Popular artists’ group return for city exhibition

Langstone: a collage by Sue Meredith
Langstone: a collage by Sue Meredith
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A POPULAR artists’ group is back to impress after a two-month break – with a new look for its latest exhibition.

The group, Crafts in the Tower, will return to its space at Old Portsmouth’s Square Tower on Sunday, with a new image but all the favourite artists.

Daffodils: a painting by Freya Perry

Daffodils: a painting by Freya Perry

Each member of the group, made up of painters, ceramicists and more, is local to the city and their work is completely original.

Di Wren, one of the group’s ceramicists, said: ‘It’ll be lovely to return to the Square Tower after a break.

‘There’s always a huge variety of lovely things to admire and we get a lot of regular visitors who like to chat to the artists – the exhibition is also a favourite with tourists.

‘Our members get there early to set up an attractive display and after that, we have a coffee and one of the Vintage Tea Room’s cakes.

‘The exhibition takes place on the same day as the Open Studios at the Hotwalls. A walk along the seafront makes for a lovely day out, showing Portsmouth’s contemporary culture at its best.

‘Crafts in the Tower artists invite everyone to come to see their work and chat to the makers about what they do.’

At the exhibition there will be three ceramicists including Di, two painters and two creators in wood: Jim Steele with handmade pens and Terry Turner with a useful items.

Kelly Hickman will be showing off her gilded work and Sue Meredith her collaged prints of Portsmouth scenes.

Cecilia Windebank and Lesley George both work in textiles but with interestingly different results, both will be on hand to show visitors why.

New group member Erin Wright will be displaying distinctive clocks, and Kendal James will hold a hama bead workshop.

The exhibition runs from 11am to 4pm and is free to enter.