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Paint & Draw Atelier: From Drawing to Oil Painting

As the current six-week drawing course at Paint & Draw Atelier hits its third week, participants are reflecting upon the new skills learnt in the past weeks. Under the guidance of experienced artists Ella Kilgour and Katie Munro, students have delved into new techniques, honing their drawing skills and discovering new ways of playing with drawing.

From playful exercises exploring tone and line, to more structured sessions focusing on form, participants have embraced the opportunity to expand their approaches to drawing. Each week is bringing new challenges and insights, as Kilgour and Munro provide feedback and encouragement to help students reach their full potential.

For many, the drawing course has allowed them to break free from constraints and express themselves with newfound confidence. From beginners taking their first steps into the world of art to more experienced artists seeking to refine their skills, participants have found inspiration in the supportive and inclusive atmosphere of Paint & Draw Atelier.

Excitement is building for the next course on the horizon – the upcoming six-week oil painting course. Scheduled to begin on June 4th, this comprehensive course will provide participants with the fundamental techniques and principles needed to master the medium of oil painting.

Led by Kilgour and Munro, the oil painting course will offer participants the opportunity to explore colour mixing, brushwork, and more, in a friendly and supportive environment. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced artist looking to expand your skills, this course is sure to unlock your passion for painting and creative potential.

Find our more here: Paint and Draw Atelier | painting and drawing courses | Round Tower, Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK

Tutor Ella Kilgour demonstrating, week 3.

Diving into the Depths: “Immerse” Exhibition

In a celebration of creativity and collaboration, the final weekend of April 2024 marked the unveiling of “Immerse,” an exhibition held in a cozy corner of the art world. This collaborative between ceramicist Annie Flitcroft, jeweller Charlie Leftley, and featuring drawings by Jo Evans, highlighted the depths of the ocean.

From the moment visitors stepped foot into the exhibition space, curated with meticulous attention to detail by Charlie Leftley, they were surrounded with wonder and intrigue.

Annie Flitcroft’s ceramic creations served as anchors, grounding the exhibition in the tangible beauty of the ocean’s treasures. Each piece, crafted with care and skill, captured the essence of ‘immerse’ in all its diversity and splendour.

Complementing Flitcroft’s ceramics were the creations of jeweller Charlie Leftley. Drawing inspiration from the textures of the ocean, Leftley’s jewellery shimmered, echoing the play of light on the water’s surface. Her expert curation of the exhibition space ensured that each piece was showcased to its full potential, creating a harmonious dialogue between form and function.

As visitors wandered through the exhibition, they were transported to distant shores and underwater cities – imagination ignited by the power of art. Whether admiring Flitcroft’s ceramics, Leftley’s jewellery, or Evans’ drawings, “Immerse” offered a moment of respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, inviting viewers to pause, reflect, and appreciate the wonders of the world around them.

Find Annie here: Homepage | Annie Flitcroft

Find Charlie here: CHARLIE LEFTLEY DESIGNS – Contemporary jewellery

Find Jo here: Jo Evans (@joevansart) • Instagram photos and videos

Exploring Motherhood and Womanhood: “Straw for Nothing” Exhibition

Set against the backdrop of the historical tower, this exhibition delves deep into the intricacies of motherhood and womanhood, offering an exploration of their personal experiences.

Scheduled to open on the 4th and 5th of May, with a public-private view on May 3rd from 6-8pm, “Straw for Nothing” is an exhibition, where the unseen work and experiences of the domestic sphere take centre stage. Hounham and Poingdestre peel back the layers of daily life, revealing the often-overlooked aspects of motherhood and womanhood that extend beyond mere physical tasks.

At the core of the exhibition is an exploration of emotional labour, the balancing act of managing relationships, resolving conflicts, and providing emotional support. Through a series of artworks, the artists shed light on the complexities inherent in these roles, offering a raw and intimate glimpse into their own journeys.

Each piece serves as a testament to the profound impact of motherhood and womanhood, inviting viewers to reflect on their own experiences and connections to these universal themes.

Whether you’re a parent, a caregiver, or simply someone navigating complexities in today’s world, “Straw for Nothing” offers a space for introspection, empathy, and solidarity. Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in this thought-provoking exhibition.

Find more information here: ‘Straw for Nothing’ exhibition – Hotwalls Studios

Hotwalls announces its first Easter Market!

We are proud to announce our very first Easter Creative and Wellness Market! On March 30-31, Hotwalls welcomes both market traders and the public to the iconic Parade Grounds and Round Tower.

With over 40 stalls curated to showcase a diverse range of handmade items, there’s something to pique the interest of every visitor.
Bathe in an atmosphere filled with live music, art, demonstrations, open studios, delicious food and drink. The Canteen will also be on hand, serving up a delightful selection of hot drinks, sweet treats, and savoury delights.

Contact hotwallsstudios@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for further information. Follow our social medias for updates on traders, musicians, art and timings!


Sculpting Stories of Satire and Social Reflection: Milly Aburrow is March’s guest artist

Step into the imaginative realm of Milly Aburrow, our latest spotlight in our 2024 guest artist line-up. Milly brings a fresh perspective to the art world. She recently graduated with a BA in Fine Art (Hons) from Bath Spa University.


Aburrow’s art serves as a mirror to our daily lives, inviting viewers to ponder the deeper meanings behind our everyday experiences. Through her mixed media sculptures and installations, she skilfully weaves together elements of humour and social commentary, challenging us to reconsider our relationship with material possessions and the food on our plates.

Recent achievements include the ‘Kenneth Armitage Young Sculpture Prize 2023’ for her installation ‘Fill Me In’ Sandwich Counter, celebrated for its wit and reflections on modern society. Drawing inspiration from the quirks and contradictions of modern living, Aburrow’s work ignites conversations and sparks contemplation.

Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in her captivating work at our upcoming Open Studios, on 17 March between 11am-4pm.

Exploring the versatility of clay: Ceramics in the Tower

We are gearing up to host a spectacular event in the Round Tower, beckoning the public to immerse themselves in the rich art of ceramics. Set against the backdrop of the historic Round Tower and organised by resident ceramicist Annie Flitcroft, this occasion promises a fascinating view into the multifaceted realm of clay as a medium for creative expression.

Mark your calendars for March 23-24, 2024, as the event will play host to a line up of distinguished ceramicists, including the likes of Annie Flitcroft, Alice Crowe, and Maureen Brigden, who are sharing their expertise and insights into the craft.

Whether you’re a seasoned admirer of ceramics or simply intrigued by the allure of clay, this upcoming event guarantees an experience tailored to all. This event is fully accessible and family friendly.

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