Lecture Programme

The Judith Moy Annual Lecture 2019

This year, on 10th May, we were delighted to have Pete Monaghan as our guest speaker for the third Judith Moy Annual Lecture. Pete provided us with a most interesting evening as he spoke about the development and direction of his painting.

Originally having a career in engineering, where he worked for many years as a technical illustrator, Pete subsequently decided to pursue a career as a painter. Building on this background, he has moved towards an expressive and exciting treatment of his subject matter. He tends to focus now on  derelict and decaying vernacular architecture, mainly in a  North Wales setting where he currently tutors in the Art Department of Aberystwyth University. With studios in both Germany, where he worked for much of his life, and North Wales, he is a  regular exhibitor at the exciting Finn y Parc Gallery near Llanwrst, where he will be returning with an exhibition of new work from the 26th May to 19th June 2019. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thanks go to Alan Townsend for making the arrangements with the help of Liz  Carr and other Committee members, to the Manager and staff of the Centre and of course to Pete Monaghan for making it such an excellent evening.

The Society very much appreciates having the support of Judith’s family on these occasions.

Working in acrylics on wood panel using crayons, markers, collage and spray paint, Pete’s painting is underpinned by a discipline of sketching on location and re-sketching many times in the studio. Referenced by last year’s lecturer, Jeremy Yates, as a significant contemporary artist working in Wales, Pete’s work features in major galleries in the Principality and beyond.

His irrepressible passion for drawing and painting is reflected in his powerful pictures of neglected and dilapidated buildings which immediately capture the attention in expressing through paint the stories they have witnessed, reflecting the cycle of life’s battles and struggles, the sense of place and history.

Long standing Shropshire Art Society member Judith Moy passed away in November 2016. Judith had been a member of the Society since 1991 during which time she served for several years as a valuable and highly respected member of the Committee, offering and sharing with us her huge knowledge and experience of the art world, exhibitions and painting. Her love of Art, and commitment to the process of painting, exhibiting her pictures and the tutoring of others was a huge part of Judith’s life, and her work ethic, boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm an example to all. To mark the immense contribution that Judith made to the life and well being of the Society, we will be organising an annual lecture – under the series heading ‘The Judith Moy Annual Lecture’. Euryl Stevens gave the inaugural lecture in 2017.