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James Tatum: Radio Interview
Saturday May 7, 2016
James Tatum: Interview & Exhibition

Academician James Tatum and photographer Paul Moody will be interviewed on Sunday may 8th on the Jo Loosemoor Show on BBC Radio Devon 11.30 - 12 noon.

Their Exhibition at Stephen's Church, Exeter High Street will run from 9th - 14th May, 10 - 6pm.


Academicians: Open Studio
Saturday May 7, 2016
Ken Cosgrove and Greg Mason: Open Studio

SWAc Associates Ken Cosgrove and Greg Mason Open their Exeter Studio, Hope Hall. May 13th - 15th 10.00 - 5.30pm.


Martin Dutton: Exhibition
Tuesday May 3, 2016
Martin Dutton: Hue Exhibition

Exhibition of abstract works featuring Academician Martin Dutton at the Artizan gallery, 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5UW until 13th May


Richard Thorn: New Book
Tuesday May 3, 2016
Richard Thorn: Down an English Lane

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 to light'.

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.

PDF Brochure

Print By Mary Gillett

Exhibition at Delamore Park Gallery
Tuesday April 19, 2016
Academicians And Associates Exhibition
at the Delamore Park Gallery

1-31 May 10:30am to 4:30pm

Showing the work of the forty-five academicians and thirteen Associates of the South West Academy


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 Hulbert Gallery!

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!

Coming Home

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 Galleries, London.


Rupert W. Brooks (Facebook)

Rupert Brooks: Intersection

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 our landscapes.

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.

BBC Iplayer (Great British Railway Journeys)

Peter Randall-Page
Thursday December 10, 2015
Peter Randall-Page
The One and The Many

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.


The One and The Many

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.


High Down Wavellite - Erythrite and Oxide Red

Phil Creek: Exhibition
Monday November 16, 2015
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.

Peter Randall-Page on Facebook.

Peter Randall-Page

Colin Allbrook: Exhibition
Saturday October 17, 2015
Colin Allbrook: Exhibition of New Paintings
Sat. 24th October - Tuesday 3rd November
10.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 5.00pm Daily

An Exhibition of new paintings at Waterside Gallery, Instow.

Open Exhibition 2015
Tuesday September 22, 2015
SWAc Open Exhibition 2015
St. Stephen's Church, High St., Exeter
29th September - 3rd October
9.30 - 5.00pm Tue - Fri, 9.30 - 4.30pm Sat.

Featuring diverse work by talented artists from across the South West region together with work from the academicians of the South West Academy. The exhibition will feature the work of Lionel Aggett.

A online exhibition catalogue can be viewed here.

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.

The Royal Society of Marine Artists
The Mall Galleries, London

SWAc 2015 Summer Academicians Exhibition
Saturday August 1, 2015
Academicians Summer Exhibition
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX

Including work from forty artists and a wide range of 21st century styles and genres, using traditional and experimental media.

The upcoming exhibition is featured in Wall Street International Online.

Academicians Exhibition 2015
Sunday May 31, 2015
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
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.

Further information and prices available: www.thebigcolytonartshow.co.uk

Events can also be followed on twitter @BigColytonArt and Facebook at facebook.com/thebigcolytonartshow.

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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