City art show moves into the country at Bartle Hall

The work of talented Lancashire-based artists will go on show next week (March 3) at a distinctive exhibition at Bartle Hall.

For the first time, the Preston Art Society is staging its spring exhibition at the country house hotel near Preston, Lancashire, a new setting which will display their work and their talent in spacious and elegant surroundings.

The exhibition will be opened by celebrity potter Matthew Wilcock who took the top prize in BBC television’s Great Pottery Throw Down.

“We are delighted to be exhibiting at Bartle Hall, and thrilled that Matthew can join us for the opening of our exhibition,” said Art Society chair, Pam Potter.

by pam potter

“The hotel is a perfect setting for us to show off our work, and our visitors will be able to linger and enjoy it all the more because there’s plenty of free parking.”

Pam, an accomplished artist and former art lecturer, has been working with hotel owners Andrew and Nicola Haworth to design the exhibition space in Bartle Hall’s elegant rooms.

“This is an exciting development for us,” said Nicola. “We think that Bartle Hall will be the ideal backdrop for the works which will be on show.”  The hotel is offering a special afternoon tea deal throughout the period of the exhibition, at £28 for two, for full afternoon tea, with a drink on arrival. Coffee and cake at £3.95 will also be available.

Matthew, 23, who teaches pottery at Giggleswick School, was the youngest contestant in the TV competition. Among his tasks in the final was to make a 12 piece porcelain tea set, and create three high-shouldered jugs in just 20 minutes.

“We love his work,” said Nicola. “We are hoping that we might commission him to create some pieces for our gardens here.”

Matthew said: “This sounds like being a great event and I am really looking forward to it.”

matthew wilcock pic

The official opening of the exhibition will be on Thursday March 3 at 6pm. The art show will then be open daily until March 24, (not Saturdays and Sundays, or Friday March 18), from 10am till 4pm. Admission is free.




Work by Pam Potter,  Lyn Pyatt and Stuart Mason.

Pam Potter trained in fine art and textiles and was a lecturer at Blackburn and Preston Colleges for 30 years. Solo shows include The Haworth, Accrington, Harris Gallery Preston, Vernon Gallery Preston, Lytham Heritage Centre, Beaux Arts Ludlow, Dukes Theatre Lancaster sponsored by North West Arts, and Penrith Museum sponsored by Eden Arts. She has shown in many shared shows in the North West and Cumbria including the Manchester Academy, St. Helens, Royal Exchange Manchester, Lancashire Museum and Pendle Heritage Centre. She has been awarded many prizes and her work has also been exhibited in London, France, and the United States.

Pam is a member of The Art and Craft Guild of Lancashire, vice chair of Preston Arts Association, chair of Preston Art Society, and member of New Longton Artists and Mill Barn Artists.

Stuart Mason is a former art teacher who has, since retiring from teaching, concentrated on representational work.  He has received a number of awards, including  a prize winner at the Harris Open three times. He also won the popular prize at the West Lancs Open and has exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual show. 

Lyn Pyatt taught in various colleges in Lancashire. Her work has been exhibited at many galleries and can be found in collections in the UK, Europe and the USA. This includes an etching in the permanent  Collection of British Women’s Art  at the University of Cambridge.

Her subject matter is contemporary landscape and equine art. The paintings are based on her fascination with the relationship between man and land and water, or, between horse and man.



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