The Café Gallery at Gosport Discovery Centre was developed to offer individual local Artists the opportunity to showcase their work in an informal gallery setting.
The Café Gallery is situated on the ground floor of the Centre as part of the Book Worm Café. This offers visitors a comfortable space to relax, browse and enjoy an ever changing mix of local artists as each month a new artist is featured guaranteeing a fresh perspective when you visit.
Roger was born in Derby in 1939 and won a scholarship to the Joseph Wright school of Art in Derby town in 1951.
Educated in most aspects of artwork, woodwork, metalwork and lettering. In 1953 he joined a small team of technical illustrators in an old Victorian house on the London Road, Derby. There were only three large rooms in the house, which accommodated three drawing boards in each room.
He worked his way up from tea boy and slowly learned to read blueprints and then convert then to convert them to exploded drawings of machinery components for manuals. In his late teen he used to take off on his bike together with an easel and paints into the wilds of Derbyshire, peaks and all, painting in watercolours and oils landscapes and old farm buildings.
His artwork fizzled out somewhat when he joined the Royal Navy in 1958. After his marriage in 1961 Roger, wife and child served in Malta 1962-1965. During that time he designed two large floats, which were used in the independence celebrations of Malta.
On retiring from work owing to ill health in 1997 Roger attended art classes at St Vincent College for 10 years in order to upgrade to modern techniques in painting.
Roger, now at 74, helps to teach art to members of the University of the Third Age (U3A) at Christchurch Hall, Stoke Road, Gosport.
I first became interested in art at the age of 5, when I received a small paint palette for my birthday!
The artist Bob Ross inspired me to paint. His influence can be seen in many of my paintings, in particular, the ‘scenes’ and the use of light. Ross layered his paintings using simple strokes and blotches that appeared to be nothing more than coloured smudges, and then transformed them using small brushes and knives to create intricate landscapes. He inspired me to use different tools such as sponges and flat knives to produce and enhance my scenes, especially the effect of light through the trees.
I feel very relaxed whilst I paint and often listen music to inspire me. I find this really therapeutic, especially after a hard day at work.
When I started painting, it was mainly a hobby, something I did for myself. As I showed more people my work I have been encouraged to go further and have now sold many of my pieces and have recently been commissioned to paint an oil painting for a birthday gift! I would absolutely love to be able to paint full time.
My most challenging piece was the large Elvis portrait. I spent many hours on this and have had several offers from people to buy it! I am currently in the middle of painting Russell Crowe as the Gladiator, which is also very challenging as there is a phenomenal amount of detail.
I am very proud of my work; I hope that you enjoy it as much as me.
Gallery of work created by Year 11 GCSE Art students of Brune Park Community School
The students at Brune Park School have worked throughout years 10 and 11 to develop a portfolio of work in Art and Design which expresses their own personal response to a genre or theme.
Each student is required to display evidence of an artist or cultural study using avariety of materials and processes. The students are then required to develop ideas through research which links to their area of study.
The work on display shows a range of responses to chosen themes.
Tracy Armstrong, an artist herself proposed and helped coordinate this project
This painting grew out of Kayleigh’s choice of ‘Close Up’ as the theme for her Exam work. She had created many observational studies of eyes and the emotions they express and was exploring the fragmented nature of perception.
From a video on-line Billy learnt how to use spray cans to create different effects and he applied this in creating this Science Fiction style landscape. The process was complicated by requiring layers to be built up at different stages from stencils and templates which were pre-cut.
As a personal response to her project on Natural Forms, Chelsea explored ideas of beauty. She considered the extremes that these can be taken to, expressed in the strong contrasts and semi-abstract nature of her painted image.
Megan chose to work with was ‘Art and Words’. Her observations and research led her to consider words and phrases in contemporary culture that dictate and define our sense of a person’s identity. In her imagery she sought to suggest links with the pre-conceptions that commonly fool us.
Connor chose the topic of ‘Transform’ and as he explored this visually he was drawn to images that combined natural and organic elements. Inspired by an artist’s work he created this image with a mixture of pastel and ink work.
Ashleigh chose to focus on the theme of ‘Journey’ for her exam piece and explored this in terms of both travels abroad and nostalgic reflection back to past memories, recognising that these are fundamentally anchored in our close relationships.
This artwork was created as a resolution to Emily’s Image and Identity project in which she explored the importance of the brands we choose in our sense of our own identity. She sought to acknowledge the belonging that certain brands can establish for people.
This powerful image was created as Saadet's personal response to her Image and Identity project. She was exploring images that represented different relationships and recognised that this, with its passion and intensity, was an evocativepiece that deserved development.
Ken was born in Yorkshire and displayed a love of drawing from a young age. He attained a G.C.E. in Art and started his working life with a firm of Architects. He then took up a local government post in the Barnsley area and came down to Gosport in 1984 to work for Gosport Borough Council. Job opportunities took him to Winchester City Council and Chichester District Council where he worked until 1997.
He has an interest in water colours, usually landscapes, but his favourite medium is pen and ink.
Now retired, Ken lives in Gosport with his wife. He draws most days whiling away the hours at his drawing board or bowling with friends at Gosport Bowls Club in Anglesey Road.
Gosport Art Club
On display in the gallery are a selection of paintings in different styles and mediums produced by members of Gosport Art Club. The Club has been in existence for over 50 years and has approximately 50 members.
We have a weekly schedule of themed and “do your own thing” evenings. The club members paint, sketch and draw a variety of subjects in different mediums such as oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, pen & ink and charcoal. There is no formal art tuition at the club but most members are willing to help and pass on their art skills.
About every 6 weeks we have varied demonstrations by professional artists, who show us their skills and techniques. Twice a year we display and sell our paintings, in local venues. We also have social events.
We meet on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Parish Centre, Green Road, Alverstoke, PO12 2ET. Drop in on any Tuesday night and we will show you around. You can try it for a few weeks (free) before you join, to make certain it’s for you.
How to exhibit
Individual local artists who wish to apply to the waiting list to exhibit in the Café Gallery can collect an application form (including terms and conditions) from the Discovery Centre.
Gosport Discovery Centre
High Street, Gosport
You can access the Café Gallery during Discovery Centre opening hours
Please note that Bookworm Café normally closes at 5.30pm weekdays and 4.30pm on a Saturday
Mon, Wed, Fri 9am to 5pm
Tue, Thu 9am to 7pm
Sat 9am to 5pm
Closed Sunday and public holidays