Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Alumni news and exhibitions, April 2018

Charlie Masson (DY 2011) has founded a creative hub in the countryside of southern Tuscany called La Vallonea, which is due to open over the Easter weekend. Charlie says: "Through its educational programs, residencies and exhibitions, La Vallonea aims to cultivate an environment conducive to creativity to a local and international community of artists by providing resources and facilities in an inspiring location. Artist residencies, which include accommodation and studio space are granted annually to professional artists working in a variety of disciplines including: photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics." La Vallonea is located in Capalbio (150 kilometres south of Florence). For more information see their website here.

Chloe Le Tissier and Sabrina Shah (both DY 2011) will be exhibiting new paintings in their forthcoming exhibition Feeding Time at Mercer Chance Gallery. Exhibition dates: 5-15 April. PV 5 April 6-9pm. Details here

Ongoing alumni exhibitions: 
Charlie Reed and Jessie Makinson at Alice Black Gallery until 14th April; Dan MacCarthy at the Zetter HotelDouglas Farthing at Castle Museum (until 20th May).

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Alumni news and exhibitions, March 2018

Illustrator James Albon (DY 2015) has an exhibition coming up in Paris (7 March - 6 April). It celebrates the launch of the French translation of his book "Her Bark & Her Bite", called "C'est Mort, Darling". The exhibition will consist of original artwork from the book, as well as a selection of other illustrations and prints. Address: Galerie Michel Lagarde, 13 Rue Bouchardon, Paris 75010. PV: 6 March, 6.30pm.

Alumni Geraint EvansMichael ChanceOliver Mulvihill, Mark HansonRachel MercerTom Scotcher and Ben Westley-Clarke are exhibiting in 'Through the Looking Glass' at Mercer Chance in Hoxton. The exhibition features self-portraits by 13 contemporary British artists. PV: 1 March 7-10pm. Details here.

Large woodcuts by Dan MacCarthy (DY 2011) are currently on display in the Atrium of the Zetter Hotel in London, alongside work by RCA ceramicist Helen Carr. Address: St John's Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Rd, EC1M 5RJ. The show is on for 6 weeks, open 7 days a week. Details here.

Two paintings by Douglas Farthing (DY 2016) have been selected for an exhibition in Norwich: Inheritance at Castle Museum & Art Gallery (3 March - 20 May). Details here.

Ben Nathan (DY 2009)'s latest interactive sound installation opened in Berlin last week. Details here.

Ongoing alumni exhibitions: 
Tyga Helme and Constanza Dessain at Piccadilly Arcade until 28th Feb; Ondřej Roubík at New Gallery Prague until 9th March; Lindsay Sekulowicz at Kew Gardens until 11th March; Anna IlsleyPaul Patrick FennerJessie Makinson and Hannah Murgatroyd at Gallery 98 until 17th March; Beth Collar at Cell Project Space until 25th March; Charlie Reed and Jessie Makinson at Alice Black Gallery until 14th April. 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Alumni news and exhibitions, February 2018

Jake Garfield (DY 2013) will be exhibiting new work at Mercer Chance in his forthcoming solo show The Real Thing which opens on 1 February (7-10pm), continuing until 11th February. 

Lorna May Wadsworth (DY 2005) has a forthcoming exhibition at Philip Mould Gallery on Pall Mall. The Milliner (9-18 Feb) will feature her paintings alongside hats by Victoria Grant. Open 10-6pm Mon-Fri and on the weekend of 17th and 18th Feb (closed 10th and 11th). A special feature on Lorna's work appeared in the Financial Times' magazine last week.

Drawing Year alumni Anna Ilsley (DY 2010), Paul Patrick Fenner (DY 2012), Jessie Makinson (DY 2012) and Hannah Murgatroyd (DY 2006) are showing alongside Anna Jung Seo and Paige Perkins in ‘Night Follows Night’ at Gallery 98 in Ramsgate. Open Thu-Sat, 11-5pm until 17th March. Address: 98 High Street, Ramsgate. More info here.

Ongoing alumni exhibitions:
Oliver Bedeman at Black Swan Arts in Frome until 18th February
Ben Westley Clarke, Melissa Kime and Grant Foster at Turf Projects until 25th February, accompanied by a series of events.
Lindsay Sekulowicz at Kew Gardens until 11th March

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Alumni news and exhibitions, January 2018

Kathryn Maple (DY 2013) has two paintings in 'Fresh Paint' , the inaugural exhibition at Messums Wiltshire, which opens on 5 January at 6pm. The exhibition will continue until 4th February. Details here.

Gideon Summerfield drawing in India

Gideon Summerfield (DY 2017) has just returned from a tour of India, which included visiting the art schools in Jaipur and Udaipur. Gideon described the trip as "an incredible experience" saying: "I was thrilled to be so welcomed and have the opportunity to join Indian art students in a life class. In addition it felt a privilege to view the extraordinary collection of Rajasthani miniature art in a number of historic and very beautiful palaces". See photos here.

Christabel Mac Greevy (DY 2017) was recently featured in I-D, the British magazine dedicated to fashion, music and art. Click here to read the online interview, in which she talks about the importance of drawing in her practice.

Sophie Charalambous (DY 2009) is showing at the London Art Fair (17-21 Jan) at Stand G2. The fair takes place in Islington and the nearest tube is Angel.

Olivia Kemp (DY 2014) has work in Borderlines, a group exhibition at James Freeman Gallery which opens on 11 January, 6,30-8,30pm and continues until 3rd February. Details here. Olivia will also be showing at London Art Fair (17-21 Jan) at stand G5. The fair is just a few minutes walk from the gallery. 

Jessie Makinson (DY 2012) is one of the artists featured in 'If You Can't Stand the Heat' at Roaming Projects in Hackney (12-28 January). Private view: 11 January 6-9pm. Details here.

Ben Westley Clarke (DY 2017) has organized a show titled 'Frivolous Convulsions', which will take place at Turf Projects in Croydon. Private view: 11 January 5-9pm. The exhibition will continue until 25th February. Open Wed-Sun, 11-5pm. Also included in the exhibition are alumni Melissa Kime and Grant Foster. The show is complemented by a series of events, details of which can be found here.

Jackson Rees, Nancy Haslam-Chance, Ben Westley Clarke and Lee Cutter (all DY 2017) are part of Mercer Chance's forthcoming exhibition 'A View with a Room'. Private View on 18 January 7-10pm, continues until 28th January. Details here

Alumnae Katie Brookes, Alison Boult, Nikki Gardham, Rebecca Harper, Kathryn Maple and Elizabeth McCarten (all DY 2013) would like to invite alumni to 'The River Project', a large-scale collaborative exhibition opening for three weeks between 8-28 January at Sun Pier House in Chatham, Kent. "Visitors will be able to take part in creative workshops, making drawings and paintings inspired by the river and imagery from the local area that will be assembled into a giant painted collage throughout January. Family drop-in days will run on Saturdays. On the evening of 26th January we are going to open our doors for the finished exhibition, which you are invited to come along and see!" Details here

Lottie Stoddart (DY 2015) has spent the last three months in India, continuing to update her drawing and travel blog, which you can read here.

Anna Ilsley (DY 2010) would like to invite alumni to her forthcoming group exhibition 'The Reinvention of Love'. Inspired by philosopher Byung-Chul Han, the exhibition considers the importance of love and the complexities of desire we may face in today's individualistic society. PV: 20 January 5-8pm at Century Soho, 61- 63 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6LQ. Please RSVP by emailing  

Rebecca Harper (DY 2013) has paintings on show at the Galerie Nicholas Deman as part of the Paris Deco Off, for De le Cuona's new fabric launch (18-22 January). 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Alumni exhibitions in December

Nikki Gardham (DY 2013)’s upcoming solo show, Patchwork, at Mercer Chance will run from 7-17 December. Opening night 7 December 7-10pm. Details here.  

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Alumni exhibitions in November

A Broken Ear by Rosie Vohra (soft sculpture, 2017)

Rosie Vohra (DY 2014) is showing new work in a two person exhibition, together with artist Andrew Lister. The venue is Assembly House in Leeds and the opening night will be on 2 November, 6pm. Read the press release here.

Jessie Makinson (DY 2012) is showing with Beatrice Lettice Boyle in a two person show called 'Poem of the Pillow' curated by Kate Neave, at Frameless Gallery in Clerkenwell Green. Opening: 25 October, 6-9pm. The exhibition continues until 4 November, Wed–Sat 11-6pm. Details here.

Emily Morey (DY 2015) will be showing in 'New Stuff', an exhibition of contemporary painting at 44 Ashdown Crescent, Gospel Oak, London, NW5 4QE. The Private View is on Thursday 26 October, 5-9pm. The exhibition continues Friday 27 - Sunday 29 October, 12-6pm. More info here.

Qiong Wu (DY 2016) would like to invite alumni to her forthcoming solo show, 'Riddle', at PSW Project Space, The Rum Factory on 28-30 October. The private view will be on Friday 27 October, 6,30-9pm. The address is: Bow Arts, Unit 4 Pennington Street Warehouse, Pennington Street, London E1W 2BB. Click here to view the invitation.

Josie Deighton (DY 2015) is in a group exhibition in Madrid at Teatro La Grada (open until 4th December). Josie's painting is a view from the Tea Building Studios done from memory. Details here

Antonia Bruce (DY 2004) would like to invite alumni to join her on 2 November at 26 Holborn Viaduct for an event marking the closing of her exhibition 'Cactus and Creatures', which also features artwork by Claire Price (DY 2013) and Rose Arbuthnott (DY 2010). Details here. The exhibition is open until Saturday 4th November.

Michael Chance (DY 2013)'s exhibition of paintings, 'The Ruin of Man', opens in London on Thursday 2 November. Details here.

Anna Ilsley (DY 2010) is part of a group exhibition titled 'Body' at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in Wandsworth, London (16 Nov - 21 Dec). PV 16 November 6,30-9pm. Details here.

Also on 16 November there will be the private view of 75 Works On Paper at Beers London which features drawings by alumnae Anna Ilsley (DY 2010), Jessie Makinson (DY 2012) and Kathryn Maple (DY 2013). Details here.

You can continue to follow the progress of the five alumni currently on the RDS's Teaching Residency in India by reading Lottie Stoddart 's brilliant blog 'A letter from India'.  Chris Wallbank is also keeping a diary of his time there.

New work from both alumni and faculty artists Daniel Preece, Sara Lee Roberts, Greg Ward, Meg Buick, Judi GreenAlex Cree, Mark Hanson and Gethin Evans form part of Tregony Gallery's forthcoming group show titled Drawing In (14 Nov-6 January). Details here.

Suki Jobson (DY 2015) is in a group exhibition titled 'Drift' at JGM Gallery, 24 Howie St, London SW11 4AY. PV 22 November 6,30-8,30pm. Details here.

Tim Patrick (DY 2014) is exhibiting drawings and prints at Gallery 40 in Brighton. The Private View will take place on Tuesday 21 November 6-8.30pm. Open 21-26 November 2-7pm. Click here to view the invite.

Anna Ilsley (DY 2010) is part of a group exhibition titled 'Body' at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in Wandsworth, London (16 Nov - 21 Dec). PV 16 November 6,30-9pm. Details here.

75 Works On Paper at Beers London features drawings by alumnae Anna Ilsley (DY 2010), Jessie Makinson (DY 2012) and Kathryn Maple (DY 2013). Details here.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Alumni exhibitions in October

'Buses turning (Piccadilly Gardens)' by Rob Pointon

Rob Pointon (DY 2005) has a solo exhibition at Mandells Gallery in Norwich (1-28 October). Drawing lies at the core of his work, although he now works predominantly in oils. Click here for more details of the show, including a short film in which Rob talks about his new paintings. Rob has been International Artist in Residence with the Manchester Airport Group, travelling the world creating bodies of work from locations such as Hong Kong, New York, and Qatar.

Rachel Mercer (DY 2013) would like to invite alumni to her forthcoming exhibition Lady Garden, a join exhibition with Enya Lachman-Curl at Mercer Chance gallery.  The Private view is on Thursday 5 October 7-10pm.

Olivia Kemp (DY 2014) has a solo show at Browse and Darby in London from 6 October to 3 November. Details here.

An exhibition titled 'Cactus and Creatures' features artwork by nineteen emerging and established artists from both the UK and Mexico, including alumnae Claire Price (DY 2013), Antonia Bruce (DY 2004) and Rose Arbuthnott (DY 2010). The show will be running concurrently at two separate venues in London (6 October-4 November). The Private View will take place on 5 October 6-9pm. Details here. The exhibiting artists are recent participants in the First Food Artists Residency, a reciprocal, residency-based initiative for UK and Mexican artists set up by Antonia Bruce.

Drawings by Fraser Scarfe (DY 2013) and Sophie Charalambous (DY 2009) will be on display at the Triforium, Temple Church, London EC4Y 7BB, in an exhibition of selected finalists from the last five years of the Discerning Drawing Bursary. Alumni are invited to the Private View which will take place on Tuesday 10 October 7-8,30pm. Download invitation here. The exhibition will be open until 26th October.

Fraser Scarfe also has work in ‘The Unexpected Show’ at The Usher Gallery in Lincoln (until 15th October). 

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Alumni exhibitions in September

Seven RDS alumni have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Watercolour Prize 2017. Elizabeth McCarten (DY 2013) is the recipient of Jackson’s Young Artist Award for her ethereal watercolour The Boboli Gardens. Her prize-winning watercolour was painted in Florence, shortly after a recent residency at Borgo Pignano in Italy. The other shortlisted alumni are: Alison BoultSophie CharalambousMichelle CioccoloniRebecca HarperChristopher Green and Hannah Turner-Duffin. See all selected works here. The exhibition will take place at Mall Galleries in London from 19 – 24 September, before touring to a number of venues across the UK.

'Yellow Path (Deborah)' by Eleanor Watson

As winner of the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award, Eleanor Watson (DY 2016) has spent the last year exploring the life stories of a selection of influential Women in the history of Derbyshire, creating a new series of paintings which includes interiors, gardens, landscapes and still lives. Eleanor's solo exhibition, titled Dear Reader,, opens at Derby Museum and Art Gallery on 16 September and continues until 19 November. To find out more about how Eleanor developed her project during the residency, click here.

Since February 
Jessie Makinson (DY 2012) has been Artist in Residence at City and Guilds Art School. Her residency is coming to an end with an exhibition alongside the MA students. Jessie will be installing a screen printed wallpaper alongside paintings, drawings, ceramics and a floor cloth. The Private View is on 3 September 6-9pm at City and Guilds Art School, 124 Kennington Park Road, SE11 4DJ. The exhibition continues 14 - 17 September.

Work by Jessie Makinson and Grant Foster (DY 2006) will be shown in 'You see me like a UFO' in Ascot, Berkshire (reachable by train on the Reading line from London Waterloo). The show is open by appointment from 9 September to 7 October, details here.

'Tom and Florian (Dalston)' by Oliver Bedeman

Oliver Bedeman (DY 2008)'s solo show 'Song of a Stranger' opens at The Fine Art Society on 12 September and continues until 29 September. Address: 148 New Bond Street, London W1S 2JT. Details here

The exhibition and conclusion of Olivia Kemp (DY 2014)'s residency with Art For Guernsey opens in the Market Square Buildings at St Peter Port on 27 September and runs until 7 October 7th. It will be a display of over 40 drawings, both from her recent residency on the island and studio work. The centre piece is a large scale drawing inspired by Guernsey and commissioned for the exhibition, 'The Where That Was' (shown below).

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Hermes scarf designed by Alice Shirley celebrates 150 years of Canadian independence

'Into the Canadian Wild' by Alice Shirley

Since graduating from the Royal Drawing School, Alice Shirley (DY 2009) has had an on-going collaboration with the fashion house Hermès Paris to create silk scarves, enamel jewellery, beach and homeware. Her first scarf Zebra Pegasus went on sale in 2014 and is their best-selling scarf; her most recent design Into the Canadian Wild, was commissioned by Hermès to celebrate 150 years of Canadian independence. Part of the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, it was released this month. You can see more of Alice's work on her website here.

Exhibitions by RDS Faculty this Summer

'Chelsea Physic Garden' by Eileen Hogan

A new series of drawings and paintings by Prof. Eileen Hogan (RDS Academic Board) are currently on view at the Garden Museum. Hogan was appointed the Garden Museum’s artist-in-residence just as the Museum closed for a major Heritage Lottery funded Redevelopment Project. Her response to the challenge of being an artist ‘not-in-residence’ was to ask ninety people to nominate a green space in London along with a description of why it was significant to them. The enquiry revealed the range of Londoners’ attraction and attachment to these spaces which, she says, include ‘horticulture, history, personal psychology, private myth, romance, and eccentricity’.  From this large and varied selection, Hogan has developed a series of large-scale oil paintings, one for each month of the year. The exhibition of Hogan’s works coincides with the launch of the newly redeveloped and extended Museum. Details here.

Claudia Carr (RDS Senior Faculty) has work in an exhibition titled 'Make a Mark', which opens at Arthouse1 in Bermondsey on Sunday 9 July 6-8 pm. More info here.

Daniel Preece (DY 2007, RDS Faculty) will be giving a talk at One Paved Court (Richmond, TW9 1LZ) about his current exhibition Paintings about Everything and Nothing at 12 Noon on 15 July. The exhibition is open until 22 July.

Gallery Artists at Browse & Darby, 20 July - 28 September / Includes work by Academic Board member Prof Eileen Hogan and RDS Senior Faculty members Robert Dukes, Andy Pankhurst and Susan Wilson, whose painting 'Fig Tree in W10' is shown above. It was inspired by a Leonardo ceiling in the Sforza Castle in Milan, painted in 1498.