‘Artist Through Nature’

Neil Kilby

2-8 July 2014


  • Is art in nature or nature in art? A question which has undoubtedly been asked on numerous occasions over the years. Does art need to be taught or is it a skill we inherit?


  • I was born in Birmingham on the 13th of February, 1952. From the age of seven, I would watch my dad sketch faces on the margins of our local paper, The Birmingham Evening Mail. I believe I inherited his ability to draw. I remember drawing and painting whenever I got the chance. Unfortunately, I never followed it up, although I did attend evening classes after leaving school, to try to learn more about art.


  • On leaving school, I went to work in a market garden / nursery, then followed this with a couple of years at Edgbaston Botanical Gardens. I also worked as a wedding ring maker in the Birmingham jewellery quarter, later on as a printer, before eventually, aged 23, finding something more artistic and training to be a sign-writer with a company in Birmingham city centre. I realised that my new job of sign-writing enabled me to express myself freely and it encouraged me to spend more of my spare time painting.


  • Following the death of my wife in 2002 from pancreatic cancer, I gave up sign-writing and decided to go to France, becoming inspired by the beautiful surroundings, comprising a carp-filled lake and an oak forest in a quiet, undiscovered part of the Dordogne.


  • In France, I concentrated on painting, but, whilst looking after the forest, I discovered the possibilities of working with the wood. I realised that, in my work, there was a need to capture the feelings and emotions that spread over my life.


  • I explored the possibilities of extending a piece of art outwards, reaching out to be touched, to have the painting discovered in its texture.


  • I hope my work reflects my feelings about what I love about the human form and all things in nature.



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The Gardens were originally developed in the early 1800's and its centrepiece is the Bandstand.

Facing the Bandstand is the Proscenium Building where we now have our Gallery.

Follow https://tinyurl.com/MontpellierGardens for a history of the gardens and https://www.facebook.com/MontpellierGardens/about for information about Friends of the Bandstand and Gardens(FOMBAG).


  1. There is wheelchair access to the gallery from the path between the tennis courts and the gallery.
  2. For exhibitors delivering their work, there is a locked bollard to be removed at the gardens entrance. See link below for details.
  3. Unfortunately, there is no disabled parking in the gardens.
  4. Exhibitors should take care to design their exhibition layout with wheelchair use in mind.

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 Typical annual foot-fall is 22000.

If we take out the impact of Festivals then the weekly average is 400 per week.

This varies according to the variables of weather, social media, networking, number of artists, and the appeal of the Exhibition


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