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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.

NEW in the Select Studio - 'Making Art: Artists in Conversation'

Nicola Grellier with her artwork
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Sat 21st Apr - 10:30am

Nicola Grellier will talk about being a mid-career artist with a less than straight career path (kids, business, etc) and the value Nick has found in entering competitions, joining studios with other artists and embarking on an M.A. at 51. Nicola creates paintings, drawings and collage from her studio in Pegasus Art Studios.

See her work at

The sessions are informal and an opportunity to meet chat and share ideas while hearing another artist’s perspective on their work.

Tea and Coffee served - We ask for a donation of £3 to cover costs.

Select Studio is on the first floor in the Centre for Science & Art, Lansdown Stroud GL5 1BB (old Art School building).

Hope to see you there and do email and confirm so we know how many to cater for refreshments.

For further details

Select Trail Open Studios 2018 - 5th, 6th, 12th & 13th May - 11am – 6pm

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Open Studios at Griffin Mill

The handsome, red brick 17th century mill building at Griffin Mill is home to Pegasus Art, Gloucestershire Print Co-operative and a colony of studios. Pegasus Art houses seven private studios, a fine art materials shop and large teaching space where the happy hum of workshops and art classes buzzes throughout the year. We are proud to act as a hub for the lively artist community of Stroud and beyond.

Open Studios is an exciting opportunity to meet professional artists and see them at work in their private spaces. It’s a chance to ask questions, observe their daily rituals and admire their work up close. There will be a huge array of unique artwork for sale, many at studio prices. Take advantage of the 10% discount on all art materials during Open Studios. Now is your chance to stock up on materials or invest in quality equipment such as an easel. This offer applies to SIT Select members, and for the remainder of the year they will benefit from 5% off in our shop.

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Sit for a Pegasus Portrait - only £50!

Have your portrait painted in oil by professional, well known artist Max Hale for the bargain price of £50! (he normally charges £750 upwards). We will be taking bookings for one hour slots from 11am onwards on Saturday 5th May. Adults only.

Attic Studios

Jane Fisher, fine artist and Director of Pegasus, paints under the eaves in her light filled studio ~ a space where glider wings were produced during the War! Jane works in oil, on a large scale and is currently absorbed by Cornish landscapes.

Kerry Phippen, a popular ink artist, well known for her delicate depictions of animals, will share the attic with a ‘pop up’ studio. A chance to see large scale ink paintings from The Gentle Wild series and new monoprints on Japanese papers. Twitter @kerryphippen Instagram @kerryphippenart

Second Floor

Nicola Grellier, (shortlisted for the Lynn Painter-Stainers prize 2018) is currently enjoying a Masters in Fine Art at Bristol University ~ her work is evolving and her current output is work around clothing and pose in strongly coloured paintings and abstract collage. Have a rummage through her drawers for well-priced sketches, paintings and collage. Twitter @nicola_grellier Instagram @nick_grellier

Paul Fowler - has a collection of 18th century lay figures, life size wooden models once used in ateliers across Europe for figurative paintings. His own figurative work in oil explores major themes such as war, conflict, control and slavery. A fascinating, historical painter’s perspective.

Teresa Poole - Mixed media artist using traditional and modern techniques and images. An orientalist at heart with a contemporary twist. Her interiors work includes furniture paint finishes and murals.

Carol Honess, Fern Cottage Studio - Always the natural world with drawings in ink, handmade prints and small ceramics inspired by trees, birds, ferns and feathers. Instagram: @fern_cottage_studio

First Floor

Susie Harding - Visit Susie’s large, bright studio to explore her Holy Ice series inspired by an American Indian ancient myth ~ the mystical pieces depict crystal skulls and mineral colours with evocative titles Ametrine, Agate and Citrine.

Ground Floor

Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-operative is the only printmaking facility of its kind in Gloucestershire, offering etching, relief printing letterpress, lithography, silkscreen, a fully equipped darkroom and a Printmakers Gallery. They will fling open their doors for a chance to buy original prints and peak inside at the workspace and equipment. With over ninety members, there will be plenty of high quality work on display.

Julie Fowler, Clayworks - Julie works from her ceramic studio based next to Pegasus. Her evolving work covers a wide spectrum from brightly coloured pieces based on fruit, to her recent sculptural work exploring the complexities of life.

The Golden Cake Creative Refreshments - Delicious cakes, coffee and tea on sale during Open Studios, to keep you going as you browse Griffin Mill.

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For more information about what’s on and to plan your visit to SIT Select Trail in the beautiful Stroud Valleys:

The weighty, quality brochure has already gone to print and will be hitting your doorsteps shortly. Copies are available from associated businesses in and around Stroud.

Artist Nicola Grellier shortlisted for Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2018

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Artist Nicola Grellier from Stroud, Gloucestershire has been chosen from over 1,000 artists to be shortlisted for a prestigious national art prize worth £15,000 to the winner.

Nicola Grellier is one of 83 artists from across the UK shortlisted for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2018, the UK’s leading competition for British contemporary representational painting and drawing. Having made the shortlist her work will be exhibited at London’s Mall Galleries from 5–17 March.

1,144 artists entered this year’s competition – the highest number in the prize’s 13-year history.

Grellier has been producing art for 30 years. She describes her work as representational paintings using gestures, clothing and posture to investigate emotional states of self-esteem and vulnerability.

Currently studying MA Fine Art at UWE Bristol, Grellier graduated from Chelsea School of Art in 1988. Visit and Instagram to see more of her work.

The winner will be selected from the shortlisted works and announced on 5 March at an evening event at the Mall Galleries, London.

The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize for representational art – art that seeks to capture the real world – offers total prize money of £30,000, comprising a first prize of £15,000 and a gold medal, second prize of £4,000 alongside the newly introduced People’s Prize worth £2,000. Young artists aged 25-or-under compete for the Young Artist Award of £4,000.

For the fourth year running, the competition is also offering the Brian Botting Prize of £5,000. This will be awarded to an artist aged 30-or-under for an outstanding representation of the human figure.

The competition is open to any artist, professional or amateur, resident in the UK and painting or drawing works of representational art and over 18-years-old. The competition aims to promote and support fresh new talent.

Created in 2005 by The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and The Lynn Foundation, the competition champions the skill of draughtsmanship and representational painting. The exhibition aims to reflect the breadth of approaches and materials from across the artistic spectrum.

For further details visit

Watch this short film of Nicola talking about her work from her private studio in Pegasus Art.

    For more information contact:
  • Nicola Grellier
  • 07870445043

'Root and Branch' with Fiona McIntyre

Fiona McIntyre painting trees workshops

Fiona McIntyre, tutor at Pegasus Art, featured in Cotswold Life magazine (September 2016). The article, 'Root and Branch', takes a closer look at Fiona's artwork, her background and inspirations as well as how she followed her own roots which lead her to join the art group known as The Arborealists.

Fiona is also running two landscape workshops “Painting Tree Landscapes” on 24th February and 10th November. Book online here:

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There will be the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of her book, A Tree Within, at the end of the workshop which showcases thirty five years of her work with over a hundred illustrations.

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Fiona will also be leading Beginners Life Drawing workshops this Summer on 26th May, 9th June and 29th September. Book online here:

9th Jun - Book Now 29th Sep - Book Now

Derwent Art Prize 2018

Calling all artist with a passion for drawing; the Derwent Art prize is now open for entries!

They are looking for the best 2D & 3D artworks created by British and International artists using any pencil, graphite, charcoal or pastel medium. Prizes worth up to £12,500 and a chance to display your artwork at the Mall Galleries in central London.

Closing deadline for enteries is 8th May 2018. For more information and to enter online visit

Derwent Art Prize 2018 Leaflet

Bath Society of Artist Summer Open Exhibition 2018

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Pegasus Art are delighted to sponsor the 113th Bath Society of Artists Summer Exhibition with the Pegasus Prize of £350 of art materials for one lucky artist.

The exhibition runs from the 24th March - 12th May at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath.

    Judges include:
  • Jon Benington, the Director of the Victoria Gallery
  • David Inshaw – President of Bath Society of Artist
  • Guest panellist Christ Stephens, Director of the Holburne Museum
  • Six members of the Bath Society of Artists
  • With a casting vote from Susanna Lisle. (Chair)

Submission day is Saturday 17th March from 10.30am – 4pm at The Victoria Art Gallery and the exhibition will be held from 24th March – 12th May.

Please find entry forms and further details here.

Good Luck with your submission and we look forward to seeing it!

Pose for a Pegasus Portrait!

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A rare opportunity to sit for a portrait in oil for only £50.

SATURDAY 5th MAY 2018 - 11.00am - 5.00pm

Select Trail Open Studios 2018

Max Hale Portrait Workshop Portrait of a Lady by Max Hale

ONE DAY ONLY - Have your portrait painted by an award-winning painter!

We’re really excited to offer this fantastic opportunity to sit for an hour-long portrait session, painted in oil by professional artist, Max Hale.

As part of the Select Trail Open Studios at Griffin Mill, our friend and regular tutor, Max, will be in Studio One offering up his exceptional painting skills for an original portrait! He normally charges £750 upwards for these unique artworks, so we are delighted he’ll be part of this annual event. Sitters must be 16 years and above. You will love his loose, impressionist style and take your portrait home the same day.

There are only five, one hour slots available, so please call ahead to book your place on 01453 886560 or via email

For more information about the painter go to:

Pegasus Art Sponsor South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts 2017 Exhibition

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Each year South West Academy holds two large-scale exhibitions: early in the year, the Academicians Exhibition showcases the work of its members. This is followed by the annual Open Exhibition - a juried show which invites national entries.

Pegasus Art sponsored this exhibition and awarded two prizes: £75 Gift Voucher for Best work on paper and Best Work in Oil. Jane Fisher, Director of Pegasus Art, chose ‘Reflections at Low Tide’ by Jennifer Schamotta as Best Work in Oil and ‘Havana’ by Ewan Walton, Best Work on Paper.

Christmas Fair & Shopping Day

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Saturday 25th November 2017 - 10.00am - 5.00pm

Igloo - Everything for your home in winter

Come and join our Christmas Fair at Pegasus Art shop and enjoy mince pies and some Christmas Cheer!

Pegasus studio holders, makers and artists include

  • Richard Callingham
  • Julie Fowler
  • Jill Hancock
  • Sue Harker
  • Carol Honess
  • Liz Lancashire
  • Raffish Prints
  • Teresa Poole

Find paintings, decorations, prints, jewellery, gifts, cushions and more. Ideal for finding exciting Christmas gifts and festive additions to your home.

Find our contact and location information here. We look forward to see you!

Christmas at Pegasus Art

Christmas is fast approaching, and we have many new products arriving in the shop every week!

If you'd like to get ahead with your Christmas shopping, we have gifts for all budgets and for every kind of artist – beginners, students, amateurs, hobby artists and professionals. We also have fantastic gifts for young artists from the age of two upwards! We have beautiful Gift Sets and new Gift Vouchers that can be posted directly to a loved one. Don't forget that our Gift Vouchers can be redeemed for both materials and Pegasus Art workshops which make a fantastic present.

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We also have a gift wrapping service, in store and online (simply tick the box at the check out.) We are ready for Christmas!

As a thank you to our loyal customers, we are offering a £10 voucher (to be spent within a month) if you spend £100 or more when visiting our shop in the Cotswolds.

Christmas offer £10 voucher

Why not give the ultimate arty stocking this year ~ a Pegasus tote bag filled with gorgeous gifts! Our new bags cost £3.50 and can be bought online or in store.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

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Back to College? 10% Off For All Students!

September 2017

10% off for all students, with a current and valid student ID card.

We can only accept them in person, so please pop into our shop in Stroud.

10% off student offer

The Gentle Wild II - An exhibition by artist Kerry Phippen

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9th August – 18th September 2017 - The Malthouse Bar & Kitchen, Salmon Springs, Stroud, GL6 6NU

Pegasus Art are proud to sponsor a new exhibition of large ink paintings by Kerry Phippen. Kerry captures the sense of the animals she paints, their nature, traits and of course, their beauty.

This exhibition focuses on quietness and observation.

"I am extremely lucky that I live in an area where I regularly see horses, deer, foxes, buzzards and other wild animals. They inspire me and I love to watch them, using drawing and photography in the early stages of ideas building. These have evolved into ink paintings on wonderful handmade Indian rag paper, combining my love for ink and fine papers and gorgeous wild creatures."

There will be new works on show alongside the large ink paintings.

Presented by SIT select

Tetbury Art Society 40th Anniversary Competition

Jane Fisher from Pegasus Art and Nicki Heenan

Tetbury Art Society celebrated their 40th Anniversary in April 2017.

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

July & August 2017 painting workshops with Pegasus Art.

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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.

Walled Garden Master Plan Design Drawing

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.

Walled Garden construction Cleo Mussi Artist in the walled garden Walled Garden The Summoner Statue

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’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.

Pegasus Art Open Studio - Griffin Mill Soul to Soul 2016 ink on paper drawing of person and horse Nicola Grellier in Studio

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.

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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

Kerry Phippen Drawing Deer and Fox

Refreshments will be served

Pegasus Art are proud to sponsor this event.

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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.

Nicola Grellier in Studio

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.

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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.

Long John and Dolcepompom - Nicola Grellier drawing Captain America and The Alien from Out of Space - Nicola Grellier drawing

Field of View - Landscapes & Still Life Paintings by Chris Bingle

2nd - 19th March 2017 at the Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, GL7 2BX

Chris Bingle - Field of View Exhibition

"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

Find out about the exhibition at the Corinium Museum

Contact Chris via email 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.

Jane Fisher & Catherine MacDiarmid at Artist of the Year Award 2017 Behind the Tiger Paint 2 - Catherine MacDiarmid Jane Fisher presenting the Pegasus Award the crowd at Artist & Illustrators Artist of the Year Awards 2017

Nicola Grellier - Shortlisted for The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016

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Nicola Grellier

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.

Listen to Artist Talks recordings here.

You can see Nicola's work at her forthcoming exhibition 'Future Giants' as part of SIT Select Festival 2017 from 29th April - 30th June at the Malthouse Kitchen & Bar, Stroud GL6 6NU

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Congratulations To Our Winners of £100 Gift Vouchers - South West Academy Open Exhibition

September 2016

Sue Luxton SWA Winner

Pegasus Award Best Work on Paper - Sue Luxton for 'Trafalgar Square'

Lucy Runge SWA Winner

Pegasus Award Best Oil Painting - Lucy Runge 'Sugar Bowl' Represented by

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

Alexandra Darbyshire Painting Class

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.

Kerry Phippen & Nicola Grellier Exhibition 2016 Kerry Phippen and Nicola Grellier Exhibition Private View

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. See location information here

Please email for more information or to join artist databases:


Email: Kerry Phippen


Email: Nicola Grellier

Also check out our Artist Interviews with Kerry and Nicola here.

Studio Artists

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.

Product News

Pegasus Art is proud to stock a huge range of art materials from suppliers across the globe.All our staff our artists themselves with a vast amount of product and technical knowledge. We aim to answer as many artistic queries as we can and on the rare occasion we don't know, there are plenty of onsite studio artists to turn to. Sign up to our newsletter or check back to this page for new products or tips.


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