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Keeping the Studio!

So much has been happening with The Art Boat this summer, that I’ve neglected to keep up with my blog. Isn’t that  always the way?  Just when I have oodles to write about, I don’t have time to write it.

One of the best bits of the this summer is the fact that after months of indecision about whether to keep the studio at Goyt Mill in Marple,  I have come to the conclusion that I would be silly not to.  As soon as the decision was made, it was like the fog was lifted from my brain and I have such plans!  Isn’t it funny how big decisions can effect absolutely everything you do and as soon as your road is clear everything becomes so much easier.

A knock on effect of keeping the studio is that I now have a place to run the workshops I have been thinking about.  I’ll be keeping these to small groups of 3-5 people.  The first one will be an introduction to creative acrylics  and will take place on Saturday 19th October.  All materials and free lunch provided.  Just get in touch through my contact form for more details and how to sign up (link at bottom)

Another exciting event is that I am taking part in a London Art Fair.  Roy’s Art Fair will be held at the Truman Bewery on Brick Lane.  A first for me and a big step.  I’ve met the organisers and some of the other artists  and I’m so looking forward to it.  I’ll add a link at the bottom for free ticket details.

I’ve been working on some new pieces to take to Roy’s Art Fair.  Canal Bridge Holes are an absolute fascination of mine and provide an endless source of inspiration.  The framing  provided by the structure of the bridge makes the scene viewed seem like another world. These are photos of the works in progress but  I’ll share the finished paintings soon!

Meanwhile, I’m still travelling, and have my last couple of canal festivals to do from the boat this year before heading back to the studio for more land-based things.  Just follow the “Events” link to find out where I will be next.

I promise not to leave it so long next time!

Jan x

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Pinting, painting, painting before TheArt Boat Tour

2019 – The Art Boat Tour – A Busy Year!

Interwoven exhibition.

This year has got off to a great start and I have already booked most dates for The Art Boat tour.  Time is flying and I can’t believe there is already less than a week left to visit The Old Parsonage in Didsbury to see the Vernon Mill Group Exhibition “Interwoven”.  A wonderful exhibition in a beautiful setting, by a diverse group of talented artists.  Well worth squeezing in a visit before it closes.

Jan Vallance "Winter" at Interwoven exhibition
Mum and I at The Old Parsonage Didsbury.

The Art Boat Tour 2019.

The winter is when I plan the rest of the year, and it’s looking good so far.  These are the events that are already scheduled for TheArtBoat.  A mixture of Floating Markets, Festivals and exhibitions.  I will also be dipping my toe in the unfamiliar world of Art Fairs.  But most exciting (for me!) is the open studio that I am planning for the three weekends before I set off on the Art Boat.  This will be the first time that I have opened my new studio to the public, and I’m quite nervous as it will be very different to my past experience, taking part in group open studios.

I have added links to some of the events and will insert more as they become available.  Please bookmark this post as I will come back and add events as I book them.  There are already a couple of Guild of Waterway Artists exhibitions in the pipeline.

The Itinerary

   Sun. 3rd Feb-Sun. 24th Feb.      “Interwoven” a VMA exhibition, The Old Parsonage Didsbury

   Fri. 22nd Mar-Sun. 24th Mar.     Macclesfield Open Art Exhibition,  Town Hall

  Sat. 30th Mar-Sun. 31st Mar.     Open Studio, TheArtBoat, Unit 40  Goyt Mill

  Fri. 5th Apr-Sat.  27th Apr             Echoes,  Group exhibition in Champaign, Illinois. (selected dates)

  Sat. 6th Apr-Sun. 7th Apr.             Open Studio, TheArtBoat, Unit 40  Goyt Mill

  Sat. 13th Apr-Sun. 14th Apr.       Open Studio, TheArtBoat, Unit 40  Goyt Mill

   Fri. 19th Apr-Mon. 22nd Apr.     Great Haywood, RCTA Easter Floating Market.

   Fri. 3rd May-Sun. 5th May.           Berkhamsted,    RCTA  May BH Floating Market

   Sat.18th May-Sun. 19thMay       Rickmansworth Canal Festival

  Sat. 25th May-Mon. 27th May.    Boxmoor,    RCTA  Spring  BH Floating Market

   Sat. 29th Jun-Sun. 30th Jun.         Braunston Canal Festival.  GoWA exhibition.

  Sat. 20th Jul-Sun. 21st Jul.              Cosgrove Canal Festival

  Saturday July 27th.                             Linslade Canal Festival,  One day only

  Sat. 3rd Aug-Sun. 4th Aug.              Fenny Stratford Canal Festival

  Sat. 10th Aug-Sun 11th Aug.         Blisworth Canal Festival.

  Sat. 24th Aug-Mon 26th  Aug.      Merry Hill,  RCTA  August BH Floating Market.

  Sat. 7th Sep-Sun. 8th Sep.               Birmingham,  RCTA Floating Market

  Sat. 14th Sep-Sun. 15th Sep.         Black Country Boating Festival

  Sat. 21st Sept-Sun 22nd Sep.       Huddlesford Heritage Gathering

  November/December                      Audlem Mill/Jan Vallance.  GoWA exhibition (Artists changing every 1-2 months).

The Art Boat Tour 2019, Winter Painting
“Winter” by Jan Vallance of The Art Boat

Hope to see you at one of these events during the year…there are plenty to choose from.   Don’t forget to bookmark and check back as I’ll be updating the information as I travel.

Bye for now…and hope to see  somewhere soon!





A moment of contemplation

Round up of 2018 and the Next Exhibition

There it is gone! 2018 raced by and we are already nearing the end of January 2019.  It’s a tough  job to choose from the many wonderful experiences but, the highlights of last year were, taking TheArtBoat into London, two new group exhibitions with the Guild of Waterways Artists and moving to a canalside studio in Marple.  Many more notable events, but those are just three of the ones that stood out for me.

I love London canals

Graffitti, London near Camden Town
Acrylic on Canvas Graffiti painting by Jan Vallance

The variety of canalscapes in and around London were unexpected.  Bridges dripping in graffiti,  bustling towpaths, colourful boats and the lovely calm and wide River Lea.  Needless to say I was inspired to produce several paintings based on London scenes, and am putting aside some studio time soon to do more.  Even the madness of searching for scarce mooring spots, and the racing cyclists, didn’t detract from the buzz of being in  this linear village.

The Guild of Waterway Artists

Two exhibitions with the Guild of Waterway Artists this year, were new ventures.  The first of these was at the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum, which ran from July until the beginning of November and was made possible by the tireless work of the Guild’s Penny Taylor Beardow.  This was followed shortly after by an exhibition in the Barge Fiodra Gallery curated by Bob Chase and daughter Anna.  The location for the duration of the exhibition was Little Venice  which couldn’t have been more perfect!   I was delighted to be able to exhibit my London paintings on Fiodra especially as the majority of them found new homes   

Posing outside Barge Fiodra with fellow GoWA artists Pete Tuffrey and Paul O’Leary

My new studio is Amazing!

…but you will have to wait to hear more as I have decided this exciting news deserves its own blog post!

2018 has been a hectic but successful year.   I’m now painting like one possessed in order to have enough paintings to set off on my 2019 Art Boat tour in April. I’ll be putting the schedule on my blog very soon. First on the agenda though is a group exhibition with the Vernon Mill Artists. Twenty plus artists will be showing work in the historic and picturesque Old Parsonage in Didsbury. Running from the 3rd to 24th February with the preview from 1pm-3pm on Sunday 3rd. I’m excited  to be part of this exhibition and am hoping that those who haven’t got too far to travel will be able to visit.

Vernon Mill Artists mixed group exhibition
“Interwoven” a group exhibition by Vernon Mill Artists at The Old Parsonage in Didsbury

Right!  Back to getting ready for the exhibition…
Bye for now, and see you in the next post

Jan x

Updates to TheArtBoat’s schedule!

Gosh!  What a busy first half of the season.   About half way through the TheArtboat’s travelling and trading period and I am already almost out of original paintings…which is why I have made the decision to stay down in London and The Lee and Stort for the rest of July, and then travel slowly up the Grand Union northward, popping up as I go. I desperately need to make painting time and I have therefore had to cancel Cosgrove Linslade and Blisworth. It was a hard decision to make as I shall miss doing these festivals and catching up with old friends. Hopefully I will make up for it by having lots of new paintings to show.   Two new dates I can definitely add to my calendar are;

6th-8th July….. Ware Festival

12th-22nd July….. Mile End festival

Both are new events for me so I am really looking forward to them.

One of the paintings that has been re-homed this year.  “Tranquil” a portrait of one of the distinctive locks on the Grand Union Canal near Watford.

What I have been up to so far this summer.

I loved being down on the Grand Union.  Setting up gallery on The Art Boat at Berkhamsted floating Market,  Rickmansworth festival and Boxmoor.  Berkhamsted in particular was a fantastic event for me with the people of the town embracing the market wholeheartedly and making us feel really welcome.  My stock of paintings was already low before I was (easily) persuaded by friends on The Hippie Boat to carry on my journey and pop into London.  It has been an experience.  A very different way of boating, but one that I am glad to have experienced.  I am now up on the Lee in Hertford enjoying this beautiful town and getting ready for The Ware Festival next weekend.  After that it is back to London and the Mile end festival.

New paintings…

Still waterside based but not on the canal this time.  Titled Quietude 1,2,3,4.  Each one is 8″ x 8″   Number 1 is already sold but hoping to get the other three on my website soon.

And lastly …I hope you enjoy the main photo taken in Berkhamsted.  A very rare occurrence  (the only time to date!),  of TheArtBoat moving with awning and shelves already set up.  It was a scary moment, and only made possible by the stillness of the day. Thank you Alan Price for the photo and Barry Sharland for the expert steering.

Until next time,

Jan x

Keeping up with TheArtBoat 2018

On my way…

Where has the winter gone?  I am really happy to see the unfurling leaves, hear the birds sing, and the last two days have been pure boating joy with the sun really making its presence known, but (only a little but)… just one more month of preparation time wouldn’t have gone amiss!  I’m all caught up now though, and another Spring and Summer season of travelling and trading is underway for TheArtBoat 2018.

The first floating market of the year at Market Haywood was a great start to the season,  and the lovely people who came to see and support the floating traders were not deterred by the rain and copious amounts of mud.  The Art Boat is presently on its way to the RCTA Floating Market at Berkhamsted, with a couple of stops for a “PopUp” art gallery on route.  This is the schedule so far, (Please note that any PopUps are dependant upon available space and weather).

          April, Saturday 21st-Sunday 22nd.   Stoke Bruerne, PopUp

         April, Saturday 28th-Sunday 29th.  The Globe, PopUp

        May, Saturday 5th-Monday 7th.  Berkhamsted, RCTA Floating Market

        May, Saturday 12th-Sunday13th.  Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, PopUp

       May, Saturday 19th-Sunday 20th.  Rickmansworth, Festival

       May, Saturday 26th-Monday 28th.   Boxmoor, Festival/Floating Market (Awaiting confirmation)

       June, Saturday 23rd-Sunday 24th.  Braunston, Festival/Guild of Waterway Artists exhibition

       July, Saturday 21st-Sunday 22nd.  Cosgrove, Festival,

       July 27th-November 4th.  Ellesmere Port Boat Museum, Guild of Waterway Artists Exhibition

       July, Saturday 28th.  Linslade, Festival

       August, Saturday 18th-Sunday 19th.  Blisworth, Festival

       August, Saturday 25th-Sunday 26th.  Milton Keynes, RCTA Floating Market (Awaiting confirmation)

More events and Popups will be added as I go

Brand New Paintings

Although the Art Boat hasn’t travelled very far over the past couple of weeks, lots of business has been going on inside and I have two new paintings that are travelling with me.  They will be displayed for the first time at Stoke Bruerne this weekend.


Looking forward to catching up with you somewhere on the cut.

Until next time…Jan

Main photograph by Robert Clement-Evans

TheArt Boat in 2017…What a Year

A year of Single-handing.

I’ll say it again…What a year!   This year has brought many challenges, the biggest of which was single handing Tonka for the majority of the 6 months of TheArtBoat tour.   I often single hand but not usually for so long a period and with so many time pressures.  Festivals and Markets won’t wait for you to get there and although my planning is getting better, I had originally planned the route with two crew in mind.  Unfortunately my partner had injuries that meant he couldn’t be with me for the travelling this year and this meant I was thrown in at the deep end.

But you know what?   It was fantastic!  I loved almost every minute of it, and although I was sorry that Barry couldn’t join me, the feeling of accomplishment was great.  I may even get used to tunnels in time!

Tunnel…the boat behind.

All Shelved up.

Thanks to Barry, The Art Boat has now got shelves along the whole of it’s length.  This means that all of the space under the awning can now be filled with paintings,  prints and cards.  I love it when Tonka is dressed up as The Art Boat.

The Art Boat Shelves

Almost famous!

This year The Art Boat managed to be featured in a couple of online articles.  One of these was on the  Canal and River Trust   site.

I was really surprised as, being the numpty I am I hadn’t realised I was actually being interviewed.  I thought I was being asked if I would like to be interviewed in the future.  I chatted away not feeling under any pressure,  oblivious to the fact it was a real interview!

I musn’t forget to mention Kev Maslin.  A  brilliant photographer and responsible for the photo at the beginning of this post.  You can see more of his wonderful  work  here.

Thank you to all my Customers!

So many paintings this year have left me to be rehomed.  I am feeling overwhelmed that I am finally able to say with conviction that this is my full time living.   I am an artist surviving by my brush    (I have been saying it for a while but not really believing it).   A wholehearted thank you to all my customers.  Whether you have bought a painting, print  or a fridge magnet you have all helped to get me to this place.

Sold 2017
Selection of sold paintings


The next few months will be  mostly about getting more painting done, ready for the beginning of TheArtBoat 2018  tour…Bring it on!

Until next time!   Thank you so much for your support … Jan x






10 fine art greeting cards

Chance to Win a set of 10 Fine Art Cards.

What an Amazing Year!

(And a chance to win 10 fine art cards)

The Art Boat has had a wonderful Spring and Summer,  catching up with old friends, making new, and trying out some different festivals.  If ever I doubted I was doing the right thing (and believe it or not, even with my fabulous life, I do),  this year has made me absolutely sure.   I have sold more original paintings than last year and added some lovely mugs that my sister has started printing for me…She will have a whole blogpost to herself when she is ready!?  I will be telling you all about my lovely year in a separate post, but for now I want to celebrate…

10 Paintings in 10 days.

10 canal paintings
10 paintings in 10 days

After my Spring and Summer season on TheArtBoat I came straight back to an Open Studio Event at Vernon Mill with the prospect of very few paintings to show (my successful year had it’s downside).  Not to be deterred I got my act together and challenged myself to produce 10 paintings in 10 days.  Each one on a 8″ x 8″ canvas .  Two have already sold (nos 9 and 1) as well as several hand finished 6″ prints.  I will eventually be adding them to my shop but meanwhile contact me if you are interested in any of the Originals or prints.

WIN a set of 10 Fine Art Cards

To celebrate the end of a challenging season I am giving away a set of 10 Fine Art greetings cards to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is subscribe to TheArtBoat Newsletter on the form at the side of this post.  I will also be sending a discount code for anything in my shop (If the item you want isn’t there yet, just let me know and I will sort it! )  The cards are made with slightly textured prints mounted on brown card with a recycled paper insert.  They are left blank for your own message.

The Newsletter is a brand new venture for me, and is intended to keep you up to date with The Art Boat and exhibitions and new works by Jan Vallance as well as special offers.

Until next time…   Jan





Mugs and seasons paintings

Keeping up with TheArtBoat 2017

The Art boat has set off on it’s travels again and there has been a lot of miles covered. For the first part of this years tour I have been single handing so I have had very little time to let everyone know where I am up to. I will amend that now and get to the point of the post …A list of places where you will be able to find me over the coming months.

                   Saturday 13th May – Sunday 14th May  POP-UP Apsley

                  Saturday 20th May – Sunday 21st May    Rickmansworth Canal  Festival.

                   Saturday 27th May – Monday 29th May  Stoke Bruerne RCTA Floating Market

                    Saturday 17th June – Sunday 18th June   Foxton Locks  Festival

                   Saturday 25th June – Sunday 26th June   The Guild of Waterways Artists Summer Exhibition at Braunston Canal Festival

                    Saturday 22nd-July – Sunday 23rd July     Cosgrove Canal Festival

                    Saturday  29th July    Linslade Canal Festival

                    Saturday 12th August – Sunday 13th August     Blisworth Canal Festival

                    Friday 25th August – Monday 28th August   Merry Hill  Floating RCTA Market

                   Saturday 9th September – Sunday 10th September   Black Country Boating Festival

                   Friday 15th September – Sunday 17th September   Tipton Canal Festival

                 Saturday  23rd September – Sunday 24th September   Birmingham RCTA Floating Market


Don’t forget I will be updating this blogpost as I go along to add extra events and Pop-ups So keep checking in.  You can also look out for Monthly schedules on my Facebook Page

About Jan vallance

The Art Boat Artist …Jan Vallance.

It is complete chaos here on The Art Boat.  I am getting ready for the long summer, painting, making a new workspace.  keeping up with woodblock orders and finishing my website,  I can’t believe it is now only a week until the first gala at Buxworth basin.  I have been working on an “about” page, for the Website, and thought it might be a good idea to blog it for some feedback.  Please have a read and then let me know what you think so far?  I don’t want it to be too long, but hope I have included enough information without boring the socks off people!

Display, The Art Boat
Jan vallance art work on display

All about The Artist Jan Vallance.  In her own words…

I have been painting and selling my art since 2005. In the winter I work from a studio in Vernon Mill, an old mill in Stockport housing the studios of over 50 artists. The studio gets bitterly cold, so I often work from a makeshift studio in my mum’s loft. But the Spring and Summer is my favourite time. This is when I work from home.  Home is a narrowboat, and from late March to the beginning of October it becomes The Art Boat, my home, studio and floating gallery. I travel the canal system, popping up at floating markets, festivals, and sometimes just on my own.
Limited space means that smaller paintings are more practical to work on and this is where my miniature pieces are ideal. This year’s series are all waterways based and are painted under the loose title “Mini Mondays”. My work isn’t limited to miniatures though, I paint larger pieces too.

Inspiration and Method

I am inspired by my surroundings, and like to work on projects that explore different aspects of a subject. I live and work on the canals and they are the primary influence on my current paintings.
I work with layers. The paint and it’s application is all important. I apply paint quickly, filling the canvas and then start exploring…. printing, scraping, doodling. The image comes later. Sometimes I work with the subject, other times against it. I love paint – exploring it’s possibilities.

Previous exhibitions and events:

Last year (2015),  I took part in the Artists on the Canals tour,  organised by the inimitable Magda and Berth on Wanderlust .  Three “Art Boats” travelling together and popping up along the canals. Exhibitions at the Queens park Arts centre in Aylesbury, The Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead and The Cha Cafe in Cassiobury park, were also part of the tour.

Open Exhibitions:

Stockport, Derbyshire and Macclesfield.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Vernon Mill Artists at Stockport Art Gallery.

Portico Library, Manchester .

“Love across the ocean”  Chicago


Marple Library,

Stockport Art Gallery.

Jan Vallance studied art at Chester University. You can find her at TheArtBoat.co.uk

Print Competition

Win A Hand Finished Print

It’s that time again!  Another chance to win one of my Hand finished Prints.  I marked the end of the Artists on The Canals tour last year with a prize draw for one of my Hand finished Prints and the response was excellent.  This time I am marking the beginning of The Art Boat tour 2016.   The last competition was run from my facebook page, but this time I want to show off my brand new website and blog,  so the prize draw will be run from here.

What is a Hand finished Print?

The prints are all taken from images of  Jan Vallance original paintings.

NOT JUST A PRINT.   Printed on real cotton canvas, the canvas print has gold and other highlights added by hand using artist quality acrylic paints. It is then finished with varnish to protect.  Each print measures 7½ ” x 7½ ” and is supplied in a 12″ mount.  This prize draw is for one print only

How do I enter the prize draw?

It is very easy to be in with a chance to win:

  1.    Subscribe to my blog during March and you will automatically be entered.   Don’t forget to….
  2.    Comment on this post, and include the number of which print you would like.  The available  prints  are all shown on the accompanying picture at the top of this post and are numbered 1 to 6

How and When  will the winner be announced?

The competition will close at midnight on March 31st, and the winner will be announced on Friday April 1st.  I am hoping to be able to video the draw again as that was very popular last time.

There will only be one winner,  but everyone who subscribes in March  will be sent a code for 15% off ANYTHING in the shop.   You can find out more about my prints in The Art Boat Shop

Aceo Mini Monday Collage

ACEOs, Mini Mondays, and why I am addicted…


Mini Monday 7 swan

Once apon a time, a long time ago, when my children were knee high to (ok…they were probably a bit bigger than that),  I needed a way to earn a bit of extra money from home.  I was browsing ebay to see if it was a possible avenue for some of my smaller paintings, and I kept seeing the word ACEO pop up.  I hadn’t a clue, but I researched and discovered that ACEO’s are playing card sized works of art that were being sold and traded all over ebay.   Mostly in the US at that time.

So what exactly is an ACEO?

ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals.  They are tiny works of art, measuring only 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  They can be displayed in an album or framed individually or in groups.   ACEOs are very collectible.   They provide a wonderfully low-cost and affordable way to purchase an original piece of work direct from the artist.  ACEOs are an offshoot of ATCs (Art Trading Cards).  This wikipedia article  will tell you lots more about both sorts of cards

aceo original, boat entering tunnel

And they are Addictive?

Absolutely!  I can guarantee once you start painting them you will find lots of reasons to make more.

I use them to:  make family gifts,  swap with other artists,  paint in series, and try out ideas.  You can experiment without wasting vast amounts of materials. There is only one rule …they must measure 2½ x 3½ inches.  The rest is up to you and your imagination…

So where does Mini Monday fit in?

A couple of years ago I started a daily painting series.  I painted a sheep painting a day for a year.  I loved the project and I found the discipline that was needed to complete one every day was really good for me and has stayed with me since that time.  I started the Mini Monday series, because I wanted to do something similar that would fit in with the Waterways paintings I am doing at the moment.  So once a week (usually on a Monday!), I paint a miniature waterways painting. Today I completed Mini Monday 7 (the swan painting at the top of this post).   So keep a look out for my Mini Monday …Tiny Tuesday…Wee Wednesday… Paintings.  I will be adding them to the Miniature Paintings Gallery each week.

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget you can have immediate notifications of blog updates if you subscribe to email updates.

Oh,  and if you want to know any more about my Mini Monday paintings, or are wondering how to get started making your own aceos, Just leave me a comment.


The Art Boat in the snow

Hello and Welcome to The Art Boat


The very first Blog post from The Art Boat…

Don’t let the sleepy exterior fool you.  There is so much to do to get Tonka  ready for the Spring and Summer months of travelling as The Art Boat.  All has been extremely busy on Tonka over the winter.   As well as preparing for the journey,  there are paintings to be signed, varnished and got ready for my first exhibition with The Guild of Waterways Artists  at Audlem in a weeks time….aargh. Where has the winter gone?   I suspect a lot of it has been spent getting my brand new Website, shop and blog  (Ta…dah!) built.  I have certainly not seen as much of my studio as I would have liked over the past couple of months, and I am hoping to see a lot more of my paintbrushes in the coming weeks.

I will keep this first post short.  I just wanted to say a quick hello to everyone. Don’t forget to subscribe, it’s free, and you can cancel at any time … Coming up in the next few posts are details of The Art Boat’s itinerary and information on how to enter my March competition to win a handfinished print.


The Art Boat in April…The first few weeks

Making Plans for The Art Tour.

Getting ready to leave on the Art Boat  seemed to take for ever, so I can’t believe that we are already 4 weeks into the Art Tour.  This is the art boat’s first year of having to work out it’s own itinerary .  Last year we were totally spoilt by being part of the artists on the canal tour organised by Magda and Berth on Wanderlust.  Although it has taken a while to work out a do-able tour (Some of the festivals I wanted to do would have involved The Art Boat growing wings in order to get there in time!) it has been fun trying to decide where to go.  Some festivals I would have liked to attend were booked up before we got chance, and others just fell into our laps.  Now is the best bit…actually doing it.

So Far

So Far I have managed to experience a lovely family funday at Buxworth,  a solo pop-up, and two pop ups with other traders, the first time with a Pirate  (…Aaar)  and a HomeBrew Boat (…aar..hic!…aaar), and the second time with The Oat Cake Boat and  Flavours afloat  (yummmmm).  I have managed to put my brand new shelter up and take it  down on my own. (easy peasy),  and had the heavens kindly provide the usual  variety of April weather in order to help test the shelter. And,  I am pleased to say Barry, it is holding up magnificently.  On land I have had work  hanging in Audlem Mill as part of the Guild of Waterways Artists exhibition.

The Draw

The draw to mark my new website and online shop took place on 1st of April. I was really pleased with the amount of people that subscribed to The Art Boat blog and entered. Tony Binns was the winner, and chose a hand finished print of View through a Bridge as his prize. You can see the video of the draw HERE.  I have just sent out emails with  the discount coupons to those that subscribed in March , so  if that’s you,  keep an eye on your inbox.

View through Bridge

And Coming up…

For the next few weeks you will find the Art boat at:

April 23-24 Great Haywood

April 29th -May 2nd  Alvecote Floating Market

May 7th-8th  Stoke Bruerne

May 14th-15th  Apsley

May 21st-22nd  Rickmansworth Canal Fastival

Later in the year I will be at:  Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival in June….REALLY looking forward to that one, and you will be able to see me alongside other artists in The Guild of waterways Artists tent at Braunston, (also in June)


I am hoping to see quite a few of you soon.  We are covering quite a few miles this year, so it figures that at some point we won’t be too far away.  You have no excuse, come and say hello!

Until next time…Jan x


Floating Market - The Art Boat

Keeping up with The Art Boat

The Art Boat Floating Market Itinerary

An exciting schedule planned this year for The Art Boats Floating Gallery/Shop.  Quite a few festivals and RCTA Markets included as well as two exhibitions with the Guild Of Waterways Artists.  Audlem mill Easter exhibition (which you still have time to visit as it is on until the 9th April) and I will also be joining the rest of the Guild in the tent at Braunston in June. Pop-ups will be added to the schedule as I go along.  I have added the ones for April.

I have already had a fabulous start to the tour with Buxworth Gala.  Despite the weather a great weekend was had,  proving that us Northerners won’t be put off by a bit of rain…though come to think of it there were a few Southerners there too!

                   Sunday 13th March – Saturday 9th April   Guild of Waterways Artists Easter Exhibition, Audlem Mill

                   Saturday March 26 – Sunday  March 27     Buxworth Community Gala.

                   Saturday April 2nd – Sunday April 3rd   POP-UP  Bollington Aquaduct

                   Saturday 9th April – Sunday 10th April   POP-UP  Higher Poynton

                   Saturday 16th April – Sunday 17th April   POP-UP  Westport Lake, Trent and Mersey

                   Saturday 23rd April – Sunday 24th April   POP-UP  Great Haywood, Trent and Mersey

                   Friday  29th April – Monday 2nd May   Alvecote Floating Market.

                   Saturday  7th May-Sunday 8th May  POP-UP Stoke Bruerne

                   Saturday 14th May – Sunday 15th May  POP-UP Apsley

                  Saturday 21st May – Sunday 22nd May    Rickmansworth Canal  Festival.

                   Friday 10th June – Sunday 12th June    RCTA Floating Market, Gt Haywood.

                    Friday 17th June – Sunday 19th June   Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival

                   Saturday 25th June – Sunday 26th June   The Guild of Waterways Artists Summer Exhibition at Braunston Canal Festival

                    Friday 1st July – Sunday 3rd July     Chester RCTA Floating Market, City rd moorings

                    Saturday 13th August – Sunday 14th August     Blisworth Canal Festival

                    Friday 26th August – Monday 29th August   Merry Hill  Floating RCTA Market

                    Friday 2nd September – Sunday 4th September   Stourport  Floating RCTA Market

                    Saturday 17th September – Sunday 18th September   Tipton Canal Festival

                  Friday  23rd September – Sunday 25th September   Birmingham RCTA Floating Market


Don’t forget I will be updating this blogpost as I go along to add extra events and Pop-ups So keep checking in.  You can also look out for Monthly schedules on my Facebook Page