Katharine House 2018 Calendar

Katherine House Hospice Calendar 2018

From 21/11/2017 to 2/2/2018 Twelve pictures by Banbury Camera Club members selected by Katharine House for their 2018 Calendar.

Katherine House Hospice Calendar 2018
In this exhibition of photographs by members of the Banbury Camera Club, we are showing the twelve pictures of local scenes which appear in the Katharine House Hospice 2018 Calendar.

For several years now the camera club has provided photographs for this annual publication. Members are encouraged to take photographs which portray Banbury, surrounding villages and country scenes. From an annual submission of around one hundred images, it is staff at Katharine House Hospice who select the twelve pictures to appear in the calendar. This year club members represented are John Buttress, Ian Draper, Nigel Hall, Keith Long, John Taylor, Andrew Spackman and Barrie Wood.

Since 2006, Banbury Camera Club has supported Katharine House Hospice through its annual exhibition in The Heseltine Gallery at Chenderit School, with print sales and donations from visitors raising several hundred pounds each year.

The calendar is on sale at £4.50. It includes seasonal recipes and the photos can later be used as postcards. An ideal Christmas present!

Hanging the images in Café RedKatharine House Hospice
Katharine House Hospice offers specialist palliative care to patients with an incurable illness. Its catchment area covers North Oxfordshire and parts of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire – a community of about 140,000 people. Patients are mainly referred to Katharine House from their GP, or from a hospital consultant.

Member's Photos go on the Wall at Café RedTo find out more about the work of Katharine House Hospice and its fundraising events and activities, visit the website: www.khh.org.uk
You can also find Katharine House Hospice on Facebook and Twitter.

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Images of Banbury Project Exhibition

Banbury Cake Shop

From 24/5/2017 to 21/11/2017
Images of Banbury – A selection from the ongoing project run by club member Alan Sargeant

Banbury Cake Shop
Back in the sixties one of Banbury CCs members, Ernie Lester, became concerned about the destruction of many of Banbury’s old buildings. He persuaded the club that it would be a worthwhile project to record anything in danger of disappearing. By 1965 a set of slides had been produced and was being shown with recorded commentary to local dubs. Over the years. members have added to the original set. In 2006 it became clear that the project needed to be revived and overhauled.

We received a grant from the National Lottery to undertake this task. We bought a good quality laptop, digital projector, screen, projector trolley, 35mm film and slide scanner and photo-enhancing software. I volunteered to start work on the project. Every slide. negative and print was scanned at high resolution. Later we noticed that the collection had some shortcomings. There was, for
example, no photo of the old Banbury CakeShop in ParsonsStreet.

Cake Shop no more Some members had their own suitable images and they donated on the premise that their copyright was maintained. This idea caught on quickly and soon donations of all kinds were made. Donated images are scanned and returned to their owners and to date we have over 1500 images.

The project is ticking over nicely with new images being added every week. Also. we have developed a circle of knowledgeable Banburians who help us with some of the older photos.
The Images of Banbury collection is a valuable resource of interest to schools and other organisations. I’ve put together several presentations, with recorded comments, to show local groups. A popular show is “A Walk Around Banbury”, showing the enormous changes that have taken place since the 1960s. We get a great deal of information about the photos this way and have made many friends.

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Michael Butterworth LRPS – musicians during live performances

Mike Butterworth at Cafe Red

From 18/4/2017 to 24/5/2017
An exhibition by Michael Butterworth LRPS – photographs of musicians taken during live performances.

Café Red exhibition by Michael Butterworth LRPS. Here are a few words from him.


I’ve enjoyed music all my life and, when I went to study in Cardiff, I started to go to gigs and found that live music was so much more. You feel the music, as well as hearing it, and watching the performance just gives the music an extra dimension. I went to many gigs in my early twenties.

In 2006 I got the opportunity to take photographs, from the pit, at The Cornbury Music Festival – I combined two of my favourite things. Through luck and contacts I’ve managed to get access to take photos at festivals and gigs every year since.

What I like about shooting from the pit, and the three song rule, is that you have fifteen minutes to work out the light, what the band might do and who is the most dynamic/photogenic. It’s anticipating what’s going to happen next and trying to capture the essence of that performance in one image.

These images were all shot in Oxfordshire.

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Andrew Spackman ARPS

From – 27/1/2017 to 7/3/2017
An exhibition by Banbury Camera Club Chairman, Andrew Spackman ARPS This was a set of photographs which he used to gain his distinction from the Royal Photographic Society.

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Art & Photography – 9th April 2018

Claire is making a return visit after her previous talk, several years ago. We will see where she currently is at, as she blends together images and music, and creates beautiful, approachable, and yet sometimes enigmatic digital work.

Claire Reika Wright

I was born in London right at the end of WW2 and grew up in Croydon, Surrey. Always interested and fascinated by painting I was lucky enough to have a step father who was a graduate of The Slade School of Art and who taught the subject at Royal Russell School. William Wright was an incredibly gifted artist and a sensitive enough teacher to generally leave me to my own devices, show by example and only occasionally exhort me to look and draw what I saw as faithfully as I could! At Whitgift School I was taught in a similar fashion by Henry Maslin and Frank Potter R.A.

From about the age of 18 I realized that all I really wanted to do was paint and from then on every career move I made was secretly geared towards my being able to have the time and energy to paint the pictures that I knew were inside me. Having discovered, much later on, that my great grandfather and two great uncles had been professional artists I became even more determined.

After a number of eventful years which included getting married, going to Teacher Training College, studying art, working as an office cleaner, taxi driver, gardener, church warden and eventually as an export executive for Eschmann England, a large medical instrument manufacturer, I moved with my young family to Perth, Western Australia in 1974.

I painted whenever I could in the late seventies and eighties and held a number of exhibitions of abstract works. Finally in 1994, once my two sons had taken off to follow their dreams as musicians, I took the plunge and committed myself full time to earning a living as professional artist. I have, since then, painted almost continually and now have works in private collections and galleries around the world. I began by painting only landscapes of the rugged Western Australian South West; then for eight years figures of varying degrees of unreality (The Vividz) appeared as the central themes. In between painting abstracts and making hybrid moving image work I have continued with the Vividz theme and am now engrossed in producing a new series. The stories my paintings tell are enigmatic and are often autobiographical – maybe even the abstracts!!

I decided to return to live in England in July 2001 and since then I have held eight very successful solo exhibitions and many group shows in the Home Counties, Wales, London and Munich. After five enjoyable and informative years curating exhibitions for The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury I became once more a full time artist in 2009.

In the early 80s I started to add soundtracks to abstract paintings, studied sound engineering and worked in a variety of recording studios. The combination of the visual with sound/music is a powerful one and I have spent many years developing the skills necessary to make the combination work successfully. Long listed (4 times) and short listed in 2014 for the international digital fine art competition ‘The Lumen Prize’ and being listed by Sedition has promoted my digital art to a wider audience with my moving image work being shown around the world.