Mark Elsmore

RBSA, WSA

By markelsmore, Sep 19 2017 10:05AM

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition celebrates 30 years this week. It's fantastic to have been selected for such a landmark event. This is my 16th successful selection so I feel very qualified to wish everyone concerned CONGRATULATIONS!


It seems appropriate that on this 30th (Ceramic) Anniversary I'm exhibiting a painting of the Staffordshire Pottery Industry:


The Parable of the Lost Kiln


Not long ago there stood an old pottery kiln. Bottle-shaped kilns are an iconic symbol of the Staffordshire pottery industry. In recent years the number of potbanks has declined and many of the remaining kilns stand in a perilous state. The 'Falcon Works' kiln needed structural repair. Grade II listed status couldn't save her.
It’s disappointing that a building so identifiable and unique can disappear overnight.


The fate of the kiln seems to suggest: Maintain what you've got while you can; the wonders of today may be a heap of bricks by tomorrow.


The Mall Galleries London, 19th-24th Sept 2017
Trowbridge Arts, 11th Nov-23rd Dec 2017
Guildford House Gallery, 13th Jan- 10th Mar 2018

By markelsmore, Sep 19 2017 09:55AM

The Grosvenor Museum and Art Gallery in Chester has an exhibition of paintings from their collection. Another chance to see 'The Karlskirche Stairway to Heaven’ - it's the painting they acquired for their permanent collection last year. It’s also an opportunity to see Modern Watercolours from the Grosvenor store of paintings.


Modern Watercolours, Gallery 2, Grosvenor Museum and Art Gallery, Chester. 29th July-22nd October 2017

By markelsmore, Apr 3 2017 06:38PM

I'm honoured to have been awarded First Prize at The Grosvenor Museum's 12th Open Art Exhibition


This year 206 artworks from a submission of 567 were chosen by selectors;

Maxine Bristow, Programme Leader MA Fine Art, University of Chester.

John Renshaw, Emeritus Professor of Fine Art, University of Chester.

Peter Boughton, Keeper of Art, West Cheshire Museums.


I was presented with First Prize by Sarah Maxfield, Area Director North, Arts Council England, who opened the exhibition.


The Private View Evening was very well attended and it was great to meet so many creative people.

Congratulations to Peter Boughton and The Grosvenor team for such a diverse and interesting exhibition.


12th Open Art Exhibition,

9th March-21st June 2017,

Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester. CH1 2DD.

By markelsmore, Apr 3 2017 06:35PM

I'm exhibiting 'The Wallower' at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. An oil on canvas representation of the water-wheel gear mechanism at Cheddleton Flint Mill near my home in the Staffordshire Moorlands.


RBSA Open all Media 2017

Thursday 16th March - Saturday 8th April.

RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, St.Paul's,

Birmingham. B3 1SA.

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