Wednesday 3 July 2024

Painting for Pleasure Art Exhibition 2024 in the Royal Priors, Leamington Spa

Hosted by the Painting for Pleasure charity, this exhibition showcased the diverse artistic talents of its members, including disabled individuals, those living with or recovering from illness, and carers seeking respite and connection. The array of artworks, from intricate drawings and vivid paintings to stunning silk pieces, not only demonstrated the members' artistic skills but also conveyed their personal journeys and the therapeutic benefits of creative expression.

The inspiration drawn from a recent visit to the Makers through the Ages exhibition at Compton Verney was evident in many of the silk artworks above, adding a unique and thoughtful dimension to the display. Silk painting is new to the group and they enjoyed the process.
Each piece was a testament to the resilience and creativity of the artists, reflecting their individual stories and the collective spirit of the group.

Above are banners that the group are painting for the Folk Festival 2024 in Warwick.

Visitors left with a deep appreciation for the artists' efforts and the meaningful work of the Painting for Pleasure charity. The event not only highlighted the therapeutic power of art but also strengthened the vibrant community spirit of Leamington Spa.

The exhibition was generously funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, whose support made this uplifting event possible. We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended and supported the artists. Your encouragement truly made a difference, contributing to the continued success and growth of this remarkable community initiative.

Wednesday 26 June 2024

Painting for Pleasure Art Exhibition at Coffee Break

Dates: Thursday 27th and Friday 28th June
Location: Coffee Break, 12 Royal Priors, Upper Mall, Leamington Spa, CV32 4XT

Join us for a captivating display of creativity at the Painting for Pleasure art exhibition, hosted at Coffee Break in the Royal Priors on the 27th and 28th of June. This special event showcases the artistic talents of members from the Painting for Pleasure charity, a dedicated group in Leamington Spa that provides a creative outlet for disabled individuals, those living with or recovering from illness, and carers seeking respite and connection.

The exhibition will feature an array of artworks, including drawings, paintings, and beautiful silk paintings. These pieces are not only a testament to the artistic skills of the group members but also reflect their personal journeys and the therapeutic benefits of creative expression. Many of the works are inspired by a recent visit to the Makers through the Ages exhibition at Compton Verney.

Painting for Pleasure is more than just an art group; it is a supportive community that combats isolation and fosters well-being through art. This exhibition is a celebration of their collective efforts and the joy that comes from creating and sharing art.

We invite you to come and experience this inspiring collection, support the artists, and learn more about the valuable work of Painting for Pleasure. Your presence and encouragement mean a lot to the artists and contribute to the vibrant community spirit of Leamington Spa.

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Painting for Pleasure meets on a Wednesday during school term time at the Westbury Centre. Sessions are 9.30 to 12 noon and 1pm to 3.30pm. New members welcome. Phone 07767015428 for more details.

Wednesday 6 March 2024

Group Outing to Compton Verney Art Gallery

Painting for Pleasure enjoyed a lovely day out at Compton Verney on 7th February to see the Makers through the Ages exhibition.

Louise in the stunning grounds

Grace in front of Compton Verney Art Gallery

                                                    Jayne & John looking at the exhibits



Silk Paintings

Silk Paintings

Silk Painting

Decorative Ceramics

Monday 26 February 2024

Shrubland Hall,

First post by Amanda Crump!

Just before Christmas activities I headed my first little project. We were approached by another community group asking us to produce a piece of work centred around the old Shrubland Hall, which, in the early 1900's was situated where the Bury Road/Westbury Rd estate now is. With limited time this is what we came up with. 

We found virtually the only decent remaining picture of the old Shrubland Hall

We cut it into 4, and 4 members of our class each took a quarter and reproduced it each in the size of A3, in their own style. 

The Result

Interesting facts: many of the bricks used to build the estate were sourced from this old hall.
                                     : the only remaining part of the Hall or gardens is one huge cedar tree. Were not                         sure which one, but we think its set back off of Kingsway somewhere....

Saturday 23 December 2023

Christmas Tree Festival


We enjoyed painting miniature canvases , easels, baubles, and angels for our Christmas Tree as part of the Christmas Tree Festival, held in All Saints Parish Church, Leamington Spa.

We donated the decorated tree at the end of the festival to the charity Helping Hands, who gave it to someone in need this Christmas.

Friday 22 September 2023

Let's Do Coffee! MacMillan Coffee Morning

In tribute to Helena Godwin, our art tutor who sadly lost her life to cancer this year, please join us for coffee and cake to help raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Wednesday 27th September 2023.

11 am to 2 pm.

We look forward to seeing you 💖

Thank you to everyone who came to support this worthy cause.
We raised a wonderful £160 to support those affected by cancer.

Wednesday 9 August 2023

Summer Exhibition 2023


For one week only .....

Come down to the All Saints Parish Church Cafe, Leamington Spa to see our painting class end-of-year exhibition. We are displaying and selling artwork created during the year, as part of our project kindly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Wednesday 14 June 2023

Painting Shields for the Folk Festival in Warwick

During the Warwick Folk Festival, from Friday to Sunday, July 27th to 30th, 2023, keep an eye out for the vibrant shields our painting class has created to liven up the festival.

The excitement of the day ahead anticipates seeing your favorite artists perform, participating in workshops, and making new friends at the ceilidh. It promises to be an incredible day.

All of this and more await you in the heart of England, at the Warwick Folk Festival on a new green field site, just a 15-minute walk from the center of Warwick. 
See their website for details and tickets





Kath and Janice







Tuesday 9 May 2023

Tea with the King

The flags we painted looked amazing hanging up 
for the King's Coronation celebrations

You are invited to 'Tea with the King'

All are welcome to join us on Wednesday 10th May for tea or coffee and cake and see some of the artwork created by the 'Painting for Pleasure' group.

Open 1pm to 3pm
The Westbury Centre, Westlea Road, Leamington Spa, CV31 3JE

Wednesday 1 February 2023

Featured Artist; Louise Kelsey

Louise has been a member of Painting For Pleasure for 15 years.
she has a very distinctive style of painting and drawing