Natural Inspiration

12th -18th August 2015

Catherine Dowell


  • Catherine took a Foundation course and then an honours degree in Fine Art at Coventry University – School of Art and Design.  She is married to Spencer Instone, and has made Tewkesbury her home since 1992.


  • “When I first started painting (many years ago) I was just fascinated and amazed by the beauty of the world around me. Over the years that I have been painting my work has developed. I continually see more in the complex world of nature and how it fits into the framework of our daily living.
  • I am still interested in representing the natural world, but as I have matured I also feel the need to express my own feelings in the work, and my own relation to the natural world around me.
  • I try to use colour and line to express my relationship to nature, as well as taking inspiration from the textures and colour mixes that appear in the world around us.
  • I am a painter because that is the way I communicate and not through words like these.  So I hope that you will better understand my feelings for nature through looking at my work and hopefully you will also enjoy the paintings.”



Open daily 10am-5pm

Entry Free

[AFG_gallery id=’163′]




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 for a history of the gardens and 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.

For full information about accessibility, please follow this link:


 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


Social Media