Update from Oswestry’s Willow Gallery

The Willow Gallery in Oswestry is now open with measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety.  The popular café will be re-opening from Tuesday 18 May.

Until then the gallery will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-3pm. When the café is back in business, hours will be 10am-4pm.

Mark Warner’s Along the Ridge inspired by Housman’s poetry


Until 12 June

Free admission

They celebrate re-opening with an exhibition of new works showing a wide cross-section of artistic talent from both sides of the border. Some of the artists have been drawing upon literature and the written word for their inspiration; others have been experimenting with new materials and methods.

Judith Harrison, best known for her collagraphy, turns to a different medium for this glass hanging, A Dog & Other Animals


Artist-in-residence Karl Robinson-Bray spent a great deal of time alone at the gallery during lockdown creating new work and, now that visitors are back, is happy now to stop and have a chat about art and life. Fellow artist-in-residence David Bannister has produced an ebook, Facing It, a series of portrait studies of some of the wealthy and powerful people whose decisions, for better or worse, affect millions.

Karl Robinson-Bray at work during lockdown

David Bannister’s spotlight on the rich and powerful


For those not able to visit in person or minimising contact with others, the gallery continues to present an extensive collection of art and crafts online (www.willowgalleryoswestry.org), and can take orders online or by telephone (01691 657575). Gift vouchers can also be purchased, and these can be posted (with a complimentary card) or emailed.

Willie Carter’s earthenware harbour platter in vibrant Mediterranean colours


Some creative classes, including linocut, batik, drawing and life model painting, have returned to the Willow (see www.willowgalleryoswestry.org) but are, of course, subject to review in line with the progress of the pandemic.