RBA Winter Newsletter

Some good news to share from some of our members:

Habib Hajalli has been as busy as ever: He has work in Black Pen Portraits, Exhibition at Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester from 20 October – 10 December 2023. Last year he won the ‘New Artist of the Year Award’ at Saatchi Gallery and this year they invited him back as a judge. He will also be showing a new artwork at the Saatchi Gallery on Thursday, 9th November:

Habib will also be showing work with The London Group at the Copeland Gallery in Peckham from the 10th-26th November and also with the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries.  Despite all this, Habib still found time to auction 12 original artworks as part of his annual fundraising campaign with Abundant Life Charity to buy Christmas presents and food for over 100 orphaned children in Sierra Leone!

Cheryl Culver is another member who could fill a newsletter of her own!  She had a work accepted in the Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition at the Mall Gallery and Dry Red Press have introduced two more of her works as greetings cards.

Cheryl has a short article in The Pastel Journal USA called The Spark.  The article is called Start From Sketch and relates to a picture which was purchased by an American buyer in 2020:

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Kirsten van Schreven had a print selected for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition and another selected for The London Group Exhibition at the Copeland Gallery:

Kirsten also has works in The Awagami International Print Exhibition in Tokushima, Japan.  

Sarah Spackman will be showing work in the Winter Exhibition at Tregony Contemporary, Cornwall from December – January 2024


And Sarah also has work in the Christmas Exhibition at Thompson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh.

Anthony Yates told me that he has several works in the Fosse Gallery Christmas Show, Stow-on-the-Wold Gloucestershire.   The show  runs from 26th Nov- 2nd January 2024 – he is showing works with a “loose theme of folk traditions/folklore running through them”:

Also showing works in this exhibition are: Nicola Slatterly and Pamela Kay.

Another Christmas show is taking place at the Russell Gallery in London from 30th Nov-3rd Feb 2024
This exhibition features many of our RBA members, including:

The ROI Exhibition opens at the Mall Galleries on the 29th November and runs until the 16th December.  With work selected for this show are:

David Sawyer has recently returned from 3 weeks in China, at the invitation of the China International Culture Association.  He was recommended by Huaicun Zhang and Mick Davies to represent the UK in a programme called “Silk Road Artists Rendezvous” – a group of international artists who travelled within China and  were also requested to produce 2-3 works whilst there, which were exhibited in an exhibition at the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts Gallery:

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David reported that although it was hard work, as there was a very intense itinerary, he met some really good and interesting people.  He also said “I had an amazing time which completely overwhelmed my expectations”.

The Chinese organisers have prepared 3 videos which you can view here:

They are all quite short but give a fantastic insight to the experience David enjoyed and we are really thrilled that it all went so well!
He also has a couple of videos which he created himself, and these we hope will be on our social media platforms at some time soon.

As always, some of our RBA RISING STARS have been having a busy time too:

Ruth Murray had a very busy weekend recently, showing some work at the Manchester Contemporary Art Fair and also the opening of a group “all Brummie” show with Division of Labour called “Tree & Leaf”.  This exhibition runs until 18th January 2024 at Unit 30, East Philip St, Salford, M37LE

Ruth has produced giclée prints of her award-winning work “Geraniums” and these are available to buy at the Whitworth Shop within the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester

Sabrina Shah was showing her work at The British Art Fair:

Toby Gawler is now the RBA’s Social Media Manager and he has had a work selected for the ROI Exhibition at the Mall Galleries

With a work in the same exhibition is Aelfred Hillman, who was the winner of this year’s Rome Scholarship – he spent the month of September at Sala Uno in Rome
Chris Polunin is another STAR whose work was selected for the ROI show and he is in the Russell Gallery Xmas Exhibition too.

Minyoung Choi is showing work in a group exhibition called The Painted Room which is taking place at GRIMM Gallery in Amsterdam.   This exhibition continues until 22nd December.  Minyoung also has a solo exhibition “Dark Brightness” at the Hive Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, which runs until the 16th December:

Two of our most recent RISING STARS who showed their work at ROSL 
are Jemima Spence and Hettie Inniss

Jemima has a two person exhibition at the Assembly House, Leeds.  They are showing a collection of portrait paintings called “Process” – a look at the physical spaces and creative processes which underpin their work. Her show runs from Friday 24th – Saturday 25th November

Hettie has work in the in the exhibition The Painted Room, which is taking place at GRIMM Gallery in Amsterdam and which runs until 22nd December.  

You might have noticed a recent news media item showing King Charles and Queen Camilla unveiling larger than life-size sculptures of the King’s late parents at the Royal Albert Hall.  The sculptures, were commissioned as a result of a competition, and were specially designed to fill two empty niches on the exterior of the South Porch of the Royal Albert Hall.  
Poppy Field was the sculptor who won the competition and was commissioned to produce the works and she has shown Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip when they were young:

Poppy Field with her work – A fantastic achievement, Poppy!