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. 

2020 Award Winners










RBA Christmas Party 2019 Photos

Below are a selection of photos from the RBA Christmas Party 2019

Recognise him? Here’s a clue…

Delicious food to suit all tastes

Delicious food to suit all tastes

Delicious food to suit all tastes

Callum Stannard Receives his RBA Certificate

Sarah Spackman Receives her RBA Certificate

Meg & Susie receive Thank You Gifts for all their hard work an time spent in preparation for the occasion

Meg & Susie receive Thank You Gifts for all their hard work an time spent in preparation for the occasion

Meg & Susie receive Thank You Gifts for all their hard work an time spent in preparation for the occasion

And Brenda received a Thank You too.

Table group 1

Table group 2

Table group 3

Table group 4

Table view large 1

Table view large 2

Caption Competition: What is being discussed in this photo? 

Send your caption to  Captions will be judged by Baxter Culver and the winner will receive a signed photo of him as well as having their caption appear on the RBA website!


RBA Exhibition Dates for 2020

Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) Annual Exhibition 2020

Submission opens: Monday 30 September 2019, 12 noon
Submission closes: Friday 29 November, 12 noon
Pre-selection: Monday 2 December, 10am to 5pm
Pre-selection notification: Friday 6 December, 12 noon
Receiving Day: Saturday 11 January 2020, 10am to 5pm
Selection Day: Monday 13 January, 10am start
Acceptance notification: Tuesday 14 January, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 16 January, 10am to 5pm
Hanging: Monday 17 February, 10am to 5pm
Private View: Wednesday 19 February, 11am to 8pm (speeches at 6pm)
Exhibition open: Thursday 20 February, 10am to 5pm
RBA Buffet: Saturday 22 February, 6:30pm start
Exhibition closes: Saturday 29 February, 5pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 5 March, 10am to 5pm

For full details on How To Exhibit