RBA Newsletter May – July

We are so pleased that many of you were able to visit the RBA Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in April – what a brilliant looking show it was! It is with thanks to all of the artists that it received so many compliments and, once again, record-breaking sales.

Among the recipients of prizes and awards, were the following RBA members:


Another RBA exhibition on now is at the Russell Gallery, showing approximately 40 RBA artists with works from a variety of media. Included in this show are:




Russell Gallery, 12 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1JP
Exhibition open in the gallery and online until 5th June


Just finished at the M1 Gallery but still available to view online, is Nick Tidnam’s “Moroccan Suite”, works on the theme of Morocco originating from his past travels. The works are “ … an abstraction of the vibrant colours of Morocco”

Nick Tidnam


More of these colourful works can be seen online here:

The M1 Gallery still has its ‘Springtime Selection’ of works online, including works from RBA artists:



Hon RBA Shanti Panchal has his work ‘The Terrace’ included in the John Moores Painting Prize 2020 exhibition, at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool until 27 June 2021:


Nicola Slattery has a solo exhibition of recent paintings and prints:
‘Elements of Nature’ – ” … a focus on the positive elements of nature, those which nourish and lift the spirits”
from the 5th – 26th June at Mandell’s Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich NR3 1HN


We also have news from some of our “RBA RISING STARS”:

Alex J Wood is the winner of our Rome Scholarship 2021!   He says he is ” … over the moon” and looking forward to staying in Rome next spring – Covid permitting of course.  Alex also has an exhibition of his work at The Chelsea Arts Club from May 25th – 13th June.  Included will be new paintings and bronzes including his “Claw of Archimedes”, pictured below:

The other two “RBA STAR” finalists for the Rome Scholarship were:

Eve Jansen and Alex Wilmoth


They both did very well but were ‘pipped at the post’ by Alex Wood!

Another “RBA STAR” who is doing very well and who appears regularly in our newsletters in view of his achievements is Habib Hajalli. He has a work, “Mary Seacole” in the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour exhibition on now at the Mall Galleries, and this work was …

“Highly Commended” by Anthony J Lester’s Art Critic Prize:

Also, Habib had two works selected in the RBA Annual Exhibition and his “The Pa” was “Highly Commended” by The de Laszlo Foundation Prize:

Also “Highly Commended” by The de Laszlo Foundation Prize in our show was “RBA STAR” Chris Polunin for his work “Two Apples”

More accolades at the RBA Exhibition were given to our “RBA STARS” by Art Critic and blogger Katherine Tyrell:

“Best Portrait in the show”               “Best Lockdown Painting”


And another Prize winner in the RBA Exhibition was Owain Hunt, who won The John Lynn Commemorative Award for his “Man in a Red Chair”:

Another RBA STAR is Charlie Schaffer who had his work “Imara” included in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries


And Nicholas Baldion had his work “The Death of a Courier”
shortlisted for Jacksons People’s Choice Award


Molly Lambourn tells us that she has a three month digital residency from April – June at Jane Austen House.   Her work is inspired by the vibrant green ‘Chawton Leaf’ wallpaper in the Dining Room, and explores the intimacy of historical artefacts and ideas of romance, sexuality and scandal…

“RBA STAR” Ruth Murray, who was the winner of the Jacksons Painting Prize in 2020 is this year an ‘Expert Judge’ on the judging panel!   At the moment she has work in a touring exhibition – New Light; Real Northern Art – and it will be at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, from the 4th – 29th August.  And I spotted another RBA STAR in the same exhibition …