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Best of South Lakes artists and makers exhibit at Witherslack

The work of three participating artists is featured on the publicity for the 2017 exhibition: chair detail by Paul Girling, Japonica by Ian Parker and ceramic detail by John Calver.

[F]ifteen of the area’s best artists and makers plus two special guests will be exhibiting and selling their work in the annual Witherslack Artists and Makers Group exhibition that opens on Saturday 16 September.

The Witherslack Artists and Makers Group has been exhibiting in the Old School Room of the Barwick Hall since the early 1990s, beginning with just a handful of Witherslack-based artists and now attracting interest from across the region.

“Our exhibition demonstrates a wide range of techniques and processes,” says Pip Hall, a stone lettercarver from Cowgill near Dent. “It is a wonderful mix of the highest quality fine arts alongside the best of local crafts, including greenwood chairs, oak swill and woven reed baskets, pottery, glass, textiles, jewellery and more. The paintings and original prints on display will feature everything from intricate still life subjects to landscapes and the natural world.”

“The group spends a week assembling the show,” says Fiona Clucas, a painter based at Halecat. “The aim is to put these fine arts and crafts together to create a home environment, giving people ideas for their own rooms and spaces.”

Ian Parker, very much known for his award-winning still life paintings, is one of the two guest artists taking part this year. The other guest is Jan Huntley-Peace, whose Art to Wear pieces incorporate elements of textiles, porcelain and print.

“Every year, we try to invite artists and makers whose work we admire,” says Fiona, “and ideally who bring something different to the exhibition overall. This year is no exception and we’re excited to be working with Ian and Jan and are looking forward to incorporating their creative pieces at Witherslack.”

The Witherslack exhibition is on for a whole month, opening with a preview day on Saturday 16 September, when all the artists attend and refreshments are available in the Hall. The show then runs until Sunday 15 October, open every day from 10am to 5pm. The Barwick Hall or Old School Room is alongside St Paul’s Church near Halecat Nurseries and up the hill from the Town End of Witherslack. Teas are served in the Church during exhibition weekends. Further information is available on the website at

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