Ashby Art Club Links to Artists, Demonstrators, Local Art Exhibitions and Art Tutors/Workshops



Art Exhibitions 

Below are exhibitions that take place in the local area, some do offer artists an opportunity to exhibit their work. Please click the links for details. 

Ashby Art Club Exhibition (club members artwork) - Easter Bank Holiday Weekend

Ibstock Art Exhibition -  The Palace Ibstock | Events

 Arts Melbourne Open Art Fair - May Bank Holiday. 

Derbyshire Open Arts - open studio event. 

Dame Catherine Summer Art Exhibition - exhibition during August bank holiday in Ticknall. 

Sock Gallery - in Loughborough. Various art exhibitions throughout the year. 

Patchings  - Art centre holding exhibitions throughout the year. 

Coalville  C.A.N - A community regeneration project led by local people. They hold various exhibitions and events. 


John W Smith - aka "Jay Dubya

I am a local artist, member of Ashby Art Club and have lived in Ashby De La Zouch for over thirty years, I paint mainly in acrylic but I keep an open mind and am always ready for a new challenge and a new medium. I paint in a contemporary style but I believe that realism still has a place in today’s art.  My subject matter is whatever interests me; I enjoy painting portrait, landscape or still life. 

Why ‘Jay Dubya’ ? Exhibiting at a gallery with two other ‘John Smith’s' led to some confusion! Jay Dubya is a play on my Christian name’s initials John William…J.W…Jay Dubya

I could have been but someone beat me to it !

Contact John at JAY Dubya on FACEBOOK

Vivienne Cawson

Vivienne runs watercolour workshops from her studio in Ashby for small groups and also exhibits in local galleries and shops, as well as nationally. Please see her website for further details. 

Di Lorriman

Di is a qualified teacher and runs watercolour courses at the Adult Education centre in Swadlincote and at Rickmans Corner, Linton. She also runs residential holidays in watercolour and in cartooning at Knuston Hall Adult Residential College in Northamptonshire. Di can be contacted at

Andrew Geeson

Loose watercolours - artist, classes, workshops and demonstrations Home - Andrew Geeson Loose WatercoloursWatercolours

Angela Gaughan

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Portrait and wildlife studies. Holds classes and gives demonstrations.

Abbe Fardon

Abbe Fardon

Derbyshire based artist, painting mainly wild (and not so wild) creatures. Commissions accepted. Can be contacted via her  INSTAGRAM SITE

Yve Hill - Love2Paint

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Yve at Love to Paint is offering tuition and demonstrations - Bob Ross Landscape/Floral, Acrylic, acrylic pouring and Brusho. Please contact her LOVE2PAINT FACEBOOK PAGE or   ACRYLIC POUR MAGIC

Sparks Art

Fine Art and Homewares. Also offering painting classes and arty parties & workshops.  Please see the website for more details:

Sparks Art UK



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