Buckingham Art for All -
A Buckingham based Art group which welcomes artists of all abilities and those interested in art to meet, share, learn and above all enjoy art. Monthly meetings are held with a variety of speakers and demonstrations. We hold two annual exhibitions and would love you to join us either as a visitor or a member; spectator or artist!
Bafa Art Cafe - Thursday 13th December 11am at The Woolpack, Buckingham
-Chat over a cuppa.
Andrew showed us how he has evolved his tight botanical watercolour paintings into a loose varied style full of movement. He demonstrated his style using a door front as well as a vase of flowers. There were many techniques and ideas shared for all of us painters to keep in mind next time we try to loosen up a little!
Bafa has been shortlisted for an Epic Award!! The Epic Awards celebrate the achievements of voluntary arts groups across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
We are delighted to inform you that Buckingham Art for All has been shortlisted for an Epic Award! Your project will now go forward to compete for the England award as well as being part of the public vote for the People’s Choice Award. Winners will be announced at the ceremony at Richmond Barracks in Dublin on 3 May 2018.
Bafa will be judged in the award for England but also entered into the people’s choice award. We now need all Bafa members, friends and family to vote for us in the people’s choice awards at
To learn more about the awards please look at the Voluntary arts website. This is a great opportunity to shout from the rooftops about Bafa and all its fantastic members please spread the word.
Friday night found us partying in The Cote to celebrate a milestone in Bafa's short history! It was preceeded by the AGM, and we were thrilled to see so many of you turn up in time to hear our reports, confirm the committee for another year and show your support for the future of Bafa. Our thanks go to Peter Baker and Lindsey Graham for leading the evening with words of how it all started and the help recieved from so many. After the food, Mayor Jon Harvey very kindly cut the cake. Our Patron, John Bercow was due to visit unfortunately he had to cut his visit to Buckingham short due to family circumstances but he sent his good wishes to all of our members on the occasion of our birthday!
Katrina Van Grouw gave a great talk for our first of the year! She gave us the background to her intriguing book 'The Unfeathered Bird'. A labour of love for the past 25 years she has captured such a variety of birds in natural poses but beyond skin level to see the facinating muscle and bone structure of animals we imagine we know the shape of well!
12th December - Due to road and weather conditions we have made the decision to cancel tonight's Quiz and Party. Merry Christmas to all of our members and supporters - See you in the New Year!
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Mel Makinson Young Artist Award 2017 is...
Anna Richardson from George Grenville Academy!
Anna will receive a Glass Fusing Workshop kindly donated by Vitreus Art from Wakefield Courtyard in Potterspury. The winning school will be awarded a selection of Art related books kindly donated by The University of Buckingham Bookshop. This award was voted on by the Public during our Winter exhibition at Buckingham Community Centre.
Friday was a little frantic with the task of hanging/placing 160 artworks in just a few hours before our Preview on Friday night! By 5 o'clock we had completed the task, despite only getting access to the large hall at 1pm and we were ready for our artists, their family, friends and guests.
The exhibition was formally opened by Buckingham University's Dean of Humanities, John Drew and Dr Cathy Morgan of the University's new Medical School. they were pleased with the amount of entries that were focused on Diabetes as part of the theme of Restore, Revive, Renew.
Thank you to everyone who attended the exhibition this weekend. We had a great time with the hall full of appreciative art lovers for most of the weekend! It took quite a time to get all of the votes counted but we are pleased to announce the winners of the weekend long competition below. The results of the Mel Makinson Young Artist Award will be announced here in the next few days.
Thank you to the local busineses that have supported our exhibition by providing us with some great prizes. Some of our raffle prizes for Friday eveing were also given by local traders who support the Bafa Art Trail.
Best Interpretation of the Theme, Prize = £50 framing voucher donated by The Village Framers
Winner - John Whitehead with his painting Restore, Renew, Revive (Big Ben in Scaffolding)
Highly Commended - Charmian Hayes with her painting Feeling Better (Renew) & Becky Gouverneur with her drawing Trust Me.
Novice, Prize = Course and Art Materials donated by Buckingham Art School
Winner - Katie Hallett-Jones with her painting Daisy Chain
Highly Commended - Phil Grainger with his Ceramic Tile Painting Collard Aracari
Intermediate, Prize = £25 Gift Voucher donated by Prego's
Winner - Lucia Pearson-Gee with her painting Spirits Revived
Highly Commended - Nikki Thomas with her painting Aqua Vitae
Experienced, Prize = £25 Gift Voucher donated by Prego's
Winner - Becky Gouverneur with 'Trust Me'
Highly Commended - Charmian Hayes with her painting Feeling Better (Renew)
Best in Show, Prize = £50 Framing Voucher donated by Frame Art Display
Winner - Becky Gouverneur with 'Trust Me'
Highly Commended - Charmian Hayes with her painting First Light (Revive)
Winners of all categories are invited to take part in a sketching day on the terrace of the House of Commons courtesy of our Patron The Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP and Speaker of the House.
Except where noted all events are free to members, £5 for non members at Buckingham Well Street United Church from 8pm to 10pm
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Alex gave us a great eveing of unpicking the multiple processes of a reduction linocut. The demo piece of Tulips were a great way of showing the layering of colours and what needs to be cut at each stage. It also went towards Alex's target of making 50 prints in 2017 - this was print 39!
James treated us to a full demonstration of his clay sculpture technique - creating a hare in front of our eyes, in just over an hour! He runs the Pheonix Studio in Towersey, despite starting out as a scientist/conservationist as he followed advice to that Art was too risky. He now combines his love of conservation with artistic flair to lead a variety of day and weekend courses as well as working with local schools.
A wonderful evening hearing about the history of the Public Art of Milton Keynes, which celebrates it's 50th birthday this year. They also shared some Thomas Hetherwick consultation work and informed us about the plans for Milton Keynes to bid to be the European City of Culture for 2023 - which can only be a bonus for us here in and around Buckingham.
November Exhibition Theme Announced!
We have linked up with Buckingham Medical School for our next exhibition. Although the theme, as always, is optional we hope that the recent work of the Medical School with local schools, on Diabetes Awareness, will inspire you!
June 2017 - Dale Devereaux Barker was very inspirational and showed us the many ways in which his printmaking skills and designs have been used in other formats and many innovative uses. Some members even got to have a go at his stencil linoprint technique.
Written by Emily Pool; Photos by Emily Pool
Our biggest entry yet for our Spring Exhibition - we hope that you enjoyed either exhibiting, visiting or both! Thank you for supporting our Macmillan Fundraiser with the sale of the Charity Pictures - we raised over £200!
A great evening hearing about Jackie's journey through art, including being the Artist in Residence on exclusive cruises, as well as living in France for many years! Her sketchbooks were a wonder to see and a wonderful record of her travels. These are her inspiration from where her contemporary watercolours now come, recently building on the idea of how ripping the paper can increase the experience of the artwork.
Written by Emily Pool; Photos by Emily Pool
A wonderful night finding out about the traditional learning process of artists learning the academic art of drawing by attending an academy for 5 years. The premise being that anyone can learn to draw by hours of practice and honing skills. George wowed us with a great sketch using his Sight Sizing Portraiture process using charcoal and alot of patience. Th evening also saw Bafa's first Live Facebook post - enabling members who weren't able to attend the chance to see this precise technique.
We had a great night on Tuesday with Mike starting the night by giving us a really interesting historical background to the art of Stained Glass. This was followed by Jenny giving us a demonstration of the Copper foil technique of Stained glass that is perfect for artistic and creative designs. She explained that the traditional leading technique is more suitable for items that are for outside locations. The evening concluded with members being given the chance to have a go at cutting glass - no cut fingers to report! Jenny and Mike offer many courses for those wishing to have a go at the whole process.
Photos by Emily Pool and John Credland
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We have had a few members enquiring as to where we get our wonderful raffle prizes, month after month. Well the answer is that they are donated by very generous members! We would like to thank those of you who have thought of us, and supported our raffle, when you find such great prizes be it a bottle or art related items and books. All donations to the raffle can be brought along to the monthly meetings.