#Shutdown Showcase

While we wait (and wait) for the green light to re-open the Goods Shed for events, we want to to help support artists and performers who have appeared here or are booked to appear when restrictions are lifted. So we’ve turned our site over to videos and to virtual galleries for the duration of the crisis. Some feature artists who’ve appeared here, others link to people and content we think you might like.

Your photos of Life in Lockdown

As the COVID restrictions finally fade in the rear view mirror, we’re asking people in the Tetbury area to share a photo that encapsulates their memories of how that strange time affected you. We’re putting your photos on our new “Life in Lockdown” page.

They reveal things that made people happy or sad; photos of loved ones they they were separated from; dressing up to put out the bins; working through shutdown; or simply making the best of it. Send us your photos!

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How to look at paintings

What and/or who springs to mind when you look at the sketches below? Take a bow if you picked “the sea” and “JMW Turner”. How we look at paintings is the subject of a fascinating new article for the Arts Society by Alice White, an oil painter and tutor at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

She suggests ways to really get the most of looking at works of art – apparently the average visitor to the Louvre looks at the Mona Lisa for barely 15 seconds before moving on. And she gives links to digital collections of great art, from Turner’s channel sketchbooks to a 3D tour of the Sistene Chapel

Read Alice White’s article

The Café is back to five-day opening

We’re delighted to say that the The Whistle Stop Café has returned to five-day opening.

On Wednesdays, the café opens at 12 noon instead of its regular 10am but then from Thursday to Sunday it opens as normal from 10am to -4pm.

David Bent exhibition news 

We had hoped to exhibit artist David Bent’s outstanding series of Red Arrows paintings in the Shed at the end of July. However, the ongoing restrictions mean the show has had to be postponed until July 2021.

The new date will tie in with next year’s 50th Anniversary of the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford. David is the artist most closely-associated with the Red Arrows and below are some of his paintings of the team. You can see more here in our virtual gallery.

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Louisa Revolta special session

We’re very excited to tell you that Louisa Revolta – also known as one of the fabulously-entertaining close harmony trio The Spitfire Sisters – has recorded a set of her songs on video, just for the Goods Shed.

Here she is at Vintage Keys Studios, with co-writer Steve Christie, performing specially for you. We can’t wait to welcome Louisa and the team back to Tetbury for their next show here!

Book: The Bamboo Bracelet

Stroud artist Merilyn Brason‘s mother Ronny was among the tens of thousands of civilians rounded up into internment camps in Japanese-occupied countries in WWII. Now Merilyn has turned her mother’s detailed notes about her captivity into a book telling the story of years of separation, deprivation and danger.

Written in vivid narrative style, The Bamboo Bracelet powerfully conveys the internees’ experience of forging a resilient captive society amid the increasing hardships and horrors of the Pacific War.

Below, Merilyn (who was actually conceived in the Santo Tomas camp in Manila after her mother fought to be reunited with her husband) tells the story of how she came to write the book. You can also read our feature on Ronny’s story here. Merilyn will be exhibiting her paintings at the Goods Shed early next year.

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Revisit Faeland’s live concert

Here at Tetbury Goods Shed we are very keen on promoting local artists. We are really proud to have developed relationships with incredibly talented local musicians like Beccy and Jacob of Faeland.

Their livestreamed session on Wednesday was an absolute delight. And the good news is you can still enjoy every minute of it at their Facebook page (you don’t need an account to watch).

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New gallery – Merilyn Brason

From 15 February to 22 March next year, the Goods Shed will be hosting an exhibition of dramatic seascapes by local painter Merilyn Brason.

Our latest virtual gallery offers a glimpse of how her works capture and hold forever many fleeting moments in the endless, ceaselessly fascinating rhythm of the sea.


Seascape by Merilyn Brason
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Hookshouse open for pre-booked visits

Great news from Chris and Lise at Hookshouse. They are taking bookings for visits from Monday 1st June, although they will not be able to offer catering facilities or access to the house toilets.

“If you would like to sit and enjoy the atmosphere of the garden for a while, may we suggest that you bring a folding chair, which will avoid successive visitors using the same benches,” says Chris. Call 01666 880297 or 07703 288615 to arrange a visit.

The garden at Hookshouse Pottery near Tetbury, UK
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Gallery – Angie Spencer

Stroud artist and musician Angie Spencer will bring her exhibition, “The Art of Listening – Paintings Inspired by Music“, to the Goods Shed next year.

Our latest virtual gallery previews some of the works Angie intends to show. Visit it to discover which musical work provided the inspiration for each one.

Painting: Moors by Angie Spencer
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Can you help us?

In these very difficult times, could you make a donation to the Goods Shed to ensure that we survive this period and continue to provide this wonderful resource to our local and wider community?


Stuart Earl #Shutdown Session

This week, award-winning South West singer-songwriter Stuart Earl has compiled and recorded a 45-minute show for the Goods Shed.

Here’s a taste of his show, which is available here. Your next chance to see his trio live at the Shed will be on 17 October.

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Joy and James Lisney

Joy Lisney is a musical tour de force. An international cellist since her teens, Joy now also conducts and composes. Most recently, her four-track, lockdown recording of the BBC Test Match Special theme went viral on Twitter. 

We were honoured to welcome Joy and her father James to the Shed  in 2017, through her long standing connection with Tetbury-based composer Jan Vriend.  Here are the Lisneys performing Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata, Op. 19, at King’s Place, London in 2015.

Stuart Carter-Smith #Shutdown Session

Last seen at the Shed in January putting on a dazzling display of swinging Gypsy Jazz numbers with violinist Ben Holder, Stuart has freely given his time to set up and beautifully record a session for the Goods Shed audience.

The video below is just a taste: visit our session page for the full session. If you haven’t  already done so, join our free subscriber list for reminders and updates. 

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Bill Jones Gallery

Should we have regional as well as national treasures? If so, then we unhesitatingly nominate writer, illustrator and performer, Bill Jones from Stroud – Private Eye cartoonist and grand master of the art of growing Victorians in your back garden.

Visit our virtual gallery for examples of his distinctive pen and ink drawings plus links to his published writing and his website, with autumn dates for his delightful live show, “Growing Victorians”. For the full flavour, visit billjonesillustration.com.

Cartoon of crows transforming into a woman in a black dress

Keith Thompson’s Shutdown Special

Here’s a session recorded especially for the Goods Shed by British blues rock singer songwriter Keith Thompson.

Huge thanks to Keith for recording this for us!

Alison Vickery Gallery

”Glimpsing the Spire”, Alison’s show here last summer, featured a selection of large new canvases she worked on especially for the Shed.

“I cycle around the area and love the way you spot Tetbury spire from so many places and from some big distances from the town,” she said.

“The spire also has a lovely story in that it has a connection with the original owner of Highgrove and there is a covenant that prevents anyone blocking the view of the spire from the house.”

Click through to our virtual gallery to see a selection of her landscapes and still lives and ways to follow her on social media. And be sure to visit alisonvickery.co.uk

Gerard Logan

Gerard Logan brought his one man show ‘Night Terrors‘ to the Shed in January, just days before coronavirus arrived in Britain. He is widely acknowledged as an outstanding exponent of the solo performance, and has won acclaim and awards for his shows: The Rape of Lucrece and Wilde Without the Boy (Gareth Armstrong’s dramatisation of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis).

He returns to the Shed on 7 November in Wildean mode to give us Wilde without the Boy and The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Until then, here he is on video, lighting up our lockdowns with Shakespeare’s early poem of dishonour and retribution in ancient Rome. Click on Botticelli’s depiction of Lucretia’s tragic end, below, to open the video.

Rob Collins Gallery

Rob Collins’ show at the Shed, scheduled for 26th February to 29th March was cut short by the crisis so we’ve created a small virtual gallery of his work here or you can see many more of his paintings and read the stories that go with them at his website robcollinsart.com.

Through his traditional painting skills, built up over a lifetime, Rob’s work is a celebration of the process of seeing and the craft of painting. At best he creates pictures with a freshness and lightness of technique that draw you in with their realism and when you get up close and see the marks that make up the surface you think, how on earth did he do that?

Laurel Smart Gallery

Until the country was shut down, abstract painter Laurel Smart had been busy developing a collaboration between the Goods Shed and the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, with a RWA Friends exhibition scheduled here in late May.

Laurel, whose own work exhibited at the Shed earlier this year, developed her connection with abstract painting throughout a rich and varied career as a painting tutor. Click on her painting below to see some more of her works!

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