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Member Events

This page publicises events organised by or being participated in by our members.

Keep your eyes on the Cuppa Cabins Facebook Page in 2024, as some of our Members are taking over the art shed!  This includes Hilary Bird, Melanie Betteridge and Caroline Winyard.  It's at the Greenvalley Nursery on Exmouth Road, Ebford.

Members Caroline Winyard and Gill Ash will be taking over the art shed on Saturday 27 July from 9am to 4pm - please do come along and say hi!  They will be selling original artwork, prints and cards, including some pieces from former art group member, Mike Ash.

Occasionally we also take it over for the Art Group and will publicise this when we need you to offer any artwork, prints and cards to sell.

Enjoy a cuppa, cake and while away an hour or so in the calm, quirky and relaxed sheds whilst supporting local artists and businesses.

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The National Brain Appeal Needs Your Help

The National Brain Appeal are thrilled to announce the return of A Letter in Mind for its eleventh year!

This year, their vibrant community of contributing artists has chosen the theme ‘The Wonder of Colour’. Starting with a simple envelope, they are inviting entries from artists, patients, and supporters to showcase how they’ll bring the wonder of colour to life in their envelope artworks.

Their lineup of well-known 'A Letter in Mind' contributors includes luminaries such as Sir Grayson Perry, Axel Scheffler, Christopher Nolan CBE, Joe Lycett, Leigh Francis (Keith Lemon), Tracey Emin, Mark Gatiss, Morag and Ishbel Myerscough, Chantal Joffe, Indira Varma, Chris Riddell, and Dame Zandra Rhodes.

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Each artwork is priced at £85, and all pieces will be exhibited and sold through our online gallery, with the option to view them in person at Gallery Different later this year. All proceeds from sales will go towards supporting vital projects at Queen Square. Last year, our 10th-anniversary celebration saw the total raised exceed £300,000—an incredible achievement.

Don’t miss out! Visit to register and learn more about how you can get involved.

Key dates

Deadline for submission: Friday 26 July
Exhibition dates: 29 October – 2 November
Online preview: From 11am on 29 October
Online sales: From 11am on 31 October

Independent Artists Unite - The Artist Collective Exhibition 22nd July - 31st July, from 10:00am to 4:00 pm at Kennaway House

Three of our members are going to be exhibiting in this new and exciting exhibition held at Kennaway House, Sidmouth.

Lynda Kettle, Stephen Williams and Tracey Rapson will be involved. Tracey has been painting a series of artworks that have not been shown to the public before, so is excited to be showing a body of work all inspired by the beautiful landscape that she says she is lucky enough to live in. It would be lovely to see you there and view the work of the 8 artists exhibiting including a ceramicist and a sculptor.  


The Artist Collective was created by two artists: Lynda Kettle, who paints in a variety of mediums, and Fiona Scott‑Wilson, a paper-cut artist.

The Artist Collective will be exhibiting their eclectic range of works in an exciting, not to be missed group exhibition from 22nd July to 31st July, featuring new works. Come and support the Artist Collective in this unique opportunity to invest in and enjoy original works of art.

Please get in touch if you would like to attend the exclusive preview opening on the 21st July from 6pm to 8pm to meet and chat with the artists.

The Artist Collective presents an unusual and eclectic exhibition showing a diversity of mediums and styles by eight visiting artists on show at Kennaway House, Sidmouth, Devon.

Kennaway House is a perfect venue to showcase the Artist Collective Exhibition from the 22nd July to 31st July. From 10:00am - 4pm.

The eight artists range from painters, Cut Paper artist, Ceramics, and a Stone cutting artist. Come and view this exciting exhibition, come and support the arts in this wonderful venue.

Kennaway House is a beautiful, listed Regency mansion with glorious gardens and positioned in the heart of Sidmouth. A much loved, invaluable resource, Kennaway house offers a wonderful destination for local and visiting artists, crafts people, business owners as well as being a hub of community life in Sidmouth.

Exhibitions are held throughout the year

in addition to many events and activities and classes.

Exhibition dates for The Artist Collective

at Kennaway House

22nd July - 31st July,

from 10:00am to 4:00 pm

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Supporting the RNLI

The RNLI exhibited the EAG artwork donated to them at Budleigh Salterton Public Hall today. Thanks to Carolyn & Richard Stupples for organising this event.

As part of their annual Gala Week, Budleigh Lions hold a Coffee Morning to raise funds for them, which is always very well attended.

All 24 paintings will be displayed front of the stage.  The Exhibition bought in many more people to the morning which raised a huge total of £632 (+ £164 on the Shop stall, which is retail, not pure profit). There was £50 raised each end of our Exhibition.

Thank you again to the members who kindly donated their painting.

Award-winning Artists in the Group!

Two of our members (that we know of) bravely entered their artwork into the annual SAA’s Artist of the Year exhibition earlier in 2024, and both have been awarded a Highly Commended accolade, having been shortlisted from over 1,900 entries!

Our very own Cherry Ferris and Caroline Winyard had to keep their wins a secret for a couple of weeks but now it is out in the open, we are delighted to share in their joy and offer congratulations on their individual achievements.

Cherry, aka Fairiewood Art, is a full-time artist, tutor and all-round creative, producing a wide range of pieces in different types of mediums.  Cherry is also a contributing artist to the SAA Paint & Create magazine (check out the summer edition for her latest tutorial where she shows you how to create a kingfisher using a mixed media approach to pyrography on paper).  She is also an associated artist with Ken Bromley and Derwent pencils and an author with Search Press.  


Cherry’s winning piece in the competition was entitled “Reverence” and took 7 hours to create in acrylics with mixed media and is finished with oils. Cherry explains that she “wanted to create a piece that would capture a feeling and a moment in time with element of whimsy and of respect for whoever you are.  So, I decided to use an apex land predator and a dainty butterfly and played with balancing complementary colours (also opposites).  I wanted to portray the feeling of awe and coexistence… No matter how big or small, we are all beautiful”.

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Caroline creates her artwork around her part-time role as the Fundraising Manager for local charity, the South West MS Centre.  She sells her work at various exhibitions, offers commissions and pet portraits and delivers demonstrations and workshops to local art groups, showing her passions for animal artwork through pastels and pencils.  

Her competition entry, “Talk to the Wing” was created in Luminance coloured pencils on drafting film and features a squabble between a cardinal couple on a bird bath.  Caroline explains “this piece was a delight to draw as I could just imagine what they might be saying to each other!  I love how vibrant the birds are, particularly the male, and wanted to ensure this showed through in the artwork – using double-matt drafting film I could add pigment to the reverse side where I wanted to ramp up the intensity.  I’m so thrilled to have been awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ in this national competition, and to be judged alongside such talented artists including Cherry”.  You can see more of Caroline’s work on her Facebook Page, Instagram or website.

Both artists will be displaying their work with the winners and other shortlisted finalists at the special exhibition in Nottingham in October.  You can view all the finalists on the SAA website:

The exhibition will take place 1st-6th October 2024, in St Luke's House, Nottingham.  St Luke’s House, a three storey Art Deco building in Friar Lane, is home to Nottingham Society of Artists - one of the oldest art societies in the country, founded in 1880.

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