January visit to the Laing Gallery

Our January visit was to the Laing Gallery in Newcastle to see their major exhibition ‘”The Enchanted Interior”. Despite the best efforts of the local bus company to thwart our efforts, seventeen members turned up, and it seems everyone enjoyed it immensely. There was some wonderful work on display, ranging from many pieces by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to examples from the present day, all on the theme of the woman in a patriarchal society. We met for coffee in the Laing prior to our viewing, and a large group repaired to The Botanist for a delicious lunch! Plus, ca change….  

Our Group Leader, Mary, is still not fully recovered from her illness, but is working in the background to arrange future excursions, the next being the proposed visit to The University Library on Palace Green in Durham to see ‘The Sketchbooks of Norman Cornish’. This will be on Thursday, 20th February. 

Joan Temple has kindly offered to lead our March visit on the 19th to The National Glass Centre at Sunderland to see ‘Bring to Light’ – a very different type of work from that which we have seen recently. Variety is the spice of life! 

Exact arrangements, times etc., will be confirmed in the monthly meetings, but I would imagine if you turn up in the coffee bar around 11.00am you won’t go far wrong! 

We would love to welcome new members to the group, so do come along if it sounds your kind of thing! 


January workshops – spaces available

East-Durham Artists-Network  
to East-Durham

Dear all,

Happy New Year to members, ex-members and friends of Edan! Hope you have all enjoyed the festive season. 

For those of you who might be interested in attending our January workshops, but haven’t yet signed up, I am listing them below alongside the number of places I think are still available. 

As a reminder, costs are £5.00 per hour for Edan members and £10.00 per hour for non-members. Materials costs are extra but are usually minimal. 

The collagraph workshop was full, but one space has now become available. 

Please let us know if you want to attend any of these. First come, first served! 

I shall send out a specific email to those who have signed up, before each workshop with any necessary details.

Best wishes, 

Jean S.

EDAN Workshop Programme

Art Block January 2020

Making Collagraph Plates

Edan printers January workshops – spaces available

Wednesday 8th January


Maximum Number – 6

One Place available

To be followed by printing session with Victoria Leeks: Date to be arranged.

Ceramics: Porcelain Paper Clay

Victoria Leeks

Friday 10th January and 17th January


Maximum number – 6

Three Places available

Introduction to Oil Painting

Bill Holmes

Thursday 16th and 30th January


Maximum number – 6

Two places available

Cyanotype Printing (late addition)

Rochelle Charlton-Laine

Sunday 19th January 11.00-3-00

Maximum number – 10

Six Places available

Getting Knotted with Textiles

Jac Howard and Jean Spence

Sunday 12th January

Session 1: 10.00-12.00

Embroidered Box Top Decoration

Session 2: 1.00-3.00

Textiles as inspiration for painting

Maximum number – 8

Five Places Available

Textile Landscapes

Sunrise over the sea

Jac Howard and Jean Spence

Sunday 26th January


Maximum Number – 8

Three Places Available

Ushaw Winter Exibition

Its the first exhibition by 18 artists whom have studios in the beautiful walls of Ushaw House and Gardens. A few of the artists are EDAN members or past members so it would be great if people could come to the preview night on Friday 7-9.00 pm.

Visit to Tyneside Cinema

Having enjoyed the talk given by Margaret Dodds, a volunteer guide for the Tyneside Cinema, 20 members followed up by visiting the Cinema on 26th July. 
    The morning was fascinating, with Margaret proving to be a fountain of knowledge on all aspects of this fascinating local icon, her love of the place obvious to all.  
     As we toured the building, on one of the hottest days of the year, we took huge pleasure in sinking into the wonderfully comfortable seats of the various studios, cocooned in the welcome blast of very effective air conditioning! 
     The trip concluded with a delightful lunch in the Art Deco Coffee Rooms. 


Images from GA