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.

Wednesday 5 July 2017

Alumni exhibitions in July

Hannah Murgatroyd (DY 2006)'s forthcoming solo show, Landscape As A Peopled World', opens at Exeter Phoenix on 13 July and runs until 2 September. Details here. The image shown above is titled 'Hand to Mouth' (2017).

Salma Ali (DY 2014) will be in a group exhibition that opens at Truman Brewery on 6 July 6-10pm. Click here to view the poster and images of work in the show. 

Oliver McConnie (DY 2014)'s hand-coloured etching 'Dance of Death' (shown above) will be on display in the exhibition Mostyn Open 20 in Llandudno, Wales. PV 7 July. The show runs from 8 July to 5 November 2017. Oliver will also be taking part in Open Studios at Bow Arts, Essex House, Saturday 22 July 12 - 6pm. Details here

As part of her current residency at City and Guilds Art School, Jessie Makinson (DY 2012) is having an Open Studio this week, alongside the BA degree show. Open until Sunday 2 July. Address: 124 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4DJ. Click here to view the opening times.

Chris Wallbank (DY 2016)'s drawing Loomery Scroll is currently on show in the Wellcome Collection's summer exhibition A Museum of Modern Naturea new display of objects and stories collected from across a range of disciplines to demonstrate how we relate to nature today. Open until 8 October.

A short film animated by Alex Chilvers (DY 2013) has been nominated for the McLauren Award for Best British Animation at Edinburgh Festival. Directed by Jack Newman, with sound by Steven Dove, the short is titled 'Escape from Syria - Faiza's story'. Click here to watch it. Alex also recently collaborated with musician Helena Gee (aka Vanishing Animals) to make the music video 'From this World to the Next'. Watch it here.

Douglas Farthing (DY 2015) has two paintings on display in the National Army Museum's exhibition War Paint: Brushes with Conflict (open until 19 November). Admission is free. On 19 July Doug will be giving a guided tour of the exhibition at 6,30pm, discussing what it’s like to be a war artist. Douglas is a former sergeant major in The Parachute Regiment, serving in Afghanistan as part of Operation Veritas (2001-14). Details of the event can be found here.

Shown above is an EP album cover for emerging indie/alternative rock band Mellah, recently designed by Emily Morey (DY 2006). She says 'the artwork was made listening to the album music whilst they were rehearsing'. 'The imagery refers to the lyrics and narrative explored by the musician in his music, as well as my own interpretation/ experience of it'.

Emily also has an exhibition at the end of July in Wandsworth, South West London and would like to invite alumni and tutors at The Royal Drawing School. 'Making the Unfamiliar Familiar' will be open 25 July - 5 August. PV 26 July. Some of the artwork was made at Dumfries House, some refers to the Book of Revelations from the Bible. Click here to see the poster for the show.

Katie Brookes (DY 2006) and Jenny Smith (DY 2006), who have been studying on the Turps Studio Programme for the last two years, are exhibiting as part of the TURPS 2015-17 exhibition which opens at Art Bermondsay Project Space this week. Private View 13 July, 6-9pm, continues 14-22 July. Details here.

Elenor Bedlow (DY 2008), Rebecca Harper (DY 2013) and Hannah Turner-Duffin (DY 2009) would like to invite alumni to the Turps Summer Party and Open Studios on 22 July 12-8pm (Bar open from 5pm). They will be exhibiting work made during the past year. Address: Turps Art School,  SE17 2UQ. Details here.

Salma Ali (DY 2014) is in a group show titled 'Roots and Wings' which opens on 21 July in Middlesbrough. More info here.

British artist Rachel Heller (DY 2003) has a solo exhibition of new works at Doswell Gallery in Ireland. 'Pastels and other works' will be on show from 12 August to 6 September. More info here.

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Alumni exhibitions in June

Looking Out by Elvira Rose Oddy (2015)

Elvira Rose Oddy (DY 2015) has a small watercolour of Dumfries House in the RA Summer Show 2017, which opens to the public on 14 June. Also included in the exhibition: Catherine GoodmanEileen HoganCharlotte VerityGethin EvansTim HymanHumphrey OceanChristopher Le Brun and Sarah Armstrong Jones (click on each name to view the artist's work). 

Jaime Valteirra (DY 2005) has a solo show opening on 1 June 6-9pm at Tripp Gallery (59 Amwell Street, London EC1R 1UR)‘By Means of Catastrophe’ is an exhibition of paintings and drawings developed over the last year at the Rum Factory in Wapping, where Valtierra has had his studio since 2015. Click here to read the press release. View images here.

In January Ben Nathan (DY 2009) was awarded a place on the Space Studios London Creative Network Artist Development Programme and will be showing new work he has made since then at Space's upcoming showcase exhibition, which opens on 15 June 6 – 9pm in Hackney (continues Friday and Saturday, 12 – 6pm). Address: 129 – 131 Mare Street, Hackney, London, E8 3RH. More info here.

Leonie Lachlan (DY 2010) and Karl-Peter Penke (DY 2002) are both graduating from the MA Printmaking course at Royal College of Art this month, and would like to invite alumni to the opening of the RCA graduate show on 23 June 6-9pm (continues until 2 July). Address: 14 Howie Street, Battersea, London SW11 4AY. 

Anna Tveritinova (DY 2016) and Daniel MacCarthy (DY 2011) are in a group show titled 'Joie de Vivre' which opens on 15 June 6-9pm at Art Hub Studios in Deptford. More info here. Read the press release here.

Aude Hérail Jäger (DY 2011) has work in The Shoreham Scupture Trail (17-18th June) in Kent. More info here.

Pia Bramley (DY 2014) and Jaime Valtierra (DY 2005) have work in a show that opens on Friday 16 June, 6-9pm at the Nunnery Gallery in Bow.

Tyga Helme, Lottie Stoddart, Matthew Cunningham and Christabel Forbes, the Royal Drawing School India IIFA Residency group 2016, will be exhibiting work made in India at Daniel Raphael Gallery (Marylebone, London) from 20 June to 10 July. PV: 20 June, 5,30-8,30pm. Click here to view the invitation. Rsvp to

Daniel Preece (RDS Faculty) has an upcoming one man show at One Paved Court, Richmond (30 June - 22 July). PV 29 June 6-8pm (Please RSVP). Click here to view the invite.

Jessie Makinson at Frestonian Gallery

Jessie Makinson (DY 2012) is part of a group show at Frestonian Gallery in West London. The exhibition, titled 'The Luminous Language', also features work by Ken Kiff and David Hockney. Continues until 21 July.

Tuesday 30 May 2017

A portrait by Nahem Shoa enters public collection in Newcastle

A painting by Nahem Shoa (DY 2004) has been acquired by The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle. The portrait, titled Head of Desiree (2001), was painted over 8 months and around 30 three hour sitting were involved. 


Nahem is also in a group show called Into The Wild Abyss at The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, showing alongside artists Gordon Cheung and Rui Matsunaga. The exibition opens on the 8th of june and finishes on 3rd sept. 

Into The Wild Abyss / Three artists explore various interpretations of a universal spiritual craving for nature in an era of accelerated technological existence; the inner life within a post 9-11 world full of ecological, economic and political instability. Gordon Cheung, Rui Matsunaga and Nahem Shoa all share through their different artistic visions a desire to use archetypal narratives to express hope with hallucinatory, shimmering and imagined forms to reflect on the human condition within the constructs of civilisations.

Alumni in the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition 2017

Many alumni and members of RDS Faculty have been shortlisted for the 2017 Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition currently on view at Piano Nobile, Kings Place, London. The painting shown above is by Rebecca Harper (DY 2013).

Friday 21 April 2017

Naomi Trevor: Manual for an Ark

Naomi Trevor: Manual for an Ark 
The 2017 Sir Denis Mahon Exhibition at the Royal Drawing School

Naomi Trevor (DY 2015) was the recipient of the Sir Denis Mahon Award last year and now the Royal Drawing School has the pleasure of exhibiting the work she’s made during this time. The exhibition will be open from Monday 24 April to Friday 5 May (please note that 1 May is a bank holiday and the building will be closed). The Private View will take place on Tuesday 25 April, 6,30 – 8,30pm. You can view the exhibition card, with images and text about the work, here.

3pin / e27 by Naomi Trevor

Untitled by Naomi Trevor

Inland by Naomi Trevor

Hawker Siddeley by Naomi Trevor

Islands I by Naomi Trevor

Islands II by Naomi Trevor

Islands III by Naomi Trevor

Steamboat (for Buster Keaton) by Naomi Trevor