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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.

SWAc 2015 Open Exhibition
Thursday July 2, 2015
2015 South West Academy Open Show:

The Academy's major annual Open Exhibition will run from 29th of September to 3rd October, 2015. Artists wishing to submit work for consideration should download and read all the following documents:

Call For Entries

Conditions of Entry

Submission Form

Should be made to the exhibition space - St Stephen’s Church, High Street, Exeter, EX4 3LN on Sunday 27th September between 6pm and 7.30pm.

Saturday 3rd October 2015 from 4.45pm to 6.30pm. Any uncollected work may incur a storage charge.

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.


Lar Cann: Exhibition, Terrain
Sunday October 26, 2014
Lar Cann SWAc: Terrain
An Exhibition at Royal Cornwall Museum
27 September 2014 - 27 February 2015

The landscape we see is dependent on the geology we cannot see. Terrain features work by a potter, a ceramic sculptor, a painter and a photographer, brought together because of what they show us about the geology and minerals beneath the surface of Cornwall. This is not for decorative effect, but reveals a far more elemental relationship with the solidity of our ground.

The Royal Cornwall Museum provides the most meaningful location for the exhibition Terrain. This is the home of the Royal Institution of Cornwall and its internationally renowned collection of minerals and geological histories of the county is considered one of the finest in the world.

Terrain adds a contemporary Cornish investigation to the genre of art referencing geology, presenting a spread of beautiful art and artefacts in the very building that enables the most direct visual research.

Esther Dudley, Curator


Open Exhibition 2014
Monday September 15, 2014
SWAc Open Exhibition 2014
September 23rd-27th 10am - 6pm
St. Stephens Church, High Street, Exeter EX4 3LN

In a striking departure the South West Academy has moved its annual Open Show to the centre of Exeter High Street, staging this popular and prestigious exhibition in the newly renovated St Stephens Church. This spacious and beautifully lit space is ideal for displaying the work chosen from the record number of entries this year from all over the South West Region.

Over two hundred paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and other examples of the applied arts have been selected for display. These will be complemented by some outstanding examples of their current work by the Academicians and the Guest Artists, sculptor and printmaker Peter Randall-Page and potter Tessa Rubbra.

Guest Artists
Tessa studied ceramics at the Central School in London. In the late seventies she founded Speen Pottery in Buckinghamshire and immediately her reputation as a potter producing finely thrown tableware was established. There are four aspects that neatly combine in Tessa's work. Her skill as a thrower that gives strength to the profile of the form, the rich glazes and harmonic colour that relate to the considered design, adopting the paper resist technique, and the insistence that the finished work has a practical use.

Ceramics by Tessa Rubbra

During the past 25 years Peter Randall-Page has gained an international reputation through his sculpture drawings and prints. He has undertaken numerous large-scale commissions and exhibited widely. His work is held in public and private collections throughout the world. A selection of his public sculptures can be found in many urban and rural locations throughout the UK and his work is in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery and the British Museum amongst others.

Lithographs by Peter Randall Page

Awards and Prizes
This is the Fifteenth Open Exhibition that the Academy has staged in Exeter. Over the years much critical acclaim has been accrued for the quality and breadth of work displayed. As in past years a panel of Academicians and guests will choose from amongst the public entries the three winners of the Lionel Aggett Memorial Award who will receive cash prizes sponsored by the Academy, as will the winner of the work given the most votes by visitors to the exhibition.

Young Artists
Nothing is more exciting in the visual arts than the emergence of new and exciting talent and this will be the second year that the Academy's Young Artists Award will be combined with the Open. The winners of each age category and their schools will receive Academy sponsored prizes.

Gallery Talk
Titled ‘An Artist trying to Work Things Out' Academician Tony Williams SWAc will deliver the Open Gallery Talk at 6pm on Wednesday 24th September at the Exhibition.Tony, who lives and works in rural Devon, is an established and successful figurative painter working in a modern impressionist style of landscapes and seascapes mainly in oils. He is also well known for his skilled teaching methods. His paintings are held widely in private collections across the UK and Europe and are exhibited at the Steam Gallery at Beer, at Fisherton Mill in Salisbury, The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle, Gloss Art in Exeter, The West Gallery and across the Region. He has had many demonstration feature articles published in The Artist and International Artist magazines.

Exhibition: Alan Cotton
Monday August 11, 2014
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.

For further details visit www.messums.com or www.alancotton.co.uk

Exhibition: Vin Jelly
Tuesday July 29, 2014
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.


Vin Jelly SWAc with Fragmented Madonna and Child

SWAc 2014 Open Exhibition
Thursday May 29, 2014
2014 South West Academy Open Show:

The Academy's major annual Open Exhibition will run from September 23, 2014. Artists wishing to submit work for consideration should download and read all the following documents:

Call For Entries

Conditions of Entry

Form A (entry by email)

Form B (postal entry)

Exhibition: Lar Cann
Monday June 2, 2014
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.

The Artmill Gallery and Framing Centre
83 Hyde Park Road
Plymouth PL3 4JN


Lar Cann: De Lank XV - Two Setts and Prussian Blue

Exhibition: Laura Hudson
Thursday May 29, 2014
Laura Hudson SWAc
Exhibition: Passing Through
The Plough Art Centre, 17 - 28 June 2014

Drawing is the starting point for a new body of work by Laura Hudson. Landscapes of a sort, these evocations in paint are inspired by the land from North Devon to the Cornish coast.

At the The Plough Arts Center 9-11 Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8HQ
Tel: 01805 624624

For more information visit laurahudson.co.uk.

Painting by Laura Hudson

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 Kennaway House 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.

Tickets are available from Penny Keen at 07784 434791 or by email:


Drecki Lecture 2014
Monday April 14, 2014
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 Exeter Museums and Art Gallery.

Wednesday November 26, 6:00 for 6:30pm
£7.50 to include a drinks reception
Tickets available from October 14 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.

Please click here for a map.

Tribute to Michael Morgan
Sunday February 9, 2014
Michael Morgan RI SWAc
A Tribute

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 website.

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.

Photograph © Dr Lynne Fox

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.

Photograph © Dr Lynne Fox

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.

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery Website

Photograph © reproduced by kind permission of PCMAG.

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

Gallery Prize
Brian Brusselle, Dartmoor Towards Black Head

Highly Commended
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 Colleges.

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
an illustrated talk by the award winning author and artist
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: admin@southwestacademy.org.uk. 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

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:

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:

Call For Entries

Conditions of Entry

Form A (entry by email)

Form B (postal entry)

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 swacyoungartists@gmail.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: alancotton1@btinternet.com 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 alisonsummerfield@hotmail.co.uk.

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.


SWAc: 2015 Open Exhibition  22.09.2015

Alan Cotton: Contours in Colour  07.09.2015

SWAc Academicians at the RSMA Open  23.08.2015

Academicians Summer Exhibition  01.09.2015

Open Show 2015: Call for Entries  02.07.2015

Academicians Exhibition 2015  31.05.2015

Big Colyton Art Show  26.02.2015

Alan Cotton: Retrospective  26.02.2015

Lar Cann: Exhibition  26.10.2014

Open Exhibition 2014  15.09.2014

Alan Cotton: Exhibition  11.09.2014

Vin Jelly: Exhibition  29.07.2014

Lar Cann: Exhibition  02.06.2014

Laura Hudson: Exhibition  29.05.2014

Call For Entries  29.05.2014

Ken Howard: Illustrated Talk  29.04.2014

Gallery Talk: Colin Allbrook  17.04.2014

Ray Balkwill: Drecki Lecture 2014  14.04.2014

Academicians Exhibition  24.03.2014

Tribute to Michael Morgan  09.02.2014

Works by Lar Cann at Sheffield Univ.  29.11.2013

Alan Cotton - Studio Exhibition  30.10.2013

Hidden in Plain Sight/Lar Cann  30.10.2013

Lionel Aggett Prize and Young Artists Award  21.10.2013