Winton arrives at Bloomhill Insurance

Winston Hampshire Pig

Winston the pig

Winton has arrived at Bloomhill Insurance! We were lucky enough to be the successful bidder on Winton! Destination Basingstoke hosted an event back on the 21st October in Festival Place to raise money for charity.

Whilst we didn’t win “Tommy” we secured Winton, who we are delighted with and he has now arrived at his forever home…Bloomhill Insurance!

The Basingstoke Gazette had reported that the event raised over £15,000 which was an incredible amount to raise for such a good cause.

Here are some words from the artist herself – Amy Goodman.

“Amy Goodman, once a student at BCOT, is the Artist in Residence at the University of Winchester, and an award winning sculptor. Some of her Public works include the ‘Romsey War Horse & Trooper’, and the recently unveiled ‘Arborfield Horses’. Also this year memorials to first Gurkha V.C, Kulbir Thapa rescuing a British Tommy in 1915; and the iconic nurse, Florence Nightingale have been unveiled in Aldershot.

‘Winton’ is a Winchester based hog, named after the famous alumni society of the University of Winchester.

Amy wanted to follow the band markings of a Hampshire Hog in her design, incorporating coloured countryside elements in the white areas, retaining the black areas of this distinctive pig, allowing striking contrasting details to come through in white. One of the monochrome details is one of the archways alongside Winchester Cathedral into Cathedral close. She decided to include two views of st Catherine’s hill. including the ancient mizmaze. As a nod to the previous trail ‘Sitting With Jane’, and her links to Winchester Amy painted a portrait of Jane Austen. She has included some of Winchester University’s students, King Arthur’s round table, and King Alfred’s statue from an interesting angle.

It’s lovely that the Basingstoke based company: ‘Bloomhills Insurance’ has decided to give Winton an appreciative home, and even better that all the proceeds from Winton’s sale at the Charity Auction organised by Destination Basingstoke went to the fantastic ‘Nowzad’ charity helping the vulnerable and neglected animals of Afghanistan”

For anyone that wishes to visit more of Amy’s work then take a trip to her studio at Project Workshops, near Andover. Details are below.

Project Workshops Xmas Open Studios

The Project Workshops residents are gearing up for another Open Studios Weekend on 20th

and 21st November. An ideal opportunity to purchase beautiful gifts in time for Christmas.

Artists and makers include Sally Newton, a recent addition to the creative community here. She has been very busy making stunning and varied work as part of her Residency at the local Cholderton Estate. View her elegant ink renderings, and mono prints, paintings, and etchings. She really has explored a wide range of media, and delicately and distinctively portrays the ever-evolving cycles of life, taking place on the farm.

Another relatively recent member of Project Workshops is textile artist Katy Rundle. Her love of wildlife is so originally and gorgeously represented through colour and texture with her distinctive fabric renderings. Her workshop is a feast for the senses.

Matt Duke, an experienced member of the Talos Art Foundry, and talented sculptor, won the best sculpture of the year award at the Cotswold Sculpture Park with his elegant Owl, ‘Spirit’. He will have many of his beautiful bronzes on show. 

Soraya French, a world-renowned painter is starting to run her popular workshops again and has recently had another beautifully illustrated book published: ‘Contemporary Flowers in Mixed Media’.

Award winning sculptor, Amy Goodman has had three Public works unveiled this year. The Arborfield Horses near Reading; the poignant Gurkha Memorial highlighting the special relationship between the Gurkhas and British for over 200 years. It depicts first Gurkha Victoria Cross recipient, Kulbir Thapa rescuing a British Tommy in 1915. Also, an elegant bust of the Iconic Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing. Ever more poignant it seems after these difficult times we have been living through thanks to Covid 19. A great thanks must go out to so many health care professionals. She will have a range of art on display as well as fast selling little ‘Noah’ the donkey, and a 17hh stainless steel horse nearing completion.

Glassblowers Mark Taylor and David Hill will have their workshop open, displaying their exquisite hand-blown reproductions of glass from the Roman period to the 18th century. Reginald Thompson will also have some of his glassware and jewellery on show. Search for his lovely little workshop across the Courtyard garden next to Jeremy Smith, whose stunningly crafted furniture, ornate boxes, kitchen, and charcuterie boards will tempt you, and make ideal gifts. He will be running a range of woodworking courses, starting early in the New Year, aimed at both beginners and those with more experience. You will be able to reserve a place on one of these courses.

Elaine Peto will have a wonderful array of her splendid and characterful ceramic animal sculptures. She has recently added Pelicans to her extensive repertoire.

Also, the evocative and beautiful works of Hannah Willow will be on display. Of note her very latest Diary, enhanced by beautifully written text by her partner in work and life, Phil Tree. Her gorgeous illustrations feature throughout. This year focuses on trees, our ancient guardians.

Not forgetting the Talos Art Foundry which will have its doors open ready for you to view the exciting and ancient processes of lost wax bronze casting. The Talos Art Gallery will also set up a magnificent display of bronze sculptures in the foundry’s main atrium.


Exhibiting Artists & Makers: Matt Duke, Soraya French, Amy Goodman, Sally Newton, Elaine Peto, Katy Rundle, Jeremy Smith, Talos Art Foundry, Hannah Willow & Phil Tree, Mark Taylor & David Hill, Reginald Thompson   

Xmas Open Studios. 10am-4pm. Sat 20th & Sunday 21st November:

Project Workshops, Lains Farm, Quarley. Nr Andover. Hampshire. SP11 8PX