Throughout 2020, high street favourite Watergate Street Gallery will be hosting a variety of art events and workshops to raise funds to support creative wellbeing projects. These will include Paint Nights where you create your own masterpiece with the help of a glass of wine and tutor guidance. These fun “Paint like..” events will teach attendees how to paint in the style of artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh or Banksy. All of the events will make use of the newly refurbished cavern/art space which was completed last year alongside a new main entrance to the gallery at street level.
Also running will be a series of art courses that are informative and fun, run by practising artists. The first programme begins in March and runs until July 2020. This includes a four week Introduction to Acrylic Painting, followed by Contemporary Collage, Mixed Media and Watercolours. These will be held in our Urban Art Space on Tuesday evenings and suitable for absolute beginners or artists wanting to try new techniques. They will be run by local artist Elizabeth Macdonald and aim to introduce participants to a diverse range of products and techniques in a friendly and informative class. Tutor, Elizabeth Macdonald is experienced in running workshops for adults whilst developing her own creative practice selling art through galleries, working to private and corporate commissions and exhibiting at art fairs throughout the UK.
- On Mothers Day, 22nd March the gallery is offering Paint like Van Gogh. No experience is necessary.
- On the 12th April the WSG welcomes the international urban sketching instructor Ian Fennelly for a 3 hour pen and watercolour workshop. The gallery will serve as a base to explore the city streets whilst sketching.
- Paint like Banksy takes place on the 24th April. Led by Elizabeth Macdonald, the workshop will, through the application of stencilling methods allow guests to produce their own unique piece of graffiti art to take home.
Funds raised during these events purchase art materials for a programme of creative, wellbeing activities benefiting people living with the effects of cancer and dementia.
For further info on the courses and events visit : https://watergatestreetgallery.co.uk/#