Join us!

Some of you who are reading this will already be members and will be well aware of our new programme. However we know that we have lots of other followers who are interested in our activities so here is a reminder to take a look at our events schedule on the website.

You will notice that the new workshop programme is currently password protected to allow members to book at leisure and the first two sessions are in fact now full. Public access from February 14th will allow non-members to book places. If you would like to benefit from free access to all of our monthly meetings as well as discounted workshop bookings (as well as several other benefits) you are most welcome to join using the easy pay button on our ‘Join us’ page. Our membership secretary will then send you a membership package.

This coming Thursday (January 31st) is the first monthly meeting of the year and we will be welcoming artist Stephen Cheeseman to demonstrate abstract painting using acrylics. As usual there is also time for a hot drink and chatting. Everyone is welcome to come along, non-members simply pay £2 at the door. If you are a newcomer please make yourself known to a committee member (they are usually wearing name badges!) so that they can welcome you.

Come along to catch up with old friends and hopefully make some new ones too!

Exhibition and sale by PACS Potters 2018

PACS potter Geraldine Maynard-Hoare  has asked me to let you know that it is once again time for the group’s annual exhibition at the Physic Garden rooms in Petersfield

‘This group of potters has existed since 1994, and provides its members with a mix of fellowship and learning opportunities, by means of workshops and demonstrations. We also warmly welcome any visitors to these events. Please see Petersfield Art & Crafts Society website for any information or telephone Neil Rampton (PACS Potters Chairman) 07710535012.
Every autumn we gather together to exhibit/sell some of our work, with the help of the Physic Garden’s excellent facilities.
The variety of members’ skills is diverse, ranging from wheel thrown pieces to hand-built work and sculpture.’
Entry is free of charge and everyone is welcome to come and visit this exhibition of over 100 pieces (most work is for sale).
Exhibition opening times
Saturday 24th November 11am – 4pm
Sunday 25th November – Sunday 2nd December 10am -4pm
Buyers are asked to collect their purchases on Sunday 2nd after the end of the show.
‘The potters look forward to meeting everyone, and hope they appreciate the variety of work shown at our exhibition.’

Rogate art exhibition October 12th-14th

Several PACS members are taking part in the Rogate art exhibition and sale at St Bartholomew’s church this weekend. It is in aid of Church funds and Canine Partners which trains assistance dogs for physically disabled people.

Open 10.00am – 5.00pm Friday & Saturday, 11.00am-3.00pm Sunday

There will be a wide selection of framed artwork as well as browser items, sculptures, woodwork and textiles. Also lots of cards and smaller items from participating artists.

Please pop in over the weekend to support your local artists and help raise funds for this year’s chosen causes!

Exhibition 2018 last day!

Today, Bank Holiday Monday, is the last day of our exhibition of 2018. Despite the very wet weather yesterday the hall was busy (with some very wet visitors) and people have come from far and wide, many looking for a wet weather activity on a Bank Holiday weekend!

There are also several other smaller venues where members are exhibiting, such as the Petersfield Physic Garden and individual home and garden-studios, details of which can be found in the Hampshire Open Studios booklet.

The Petersfield Festival is also on today with stalls, crafts and music to enjoy throughout the day so there are many reasons to visit our beautiful town.

Here are some images from our preview evening for you to enjoy while you plan your Bank Holiday Monday! (Please click the URL link to view)  Hopefully the sun will come out soon and everyone can enjoy their holiday!


The Art Group Collective – 2018 exhibition August 25th-27th

A small group of PACS members is having an exhibition at the Petersfield Physic Garden this weekend (August 25th-27th) under the Hampshire Open Studios umbrella.

The artists are Mary Herdman, Mike Wallace, Sarah Wallace and Katrin Eagle and each will be bringing their own distinctive style of work to the show. Hanging work will include paintings in oil, watercolour, mixed media, needle-felt and woven tapestry. There will also be a large selection of scarves, bags and mittens made from locally sourced hand-spun and hand-dyed wool and alpaca. Cards and prints form all artists will be available.




Exhibition 2018

Our annual exhibition is once again in full swing with an exciting array of over 700 pieces of work. The slideshow of award-winning works is now up on our website for you to enjoy and there is also a selection of pictures from the exhibition on the main exhibition page along with a full list of exhibitors.

Please follow us on Facebook for more photos.

We do hope you’ll be able to visit!


May workshop with Will Dyke – a review of this exciting session!

Our May workshop was a huge success! Here’s a review written by Lousie Turpin who attended the session.

Will Dyke – Trees and woodland

Lino and woodcut printing workshop

The morning of the Royal Wedding dawned bright and sunny and 16 PACS printmakers were headed, not to Windsor, but the Triangle Centre in Liss. We were there for the Will Dyke printmaking workshop. Many of us were returnees from his Farmyard session in 2017 which goes to show how much we had enjoyed his last visit.

After a demonstration of how to use both the lino and wood cutting tools, along with instruction on the variety of marks and textures possible in these media, we were off to experiment with our own sample piece with a warning from Will to “Always place your cutting hand in front of the anchoring hand” – the tools are sharp and all limbs were preferred unscathed by the end of the day, it seems!

Once we got the hang of the tools, Will showed us how to ink up our lino and wood effectively, how to place lino squarely on the paper and how to burnish the back of the paper to give an even coverage of the ink.

Then it was time to create our own masterpieces using the reference supplied or any that we had brought with us. Coffees and teas were purchased along with sustaining cake and all went quiet for an hour or so! Will was on hand to offer any advice needed. Beautiful designs began to emerge from the hitherto blank squares and it was on to the printing table to proof up our masterpieces.

Once the proofs were created on newsprint and adjustments made, final prints were made on thicker paper. Throughout the day we experimented with printing designs as a single colour, using multiple coloured inks on one image, printing on a variety of coloured papers and the bold amongst us ventured into reduction printing.

Come 4 o’clock, the bride and groom in Windsor were tucking into their wedding breakfast whilst we were packing up the hall. A large haul of wonderful prints were on display and everyone was able to take home some very lovely artworks. A great day was had by all. There were many requests to invite Will back so let’s hope we see him again soon.