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Audlem Mill and The Guild of Waterway Artists

New paintings will have to wait!

I felt that a catch up was needed, as lots of things are going on here both on The Art Boat and in The Art Boat Studio.  This is the time of year when I put my head down and work on commissions and new work.  Travelling has slowed right down, and studio time is my priority.  The one thing I had planned to do was have a Christmas open studio in my new space in  Marple. But I’ve decided that an open studio without many paintings probably wouldn’t work!  Most of my work is either in Audlem Mill in a joint exhibition with Christine Rigden, or still down in London on Barge Fiodra, waiting for me to pick it up! The large canvasses and big new brushes are clamouring for attention, but commissions need to be finished first.  The exciting new paintings will have to wait.

Visit Audlem Mill

You can see my most recent work at Audlem Mill in an exhibition alongside Christine Rigden.  The Guild of Waterway Artists, of which I am a member has a history, of showing at Audlem Mill.   In the last year, the mill has hosted changing exhibitions showcasing two members of the guild each month.  I have work there for the rest of this month through to December, and again in May next year.

The canalside mill, situated as the name suggests in Audlem on the Shropshire canal, originally produced animal feed. It was restored in the 1970’s and  is now run as a gift shop by Peter and Chris Silvester.  More than just a gift shop it has a wealth of craft supplies and a gallery area displaying canal and waterways art.  It’s definitely worth a day out.  I can thoroughly recommend a leisurely wander beside the canal, a visit to the mill and finish off with lunch in the canalside pub!

Who are The Guild of Waterway Artists?

“The Guild is a group of like-minded artists, who have joined together to promote art about the waterways by exhibiting together and to offer each other mutual support and encouragement in their pursuit of excellence”.  I love being part of this lovely supportive group of fellow Artists .  I’ve been a member  (and am now membership secretary) of  the guild for quite a few years now and have exhibited with them in various galleries and canalside events during that time.  A new exciting exhibition will be taking place in Stoke Bruerne Museum next April.  Watch out for more details soon!  

Looking forwards…

I’ll still be travelling and trading as TheArtBoat next year, but plan to do a lot less miles in order to  create more painting time.  I’m looking out for new exhibition ideas for 2020 and beyond so if you have any exciting and unusual suggestions for spaces in which my canal paintings would work,  or that would even be suitable for Guild of Waterway Artists exhibitions,  please do contact me. All suggestions welcome, the more unusual the better!

Early Bird Price!

Booking for my 10 week “Amazing Acrylics” course is now open.  If you book before 15th December there’s a special Early Bird Price of 20% off the regular cost of the course.  A maximum of 5 students in each session.  Choose from a Wednesday morning or evening session. Ideal for those wanting to work in a small friendly group. The group size makes sure there will be plenty of support for all participants.

More information about booking a course here.

Want to know more about the guild of Waterway Artists?  Click here

Details on where to find Audlem mill here


I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you with too much information.  I’ll keep the next one short…promise!

Until next time… Jan x

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