SIT select is a Stroud based arts organisation. They are passionate about supporting the visual arts which they do in exhibitions, workshops, talks, an annual conference and an annual Festival called Select Festival every May as well as an open studio Select Trail where artists open their studio doors to welcome the public in. SIT select is a unique cultural focus for the visual arts and crafts in the area.

The exhibitions at the Malthouse Bar and Kitchen bring exciting large scale works from local and national artists.

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Opening 10 October ‘Soul Scapes’

Malthouse Paul Watson 2

Paintings on canvas by Paul Watson

“My work tries to capture the emotional connection between us and the natural world.

 Abstraction negates the limitations of the figurative and thus the techniques I employ are both honest and intuitive means of expression.

I believe abstraction aids the images to resonate with people from all cultures and ethnic groups.

Music is my invisible brush -all my work is executed to a soundtrack, from Mid Century jazz to world music and the classic composers. The polyglot of cultural  rhythms finds expression in each mark and stroke and combine to give form to the whole.

Distilling the world with this overall intent, I seek a universal language. The minimalism and monochromatic palette are deliberate- employed to aid the paintings capture the essential.

My process is a premeditated absorption, followed by a visceral mind to hand process and if the final result does not stand up to my intention then it is discarded. This is how I have always worked and was a discipline that I adhered to from my earliest years as watercolour painter, inspired by the disciplines of that primary mark and first stroke, so admired in classic Chinese and Japanese art and that intuitive capturing of the elemental forces of nature found in the travelling sketchbooks of W M Turner.”

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9th August – 9th October

Kerry Phippen
‘The Gentle Wild II

Kerry Phippen Malthouse J Peg 2017 FINAL 150 dpi

The idea for  this series of paintings by local artist Kerry Phippen, came from a simple wish to bring the outdoors inside, and an initial vision of how she would love to see images of live-sized animals leaping around the space. Her desire to capture the sense of the animal, their very nature and traits an of course, their beauty.
It is about being quiet and observant
“I am extremely lucky that I live in an area where I regularly see horses, deer, foxes, buzzards and other wild animals. They inspire me and I love to watch them, using drawing and photography in the early stages of ideas building. These have evolved into ink paintings on wonderful handmade Indian rag paper, combining my love for ink and fine papers and gorgeous wild creatures”

Thank you to Pegasus Art for their sponsorship of Indian papers and inks

 All works for sale


We enjoyed a sunny evening for the private view of Andy Lovell’s exhibition ‘Binary Composition’ on 20 June.

Presented by SiTSelect in partnership with the Malthouse Bar & Kitchen