As 2017 comes to an end, we’re recapping on all the excitement of the past year and looking forward to all that 2018 has in store.
Highlights of 2017
Wimbledon Art Fair
This November, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of open studio shows, with the newly-named Wimbledon Art Fair.
The shows, which take place twice a year, provide a fantastic platform for our upcoming and established artists to showcase and sell their work directly to over 4000 visitors.
Keith Brymer Jones, ceramicist and judge on BB2's The Great Pottery Throwdown, opened the show at the official launch night party, on Thursday 16 November. His inspiration speech, even got us a bit emotional too!
Other highlights of the weekend included; art auction in aid of St George's Hospital Charity, which raised a fantastic £650 and a range of workshops and demonstrations for the whole family.
Awards and Exhibitions
As ever, our resident artists have excelled themselves this year, with an array of sell-out exhibitions and prestigious awards. Here's a few highlights...
- Louise Diggle, studio 402, received the Agnes Reeve Memorial award for a painting of London at the Chelsea Art Society in June, with this painting of Albert Bridge.
- Jacqui Kelly, studio 24, won International Cake Artist of the Year. It was awarded to her at the New York Cake Show in June.
- Harriet Hoult, studio 1, was one of 160 shortlisted for the Rise Art Prize, from the 16,000 submissions they received. Although Harriet has heard she has not made it into the finals, she is still in the running for the category awards.
- Andrew Horrod, studio 304, took part in several en plein air events in 2017, picking up overall or category prizes at Buxton, Norwich and Windsor.
- Bessie Millar, studio 306, was selected for an open exhibition “Tricks of the Light” at Riverside Gallery. Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, which is on show now until 3rd March 2018, with her piece "Walking amongst bluebells in silver shadows”
- Jane Wachmann, Tim Goffe, Alex Rennie and Ingrid Lucas were all selected for the 2017 Discerning Eye, which took place at the Mall Galleries.
The new year will bring plenty of opportunities to see our artists exhibit their work across London and the UK (and perhaps even further!) Here's a few to look out for...
- The Landscape of Time, 13 January - 29 March 2018, The Crypt, Marylebone Parish Church
Curated by Antonia Jackson, studio 257 and features works by Antonia herself and Tom Down, studio 145, amongst others. The exhibition explores the idea of time and memory through their painting practices, ranging from the figurative to the semi abstract.
- Still Waters, 16 January - 15 February 2018, St George's Hospital Gallery
Photographic exhibition by Angelika Spranger. 25% of sales donated to St George's Hospital Charity