Live Drawing from Kaleidoscopic Realms Artists


Friday 2 August, 11am–4pm

Join Leslie Thompson from Venture Arts and Richard Hunt from Shadowlight Artists as they live draw in the Gallery spaces.

Leslie will continue to work on his long scroll titled The Animals of London Zoo, where he draws from his memory animals, he saw on his trip to London Zoo last year. Richard will be working on a new work in the space, again drawn from his memories and things he likes. Come along, watch them work, and ask them questions if you like.

Feel free to grab a pen and pencil in the spaces and draw your own animals from memory too.


Leslie Thompson (b. 1970) has been a studio artist at Venture Arts in Manchester for over 20 years. His drawings depict scenes from television and film from 1970–1990 and include fascinating written anecdotes from film, music, and TV. All born from his memory and imagination, they are highly detailed, varying massively in scale from tiny badge drawings to 5m long scrolls. Leslie had a solo show at Project Ability in Glasgow (2017), two solo shows in Manchester (2022), and group exhibitions at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester (2020) and TJ Boulting in London (2023).


Richard Hunt (b. 1972) is based in Oxford and, since winning the Shape Open in 2017, has expanded his practice from just painting to embrace elements of sculpture and textured surfaces. Since 2016 he has worked in collaboration with Oxford-based artist Sonia Boué, and this partnership has helped Richard to develop his technique. Richard is a member of the Shadowlight Artists Group, which the arts charity Film Oxford supports. He has been in many Oxfordshire-based group exhibitions, most recently at The Old Fire Station (2023).

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