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Katherine Firth’s portrait of Dame Gillian Beer unveiled at Clare Hall, Cambridge

Congratulations to Lots Road Group’s Katherine Firth on the unveiling recently of her portrait of Dame Gillian Beer, which featured in our Art of Reading exhibition at Clare Hall, Cambridge.

 

Katherine Firth with Dame Gillian Beer at unveiling at Clare Hall

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Connected: the changing face of Britain

The Lots Road Group’s latest exhibition, ‘ Connected: the changing face of Britain, aims to present a microcosm of contemporary British society against the backdrop of Brexit – a time often described as divisive.

Through an eclectic mix of sitters – diverse in age, gender, ethnicity, nationality of origin – we explore how people who live in Britain are connected, using ourselves and our meeting at The Heatherley School of Fine Art as the starting points.

Our sitters are people to whom we have personal ties, those who live in different parts of Britain, both traditionally British as well as residents who have come here from elsewhere.

As usual, our exhibition has a narrative component which introduces our sitters and explains how we are connected to them and their views on Britain today.

The Lots Road Group accept commissions.

When the exhibition, which is staged in association with Children and the Arts launches you will find a catalogue online by googling BLURB Lots Road Group and exhibition title.

PRIVATE VIEW Friday 30 November 2018 6.30-8.30pm

Monday, 26 November-Thursday 10 January 2019
Waterstones Lower Floor Gallery
82 Gower St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6EQ
Open Monday-Friday 8.30am-9pm, Saturday 8.30am-8pm and Sunday 12-6pm
Closest tube: Goodge Street. Check on Waterstones website for Bank Holidays.Lots Road new strap

CONNECTED EVENT:

FINDING NEMON with Lady Aurelia Young Thursday 6th December 1 – 2pm

Lady Aurelia Young’s connection: her mother, Patricia Villiers-Stuart attended courses at Heatherleys, where the Lots Road Group all studied, in 1939 and 1940.

Lots Road Group announces latest exhibition: Connected

And we’re off!

The Lots Road Group’s next exhibition will be Connected: the changing face of Britain.

At a time often described as divisive, our new show will explore how people who live in Britain are connected, using ourselves, and our meeting at The Heatherley’s School of Fine Art, as the starting point.

Against the backdrop of Brexit, our aim is to produce an exhibition that presents a microcosm of contemporary British society.

As usual, the narrative component of our show will introduce the diverse and eclectic mix of sitters, explaining their background, connection to the artist and views on Britain today.

Lots Road Group founding members meet to plot next exhibition.jpegThe exhibition will go on show from the end of November to January in Waterstones’ dedicated exhibition space at 82 Gower Street in Bloomsbury.

Watch this space for more details!

A chat with Maureen Nathan

Maureen Nathan is joining the Lots Road Group for its next exhibition – Connected – which will go on show later this year.  Watch this space for details.

We catch up with Maureen, who studied portraiture at The Heatherley School of Fine Art, to find out about her art.

How did you become a painter? 

I have drawn and made artworks all my life.  Painting became a natural progression of that creative urge.
What drew you to portraiture in particular?  
I love people. There is an exchange of energy when painting a portrait between the painter and the sitter which I find very exciting. Attempting to convey something of the subject’s character invariably leads on to discovering more about them and about oneself. We are always in our paintings and portraiture is no different.

Which other artists or painters do you look to for inspiration and why?

That’s a big question and there are so many! If I had to pick from the past they are  Piero della Francesca, Brueghel and Vuillard. I’m smiling because now that I’ve started thinking about it that’s just the tip of the iceberg but  looking at their paintings often answers my questions about colour, composition and character. Modern painters that I admire include Celia Paul, Jennifer Pochinski, Chantal Joffe, Catherine Kehoe and on and on because there is so much good painting out there right now.
 

What, to you, constitutes a good portrait?

A good portrait has to be a good painting as well.   Likeness, of course, but also something indefinable  that makes me want to know more about the sitter/s and to see more by the painter who painted them.
 

Do you have any current projects that you’d like to tell us about?

I have recently been awarded a fully funded two week artist residency in Ireland at the Cill Rialaig Foundation. A marvellous opportunity of time, peace and space to explore and develop work outside of my usual studio practice, which I look forward to in November.   A recent painting is on show in Bristol in the Royal West of England Academy annual open exhibition 7th October until 25th November and I will be participating in Park Studios Open weekend in May 2019.

Half Moon Putney to stage first exhibition by Resident Artist

stella exhibition MAR2018.jpg‘New Moon’: Good Friday, 30 March, 12-4.30pm, Half Moon Putney 93 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1 EU. Free entry.

The Half Moon Putney will be marking its 55th year with ‘New Moon’ – a free one-day exhibition of artworks completed by its Resident Artist, and Lots Road Group member Stella Tooth, on Good Friday, 30 March from 12 -4.30pm.

Throughout 2017 Stella has been busy capturing the creative energy of some of the venue’s best-loved bands – and will be continuing to document the special events planned with legends of the 60s to the 00s throughout 2018.

The images so far – and the story behind them – are contained in ‘New Moon’ an online catalogue which it’s hoped will whet your appetite to see them in the frame.

A proportion of the money raised from their sale will go to Teenage Cancer Trust, whose Honorary Patron is Roger Daltry, in a drive to raise £55k for the charity, celebrating 55 years of live music at The Half Moon.

Visitors to the exhibition will enjoy a complimentary Gin & Tonic from Sipsmith on arrival. Closest tube: Putney Bridge.

 

Heatherley’s at the Bankside

Some Lots Road Group artists – including Hero Johnson and Sarah Jane Moon will have work on display in the annual The Heatherley School Of Fine Art Staff Exhibition which is taking place again next month at the Bankside Gallery.

This is Heatherley’s fifth excursion to the Bankside Gallery and always proves a diverse and interesting show and opportunity for friends and students of the school to get together.

The exhibition runs from Thursday 25th January to Sunday 28th January 11am-6pm.

Bankside Gallery
Thames Riverside
48 Hopton Street
London
SE1 9JH

Two portraits by Katherine Firth unveiled at Cambridge

Two portraits by Lots Road Group member Katherine Firth: of Dr Chris Dobson and his late wife Ann, were recently unveiled at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

The portraits were commissioned to mark the generosity of Dr and Mrs Dobson, whose major contribution has enabled the building of two wings of Ann Court at the College.

News from Sarah Jane Moon

Congratulations to Lots Road Group artist Sarah Jane Moon who has a full schedule ahead both exhibiting and teaching.
Queer Artists’ Versions of Themselves, Salisbury
‘In Your Face’ is an exhibition of differing approaches to portraying a sense of self and interpreting identity and sexuality. It coincides with this year’s 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, the landmark moment when private homosexual acts between men over 21 in England and Wales were decriminalised in 1967.
Sarah’s self portrait ‘In The Studio’ 2015 will be on display along with others by various artists including Roxana Halls, Matthew Stradling and Michael Petry.
Curated by Sadie Lee, the exhibition opens at the Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday 23 September and runs until 4 November (10am – 3pm Tues – Sat).
GFEST
Gfest is London’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) Arts Festival that champions equality in all walks of life through visual arts, film, performance and other events.
Sarah will have three paintings on display at the Menier Gallery from 13-18 November as part of GFEST, including a portrait of ‘SJ Weston’, the creator of androgynous tailoring label Thomas Thomas.
DIVERSIFYING PORTRAITS AT OXFORD
Sarah has painted Army Medical Officer and Olympic bobsledder Dr Henry Odili Nwume for the Diversifying Portraits initiative at Oxford which aims to broaden the range of people represented on the University’s walls.
The initiative includes over 20 other photographic & painted portraits of people connected to the college who have disabilities, come from minority ethnic backgrounds, or identify as LGBTQI, including director Ken Loach, journalist Reeta Chakrabarti, and author Jeanette Winterson.
The new portraits will be shown in Oxford at an exhibition later this year.
ART FOR YOUTH
Sarah will be exhibiting with Art For Youth in their London exhibition taking place at the Mall Galleries this 13-15 December.
Art For Youth are celebrating their 30th year supporting artists and changing the lives of young people across the country. Over 1000 works of art between £200 and £5000 are offered for sale from 130 artists with 35% of sales going to the charity.
Always a very special event, tickets are available via the Art For Youth website.
PAINTING COURSES
Sarah is continuing to teach at The Heatherley School of Art next term (from 25 September) at both beginners and advanced level. She is also taking the Open Studio classes for portraiture (Tuesdays & Thursdays) from 17 October-2 November.
You can also book now for Painting People, a two day Masterclass at Trinity Buoy Wharf with The New School of Art on 2&3 December.
PAINTING AT COTEGRANGE FRANCE 2018
Sarah’s first residential painting course in May of this year went amazingly well with brilliant weather that made the colours of the landscape really come to life.
The food, accomodation and atmosphere at Cotegrange are second to none and she is already looking forward to the next week in May 2018 with brilliant chef Stephanie Dean on board.
All painting levels welcome. Places are limited to just seven participants so if you would like to join us please do get in touch with Sarahfor more information and to book.
Sarah Jane Moon