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This last year has been busy. There was a full timetable of courses, workshops, demonstrations and commissions.
I took part in no less than five exhibitions including the Holmfirth Artweek and The International Buxton Spa Prize.
The season culminated in my own solo exhibition 'Now & Then' in September. I had been searching for an unusual space to display my work and was given the opportunity to do so in the beautiful Grade 1 listed All Souls Church designed by George Gilbert Scott for Edward Ackroyd in 1856, which is normally closed to the public. The pop up exhibition was supported by The National Heritage Open days and The Churches Conservation Trust. At the time the building only had one light, two power points and no water so quite the challenge. We held a candlelight and prosecco preview evening before welcoming over 600 visitors in two days. It was a wonderful and successful experience which we hope to repeat next year.

A completed painting of the inerior that I was working on during the exhibition is now part of The Calderdale Open at Bankfield Museum until the 20th January 2018.

At the opening I presented 'Halifax Morning Light', a new painting of a summer sunrise as it reveals the town under the shadow of Beacon Hill. A limited edition of 250 giclee prints are available here, at the Dean Clough Design Shop, the Old Fire Station Studio and hopefully at Bankfield Museum once they have completed their refurbishments.

On 21st June I spent a brilliant day at Knaresborough Castle painting as a wildcard in Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year. What an experience en plein air dealing with very humid, hot conditions, flat light and several short showers. All the film crew and judges were lovely and I even had a classic 'flake' moment when talking with Tai as it began to rain.
The day was shown as the first episode in the series and we were rooting for Isabelle who won our wildcard and made it to the semi finals for us all.

Vouchers are available that can be redeemed against any painting, print or any of my home art courses. You could spoil someone to a day class with lunch included or perhaps a personal commissioned painting. The choice is yours. If you visit my public page, www.facebook.com/JaneAustinWatercolour you can enter for a chance to win a 50 voucher before Christmas.

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