Publication of SWAc Academician Richard Thorn's Down an English Lane
will take place in the last week of May.
Available from all good bookshops and on-line retailers at £24.99. Also available
direct from Halstar publisher and from richardthornart.co.uk
Pages from Down an English Lane
Kieron Williamson: Demonstration Tuesday May 3, 2016
Kieron Williamson at Delamore Arts
Thirteen year-old artist prodigy Kieron Williamson, is a star guest at the Delamore Arts
exhibition on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May where he will demonstrate his painting skills
to the visiting public.
Kieron, dubbed the ‘mini monet’ by the media, came to public attention aged 6 when his
prodigious artistic ability saw his first paintings being snapped up by collectors. since then,
Kieron’s lifetime earnings from his paintings have topped £1.5 million and his talent has grown
with age. From early watercolours, Kieron has now also mastered oils and pastels – a
delicate pastel of mount's Bay in Cornwall, is in the exhibition at £9000.00. Paintings
completed during his visit will also be on sale along with signed copies of his book 'Coming
The Red Dress by Kieron Williamson
Mary Gillett: Course Saturday April 23, 2016
New Printmaking Courses with Mary Gillett
Mary Gillett will be giving new printmaking courses this summer, at Tamar Print Workshop.
Michael Norman: Derwent Sponsor's Award 2016 Friday March 11, 2016
Academician Michael Norman receives Derwent Sponsor’s Award 2016 award
The award was given at the Private View of the Pastel Society at the Mall
Galleries, London. The annual exhibition is always held at the Mall
Galleries as the Pastel Society is a member of the Federation of
British Artists. Ann Widdecombe opened the exhibition and presented
Michael Norman with his award.
More images of the exhibition can be found on the Pastel Society and
Mall gallery websites.
Sherborne Abbey Exhibition Friday March 4, 2016
Yeovil Hospital Charity Exhibition at Sherborne Abbey
The Exhibition will run from the 2nd to 11th of April, 10.00-6.00pm at Sherborne Abbey.
Workshops at Thelma Hulbert Thursday March 3, 2016
Academicians lead the way in a programme of workshops and talks at the Thelma
Academicians provided a vibrant and varied programme of talks and workshops
throughout the SWAc Exhibition at the THG in Honiton. Alan Cotton set the scene by
giving a most interesting guided tour of the exhibition. About eighteen members of the
public attended. His talk was full of insights and was peppered with many interesting
biographical details of many of the artists. Those attending were most responsive and
were given plenty of opportunity to raise questions about the techniques, structure and
meaning of the works displayed.
Meanwhile, Bob Mountjoy gave three separate workshops for primary schools in the
Honiton area, whilst David Norman led a demonstration/ workshop for adults.
In the meantime Phil Creek conducted three separate workshops to older children from
colleges as far afield as Newton Abbot and Sidmouth. He also met members of the
Honiton Memory Cafe where images from the SWAc catalogue were used to
encourage and strengthen their memory recall.
Alan Bourne, SWAc Trustee
David Norman's Workshop
Robert Jennings FRSA SWAc Thursday March 3, 2016
Robert Jennings FRSA SWAc
An Academician of the South West Academy for many years, sadly, Robert Jennings died at the
beginning of February 2016. Robert had a full and varied life. His initial training was at
Hornsey Art School, but this was immediately followed by National Service in the Royal Navy.
He then began a lifetime of work in the creative side of advertising, a career that employed all
of his creative talents and took him all over the world. He spent many years running advertising
agencies in India and Africa as well as travelling to China and Jordan. These travels were
recorded in sketches and paintings.
Returning to Devon he continued with his work in advertising and print but no matter where he
was in the world, he also pursued his commitment to painting and became involved with numerous Art
Societies. Robert exhibited work with the Royal West of England in Bristol, The
South West Academy in Exeter and many galleries such as the Walker Gallery in Honiton
and the Clifton Gallery in Bristol. He is the author of the book Pen and Wash published
by Search Press and wrote articles for The International Artist. His work is in many private
collections in England and abroad.
Charlie O'Sullivan: Open Studio Monday February 1, 2016
Charlie O'Sullivan: Open Studio Day Sat 6th February 2016, 11am - 5pm
Charlie O'Sullivan is opening up her studio on
Saturday 6th of Feb 2016 11am till 5.00pm
please feel free to pop over to Snawdon Saw Mills, Yealmbridge, Yealmpton, Plymouth PL8 2EQ. All welcome.
I have recently moved to a new studio in an old converted Mill on the A379 west of Modbury near the Exeter - Plymouth
expressway and thought it would be fun to open the space for the day to allow, colleagues, friends, and customers
a peek into where I spend most of my working days and nights!
David Brooke: Exhibition Saturday January 30, 2016
David Brooke: One Man Show
South West Academician David Brooke has a One Man Show of his Paintings and Drawings at the Acanthus Gallery, 12A West Street, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4JX from 23rd January to 12th March 2016. Lots of new work on show.
The Gallery is open 10.30am to 4.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Rupert W. Brooks: Threadneedle Prize Thursday January 14, 2016
Rupert W. Brooks: Work Selected for Threadneedle Art Prize
Academician Rupert W. Brooks has had his painting Intersection
selected to be part of the 2016 Columbia Threadneedle Prize. Now in
its eighth edition, The Columbia Threadneedle Prize is Europe’s
leading open competition for figurative and representational art. The
exhibition runs from the 3rd to 20th February 2016 at the Mall
Academicians Exhibition Opening Thursday January 14, 2016
Academicians Exhibition Opens at Thelma Hulbert Gallery
The Academicians Exhibition was opened on January 9th at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery,
by Phil Norrey, Chief Executive Devon County Council.
From Phil's speech:
"The southwest is a culturally and creatively vibrant area. Its artistic
life reflects not only the strong feeling of connectedness that artists
have with the place and the people that live there, but also a freedom of
spirit which comes from the sense of space and the distinctiveness of
The South West Academy reflects both the individuality and the strong
community bonds, which characterise Devon and its neighbouring
counties. It promotes and celebrates individual excellence in the visual
arts whilst fostering the collective strength of the artistic community.
Academicians both benefit from and contribute to the work of the Trust
in promoting appreciation of and participation in the arts within the wider
community. The 2016 Academy Exhibition is a brilliant showcase of their work".
Phil Norrey, Chief executive Devon County Council
Ray Balkwill: TV Appearance Tuesday January 12, 2016
Academician Ray Balkwill on Great Railway Journeys
Academician Ray Balkwill will appear on the BBC Two's Great Railway Journeys
with Michael Portillo on Thursday 14th January at 6.30pm.
The programme will be available on the BBC iplayer after broadcast.
Commissioned for the recently opened Fitzroy Place, London The One and
The Many is primarily a celebration of human ingenuity and
imagination. Embracing many cultures, the sculpture is situated in the
heart of Fitzrovia, an area with a rich and vibrant cultural history
and thriving creative community.
Carved from a 25 tonne, 3.5 metre high naturally eroded granite
boulder the sculpture is inscribed over its entire surface with marks
carved in low relief representing writing systems from the earliest
cuneiform script (active 5,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia) to
those still in use today. The texts themselves are creation stories
from various cultures, each conveyed in their own writing systems.
Catch Peter on Radio 4's Start the Week talking about the sculpture
and ideas behind the project on Monday 14 December. The
programme will also be available as a podcast on BBC iPlayer.
Lar Cann: Painting Acquired Thursday November 25, 2015
Lar Cann: Painting acquired by the Royal Institution of Cornwall
Following the exhibition Terrain mounted in the Royal Cornwall Museum's Philbright Gallery over the period September 2014 - February 2015, the Royal Institution of Cornwall has acquired the painting High Down Wavellite - Erythrite and Oxide Red (below) for the museum's permanent collection.
The focus of the exhibition was exploring aspects of the geology of Cornwall through the mediums of paint, clay and photography and how the landscape we see is conditioned by what lies beneath the surface and how this has been revealed by human intervention over centuries of mining, quarrying and the extraction of china clay.
Phil Creek: One-person Show Here and There Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th November
The exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday 24th until Saturday 28th November with a smaller show continuing until December 5th. The Georgian House is closed on Sunday and Monday.
There will be paintings from Devon, Cornwall and the USA.
Tony Williams: Award Wednesday October 28, 2015
Tony Williams wins Charles Pears Award
Academician Tony Williams receiving the Charles Pears Award at the Royal Society of Marine
Artists 2015 exhibition, presented by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston at the Mall Galleries on 13th October.
Peter Randall Page: New Work and Exhibition Wednesday October 28, 2015
Theme and Variation by Peter Randall-Page: A new ceramic frieze for the facade of the Bramall Music Building
Exhibition: The making of Theme and Variation Bramall Music Building & Aston Webb Rotunda University of Birmingham 8 Oct 2015 - 27 Jan 2016
Theme and Variation is a frieze constructed from over 900 unique hand made terracotta tiles using the same ‘Sgraffito' technique of the original 1905 friezes made by Robert Anning Bell.
The abstract design of the frieze is derived from the visual interpretation of improvisation in jazz music and offers a contemporary contrast to the figurative friezes on the surrounding buildings representing scenes of engineering, industry and academic endeavour.
Alan Cotton: Retrospective Monday September 7, 2015
Alan Cotton Contours in Colour Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery 17th September - 1st November
Alan’s Retrospective Exhibition spanning over 40 years of his work opens at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum
and Art Gallery in Exeter on 17th September and runs until 1st November. The paintings have been collated
from public and private collections worldwide, including the Royal Collection and features paintings from
his early days in the Wye and Otter Valleys, and Hartland to Venice, Provence, Piemonte, Ireland, Fiji,
New Zealand and Everest.
There is a commemorative catalogue of the Retrospective "Contours in Colour", which has 68 paintings reproduced
in colour and can be obtained from the RAMM shop. The text, commenting on each decade of the artist’s work, is
by Alan’s biographer, Jenny Pery. The exhibitions will be supported by lectures and talks.
This exhibition has travelled from "The Edge", the new Centre for the Arts at the University of Bath, where
it was opened by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex at the end of June.
Click here for further information on the exhibition and related events.
SWAc Academicians at the RSMA Open Sunday August 23, 2015
Royal Society of Marine Artists Federation of British Artists The Mall, London SW1 Wednesday 14 October - Sunday 25 October 10am to 5pm daily (closing 1pm on final day)
The SWAc Academicians Colin Allbrook, Phil Creek and Tony Williams will be exhibiting their work at The Royal Society
of Marine Artists annual open exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London. Every autumn the RSMA stages its Annual Exhibition
at the Mall Galleries in central London. This Open Exhibition is widely recognised as a showcase for the best in
contemporary marine art, with selected work by non-members hung alongside the work of our current Members.
SWAc Academicians Exhibition 2015 The Castle, Exeter, Castle Street, EX4 3PU Tuesday 9th - Saturday 13th June 2015
Showing selected work from the Academicians of the South West Academy.
Big Colyton Art Show Thursday February 26, 2015
BIG COLYTON ART SHOW Cottrill Hall, Colyton Grammar School, Colyford EX24 6HN Saturday 21 March, 10.30am to 6pm Sunday 22 March, 11am to 3.30pm
A number of our SWAc Academicians and Members will be involved in the BIG COLYTON ART SHOW.
Over fifty of the regions finest artists, ceramicists, jewellers and glass makers will have work for sale and display. These include Charlie O'Sullivan, Sara and Simon Bor, Alan Cotton, Phil Creek, Ann Roe Jones, Michael Morgan, Martin Dutton, Mike Bernard, Andrew Coates, Anthony Frost, Emma Malony, John Hammond and many more.
Alan Cotton: Retrospective Exhibition Thursday February 26, 2015
Alan Cotton SWAc Retrospective Exhibition: Contours in Colour University of Bath: 30th Jun - 12th Sep 2015 Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter: 17th Sep - 1st Nov 2015
The University of Bath has just completed the building of a new Centre for the Arts, which will have a whole range of new arts facilities. The Centre has two theatres, music rooms, dance and drama studios, a restaurant and one large and two smaller galleries for contemporary art. In order to celebrate the opening of this new venture the university has invited Alan Cotton to have the first Summer Exhibition, which will show paintings from collections, spanning the decades since his days as an art student.
John Struthers, the Director of ICIA, (Institute for Contemporary and Interdisciplinary Arts), who has been overseeing the project, said "Alan has been a huge support to the University of Bath in moving our ambitious arts project forward. He is an Honorary Professor of the University and has been involved in fundraising and advocacy for several years. It is fitting therefore that our first annual Summer Exhibition should be the first retrospective of his work."
Contours in Colour will be shown at the University of Bath to be opened on the 30th June by the Earl of Wessex, Chancellor of Bath University and running until the 12th of September 2015. The exhibition will then have a second showing in Exeter at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum opening on the 17th September and running until the 1st November. There will be a commemorative catalogue, with a Foreword by Dame Professor Glynis Breakwell (Vice Chancellor), and the exhibitions will be supported by lectures and talks.
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