Monday 5 December 2016

Oona Leganovic in upcoming solo exhibition

Oona Leganovic (DY 2016) has a solo show opening this Sunday. For the exhibition, titled 'National Gallery: the R*pes: A map and an exhibition of old master studies', Oona has chosen to draw from paintings that depict or imply forms of sexual violence. View images here. To read more about the project click here. Opening night and artist talk Sunday 11 December 7–9pm. Facebook event page
After Mazza: The Rape of Ganymede by Oona Leganovic

Clara Drummond in 'Small is Beautiful #34'

Clara Drummond (DY 2005)Ishbel Myerscough (RDS Senior Faculty) and Humphrey Ocean (RDS Visiting Artist) have work in Flowers Gallery exhibition Small is Beautiful: 34th edition. Exhibition dates: 7 Dec - 7 Jan 2017 Private View 6 December, 6-8pm. Click here for further details.
Hairdo (2016) by Isbel Myerscough

Tuesday 29 November 2016

The Drawing Year 2015-16 Open Studios

The Drawing Year 2015-16 Open Studios
Royal Drawing School Central Studios
Duke Street, London, W1C 1JU
Open 2-9 December, 10 - 6pm
Closing Party 9 December, 6 - 10pm

Tim Patrick Christmas Open Studio

Tim Patrick (Drawing Year 2015) is currently working as Artist in Residence at Downside School, near Bath, and is opening his studio between 9-20 December, 10-5pm by appointment. The private view  is on Saturday 17th December, 3pm-6pm, and Tim would like to invite alumni who may be in the area at Christmas time to pop in for a coffee or a glass of wine (click here to view the invite). Tim will be showing some of the recent drawings and etchings he has been working on. Please RSVP in advance.

Four Alumni exhibit work in progress

Elenor Bedlow (DY 2008), Rebecca Harper (DY 2013), Jenny Smith (DY 2011) and Hannah Turner-Duffin (DY 2009) are exhibiting new drawings and paintings as part of the Turps Studio Programme Work in Progress Show. Private View and Open Studios Friday 9 December 6-8pm and Open Studios Saturday 10 December 12-5 pm. Address: Turps Gallery, 1st Floor, Taploiw House Thurlow St, SE17 2UQ. 

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Meg Buick solo exhibition

Meg Buick (DY 2013) will be exhibiting recent prints and paintings in a solo show that opens at Mercer Chance next week. More info here.

David Caldwell Open Studio

David Caldwell (DY 2005) will be opening his studio in north London for a pre-Christmas exhibition between 2nd and 4th December which will showcase paintings by David Caldwell, Richard Burton, Kristyna Francova and Kim Scouller. Private View 2 December 6-9pm.

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Suki Jobson in group exhibition, Knightsbridge

Suki Jobson (DY 2015) is part of  group exhibition that has the colour blue as its theme. The Blue Edition opens in Knightsbridge on 23 November: Cocktail reception 6,30 - 8,30 pm. More info here.  

Lecture on Ivan Mestrovic at NPG

Marcus Cornish (RDS Faculty) is introducing tomorrow's lunchtime lecture at the NPG. Doors open at 12.45. About the lecture: Flora Turner-Vucetic looks at the art and life of Ivan Meštrovic (1883–1962), Croatian sculptor, painter, draughtsman, architect, writer and poet through a discussion of his portraits. More info here.

Wednesday 9 November 2016

Winter/16 at Tregony Gallery

A group exhibition titled Winter/16 has just opened at Tregony Gallery in Cornwall and features new work by RDS alumni Daniel PreeceGregory WardJudi GreenMeg BuickMark HansonAlex Cree and David Caldwell. Private View Sunday 13 November 2pm.

Highgate Woods in Snow by David Caldwell

Six alumni in 2016 Discerning Eye Exhibition

Alumni David Caldwell  (DY 2005), Nick Bush  (DY 2011), Alison Boult  (DY 2013), Leon Pozniakow (DY 2013), Kathryn Maple  (DY 2013) and Francis Martin (DY 2015) are included in the 2016 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London, an exhibition of small works selected by six prominent figures from the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. A total of 727 works - including paintings, prints, sculptures, drawings and photographs - by 405 artists will be on show. Entry is free. The exhibition will open 17-27 November. 

Romanian Landscape by David Caldwell

Three alumni in The Classical, Transition Gallery

Alumni Grant Foster (DY 2006), Jessie Makinson (DY 2012) and Leon Pozniakow (DY 2013) will be exhibiting new paintings in The Classical, an exhibition at Transition Gallery (11-20 November). Click here for full details and images. All alumni are invited to the Private View on Thursday 10 November at 6-9pm Transition Gallery, Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road E8 4QN.  

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Anna Sebastian in solo show, Berlin

Anna Sebastian (DY 2014) has a solo exhibition opening in Berlin in two weeks’ time. Anna draws on her research into voodoo, science-fiction and occultism to create works of both painting and drawing - familiar but distorted. She is inspired by the image of the family and the home; an allegory of unattainability and uncanniness - interpreted from a child's eye. Previous solo exhibitions include Homesession Gallery (Barcelona), DOX Gallery (Prague) and the Ghetto Biennale in Haiti (Port Au Prince). Exhibition dates 18 November - 2 December at ReTramp Gallery Address: Reuterstr. 62, 12047 Berlin, Germany.

Katie Brookes exhibits at UKYA Festival 2016 in Derby

Katie Brookes (DY 2013) is exhibiting ten large paintings at UKYA Festival 2016 in Derby (3-6 November). UKYA (UK Young Artists) is a registered charity that champions the next generation of creativity, supporting collaboration and intercultural dialogue, ensuring a vibrant and diverse creative future for the UK. They develop artists’ practice through opportunities and celebrate creativity at national & international festivals. The Festival taking place this weekend offers a large number of free workshops, talks and exhibitions. Find out more about here. 

Florian Graf publishes a new book

Florian Graf (DY 2009) has published a new book FG ARTIST SERVICE GROUP - Everything Artists Offer (Kodoji Press, ISBN 978-3-03747-076-3). The first book launch with panel discussion took place in Kunsthalle Basel and the next event will be at Grieder Contemporary in Zürich on 7 December at 6.30 pm. You can read a recent article about the book here. An extract from the press release reads: 'Today a huge part of artists’ work is commissioned, rendering artists part of a service industry. Art for art’s sake is nonsense when there are bills to pay; an artist is only emancipated if they can sell what they want to do. ‘FG Artist Service Group’ clarifies a 21st century artist’s position by listing more than 50 different stances that Graf, as artist, may adopt'. With wry humour his book alphabetically catalogues the services Graf can provide, from activist to visionary, court jester to narcissist, film maker to vagabond. 

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Oliver McConnie in solo exhibition at The Chopping Block

Oliver McConnie has a solo exhibition coming up in November. This is Oliver's first solo exhibition since completing the Drawing Year in 2014.

'Mummers and Demons' The Chopping Block, 24th November - 8th December 2016
The Chopping Block, 22a Blenheim Grove, Peckham London, SE15 4QN

Here are some of the works that will be in the show:


'Heresy of the Soul'

'Monster Walks the Winter Lake'


'St John's Vision'

'Hunky Punk' (verso)

'The Forgetful Green'

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Lottie Stoddart: Westminster Abbey drawings

In March Lottie Stoddart (DY 2015) was granted special access to draw in Westminster Abbey and has now spent over six months making new work in situ. Lottie first became interested in Westminster Abbey as a subject for investigation through visiting it as part of the William Blake course with RDS tutor Mark Cazalet.  About her current project she says: 'Being able to repeatedly revisit the site has enabled me to get to know this, initially, very overwhelming building and create work that reflects my experience of the juxtaposing periods and centuries of re-workings'. This has led to a commission by the Abbey Shop to create a set of cards and a solo exhibition next year. The private view will be on 9th February 2017 in St. Margaret's Westminster. See images of the work in progress here.

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Olivia Kemp shortlisted for the Griffin Art Prize 2016

Olivia Kemp (Drawing Year 2014) has been shortlisted for the Griffin Art Prize 2016. The final 6 shortlisted artists were selected from 270 applicants. The winner who will be announced at the exhibition Private View on Wednesday 23 November. The winner will receive all art materials and accommodation for their three month residency at Griffin Gallery starting February 2017.

Griffin Art Prize 2016
24 November – 23 December 2016

Address: The Studio Building, 21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ : Info
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, Saturday, 12 - 5pm, Closed on Sundays

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Francesca Mollett in group exhibition

Francesca Mollett (DY 2015) is part of a group exhibition at APT gallery. A Face Like Yours brings together paintings, installation and video work by seven artists whose works explore everyday objects, spaces and gestures. The work shown is primarily based on intimate observations of the contemporary world, seeking out connections between the experience of a moment and the beauty of human contradictions. All alumni are invited to the Private View on 13th October, 6 - 9pm (exhibition continues until 16 October). A pdf of selected works is available here.
Visit the APT website here.

Tuesday 4 October 2016

'Portrait of Thomas Overington' by Susan Wilson

A portrait by Susan Wilson (RDS Faculty) is on long-term loan to Christ's Hospital School. Address: Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0YP. The painting was inspired by the Velazquez exhibition at the National Gallery. You can read more about the painting here. Visit the artist's website here.

Thomas Gosebruch solo exhibition

Detail of Mime by Thomas Gosebruch

oil paint and biro on paper (2016), 128 x 96 cm

All staff and alumni are invited to the private view of Blindfold, an exhibition of new work by former RDS tutor Thomas Gosebruch. Last year Thomas’ work was included in British Contemporary Drawing at Museum of Xi’an Academy of Fine Art, China and Jerwood Drawing Prize.

Private View: Thursday 6th October, 7-10pm
Exhibition continues until Monday 24th October 2016
Open Saturday, Sunday, Monday 11am-6pm or by appointment

Mercer Chance Gallery, 253 Hoxton St, N15LG phone: 02070336559 

Wednesday 28 September 2016

Tim Dodds and Laura Smith at Bay Art, Cardiff

Tim Doods (DY 2003) and Laura Smith (DY 2004) are exhibiting at Bay Art in Cardiff. Find out more about the exhibition here. 

Rosie Vohra wins Reach Prize

Rosie Vohra (DY 2014) has won the Afshin Naghouni Reach Prize awarded by Art for Youth London during the exhibition 'In England We Dream of Gardens' which took place at the Mall Galleries. The prize was awarded for her drawing 'A Short Story' (gouache on paper - shown below), as recognition of excellence in drawing. This year the prize was chosen and awarded by artist Afshin Naghouni. 

Sunday Times Watercolour Prize 2016

Six RDS artists were included in the Sunday Times Watercolour Prize 2016, that closed on 24th September at the Mall Galleries. 

Watercolour by Sophie Charalambous

Watercolour by Alison Boult

Watercolour by Chloe LeTissier

 Watercolour by Chloe LeTissier (Second Prize)

Watercolour by Gethin Evans (RDS Faculty)

Watercolour by Rosie Vohra

Watercolour by Kathryn Maple (First Prize)

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Ishbel Myerscough: 'Up Close' at Flowers Gallery, New York

Ishbel Myerscough (RDS Faculty) is exhibiting in New York: Up Close at Flowers Gallery in Chelsea, until 15 Oct 2016.

Tuesday 20 September 2016

Jon Bird exhibition at Hornsey Town Hall

Professor Jon Bird (Art and Critical Theory, Middlesex University London and DY 2007) has a forthcoming exhibition at Ply Gallery, Hornsey Town Hall and would like to invite all alumni to the private view on Thu 13 October 7-9 pm. Visit the artist's website here.
  • Jon Bird: 'Land-Marks' 13-18 October 2016 at Hornsey Town Hall, Crouch End, London N8 9JJ

Daniel Preece Open Studio

Daniel Preece (DY 2007 and current RDS Faculty) is opening his studio to visitors this weekend, details below. The event is part of Deptford X Platform 2016

Image copyright Daniel Preece

Open Studio - Propeller Foundry 
24th - 25th September 12-6pm

Address: The Propeller Foundry 2016, Acme Studios, 165 Childers Street London SE8 5JR
How to get to the venue: Bus: 47, 188, 199 Tube: Canada Water, New Cross Rail:Deptford, New Cross. 
Visit Daniel’s website here.

Monday 12 September 2016

Hannah Murgatroyd in solo exhibition, Bath

Leisured Bodies
a solo exhibition by Hannah Murgatroyd

An exhibition of work produced by Hannah Murgatroyd during her Summer 2016 residency at Bath Artists’ Studios. Depicting a painted and drawn world inhabited by protagonists whose bodies and acts reflect leisure and desire, springing from high art, popular culture and personal narrative.

Private view 15th September from 6pm
Opening hours 16th-20th September only, 12-5pm

at The Roper Gallery at Bath Artists' Studios
Address: The Old Malthouse, Comfortable Place, Upper Bristol Road, Bath BA1 3AJ

Lottie Stoddart and Christabel Forbes in group exhibition

'Red Bank' by Lottie Stoddart (Drawing Year 2015)
The image above is included in the show, and was painted at Dumfries House

Lottie Stoddard and Christabel Forbes (Drawing Year 2015) are exhibiting new work in an exhibition in Southwark this week, details below.

Constructing Nature
Curated by Clare Dudeney

Private view: Thurs 15 Sept (6-9pm)
Open from 16-20 Sept (1-6pm)

Address: Nolia’s Gallery – 60 Great Suffolk Street London, SE1 0BL – near Tate Modern.

Thursday 8 September 2016

Drawing by Nahem Shoa acquired by V&A

Drawing of Samson and the Philistines after a sculpture by Vincenzo Foggini 1749.     
by  Nahem Shoa (1993), graphite and pencil on 160 gram Cartridge paper, 47.5 x 29.7 cm

A drawing of Samson and the Philistines by Nahem Shoa (Drawing Year 2004) has been acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum for their permanent collection. The drawing (from 1993) is after a sculpture by Vincenzo Foggini, dated 1749. Nahem spent over a month at the V&A making it, approximately 200 hours of work. The drawing will be stored in a case along with ten other drawings of statues by Turner, Constable, Reynolds, Moore and Frink. ‘I consider it the best drawing of this kind of drawing I have ever made. It is a huge honour’ says the artist.

Eight RDS artists in group exhibition in Cornwall

Eight RDS artists are included in an exhibition at Tregony Gallery in Cornwall: : Timothy Betjeman, Meg Buick, Alex Cree, Judi Green, Mark Hanson, Sara Lee Roberts, Daniel Preece and Gregory Ward. The gallery is owned by Drawing Year alumna Judi Green (DY 2002). 

Exhibition dates: 8 September- 29 October
Private View: Thursday 8th September 6pm - 8pm and Sunday 11th September, 2pm - 5pm Address: Tregony Gallery, 58 Fore Street, Tregony, Cornwall TR2 5RW. Click here to read the press release. 

Judi Green 'Living Under Blue Skies, Roseland’ oil on canvas 40x50cm

Daniel Preece 'The Thames form level 39’ Acrylic on Panel, 36x40cm

Meg Buick,'The Field', Oil on Paper

Mark Hanson ‘Lacuna’ Oil on Aluminium Panel, 20x50cm

Wednesday 7 September 2016

14 Alumni in exhibition celebrating the English Garden

Fourteen alumni are included in the exhibition In England we Dream of Gardens which will take place at the Mall Galleries next week, curated by Alice Shirley (Drawing Year 2010). To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of England's greatest gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, artists were invited to respond to the theme of ‘The English Garden’. The charitable art exhibition in support of Art for Youth is a ticketed event in the evening, but free to view during the day on 14th and 15th September 2016. Buy tickets here.

In England We Dream of Gardens
Alumni exhibiting: Guy Shoham (Drawing Year 2004), Lindsay Sekulowicz  (DY 2008), Sophie Charalambous (DY 2009), Lucy Mellor (DY 2009), Alice Shirley (DY 2010), Poppy Chancellor (DY 2010), Phoebe Stannard (DY 2010), Rosie Wellesley (DY 2010), Rosie MacCurrach (DY 2011), Max Naylor (DY 2012), Michelle Cioccoloni (DY 2013), Kathryn Maple (DY 2013), Fraser Scarfe (DY 2013) and Rosie Vohra (DY 2014).

Preview Evening, Monday 12th September 2016, 6pm to 9pm: £75 in advance Champagne and canapés will be served and this is included in the ticket price.
Wednesday 14th September 2016, 11am to 4pm: free
Wednesday 14th September 2016, 6pm to 9pm: £20 in advance or £25 on the door
Thursday 15th September 2016, 11am to 4pm: free
Thursday 15th September 2016, 6pm to 9pm: £18 in advance or £20 on the door
Address: Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

Click here to view the invitation, designed by Poppy Chancellor.

A selection of the works in the exhibition (from left to right): River Pasture by Max NaylorBrown's Swynnerton, Staffordshire (1758) by Guy ShohamAlfronse the Muscovy Duck by Kathryn Maple; Choisya (2016) by Michelle Cioccoloni.


Thursday 1 September 2016

Kathryn Maple wins First Prize in the Sunday Times Watercolour Prize 2016 (again!)

Congratulations to Kathryn Maple (Drawing Year 2013) and Chloe Le Tissier (DY 2011) who have won First and Second Prize respectively in this year's Sunday Times Watercolour Prize. Read the full article here.

Kathryn's watercolour 'Sandy Shoes' is based on her travels to Vypin, one of a group of islands in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. ‘Sandy Shoes looks at the filtered shapes and vibrant colours I experienced there’ she says. Kathryn won the Prize in 2014.

Chloe's watercolour 'Never Alone' is painted on graph paper and depicts a male figure standing by a pool against a backdrop of tropical flora. You can see Kathryn and Chloe’s watercolours, along with the other selected works in the exhibition when it opens at the Mall Galleries on 19 September. 

 'A Pause of Pulls', Gouache on paper, 85 x 74cm. 

Rosie Vohra is also included in the exhibition (see image above).

Sunday Times Watercolour Prize 2016 19 - 24 September 2016. Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1. Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm.