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Summer Studio at the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke

Te Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery are looking to appoint six artists to develop and run community creative workshops at the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery in Basingstoke between July and November 2024.  


The resulting artworks from the community participants will form an exhibition at the museum, running from August to November 2024.

To find out more download the Project Brief

OAG 'Wildcards' take part in
Landscape Artist of the Year

OAG members, Abigail Devenny and Christine Sharp, were lucky enough to be picked as Wildcard entries at Hever Castle for this year’s series of Landscape Artist of the Year. 


The episode was recorded on a very hot June day in 2023 but they were lucky as the previous day’s weather was mixed, with torrential rain during the morning.  

The ‘pods’ for the main artists were situated to the left of the wildcard area overlooking the pond, with the castle in the distance.  The wildcards were told to pick a spot in an area of sloping lawn which had a lovely view of the castle and the attractive buildings around it.

It was a great experience despite the early start (they had to be there at 7.30am) but they both had a super day, met lots of nice people, chatted to all sorts of artists working around them and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. 


Their advice to other members thinking of entering – practise painting plein air beforehand and have a go, it’s fun!   

Art Impact Review

Christine Sharp, Jayne Perkins, Joan Crawford and Maggie Jackson, all members of Odiham Art Group, together with Ann Hoddinott took part in Art Impact in January 2024. 


The informal group was started last year and this was their first exhibition at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire, in an attractive area of the Visitor Centre at the entrance to the gardens.  The added draw of a spacious new café was an additional plus for visitors and the exhibition, which stretched over nine days in mid-January, attracting over 1,600 visitors. 

All the artists sold paintings during the show (15 paintings in total) and significant numbers of greetings cards.  Lots of business cards were taken too, alongside some lovely comments in the visitor book, which included the following;

“Such pleasure at seeing such great art, the sketchbooks are really interesting.  Thank you.”

“Absolutely inspiring exhibition.  Beautifully displayed so each picture can be seen in its own right.  Thank you.”

“Very inspiring, such good work!”


Overall it was an excellent event for all concerned.  There are plans to repeat the show in the next year or two so watch this space for Art Impact – the return! 

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New Zoom Demonstrations 2024 Programme

The OAG Committee decided to add two Zoom demonstrations to the group's

2023/2024 programme as a benefit for all members for their continued support. The demonstrations will be available during the winter months for members to enjoy at home.

We have chosen two well known professional artists Jake Winkle and Jeremy Ford. If the sessions are successful we would like to add similar events to future programmes.

  • Tuesday November 14 2023: Jake Winkle, water colour winter scenes 7:00pm

  • Tuesday January 16 2024: Jeremy Ford, pastel demonstration 7:00pm

A link will be emailed to members two weeks prior to the. 

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