming up with the Museum in the Park, Stroud to offer en plein air, or outdoors, painting workshops. Pegasus Art shop, private studios and Studio One (for workshops and regular art classes) is housed in a converted Victorian, red brick mill building on the outskirts of Stroud. It is a fantastic space for our warehouse shop and studio, but with no outside space, we are always keen to bring our customers to new and exciting venues in the local area.
The Walled Garden at Museum in the park is one such space. It has been derelict for over fifty years, until funding, a huge community effort and the passionate leadership of the staff and friends of the museum have turned this space into a colourful, courtyard garden. Everyone has given hours of their time to get this project off the ground. It has taken nine year to bring it to the peaceful and ordered garden that you see today. It will be a huge asset to the community of Stroud, a place of learning, contemplation and creativity. An important part of the brief was that the garden act as a multi purpose space complete with Learning Pavilion, an area for concerts or plays, raised beds used for growing tulips and vegetables that could be sold at the Museum.
There are already, clear artistic links – Cleo Mussi, local mosaic artist and customer of Pegasus Art, volunteered her time and passion to design the planting of the garden. She is passionate about gardening, with an eye for colour and created a planting scheme on a shoe string budget for the plot which is a third of an acre and is managed by teams of volunteers. With just a few hundred pounds, the focal plants and trees have been purchased and the rest donated, propagated, split and gifted. Her role has entitled her to a role as ‘Patron of the Walled Garden’ – a title with which she is thrilled!
Mussi worked alongside Dan Pearson (eminent garden designer and winner of countless Chelsea Gold Medals) on his first Chelsea garden in 1993. He kindly donated a huge and varied selection of irises, combined with a collection from Gary Middleton which will start to bloom in May. Unusual species of snowdrops have also been donated by Sir Henry Elwes of Colesbourne Park, ‘England’s greatest snowdrop garden’ near Cheltenham.
Each part of the garden (there are six obvious borders) has a nick name - ‘Bobbly Border’ (topiary), ‘Bonkers Border’ (bright swathes of colour), ‘The Hot Bed’ (filled with Mediterranean plants), ‘The Red Hot Bed’ (red and purple plants), ‘The Purple Complementary’ (purple plants only), ‘White Border’ (white and silver planting including the special snowdrops) and ‘The Fernery’.
The Mediterranean border is filled with plants that instantly transport you to a sunny holiday on the Amalfi Coast – olive trees, rosemary, agapanthus, allium, sage, verbena, bay, fennel, thyme, lavender and giant cardoons......it’s glorious. Come summertime, it will be a stunningly colourful and highly scented border and I can’t wait.
I am struck by the many acts of generosity and focus on the garden as a space for everyone to enjoy for years to come. Without asking for, and accepting help from others, this garden would simply not exist.
Book your place on one of our workshops, led by local art tutors Alison Vickery and Richard Callingham. Spend the day in these lovely surroundings, with so much to hand to draw upon for inspiration and a lovely Pavilion in which to gather for lunch.
Dates for these workshops are 10th June (limited availability), 8th July and 5th August from 10am – 4pm, costing £75 including a summery light lunch prepared by the Pegasus team. Booking can be made online via our Classes & Workshops page or by calling 01453 886560.
Pegasus Art Open Studios
as part of Stroud Open Studios - 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th May 2017
Seven private artist studios open from 11am - 6pm
Shop opening times - Saturday 9am - 5pm / Sunday 11am - 4.30pm
Griffin Mill Trading Estate, Thrupp, Stroud, Glos. GL5 2AZ
Artists include: Jane Fisher, Kerry Phippen, Paul Fowler, Nicola Grellier, Annie McGill, Teresa Poole and Carol Honess.
For all four days of Open Studios, we are offering 10% OFF ART MATERIALS for those who visit the shop!
Since 2005, Pegasus Art has been serving the artistic community of Stroud with the finest art materials, art classes and workshops. A converted Victorian Mill, purported to have been a glider wing factory during WW2, the building houses seven private studios.
Our lovely mill building will be opened right up, along with Gloucestershire Print Making Co-operative who have studios on the floor below us. Together we have dreamt up ‘Paper 2 Print’ – a joint exhibition of works, studios, workshops and a paper showcase.
There will be an exhibition of unique artworks in Studio One at Pegasus Art from 6th – 14th May – plenty of artwork to buy, many at studio prices. There will also be an exhibition of prints at GPC, print in action and a chance to meet printers and find out more.
Explore the seven working studios, enjoy shopping in our extensive art shop, buy your coffee at our Pop Up Café and have a mooch around Griffin Mill. Meet our friendly team and find out about our many workshops and masterclasses at Pegasus. Join our artistic community!
For more information call us on 01453 886560.
Join Kerry Phippen and Select Festival for the Open Viewing of Her Exhibition 'The Gentle Wild'
Sunday 30th April 4 - 6 pm
Refreshments will be served
Pegasus Art are proud to sponsor this event.
Future Giants - Drawing by Nicola Grellier
19th April - 20th June at The Malthouse Bar & Kitchen, Stroud as part of the SIT Select Festival - a celebration of the visual arts in the glorious Stroud Valleys.
Artist Nicola Grellier, who has a private studio at Pegasus Art, has produced a series of nine charcoal drawings for her latest exhibition as part of the SIT Select Festival at the end of April. The really exciting thing about this new collection of work is the scale of them – they are around two metres tall and will look spectacular adorning the red brick walls of the industrial building, The Malthouse Bar & Kitchen, on the outskirts of Stroud.
Grellier has cleared out her studio to make way for the huge canvases and step ladder on which she perches to reach the highest points. Drawing on this scale is not for the faint hearted, and the monochrome aspect is brave – there is nothing to hide here. “The hardest part is the bottom of the drawings – the feet! It all has to work together and I had to take into account that people will view the paintings from below."
The name of the exhibition, Future Giants, makes reference to not only the scale of the drawings, but the characters within them. Often influenced by her own four children, they are in unusual pairings, quirky costumes, superheroes and misfits, often in very domestic settings. ‘Long John & Dolcepompom’ and ‘The Hat Cat’ – the Cat in the Hat turned on his head. ‘Captain America & The Alien from Out of Space’ – a boy in striped trousers covering his face in contrast to the overtly confident Dolcepompom. Dressing up, masks, cloaks, disguise – in the literal and metaphorical sense is a recurring theme of Grelliers work and is an obvious preoccupation.
Grellier has used Willow charcoal on primed canvas – her hands, and often face, covered in the black ash for the last month! She is also tentatively experimenting with lino printing at Glos. Printmakers Co-operative, so we may see a print.
This exhibition was orchestrated by Lizzi Walton, director and founder of SIT Select, who was impressed with Grelliers success at the Jerwood Drawing Prize – she was shortlisted from over 3,000 entries. The artist is in a committed phase of drawing, although she also loves painting in oil with plenty of colour. “Being back in the studio is a revelation and has given me huge energy, I’m not allowing anything to distract me these days.” There is an obvious joy in drawing at this scale, “It’s very liberating. The difficulties I predicted have turned out to be positives.”
Pegasus Art are delighted to sponsor Future Giants, Grellier has been able to purchase Fine Art Materials from our shop in Griffin Mill for her exhibition.
Field of View - Landscapes & Still Life Paintings by Chris Bingle
2nd - 19th March 2017 at the Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, GL7 2BX
"I gained a degree in Fine Art in 1982 but I have been painting all my life. I paint still life and landscape and occasional portraits. I am intrigued by light and colour, and the beautiful complexities of oil paint. Still life happens in my studio in Stroud, landscapes are painted out in the field. I am a member of the prestigious Cheltenham Group of Artists, and I exhibit in group and solo shows locally and around the country. I have work in private and public collections across the UK."
"I am one of the team at Pegasus Art in Stroud, making canvases, doing my best to answer customers' questions about colour mixing and art materials."
See more about Chris Bingle and her artwork on www.subtlecolours.com
Find out about the exhibition at the Corinium Museum www.coriniummuseum.org
Contact Chris via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07976 899 517
Artist & Illustrators 'Artist of the Year 2017' Awards Threadneedle Space at the Mall Galleries, SW1
24th January 2017
Now in its ninth year, the annual Artist of the Year award competition is designed to give readers of Artists & Illustrator magazine the opportunity to gain exposure for their work. With thousands of entrants, fifty artworks were shortlisted for an exhibition at the prestigious Mall Galleries, representing a year- long search for new and undiscovered artistic talent.
The overall winner was selected by Artists & Illustrator editor, Katie McCabe and Sarah Macdonald-Brown of London art dealers Thackeray Gallery, who chose Anna Perlin’s ‘Brambles and Bluebells’ mixed media for sale at £1,250. Anna was awarded a £1000 cash prize, a year's supply of art materials from Cass Art and will receive representation courtesy of the prestigious Thackeray Gallery.
The Pegasus Prize was a £500 Gift Voucher for art materials, which was awarded by Jane Fisher to Catherine MacDiarmid for Behind the Tiger Paint 2. We are delighted to support emerging artists such as Catherine, a figurative painter who is based in Cumbria and has a successful catalogue of awards and exhibitions. Her studio was flooded last year, and she lost a lot of materials and artwork so we are thrilled to be able to help her reinstate some of her materials and tools.
See more about Catherine MacDiarmid on her website here.
Nicola Grellier - Shortlisted for The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016
Artist in Residence, Nicola Grellier, submitted three charcoal drawings to the Jerwood Drawing Prize in early Spring this year. From over three thousand entries, her works have been shortlisted for this prestigious annual exhibition, along with sixty four others.
The three large drawings are part of an ongoing series called 'Heads of States' a theme that encompasses dressing up, playfulness, ageless characters, mystery, transition into adulthood, masks and taking on characters. Indeed the shortlisted works are entitled 'Snow Boy', 'Girl in a Red Dress', 'Bird Girl' and although they conjure up colourful and theatrical characters, they are monochrome, smudged and, in Nicks own words, "ugly".
She explains, "Not finishing a piece is important. If things are too complete, they lose their energy. The ugliness and unfinished-ness is important to my work at this point. My subjects are contradictory - many are superheroes in very domestic settings (Captain America in the bathroom, for example), an idea sparked by a collection of old photographs of a school play. The costumes were fantastical, random, and I liked that. My drawing is vigorous, it's loose. I work it quite hard, rubbing away, moving the lines around, and then suddenly the finished drawing appears. I like to see the trace of the original and accidental lines. You can't create this effect with oil paint, but you can see every line in a drawing. When I work, I listen to the radio a lot - I like words, puns, humour....and this becomes visible in my quirky subjects."
Nicola's work will be exhibited at The Edge at the University of Bath until 17th December. As part of the ongoing and wider conversation about drawing as an art form, Jerwood Drawing Prize has put in place a series of talks by the shortlisted artists. Nicola talked alongside fellow nominee Nathan Anthony, and was hosted by Roger Clark, Senior Lecturer of Fine Art at Bath Spa University. All the recordings can be heard on The Edge website (see link below.)
The pair are refreshingly different, but with many parallels. Nathan is a recent Masters graduate, whilst Nicola graduated in 1988 from Wimbledon & Chelsea Schools of Art. Although her artistic practice is more traditional - oil on canvas and drawing - in contrast to Nathan whose work consists of contemporary installations, thoughts and unique ideas translated into a 3D setting, they ultimately reach the same conclusion, "You just have to work, and then conceptualise later. You arrive at the idea after the process itself. To start theorising too closely before you've even begun is thwarting." Nick talks of 'Boondoggle' - the idea of doing something for the sake of looking busy, which sometimes allows one to arrive at the happy accident stage, as opposed to doing nothing and getting nothing back. She explains that after a break of a few years running a textiles business, her way back to art was through drawing. Her advice: if you can commit to a full year of drawing only, it's a challenging but a deeply gratifying experience.
The exhibition showcases the variety of contemporary drawing practice in the UK and delivers it to a wide and varied audience.
"Drawings are special. They mark and they outline, but they can also make us aware of the spaces between these defining borders. As a medium, drawing is open to a large variety of approaches, from a careful or immediate capture of the closely observed outer world, to the spontaneous exploration of personal experience and declaration of conceptual ideas." Stephanie Buck, 2016 Jerwood Drawing Prize Selector.
The Jerwood Drawing Prize is a unique initiative led by founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor. The Prize is committed to championing excellence, and to promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice, this year including hand drawn, digital and three dimensional works. In offering emerging, midcareer and established artists a national platform to exhibit their work, the exhibition has established a reputation for developing new insights into the role and value of drawing in artistic practice today.
Congratulations To Our Winners of £100 Gift Vouchers - South West Academy Open Exhibition
Pegasus Award Best Work on Paper - Sue Luxton for 'Trafalgar Square'
Pegasus Award Best Oil Painting - Lucy Runge 'Sugar Bowl'
Represented by www.carolinegeorgiadis.com
Pegasus Art has been pleased to support The South West Academy again this year in their Open Exhibition. SWA is a registered charity dedicated to advancing the creation and appreciation of art in the South West of Britain. Its core membership, the academicians, are outstanding practitioners of fine and applied arts with varied practices, backgrounds and styles.
NEW Art Class - Acrylic Painting Techniques with Alexandra Darbyshire
19th September 2016 Onwards
We are pleased to announce that we have an exciting new art class starting from 19th September 2016 covering acrylic painting techniques with Alexandra Darbyshire. The art class will be taking place on Mondays between 1pm - 4pm here at Studio One and is wonderful for beginners and intermediates who want to expand their painting skills. Alexandra has many years' experience teaching and will cover various techniques and demonstrations in the class.
Read more about the regular art classes on our events page or contact us to book your place now!
Summer Studio Sale - Kerry Phippen & Nicola Grellier @ Studio 1, Pegasus Art
1st - 6th August 2016: 11am - 7pm Weekdays / 9:30am - 6pm Saturday
A rare opportunity to view and purchase a huge range of works from two well known Gloucestershire artists. From working sketches to finely finished drawings, ink paintings, collage, oil studies and paintings of nudes, animals, landscapes, interiors, portraits and people studies with colour and graphic collage.
Above: The Private View of Kerry Phippen and Nicola Grellier's Exhibition on 1st August was a great success! The exhibition continues until Saturday 6th August.
Free Parking at Pegasus Art Griffin Mill Trading Estate, London Road, Thrupp, Stroud, Glos GL5 2AZ.
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Also check out our Artist Interviews with Kerry and Nicola here.
Pegasus Art has 6 busy artist studios on location and a lively and often full teaching studio, called Studio One. Our studio artists hold many exhibitions and open studios throughout the year. Future dates will be announced here or on our Classes & Workshops page. Sign up to our Newsletter to make sure you don't miss out.
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