Alan Cotton SWAc Exhibition: Messum's Fine Art 8, Cork Street, London W1S 3LJ 10th - 27th September 2014 Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am - 4pm
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Alan’s first meeting with David Messum and the subsequent
close association that he has had with Messum’s Fine Art over three decades. Alan and David
agreed, that to mark this year, Alan would re-visit, through his paintings, all the areas where he
has worked for his many exhibitions with the Gallery. So Alan has been back to Piemonte, Venice,
Provence, Ireland and Hartland in North Devon and searched out drawings for new work of Cyprus,
Morocco, Tibet and Tuscany, to produce a varied and exciting show of over sixty paintings from all
of these countries.
Alan will be in the gallery on the opening day and will be signing books of this
exhibition and the two publications about his life and work. “Alan Cotton – On A Knife Edge” and
“Alan Cotton – Giving life a Shape”. Both books written by Jenny Pery and published by Halsgrove.
Vin Jelly SWAc Exhibition: A Modern Crucifixion and other paintings the Bishop's Palace, Wells
A new exhibition of paintings by Crediton based artist Vin Jelly opens on the 25th
July at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells (where Hot Fuzz was filmed!).
Jelly is well known for contemporary surreal landscapes and this exhibition
features several, but also includes some new directions. Anyone familiar with
Jelly’s surreal work will recall fragments of architecture or furnishings positioned
amongst lush landscapes, suggesting buildings or histories of past existences.
Religious art provided the foundation for much western art and is a fascinating
source of inspiration. The Bishop’s Palace is a perfect first venue for the large piece A Modern Crucifixion.
There will also be a fragmented Madonna and child (just completed) in the exhibition.
Vin Jelly lives and works in Crediton and its surroundings. He is an honorary member of the
SWAc and has work in collections in Britain and overseas.
The exhibition runs until the 14th September. Admission charges apply. Visitors should check
opening arrangements before travelling because the palace hosts other events occasionally causing limited access.
Lar Cann SWAc Exhibition: Of Granite, Killas And Lodes Artmill Gallery, June 5th - July 5th Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm
Lar Cann is engaged with the impact of Cornwall's landscape brought about by the extraction of granite, copper and tin. This intervention
has revealed an otherwise hidden world of mineral wealth unrivalled in its beauty of colour and form and is a continuing source of
investigation in his painting. In this he brings a contemporary edge to the long-established Cornish School's exploration of
landscape as social history.
Ken Howard: Illustrated Talk Tuesday April 29, 2014
Ken Howard OBE RA Hon. SWAc Illustrated Talk Saturday May 3 at 6pm
Prof. Ken Howard's illustrated talk entitled From Belfast to Sennen Cove will be held at
on Saturday 3 May at 6pm. Tickets at £10 per person (to include a glass of wine) available only in advance from the Kennaway Office at 01395 515551.
Ken Howard was born in London. He studied at the Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art.
In 1958 he won a British Council Scholarship to Florence. He spent his National Service in the Royal Marines (1953-55).
In 1973 and 1978 he was the Official War Artist to Northern Ireland, and 1973-80 worked in various locations,
including Hong Kong, Cyprus and Canada with the British Army. In 1983 he was elected an Associate of the Royal
Academy (ARA). In 1998 he became President of the New English Art Club, a post he held until 2003. In 1991
he was elected a Royal Academician (RA).
Painting by Ken Howard RA hon SWAc
Academicians Show: Gallery Talk 2014 Thursday April 17, 2014
Gallery Talk by Colin Allbrook RI, RSMA, SEA, SWAc Academicians Exhibition 2014 6pm, Wednesday 28th May, 2014
In this year's Gallery Talk at the Academicians Exhibition, academician Colin Allbrook will give a presentation focusing on his development of technique and subject matter. The widely admired and accomplished painter will also take the audience through the landmarks of his distinguished career and future directions.
The talk will be given in the Cathedral room at the Royal Clarence Hotel.
Drecki Lecture 2014 An Artist's View presented by Ray Balkwill, SWAc
This year Academician Ray Balkwill
will give the Drecki lecture. Ray was born in Exeter and trained at Exeter College of Art and
is a popular author, teacher and painter. He is a strong advocate of painting en plein air and is passionate about his native
county - in particular his beloved Exe Estuary. The illustrated talk covers nearly three decades in Fine Art and provides a
fascinating glimpse into the artist's personal as well physical relationship with the place. He also reflects on his return
to college and his travels further afield in the search for new ideas and inspiration.
This year the Drecki Lecture will be held in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter in association with The Friends of RAMM.
Wednesday November 26, 6.30 for 7pm
£7.50 to include a drinks reception
Tickets available nearer the time from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Academicians Exhibition 2014 Monday March 24, 2014
Academicians Exhibition 2014 including the launch of the new book The South West Academy: Art, People, Place. Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th May 10-6pm
We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Academicians Exhibition will take place in the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter, in their Cathedral Room, overlooking the cathedral green.
The work of the Academy's remarkable members is brought together in annual event which is now a firmly established part of our region's cultural calendar.
This year's show will feature a first look at the Academy's new publication The South West Academy: Art, People, Place.
We were all sad to hear of the death of one of our founding members, Michael Morgan. The funeral will take place on Thursday 13th February at 1pm. It will be at the new East Devon Crematorium, (not the Exeter one). Directions are given on their
Below is a tribute to Michael written by Alan Cotton:
I first met Michael at an exhibition of his paintings at the Gordon Hepworth Gallery in Newton St Cyres. We talked much about his work and met shortly afterwards for a meal - the first of many. Gradually we became friends and this friendship developed when we came together as founding members of the South West Academy. As one might imagine, in setting up such an organisation, with far-reaching ambitions, there was much to do. Apart from his work as an artist, Michael had so many talents. When formulating the rules, and applying for Charity Status for our Academy, his knowledge of organisations and procedures was awesome. Yes, he was a pedant and his attention to detail was extreme, but alongside this, his impish sense of humour illuminated all our conversations. This humour surfaced on many occasions. At a crowded Private View, when looking at the work of a well established artist, he would say mischievously,
"Rather a good painting that. Had you thought of taking it up professionally?"
This was said with such a twinkle in his eye that I’m sure no one was ever offended. I know I wasn’t when he said it to me... many times.
Michael had a distinguished career as a painter, after a very successful life in education, culminating as Principal of the Froebel Institute at Roehampton and as a founding Trustee of the American University in London. As an artist, Michael was largely self taught, but writes that he was inspired by the artist John Blockley and the art historian, Ernst Gombrich. He developed a very individual approach to watercolour painting and was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, which meant a great deal to him. Talking about his paintings Michael said
"I like to think that the images I paint tell their own story for the viewer to unravel. Like Gustav Klimt, I believe that anyone who wants to find out about me - as an artist, which is all that is of interest, should look attentively at my paintings."
In the late 1990’s Michael met Mike and Rosemary Lambert, who were just about to open a new gallery, The Marine House at Beer. They exhibited his paintings and formed a close working relationship with him and a firm friendship with Michael and his wife Jill. He had a long series of successful exhibitions there, establishing a large following of purchasers and friends. The gallery continues to sell his paintings, prints, and books about his life and work. The most recent, both published by Halsgrove, were “The Paintings of Michael Morgan RI (2004) and “80 @ 80 - The Paintings of Michael Morgan” (2008).
Mike and Rosemary write,
"Hearing of his death ends 17 years of close friendship which developed between Michael, his wife Jill, and us. There are many good times to reflect on: his bemusement on first meeting in 1997 and being invited to exhibit at the shortly to be opened Marine House at Beer gallery in out of the way Beer; convivial lunches in a little Japanese restaurant in Dorset; enlisting his expert guidance in selecting the John Blockley prize at the RI; enjoying sharing his pride in his wonderful garden; his frequent visits to the gallery so pleasurable for all the staff; the exciting process of selecting and evaluating new paintings for his solo shows; his introduction of new artists to the gallery. These are just a few of the host of pleasurable events and time spent with Michael and Jill which will always remain in our memory."
I can echo what Mike and Rosemary Lambert say about his generosity towards other artists, including myself. He rejoiced as I do in the success of others and gave unstintingly of his time and energy to arts organisations. He was President of the Honiton Art Society, Patron of the Doddiscombsleigh Art Show and a stalwart of our Academy. Throughout our friendship together, we have enjoyed so many happy times, infused with humour and purpose. I will always have a huge affection for him, value the time we spent together and I, with his many friends and colleagues, will miss him greatly.
Works by Lar Cann Acquired by Sheffield University Friday November 29, 2013
One of the leading universities of the Russell Group, the University of Sheffield,
has recently procured three paintings from academician Lar Cann
to add to its
Heritage Collections. These works have been taken into an already extensive
collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware and ceramics, amongst a much
wider collection of artefact of scientific and scholarly significance amassed
over the past one hundred or more years.
The University of Sheffield Heritage Collections comprise paintings, sculpture,
ceramics, decorative textiles, maps, medals, memorabilia, scientific instruments
and silver as well as some specimen collections such as the Alfred Denny Zoology
Museum and the Turner Museum of Glass.
The two museum collections were created by university academics for specific
learning purposes. Students in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
still use Alfred Denny's specimens of species from all over the world,
collected from the 1900s onwards, in their studies and the location of WES
Turner's superb collection of artistic glass objects in an area used as a
cafe and meeting space in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
fulfils his wish that those employed in the technical research of engineering
materials should be surrounded by the potential of their medium for beauty
and creativity. Both museums are open to the public.
The other objects are the result of donations, gifts and purchases over
the years since the creation of the university in 1905. Almost all the
paintings, textiles and sculpture in the collections are on display
throughout the university campus to foster a pleasurable and creative
environment in which students and staff can work. The university also
supports and encourages artistic creativity though purchases,
commissions and exhibitions.
Dr Lynne Fox, University Heritage Officer, University of Sheffield
Further information about the collections can be found here:
Alan Cotton - Studio Exhibition Wednesday October 30, 2013
Alan Cotton - Studio Exhibition Open for Four Days: Saturday 30th November to Tuesday 3rd December 10am to 5pm Daily
Opening by Judi Spiers at 11am on Saturday
This will be the first Westcountry exhibition of Alan's paintings of Everest following his
expedition to Tibet and Mount Everest, as expedition artist, with the explorer David
Hempleman-Adams. After his exhibition of Everest paintings at Messum's Fine Art in London
in September 2012, Alan continues the theme with new paintings of the world's highest
mountain, for this Studio Exhibition in Colaton Raleigh.
There will also be paintings
from Hartland, Venice, Provence, Piemonte and the West Coast of Ireland.
Hidden In Plain Sight/Lar Cann Wednesday October 30, 2013
Hidden In Plain Sight: British Abstraction from the Collection Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery 26 October 2013 - 11 January 2014 Admission Free
Currently showing in the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and running
until 11th January 2014 is an exhibition highlighting key painting and sculpture
from the gallery's permanent collection, many of which have not been displayed
for a number of years.
Curated by Adam Milford, Learning Officer responsible for Site Interpretation,
it includes work from several of the leading artists of the St Ives School
such as Patrick Heron, Bryan Wynter, Alexander Mackenzie and John Wells. Barbara
Hepworth is represented with a number of pieces on loan from her estate.
Strength in depth comes with sculpture from Devonians Margaret Lovell, of
the Royal West of England Society, Peter Tysoe and Peter Thursby.
Prominent in the show is Devon-born Justin Knowles, who has work held by
both the Tate and Arts Council, amongst several other public collections,
and the 1991 Turner Prize nominee Ian Davenport.
South West Academician Lar Cann is pleased to see his work White -
Brown Advancing - White of 1967, has been included with this illustrious
company. "It was my first sale of note after leaving art school, and
marked an important start to my career."
Alex Cummings was curator at the City Art Gallery during the 60s and 70s
and fostered close ties with the Penwith Society, St Ives; he is to be
credited for acquiring this important aspect of the collection.
South West Academy Open Exhibition Monday October 21, 2013
South West Academy Open Exhibition 2013
Lionel Aggett Memorial Award Prize Winners
First prize - Phillip Booth, Coded Erratic
Second Prize - Eilean Eland, Ice Age Matron 2
Third Prize - Gregory Mason, Overhead
Brian Brusselle, Dartmoor Towards Black Head
Meg McCarthy, Scattered
Jess Davies, Sky View Farm
Brian Brusselle, Dartmoor Towards Peter Tavy
Charles Turner, Blue Boat At Topsham, Storm Clouds Over Powderham
John Sellings, Ursula Drawing on the Wall
Liz Cleves, House On The Hill - Budleigh Salterton
Jane Leitch, Vicarage Hill
Jim Dean, Into The Distance
David Lawrence, Old Time Circus
Anna Grayson Clark, An Allegory Of Modern Marriage
Young Artists Award 2013
The South West Academy's annual Open Show was much enhanced this year by the
prize giving for the Young Artists Award, alongside the traditional ceremony
for the winners of the Lionel Aggett Memorial Award.
After being extensively trailed last year it is with great pleasure
that we have restored the young artists' section to the yearly calendar
of The South West Academy. The Academy is now concentrating upon the age
range of 16 - 19, the age when young artists are at the end of their art
education in schools and preparing to enter University or College of Art
and Design to study art full-time.
We received well over one hundred entries to The Young Artists Award this
year from Independent, Academy and Local Authority Secondary Schools and
The work included ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, digital media,
photography and painting. The Selection Committee identified ten Highly
Commended pieces of work from this wide range. All ten can be found on the
Young Artists Page.
This year the first prize went to Kingsbridge Community College,
second prize to Stover School and third to Coombeshead Academy.
These works are on full display at the Open Exhibition.
We were pleased that all the schools were able to attend at Gloss
Gallery where the individual schools and artists were awarded cheques
up to the value of £150 or £100 respectively. This year's
winning young artist has informed us that she plans to use the award to
fund new photographic equipment for her forthcoming University Art degree
course. We are very pleased to be able to contribute, in a small way,
to a future career in the Arts.
Restored as an annual event the Academy is planning for the the Young
Artists Award again in 2014, with a desire to include even more schools
and colleges across the South West, so do look out for further
information on the website.
Art for Life Auction Tuesday September 24, 2013
Art for Life Auction Childrens' Hospice South West Academy Event
More than forty academicians of the South West Academy donated work to raise money
for the children's Hospice South West. A total of £20,510 was raised.
The photo below was taken outside the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter. Left to right: Peter Mallison SWAc, Emma Perry (CHSS), Eddie Farwell (Co-founder and Chief Executive,
CHSS), Alan Cotton, (SWAc; Patron: Art for Life) and Alison Summerfield (Sponsorship
Organizer for the Auction)
Drecki Lecture 2013 Saturday September 21, 2013
DRECKI LECTURE 2013: TRUE ART STORIES an illustrated talk by the award winning author and artist LAWRENCE ANHOLT 19th October 2013 6.15 for 7.00pm
Book now for the Drecki Lecture 2013 and listen to the fascinating True Art Stories
as told by award winning artist and author Laurence Anholt.
This illustrated talk will take place in the exciting surroundings
of the Exeter auctioneers Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood. Items for a forthcoming auction of antiquities
will be on display.
Come and join us at 7.00pm for a glass of wine and a canapé.
Tickets are £8 (to include refreshments) and are available from
Penny Keen at 07784 434791 or email:
Early booking advisable. Limited parking available. Bearnes,
Hampton and Littlewood Auctioneers, St. Edmund's Court,
Okehampton Street, Exeter EX14 1DU.
SWAc 2013 Open Exhibition Monday July 16, 2013
OPEN EXHIBITION 2013
The Academy's major annual Open Exhibition will run from
October 5th to November 2nd, 2013 at Gloss Gallery.
SWAc 2013 Open Exhibition Wednesday July 17, 2013
2013 South West Academy Open Show: CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Academy's major annual Open Exhibition will run from
October 5th to November 2nd, 2013. Artists wishing to submit
work for consideration should download and read all the following documents:
Alan Cotton: Art for Life Auction Wednesday July 17, 2013
Art For Life Auction Auction of Artworks to support the Children's Hospice
The event that was staged at the Royal Clarence on Saturday 11th May 2013, was
a tremendous success and as a result we were able to raise a large sum for
Children's Hospice. Thank to those academicians and others who donated a
piece of art work to the auction, where every single item was sold. The
room was full to capacity, many people standing at the back with a great
atmosphere as the auction (conducted by Robin Barlow) got under way. We
are still jubilant about the whole event, and we will be able to donate a
very substantial cheque to this great cause.
Painting by Ken Howard RA hon SWAc
Phil Creek: Young Artists Exhibition and Awards Wednesday June 12, 2013
Young Artists Exhibition and Awards
During the summer term 2013 the Academy is running a new art event for artists aged from 16-19.
We are asking young artists from years 11-13 in both schools and colleges in the South West to submit their work in art and design to the Academy for an exhibition in October 2013. The ten young artists, who show particular promise in art and design, including painting, printmaking, ceramics or sculpture will have their work placed on a dedicated page for Young Artists on the SWAc website from September 2013.
From this group of ten the Academy will award three top prizes of art materials to the value of £100, £50 and £25. A scrutiny panel of SWAc Academicians will select the top three Young Artists and one piece of work, from each of the young people, will be exhibited at The Gloss Gallery, Exeter as part of the Annual SWAc Open Exhibition.
Interested students should email a maximum of three images (in jpeg format) of up to a maximum of three un-aided works of art to email@example.com by the closing date: 30th June 2013.
The ten selected, most promising young artists, will be informed by July 31st 2013. The top three awards will be announced in September and the awards will be presented at The SWAc Open Exhibition on 4th October 2013 at The Gloss Gallery, Exeter.
Annual Academicians' Exhibition Friday May 10, 2013
2013 Academicians Exhibition 18 May - 8th June 2013 Wed-Thurs: 9.30-5:30 Fri-Sat: 9:30-6:00 Gloss Gallery, Exeter. Click here for map.
The work of the Academicians gathered together in the prestigious galleries of Gloss Art
for the annual show that has achieved recognition as a major event in the South West
Region's art calendar. View and purchase work in all media including entries from the
newly elected Academicians for 2013.
Exhibition: The Lens and the Easel Thursday March 21, 2013
The Lens and the Easel Portraits of the Artists of the South West Academy by Michael Carter 17th - 26 April 2013 The Gallery at the Ariel Center. Click here for map Monday-Friday 9:30am to 4:00pm Saturday 9:30am to 12:00pm
Although traditionally centred around Exeter, the South West Academy's
current active domain covers a large amount of map and a wider range
of talent. Its membership is distributed over four of England's South West
counties, and with Honorary members in London and the South East it
has the widest spread of artist Academicians outside Bristol's Royal West
Academy and London's R.A.
So when SWAc photographer Michael Carter outlined a project to make
classic black-and-white photographic portraits of all members in or around
their studios, he knew it would take both time and miles. His exhibition
The Lens and the Easel is his complete collection of SWAc faces - thirty-six
distinctive and original artists working in all media scrutinized by the lens.
A personal textual record of each of his visits is also presented alongside
the portraits, giving his impressions of the artists and some observations and
insights into their work. But The Lens and the Easel offers more than words and
faces: the artists have paired their portraits with their own selected artworks,
so visitors will now be able to see both the art and artist in one glance, and
also the place where the art was made.
'Artists are normally only known by their work,' says Michael Carter. 'But in
this show at the Ariel Centre Gallery the visitors get both. They'll see the face
in the studio, and they'll also see next to it an artwork that has been created
in the studio where the face has lurked. Under one roof they'll have the whole
of the South West Academy. So I think people will find there's something
satisfyingly complete about this exhibition.'
Charlie O'Sullivan in her Studio
Art For Life Auction Monday January 21, 2013
Art For Life Auction To raise money for Children's Hospice South West Royal Clarence Hotel, Saturday 11th May 2013, 10.30am - 12.30pm Auctioneer: Robin Barlow DL FRICS ASFAV
A substantial number of paintings by South West Academicians have already been
donated for auction to raise money for the Children's Hospice in North Devon.
Alan Cotton has recently formed a committee of Academicians and willing helpers
to organize the event. Donated paintings plus a selected number of paintings
by invited guest artists will be auctioned in the upper rooms of the Royal
Clarence Hotel in Cathedral Close, Exeter on May 11th.
All the paintings will be reproduced together with a short biography in a
full colour catalogue and sent out via a number of mailing lists. Speedprint
acting as one of the sponsors will print the catalogue and all paintings need
to be photographed by the end of February together with the 100 word biographies.
Thirty-five members have already generously donated art works to raise funds
for the continuing work of the hospice and other members of the Academy who
are interesting in donating a painting can contact Alan by email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on: 01395 568601.
Each painting will be displayed on the Art for Life Events Website well before
the auction and information about the auction will be included in the Children's
Hospice South West Newsletter. There will be further publicity across the media
including radio Devon. Sponsors are currently being contacted and anyone
interested in sponsorship can contact Alan or Alison Summerfield on 07770 941062 or at
The first Children's Hospice to be set up in the South West for the care of
children with limited life expectancy was Little Bridge House Nr Barnstaple.
In addition to caring for the children the hospice also provides accommodation
for parents and siblings to enable the whole family to be together for precious
periods of time. Now, thanks to continued fund raising, there are two more
Children's Hospices in the Westcountry; Charlton Farm Nr. Bristol and Little
Harbour, St Austell, Cornwall, all doing tremendous work with no government funding.
Alan Cotton Patron: Art for Life
Martin Dutton: Exhibition Thursday January 17, 2013
Parallel Themes: Exhibition of Paintings Mezzanine Gallery: 28th January - 15th April 2013
The exhibition brings together four inter-related themes that
Martin has been working on in recent years:
Intuitive abstraction, in-situ landscape painting, Dartmoor and landscape.
The exhibition runs from 28th January to 15th April at the Mezzanine Gallery,
Theatre Royal, Plymouth. There will be a Launch Party on
Tuesday February 12. Martin will be talking about his work from 5:30
to 6:30pm followed by drinks. Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew will open at the Theatre Royal on the same night.
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