HOME: A new exhibition bringing together two renowned local artists: Ivan M Jones & Tia Lambert

We’re delighted to be kicking of a series of new exhibitions in 2021 by championing two local artists (who also both happen to be tutors at the WGC College of Art). Opening times are as follows:

  • Friday 14th May 1.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th May 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd May 11.00am – 5.00pm

Private appointments for bubbles of up to two individual households are available between 10.00am – 11.00am by arrangement only.

During opening times, there is no need to book, but in line with current COVID restrictions we are going to be limiting the number of people in the hall at any one time.

We have a traffic light entry system at the hall door (red = stop, green = free to enter), so if we are already at capacity when you arrive, this will indicate if you need to wait a short time to allow someone else to leave, before entering.

We are also asking all patrons to please wear a face covering for the duration of your visit, use the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance and leave contact details either via the NHS Track & Trace App (or by written form).

The doors and windows will be open to aid ventilation and we would walk everyone to please consider other’s in respecting social distancing etiquette.

Many thanks for your understanding and we hope to see you soon!

If you would like to secure your own appointment for a household or bubble, please contact Anna on 07789 470780 or e-mail elmsliehouse@gmail.com to secure a 20 minute slot.

Here’s what Ivan says about himself:

“My passion for painting and my love of the natural world are intimately connected. I am particularly inspired by the colours, textures and changing atmosphere of the beautiful Malverns, and I paint mainly from my home studio using sketches and photographs that I have gathered in my frequent walks in the hills.

Each painting is an individual voyage of discovery for me and I try to see my surroundings in a fresh way to evoke a sense of character in the landscape and to capture the rugged and fragile beauty of the world around us.Sometimes I bring a heightened ‘realism’ to the work, other times I abstract through colour, form and texture. Painting for me can be quite a vigorous physical process: I bring energy, movement and drama into the work, through spattering, rubbing back, scratching, scraping and building up layers of paint using a large palette knife to create a textured surface with depth and history. I love finding the sweet-spot between chaos and control; where mistakes become discoveries, and a finished painting emerges from the instinctive process.

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With a Drama degree in theatre, film and television from Bristol Uni, I worked as a television editor making natural history programmes for BBC Bristol for ten years.  Then having re-discovered my love of fine art about 16 years ago, I re-trained at Bristol School of Art and UWE to become an Art Teacher, moving to Malvern in 2008. I split my time now between painting and tutoring at Malvern School of Art (Malvern Hills college)”.

And here is a little more insight into Tia:

Tia was born in London in 1958 and studied Fine Art (B.A. Hons.) at West Surrey College of Art and Design. After a year’s teacher training in Brighton she returned to painting full time at the Royal Academy Schools in London at post graduate level (1982-85), receiving the Elizabeth Greenshields Scholarship for figurative painters. 

Since then, Tia has lived and worked in Malvern and has taught painting and drawing at Malvern Hills college for the last twenty three years.Known more for her local landscapes in ink and watercolour, painted en plein air whenever possible, Tia’s still life oil paintings show a love of strong colour, exaggerated rather than understated. 

“Colour excites me. Setting up a still life is a little like building a mini landscape. I have shelves of bottles, jugs, bowls, cups and saucers etc., collected over many years along with favourite material and coloured paper with which I compose a still life. It can be a lengthy business. Mirrors add distance and depth. Objects become larger than life and on a good day, the colours will sing! Van Gogh has always been a huge favourite and influence. As a student at art college, still lives were my focus, so they have long been an ongoing theme to which I will always return.”

Tia has exhibited widely in England and abroad, including the the Royal Academy Summer Show, the Society of Women Artists, the New English Art Club and the National Portrait Gallery. Tia also participated in the Artists Access to Art Colleges Scheme at Worcester University.



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