Receiving the Rome Scholarship in 2023 by Aelfred Hillman

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‘Here is a short statement about my experience and some photographs’ – Aelfred Hillman

“Receiving the RBA Rome scholarship in 2023 has been an incredible experience, entailing a month of unrelenting cultural enrichment and historical exploration that I will never forget.

Staying at the Sala 1 gallery within the Aurelian wall, I found that relics of the cities deep history greeted me at every turn, from the remains of the ancient aqueduct practically attached to my room, to the Scala Santa and Lantern Basillica just minutes away.

Around these proximate institutions you are able to get a unique sense of the cities religious life. Simply by their locality I found that I could return to the same magnificent buildings at different times of day to view their masterpieces in the changing light, or encounter the various ceremonial occasions that break up the week, giving me a perspective distinct from the usual routine of the daily tourist visit.

Meanwhile, the wider city is inexpressibly rich with different locations to visit, from Renaissance palaces and museums to the various archeological sites that have made the city famous across the globe.

Given the fantastic location of my accommodation, I found that there was little not within an hours walk and a practical distraction of places to interrupt my journey on any route I chose.

As a student of Literature with an enthusiasm for art history I found that I struggled to make time for my own artistic practice, given that there is simply so much on offer across the city. I attended talks at the Keats and Shelly museums, gallery openings and even a late night concert in the Vatican museums, each of which will make their own small impact on my artistic practice and thought process going forward. All of this would not have been possible without the generosity of all those at Sala 1 and the RBA, to whom I am indebted for facilitating this incredible month of artistic discovery in the eternal city.”

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RBA Autumn Newsletter 2023

There is a lot of news here for you to read about.
As always, some of it will seem like a distant memory, having happened earlier in the summer.

First, a big ‘Thank You’ to newest RBA member Hun Adamoğlu, who took it upon himself to organise for a copy of our Souvenir Bicentennial Catalogue to be sent to the British Library for their collection:


Some of our members’ work at this year’s RA Summer Show:




At the Chelsea Art Society’s Summer Exhibition:


And … Peter Newsome who was awarded the ‘Visitors Choice’ Prize:

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Peter Newsome

Alex Lidagovski had new work in an exhibition at The Beach Gallery. He said “This sculpture ‘Z-Nutcracker’ is my reflection upon the tragic transformation of Russian culture in light of the ongoing war in Ukraine”

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There is an “Online exhibition of highly distinguished entries” for the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize 2023. Among them are the immediately recognised:



David Sprakes had some new work in the Summer Exhibition at the Jerram Gallery in Sherborne, Dorset:

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And he is also showing work at the Signet Contemporary Art Gallery in Chelsea, London

Tony Yates helped to organise a successful show of printmakers at the Rose Paterson Gallery, Weston Park in Staffordshire. This show included RBA members:

Meg Dutton, Austin Cole, Mick Davies, Vicky Oldfield, John Scott Martin & Tony Yates

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Nicola Slattery has a solo exhibition called Wild Imagination at The Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold from 1st – 21st October:

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And Tony Yates had work in the Fosse Gallery Summer Show

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From the 7th – 30th September, Sarah Spackman is having a solo exhibition at the Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Oxford

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She will also be teaching a workshop for the Winslow Art Centre on the 29th September

The Geedon Gallery has its Autumn Exhibition, Artists of Today & Tomorrow, from 14th – 29th October.
Included are the following RBA members:



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Austin Cole

Akash Bhatt had his work selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

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This exhibition runs from the 28th September to the 15th October

Habib Hajallie has also been busy … he was awarded the Hermione Hammond Drawing Award at the NEAC Exhibition at the Mall and at the opening of The Gallery at Green & Stone’s Summer Exhibition he was awarded the Damian Greenish Drawing Award. Also, he will be having a solo presentation at the Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester from 20th October – 10th December.

 


However … Habib’s biggest announcement is that he proposed to his partner Katie and was having a sale of his work [20% off – might not be available now] on his website [https://www.habibhajallie.com/] to help pay for his wedding next summer!!

On behalf of the RBA members, we are sending lots of congratulations and good wishes to Habib and Katie for the future!

Also busy are our RBA RISING STARS, past and present, and there is quite a lot of news to share from them:

Dide [Siemmond] – her work was included in the Society of Women Artists show at the Mall and she was presented with the ‘Young Artist’ award by HRH Princess Michael of Kent:

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At the RA Summer show I spotted work from five of our RISING STARS:



Poppy Field had work in the Chelsea Art Society Summer Exhibition:

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With work in the Wells Contemporary Exhibition:


Tedi Lena is included in the shortlist for the Art Gemini Prize
[fingers crossed for Tedi!]

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Two of our RISING STARS have work in the online exhibition of the
Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Exhibition


These four made the long list for the Jackson’s Painting Prize:


Theo was an RBA Star Student [‘A’-Level] and prize-winner at
the 2023 Annual RBA Exhibition

Niamh Coutts and Samuel Owusu Achiaw had work in the London Beinnale 2023 which took place in July in Chelsea Old Town Hall


Nicholas Baldion has had his work ‘Social Murder: Grenfell in Three Parts’ selected for the John Moores Painting Prize which opens 16th September – 25th February 2024


Nicholas also had a solo exhibition in August at the Brixton Library

Samuel Owusu Achiaw has also had a work selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize – this exhibition is from the 28th September – 15th October

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Joshua Donkor, one of our 2023 Rome Scholarship finalists, is participating in a group show called Ambivalent Paradox at the Omaka Gallery in London SE11. The show is open until October 29th


Toby Gawler is showing work at The Gallery at Green & Stone in the Fulham Road London. The Show is called Otherlands and is open from 11th – 16th September. There are 3 exhibitors and alongside Toby is Annam Butt who is also showing work


Owain Hunt received a £250 award from the New English Art Club as one of their ‘scholars’ and will receive mentorship from society members and free entry to all their classes and workshops. He will be invited to show his work in their exhibition in 2024

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Well done Owain!

“If you were an exhibiting artist in the Bicentennial RBA exhibition and would like to have copies of our special
Souvenir RBA Bicentennial Catalogue,
for yourself, your galleries or your clients, please contact:
honsec.rba@gmail.com / Tel: 020 7359 4330
There is no charge for the catalogues but we have to ask £5.50 for 1st class post & Packing.”

Qualiart’s MINERVA Private View at the Mall Galleries

Qualiart’s MINERVA Private View at the Mall Galleries.