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 2018 Programme Launch & Meet the Artists

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Saturday 3rd February, 10am – 3pm

Come on down and join in our free event, pick up a copy of our new March – July 2018 Programme, and meet some of the artists whilst trying your hand at some of the free demos!

Meet the Artists:

Isabel Carmona – Printer & Urban Sketcher

Kevin Scully – Painter

Wendy Lloyd – Textiles & Mixed Media Artist

Donna Lewis – Photographer & Poet

Pam Hardman – Collagraph Printer

Sarah Moorcroft – Silk Artist

Helen Lunn – Painter & Mixed Media

Adriana Roberts – Paper-cutting Artist


We’ll have artists’ work on display and lots of demos for you and the kids to try out!

We’ll also have Claire’s famous homemade soup, as well as gorgeous cakes, and tea & coffee being served all day.

Free Event

10 Hampton Road
RG14 6DB






City Arts Christmas Artisan Fair 2017

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November, 10am – 4pm

Saturday 2nd Dec & Sunday 3rd December, 10am – 4pm

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Our annual two weekends of Christmas Fairs, where local artists, craft people and traders will show and sell a variety of unique work including:

Silk Painting, Jewellery, Ceramics, Painting, Original Prints, Christmas Decorations, Preserves, Photography, Cards and much more.

Find that perfect unique, handmade, special present!

**Stalls will vary each weekend**

Seasonal Refreshments will be available to warm you up
Homemade Soup & Fresh Artisan Bread
Tea, Coffee & Cake

Free Entry!

All Ages Welcome




Applefest 2017

Sunday 15th October – Apple-pressing & Drop-off Day, 10am – 3pm

Sunday 22nd October – Apple Drop-off only, 10am – 1pm

Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th October – Apple Collage Days, 10am – 3pm

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We want to celebrate this very apple-y community surrounding us.

During this FREE activity day, we will be serving lots of scrummy apple bakes and cakes, along with a lovely, hot tea or coffee!

Then you and the kids can get stuck in with the apple-themed activities:

~ Chopping & Scratting ~
~ Pressing & Tasting ~

Don’t forget to bring your unwanted apples to City Arts, we will then convert them into 100% pure City Arts Apple Juice, to sell throughout the year.

**Your apple donation helps us raise funds for our building renovation and low cost community activities**

!We want to beat the 200kg from last year!

Did you know: almost 80% of apples, from domestic apple trees, lie unused or go to waste?


• Sunday 22 Oct
Apple Drop-off only
10 am to 1pm

• Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 Oct
‘Apple Tree Collage Days’ Join in and have fun making our 3D community apple tree!
£1 each
All ages
10am – 3pm

**No Booking Required**


A Portrait of Newbury

Monday 4th September, 10am – 3pm

Newbury Market Square

£1 each

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City Arts invites you to create a community ‘Portrait of Newbury’

This event is for everyone – all ages & all abilities

Come and draw people, each other, your family and friends – using a variety of mediums, with a broad range of surfaces:

Continuous paper

Pens, pencils, coloured pencils and crayons will be provided.

We will also be creating ‘Graffiti Portraits’ with pens on canvas!!!

Tables will be laid out across the Market Square, with a giant roll of paper across it.

~ Urban Sketchers, bring your sketch pads/ easels/ and comfy chairs – join us and share your work at the end ~

**1 Minute Portraits for £1**
Artist, Isabel Carmona will be offering her fun 1 minute portraits – a fab memory of the day, to take home with you!

Age: All Ages!!
Cost: £1 each
All materials provided

**No Booking Required**


Mandala Day 

Saturday 22nd July, 10am – 3pm

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Mandala Day is a celebration of the Buddhist and Hindu spiritual symbol for the universe.

This is a community-led event for all the family, using a mixture of mandala designs. We will be planning, designing and then painting part of the floor and wall at City Arts.

So, bring the family along for a great day at City Arts – designing and creating a beautiful mandala.

We will be using the work of artist Suzan Drummen as inspiration for our design, check out her page:

~ Age: All Ages (with supervision)
~ Entrance Fee: £1 per person
~ Refreshments will be on sale
~ No Booking Required

For more information, just email us:

*Mandala designs and images by Suzan Drummen*




Friday 11th August, 10am – 4pm

Newbury Market Square

Free Event!!

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City Arts Presents: CHALKFEST 2017!!

For the third year running, City Arts is bringing its Free, Community Event, for all the family, to the heart of Newbury.

Chalkfest is for the whole family – it’s all about joining in, having fun and getting creative with chalk!!!

For those who cannot sit on the floor, tables will be provided.

This year, we have local, independent traders joining us again, including:

~ Sunny Faces –
~ Lusso GelARTo Ice-cream –
~ Sweets and more –
~ Sweet Fancies –

£1 to enter & Register on the Day!
Child Upto 12yrs
Teens 13+



Exhibitions at City Arts

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Caroline Moore

A collection of abstract paintings

~ Private View: Friday 27th October, 6pm – 8pm

~ Exhibition: Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2017

~ 11am – 3pm

~ Free Entry

I create fluid acrylic abstract pieces using various acrylic pouring techniques to achieve vibrant pieces on canvas or on vinyl records (without ever using a paint brush!). I started my fluid painting journey in October 2016 and I relish the freedom it brings to combine an element of art, chemistry and chaos! I also love the way everyone sees something different in my work!

Fluid acrylic painting is deeply therapeutic for me. I started for 2 reasons – the first was a way of releasing stress, as in order to achieve good results there must be an element of letting the universe take over the painting, but it has taken some time to get the results to the level where I am happy to share my work. The second reason is that my Mother was an Artist who created amazing classical pieces. While I was growing up I used to watch her turn a blank canvas or block of clay into something amazing and wishing I could do the same, but in my own way. I believe I have now found a form of art I can really fall in love with as I get as much from it as I give!

Each one was an absolute pleasure to create, and is unique and is created using high quality materials. I am happy to offer customised work in any size, or to suit any palette


Past Exhibitions





Stephenson Singleton

A collection of work from 1940’s – 1970’s

~ Private View: Friday 6th October, 6pm – 8pm

~ Exhibition: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October 2017, 11am – 3pm

Monday 9th – Thursday 12th Oct (by appointment only)

City Arts is proud to present Stephenson Singleton’s collection to the public, for the first time.

A fascinating body of work, dating from the 1940s, created in a variety of mediums. Stephenson’s drawings and paintings are a rare collection, which have been stored for decades, since his death in 1985.

Born in 1895, Stephenson’s early life was brutal and lonely, creating a young man who was at odds with society and its conventions. This ultimately led to the creation of a dynamic, startling and challenging

Stephenson’s artwork addresses a variety of topics, from politics to colonialism, the male condition to the sacred feminine, childhood and the onset of aging… with over 200 pieces in his collection there is something for everyone!

Monday 9th – Thursday 12th is by private appointment only – please contact us for further details.

**All artworks will be for sale, with all proceeds going to the City Arts Refurbishment Project**

Private View: please email or call for an invitation
Tel: 01635 45449




Newbury Art Collective

Newbury Art Collective

Presenting 12 Artists under one roof – showcasing many different talents and styles.

Isabel Carmona
Ben Honisett
Libby Dee
Lorna Goldsmith
Emma Green
Susan Hubbard
Christine Lack
Wendy Lloyd
Jon Mansfield
Sarah Moorcroft
Kate Steele
Gavin Wilkinson

Come and visit the artists over the 3 days…
Friday 14th/ Saturday 15th/ Sunday 16th July
Open 10am to 6pm each day.

Private View: Saturday 15 from 6.30 to 8.30pm



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Open Studios 2017

Artists Ben Honisett, Bonni Southey & Lorna Goldsmith will be exhibiting their work at City Arts this year, as part of Open Studios 2017.

~ Private View: Friday 12th May, 6pm – 7.30pm

~ Exhibition: Saturday 29th April – Sunday 21st May

~ 11am – 5pm

~ Free Entry

Courses at City Arts

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New Courses Due in 2018


Drawing Mediums with Isabel Carmona (5wks)


Intro to Manga Drawing for Kids with Donna Lewis (5wks)


Intermediate Manga Drawing for Teens with Donna Lewis (5wks)


Textiles Art with Lorna Goldsmith ( 5wks)

Digital Photography for Teens with Donna Lewis (1 day) 


Toddler Craft Sessions with Sarah Moorcroft (3 sessions)






16806637_622486104609784_7909845739733877285_nManga Drawing course for Kids with Donna Lewis

3, 10, 17, 24 June & 1 July 2017

10 am to 12:30 pm – for five sessions

£100 (£80 concessions)


A five week course covering Manga drawing, techniques and pens. This course is designed for beginners and children with experience of drawing Manga. Each week, we will focus on different features and characters, and then apply these to your work-in-progress. In the final week you will create a cartoon storyboard, using all of the elements and skills you have acquired during the course



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‘Poetry in Print’ with Donna Lewis and Isabel Carmona

Friday 7 July: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Sat 8 & Sun 9 July: 10 am to 4.30 pm

£180 including all materials (£150 concs)

Refreshments inc, but bring lunch

A three day exciting and dynamic workshop, in which you will write poems based on your own ideas, make Concertina and Japanese bound books and decorate them, and create linocuts to illustrate the poems in your book.

You then get to take away your own “Poetry in Print”.

All materials provided. Bring your own love of words.





Drawing Mediums for Adults with Isabel Carmona

30 May, 6, 13, 27 June, 4 & 11 July 2017 10 am to 12:30 pm for six days

£180 (£150 concessions)

Each day we will explore one medium in earnest: pencil, charcoal, drawing pen, ink pen, biro, colour pencil. Practice working with line and tone, hatch or scribble. A fun, practical workshop for those who want to have a go with normal drawing tools and do more. You will receive a sketchbook to collect your drawings and other materials needed will be provided for the class





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1, 8, 15, 29 June, 6 & 13 July 2017

10 am to 12:30 pm – for six days

£180 (£150 concessions)



Find different ways of portraying people, ourselves or others, in various media:pen, pencil, watercolour, marker pen. Lose the fear of not doing it right. We will seek expression, fun, loose lines, tone and colour. You will receive a sketchbook to collect your portraits and other materials needed will be provided for the class


fb cover image.jpgManga Drawing Course for Kids with Donna Lewis

Tuesday 1, 8, 15 & Thursday 24, 31 August

10am – 12.30pm

Kids 10+

£100 including drawing pack

A 5wk course covering Manga drawing techniques and equipment. This course is designed for beginners and children with experience of drawing Manga. Designed for beginners and children with drawing experience.

Each week you will focus on different feactures and characters, and then apply these to your work in progress.





Sketching the City with Isabel Carmona

Thursday 10, 17, 31 August

6.30pm – 8.30pm

£75 including drawing pack

£25 single session

Refreshments included

Lose your fear of sketching outdoors by drawing in the company of others.

Explore ways of capturing the atmosphere of the City of Newbury, whilst sketching outdoors.  Try out watercolour, pen and ink and mixed media techniques.

During these sessions we will sketch various views of Argyle and Hampton roads and record the beauty of the street.



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Sunday 28th May, 3pm – 4.30pm

City Arts Poetry Gathering.

This is a very informal and friendly gathering for people who enjoy poetry, in all its forms.

There isn’t a strict format to the event – participants may share their own poetry, the work of another poet, or simply listen to the readings.

~ Cost: Free
~ Age: Adults
~ Refreshments & Good Conversation

**No need to book, However, please email us for location info:

Donate to City Arts via The Good Exchange

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We are now registered with the Good Exchange to raise funds for our exciting refurbishment plans.  You can donate to us on the following link: Donate here


Great news – we have received Match-Funding from the Greenham Trust…

Which means, for every £1 you donate, the Greenham Trust will match it. So, your £10 becomes £20, £100 becomes £200 and so on! We are also eligible for Gift Aid.

You can leave a message with your donation, or remain anonymous – but we’d love to hear from you!

By donating, you will become part the City Arts vision for an Independent, Community Arts Hub in Newbury. A place for all ages and abilities – whether you are coming along for a workshop or just popping in for coffee and a chat.

We greatly appreciate whatever you decide to donate!

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Poetry in Print: Three Day Workshop with Donna Lewis & Isabel Carmona

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And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

~ Friday 7th July, 6.30pm – 8.30pm


~ Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July, 10am – 4.30pm


A three day unique, challenging and dynamic workshop, with Donna Lewis & Isabel Carmona…


Day One: POETRY: The poetry session is in the evening 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
We will write poems based on our own ideas, shared thoughts and discussions – using a variety of topics for inspiration. You can also use the words of other poets.

Day Two: LINO: plan and create linocuts to illustrate your book and cover. You will recieve step-by-step guidance from the tutors on how to cut the lino, which tools create which mark and how to get the most out of your designs.

Day Three: BOOK BINDING: design and make two books:

~ Concertina Style & Japanese Binding

You will be using a variety of papers for your book block. There will also be specialist papers available for your covers, or you can design you rown cover using a lino-stamp you make during the session.

It’s then time to add your poetry to your handmade books!

At the end of the third day you will take home your ‘Poetry in Print’

~ Age: Adults
~ Cost: £180 (all materials included – concessions £150)
~ We also provide a payment plan – get in contact for more details

**To Book Your Place, Just Email Us:

Kizzy Lou & Friends – Vintage Fair at City Arts Newbury

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Time each day: 10am to 4pm

Kizzy Lou Vintage specialises in 1930s-1950s clothes jewellery and accessories, some original and some new items made from vintage and retro materials.

We have other stalls that will be selling vintage and retro items from the 60s, 70s and 80s as well as some craft items with a retro feel.

Entry to the event is free for buyers and there will be a small pop-up retro tea room selling tea, coffee and cakes.

We hope, in bringing this event to a totally new venue, lots of people will experience the Vintage scene for the first time and have a fun shopping experience, with a vintage vibe.

It will also give people, who haven’t yet visited City Arts, a chance to drop in and look at the plans for transforming the building, and pick up a programme of workshops & events.

For more info, please email: