The Tithe Barn, Bourton House Gardens, Bourton on the Hill, Gloucestershire, GL56 9AE

    Saturday 5th May to Saturday 12th May 2018 (closed Monday 7th May) 10am to 5pm daily

    This large solo exhibition in the Tithe Barn at Bourton House Gardens will celebrate the launch of Ann’s latest book ‘Ann Blockley’s Watercolour Workshop’, published by Batsford Books on March 1st 2018.

    This glorious medieval  tithe barn is huge  and it  should prove to be a blockbuster show with  a large number of paintings exhibited – for you to simply enjoy  looking at or purchase. It is four years since Ann’s last major solo show  here so this will be one not to miss! There will be a wide variety of subjects on different surfaces in watercolour and mixed media.

    DVDs demonstrating Ann’s painting techniques, new cards and prints and signed copies of all her books will also be available. Bourton House Garden will be open to the public throughout the exhibition period. A selection of  tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes will be available in the Tithe Barn. The exhibition will be free but there will be a fee to visit the 3 acre award winning gardens.

    For enquiries about  paintings or  the exhibition itself please email For queries about the venue please visit or email

    Bourton House Gardens


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  • Magazines- 2018

    Ann has articles in several  magazines over the next few months.

    In April she wrote an article for Cotswold Life  called ‘Like father, like daughter’ about her own life and painting and those of her late father, John Blockley (1921-2002).

    In May edition of the Artist magazine there are a series of revised excerpts from her book   ‘Watercolour Workshop’.

    In June edition of Artist magazine there is a new article   developing  some of the ideas presented   in the final chapter of ‘Watercolour Workshop’ about working in a  style that veers ‘Towards Abstraction’

    In the Summer edition  of Artist magazine Ann has written a new article about her father and his working practice to coincide with the launch of the new book ‘John Blockley- A Retrospective’


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  • Two new books

    Ann has written two new books for publication in 2018. The first ‘Watercolour Workshop’ is now a number one best seller and has already gone for  reprint one month after publication ( copies will be available  on Ann’s website and at her book launch exhibition in May) . A second book, compiled by Ann, about the life and paintings of her famous father John Blockley RI PPS RWA  NEAC is due to be published on July 5th . John Blockley- A Retrospective   can be pre-ordered from the  website shop.  Please visit  for more information




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  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour- 206th Exhibition


    6 April 2018 to 21 April 2018

    10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

    Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1


     A prestigious exhibition showing a diversity of styles and techniques, from traditional uses of watercolour to  more experimental and innovative paintings. The RI showcases the best of British watercolour and beyond. Ann has had three works accepted for this year’s annual exhibition. 


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  • Patchings Art Festival – 30 year celebration exhibition 2018


    Oxton Road, Calverton NG14 6NU

    24 March -7 May 2018.

    To celebrate 30 years of  art festivals The Patchings Art centre are holding a group exhibition  in their Barn Gallery featuring the work of 30 artists, including Ann. who have been part of the life of Patchings over the 30 years.  Each artist will be displaying two paintings each which will be available for sale.  Ann will also be demonstrating at the art festival later on in July.


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  • Arborealists Painting Group – joint shows

    Ann is a member of the Arborealists. For information about the group’s philosophy and  aims visit  Ann  will be exhibiting with them in  various exhibitions around UK this year including:

    Lady Park Wood project-Monmouth Art Gallery

    May 5 – September 9

    Lady Park is an ancient woodland near Symonds Yat  and is a  unique ecological reserve. In 1944 the Forestry Commission set the wood aside as a research reserve for the study of natural ecological processes. For the last 75 years it has been completely unmanaged. The Arborealists have been given  permission to paint and draw in the woods in Spring and Autumn 2017. The resulting diverse works will be displayed in a series of exhibitions. The first of these will  take place during the Wye Valley River Festival 2018 which will run from 5th – 19th May with trees and woodland as the theme. ( ) To coincide with the Festival the  Arborealists will be  having a Pop up exhibition  of  work from their Lady Park Wood project from May 5 – September 9 at the  Monmouth Art Gallery. This will be followed in 2019 by a year long event

    John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh.  July 7th – August 4th  2018       Private View Saturday, July 7th  11 – 5  &  Sunday, July 8th  11 – 4

    Black Swan Arts in Frome, Somerset from July 21-september 2. Preview:July 20 , 6-8 all welcome.

    St Ives– details tbc





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  • Broadway Art Festival-Gloucestershire

     June  8 – 17 2018 

    This year  the  Broadway Art Festival will be opened by the amazing Norman Ackroyd RA and there will be a series of fantastic artistic events happening throughout the week.  These will include specialist demonstrations led by some of this country’s most renowned contemporary artists. Ann will be demonstrating on Friday  8th June from 10-11am at Lifford Hall , Broadway as part of ‘Artbeat’ -a three day weekend event to launch the festival.Visit for further information.


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