Unfortunately due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation all of our exhibitions have been postponed until further notice. We hope to open the Heritage Centre again as soon as possible.

Sue Woollard

1st - 30th March 2020, FREE admission

Sue Woollard will be showcasing her fantastic photography in the Weir View Room this March. Sue is a natural light photographer who is keen to capture the world around her. Her focus is usually on flowers and she uses various vintage lenses and software techniques to fashion her floral art. The aim is to have the viewer see through Sue’s eyes and consider the grace, romance and fragility of the subject.

Botanical Bounty by Celia Scottow

1st - 30th April 2020, FREE admission

A beautiful interpretation of the natural world will be brought to the Weir View Room in April by artist Celia Scottow. Below is more about about Celia and her work, in her own words:

Drawing and painting have been my lifelong passion and I have been fortunate enough to pursue my interest in art throughout my life.

I studied textile design at Loughborough College of Art then became an art teacher working in schools in Leicester and Birmingham. Retirement gave me the opportunity to combine my passion for art with my love of the natural world, especially of plants and flowers. My botanical art is predominately in coloured pencil, an exciting medium which I have found suits me and my subjects.

I have exhibited my work in local exhibitions and in Solihull, Birmingham and the West Midlands. I am a Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists and have exhibited my work at their London exhibitions.

I am available to take workshops in botanical art using coloured pencils and undertake commissions.

I do hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy doing it.

Contact me at:  [email protected]

20 Days in 2020 by Janet Barnes

2nd - 30th May, FREE admission

Since being diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's Disease in 2018 at the age of 48, Janet has taken on physical challenges, completing a London to Paris bike ride in July 2019, and in October 2019 organising and completing a 24 hour 'danceathon.' Both events raised over £7,400 for Parkinson's UK.

Janet's latest challenge involves pushing and exploring the extremes of what she can do, but unlike the physical challenges of 2019, this will be creative and contemplative. She will spend 20 days (1st March - 20th March), alone and without wifi or contact, in a static caravan in rural Wales, where she can paint, draw and keep a journal to document her experience. This process will then inform the exhibition '20 Days in 2020' at the Canalside Heritage Centre in May.

Janet has painted most of her life and has a small art studio in Beeston, Nottingham. Alongside selling her work, Janet runs a weekly life-drawing group and is involved in the local open art studio trail. Since her diagnosis she's been documenting the changes in her creative practice and adapting to ensure she can paint as the condition progresses. On the creative process behind '20 Days in 2020' Janet said:

"Emptiness is supposed to leave room for expression and creativity. Whilst I don't want to predict the subject matter of my creative work, I'll reflect on my experiences of the last year of coming to terms with the diagnosis and express my feelings, trying a mixture of creative methods and techniques."