About The Swinley Group;

The Swinley Group is a Wigan based collective of artists whose work is of a figurative and representational nature.    We aim to encourage and seek opportunities for artists who fall into the aforementioned category, to exhibit their paintings, sculpture and prints at The Old Courts in Wigan and elsewhere around the North primarily, but also in other parts of the UK.

Next Exhibition.

                                                                                                                                                                 Exhibition Opening Party (Friday 16 February 2018):
                                                                                                                                                                                                       GLORY OF TRADITION
                   Shevington Art Gallery,   Late 2021   [Covid virus permitting}.

We have been looking for more venues to exhibit the Swinley Group’s art.   Going to Galleries, talking to their manager’s.    Googling possible places, e-mailing contacts and phoning people.    As soon as we find somewhere we will be informing you.    In the meantime keep painting!

1st EXHIBITION was:  Monday 29th May – Sunday 4th June 2017 in the Isherwood Gallery, The Old Courts, Wigan.

Contact: Geoff Burke

Email: theswinleygroup@gmail.com

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The Swinley Group Organizing Committee;

Geoff Burke MA  BA

    Originally from Manchester, Geoff pursued a career in Fine Art and History of Art & Architecture gaining a BA (Hons) degree at Stoke Art College, and then going into education after gaining his MA degree from Manchester Met University.  He taught for 23 years in both public and later private education, becoming Director of Art & Design at Rydal Penrhos School.   He was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge from 1993-97, and was an Examiner for the Cambridge Board.

Nick Fisher

     Born and raised in Wigan, Lancashire, Nick has pursued a number of careers after gaining qualifications in Draughtsmanship and Technical Engineering.   During the nineties Nick worked on several important projects in the UK including nuclear design draughtsmanship utilising his formidable skills as an artist. He now paints mostly primarily in oils, working from his own photographs and sketches, and has sold several of his paintings privately.   His work focuses on almost every genre in painting.

Beth Burke DAS

          Beth was born and raised in Wigan and attended Wigan Technical College, going on to study Fine Art at Stoke on Trent Art College.   She also qualified as a Dressmaker and Designer. Over the years Beth has exhibited extensively, being a full member of the Denbighshire Art Society in North Wales, where she now lives with her husband Geoff.   She has exhibited at the Royal Cambrian Arts, DAS and has sold many of her paintings.   Her expressive paintings display a love of the landscapes, seascapes in North Wales.

                                                                                                                                                             Gabrielle Anderson BA     

Gabrielle studied Visual Arts at Salford University. She mainly utilises pen and ink to create intricate drawings which she then finishes with light washes of watercolour. She is heavily inspired by traditional illustrations – particularly anatomical drawings and botanical studies and includes elements of these in her surreal nature drawings. Gabrielle works out of the New Art Spaces Leigh Studio where she has been the lead artist for over five years.