RBA Star Students at ROSL Arts

ROSL ARTS Celebrating and supporting the future of fine art RBA Star Students with the Arts Society presents an exhibition of art by young artists just beginning their creative careers.


Friday 6 March – Sunday 19 April

ROSL presents an exhibition developed with the Arts Society and the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA). The artworks presented have been selected as the top entries from the RBA Star Students competition which encourages aspiring young artists.

Initially identified by The Arts Society’s local Societies, the RBA selected the very best pieces from the nominations to be presented at ROSL. Exhibited are 39 artworks chosen from over 200 entries, demonstrating the highest levels of skill, expression and draughtsmanship using a variety of mediums and exploring equally varied subjects.

Exhibiting Artists:

William Adams, Beatrix Barber, Louise Batchelor, Tara Bean, Rebecca Deary, Annie Doran, Charlie Fern, Lucy Fitzwilliam-Lay, Kate Fung, Demi Gao, Hannah Graham, Erin Hartnett, Robbie Haynes, Jason Jac Ben Wan, Rachel Jane Barlow, Mizuki Jones, Keri Kennett, Francis Kenneth, Eve Leckey, Erica Liffen, Alexander Daniel McKenzie, Sophie Meadows, Emma Money, Emma Moore, Anna Peake, Amy Pozzilli, Alice Pun, Toby Richardson, Ella Sambrook, Sungmin Song, Grace Stansall-Seiler, Charlotte Wattam, Felicitas Wagner, Yolanda Wang, Ella Williams, Jonah Williams, Archie York and Andy Zhao.









Some March Good News

More than ever, at times like this, we could all do with some good news … however to be honest, some of the news
I have to share from Members may not turn out too well in the end, as galleries are shutting their doors all over the UK!

Still, it’s good to know what has been going on, so here are some news items to hopefully cheer and share:

Carole Griffin was invited to do a watercolour demonstration of fruit for an article in the January issue of the Artists and Illustrators Magazine

Austin Cole has had these 3 prints shortlisted for the NEAC Exhibition

David Sawyer:  Following his invitation to accompany HRH Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall on their recent Caribbean tour, David has an exhibition at the Panter & Hall Gallery in Pall Mall.  The gallery is still open at the moment and the exhibition continues until 27th March

Cinzia Bonada has informed us that the Small Paintings Group, which includes some of our members, are in:

The Geedon Gallery Spring Exhibition

Jaggers, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex CO5 7DN
From 4th – 19th April

‘Path by the Railway’ by Cinzia Bonada

John Sprakes is having a large one man show at Beverley Art Gallery which will run from the 14th March until 30 May:

Treasure House, Champney Road, Beverley HU17 8HE

AND … there is lots of good news from some of our RISING STARS:

Alexander James Wood
Alex J Wood is excited to have shown new bronzes, including Piña Colada PalmGush and a new series of watercolours at the Superfine! Art Fair in Los Angeles recently

He says he is now working with ceramics and The Groucho Club have some of his work in their art collection

Alice Boggis Rolfe has had some work shown in the Osborne Studio Gallery’s exhibition ‘New Horizons’ and also in The Wykeham Gallery Christmas show which continued until March

Owain Hunt is a member of Contemporary British Portrait Painters and has work in the 2020 Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries.  He has also had a Solo Show – ‘Perceptions’ – at Cass Art in Bristol

‘Woman in a Knitted Jumper’ by Owain Hunt

Alexander Glass:
At the end of 2019 Alex was offered the opportunity to create British Airways’ First Life magazine’s Winter Edition cover:

Also, for the second year running he contributed a work to the Terrence Higgins Trust Auction which was held at Christies

Deeper – 2019
epoxy resin, jesmonite & silver ring

We are delighted to report that the following young ‘STARS’ managed to have their work included in this year’s show, helping to produce an exhibition of such outstanding quality:
Poppy Field, Natalier Glinoer, Owain Hunt, Charlie Schaffer Liqing Tan,
Tara Versey  and Alex Wood

Also … among this year’s applicants for the Rome Scholarship were:

Merlin Bateman-Paris, Jonathan Farningham and Julia Watson
… who all had their work included in the exhibition!

I’m sure you will agree that it is heart warming to know that more and more exciting young talented artists are involved with the RBA!

We thank Cinzia Bonada who shared an article from The Times about John Tenniel, whose illustrations for ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ were pivotal to the early success of Lewis Carroll’s story.  It seems that the artist was “better known than the author” at that time and he exhibited his first oil painting at the ‘Society of British Artists’ when he was just 16 years old!

Artists Receiving Awards 2020

BBC’s Arts Editor Will Gompertz presented the Awards at the RBA Private View. The Mall Galleries was packed with buyers and artists enjoying the occasion.

A Shared Feast with Great Food & Great Company

The RBA Buffet Supper was held on 22nd February. The evening was a huge success, with food organised by Meg Dutton, Francis Drasar and Susie Perring. Musical entertainment was provided by Alex Petch and a Raffle raised monies for the Artists’ General Benevolent Institution. (AGBI)












RBA Private View Photographs

The 2020 RBA Private View was opened by BBC’s arts editor Will Gompertz. The gallery was packed with excited artists and buyers. All present were entertained by humorous speeches from Will Gompertz and President Mick Davies. 

RBA Exhibition at Linden Hall Studio

The following Members of the RBA will be showing at Linden Hall Studio Gallery from 9th to 27th March.
Private View Saturday 7th March 2 – 4pm.
Invitation only.

Mick Davies PRBA HonRBSA

Nick Tidnam PPRBA NEAC

Annie Boisseau RBA

Will Taylor RBA

Sarah Spackman RBA

Carole Griffin RBA

Peter Newsome RBA

David Sprakes RBA MAFA

Rebecca Cains RBA RWA

Austin Cole RBA ASGFA

Cheryl Culver RBA PPPS

Susie Perring RBA

Chris Aggs RBA

Susan Bower RBA ROI

Richard Sorrell RBA NEAC PPRWS HonRE

David Sawyer RBA

Nick Verrall RBA ROI

Richard Cook RBA

Carole Hubble RBA

James Horton PPRBA

Linden Hall Studio Gallery
32 St George’s Road, Deal
Kent, CT14 6BA
+44 (0) 1304 360 411

The Rome Scholarship 2020


Due to an overwhelming last minute response
Call for Entries Deadline has been extended until March 6 2020.


This competition is open to artists who live, work or study in the UK and who are aged 35 years or under

The Scholarship is for the month of September 2020

To enter: https://old.royalsocietyofbritishartists.org.uk/rome-scholarship-2020/ 

This Award Offers:

  • Four weeks at Sala Uno, a highly prestigious gallery and international arts centre in the heart of Rome
  • Accommodation in a self-contained apartment, situated within a wonderful and extensive walled garden in the grounds of the gallery
  • Studio space which will be available within the gallery
  • Two meals per day, provided at a nearby restaurant
  • Return flights to Rome
  • £1000 prize money

Further Prizes:

  • Forty semi-finalists will have a work in the RBA’s RISING STARS exhibition, which takes place 28th April – 14th June 2020 at the Royal Over-Seas League in Mayfair, London
  • Three finalists will have a work in the RBA’s Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in 2021
  • The two runners-up will also receive a prize of £250 each

On top of San Pietro