LOTS ROAD GROUP: THE ART OF READING

Inspiring a love of reading with BookTrust

On show in Waterstones’ 1st dedicated gallery in Bloomsbury

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Waterstones Gower Street (New in-store gallery):

82 Gower St, London WC1E 6EQ (Closest tube: Goodge Street)

Thursday 3 to Sunday 30 November 2016

Exhibition catalogue: Available shortly via Blurb  

The Lots Road Group, in association with BookTrust – Britain’s largest reading charity – is celebrating Children’s Book Week with a portrait exhibition The Art of Reading at Waterstones’ first dedicated gallery space in its flagship academic bookstore in Bloomsbury.

The exhibition – a celebration of the pleasure of reading– runs from 3-30 November in an area associated with the influential Bloomsbury Group of English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists.

The portraits are of people spanning different categories of the written word.  They include children’s authors such as Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, and Julian Warrender, teen authors Natasha Farrant and Philip Womack, and novelist and poet Julia Bell.  It also portrays academics in the field of literature, such as literary critic Professor Dame Gilllian Beer as well as literary agent of the Year 2014 Caroline Dawnay, as well as relatives and friends of the artists.  There’s even a portrait of an unknown sitter on instagram!

Accompanying words, taken from the catalogue, provide a fascinating insight into the reading habits of those portrayed – from those who prefer the “tactile” rather than the electronic experience of reading physical books – including braille. Many reveal their ‘Desert Island’ reads, from the practical (a book on boat building: Michael Bond) and the all encompassing (Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale: Dame Gllian Beer; Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’: Natasha Farrant) to the hopeful (Julie Donaldson, author of ‘The Gruffalo, who chose, ‘Poem for the day one’, “This book contains 365 poems.  I’d try to learn one a day until I was rescued.”

In addition, Michael Bond, portrayed with the artist Hero Johnson’s childhood copy of his book ‘The tales of Olga da Polga’, revealed that he still has the eponymous guinea pig’s successors! And, referencing A A Milne’s most famous creation, ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’, Artist Sarah Reynolds posed her granddaughter lying down under a tree with one leg in the air, just like a famous illustration of Christopher Robin by E.H. Shepard, who, like the Lots Road Group, studied at The Heatherley School of Fine Art in Lots Road, Chelsea.

Hilary Puxley, leading this year’s exhibition for the Lots Road Group, said, “This is the third Lots Road Group annual exhibition and this year we’ve taken the idea of the sitter reading – a perennial theme throughout the history of portraiture – as our subject . Our exhibition brings the theme up-to-date, giving an insight into the ways in which people of all ages derive pleasure from reading now.  

Heatherley’s is one of the oldest independent art colleges in London and one of the few in Britain that focuses purely on portraiture, figurative painting and sculpture.  The 15 portraits, executed in oils, featured in the exhibition, show the acute powers of observation and attention to detail the institution, now in its 176th year, instilled into the Lots Road Group.

Children’s Book Week runs from 31 October to 6 November 2016 and aims to celebrate reading for pleasure.  By designating a special day or week for book-related activies, schools and libraries can help children to see reading as pleasurable and fun, stimulating them to discover new books, extend their reading choices, discuss and share books, explore libraries and bookshops, and do their own creative writing.  BookTrust works to inspire a love of reading in children because reading can transform lives. They give out over 2 million carefully chosen books to children throughout the UK. Every parent receives a BookTrust book in the baby’s first six months. Their books, guidance and resources are delivered via health, library, schools and early years practitioners, and are supported with advice and resources to encourage the reading habit. Reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on educational outcomes, well-being and social mobility, and is also a huge pleasure in itself. BookTrust are committed to starting children on their reading journey and supporting them throughout

PORTRAYED! goes to Somerville College Oxford

On International Women’s Day, the Lots Road Group is proud to announce that Somerville College Oxford is to host PORTRAYED! 25 YEARS OF INSPIRING WOMEN from 10-12 March for alumni and invited guests in the newly re-named Mary Somerville room.

Two of the inspiring women sitters were educated at the college and Mary Somerville herself was a pioneering mathematician and scientist and, amongst other things, tutor to Ada Lovelace who worked with Charles Babbage on the forerunner to computers. She has been in the news as she will be the first woman to appear on a British banknote (Scotland £10) apart from the Queen. Hence the re-naming of the room.

The exhibition, which has been touring since May 2015, commemorates the silver jubilee of the International Women’s Forum UK and will be on display in the Mary Somerville Room at Somerville College, Oxford. It features four of the founders of the lWF UK and the first 12 chairs, including two Somervillians – Karen Richardson and Moira Black. Also featured are Celia Goodhart, a Visitor of Oxford University; Barbara Mills, the former DPP (LMH); champion racing driver Jean Denton, the first woman to hold a ministerial post at the Northern Ireland office; Barbara Hosking, former speechwriter for Harold Wilson; Rosalind Gilmore, private secretary to five Cabinet Ministers and veteran journalist Katharine Whitehorn.

The exhibition has supported the Institute of Directors’ diversity aims by accompanying the inaugural Mackworth Lecture in honour of visionary female leader. The lecture, delivered by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, drew on her experience of leadership. It also was linked to Barclays’ support for the HeforShe mentoring campaign. Open to the public last year at The Chelsea Gallery and to alumni of The Heatherley School of Fine Art, where the artists trained, it also was on show in the foyer of KPMG in Canada Square.
If you missed it, you can see the exhibition catalogue here Price £17.29 +p&p.

Barclays Headquarters Atrium becomes an art gallery for 3 days

Barclays, 1 Churchill Place, E14 5HP 23 to 25 February 2016

Supporting: He for She

In partnership with: IWF UK Susan Young & Curator: Simona Fionda

Sponsor: Barclays WIN London

 

The curator writes: From 23 to 25 February Barclays was the proud host of the Portrayed! exhibition, a series of 16 portraits created in 2015 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) UK. The portraits are of its most inspiring women, its 4 founders and first 12 chairs.

The portraits include Jean Denton, champion racing driver and the first woman to hold a ministerial post at the Northern Ireland office; Barbara Hosking, former speechwriter for Harold Wilson; Rosalind Gilmore, private secretary to five Cabinet Ministers; and Katharine Whitehorn, Observer columnist.

We were extremely proud to welcome Mary Baker back to Barclays. Mary, one of the IWF UK founders, was also the first female Director on the Barclays Board from 1983 to 2000. She was the keynote speakers at the private viewing on 23 February and left a lasting impression on all employees and guests [shown] an extract from an internal 1991 video in which Mary talked about female representation at Barclays and stated “We doubled the numbers of women in management grades in the last 5 years; we are

up to just over 11% now. […] If we can double them again in the next 5 years and we end up with 20% in management grades, we are beginning to see the sort of critical mass which should be really hammering on the doors of the boardrooms to senior executive positions.”

Local schoolgirls find inspiration for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award

The exhibition was visited by six girls from the Isle of Dogs George Green’s School on 24 February. All six girls are currently working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze award and will be drawing on their experience of Portrayed! to help them to shape their own International Women’s Day event which they will then write up and present as evidence towards their award. Two of the girls are part of the ThinkForward programme initiative (Barclays is a founding sponsor and active investor), a targeted intervention looking to prevent young people becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training) at 16.

The girls “felt like VIPs, and were amazed that people would take the trouble to welcome them with such genuine warmth.”  They found the portraits accessible in a way they hadn’t expected. They felt connection with the sitters, and felt these would be people they could talk to. They also felt inspired to create work of their own. They started to think about making a collage, featuring women who have influenced them personally, to display at their own International Women’s Day event at school.

‘We are very proud to be associated with Barclays support for the HeforShe campaign,’ said Stella Tooth, The Lots Road Group.

 

“The WIN event featuring Portrayed! was beautifully organised and hosted by Barclays. One knows when an evening has really engaged guests when a formidable crowd is still there at the close of the evening,” said Susan Young, immediate past chair of IWF UK who sponsored the creation of this collection.

“I do want to thank you for all the effort you and the bank as a whole put in to setting up such a great exhibition and particularly for Mike Roemer’s clear commitment to the HeforShe campaign. […] The way you and your group carried it out was exemplary, and I so much enjoyed the chance to meet up with so many enthusiastic and talented members of the bank and to be aware of the work that is being done to enhance the equality opportunities for women in particular.’ said Mary Baker, the first female Director of Barclays Bank UK and the first female Director of Barclays PLC

Photo: Mary Baker by Dario of Gammeren photography

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Portrayed! at Barclays HQ

Portrayed! 25 years of inspiring women is now on the next leg of its tour to Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf.

Last night’s Private View – in the imposing setting of the 30th floor atrium looking out over the Thames at Greenwich – was attended by nearly 200 people.

The event was linked to Barclays’ support for the HeforShe mentoring campaign and included a speech by Mary Baker, a former Barclays director and a founding member of the International Women’s Forum UK, from whom the sitters were drawn to commemorate the leadership organisation’s 25th anniversary.  Mary spoke about both the origin of the IWF UK and the ‘Hes’ who had helped her in her career.  Artists and sitters then answered guests’ questions about what the experience of collaborating on the portraits.

Lunchtime sessions today and tomorrow are introducing more employees and groups, including local schoolchildren, to both the work of the Lots Road Group of portrait painters and the inspiring careers of our sitters.

 

Portrayed! reception at KPMG

Christine with her portrait of Susan at KPMG reception

Christine with her portrait of Susan at KPMG reception

KPMG Portrayed! event with Tom, Nicola, Susan

KPMG Portrayed! event with Tom, Nicola, Susan

KPMG Portrayed! reception with Nicola, Susan, Sarah, guest and Stella

KPMG Portrayed! reception with Nicola, Susan, Sarah, guest and Stella

KPMG Portrayed! reception with Nicola, Susan, Sarah, guest and Stella

KPMG Portrayed! reception with Nicola, Susan, Sarah, guest and Stella

KPMG Portrayed! reception September 2015

KPMG Portrayed! reception September 2015

KPMG reception Portrayed! with Tom, Nicola, Susan, guests, Stella

KPMG reception Portrayed! with Tom, Nicola, Susan, guests, Stella

As part of the latest leg of our Portrayed! 25 years of inspiring women tour, the ELN business network and IWF UK kindly hosted a reception last night at KPMG’s London HQ at 15 Canada Square. Thanks to all those who turned out on such a rainy night to view the portraits!

Deputy Mayor K&C enjoys private view of Portrayed! at Heatherley’s

The Deptuy Mayor of K&C Cllr Rossi enjoyed a private view of Portrayed at Heatherley’s on Monday 3 August.

Appropriately enough, she found the exhibition `inspiring’

Lots Road Group artists Christine Klein, Collen Quill, Sharon Low and Stella Tooth with Veronica Ricks Principal Heatherley's (2md left) and Deputy Mayor K&C Cllr Rossi

Lots Road Group artists Christine Klein, Collen Quill, Sharon Low and Stella Tooth with Veronica Ricks Principal Heatherley’s (2md left) and Deputy Mayor K&C Cllr Rossi

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PORTRAYED! now at KPMG

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at KPMG (2)

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at KPMG

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at KPMG

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at KPMG (4)

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at KPMG

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at KPMG

The Lots Road Group is delighted to announce that IWF UK Portrayed! 25 years of inspiring women has now left Heatherley’s on the next leg of its tour – and opens this morning at KPMG’s London Office at 15 Canada Square until Friday 18 September for clients.

Our thanks to KPMG, to Susan Young, former chair of IWF UK who made this collaboration with the Lots Road Group possible, to KPMG’s Nicola Dennes and Chair of affiliated network ELN – and to Tom O‘Neill for his expert curation.

Curator: Tom O’Neill
Photographs: Ulysses Wells

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The International Women’s Forum UK – an organisation of eminent female leaders – is commemorating its first quarter century with a portrait exhibition at KPMG’s London office, featuring 16 of its most inspiring women.

The exhibition, which features four of IWF’s founders and first 12 Chair’s, includes portraits of champion racing driver Jean Denton, the first woman to hold a ministerial post at the Northern Ireland office; Barbara Hosking, former speechwriter for Harold Wilson; Rosalind Gilmore who was private secretary to five Cabinet Ministers; and Observer columnist Katharine Whitehorn.

The portraits, executed in oils or print, show the acute powers of observation and attention to detail instilled into the Lots Road Group of artists, who met at The Heatherley School of Fine Art in Lots Road, Chelsea – one of the few art colleges in Britain that focuses purely on portraiture, figurative painting and sculpture.
The catalogue is available online and contains the 16 portraits alongside fascinating insights into the craft of portrait painting. http://bit.ly/1bMCC2F( £17.29 +p&p )

IWF UK is part of the International Women’s Forum, an organisation which advances leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world’s most pre-eminent women of significant and diverse achievement. With over 5000 women leaders across six continents and 33 nations, the IWF has unprecedented global reach to exchange ideas, learn and inspire, and promote better leadership for a changing world.

The Lots Road Group was established in 2013 to facilitate camaraderie and provide a platform for exhibiting and maintaining professional networks. It comprises 18 figurative artists who work in varied styles and differing media: oils, pastels and print. Motherhood was their theme in 2014.

KPMG in the UK, is a leading provider of professional services including audit, tax and advisory. The UK firm has over 10,000 partners and staff working in 22 offices and is part of a strong global network of member firms. Our vision is simple – to turn knowledge into value for the benefit of our clients, people and our capital markets.

IWF UK Portrayed! 25 years of inspiring women at the IoD

You can now see edited highlights of the inaugural Mackworth lecture, delivered by former Australian PM Julia Gillard on You Tube, along with Portrayed! which formed a backdrop to the event. IoD Mackworth Lecture and Portrayed!

Photos courtesy of Chocolate Films.

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD - Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD – Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD - artist Katherine Firth with guest. Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD – artist Katherine Firth with guest. Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD  - artist Katherine Firth with guest. Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD – artist Katherine Firth with guest. Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD - Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD – Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD - Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD – Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD - Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD – Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD - artists Martin Burrough and Katherine Firth with guests. Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD – artists Martin Burrough and Katherine Firth with guests. Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD - Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD – Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD inaugural Mackworth Lecture - artists Sarah Reynolds, Christine Klein, Stella Tooth and Sharon Low with ex Australian PM Julia Gillard Credit: Chocolate Films

IWF UK Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group at the IoD inaugural Mackworth Lecture – artists Sarah Reynolds, Christine Klein, Stella Tooth and Sharon Low with ex Australian PM Julia Gillard Credit: Chocolate Films

Ex Australian PM Julia Gillard delivers the inaugural Mackworth Lecture at the IoD where IWF UK's Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group formed the backdrop.  Credit: Chocolate Films

Ex Australian PM Julia Gillard delivers the inaugural Mackworth Lecture at the IoD where IWF UK’s Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group formed the backdrop. Credit: Chocolate Films

Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett at inaugural Mackworth Lecture at the IoD where IWF UK's Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group formed the backdrop.  Credit: Chocolate Films

Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett at inaugural Mackworth Lecture at the IoD where IWF UK’s Portrayed! by the Lots Road Group formed the backdrop. Credit: Chocolate Films