The second exhibition by 'The Freedom in Painting Group', an accomplished group of artists from all over the UK and beyond, linked by participation on our courses in Cornwall. 

PRESS RELEASE: 'Since 2011, renowned landscape painter and colourist Ashley Hanson, a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists, has hosted a series of courses in Cornwall, under the banner ‘Freedom in Painting’, attracting artists from all over the country and internationally wishing to push their practice forwards. In their response to the beautiful coastal landscape and harbour-towns of Cornwall - Porthleven, Port Isaac, Polperro, Polruan - each artist has found their own personal freedom in painting.  The Group was formed for all participating artists to share work and exhibition news and to continue friendships. This impressive, contemporary, and eclectic collection of work brings the light and colour of Cornwall to Henley-on-Thames. Each of the twenty artists will be showing three paintings, including artist/tutor Ashley Hanson, who, as part of his teaching, produces a painting on each course. Admission is free to the gallery in Upper Market Place.

On Saturday 16 October, 1- 5pm, there is an opportunity to meet the artists and share a glass of wine. We would love you to join in our celebrations! 


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'The Art of Hans Hoffman & Sean Scully', 8-9 September, 'Image & Ground - (Beach Huts)', 10-11 September. Bring an open mind and explore the possibilities of painting...

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An invitation to all artists from our 'Freedom in Painting' courses in Cornwall and Online Porthleven course to exhibit. REGISTER NOW! See more..



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'Porthleven 57 - (Rose Harbour)'  70x60cms oil on canvas            Ashley Hanson


The exhibition takes place at The Old Fire Station Gallery in Henley-on-Thames. If you would like to participate please email for an Artists Registration Form. Artists from 2021 Autumn Porthleven courses will also be eligible to show their work.


Closing date for registration is Mon 13 September 2021.

Sat 29 May- Fri June 4 2021. Open 111-5pm Daily. A large selection of paintings from the 'Porthleven', 'Penzance' and 'City of Glass' series, including recent works on show for the first time. I'll also be working on a new 'Porthleven' painting during the week. Hope to see you. 


'Painting the Novel', a solo-exhibition, at Linden Hall Studio, Deal. Sat 26 June -Sat 17 July 2021. Open Tues - Saturday, 10-4pm. Showing for the first time will be the '20 Books-20 Paintings' series, sourced in crime-fiction, 'Out-with (from John Boyne's 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', and a selection of 'City of Glass' paintings from Paul Auster's novel 'The New York Trilogy'.

Click HERE for a link to the exhibition


In the Upper Gallery is a permanent collection of leading contemporary art including John Hoyland, Jennifer Durrant, Arthur Neal, Clyde Hopkins and gallery artists.


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wgs 2'Porthleven 51 - (Weight of Colour)' , top-right, on show in The Winter Group show at Linden Hall