Here at Wycombe Arts Centre you will find a wide range of Art Projects in progress. Guided by current Artist-in-Residence, we are trying to change the thinking of what an Arts Centre can be.
We always display local artists work (available to buy) in our Cafe Space, we host a wide range of art exhibitions and craft markets, and run a series of Arts workshops and classes, many in proud association with Bucks Adult Learning.
Local creative work and visual arts are important to us so we are also involved with many nearby outreach projects. This have included encouraging artists practise, community projects with local people/schools/NHS facilities/agencies and more. Find out about some of them soon (this website is still under construction!)
Stop Press! Wycombe Arts Centre will also soon be offering practical working studio space. There will be very competitive rates to use our unique facilities comprising a well-stocked L-shaped well lit dry painting/drawing/crafting studio and seperate Crypt Workshop area. There will be some storage space available.
Visual Arts Programme, Exhibitions & Projects
In 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 are currently showing goldleaf paintings by Daniel Collins, prints by Dan Wilson, street art style originals & prints by Rory Clark, local landscape paintings by Jan Gaska, Silk Batiq paintings by Lorraine M Tong, and amazing carved wood pieces by Pierre at PQPod.
In our craft cases, we have 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
In 2020 we will be hosting a range of new regular programme of skill-sharing sessions and tutorial workshops for a mix of techniques and abilities! coming soon:
- 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 & intermediate acrylic painting sessions.
- Lettering & Signwriting – learn tips & skills to give you confidence in your own hand crafted cards and signs.
- more tba
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 – wycombelifedrawing.com. Any queries? Get in touch!
A role we created to nurture visual arts at the centre, our first Artist in Residence is Dan ‘Decreate’ Wilson, a multi-disciplinary creative, he is perhaps most well known locally for his murals, including the Brunel Shed at Wycombe Train Station.
“I love collaboration and am trying to connect the visual arts locally to this place. We have many talented people in our area and we need to be showing that off.
The old St.John’s building itself is an amazing space, or series of spaces, and the potential is off the chart.
Over the next year, we hope to continue hosting more exhibitions, encourage a wider range of classes and workshops, and develop our ‘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 collaborates with other local community groups as well.
See more of Dan’s art work projects at his folio website www.decreate.co.uk
It is said that all art is therapy, aiding positive mental health by helping us to express.
At Wycombe Arts Centre we have regular private hirers that run community sessions for those with diabilities, disorders, health issues and addictions. We support music therapy groups, art therapy classes and offer creative outlets for the young to the elderly; keep an eye out on our calendar for workshops or get in touch for more details.
We can also connect you with our friends and specialists, please check them out: