Annette Pugh, The Landing Stage, 2023
Contemporary Exhibitions

Annette Pugh

Happenstance is an exhibition of newly commissioned oil paintings by Birmingham-based artist Annette Pugh. The works explore traces of human presence in the landscape and the often-emotional connection we have with unpopulated places such as remote lakesides, private ponds or the hidden crevices of public gardens.

Pugh has drawn on an archive of personal photographs of various places taken over many years, selecting disparate images that meld together through the exhibition in their quiet and uncanny beauty. Two large-scale paintings, The Landing Stage and The Swing memorialise fortuitous discoveries made by the artist during walks: a makeshift slipway, an abandoned tree swing. These manmade interventions in the landscape become metaphors for solitude and solace, inanimate stand-ins for the figures that have until now occupied the artist’s paintings.

Exhibition opening
Friday 21 July 2023, 6 – 8pm. Free, all welcome.

Linocut printing with Annette Pugh

Saturday 21 October, 10am-4pm

Join Annette Pugh for an exclusive tour of her exhibition, Happenstance, to celebrate International Landscape Day. In this artist-led workshop, participants will refer to photographs of places that inspire them and imagery from Annette’s personal archive, to design their own unique linocut print. With expert support and guidance, learn to compose, cut and print your design onto a variety of papers.

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their printmaking skills.

£25 per person, including refreshments. 10% discount for concessions (students, over 65s)

Thursday Skills: Painting landscapes in acrylics on canvas board
Thursday 17 August 2023. Ages 4+: 11am-12.30pm | Ages 7+: 1.30-3pm. £4.50 per child.

Learn new techniques in a variety of mediums and take away a masterpiece!

Booking essential. To book email Catherine James via or call the Gallery on 01922 654 400.