Good News for the Summer

William Packer 
Has a couple of drawings in the current Chelsea Art Club display which is at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in London

David Sprakes
David is showing work at Patchings Arts Centre, Nottingham from Saturday 11th May to Sunday 29th September with the YORKSHIRE SCULPTORS GROUP in an outdoor exhibition called BREAKING GROUND.  He also has work in The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate, from Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th July.

John Sprakes
Is having a one man exhibition in the Barn Gallery at Patchings Arts Centre Nottingham on the 11th May 2019 until the 23rd June 2019.  The exhibition includes some of the paintings included in his recently published book “Journey into Abstraction”.  He will also be signing copies during the course of the exhibition.  John will also be Guest Artist at Patchings Arts Festival, starting on the 11th July.

Congratulations to Austin Cole, Lee Madgwick, Bridget Moore and Melissa Scott-Miller, who are all showing work in the Royal Academy Summer Show.
When visiting the Summer Exhibition at the RA this year, do also look out for works from Honorary RBA members:
Norman Ackroyd RA, Olwyn Bowey RA, James Butler RA, Joyce Cairns PRSA, Frederick Cuming RA, Anthony Green RA, Ken Howard RA, Phillip King PPRA and Shanti Panchal

Summer Exhibition: 10th June – 12th August 2019
Opening Times: Daily 10am-6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm

AND some really exciting news from some of our RBA RISING STARS, past and present …

Charlie Schaffer has had an amazing year, having been awarded:

  • The Brian Botting Prize of £5000 at the Lynn-Painter Stainer’s exhibition [for the 3rd time out of the 4 years that it has been running],
  • Awarded second place at this year’s Artist & Illustator’s Artist of the Year
  • AND has been awarded the £35,000 First Prize at the prestigious BP Portrait Awards 2019.  Along with this he has a commission, at the National Portrait Gallery Trustees’ discretion, worth £7000.  The artwork can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery, London  from 13th June
          ‘Imara in her Winter Coat’

Juliet Gibbs, one of this year’s RBA RISING STARS:

Won the Open Contemporary Young Artist Award at the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle, with her painting:
Alex J Wood – another of this year’s RBA RISING STARS:
Alex is exhibiting work at Volksbank in Speyer Germany from 14 June until 4 July.  He will be showing some new bronze sculptures and watercolours in ‘Rising Stars’ curated by Ralph Gelbert.  The Private View / Kultournacht is from 7:00 pm on 14 June.
‘Arabesque – Patinated bronze’
Teresa Hunyadi – Rome Scholarship winner 2019
She has a new solo show coming up next August at the Patriothall Gallery in Edinburgh.  The opening will be on the 2nd of August and the closing event on the 18th of August.
Address: Wasps Scotland, Patriothall, Edinburgh, EH3 5AY
Blaze Cyan:
She has a work in the RA Summer Exhibition and this year was promoted to ‘Fellow’ of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.  At present she has work in the Bankside Gallery, as one of  ’25 Selected artists from The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers & The Royal Society of Watercolour Artists’.  Blaze is a member of ‘The Arborealists’ an international group of artists specialising in the representation of trees and has work in the Society of Wood Engravers 81st Exhibition.  This is a touring exhibition and its next venue is:
Penwith Gallery, Back Road West, Saint Ives TR26 1NL 
Exhibition: 19th June – 20th July 2019‘Greenwich Park 1’
AND the RBA’s most recent good news is that MICK DAVIES VPRBA will take over as President when Nick Tidnam PRBA, NEAC stands down at the AGM in July.  Congratulations to Mick!

RBA forges links with young Blacksmiths at Hereford College of Art

The Royal Society of British Artists works hard throughout the year to support and encourage young and emerging artists. Alongside the Rome Scholarship, the RBA Rising Stars exhibition, the RBA Star Students programme and offering the de Lazslo Foundation and LARA Prizes to young artists, this year the RBA have forged links with the BA Artist Blacksmithing course at Hereford College of Arts.
Always striving to encourage young sculptors, Vice President Mick Davies visited the College along with Honorary Treasurer, Francis Drasar, earlier this year. The technical aspects of metal working exemplify the RBA’s dedication to combining high artistic concepts with equally high standards of skill and draughtsmanship and the Society was so impressed by the work being produced by the students that they invited four to exhibit pieces in the Annual Exhibition. Acclaimed RBA sculptor Guy Portelli will visit the college to address the students and offer mentoring advice.





Talks & Demonstrations during the Exhibition

Thursday 4th July
2pm – 4pm
John Sprakes: “Journey into Abstraction” – a power point talk showing the artist’s fascinating creative journey from figurative through to abstract work. His work is celebrated in his new book of the same title, which illustrates his journey with lots of colour illustrations.

5th July
2pm – 4pm
Coffee afternoon. Sketching in the Gallery with Bex Balloons, who makes the most amazing balloon sculptures – circus theme

6th July
11.30 am – 1pm
David Brammeld “Graphite Demo: Expressive Landscape – the Beauty of Trees”. David will be performing one of his popular drawing demonstrations in the main gallery space.

8th July
2pm – 4pm
The RBA and the rebirth of the Alexandra Palace Theatre – how the project developed – Join Louise Stewart, CEO of Alexandra Palace to hear about the Theatre, film maker Richard Smith to view film about the project and artists Mick Davies, Austin Cole, Annie Boisseau, Meg Dutton and Melissa Scott-Miller, to hear about how they tackled the same subject so many different ways.

9th July
11am – 1pm
Austin Cole –
‘Printing Alexandra Palace’. Following the progress of a work from idea to fruition

2pm – 4pm
Robert E Wells: “The Power of the Sketchbook” and it’s use as part of the creative process. [Robert will provide a number of his own working books to demonstrate the process from initial drawings through to large studio paintings, and their use as a constant source of reference material.
There will also be an opportunity for an informal workshop if students wish to bring along their own sketch books for discussion.
Robert has recently had a book published of his work, and is featured in two forthcoming articles in the Artist Magazine where the subjects of book publication and The Power of the Sketchbook will be further explored.

Wednesday 10th July
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Carole Griffin demonstration – “Working in watercolour on a still life”

Thursday 11 July
2pm – 4pm
Nick Tidnam “Looking at figures in the landscape” [Participants will need sketchbooks and a variety of drawing materials]

12th July
11am – 1pm & 2pm -4pm
David Sawyer
Plein air session painting on the Mall or in St James’s Park

Saturday 13th July
2pm – 4pm
Martyn Baldwin – demonstration “Sketching a self portrait”

“The Family Portrait” Competition

The “Family Portrait” was a competition for students from Polish Saturday Schools organised by the Polish Educational Society under the aegis of “The Portrait Foundation” by Barbara Hamilton. Mick Davies VPRBA had been invited to join the panel of judges to select the winning works. There were more than 600 entries from all over the UK and a final 130 portraits were selected, to be judged by the jury. Prizes were then awarded by the jury in four age categories: 5-6 years old, 7-9 years old, 10-12 years old and 13+ years old.

Mick said, “Choosing winners was so difficult … they were all winners in my eyes – I really enjoyed looking at all the artwork.”

“Mick with Maja Sabatowska who helped to organise the event”