Stratford Here and Now

Stratford-upon-Avon Art Society


Dear Members,

         I am writing to update you on:

1, the last Stratford Now activity,

2, to remind you all of the main aims of this project and

3, to encourage as many of you as possible to take part


Wayne Attwood Workshop


        We assembled at The Old Slaughterhouse, Stratford town centre and received an excellent introduction to drawing in the urban environment from Wayne. He brought a variety of sketchbooks to illustrate some of the techniques, mediums and approaches he uses. He showed us a range of the materials and equipment that he employs when drawing and painting on location.

         He encouraged us to try working with a ballpoint pen and small sketchbook.

         He asked us to consider his mantra:



Mark Making.

         We then went out to draw and Wayne demonstrated how he sets about selecting and recording before encouraging us to have a go! Despite the cold weather we all got stuck in and Wayne came to each in turn offering advice and encouragement.

         We returned to base for lunch, a warm up and to enjoy looking through Wayne’s sketchbooks.

         After lunch we went out on location to make another drawing.

         The feedback from the workshop attendees was full of praise for Wayne’s generous sharing of information, his considerable technical knowledge and his artistic talent, all very much appreciated. A plea was made for another workshop!  A big Thank You to Wayne!

         The Old Slaughterhouse also proved excellent and our thanks must go to Escape Arts for allowing us to use this space.

2 & 3

         The Committee has been investigating the history of the Art Society for our 60th Anniversary celebrations and plan to archive some of the interesting documents and information that we have gathered so far.

         The ‘Stratford Here and Now 2018-2020’ is a project that we see adding to this archive. The project is about members recording and responding to our lives here and now in Stratford Town and District!

         We plan to exhibit a display of  ‘not for sale, work in progress’; sketchbooks, photographs, thumbnail sketches and preliminary drawings/paintings, ideas and submissions ready for the A3 book, in the Summer Exhibition.

         There will also be an opportunity to enter an extra piece of work, for sale, under the Stratford Now heading in the Summer Exhibition.


Stratford Here and Now

a record of our locality as we see it in 2018 -2020

Aims:  to produce a series of works on paper that record our observations across Stratford Town and District over the last 2 years of the decade:

to work to an A3 format and bind the originals together as a book or books, Portrait or landscape as appropriate.

to encourage as many members as possible to contribute art work to the project.

to ensure maximum scope for different approaches, mediums and techniques to be included.

to create a visual document that reflects our personal responses to the changes and developments we are experiencing as we come to the end of this decade.

to consider the importance of the ugly, the comic or the satirical and not purely the aesthetic.


 The last Sharing Meeting before the Summer Exhibition will take place at Foundation House, Mason’s Rd. Stratford, on: Thursday May 9th 2019, 10:30 and 12:00 noon.


Tea and coffee are provided and we ask for a contribution of £1:50 to help towards the hire of the space.


Please contact Cathy: if you wish to join in but are unable to attend the sharing meetings, or see Cathy at one of the Societies monthly meetings.



This is about how we live as much as where and therefore we would like to encourage you to make as broad an interpretation as you wish in creating your work. Interiors are as relevant as exteriors, how people feel and interact, the items we use, the patterns we see or make, abstract feelings, words and images are all possibilities!


Stratford-upon-Avon Art Society

Stratford Here and Now 2018


Stratford Here and Now

Change Project 2018 – 2020

Guidance and Information for Art Society Members who wish to get involved in this collaborative project


The title: ‘Change’ reflects the fact that we are seeing many developments taking place in Stratford Town and District as we reach the end of this decade.

Stratford Town and District

is not exclusive and refers to the locality in which we live; our homes, interiors, exteriors and gardens, our towns, villages and countryside, the places we work, shop and spend our leisure time, the people we know and see around us the idea is to find inspiration in our everyday lives and familiar places.

2018 -2020

Two Years allows time for exploration, reflection and experimentation before deciding on a final outcome.


Paper quality We aim to create a book or books that will be a visual record of our responses to the place and time in which we are living. We might like to think of people in 50 or 100 years time turning the pages and marvelling at what they see! For that reason we need to try to use materials which are of ‘archival’ quality. Look for sketchbooks and paper that state they are ‘acid free’.

A3 format, 297mm x 420mm gives scope for members to work to the full size or to work 1, or more, smaller images in the layout of their choice. It will be necessary to remember that the pages will be bound on the left in ‘landscape’ format and at the top in ‘portrait’ format.

All members of Stratford-upon-Avon Art Society are invited to contribute a work on paper. If you normally work in 3D then perhaps we can discuss how you too can contribute to this collaborative project.

Work on one side of the paper only please We need to ensure that images do not rub against each other when the book or books are bound together. Please fix final outcomes appropriately before submitting and check that your medium of choice is stable and will not ‘bleed’ onto another sheet in the book.


The spirit of ‘Stratford Now’ is to encourage and support creative development and we do not wish to cramp creativity by dictating what mediums, techniques or approaches you use in making your responses. The ‘Sharing Meetings are good forums for discussing progress of ideas and seeking advice from fellow members.

Personal Response

What you believe is relevant is relevant and if you wish to reflect a particular feeling about what you observe then that is right for you. It may be that you are an enthusiastic supporter of the new buildings sprouting up all around, but you may see them as an abomination! You may enjoy recording the changing seasons or the growth of a garden, or perhaps it is patterns of human behaviour that fascinate you. Perhaps you like to add words to your work, or respond to words. Maybe the traffic drives you mad or you see the funny side of the queues!

What would you like a researcher from the future to understand from your contribution?

Reviewing and developing

It is hoped that all participants will get involved in sharing their ideas and in reviewing and guiding the project as it evolves.


Drawing Workshop in Stratford with Wayne Attwood VPRBSA