This video records a visit to The South West Academy Open Exhibition 2018. The tour takes you through Gallery 1 and then Gallery 2 and picks out the prize winners and some other pieces for closer viewing. The Celebration of Women Artists Exhibition in the Ballroom Gallery can be seen on a separate video below.
Film: A Celebration of Women Thursday Nov 29, 2018
Film: A Celebration of Women Artists At the 2018 Open Exhibition
In November 2018, to mark the Centenary of Women's Suffrage, the South West Academy presented a 'Celebration of Women Artists' exhibition within its Annual Open Exhibition.
The Exhibition included a talk by Simon Butler on Women Artists and the life of Olive Hockin, suffragette, artist and land girl, with a performance by the Songfishers.
Film: Preparing 3D Work Sunday Oct 14, 2018
Preparing 3D work for Delivery
Film showing how to prepare 3D work.
Alan Cotton: Studio Exhibition Friday Oct 12, 2018
Alan Cotton Studio Exhibition Brockhill Studio Colaton Raleigh Devon EX10 0L 1st and 2nd December 2018, 10am to 5pm
Two summers ago Alan Cotton travelled to Transylvania to gather new ideas for his paintings. For many it is a land of legend and mystery, but for Alan it was an amazing discovery of a landscape and way of life largely unchanged for centuries. The wildflower meadows, hayricks and village cultivation provided rich material for a series of paintings of this pastoral landscape. For this studio exhibition he has produced a collection of new Transylvanian paintings together with work from Provence, Venice, Piemonte and Hartland in North Devon.
The exhibition is open for two days only, when the artist will be there to welcome anyone who would like to visit the studio and see his work.
Transylvania – The Vegetable Garden at Miklosvar. Oils on Canvas 51 x 61 cm 20 x 24 ins.
John Hurford at Brownston Summer Show / Sculpture Garden Monday July 23, 2018
Brownston Gallery Summer Show / Sculpture Garden
Academician John Hurford features in the Brownston Gallery Summer Show which now includes a new Sculpture Garden.
Artist Anna Grayson at the RA Wednesday June 20, 2018
Artist Anna Grayson at the Royal Academy
SWAc would like to congratulate Exeter artist Anna Grayson on her success at the Royal Academy. Anna produces ironic photo pastiches of iconic paintings. She has been a regular contributor to SWAc Open Exhibitions and we are delighted that Grayson Perry chose two of her photographs for his yellow room.
Short Film: Delamore Arts 2018 Friday June 8, 2018
Short Film: SWAc at Delamore Arts 2018
This video is about the South West Academy Exhibition at Delamore Arts, Devon during May 2018.
Laurel Keeley and James Tatum: Exhibition Saturday May 12, 2018
Uncommon Ground: Ceramics and Paintings Tuesday 22nd May - Friday 25 May 2018 10-6pm St. Stephens Church, High Street, Exeter EX4 3LW
Academicians Laurel Keeley and James Tatum are holding a joint exhibition
of ceramics and paintings at Stephen's Church, Exeter
'Art@Darts': Darts Farm Exhibition Friday April 6, 2018
Summer Exhibition at Darts Farm
Darts Farm and SWAc Academician Ray Balkwill have teamed up to present an exciting new art venture.
The award-winning farm shop and lifestyle destination provides the ideal hub to showcase some of the finest West Country art.
The new venture, known as 'ART@DARTS', will bring together some leading contemporary artists.
The Mixed Summer Exhibition will feature the work of three SWAc Academicians:
Ray Balkwill, Judy Hempstead, and Tony Williams, as well as Associate member Jo Vollers.
Penelope Timmis will also be exhibiting and is a member of the Society of Woman Artists.
The inaugural exhibition will bring together an eclectic mix of subjects in various media.
Books, prints and cards will also be available and admission is free.
It will be presented in The Estuary Room, Darts Farm, Topsham on the 1st - 3rd June. 10 am to 5 pm (4 pm on Sunday).
James Dart and Ray Balkwill with one of his paintings
Alan Gregory: Teignwich Artists Exhibition / Fundraising Monday March 26, 2018
Alan Gregory: Exhibition/Fundraising
Alan Gregory, one of the friends of the Academy, will be donating 100% of all sales proceeds in a forthcoming exhibition to the specialist Turner Ward in Torbay Hospital which looks after leukaemia (and other haematology) patients.
Alan was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia, APL, in late January. As someone who had hitherto been very fit, the diagnosis was a complete surprise. As Alan put it "it is extremely fortunate that my condition was treated promptly and responds well to treatment". However, a long stay in an isolation ward of the hospital for his initial treatment made him aware of a few issues for patients. "The standard of care and professionalism shown by the entire team is absolutely exemplary. It truly is the NHS at its very best. But there are, as ever, limits to what the NHS can provide from its limited funding, and long stay patients need comfort and stimulation. This can be in the form of reading materials, TV and radio, gentle exercise devices and maybe even art materials. All of this relies on charitable funding, and as someone who has benefited from this I am keen to help others".
Alan himself cannot be present at the exhibition, which runs at TAAG, Northumberland Place, Teignmouth from Good Friday, 30th March to Friday 13th April, as he is undergoing further rounds of chemotherapy, but he is grateful to his fellow artists in the exhibition for arranging hanging and stewarding of his work. Meanwhile, he is continuing to paint when treatment allows and feels he is recovering well.
David Norman:Watercolour Exhibition Thursday August 24, 2017
David Norman: Watercolour Exhibition.
Academician David Norman's Watercolour exhibition will be at Birdwood House, Totnes, 9th-14th October.
Alan Cotton: Exhibition at Messum's Fine Art Thursday August 24, 2017
Alan Cotton: Exhibition at Messum's Fine Art
28, Cork Street, London W1S 3NG
Tuesday 12th September - Friday 6th October 2017
Oils and Works on Paper
During his travels around the world as a working painter Alan has accumulated many books full of drawings, watercolours and pastels. These are the source material for all the oil paintings, most of which are completed back in his Devon studio. As he regards these as a series of personal memories, he has held on to them. With plans for a new book being launched next year in London, however, he and his dealer, David Messum, felt that exhibiting a collection of works on paper, along side some of the oil paintings would make an interesting exhibition, where people could see the gestation of the ideas in the relation to the completed paintings in oils.
In this show there are 78 pieces of work from locations as diverse as Venice, Piemonte, Provence, Tuscany, Isle of Skye, Hartland and the West Coast of Ireland.
Academicians, Associates and Friends of the Academy, are warmly invited to the all day Private View on Tuesday 12th September
Tuscany - Cherry Orchard in Evening Light 91x102 cm
SWAc Academicians: Dartmoor Otters Thursday August 24, 2017
Academicians Paint Dartmoor Otters
One hundred Otter sculptures, many by top artists, including seventeen Academicians and two former members of the South West Academy, can be seen at venues around Dartmoor throughout the summer. Visitors to the moor can go on an Otter Trail to discover all the otters and there are prizes to be won. These otters will be on Dartmoor until the end of September after which they will be auctioned to raise money for the conservation of Dartmoor National Park
Whilst some of the artists have chosen to paint in their own individual styles, others have gone for the comic element, With Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Darth Vader, Batman and even a bespectacled nun making their appearance in venues around the moor.
The online bidding is now open. You can find out more about the otter trails and online auction to bid for your favourite otter by going to www.moorotters.co.uk. Thirty otters, by top artist, known as the Golden Artists will go on to the live auction at Bearne’s, Hampton and Littlewood Auctioneers in Exeter and this will take place of Saturday 30th September. For more information about the live auction contact Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood Tel. 01392 413100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
1. An Otter for All Seasons by Alan Cotton
2. Ottery Otter by Phil Creek
3. Elementary, My Dear Otter by Ann L. Roe (Jones)
Sarah Woolfenden: Exhibition/Event Thursday August 24, 2017
Sarah Woolfenden: Exhibition / Event
Meet Academician Sarah Woolfenden at The National Trust Gallery, Widecombe in the Moor, on Saturday 2nd September 11 - 3pm at the start of her pen & ink drawings and prints of trees exhibition 1st - 30th September
Bob Mountjoy: Delamore Park 2017 Film Saturday June 3, 2017
Film by Bob Mountjoy: SWAc at Delamore Park Gallery
Film documenting SWAc at Delamore Park Gallery 2017 by Academician Robert Mountjoy:
Bob Mountjoy: Winter Exhibition Film Sunday April 30, 2017
Film by Bob Mountjoy: SWAc Winter Exhibition
Academician Bob Mountjoy has made a film documenting the SWAC Winter Exhibition at The Thelma Hulbert Gallery 2017:
Cheques to Charity Monday February 27, 2017
Presentation of cheques to Alzheimer's Society and Home Start
The Academy was pleased to follow up its Charity Postcard Auction by presenting cheques to the Alzheimer's Society and Home Start. The presentation took place at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton during the Academy's Winter Exhibition.
The Chair of the Academy, Phil Creek, and Academician Alan Cotton presented the charitable donations (£1,500) to Louise Empson and Rachel Kidd of the Alzheimer's Society and to Rachel Gillmore representing Home Start.The Chair of Trustees for Home Start, Jan Campbell-Young, passed on her thanks to all of the artists and The Academy for their generous donation to Home Start (Exeter and Devon) and said:
"We will be using the money to train and support an additional 12 volunteers for home visiting to families in Cranbrook and Honiton. As a charity we face urgent funding challenges so this donation is extremely timely to ensure we keep the service open to vulnerable families in our part of Devon."
Alan Bourne and Lar Cann: Exhibition Tuesday February 7, 2017
Alan Bourne and Lar Cann: Exhibition Saturday 21 January - Saturday 4 March 2017
The Plymouth History Centre is a major scheme in the heart of the city with the vision to transform the existing Museum and Art Gallery, Central Library and St Luke’s Church buildings into an exciting new visitor attraction that highlights Plymouth and its place in the world.
Set to open in spring 2020 as part of the city’s Mayflower 400 commemorations, the Museum and Art Gallery has closed and the Council House is one of several settings for PCMAG - On Tour. The Plymouth Society of Artists has been invited to open with the first of a series of exhibitions over the next three years.
There will be the opportunity to find out more about the Society and meet some of the members discussing the work on show in a “Bite Size” lunchtime talk on Wednesday 23 February from 1.00 - 1.40pm.
Alan Cotton: Weekend Studio Exhibition Wednesday November 9, 2016
Alan Cotton: Weekend Studio Exhibition 3rd & 4th December 2016
This studio Exhibition follows on from Alan's successful London exhibition at Messum's in the West
End in September and features paintings from his recent travels to Transylvania along with work
from the mountains of the Isle of Skye, the hill towns of Provence and Piemonte, the canals of
Venice and the wild coastline of Hartland in North Devon.
In addition to the paintings there will also be 15 Limited Edition Prints only obtainable
Artist's studio and the two biographies by Art Historian Jenny Pery, as well as catalogues from
previous London Exhibitions.
Bob Mountjoy: Exhibition Saturday July 23, 2016
Bob Mountjoy: Exhibition The Wharf Gallery, 1st - 26th August
An exhibition of paintings by Bob Mountjoy.
Alan Cotton: Exhibition Saturday July 23, 2016
Alan Cotton: Exhibition at Messum's, London Wednesday 14th Sep. to Friday 7th Oct. 2016
Alan Cotton's next London exhibition opens on Wednesday 14th September 2016 at Messum's new gallery at 28, Cork Street. Alan is currently working on paintings from his recent visits to the Isle of Skye and a series from Piemonte in Northern Italy. More recently Alan returned to Hartland and travelled along the coast to Welcome Mouth. The result is a completely new set of drawings of this wild coastal region of North Devon, from which paintings are developing for his London Exhibition.
All the work for the London show needs to be ready for the catalogue by mid June, as Alan then plans to move to a completely new and for him, unknown landscape, when he will be travelling to Transylvania, complete with drawing books and watercolours. On his return Alan will complete the first of his Transylvanian paintings in time for the London Catalogue and Exhibition.
Film: Labelling Paintings for SWAc Saturday July 23, 2016
Labelling Paintings for SWAc Exhibitions
Film by Bob Mountjoy explaining how to label your painting for a SWAc exhibition:
Exhibition: Moor and Sea Monday June 27, 2016
Moor to Sea 11th July - 29th August 2016 An exhibition of work celebrating the Light, the Life, and the Landscape of the West Country
Alan Cotton was invited by the Brook Gallery to select a body of work from artists across the UK known for their love and portrayal of the West Country.
Angela Yarwood writes:
Selected artists exhibiting in Moor to Sea include Alan Cotton; Vin Jelly; Richard Slater; Martin Bentham; Gill Watkiss; Ray Balkwill; Robert Clement; Martin Procter; Philip Creek; Stuart Edmondson; Vanessa Gardiner; Sarah Adams; Laurence Belbin; Anita Reynolds; Kathleen Caddick and the collective Pine Feroda."
Landscape in the West Country is a way of life. Many of the artists in this exhibition work plein-air, allowing them to capture the mood and spirit of a place. From artist Stuart Edmondson allowing the elements of rain and wind to move the paint on his canvases, to the use of various brush and painting knife techniques to recreate the natural textures of rocks, leaves and grass evident in both Martin Bentham and Alan Cotton's paintings.
Peter Randall-Page: Exhibitions Sunday June 12, 2016
Peter Randall-Page: Exhibitions
Theme and Variation I, II & III, Source Seed I, Rorschach Screen in background
Caught in the Act:
Solo show at Gibberd Gallery, Harlow
Private View 16 June 6-8pm
Exhibition 17 June - 1 September 2016
A major solo exhibition of sculpture and works on paper spanning the
last few years. A chance to see the bronze 'Theme and Variation I, II
& III', Rosso Luana marble series 'Geometry of Desire', ceramic mosaic
wall work 'Wing' together with drawings and numerous small scale
Publication of SWAc Academician Richard Thorn's Down an English Lane
will take place in the last week of May.
Available from all good bookshops and on-line retailers at £24.99. Also available
direct from Halstar publisher and from richardthornart.co.uk
Pages from Down an English Lane
Kieron Williamson: Demonstration Tuesday May 3, 2016
Kieron Williamson at Delamore Arts
Thirteen year-old artist prodigy Kieron Williamson, is a star guest at the Delamore Arts
exhibition on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May where he will demonstrate his painting skills
to the visiting public.
Kieron, dubbed the ‘mini monet' by the media, came to public attention aged 6 when his
prodigious artistic ability saw his first paintings being snapped up by collectors. since then,
Kieron's lifetime earnings from his paintings have topped £1.5 million and his talent has grown
with age. From early watercolours, Kieron has now also mastered oils and pastels – a
delicate pastel of mount's Bay in Cornwall, is in the exhibition at £9000.00. Paintings
completed during his visit will also be on sale along with signed copies of his book 'Coming
The Red Dress by Kieron Williamson
Mary Gillett: Course Saturday April 23, 2016
New Printmaking Courses with Mary Gillett
Mary Gillett will be giving new printmaking courses this summer, at Tamar Print Workshop.
Michael Norman: Derwent Sponsor's Award 2016 Friday March 11, 2016
Academician Michael Norman receives Derwent Sponsor's Award 2016 award
The award was given at the Private View of the Pastel Society at the Mall
Galleries, London. The annual exhibition is always held at the Mall
Galleries as the Pastel Society is a member of the Federation of
British Artists. Ann Widdecombe opened the exhibition and presented
Michael Norman with his award.
More images of the exhibition can be found on the Pastel Society and
Mall gallery websites.
Sherborne Abbey Exhibition Friday March 4, 2016
Yeovil Hospital Charity Exhibition at Sherborne Abbey
The Exhibition will run from the 2nd to 11th of April, 10.00-6.00pm at Sherborne Abbey.
Workshops at Thelma Hulbert Thursday March 3, 2016
Academicians lead the way in a programme of workshops and talks at the Thelma
Academicians provided a vibrant and varied programme of talks and workshops
throughout the SWAc Exhibition at the THG in Honiton. Alan Cotton set the scene by
giving a most interesting guided tour of the exhibition. About eighteen members of the
public attended. His talk was full of insights and was peppered with many interesting
biographical details of many of the artists. Those attending were most responsive and
were given plenty of opportunity to raise questions about the techniques, structure and
meaning of the works displayed.
Meanwhile, Bob Mountjoy gave three separate workshops for primary schools in the
Honiton area, whilst David Norman led a demonstration/ workshop for adults.
In the meantime Phil Creek conducted three separate workshops to older children from
colleges as far afield as Newton Abbot and Sidmouth. He also met members of the
Honiton Memory Cafe where images from the SWAc catalogue were used to
encourage and strengthen their memory recall.
Alan Bourne, SWAc Trustee
David Norman's Workshop
Robert Jennings FRSA SWAc Thursday March 3, 2016
Robert Jennings FRSA SWAc
An Academician of the South West Academy for many years, sadly, Robert Jennings died at the
beginning of February 2016. Robert had a full and varied life. His initial training was at
Hornsey Art School, but this was immediately followed by National Service in the Royal Navy.
He then began a lifetime of work in the creative side of advertising, a career that employed all
of his creative talents and took him all over the world. He spent many years running advertising
agencies in India and Africa as well as travelling to China and Jordan. These travels were
recorded in sketches and paintings.
Returning to Devon he continued with his work in advertising and print but no matter where he
was in the world, he also pursued his commitment to painting and became involved with numerous Art
Societies. Robert exhibited work with the Royal West of England in Bristol, The
South West Academy in Exeter and many galleries such as the Walker Gallery in Honiton
and the Clifton Gallery in Bristol. He is the author of the book Pen and Wash published
by Search Press and wrote articles for The International Artist. His work is in many private
collections in England and abroad.
Charlie O'Sullivan: Open Studio Monday February 1, 2016
Charlie O'Sullivan: Open Studio Day Sat 6th February 2016, 11am - 5pm
Charlie O'Sullivan is opening up her studio on
Saturday 6th of Feb 2016 11am till 5.00pm
please feel free to pop over to Snawdon Saw Mills, Yealmbridge, Yealmpton, Plymouth PL8 2EQ. All welcome.
I have recently moved to a new studio in an old converted Mill on the A379 west of Modbury near the Exeter - Plymouth
expressway and thought it would be fun to open the space for the day to allow, colleagues, friends, and customers
a peek into where I spend most of my working days and nights!
David Brooke: Exhibition Saturday January 30, 2016
David Brooke: One Man Show
South West Academician David Brooke has a One Man Show of his Paintings and Drawings at the Acanthus Gallery, 12A West Street, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4JX from 23rd January to 12th March 2016. Lots of new work on show.
The Gallery is open 10.30am to 4.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Rupert W. Brooks: Threadneedle Prize Thursday January 14, 2016
Rupert W. Brooks: Work Selected for Threadneedle Art Prize
Academician Rupert W. Brooks has had his painting Intersection
selected to be part of the 2016 Columbia Threadneedle Prize. Now in
its eighth edition, The Columbia Threadneedle Prize is Europe's
leading open competition for figurative and representational art. The
exhibition runs from the 3rd to 20th February 2016 at the Mall
Academicians Exhibition Opening Thursday January 14, 2016
Academicians Exhibition Opens at Thelma Hulbert Gallery
The Academicians Exhibition was opened on January 9th at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery,
by Phil Norrey, Chief Executive Devon County Council.
From Phil's speech:
"The southwest is a culturally and creatively vibrant area. Its artistic
life reflects not only the strong feeling of connectedness that artists
have with the place and the people that live there, but also a freedom of
spirit which comes from the sense of space and the distinctiveness of
The South West Academy reflects both the individuality and the strong
community bonds, which characterise Devon and its neighbouring
counties. It promotes and celebrates individual excellence in the visual
arts whilst fostering the collective strength of the artistic community.
Academicians both benefit from and contribute to the work of the Trust
in promoting appreciation of and participation in the arts within the wider
community. The 2016 Academy Exhibition is a brilliant showcase of their work".
Phil Norrey, Chief executive Devon County Council
Ray Balkwill: TV Appearance Tuesday January 12, 2016
Academician Ray Balkwill on Great Railway Journeys
Academician Ray Balkwill will appear on the BBC Two's Great Railway Journeys
with Michael Portillo on Thursday 14th January at 6.30pm.
The programme will be available on the BBC iplayer after broadcast.
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