Guest Speaker Events

Talks are free to attend - no need to book but please turn up 10 minutes before the start time as seats will be first come first served.

Saturday 28th September 12pm

Norman Long - Figure Painting from Life in Oils 

We are delighted to have Norman Long demonstrating his skills for usduring this event, as he paints a volunteer from life while discussing his techniques and answering questions.

Born in 1976 in Preston, he received his BA in Fine Art from Newcastle University. He has now established his reputation as a distinguished portraitist and figurative painter. 

His portraits have twice been featured in the BP portrait award and Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibitions. Most recently he was awarded the coveted de Laszlo Award for the portrait of his father, Walter Long. 

An experienced teacher, Norman has recently published a book ‘Oils – Techniques and Tutorials for the Complete Beginner’. 

Saturday 28th September - 2pm

Harry Ousey Remembered


Sue Astles, the artist’s niece tells of her journey researching the life and times of Manchester born artist Harry Ousey.


Paintings, diaries and sketch notes were left to her in 1997 and it became a labour of love researching a little known life, understanding his abstract work,  and reestablishing his name in the British  Art scene, after an interval of over 50 years.  An interesting and poignant journey which continues today. 

Sunday 29th September - 12pm

Susie MacMurray and 'Gathering'

 A chance to meet artist Susie MacMurray who will be giving an illustrated talk on her work, past and present.

She will also be discussing her latest installation at Tatton Park, 'Gathering'.  This work has been inspired by the work of the Hospice and features over 4,000 invidivual elements hand stitched by the artist and volunteers.

Sunday 29th September - 2pm

Ross King - Mad Enchantment:Claude Monet and the painting of the Water Lilies.

From bestselling author Ross King, a brilliant portrait of legendary artist Claude Monet and the story of his most memorable achievement, the water lilies.  

Linking great artistic achievement to the personal and historical dramas unfolding around it, he presents the most intimate and revealing portrait of an iconic figure in world culture--from his lavish lifestyle and tempestuous personality to his close friendship with the fiery war leader Georges Clemenceau, who regarded the Water Lilies as one of the highest expressions of the human spirit.  Ross will be discussing his book as well as signing copies.

Artist Led Tours

Free tours of the exhibition will take place at 11am on Monday 30th September

Tuesday 1st October

Wednesday 2nd October

Meet in the cafe.


Visiting Art Fair Cheshire is FREE.


We are open from 10.30am-4.30pm every day.

Late night opening is Tuesday 1st October when we will be open until 8.30pm.  Enjoy a glass of wine and browse the art.

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