RBA Summer Newsletter 2023

What has been happening and what do we have to look forward to?

When Mick Davies was invited by Qualiart to Japan to open their exhibition this year, they celebrated the opening of their MINERVA Exhibition as well as the RBA’s 200th Anniversary with a formal dinner and a huge birthday cake!

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The MINERVA Exhibition will be at the Mall Galleries 25th to 28th July

Pete Brown had work in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition which took place last month and Nicola Slattery exhibited work for the first time at the Sussex Art Fair also in May:


Austin Cole had work selected for the Pastel Society show, which has just taken place at the Mall Galleries

Henry Jabbour has a solo show at Friedrichs Pontone Gallery in New York – June 22 till July 23rd.

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The following RBA members have had their work accepted in the New English Art Club Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, 23rd June – 1st July:



Showing work in this year’s RA Summer show are:


Some great news from RBA RISING STARS, both past and present:

Charlie Schaffer had his first solo exhibition, Charlie Schaffer: Scalpel-like Eyes, since winning the Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in 2019. The show was in May at the BWG Gallery in London:


Charlie was also interviewed by Alison Smith, the chief curator at the National Portrait Gallery and you can see the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pao9AAfJul8&t=7s

Our 2022 winner of the Rome Scholarship, Clark Broadwood Smith, shared an exhibition of new sculptures with his partner. Called ‘Sensitive Chaos’ it opened at Abbey Hall Creative Space in Suffolk in May – and might continue into June:


Ethan Caflisch had 4 works selected for the annual ‘Works on Paper’ online exhibition at the Blue Shop Cottage Art Gallery in London and also had work in ‘Our Vision is Clouded’ at ‘Warbling’, an artist-run curatorial project also in London:


Georgina Davenport had a work in the recent Pastel Society Exhibition and Chris Polunin had his work in the NEAC Exhibition both shown at the Mall Galleries


Congratulations to Natalia Glinoer [a past Rome Scholarship winner and an award winner at this year’s RBA show] who has had her work selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show:

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The BWG Gallery in London are curating a group show in June ‘Mise-en-scène’ which includes Yeonsu Ju and Robyn Packham. Robyn has work in our present RBA RISING STARS Exhibition at the Royal Over-seas League


Our ‘STARS’ were well represented at this year’s
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition:



In fact portrait painters did very well at the Royal Over-seas League RBA RISING STARS show this year, because Joshua and Aelfred, along with Aniela Preston, were the three finalists for the 2023 Rome Scholarship:


Not an easy decision for the Education Committee, but it is Aelfred who has been awarded the 2023 Rome Scholarship and he will be travelling to Rome in September! I am hoping he will keep in touch with us with an occasional blog on our social media [I haven’t asked him yet, which is why I am just ‘hoping’ at this time!!]

We send our congratulations to all of our RBA RISING STARS!

In the meantime, we have received thanks from the “Voices of Children” Foundation for the generous donations during our buffet raffle. They have been providing psychological assistance to thousands of children effected by the war in Ukraine and, in view of the latest humanitarian disasters in that country, we are hoping to continue to send assistance next year and to think of ways to expand donations from members and the public during the course of our exhibition.