RBA October/November News

It is pleasing that some of our members have some good news to share with us.  As the Covid restrictions start to take effect again – or in some cases continue to take effect – it is sometimes difficult to raise a smile, but it also feels good to hear of positive things happening for some of our members:

Callum Stannard our youngest RBA member and newest member of the Council, has quite a lot to smile about … despite his arm being in a sling at the moment!  He was awarded “The Society’s Prize” by the Society of Portrait Sculptors for his work
Mother’ and he was also commended by the Tiranti Prize in the same exhibition, Face 2020:


‘ Mother ‘ – Callum Stannard

Stephen Brown has work in The Autumn Hampshire Art Fair at the Nadia Waterfield Fine Art Gallery, in The Old Grain Store, Westover Farm, Andover, Hampshire SP11 7LF.  The Exhibition runs from 6th – 28th November:


‘ Sunset Peak Hill ‘ – Stephen Brown
‘ The Somerset Levels ‘ – Stephen Brown

Sarah Spackman will be showing 12 – 15 of her works at The New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS, in an exhibition called “Specific Beauty”.  The exhibition runs from the 14th Nov – 9th Jan 2021:    http://The New Ashgate Gallery,

Sarah Spackman
Sarah Spackman

Sue Campion has a solo show from the 5th – 21st November at the Russell Gallery, 12 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London SW15 1JP


‘ Church on the Hill, Shropshire ‘ – Sue Campion
‘ Bigger Stormy Sky ‘ – Sue Campion

The Royal Academy Summer Show was renamed the ‘Winter’ show this year as it has only just opened, and the RBA was well represented: 

‘ Family Portrait ‘ – Jill Leman
‘ The Black Sheep ‘ – Robert E Wells
‘ The Undercroft ‘ – Bridget Moore
‘ Cher Ami and MartinPuch ‘ – Joyce Cairns
‘ Inside Tokyo Fish Market Warehouse ‘ – Austin Cole

Also on show are works by Hon RBA members:

Olwyn Bowey RA     James Butler RA,    Frederick Cuming RA,   

Anthony Green RA,  Ken Howard RA,   Philip King RA,   

and  Michael Sandle RA, 


Also news from some of our “RBA RISING STARS”:

Henrietta Macphee had a work, a glazed ceramic, selected for the RA Summer Show:

‘ Banana Fan ‘ – Henrietta Macphee

Poppy Field had works included in The Society of Portrait Sculptors

‘ Ruby ‘ – Poppy Field

Alex Wood’s film “Blown Away” was selected by a panel of Mayfair gallerists to be screened at The Mayfair Art Weekend.  The film was inspired by his trip to America when he was exhibited in Los Angeles.  It depicts his bronze “Drone” sculpture traversing the American West landscape:

Film Still – ‘ Blown Away ‘ – Alex Wood

Ben Duax was profiled by the online magazine Panhandler, which is published by the University of Western Florida and the item is here:


‘ The Glue Factory ‘ – Ben Duax

Alice Boggis-Rolfe was commissioned by Sky Arts to paint a number of paintings around the country to give to the MPs of various constituencies, celebrating the channel going free-to-air in September:

Rishi Sunak MP holding Alice’s painting outside No.10

A smile …

A father passing by his son’s bedroom was astonished to see the bed was nicely made, and everything was picked up.  Then, he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed, ‘Dad’.  With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and read the letter, with trembling hands:

“Dear Dad,
It is with great regret and sorrow that I’m writing you.  I had to elope with my new girlfriend, because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mum and you.  I’ve been finding real passion with Stacy, and she is so nice, but I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercings, tattoos, her tight Motorcycle clothes, and because she is so much older than I am.
But it’s not only the passion, Dad.  She’s pregnant.  Stacy said that we will be very happy.  She owns a trailer in the woods, and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter.
We share a dream of having many more children..
Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn’t, really hurt anyone.  We’ll be growing it for ourselves, and trading it with the other people in the commune, for all the cocaine and ecstasy we want.
In the meantime, we’ll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS, so Stacy can get better. She sure deserves it!!
Don’t worry Dad, I’m 15, and I know how to take care of myself.
Someday, I’m sure we’ll be back to visit, so you can get to know your many grandchildren.
Love, your son,

P.S. Dad, none of the above is true.

I’m over at Tommy’s house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the school report that’s on my desk.
I love you!
Call when it is safe for me to come home. ;)”