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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.

More information at www.messums.com

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.

More information at www.brookgallery.co.uk

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 works.

More information at gibberdgallery.co.uk

On Form Sculpture
Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire
12 June - 10 July 2016

On Form is the only exhibition in the UK dedicated exclusively to stone sculpture and includes 270 works by 39 sculptors from all over the UK, Norway, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands.

More information at: onformsculpture.co.uk

Gallery Pangolin
13 June - 22 July 2016

Jubilee celebrates Gallery Pangolin's 25th birthday with a spectacular group exhibition of silver sculptures, many of which have been specially commissioned.

More information at gallery-pangolin.com

Phyllotaxis I, III, IV
Bath Spa University
Newton Park Campus
Spring 2016 - ongoing

A series of sculptures carved from limestone with deep phyllotactic spirals, which over time have developed a beautiful mossy exterior from being out in the Dartmoor landscape.

More information at bathspa.ac.uk


Robert Mountjoy: Delamore Film
Wednesday May 1, 2016
Robert Mountjoy: Delamore Film

Academician Robert Mountjoy has created a short film showing a visit to the Delamore Exhibition:

James Tatum: Radio Interview
Saturday May 7, 2016
James Tatum: Interview & Exhibition

Academician James Tatum and photographer Paul Moody will be interviewed on Sunday may 8th on the Jo Loosemoor Show on BBC Radio Devon 11.30 - 12 noon.

Their Exhibition at Stephen's Church, Exeter High Street will run from 9th - 14th May, 10 - 6pm.


Academicians: Open Studio
Saturday May 7, 2016
Ken Cosgrove and Greg Mason: Open Studio

SWAc Associates Ken Cosgrove and Greg Mason Open their Exeter Studio, Hope Hall. May 13th - 15th 10.00 - 5.30pm.


Martin Dutton: Exhibition
Tuesday May 3, 2016
Martin Dutton: Hue Exhibition

Exhibition of abstract works featuring Academician Martin Dutton at the Artizan gallery, 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5UW until 13th May


Richard Thorn: New Book
Tuesday May 3, 2016
Richard Thorn: Down an English Lane

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 to light'.

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.

PDF Brochure

Print By Mary Gillett

Exhibition at Delamore Park Gallery
Tuesday April 19, 2016
Academicians And Associates Exhibition
at the Delamore Park Gallery

1-31 May 10:30am to 4:30pm

Showing the work of the forty-five academicians and thirteen Associates of the South West Academy


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 Hulbert Gallery!

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!

Coming Home

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 Galleries, London.


Rupert W. Brooks (Facebook)

Rupert Brooks: Intersection

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 our landscapes.

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.

BBC Iplayer (Great British Railway Journeys)

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