Modern Painters, New Decorators is an artist-led organisation running a gallery, shop and studios in Loughborough, East Midlands, UK. We believe that artists can positively impact where we live and why we live there. We make visual art projects, community workshops and creative networks.


What We Leave We Carry by Papa Essel,
4th May – 29th June 2024

Ghanaian artist and teacher Papa Essel creates image and text-based paintings, combining newspaper headlines, proverbs, textile patterns and adinkra symbols. He has lived and worked in Kumasi, Ghana and Hull, UK and is currently based in London.

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Event: On Reflection - A Wander With A Black Mirror,
11AM-12:30PM, Sunday 23rd June 2024

Hold a black mirror carefully in the palm of your hand and look, listen and think about who you are in relation to the natural world around you on this participatory wander led by artist Sheila Ghelani. Hosted at Old John, Bradgate Park. Popular in the 1800s with landscape painters and tourists, black mirrors were used to ‘tint’ views - a bit like the Instagram filters we use today.

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Members Gathering:
9:30-11:30AM, Thursday 27th June 2024

Our monthly get-together for members. Join us for an artist talk with Janhavi Sharma, who will share her practice and the different socio-political contexts that inform it. Followed by an informal crit with participating artists, with a pickle-tasting event of some home-made pickles she's got from India.

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Event: Celebration Day, 11AM-5PM, Saturday 6th July 2024

Join us at Modern Painters, New Decorators for a family-friendly celebration, inspired by Old Midsummer’s Day. Our Celebration Day is a day to make, eat and celebrate together, with gratitude. The day will feature open studios, a family workshop, a film screening, a pop-up exhibition, and a mini-parade through the town centre. It is also a fundraiser to support our site move in Winter 2024. Follow the link below for our full timetable.

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Celebration Day: Community Feedback Event, 11AM-12:30PM, Saturday 6th July 2024

On the morning of our Celebration Day, we’ll be sharing the plans for our new site and we’d love to hear what you think. During the morning we’ll be asking for your thoughts on the move and appreciating any feedback you might have. It's an opportunity to ask questions and have open discussions with us regarding the new site. There will also be free refreshments.

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Celebration Day: Family Workshop, 1PM-3PM, Saturday 6th July 2024

Come together to make large scale murals using natural materials, themed around ‘Wishing ‘and ‘Thanking’. The artworks created will be used in our mini parade later in the day. All are welcome but family workshops are most suitable for 4+. The workshops are drop-in; however, we invite you to book a space for your session as spaces are limited. Please book a ticket for all members of your group, including adults and children.

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Carillon Court Shopping Centre
LE11 3XA
Opening times during exhibitions:
13:00-17:00 Thu
13:00-17:00 Fri
11:00-17:00 Sat

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