Midsummer News

2022 has been a very busy year so far and there is still more to come. But for now, we are having a short pause to do some maintenance, rebuild the website and continue planning the programme of exhibitions and events through Summer and Autumn.

Gallery open Wednesday – Sunday 11am-4pm during exhibitions. Please check social media for updates.

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General Office are Finalists in Regional Art Spaces Awards

Please vote for GO!

We are thrilled to be in this line up of wonderful art spaces in the Warwickshire and West Midlands area. It would mean a lot to all of us here at General Office if you would cast your vote and spread the word 😊. As a small independent gallery this is very exciting! 

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Our friends Allsee Technologies in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University announce a new competition for artists.

This is the first year of the NTU x Vieunite Art Prize, an award to celebrate and advance new and digital art. The theme this year is ‘Biophilia’ – the human instinct to connect with living systems and other living beings. Finalists will have their work publicly displayed on the new Textura digital canvas, a specially developed screen specifically designed for displaying static and moving art, and will have their work profiled on the Vieunite online community, a new application for sharing and selling your art.

There is a prize of £1000 and a first generation Vieunite Textura canvas for first place, and £750 for second place, and £500 for third place.


An Evening with John Sparry

'John and his relics'

Wednesday 6th July 7pm

Bar and doors open 6.30pm / Unreserved seating

Raconteur, historian, jazz musician, bookseller and writer, John will be entertaining us with this moving feast of a talk surrounding interesting objects he has acquired on his travels. Included in this collection is – he claims – the oldest piece of Sunlight soap in the Black Country! Stories behind the objects and the people associated with their history will bring his collection to life in this eclectic assemblage of John’s unique reminiscences.

Tickets available at £9.50 from Eventbrite:
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David Reekie – On the Wings of Justice I

Coming Soon

John Sparry will be delivering one of his celebrated talks in July. Raconteur, historian, jazz musician, bookseller and writer, John will be entertaining us with local tales and memories.

Later in July we present a fascinating evening with Rosemary Winnall MBE. Rosemary will be talking about ancient pathways and tracks of the local area.

In August we are delighted to be included in this year’s International Festival of Glass, and General Office will be presenting and exhibition of Contemporary Studio Glass from 8 makers.

September sees Peter Carlton with his Climate Change musical concert and exhibition of landscape paintings.

Also in September, ‘A Quiet House’ – an installation of new work including sculpture, film and drawing from Sarah Goudie. Concluding a six-month period of practice development supported by A-N Bursary, #TimeSpaceMoney

In October we see a welcome return to Rick Sanders’ PoArtry. ‘PoArtry is an annual collaborative project pairing artists and poets to respond to each other’s work. However, this year Rick is mixing it up a bit. He has invited 23 artists to respond to a single soundscape, which was created earlier this year by the sound artist Bill Laybourne in response to a series of messages on the theme of hope left on Rick’s answer machine.

In November we are bringing another exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics.

Drypoint & Monoprint with Craftybun Studio

16th July - One Day Course

Saturday 16 July, 11am – 4pm
Cost: £55

This one-day course will focus on showing you the basics of monoprint and drypoint, you will then explore ways of combining the two together. Monoprinting – Using relief printing inks on Perspex you will produce one-off multicolour prints working with found materials, pens, cotton buds and barens/burnishers. Drypoint – Working directly onto a Perspex printing plate you will use mark-making tools to create an etching. Using relief inks you will then print using an etching press. You will learn the processes in a supportive environment. All equipment and materials are provided as well as tea/coffee and biscuits.

Book here

Exploring Large Scale Drawing

with Sarah Goudie

Renew your art practice and develop your creative space through structured and stimulating drawing activities.

Sarah Goudie presents a number of monthly large scale drawing workshops. Given space and time each person’s language of artistry finds its way to the paper. Each monthly workshop takes a slightly different focus so people who return are able to continue developing their experience.

Fridays 10.30am – 1.00pm:
July 1st and August 5th

Saturdays 11.00am – 1.30pm:
July 2nd and August 6th

Further Information on the workshop, costs and booking are on the Eventbrite link:
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We welcome visitors back to enjoy exhibitions, events, talks and classes in our upstairs gallery.
General Office is maintaining measures to ensure the safety of staff, studio tenants and visitors, including limited capacity, hand sanitisation and social distancing.

For further information and general enquiries please email info@generaloffice.co.uk or call 07976 935413.

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