Customs House in the frame as artists display their creations

One of the exhibits at the exhibition
One of the exhibits at the exhibition

The Customs House will take centre stage in a new exhibition of drawings created by one of the groups run by the venue.

Drawn Together is a weekly drawing group for adults that takes place every Thursday evening, from 6pm to 8pm.

Drawn Together group members, from left, John Fogg, Bill Pack, Richard Schofield, Helen Cooper and Florence Craig with Lesley Guy, gallery learning officer at The Customs House

Drawn Together group members, from left, John Fogg, Bill Pack, Richard Schofield, Helen Cooper and Florence Craig with Lesley Guy, gallery learning officer at The Customs House

Its third exhibition - called Visual Cue - features work inspired by The Customs House.

Gallery Learning Officer Lesley Guy, who tutors the group, said: “The group is open to anyone with an interest in art, whatever their ability or experience.

“The aim is to promote a relaxed atmosphere where people can extend their drawing skills, try new materials techniques and discuss ideas around art and culture.

“Since April, the group has been using The Customs House itself as a starting point to create new drawings.”

She added: “We have been looking and drawing in and around the building, using the architecture and details such as theatrical posters as visual starting points for imaginative work.

“This exhibition represents a variety of processes and techniques that we have tried over the last few months and shows the range of learning that goes on in our classes.”

Ten artists are represented in total, from a wide range of backgrounds.

Sisters Jacqueline Armstrong, a clerical assistant, and Florence Craig, a retired administrator, attend the group together.

Florence, who was looking to join an art class after retiring, said: “We have found it to be a good experience, with our tutor giving us various projects to do using many different media, creating work with pencils, ink, pastels and various others.”

Jean Brodie joined the group with her friend, Helen Cooper, after seeing a poster for it while visiting an art exhibition at The Customs House.

She said: “I have always enjoyed sketching, but had not attended a regular class for several years. I’ve found the class challenging in a good way, as it’s opened up ways of drawing I had never tried, with indoor and outdoor projects in various mediums.”

Helen, a retired researcher, said: “I have been an artist for a long time.

“Lesley really helps to expand one’s talent with different media. I love the class.”

Visual Cue will be on display in the Stairwell Gallery until November 23.