Art Alert Nuneaton
Community Arts Nuneaton
News and Events

9th - 18th Feb 2018
Station Gallery, Nuneaton Trent Valley Railway Station

Art Alert are hosting a
 10-day art & craft event 
to launch their 10th anniversary celebration.
Come and celebrate with Art Alert; 
join a workshop, meet the artists, try something new!

Cost: Free to attend drop-in workshops 
(Some workshops require material expenses).
Different workshops hosted each day: See table below for schedule.

For more information please contact;

Download Flyer (Adobe PDF file 263KB)
Download the
Event Schedule below (Adobe PDF file 297KB)





Other info

Fri 9th

FEB 2018

Anne Taylor

Machine Sewing
MORS bags


Extra sewing machines appreciated

Sat 10th
Book Place

Corinne Davies
m: 07792 053757

Introduction to Wet Nuno Felting


£10 material cost
for chiffon/silk scarves

Sun 11th

Alisha Miller

Adult Lego



Mon 12th

In Stitches sewing group

Upcycled hand sewing: Green Hearts



Mon 12th

Anne Becker

Paper Marbling workshop



Tues 13th

Joanne Lole

Basic Mosaic workshop



Weds 14th

Claire Botterill

Painting demo/ workshop



Thurs 15th

Escape Arts

Introduction to
Hot Press workshop



Thurs 15th

Andy Sargent

Charcoal techniques workshop2



Fri 16th

Meet Art Alert members/
informal drop in

Members share their creative skills



Fri 16th

Sadie Read Angelidis

Tea Bag Art workshop



Sat 17th
Book place:

Debbie Squires
t: 02476 317055

Textile / mixed media workshop1


Bring own electric
 sewing machine,
drop feed dog & embroidery foot.
£5 material cost

Sat 17th

Debbie Squires

Drop-in/ questions/ demo re above



Sun 18th

Roger Elsegood

Pencil sketching workshop



Sun 18th

Tracy Swain

Painting demo/ Children’s workshop



1 For participants on 'gathering memories' project. Absolute requirement - participants must have an electric sewing machine with drop feed dog and an embroidery foot. This is a taught session and will have a £5 fee per person. Sewing threads and some fabrics will be provided. We will be investigating printing, the use of bondaweb soluble film and 3-D free machine embroidery depending on time restrictions. I will be demonstrating various techniques throughout the day. You are welcome to carry on stitching till 3pm, but this session will be un-taught. Please respond by25th Jan. If over subscribed names will be drawn from a hat.

2 Kit requirement list for anyone who would like to attend. To take part, participants will need, Charcoal sticks/A3 or larger paper /putty rubber /Drawing board/ cotton wool or tissue paper/ hairspray to fix the work /paint brushes and an old jar to hold water in. I will bring extra items, and a roll of paper. We will be drawing a still life subject, but this is more about techniques and different ways of using charcoal to get certain effects. I'll pop this on the Art Alert Facebook page as well. 

Art Alert CelebrationDeb Squires Embroidery

Andy Sargent Landscape

Joanne Lole Glass

9th & 10th June 2018
The Dixie Grammar School Hall
Station Road, Market Bosworth

Now inviting submissions for an open art exhibition as part of the Market Bosworth Summer Festival.
More info and entry forms from:


5th-16th March 2018
Station Gallery, Nuneaton Trent Valley Railway Station

Exhibition opening times;
Mondays & Wednesdays 10am-2pm
Tuesdays 10am-12:30am
Thursdays 10am-3pm
Saturday 10th March 10am-2pm

Women As We Are - FREE Workshop
8th March 10:00am-12:00am
Drop in and make a mini wire women sculpture


Tuesday 13th Feb 2018 1pm-3pm
Bedworth Arts Centre

Cost £10 members
£12 non-members

Book your place
Places are limited

Sunday Feb 11th 2018 10am-4pm
Claire Botterill's home studio
42 Ramsden Avenue, Nuneaton Warks, CV10 9EB

Cost £48

Do you struggle to put birds in your compositions?

I will be providing images of Jenny Wren, Blackbirds and Gulls all in different positions and at different angles and helping you to get the perspective correct when adding into your paintings. I will guide you through sketching and simplifying these bird images before adding a suitable back ground. There is a particular image that I love and it’s the Gulls catching the early morning peach coloured light in front of the Scots Pines at the back of my house and I will be demonstrating this to you.

Copious amounts of tea and coffee supplied please bring your own packed lunch
Tel: 02476 398696
Mob: 07760 357733

Mondays Starting 5th Feb 2018 1pm-3pm
Bedworth Arts Centre

Cost £5 Members
£6 Non-Members

Book your place

Tel: 024 7664 03255

Fri Jan 19th 2018 10am-12am
Bedworth Arts Centre

Cost £10 Members
£12 Non-Members

Book your place
Places are limited

For more info or to book please contact Nadine

Tuesdays : Jan 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th & 6th Feb

Either the 2pm-4pm Class, or the 7pm-9pm Class
Held at 42 Ramsden Avenue Nuneaton CV10 9EB
Please let Claire know which you wish to attend.
Cost is £40

Contact: Claire Botterill
Tel: 02476 398696
Mobile: 07760 357733

Booking Form for the next six month full-day Sunday Workshops
can be downloaded
here (Microsoft Word Document 4.8MB)

Tues 12th December 2017 1pm-3pm
Caldecote Village Hall

Making decorations or a contemporary willow wreath with professional willow artist Spencer Jenkins.

Cost £20

Bookings: 07990 653 017

Sat 9th & Sun 10th December 2017 10am-2pm
Station Gallery, Nuneaton Trent Valley Railway Station

An exhibition of work made by members of LoveLego Club.

LoveLego Club


25th November to 8th December 2017

Opening times 10am-2pm every Monday, Friday & Saturday
Station Gallery, Nuneaton Trent Valley Railway Station.

A collection of paintings, drawings, mixed media and project work by the Art School Art Class, led by Alisha Miller at Caldecote Village Hall.

Meet the teacher - 10am - 2pm Saturday 25th November 2017.


Big Lottery Fund have recently featured our Celebration Tablecloth project
on their Facebook page 
(post here) and Instagram too (post here)
it’s received a lot of interest from the public!

Read all about the project
here (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF file 6.6MB)

Thanks to the volunteers of Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre

Art Alert would like to share with you a 
slideshow (PDF document 6.6mb) of the Celebration Tablecloth Project.

Many lovely things happened as a result of this year long event, including friendships formed, community bonds strengthened, new experiences and skills acquired and improved communication/sharing across the project.

We thank Big Lottery Fund 'Celebrate ' for the funding to make this project possible, and most of all, we thank everyone who took part.

25th Nov 2017
The lucky winner of the draw for this years Open Arts Trail prize of £50.00 worth of art material was presented with his prize on Saturday, 25th November at Abbeycraft ArtWorld in Abbey St, Nuneaton.

The winner is Omkar Nashipudi, a budding young artist from Nuneaton who was celebrating not only his win, but also his 7th birthday falling on the same day!

Omkar enjoys drawing and painting flowers and his favourite colour is blue. He was given a helping hand on the day by his mum and dad and his sister who filled a shopping basket with various goodies from the well stocked store before being given an extra surprise birthday present of even more art products by Sam Hollis of Abbeycraft .

Also present to congratulate Omkar was Mike Quinn from the Open Arts admin team. Mike said ‘ It is always great to see youngster’s taking an interest in the arts and who knows, we may well see Omkar exhibiting his work in the future. We may need to look at a section dedicated to the work of children at next year’s trail which will take place on the 22nd and 23rd September 2018’.

24-26 Nov 2017 : In and around Bedworth Civic Hall

Folk in the Mayor’s Café on Sat 25th.

The Mayor’s Café is one of Art Alert’s exhibition venues. Currently showcasing Christmas-themed fused glass by Joanne Lole and a selection of ‘On Track’ paintings by Art Alert members. More info about the festival at


Friday 24th November 2017 10am-6pm

Demonstrations at 10:30am and 2:30pm

See how Brian creates stained glass artworks. View ♯dolittleglass artworks and related products. Have a go at cutting glass. Drop in at any time for a view, chat and a coffee. Other drinks available.

Bungalow next to Old School
“Terriers” Hinckley Road
Burton Hastings
CV11 6RG

01455 220711 or 07734 363631

Station Gallery, Nuneaton Trent Valley Railway Station

Four drop-in sessions...

Wed 15 Nov 10am-2pm
Thurs 16 Nov 10am-2pm
Thurs 23 Nov 10am-2pm
Wed 29 Nov 10am-2pm


Come and have a go - or just watch!


Sewing Exhibition poster10th, 11th & 13th November 2017 (10am-4pm) Station Gallery, Nuneaton Train Station
A showcase of local history & heritage inspired projects.  Plus the launch of their 'Green Heart' project.
For Info, contact: Corinne Davies Mob: 07792 053757

WordrobeMary Courtney WorkshopMary Courtney, artist and poet is holding free art/poetry workshops during Sep/Oct/Nov 2017 (See dates below) within Nuneaton area libraries as part of her “wordrobe” project. More info in this presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint file 4.8mb)

Nuneaton Library

Weds 20 Sept 2:30pm-5:00pm Masks (Emotion masks with poems on the back)
Tues 26 Sept 10am-1pm          Ties Love and freedom (Freedom theme for Nat Poetry Day)
Sat 14 Oct 10am-1pm              Drawing Poems to decorate inside the wordrobe
Thurs 26 Oct 10:30am-1pm      Masks (Emotion masks with poems on the back)
Sat 4 Nov 10:30am-1pm          Clothes Lines (Poems on clothes/other objects)
Sat 18 Nov 11am                     “Through the wordrobe” launch event

Bedworth Library
Tues 10 Oct 10:30am -1:30pm Poems on a Hanger
Fri 20 Oct 2:30pm-4:00pm      Clothes Lines (writing poems on clothes)

Atherstone Library
(To Be Confirmed)


10 artists will be exhibiting their work as part of the Open Arts Trail 2017.
23rd & 24th September 2017 between 10am and 4pm at Mary Ann Evans Hospice.
Download a flyer here... (Microsoft Word document 709kb)
Below are examples of some of the artwork that can be viewed on the Arts Trail:

Artist                          Venue

1. David Witcomb       The Heritage Centre, Avenue Rd, Nuneaton
2. Phil Page               Greenmoor Rd Community Allotments
3. Brian Dickinson       Ramsden Centre, Nuneaton
4. Becca Pullen           Nuneaton Railway Station Gallery

Open Arts Trail at Greenmoor Community Allotments

Nuneaton Heritage Centre


Art Alert met at the Station Gallery, Nuneaton Trent Valley Railway Station at 10.00am Friday, 1st September 2017. There was a good attendance and most of the meeting was concerned with final arrangements for the Open Arts Trail to be held 23/24th September.

As last year's event was such a success, this year there are even more venues and more artists taking part. There are thirty two artists and ten art groups who will be exhibiting at twenty different venues around Nuneaton, Atherstone, Bedworth and Fillongley.  Trail maps are available from several venues including Nuneaton Library and Abbeycraft Arts. 

The Group welcomed a new member, Les Barnes. Les likes to paint outside, and it was on one of his painting trips at Trent Valley Railway Station that he popped into the café for a coffee and picked up one of our leaflets which led him to the group.

Several of the group have been successful with showcasing their work. Debbie Squires has just had a very successful exhibition called "Splendour of Stitch" in Lutterworth.  Becca Pullen has been travelling around Shropshire to promote her work and has several venues interested, including hotels in Ludlow, and Brian Dickinson will be producing work for a Space Conference in October. 

The Group are hoping they will be able to keep their premises at Nuneaton Railway Station as London Midland's franchise comes to an end in December. Everyone hopes the new train operating company will be as supportive as London Midland were.


BNB U3ABulkington, Nuneaton & Bedworth University of the Third Age (BNB U3A) is part of a national and international voluntary learning co-operative.

The group has been running for nearly three years and provides a forum to discuss and see art ; it is not an academic or art history group but an evolving group that caters for a wide range of interests. The group has an open approach to ideas about art and has many stimulating discussions.

The group is part of the local U3A (generally retired people) branch and membership is £15 per annum payable after a couple of visits, a sub of £2 per meeting is charged when they hire a room. They meet on the second Tuesday of each month; meetings at the Nuneaton Art gallery are held in the activity room 2pm to 4 pm and are generally (but not always !) bi-monthly alternating with gallery visits.

Their new group leader is Irene Aggus (02476 346751

More info at

Community Rail Awards Shortlist 2017

Read about Community Rail Awards here...

“SPLENDOUR OF STITCH” 15th - 19th August 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm Wycliffe Memorial Methodist Church, Bitteswell Rd, Lutterworth LE17 4EZ
Debbie Squires will be exhibiting some of her work. 


Art Alert held their monthly meeting, chaired by Roger Elsegood on Friday, 4th August.

The group were pleased that they now have another new venue for displaying members work which is the former café on Nuneaton Trent Valley Railway Station.

At the suggestion of member John Morgan it has been decided that every Friday of the month a "Drop In" session will be held for members from 11.00 am to 2.00pm.  Artists will be able to turn up, and bring their work if they wish, for coffee and a chat.  Everyone felt this was an excellent idea as members usually only got together for a more formal meeting.

Anne Becker, Exhibitions co-ordinator confirmed that Art Alert will be holding a group exhibition at the Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery next year from 26th May until 8th July.  The title of the exhibition will be "A Decade of Doorways" to represent the tenth anniversary of the group.  Following this, member Hilary Morris will be holding a solo exhibition "Simply Coastal" which will be from 7th July to 16th September in the Landing Gallery.

Work is ongoing for the group's next planned event - The Arts Trail, which will be bigger and better than last year.  It is planned to hold a "Meet the Artists" session at the Old Railway Gallery nearer the time of the event when the public can meet the artists, see some of their work and collect information and maps of the arts trail.

John Commane has his ceramic work on display at Meander & Mooch, a fascinating gallery in Newarke.  Becca Pullen has work on display in the Sock Gallery, Loughborough.

New member, Andy Sargent has taken part in one of the heats for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year.  Andy said that although weather conditions on the day were very challenging, he enjoyed the experience, especially meeting Frank Skinner!

Open Studios Scouts HutOpen-Studios-Cedar-House

PRESS RELEASE : ART ALERT A.G.M.  Fri 7th-Jul-2017
Art Alert held their AGM in the new premises at the Station Gallery, Nuneaton Trent Valley Railway Station on Friday 7th July 2017.
Chairman, Roger Elsegood confirmed that in the group's tenth year, membership is growing and one of our great successes of last year was the Open Arts Trail, thanks to lots of hard work by member Pam Hyams. Two other events stood out, namely the exhibition at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery entitled "Where the Mood Takes Us" and the collaboration with London Midland, which commenced with an exhibition of work inspired by Nuneaton Trent Valley Railway. Taking over the old Station cafe has given the group a permanent site for future events, displays and workshops.

Members Nadine Shaw, Claire Botterill, Alisha Miller, Roger Elsegood and Sarah Bishop have all held art classes during the past year and three members. Hilary Morris, Claire Botterill and John Commane have had exhibitions at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery. Also many members received awards at the Festival of Arts.
Treasurer Joanne Lole obtained funds for the "Celebration" project, which will be completed in October and has included Art Alert members, The Stitching Group, School groups and Escape Arts.

Two members, Anne Becker and Anne Taylor won awards for their work in the community as part of the Museum's centenary celebrations.

The next event planned is the Open Arts Trail in September. Following the success of last year's trail, this year's promises to the bigger and better with even more venues.

At the moment there are still displays of member's work at George Eliot Hospital Outpatients, Abbey Gate and the Mayors Cafe.

Finally new member, Andy Sargent was introduced to the group. Andy has exhibited at Leamington Spa Open Exhibition and he describes his work as initially appearing abstract but to him it is not. He formulates subjects into forms and colour in a non-traditional sense. Each work is totally unique in its appearance.

As Art Alert is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the meeting closed with a buffet.

Students from Etone College along with Art Teacher Hollie Palmer and Mayor of Nuneaton

Nuneaton celebrating Art Alert's adoption of the station

Etone students explain how they designed their artwork
Mayor and Consort with Nuneaton Artist Gemma Brown and adopter Corinne Davies

Etone College students detail


The group met at their new venue - the Station Gallery, Nuneaton Trent Valley Railway Station.  It was a lively meeting with the accompaniment of passing trains to add to the atmosphere!

The first exhibition at the gallery has gone well with a good footfall and lots of interest in the new premises. Art Alert have lots of plans for future use including the Open Studios in September and future workshops. Several other groups in the area have expressed an interest in using the Gallery for their own displays.

On Friday 12th May, Neil Bamford, Asset Maintenance Director for London Midland Rail visited the gallery and was impressed by what Art Alert had achieved in a short time.

The group welcomed four new members, Beverley Jenkins, a potter, Brian Dickinson who works in stained glass, Georgina Burton, an artist and Heidi Kind who works in mixed media.

Member, Claire Botterill has an exhibition on the Landing Gallery at Nuneaton Museum called " Seed Heads Revisited". The exhibition starts on 20th May and Claire's beautiful paintings, all inspired by seed heads in her garden, can be seen until 2nd July.

Alisha Miller will soon be making a start on a large mural on the outside wall of Stockingford Pavilion, which was instigated by Bill Olner.


Art Alert, held a preview evening on Friday, 21st April 2017 for their new exhibition "ON TRACK" in new premises at the Station Gallery, Nuneaton Trent Valley Railway Station.

Community Rail is a Government strategy supported by the rail industry that engages with residents, schools, business and local authorities to improve the railway for commuters.

Roger Elsegood, Chairman of Art Alert, welcomed everyone to the preview which was extremely well attended by some of London Midland Rail management who had travelled up from London. Also present was Faye Lambert, Head of Community Rail and the Mayor, Jill Sheppard together with artists, friends and families.

Artists took their inspiration from Trent Valley Railway Station and there is a varied selection of work including paintings, glass and pottery. "Men in Sheds", a group linked with Art Alert, worked very hard to a tight schedule to make all of the display stands in time for the opening. Men in Sheds meet twice a week at premises in George Eliot Hospital to socialise and learn new woodworking skills.

The exhibition is the first of hopefully many more events at the Station and Members are looking forward to opportunities their future connection with London Midland Rail will bring.


Art Alert met at the Attleborough Arms on 7th April for their monthly meeting.  As it is the 10th anniversary of the forming of the Group members decided to apply for a second exhibition at the Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery.

Art Alert members Anne Becker and Anne Taylor have both received awards from Nuneaton Museum, as part of their centenary celebrations. The rewards are for their voluntary work within the community including Art Alert.

John Commane, potter, is taking part in Leamington Studio's Artists Exhibition at Jephson Gardens. The exhibition runs from 5th April to 30th May from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

The group welcomed two new members, Tracy Swain who paints watercolour landscapes and Alison Woolacott, a fine artist who has given up work to concentrate on her art.  She has a background in conceptual art and is now using acrylics and working on projects with dementia sufferers.

Work is ongoing to the Group's new exhibition space at Room 6, Trent Valley Railway Station, Nuneaton.  The exhibition entitled "On Track" (example work pictured below), inspired by the station, commences on Saturday, 22nd April at 11.00am and will be opened by Marcus Jones MP.  Work will be on display for three weeks on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11.00am to 3.00pm. Following on from the exhibition will be a Station project involving Etone School and Kegs College, organised by Art Alert member Corinne Davies.  Students will be producing artwork for display in two station waiting rooms.

Future meetings of the group will be held at Room 6, Trent Valley Station, 11.00am on the first Friday of the month.


Art Alert held their monthly meeting at the Attleborough Arms on Friday, 3rd February.

Following the success of their exhibition at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery, Art Alert congratulated members who were awarded seven prizes in the Arts Section of the Nuneaton Festival of Arts. Winners were Nadine Shaw, Pam Hyams, Lin Goodwin, Roger Elsegood and John Morgan who received 1sts, Merits and a 3rd between them.  Lin Goodwin was also awarded the Frances L Fawcett award.

The Group are also forming a connection with London Midland Rail.  Art Alert is to be given funding for the use of the old café room on platform one of
Nuneaton railway station to be used for exhibitions and workshops.  The railway station is an iconic part of Nuneaton's history and the group are delighted to be involved.  Railway enthusiasts will be pleased to know that It is hoped to hold a railway themed art exhibition by late April.

As last year's Open Arts Trail was so popular, the group are planning their second event to be held on 23rd/24th September 2017. This year it is hoped there will be even more venues, including Nuneaton Railway Station and extra venues in Bedworth.

Anyone interested in joining Art Alert can contact them through facebook, find details on the contact page of this website or join them for one of their informal meetings at the Attleborough Arms every first Friday of the month at 11.00am.

Saturday 17th Dec 2016 to 22nd Jan 2017 in the Yellow Gallery

Art Alert held a Launch Party for the Group's exhibition at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery which commenced on 16th December.  The Launch was attended by the Mayor, Jill Sheppard and her consort Bill Sheppard, Councillor Neil Phillips, County Councillors Bob Hicks and Corrine Davies, and Maxine Tuffin from WCAVA.  Also many of the artist's friends and family came for a first view of the exhibition "Where the Mood Takes Us".  Visitors are invited to walk around the exhibition which will take them through many moods and emotions, from the darkness into movement and finally into calm and tranquillity. All of these emotions are depicted by paintings, glass and pottery.  More than twenty talented artists, professional and amateur, have their work on show in this second exhibition to be held at the Museum by the group.  The majority of the work is for sale, and can be viewed until Saturday 21st January 2017.  This will be the end of a very successful year for Art Alert, despite losing their pop-up gallery earlier in the year due to the closure of the Co-op. They now have a regular meeting place at the Attleborough Arms and have work permanently on display at the Peoples Cafe, Bedworth, George Eliot Hospital Outpatients and Abbey Gate.  Art Alert were part of the Nuneaton Lives celebrations in July, and hosted their very first Open Arts trail in September, which was a resounding success, with many visitors at various venues around the district. The group are hoping that this will become an annual event. In addition to this the group has hosted community events, many in conjunction with "Escape Community Arts".  Art Alert is always seeking new members and anyone interested in joining can contact the Group by visiting their web site, visit their Facebook page or simply come to one of their informal meetings which are held every first Friday of the month, 11.00am at the Attleborough Arms.

 Mayor attends exhibition launch


Art Alert Xmas Lunch 2016Art Alert met for their annual Christmas lunch at the Attleborough Arms on Friday, 2nd December and enjoyed good food and a lively atmosphere.The Group have been busy finalising work for their exhibition at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition starts on the 17th December and runs till 22nd January. Entitled "Where the Mood takes us"; visitors are invited to explore the way in which they can have an emotional response to the artwork on display. There will be a large variety of work to see, including paintings, ceramics, textiles, pottery and glasswork.

Also on display at Bedworth Art Centre, is a selection of paintings by Art Alert member Nadine Shaw. Nadine uses a variety of mediums, and her work will be on display until the end of December.




Nuneaton had its very first Open Arts Trail on the weekend of 24th and 25th September 2016 and everyone agreed it was a resounding success with lovely weather and a great amount of interest. Local artists group Art Alert, along with other artists, used various venues around the local area and opened their own homes, gardens and studios to members of the public for two days with many of the works on display for sale. Visitors were able to follow a trail map and visit up to thirteen venues including The Heritage Centre, Scout Headquarters, Greenmoor Road Allotment Pavilion and St James Church.  A rich diversity of work was on display including paintings, ceramics, textiles, stained glass, wood turning and jewellery. Everyone on the trail was able to see artists doing demonstrations, and homemade cakes and soft drinks were available at many of the venues. Footfall was measured, and the amount of visitors surpassed all expectations. This is an event that will definitely be repeated.


Art Alert held their monthly meeting at The Attleborough Arms on Friday, 2nd September.

Member Claire Botterill is delighted to be informed that her painting "Glasgow School of Art" has been selected for this year's Open Exhibition of the Society of Graphic Art at the Menier Gallery, Southwalk, London. Claire is an established fine art artist whose work includes landscapes and floral studies in a wide variety of mediums. Most of meeting was spent discussing the Open Arts Trail in which Art Alert is heavily involved.  The Arts Trail, a first for this area, takes place on the 24th and 25th September and talented artists will be showing their original work at venues across the region, including Bedworth Arts Centre, Nuneaton Heritage Centre, Nuneaton Scout Group Headquarters and Greenmoor Road Community Allotments.  Also various artists will be opening their homes and studios to the public. Trail maps are available from Nuneaton and Bedworth Libraries, Town Hall, Abbeycraft or can be downloaded from This promises to be a wonderful event, and several of the venues will also be offering refreshments.

24th & 25th September

Download brochure & map here.

For more info contact:
02476 735878

Hello Artists!

Local artists are invited to take part in an exciting Nuneaton Arts Trail to take place on September 24th & 25th 2016 in several venues in the area.  The Trail is open to friends and partners as well as Art Alert members and we aim to include a wide variety of 2D and 3D work. We have several artists who are opening their houses and gardens for the event from Fillongley to Bedworth, plus the Heritage Centre, George Eliot Hospital and Greenmoor Road Allotment Shed.

Do you have a home studio you would like to share? Are you part of an art group who could put on a display of work?  Would you be interested in joining another artist to show a contrasting selection of work? Warwickshire Open Studios are supporting this Trail and we will be producing quality flyers and PR materials, which with good local press coverage and extensive networking will ensure local coverage and good attendance.

If you would like to join in with this ground breaking opportunity to put local art and artists on the map please contact us at  or call 02476 741276 with expressions of interest ASAP.  A kick off meeting has been arranged for Friday 29th April 11:00 at the Attleborough Arms, Highfield Rd, Nuneaton CV11 4PL - so please join us then.


Lin Goodwin is a valued member of Art Alert, who is always involved in exhibitions and community events and maintains the group's Facebook site.

Songbirds by Lin Goodwin1914 Gregoire

She is delighted to be featured in the website and one of the paintings which can be seen is " Songbirds",  a mixed media picture in pastels and coloured pencils. Lin works from photographs and recently became interested in bird watching and this painting is one of the results.

Lin is a self-taught artist and she uses art as a therapy which helps with her poor health and disability.  Although she is proficient in many different mediums, her favoured one is coloured pencils and she is a member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society. Her favourite subjects are vehicles and animals. Lin had her first solo exhibition at Bedworth Arts Centre in 2012 and as well as exhibiting with Art Alert, also shows work regularly at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery. She won a First Prize at this year's Festival of Arts with a pastel drawing of two lions entitled "Happy Couple". Lin has work on display all around the world including USA, Canada, France and Spain.

Local artist's group, Art Alert were delighted to be part of Nuneaton Lives on Saturday and luckily, there was only one downpour to contend with.

"The TreacleTarts' " stall was very popular as they were selling delicious home made cakes, and "Men in Sheds" were displaying their handmade wooden goods such as bird boxes, mug trees, wooden owls and garden ornaments. Art Alert had a varied display of members’ paintings and pottery for sale.

Art Alert member, Pam Hyams is busy organising an exciting "Open Arts Trail" to take place 24/25th September. Talented local artists, professional and amateur will be sharing their works in their own studios, Scouts HQs, an Allotment Pavilion, The Heritage Centre, halls and their own homes. Most of the work will be for sale and light refreshments available at some of the venues.

Anyone interested can obtain more information from


Art Alert Display in Abbeygate, NuneatonExample work by Art Alert member Nadine Shaw is on display in the Abbeygate Shopping Centre in Nuneaton.



Hilary Morris Exhibition at Nuneaton Art Gallery

Hilary Morris - Coastal Moorings
9 April - 5 June 2016
Landing Gallery
Nuneaton & Bedworth Museum & Art Gallery
Riversley Park, Nuneaton, CV11 5TU

Hilary returns to Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery to present a selection of 'pen and ink' and colourwash pieces.
Pictures depict different boats on different beaches and harbours. There will be artwork for sale in this show.


Nadine Shaw Exhibit at GEHHilary Morris Exhibit

Art Alert met at their new venue, the Attleborough Arms, at the beginning of the month and members were asked if they could donate a piece of work for a Fine Art and Illustration Auction at the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry. The organiser, Emma Phillips had helped at the Art Alert Gallery and also with "Escape" - a group linked with Art Alert, as part of her work experience. 
Several pieces were donated and the Auction held on Friday 11th March was a great success, with all proceeds going towards funding an "End of Year Degree Show. There has been a change of work on display at George Eliot Hospital Outpatients, and member Nadine Shaw now has a varied selection of paintings on show. Member, Hilary Morris will be holding her fourth exhibition at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery. The display is entitled Coastal Moorings, and is a collection of pen and watercolour paintings inspired by Hilary's love of the British coast. The exhibition commences on 9th April and work will be on display until 5th June.

WORLD WAR 1 Project

Listen to a Radio Interview about WW1 memories here


The Art Alert group held their first meeting this year at their new venue, the Attleborough Arms, Nuneaton.

Julie-Ann Simms Display 1Julie-Ann Simms Display 2The artists are currently moving around venues with their displays, and Julie-Ann Simms has moved from the People’s Café, Bedworth Miners Welfare Park to George Eliot Hospital, where she is showing a group of paintings depicting park life, and a collection of sculpture made from recycled items. Following Julie in the café in Bedworth is Lin Goodwin. Lin's speciality is coloured pencils, and she has several new pieces of art on display, "Stand Off”," Otters" and "Irma the Snow Leopard" from Twycross Zoo. Hilary has moved her seascapes from the George Eliot Outpatients, where she was pleased to sell two pieces of work, and they can now be seen in one of the empty shop premises in Abbey Gate. Following the success of the WW1 piece of collaborative textile work, the group is staying together with the aim of producing another piece of work, possibly depicting canal life. This would be a result of a forthcoming canal trip on 16th March, to which Art Alert members are invited. 

"Stand Off" © Lin Goodwin"Otters" © Lin Goodwin"Irma the Snow Leopard" © Lin Goodwin

Boats by Hilary Morris

'9 Weeks' - An Art Alert HLF project

9-Weeks-PosterThrough research, working with local historians and interviewing people with memories and memorabilia, Art Alert have explored the time when in 1915, 3,000 soldiers were billeted to Nuneaton and housed with local families to be acclimatised before being sent to Gallipoli. Research tells of a sense of excitement and romance, of local businesses, social activities and sports clubs being revitalised and personal stories both tragic and joyful.

Working with professional artist Alisha Miller, and professional textile artist Zara Merryfield Day, a group of volunteers have created a textile hanging to capture the story from the perspective of the women at home.

The textile hanging and an information banner will be exhibited throughout the area.


Art Alert met at the beginning of November at Nuneaton Heritage Centre and welcomed two new members, Julie-Ann Simms and John Freeman.

John's work includes woodcutting, printmaking and acid etching.  Julie-Ann has taken the brave step of leaving work and starting life as a full time artist.  She likes to work on different projects in various media including pastel, watercolour, ink and collage.

Two of her recent projects are "Park Life", which explores the sense of escape parks can create for a range of people through the seasons and "Do Take Muriel Out" inspired by the poem of the same name written by Stevie Smith, which is rooted in nostalgia for the 1950s.

Members have a busy month with work on display in various locations around the town.

Lin Goodwin's beautiful work in coloured pencil is currently on show in AbbeyGate, Nuneaton. One of her pictures "Zebra's Kiss" won an award at this year's Festival of Arts.  Hilary Morris has her pen, ink and colourwash seascapes, along with John Commane's pottery, on display at the Outpatients department of George Eliot Hospital.  John's  pottery is also part of "Take Five" an exhibition of five artists' work at Nuneaton Museum.

New member, Julie-Ann has work from her project entitled "Park Life" in The Peoples Cafe, Bedworth Miners Welfare Park.

Men in Sheds


We are a group of men who meet twice weekly to socialise, share skills, make stuff, and have a cuppa and a chat.  If you are male, want to get out more, meet new friends and have a go at being creative with friendly guidance, then come along and have a try.

No previous experience necessary.

We meet every Tuesday & Thursday at Nuneaton George Eliot Hospital from 10:00 till 12:00.
(Come in by the Maternity entrance; by Lucy Deane Renal Unit.

On arrival call 07486 437459 to be met 


Art Alert members have a new home.  North Warwickshire and Hinckley College have kindly offered to share their impressive premises in Abbeygate in Nuneaton with us. The group warmly welcomed Roger Elsegood back to Chair the September meeting there after he had suffered a bad injury to his ankle following a fall.

Our first event in Abbeygate will be the "Big Draw” to be held in conjunction with the college, and the theme is "Pop Goes Nuneaton", a graphic story/pop art theme.  The event takes place on Saturday, 24th and Wednesday, 28th October from 11.00am to 3.00pm. There will be more information nearer the date.

Also on display in another shop premises in Abbeygate is work by one of our members, Jim Kirkwood. Jim is an experienced artist and his varied work includes landscapes and portraits

Member, Hilary Morris received good news from Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery. They have offered her an exhibition at the Gallery in Riversley Park from April to June 2016. Hilary works in pen and ink and watercolour, and her exhibition will be called "Coastal Moorings" a collection of pictures inspired by beaches, harbours and estuaries around the British coast.

Another Art Alert Member,
Pam Hyams has her beautiful nature inspired paintings currently on display at the new creative hub L.C.B Depot, Leicester. Her work can be seen there up until 8th October.

We also have work on display in the café, Bedworth Miners Welfare Park, Outpatients Department at George Eliot Hospital and Fishbowl Gallery, Bedworth.

Tues 1st September for 2 weeks


Art Alert has been busy this month, mainly in their involvement with the "Nuneaton Lives" event on Saturday, 4th July. The weather was sunny and warm for the volunteers on the four stalls manned by Art Alert, Men in Sheds, Escape Community Arts and The Treacle Tarts. Men in Sheds had made small wooden bird seed feeders at their workshops, and Escape and Art Alert encouraged people to paint them. They could then be screwed to a wall or a tree for the garden birds to feed from. If all that painting made you hungry, Nuneaton WI group - The Treacle Tarts had a delicious selection of homemade cakes on the adjoining stall, all made by their members.

Nuneaton Lives Stallnuneaton Lives Stall 2

On June 27th and 28th, Pam Hyams, an Art Alert member opened her home and garden as part of Warwickshire Open Studios. Her home and garden were full of flowers, which set off her beautiful paintings inspired by nature. Tea and cakes were on offer together with an opportunity to watch a watercolour demonstration by Pam. 
Art Alert meet for an informal get together every first Friday of the month at 11.00am at Nuneaton Heritage Centre, Avenue Road. Anyone is welcome to come along or you can find us on our Facebook page which will also have news of all our up and coming events.

Pam Hyams Open StudiosOpen Studios : Pam Hyams


Sat 4th July 2015

Art Alert and Men in Sheds both had stalls in Abbey Street, Nuneaton on Saturday 4th July as part of the Nuneaton Lives event.
Men in Sheds made birdfeeders and these were painted by members of the public on the Art Alert stall.

Painting bird feedersGetting ready to paint bird feedersPainting a bird feeder

Men in Sheds StallMen in Sheds Stall for 'Nuneaton Lives'


From 20th June to 12th July 2015

Ross Hair Studios window23 Nuneaton town centre venues will take part in a shop front trail event created by Escape Arts Nuneaton Group, in partnership with Nuneaton Business Alliance and Warwickshire County Council.

Escape Arts Nuneaton received a grant from WCC Councillor Bob Hicks to research and deliver a project relating to ‘Nuneaton Cinemas of the Past’, in readiness for Nuneaton Lives 2015 event on July 4th. The project consists of an exhibition of artwork, facts and memories gathered during workshops and open days at The Heritage Centre, plus the town centre shop front trail.

Escape Arts will also be showcasing their cinema artwork at George Eliot Hospital.

The activities are included in Warwickshire Open Studios, so visitors are able to view other Escape Nuneaton art projects which will be exhibited at the Heritage Centre for Open Studios, including their textile project ‘Our Nuneaton Lives’ and a collaborative project ‘Let’s Yarn Bomb the Parlour’

To take part in the Nuneaton Town Centre Shop Front Trail: “Cinemas of Nuneaton Past”, download the map and question PDFs, seek out the numbered posters in the participating venues and answer the clues. Return forms to Katz (venue 16) to enter a free prize draw.

Alternatively, a map and questions sheet may be obtained from Katz.

Good Luck!


Farewell to Kath JonesThe group are currently holding their monthly meetings at the Heritage Centre, Avenue Road since we lost our pop-up gallery.  We are still looking for any possible empty premises suitable for display of members work. Currently we have a display of cinema related paintings by member Roger Elsegood on display in empty shop premises in Abbey Gate.  This is in connection with the Town Centre Shop Front Trail - Cinemas of Nuneaton Past, an Escape Arts event.  Running from 19th June to 12th July this will be a film themed shop trail involving 23 shops. Maps and Question sheets can be found on various websites including Art Alert, Nuneaton Lives, WCC News, "Memories" and Escape Arts.

We are making plans for "Nuneaton Lives Festival " on 4th July. We will be having four stalls manned by Escape Community Arts, Men in Sheds, Treacle Tarts and Art Alert. They are planning workshops, displays of members work and home made cakes.

Finally, we had to say a sad farewell to Kath Jones, one of our founder members, who will be very much missed. Kath is moving away but has promised to come back and join in our events whenever she can.




Every Thursday 10am-1pm


Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre
Avenue Road
CV11 4LU


It was rather a sad monthly meeting for the group, as our time at the Pop Up Gallery in Abbey Street has to end.  We have been really fortunate that the initial three-month lease has lasted for 15 months.  The gallery has been a great success with sales of arts and crafts, regular displays and community events.  But the premises are now to be let.

The gallery closes at 4.00pm on Saturday, 11th April but the Heritage Centre in Avenue Road have kindly offered us the Schoolroom as a permanent exhibition space as well as an area for our meetings.  In the meantime the Lego Club and Men in Sheds will also be held there.

Unfortunately, due to the problems finding a venue, our planned sewing classes will have to be put on hold, but we are hoping to restart them in the autumn.
Art Alert will still be holding exhibitions and community events as before and are planning to become involved in "Nuneaton Lives" again.
The poppy mosaic is now completed and looking spectacular and will soon be on permanent display in the Rope Walk in Nuneaton.

Member's work is always on display in George Eliot Hospital outpatients.  At the moment paintings by Adrienne Barton and jewellery by Claudia Forster can be seen.  We also have work exhibited at the café, Miner's Welfare Park, Bedworth and at the Community Café in Nuneaton.

Member, David Witcomb has a display of his accomplished pen and ink drawings at the Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery entitled "Historical Gems of Warwickshire" and is on until 31st May.


The Art Alert Gallery in Abbey Street is still proving popular, with many visitors returning regularly to see new pieces of work and displays.

We are currently holding an exhibition in the shop front window of "Scenes of Nuneaton Life". There are a variety of drawings, paintings and photography depicting Nuneaton.  Most of the items on show are for sale.  We plan to make this a regular feature every few months with a different theme each time, to give new inspiration to our artists.

Town Talk by Kath JonesNuneaton 2B by Anne TaylorSherbourne Abbey by John Benford

"Men in Sheds" is our new group aimed mainly at retired men with time on their hands who can meet for a cuppa and a chat and try their hands at different skills, including wood turning.  The group is currently meeting at the Art Alert Gallery, Abbey Street but are desperately looking for more suitable premises where they can practise their skills.  An empty unit or large shop close to the town centre would be ideal.  They would also appreciate any donations of unwanted wood or tools. If anyone can help, they can contact Alan Fox on tel. no 07882 946495.

Group member, David Witcomb is holding an exhibition of his skilled pen and ink drawings of Warwickshire in the Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery in April and May. More news on that next month.

Our Sewing Club run by Nadine and Alice will start again on 16th April for 5 - 6 weeks.  The club, aimed at novices who need some help with their sewing skills, runs for 5 - 6 weeks from 7.00 - 9.00pm, Thursday evenings at the gallery.  Anyone interested can contact Nadine on 02476 312916.

Anyone who would like to visit our Gallery can find it in Abbey Street near to the Co-op, and we are currently open Wednesdays and Saturdays 10.00am - 4.00pm but are hoping to re-open on Fridays as well, as from April.

Poppy-Mosiac-CompleteThe Poppy Mosaic is now complete and waiting to be installed at the Rope Walk in Nuneaton.

The piece has been worked on by Queens Rd School, Escape Community Arts, members of Art Alert and members of the public during open sessions at the Art Alert Gallery.



Exciting new project coming up - Watch this space!
Men in Sheds interviewed at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire


Poppy MosaicThe Gallery is quiet at the moment, as to be expected after Christmas, but this is giving the members time to plan events for the coming year, and to get painting in readiness for our next event which will be an exhibition entitled "Scenes of Nuneaton Life".  All of the works will be by Art Alert members and will be on display from the beginning of March in the gallery, Abbey Street.

For the first time this year, we have decided to participate in "Warwickshire Open Studios 2015". This exciting event is an opportunity for artists to show their work at a variety of different locations in the local area and Art Alert plan to have an arts trail for the display of members work at venues, including  our Gallery in Abbey Street, Community Cafe, George Eliot Hospital outpatients, Bedworth Fishbowl Gallery and The Mayor's Cafe  in Bedworth Miners Welfare Park. The event takes place on 27th June until 12th July at around 144 venues in Warwickshire.

Following on from our successful involvement in the World War One Heritage Fund Project, Art Alert, in conjunction with Queens Road School and Escape Arts are in the process of producing a beautiful glass mosaic featuring poppies, which will eventually be on permanent display in the Rope Walk in Nuneaton.

The "Men in Sheds" club, set up for men with an interested in handicrafts to meet and share a cuppa and a chat, got off to a flying start with an initial meeting at the gallery with Alan and Scott. The group are planning to visit the very successful "Men in sheds" group in Stratford to gain inspiration and ideas.

Our popular  "Love Lego Club" for 7 - 12 year olds takes place every other Saturday at the Art Alert Gallery, and commenced on Saturday 7th February from 10.00am until 12.00am. The club is also held every Wednesday from 3.45pm to 5.15pm.

There will also be more painting workshops held by local artist, Claire Botterill, whose work is always on display in the Gallery on 12th and 22nd February from 10.00am to 1.00pm.

LOVE LEGO CLUB Ages 7 - 12
Love Lego Club

For more info email: 

Nuneaton Festival of Arts 2015

Here’s the upcoming calendar of events for the 2015 Nuneaton Festival of Arts.

Most Art Section events take place at Museum & Art Gallery, Riversley Park, Nuneaton.

More info can be found in the Festival of Arts Syllabus 2015.

Art Entries


Sun 8th Feb 2015

Art Entries


Mon 9th Feb 2015


Fri 13 Feb 2015



10:30 a.m.

Sat 14th Feb 2015


4:00 p.m.

Sun 15th March 2015

of work


Mon 16th March 2015

of Awards

3:30pm (children)

4:30pm (Adults)

Salvation Army
1 Victoria Street,

Sat 7th March 2015


Well, here we are at the end of 2014 and what a year it’s been!

We had an amazing 9 months - 6 months longer than anticipated - in The Art Studio. Thank you to the Co-op for allowing us to use the space for so long. During that time we organised many workshops including print, woodwork, textiles, ceramics, stained glass, needle and wet felting, watercolours, floristry and creative writing, bringing people into Nuneaton Town Centre and thus achieving our aims and satisfying the brief for Warwickshire County Council Footfall Funding which initially took us there. We worked with Abbey Ward residents, both young and old with the bird feeder project thanks to funding from Abbey First, were involved in the Art Alert project celebrating the life and achievements of Reginald Stanley, opened our doors for Warwickshire Open Studios and created wonderful banners, bunting and flower cart for the Nuneaton Lives event in spite of finding the studio flooded just 2 weeks before the event with much still to be completed. But we did it!! We were also involved in Compton Verney's world record breaking attempt for the longest ever bunting and we won a 1st Prize in the Nuneaton Festival of Arts with 'Archimboldo'. We were very fortunate to have Alisha Miller as artist in Residence for the first 3 months while she worked on her Bus Station project, now installed - take a look next time you're near the bus station. The artwork looks wonderful. Alisha also ran a very successful Lego Club which continues as before but now in the Art Alert Gallery, 23e Abbey Street where you can also attend art and craft workshops as advertised on their Facebook page: The Art Alert Gallery exists through the support of Escape Arts and to promote Escape Arts in Nuneaton so do encourage friends and family to call in and take a look at the wide range of beautiful and unique gifts on offer all created by local artists and crafts people.

Now we are happily ensconced in the lovely Heritage Centre and would like to thank everyone for making us so welcome. I think we all agree it’s a wonderful venue. We’ve completed our final project of the year with Zara and again, I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s been great having her working with us and we can’t wait to see the finished hangings. We’ve achieved more than we ever anticipated this year and would like to thank all those who ran workshops and our volunteers, and everyone who attended them, Art Alert and Escape Community Arts for their invaluable support in sustaining our project and those who gave and continue to give us funding, without which, none of it would be possible. We can look forward to the next year knowing that funding has been secured that will enable us to continue running Escape art and craft group for many, many months to come. Our first session is on January 15th when we’ll be revisiting our painting skills, with a twist! Corinne and Joanne will also be involving the group with a local mosaic project and there will be opportunities to try our hands at traditional crafts. More will be revealed in 2015! We wish you all a peaceful and joyous festive season and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Mel, Corinne and Joanne.


Art Alert Xmas Meal

Art Alert held their annual Christmas party again, at the Attleborough Arms on 5th December, and with good food and wine a great time was had by us all.

The Gallery has been decorated and is looking very festive, with a selection of our normal arts and crafts along with unique hand made Christmas decorations. Up until the end of the year, the gallery is open three days a week, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10.00am until 4.00 pm.

Anyone visiting Outpatients at the George Eliot Hospital will be able to see our popular Godiva exhibition, which will be on display there for the next few months.

Hilary-Durham-PicArt Alert member, Hilary completed her commission of Durham Cathedral and Castle.
The customer was delighted with the painting and it is now hanging on his wall.

The Group is still working with local history and heritage groups to tell the story of the 3000 soldiers, billeted to the Stockingford area before being sent to Gallipoli.
Corinne Davies is asking anyone who has any memories to contact her on 07792 053757 or email her at
The information will be used to produce a banner, tapestry and small exhibition in town.




WW1 DisplayAfter a busy October, our group are expecting this continue until the end of the year.

Following the success of our Godiva exhibition, we are currently holding a World War One inspired collection of member's work. As well as some wonderful pieces of art we also have World War One memorabilia on display.  The exhibition is in the front window and inside our gallery in Abbey Street and all the work will be for sale. The exhibition will end at the end of November.

Also, Art alert are working with local history and heritage groups to explore when 3000 soldiers were billeted to the Stockingford area before being sent to Gallipoli, and are asking for anyone who has memories to share to contact them. The information will be used to produce an information banner, tapestry and a small exhibition in town. Anyone with information can contact Corinne Davies on 07792 053757 or email:

Member Kath Jones was pleased to sell her beautiful painting of an owl in flight at night, but even more thrilled when the customer commissioned her to paint another picture of a puffin.  Kath specialises in wildlife paintings, and some of her work can currently be seen in the gallery. Another member, Hilary Morris, was also delighted to be commissioned to paint Durham Cathedral by another customer. Hilary said, “The painting is a challenge which I like, and I am really enjoying creating a picture of this beautiful building in pen and ink and watercolour.”

Sewing classes run by Nadine and Alice will be starting again on 3rd November until 8th December, and there are still places left for anyone who would like to improve their sewing techniques. Pop in the gallery for more information.

Also this month we held "The Big Draw”, part of an annual countrywide event to promote drawing for all ages. Art Alert have taken part in this event for several successful years, and this year was a free fun art session to create a "fuzzy world" using felt. Art Alert invited anyone to come along to the gallery in Abbey Street and take part and the event proved to be very popular.

In the run-up to Christmas we have extended our opening hours from two days a week to three. You can now visit the gallery on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

As always, any more details of Art Alert Events can be found on our web site,  or you can find us on Facebook.

13-Oct-2014 Press Release: Art Alert WW1 Heritage lottery Funded Project

Lancs and DubsArt Alert Nuneaton is pleased to announce that they have been awarded £10,000 by the National Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver a Nuneaton WW1 project to research when the Lancs, Dubs and Royals visited Nuneaton in Jan-March 1915 before being sent to Gallipoli as part of the 29th Division.

The 18 month intergenerational project is seeking to tell the story of when 3000 soldiers from the Lancashire, Dubliners and Royals regiments were billeted with families throughout Stockingford and other areas of Nuneaton, before being sent to Gallipoli in the Great World War. Local Historian Peter Lee, who is collaborating with Art Alert on the project, says “3000 young, fit, tanned, swashbuckling professional soldiers were marched through the town in their full dress uniform to their billets throughout the area to the thrill of thousands of Nuneaton factory wenches whose only romantic prospects had up until that time been grimy miners and brickyard hands.  Bearing in mind when this happened no-one knew where all this would end. Many soldiers thought we'll get the soldiering bit done then get back to the girls in Nuneaton!! Few did of course but for those who did there were a few happy endings and a lot of tragedy too.”

Art Alert intend to work with local history and heritage groups, local school children and members of the community to research and collate the local story and ultimately create a textile hanging to represent the event.

As part of the project will explore what life was like for the people in Nuneaton during WW1 and introduce local children to some of the essential home handcraft skills of the time.

Anyone who has any connection, memorabilia or stories they recall being told of the visit and time around WW1 and Nuneaton are welcome to contact the project leader,
Corinne Davies on m: 07792 053757.

WW1 Displays in the Art Alert Gallery
WW1 display in the Art Alert Gallery

2015 dates to be announced




Art Alert opened up the gallery and served tea and cakes on the "Nuneaton Lives " day, and everyone agreed the occasion was a great success.  In fact, we loved the bunting which festooned the gallery so much, we have left it in place for the time being.  The artwork inspired by Lady Godiva has been moved and can now be seen in the Fishbowl Cafe at Bedworth Civic Hall. Work in the gallery has been changed, and it is definitely worth a visit if you are looking for a unique present, or simply to browse and enjoy the work by our talented group of artists which is on display.

The group were at Riv Fest on Saturday, 19th July and had a great time, with help from members of the public, designing and  making dance costumes which were displayed on mannequins. Sadly, the event had to cancelled later on in the day due to the awful storms Nuneaton suffered in the afternoon.

On Sunday August 31st we are manning a stall to help raise money for young Jack Oldacres who suffers from a rare skin disorder. The event is to try and raise £15,000 for a hydrotherapy bath to help relieve Jack's symptoms. The event is taking place at Stockingford Pavilion from 12.00 am.

There are still plenty of workshops and art classes carrying on into September, including, painting, felting, sewing, pottery and stained glass. Why not check us on Facebook or pop in to the gallery which is currently open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10.00 am to 4.00pm for further information.


Godiva PaintingHorseHummingbirdART ALERT NEWS

Art Alert is going from strength to strength, with our new Gallery premises attracting not only visitors but also new members. All the work on display is by Art Alert members and is for sale at reasonable prices, many items suitable for a small gift. Also, our current display is of  the "Godiva Lives" event, which is coming to Nuneaton Town Centre on July 5th,  and members have been busy making bunting, as the gallery will be open and taking part in the festivities. Come along to the Gallery in Abbey Street and  you can see paintings and models inspired by the story of Lady Godiva in an exhibition of members work.

The next event we will be taking part in is "Rivfest", Nuneaton's own music festival in Riversley Park on July 19th. More news next month.


HELP RAISE £1000 FOR Escape Community Arts

Have a look at our recent fundraising venture - it's a Crowd-Funding campaign to raise £1000 for Escape community Arts to create some amazing art with the community for the Nuneaton Lives Godiva event

COME AND MEET THE ARTIST : Saturday 3rd May 10.30am till 3pm

Mixed media and Textile artist Debbie Squires, one of the artists who helped design and make the silk coat for the six metre high Lady Godiva for the 2012 Olympics, will be demonstrating machine embroidery and soluble fabric techniques at the ART ALERT Gallery, 23e Abbey street Nuneaton.

Thursday 17th April, 10-1pm at The Art Studio, New Century Way
Friday 25th April, 11am-3pm at the Art Alert Gallery at 23e Abbey Street

Nuneaton Lives’ shop front Trail competition coming to Nuneaton Town Centre for the Lady Godiva Awakes visit.

Art Alert and the Go See Sunflower Team 2013 are delighted to be working with the Nuneaton Business Alliance again on a WCC Operation Footfall project to bring another shop front trail competition to Nuneaton Town Centre this year.

Inspired by the ‘Nuneaton Lives’ Lady Godiva  visit on Saturday 5th July, and as part of the build up to the day, the GSS team are creating a shop front trail to find 20 ‘Stanley’ briquettes, inscribed with a word from a George Eliot quote. The bricks will then be donated to the Heritage Centre and form a commemorative wall of the fantastic day that the Godiva sculpture visited Nuneaton. There are 2 workshop dates planned for local residents to get involved in making the briquettes: Thursday 17th April, 10-1pm at The Art Studio, New Century Way and Friday 25th April, 11am- 3pm at the Art Alert Gallery at 23E Abbey Street.  All are welcome to come along and help create an arts trail inspired by George Eliot and Reginald Stanley.

Trail maps with entry forms will be available throughout the town from Saturday May 24th and run until Sat June 21st.  Follow the press for updates.


Hilary MorrisArt Alert member, Hilary Morris is thrilled to be holding her third exhibition at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery.

The exhibition, “All Things Coastal” is a collection of paintings in pen and watercolour, recalling memories of her holidays on the British coast. Subjects include harbours, fishing boats, yachts and beach huts, in many different venues from Cornwall, Devon and Norfolk to Yorkshire, and are all for sale. Hilary has been a member of local art group, Art Alert for five years and meeting so many other artists has been a great inspiration.  The group meet every first Friday of the month, and currently have work displayed at local venues including Outpatients at George Eliot Hospital, the Community Café and The Fishbowl Gallery, Bedworth. You can also see some of Hilary’s work at the Art Alert Pop-Up Gallery in Abbey Street, where members of the group display and sell their art and crafts. Commission from all sales goes to the “Escape” charity. The group also hold painting, drawing, pottery and sewing classes, along with a Lego Club at the “Escape” workshop in New Century Way.


Co-Op Hall LogoCo-Op Hall Project

Have a look at slides about the project here.

the Co-Op Hall WordPress website has been created to document the project . This enables continued contribution of memories to the project, extra footage and extended footage of interviewees and their memories, on line digital oral recordings, and archiving of the photographs and memorabilia collated throughout the research

Stanley's Bricks Abbey Ward Project
This local history project encourages residents of all ages together with local artists to explore the history and legacy of Stanley's Brickworks using it as starting point to create differing works of art
The project is launched with a press release

Talks have been given about the project

Stanley designs inspired sunflowers

Stanley Memorabilia

Local Sewing Group create textile art

Crown Sewing Group create more work

Hatters Space U3A

Nuneaton News : Read the full article by Lisa Buckley from the Jan 3rd 2014 edition of Nuneaton News

January Article from Nuneaton News 

Nuneaton and Bedworth Post : Read the full article by Mort Birch from the January 2014 edition of Nuneaton & Bedworth Post

Jan 2014 Article Nuneaton & Bedworth Post

Art Alert Pop Up Gallery : From January 2014 our gallery is now open every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

Opening hours are from 10.00am until 4.00pm

Art Alert Gallery : 23a Abbey Street NuneatonOur gallery at 23e Abbey Street in Nuneaton and has been made possible by a bid for funding submitted by Escape Community Arts to Warwickshire County Council's Operation Footfall, who have invited Art Alert to host this venue, with a small commission from sales going towards sustaining the project. 

The pop-up gallery is being manned by Art Alert volunteers to showcase/sell members work and events. We will timetable a series of window exhibitions, and the gallery will host artist demonstrations and workshops.  See our Gallery of Work for examples of what's on display.

Anyone interested in using the space and/or volunteering, please contact  

George Eliot Hospital

Members of Art Alert have the opportunity to exhibit 2D and 3D work in the Outpatients department of George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton (There is a rota for the exhibits)