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By popular demand Shapeshifters were again demonstrating stone carving and organising clay modelling with groups of children and adults at The Quay Gallery in Bewdley on the 25th and 26th of July 2015.

Shapeshifters were also present at the following two Winterbourne Garden events where, as well as exhibiting some of their work,  they are available to discuss and demonstrate sculpture and design techniques.

The Toy Steam and Traditional Hobbies Day. Saturday 10th October 2015

Christmas at Winterbourne. Saturday 5th December 2015. 11am - 5pm.

The open event in May at The Quay Gallery in Bewdley was a great success. Shapeshifters organised by Tony Crumpton give their time for free and members of the public could join in the sculpture activities with no charge being made for materials.  This year there was an opportunity for satisfied participants to donate to the Forest Dog Rescue charity and £36.41 was raised. Lynn and Nick who run the gallery and The Forest Dog Rescue both sent messages of thanks to the Shapeshifters for this fund raising activity.


Our last group exhibition was held at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in August 2012. The exhibition in the RBSA galleries and the accompanying sculpture demonstrations in the churchyard of the nearby St. Paul's church attracted considerable interest. The show was held jointly with the Birmingham and Midland Pastel Society and there were about 50 sculptures from around 20 Shapeshifters displayed in both galleries.  

Our 2011 Exhibition was at the Art Barn near Henley-in
-Arden. The group showed over 100 sculptures in the gallery, in the garden and in Preston Bagot Church. The sizes of the work varied greatly as did prices which ranged from £100 to £5,000. This was a great venue attracting many visitors and 19 works were sold.


"Shapeshifters Sculpture Group “Outreach Events” 2013

In addition to working at Dudley College and Winterbourne Gardens the group likes to outreach with demonstrations in stone carving and clay modelling.  In 2013 we have been active at Winterbourne Bug Day (20 April), The Quay Gallery, Bewdley (10 &11 August) and at Belbroughton scarecrow weekend (28 & 29 September).  For some of the adult visitors it is stone carving that interests and the children, of all ages, enjoy the hands on experience of modeling in air dry clay. It appears that many primary school age children no longer have the opportunity to do creative modeling with the tactile pleasure of moulding a lump of soft clay into something recognisable to their individual imagination.  


Most young children and some teenagers really enjoy the experience and are competent with a little guidance to get them started or a few finishing touches enhance their model.  Some are utterly enthralled by the transformation with their own two hand of the clay into their favourite bear, fish, owl, penguin or whatever else comes from their imagination.  On one occasion a teenage boy preferred to continue with his model dinosaur rather than go to the pub and on another the mother of a young girl came back to collect her model and told us she had spent the afternoon telling all her friends it was the best event of the weekend.  
We enjoy sharing our skills and get great satisfaction when we see the pleasure others also get from making.

 We have held Group exhibitions over the past decade at a number of different venues. Here is a selection.  

Our 2011 Exhibition was at the Art Barn near Henley-in –Arden. The group showed over 100 sculptures in the gallery, in the garden and in Preston Bagot Church.
The sizes of the work varied greatly as did prices which ranged from £100 to £5,000.
This was a great venue attracting many visitors and 19 works were sold.


Lindsay Welch, Abundance Declared, Ancaster Weatherbed

Peter Jones, Monk in Contemplation, Gritstone


Betty O’Hara, Hear, Mahogany


Viv Astling, Primavera Unfurling, Ancaster Hard White

John Vaughan, Happy Days, Ancaster Limestone


Reg Collins, Basillisk, Limestone
 
Joan Sharma, Girl, Black Serpentine on a wooden base
 

Before 2011 we held exhibitions in a variety of public and private venues. Here is a selection.

Jeannie’s Garden, Sutton Coldfield : we have held a one-day summer exhibition in Jeannie’s Garden for the last six years, whatever the weather!


Dudley College : a graduation exhibition of stone and sculptural ceramics.

 

Mill Dene Garden, Blockley : a two-week exhibition at this RHS recognized garden in Gloucestershire.

 

Upton Village, Nottinghamshire : a two-day exhibition to complement the village’s Open Garden weekend with sculpture demonstrations. The event was in aid of the restoration fund for Upton church bells.

 

Dormston School Gallery : a month-long exhibition to celebrate the opening of a £2m lottery-funded theatre and gallery at this Dudley school.

 

Winterbourne Gardens, Birmingham : a month-long exhibition in the prestigious gardens near to the University of Birmingham.

 

Birmingham Botanical Gardens : a two-week exhibition held on two occasions in the Conservatory of the historic gardens.
 

 

Woodbridge Gallery, Birmingham : two ten-day exhibitions in the gallery and garden of this popular Moseley venue.

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