Visual Arts at Wycombe Arts Centre: Workshops, Galleries and more…
We’re so passionate about visual art that it’s the first thing that people see when they visit the centre! In fact, you can see our street art gallery along Desborough on the drive in, or if you’re commuting via the train station you can stroll past the White Hart Mural.
The visual arts at Wycombe Arts Centre are directed by our artist-in-residence Dan Wilson of Decreate.
We always display work from local artists in our Cafe Space, and all of the pieces are available to buy. We also host a wide range of art exhibitions, craft markets, workshops, classes and more, so check out our events listings for more.
More recently, we hosted a hugely successful Lockdown Art Exhibition in which dozens of local artists exhibited the work they created during lockdown.
We’re proud to be the go-to place for displaying and featuring local creative work and visual arts, and so we also get involved with with many community outreach projects, such as our street gallery and our work painting the shutters of local businesses. We’ve also encouraged artists to take part in community projects with local people, schools, NHS facilities, agencies and more.
We also have an in-house studio that’s available for workshops, private works and more.
In the Cafe Space, we have an eclectic, ever-changing mix of art on the walls, most of it from local artisans and for sale at very affordable prices.
We’re currently showcasing goldleaf paintings by Daniel Collins, prints by Dan Wilson, street art style originals and prints by Rory Clark, local landscape paintings by Jan Gaska, and amazing carved wood pieces by Pierre at PQPod.
In our craft cases, we’re displaying stunning yet affordable ceramics work by Laura Manners and Catherine Bridgit-Phillips, woodcraft from Victory Rock Designs and hand-made leather goods (pouches, wallets, etc.) from Adsol Customs.
Find out more about our public art installations
Workshops in 2020
Through 2020, we’re hosting a range of skill-sharing sessions and tutorial workshops for a mix of techniques and abilities! Events coming soon include:
- Can control: Spraycan skills for beginners, intermediates, small parties and groups.
- Leather Pouch Making: Take home a cool leather zip-top pouch in this contemporary hip-hop hand-stitching workshop.
- Paint-Alongs: Beginner and intermediate acrylic painting sessions.
- Lettering and Signwriting: Learn tips and skills to give you confidence in your own hand-crafted cards and signs.
- More TBA: See our calendar for more details.
We can also put you in touch with other studios where workshops and classes take place, such as the wonderful Phoenix Studio in Towersey or the Queens Park Arts Centre in Aylesbury. Local life drawing fan? Check out the weekly group held at Flackwell Heath. Any queries? Get in touch!
Our Artist-in-Residence: Dan from DeCreate UK
We created the artist-in-residence role to nurture visual arts at the centre. Our first artist-in-residence is Dan Wilson of Decreate. A multi-disciplinary creative, he’s well-known locally for his murals including the Brunel Shed at Wycombe Train Station and the White Hart Street Mural in the town centre.
“I love collaboration and I’m trying to connect local visual artists with this amazing space. We have many talented people in our area and we need to show that off. The old St. John’s building is an amazing space (or series of spaces) and the potential is off the chart. In the coming years, we hope to continue hosting more exhibitions, to encourage a wider range of classes and workshops, and to develop more of the ‘big picture’ projects that are already creating positive shockwaves throughout the area.”
Dan is also artist in residence with Chiltern Rangers, who do amazing conservation work in our area, and he collaborates with other local community groups as well. Find out more about Dan and Decreate.
They say that all art is therapy, aiding positive mental health by helping us to express ourselves.
At Wycombe Arts Centre we have regular private hirers that run community sessions for those with diabilities, mental health conditions, health issues and addictions. We support music therapy groups and art therapy classes and offer creative outlets for all ages, from little kids to retirees. Keep an eye out on our calendar for workshops or get in touch for more details.