Jayne-Sandys Renton is our third Open Studios Guest Artist

For every Open Studios of 2023, we have invited a Guest Artist to use our Round Tower for the day, as their own studio.

This fantastic opportunity allows us to give upcoming or developed artists the chance to work in a grade 1 listed building, associate themselves with the excellent cultural sector of Portsmouth and surround themselves with Hotwalls Studios finest artists.

The third artist we have invited to the Guest Artist Programme is painter Jayne Sandys-Renton.

Jayne is an artist and painter from Chichester, West Sussex. She explains that work is inspired by nature and women’s stories.

‘Living in the Sussex landscape I am surrounded by nature. Figures sometimes enter the work or nature itself becomes a metaphor for female experience. I look a lot at contemporary female painters and I am also very inspired by old master paintings; a Rubens’ figure or a Jan van Huysum still-life might be a starting point for a painting, as might my garden or magazine cutting. In lock down, when my daughters were around, I would often use them in my work. I have recently been reading about Jaynie Morris, a pre-Raphaelite muse; she recently entered the work indirectly as a still life called weeping beauty. Mythology is another starting point for me, with many paintings about Echo and Narcissus. My work is bold and expressive, and the colour is vibrant.’

Jayne will be painting in the Round Tower, exhibiting work and inviting the public to watch her process.

The guest artist programme runs alongside our monthly Open Studios, where you will find all of our studios and the Round Tower accessible from 11am – 4pm on the third Sunday of each month – FREE EVENT.


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