Free Curator’s Talk – ‘Holden Holcombe: This Is How It Feels’, 7/2/2019, 6pm, School of Art Gallery

HOLDENH_webPhD candidate Holden Holcombe will talk about his research and the background of his exhibition. This is also a great opportunity for those who are unable to visit the School of Art Gallery during the usual opening hours. The talk will be in English. For more information about the exhibition, please click here.

Mary Ellen Edwards – A Victorian Woman Illustrator

Mary Ellen Edwards (later Mrs Freer, later Mrs Staples) by Unknown photographer, albumen carte-de-visite with black masking paint, 1860s, © National Portrait Gallery, London

Illustrator Mary Ellen Edwards was born to Mary (née Johnson, c.1809-1898) and Downes Edwards (c. 1805-1882) on the 6th November 1838 on her father’s farm in Surbiton just outside London. The family had nine children of which two died in infancy. The Edwards moved frequently. Her father was an engineer and inventor and had by 1848 enough funds to built a family residence, Ravenscliffe in Douglas on the Isle of Man. Eventually they settled in London and lived there at various addresses in fashionable parts of town such as Pimlico, South Kensington and Chelsea.

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Postgraduates selected to show works at Mall Galleries, London, 08-19/01/2019

School of Art postgraduates Carmel Reid and Angharad Taris have been chosen to show a selection of their works at Mall Galleries, London. Below you find the press release of Mall Galleries, which is a short introduction to Angharad, her work and the exhibition in general, and a few of her paintings, and Carmel’s artist’s statement and some of her works.

Congratulations to both of you! 

Local artist selected for national survey of graduate art on display in London

FBA Futures

8 to 19 January 2019

Local Artist Angharad Taris has been selected for the seventh edition of FBA Futures, the annual exhibition showcasing the best in new contemporary figurative painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking by the outstanding art graduates of 2018. The exhibition is presented by the Federation of British Artists (FBA) at Mall Galleries in central London.

FBA Futures is the UK’s biggest annual survey of emerging contemporary figurative art, mapping new practices and ideas of representation and draughtsmanship. In 2019, forty-one artists and over eighty works will be presented in the largest exhibition of FBA Futures since it began in 2012.

Her paintings are a response to the place where she lives and was raised, the west coast of Wales in and around New Quay, Ceredigion. Her work explores her relationship with her environment and the spirit of the place. The Paintings do not set out to be precise representations: they are internal and external expressions of experience elicited by the painting process.

Angharad is studying for an MA in Fine Art: Painting at The School of Art, Aberystywth University and teaches Art for Lifelong Learning, Aberystwyth University. She is also a graduate from Central St Martin’s College of Art, London.

During FBA Futures, several awards will be made including the Be Smart About Art Award, Hottinger Prize for Excellence, and Great Art Visitors’ Choice Award.

FBA Futures is sponsored by Minerva.

FBA Futures, 8 to 19 January 2019. Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1.

Open daily 10am to 5pm. Free admission.

Minerva has sponsored FBA Futures since 2014. Founded in 2013, Minerva offer executive search and leadership services, working with clients to develop outstanding teams, cultures and structures. Minerva work across a broad range of sectors including global development, culture, publishing, education and third sector. Their clients are located all over the world, and their pool of candidates is global. They have developed a reputation for their commitment to diversity, and for delivering high-quality work. They are informal yet professional and a dedication to honesty and integrity drives everything they do.

Mall Galleries hosts a diverse programme of exhibitions and events by both well-known and emerging artists, and is operated by the Federation of British Artists (FBA), a major visual arts charity established in 1961. With over 600 practising artist members, the FBA comprises nine of the UK’s leading art societies including The Pastel Society, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, New English Art Club, Royal Society of British Artists, Hesketh Hubbard Art Society, Royal Society of Marine Artists, Society of Wildlife Artists and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Each holds their annual exhibition at Mall Galleries.

The FBA receives no on-going public funding and is entirely reliant for its income on sponsorship, subscriptions from Friends and Patrons, and exhibitions and events.

For further information about Angharad’s work, please visit her website:

Carmel Reid’s Biography & Statement

The artist utilises mark-making and thin glazes of acrylic paint to depict the moods and atmosphere she experiences in woodlands. This theme gradually began to emerge during her studies in Aberystwyth and continued to develop during her MA. Each woodland depicted is in a different location, with its own ecosystem that changes with the seasons, and as a result, each painting requires a different approach. However, Reid expresses no deep interest in nature; rather it is the variety of colour, texture and shapes observed in the flora that present the artist with infinite interpretations through her chosen medium.

During the winter months, I had an increasing sense of uneasiness when walking alone in the woods. I was always alert to the potential dangers and subconsciously these thoughts edged into my work. However, these feelings were not as prevalent during the summer when the woodland was brighter, greener and warmer. Whether it be winter or summer, the trees and branches formed barriers into the woodland when painting, creating various pathways. These offer a variety of routes for the audience who might be tempted to enter the woodland and perhaps create their own scenarios and stories, as I do myself.

(Click on images to enlarge them.)

More examples of Carmel’s work can be found here


Exploring the School of Art Collection 2018

As part of the first year art history module Exploring the School of Art Collections, students have the opportunity to write a small piece for this blog. This year the group decided on the theme of ‘The Stage’. Each student had the opportunity to choose from a selection of prints, drawings and photographs featuring theatres, concerts, ballets, circuses and more. They only had one week to undertake some research before presenting their drafts. They all worked very hard on these projects so please take the time to view their efforts.

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Exploring the School of Art Collection 2017

Gathering Storm

Gathering Storm, Corinna Button, drypoint with monotype, 2006

Three women sit on a bench huddled close together. Backs to us, their arms wrap around each other snuggly, they look intimate and protected. Heads bent forward with faces close, these women are in the middle of a private moment, excluding the rest of the world. Rain falls from black clouds in the sky above, whilst overhead telephone wires stretch across poles from either side of the women, as if framing them. They are centre and focus of the print.

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