Highlights of 2018

Highlights of 2018

As we start to wind down for the festive season, we’re reflecting on the fantastic achievements of our artists over the past year and looking forward to all that is in store for 2019… bring it on!


Wimbledon Art Fair

We were thrilled to have superb speakers at the May and November 2018 shows; Sky Arts Judge. Kate Bryan, Founder of MTArt Agency, Marine Tanguy and BBC Arts Correspondent Maeve Doyle. Three women at the top of their game, they came with total enthusiasm and love for what we do. They shared experiences from their time in the arts industry and talked passionately about the importance of events like Wimbledon Art Fair, both for the artists and the art collectors.

The next Wimbledon Art Fair will take place on 9-12 May 2018. Can’t wait until then? Browse and buy affordable art at wimbledonartstudios.co.uk/buy-art

Awards and ExhibitionS

  • Wimbledon Art Fair took home the award for Most Innovative Arts Project 2018 at the Time & Leisure Food and Culture Awards. The awards celebrated and brought together South West London and Surrey’s most famous and revered hotspots with smaller lesser known producers and newcomers. Over 10,000 votes were cast by Time & Leisure’s readers and we are thrilled to have won.

  • Tom Down was awarded the 2018 Jackson’s Open Painting Prize, in June this year, with his piece Frontier (pictured above). The judges were blown away by Tom’s work and he was selected from 3,327 international entries. Congratulations Tom!

  • Jacqui Kelly, of Totally Sugar, was presented with the Medal of Honour for Excellence in Sugar at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show, where she was their International Demonstrator. Since then, she has also been recognised as one of the Top 10 Sugar Artists in the UK.

  • The Christmas John Lewis advert is always much awaited, but this year even more so for us. Wimbledon Art Studios’ Mai Fox, was part of the team who recreated the iconic Elton John costumes for this year’s John Lewis advert. The costumes are currently on display at John Lewis Oxford Street. Watch the advert here.

  • Printmaker, Nicola Troll, launched her book Looking Out from the Edges of Albion with a solo exhibition at the Graham Hunter Gallery, Baker Street. The book a celebration of the East England coastline in collaboration with poet Tim Slader. The book is available to purchase at nicolatrolletching.co.uk

  • Harry Parker’s solo exhibition The City Under the Chair and Other Stories at D Contemporary is currently on show until 20th December 2018. Harry explores the private spaces of childhood imagination and story, expressed through paintings and drawings. You can view the full catalogue and find out more here

  • Andrew Horrod is exhibiting as part of Drawing London Group’s current exhibition All of London Life is There. The group have been meeting every month for the past 16 years in different locations around London, drawing, sketching and painting the scenes around them. The show brings together works in oil, watercolour, ink, pencil, charcoal and prints that showcases the fascinating variety of today’s London. The exhibition is open at the Barbican Library until 22nd December. Find out more at drawinglondon.org.uk

  • Allan Storer has finished the year on a high, after being commissioned by the BBC to create a unique retirement gift for one of their top sports commentators. His famous quip "he drops of World Cup Glory", referring to Jonny Wilkinson's winning dropkick in England Rugby's World Cup Victory in 2003, is now quoted in rugby legend. The final piece (pictured here) is now a limited edition print run of 75, with no.1 presented to the iconic broadcaster at the BBC Studios.
    Allan has also stepped up his art workshops here in Studio 118, this year, with some terrific results. One of his students has enrolled on an art degree, inspired by attending his art classes, whilst another has won an art scholarship. To find out more about Allan’s upcoming workshops and classes visit allanstorercontemporaryart.com/introduction-to-oil-painting/

Exhibitions of 2019

  • The Small Paintings Group Annual Exhibition
    29th November – 22nd December 2018
    8th – 26th January 2019

    Louise Diggle is exhibiting as part of the Small Paintings Group Annual Exhibition at the Piers Feetham Gallery, 475 Fulham Road, SW6 1HL, alongside other members of the group.

  • St George’s Hospital Christmas Group Exhibition
    14th December 2018 – 13th January 2019

    Angelika Spranger returns to St George’s Hospital, exhibiting as part of their Christmas Group Exhibition. 25% of sales revenue is donated to Arts St George’s, which enables the patients, visitors, doctors, nurses and all those at the hospital to have access to a programme of events, activities and exhibitions. This exhibition falls one year on from Angelika’s solo exhibition Still Waters at St George’s Hospital in January 2018.
    Exhibition opening: Friday 14th December, 5-7pm

  • Now & Then: The Collection Reimagined
    March – July 2019

    Bessie Millar has been invited by Orleans House Gallery to be one of thirteen contemporary artists and designers who will create a body of work inspired by Richmond Borough Art Collection. Bessie will be re-interpreting some of the historic black and white photographs in the collection, using vibrant expressive pastels.

  • Wimbledon Art Fair
    9 – 12 May 2019

    Don’t miss the next Wimbledon Art Fair, with 150 artists and makers opening their studio doors and inviting you to browse, discover and buy original artworks, direct from the person who created it. As ever, we’re giving you the chance to win £200 to spend at the show when you pre-register your free ticket at wimbledonartfair.com/pre-book


Are you an artist or maker looking to join a community of like-minded people?

Contact a member of the team today to find out how Wimbledon Art Studios can help you make 2019 your year of creativity.

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Keep up to date, all year round

Upcoming Exhibitions: 6 places you'll find W.A.S artists, this August & September

Upcoming Exhibitions: 6 places you'll find W.A.S artists, this August & September

If you just can't wait until the next Wimbledon Art Fair, there's plenty of opportunities to spot the Wimbledon Art Studios' artists over the next month (and not just in London!)



  Winters Walk Across the Salt Marsh,  Bessie Millar

Winters Walk Across the Salt Marsh, Bessie Millar

CONNECTION: OPEN 2018 is the inaugural exhibition in the Handa Gallery at Wells Maltings, bringing together 2D artists with an affinity to East Anglia, including Wimbledon Art Studios' Bessie Millar.

The details
Address: Wells Maltings, Staithe Street, Wells-Next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AN
Dates: 27 June - 30 September 2018
Times: 10am - 6pm daily



 The 'OXO Gang' (from left to right)Tom Cox, Susan Bunn, Samuel Jordan, Jonny Love, Munleen Sibia and Michael Wallner

The 'OXO Gang' (from left to right)Tom Cox, Susan Bunn, Samuel Jordan, Jonny Love, Munleen Sibia and Michael Wallner

W.A.S artists Michael WallnerLoveJordan and Munleen Sibia return to the iconic London landmark to celebrate all things London! 

After the huge success of last year's exhibition, attended by more than 4,500 art lovers and collectors, five of London’s most exciting artists are back at the famous gallery@oxo, situated in the heart of the South Bank. Urban Soup presents A River Runs Through Itan art exhibition celebrating London’s vibrant personality and ever-changing landscape through its colours, shapes and unique perspectives.

Is your name a London location or perhaps you know a Brent Cross or Victoria Park? The A River Runs Through It gang are giving you the chance to win cocktails for two at the OXO Tower Brasserie if you have a London based name, so don't miss out! 

The details
Address: gallery@oxo, Barge House Street, London SE1 9PH
Dates: 22 - 26 August 2018
Opening hours: 11am - 8pm
Private View: Thursday 23 August, 6 - 9pm
More information at ariverrunsthroughit.art



 Sophie Tea presents her last animal exhibition, this August at Noho Studios

Sophie Tea presents her last animal exhibition, this August at Noho Studios

Sophie Tea is exhibiting her animal paintings for the last time, in her biggest exhibition yet and invites you to be there to celebrate the end of an era. She has produced a whole new body of animal paintings and will be auctioning some works to raise money for WWF

The details
Address: Noho Studios, 46 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PZ
Dates: 23 - 26 August
Private View: Thursday 23 August, 4pm - 10pm
Book your tickets here



  Indian Summer and Other Travels,  opens at Piers Feetham Gallery, 11 - 15 September

Indian Summer and Other Travels, opens at Piers Feetham Gallery, 11 - 15 September

Louise Diggle's upcoming solo show Indian Summer and Other Travels, will showcase work from her most recent trip to Rajasthan and others closer to home.

View the full catalogue of works via louisediggle.co.uk

The details
Address: Piers Feetham Gallery, Fulham Road, London SW6 1HL
Dates: 11 - 15 September
Opening hours: Tues - Fri 10am -6pm, Sat 10am - 1pm



  Provocateur,  Alex Rennie

Provocateur, Alex Rennie

  Finding the Meon,  Rob Murray

Finding the Meon, Rob Murray

From graphic skylines to expressive landscapes and expansive abstracts; from conceptual panoramas to intimate interiors; from the rural to the urban, to the industrial; from printmaking to painting, to intricate and witty new worlds created in 3D sculpture – all ten artists explore and manipulate their surfaces, pushing the boundaries of texture and tone, composition and concept.

These artists, including Wimbledon Art Studios' Richard KnightRose LongLoveJordanRob MurrayAlex RennieJane Wachman and Michael Wallner, come together to explore striking contrasts and expose surprising synergies.

The details
Address: D-Contemporary Gallery, 23 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EY
Dates: 13 Sept - 11 Oct 2018
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11am – 6pm, Sat 11am – 5pm
More information can be found at surfacetensionart.weebley.com



 Henrietta Stuart will be exhibiting in the 157th SWA, this September

Henrietta Stuart will be exhibiting in the 157th SWA, this September

We're thrilled that W.A.S artist Henrietta Stuart has been selected for the upcoming S.W.A exhibition. Now in it's 157th year, the Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition has created a great and much needed platform for some of the most outstanding female artists to showcase their work.

The details
Address: Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
Dates: 27 to 30 September 2018
Opening hours: 10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)
More information can be found at mallgalleries.org.uk

The next Wimbledon Art Fair takes place from the 15 - 18 November 2018. Pre-register here for your chance to win £200 to spend on art and other perks. 

Highlights of 2017

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. 

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...

 Jacqui receives International Cake Artist of the Year, at the New York Cake Show in June

Jacqui receives International Cake Artist of the Year, at the New York Cake Show in June

 Andrew Horrod handing over his winning painting from Windsor and Eton en plein air 2017

Andrew Horrod handing over his winning painting from Windsor and Eton en plein air 2017

  • 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. 

Upcoming Exhibitions

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

Artists Selected for Chelsea Art Society Annual Exhibition

Congratulations to the Wimbledon Art Studios' artists who have been selected to exhibit in the 70th Chelsea Art Society Open Exhibiton, which takes place this weekend. 

Artists include, Jane Wachman, Andrew Horrod, Kjell Folkvord, Henrietta Stuart and Louise Diggle  who will be exhibiting at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, from Thursday 26 - Monday 30 October. 

To find out more, visit chelseaartsociety.org.uk


Upcoming Exhibitions: October & November 2017


Let There Be Light

New works by Daphne Stephenson

13 - 22 October 2017

238 Old Brompton Gallery, Earl's Court SW5 ODE


The Things I'll Give To You

Andrew McIntosh

19 Oct - 18 Nov

Beaux Arts London, 48 Maddox Street, W1S 1AY


Game Girl

Debut solo exhibition from Sophie Tea

25 - 26 October 2017

5th Base Gallery, E1 5LJ



A collection of new urban and floral paintings exploring surface by Richard Knight

31st October to 4th November 2017

Private View: 1st November, 5.30pm - 9pm

A&D Gallery, Marylebone, 51 Chiltern Street W1U 6LY

Jilly Vainer shortlisted for Wildlife Artist of the Year 2017

We're delighted that Jilly Vainer, of studio 514, has been shortlisted for Wildlife Artist of the Year 2017. The exhibition will take place at the Mall Galleries from 27th June - 1st July. 

 Jilly Vainer's macaque 'Snow Monkey' will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries as part of the Wildlife Artist of the Year 2017 exhibition

Jilly Vainer's macaque 'Snow Monkey' will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries as part of the Wildlife Artist of the Year 2017 exhibition


We caught up with Jilly in the lead up to the Open Studios in May.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, Jilly...

I am an upcoming artist specialising in wildlife/animal Sculptures, well known for my Dog/Horse portrait's and sculptures of endangered species. 

Where can we see your work?

The private members club “Leander” at Henley Regatta, has a permanent fixture of one of my Hippopotamus sculptures, as this is their mascot for the club.

Anything we should look forward to for the May Open Studios?

My latest collection captures the movement of migrating swallows, these are wall installations for indoors and outdoors and at the moment I am also working on a Spatuletail Humming bird.

What's your career highlight so far?

I was very happy to have one of my sculptures chosen by the “society of wildlife”, my hibernating Dormouse was exhibited at the “mallgalleries” in London SW1.

How has Wimbledon Art Studios helped your career?

WAS has offered me over the last 9 years a great platform and opportunity to show my work to the public at their twice-yearly exhibitions. Slowly this has turned a lifetime hobby in to a more commercial venture. The studios also offer a great sense of community and support this is very welcoming when you are starting any new venture.

Find out more about Jilly Vainer's work at jillyvainer.co.uk

WAS Artists Shortlisted for SWA Annual Exhibition

We're thrilled that Henrietta StuartDawn Beckles, and Ingrid Lucas have had work shortlisted for the annual Society of Women Artists 156th annual exhibition. 

The exhibition, which takes place at Mall Galleries from Monday 3 July to Sunday 9 July, started in 1857 to give female artists a platform on which to show their work. In the mid-nineteenth century, women were not considered to be serious contributors to the field of art and had great difficulty in obtaining a public showing. At the first exhibition, 149 women showed 358 works, some hiding their true identities for fear of social recrimination. 

Joanne Edwards Millinery on UTV @ The Grand National, Aintree

Joanne Edwards Millinery, of studio 315, spent the day with UTV Life at the Grand National, Aintree, last week. 

Joanne made a bespoke headpiece for presenter Rita Fitzgerald, who was amongst others sporting a Joanne Edwards masterpiece. 


"My passion is both designing and hand-making unique and elegant hats which expertly compliment an outfit, ensuring women feel exquisite during their most special of occasions. It's a wonderful privilege to work with a client, selecting colours, materials, trimmings and silhouettes which beautifully enhance and complete their outfit on what is often one of the most important days of their life." 

Having recently moved to Wimbledon Art Studios, we're delighted to have Joanne onboard. You can see more of her work at joanneedwardsmillinery.com or come and see her at the Wimbledon Open Studios on the 11th - 14th May 2017. Pre-book your ticket here and you could be in with the chance to win £200 to spend! 

Jacqui Kelly sculpts Beyonce from 40kg of cheese

Resident food sculptor, Jacqui Kelly of Totally Sugar London, recently made the news after creating a pregnant Beyonce out of 40kgs of cheese... more commonly known as Brieyonce!

The sculpture, that was commission by the East Village London cheese carving competition, hit the headlines last weekend causing quite the stir!

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of this cheesy Beyonce in progress. 

 Jacqui Kelly creating a statue of Beyonce, made from 40kg of cheese!

Jacqui Kelly creating a statue of Beyonce, made from 40kg of cheese!

 The finished product, on show at the East Village London cheese and wine festival

The finished product, on show at the East Village London cheese and wine festival

We caught up with Jacqui before this cheesy affair; here's an insight into Totally Sugar, the Queen and Jacqui's ventures in America. 

Hi Jacqui, tell us where it all began...

Started to cake decorate as a hobby eight years ago, with a full time job as an Event Manager at The Royal Albert Hall. I was invited to create the Coronation Crown on top of the official HRH Queens Diamond Jubilee cake, I quit my job and set up Totally Sugar.

 So what is Totally Sugar?

Totally Sugar is me, basically! I create large scale sugar show pieces, food art installations, international sugar artist and teach too. 

Where can we see your work?

Buckingham Palace!! Queen wouldn’t cut the cake and it’s still on show in a special cabinet. Plus adverts, showcases, competitions, magazines - I write regular tutorials and pieces for the cake and sugar industry magazines including front covers. 

So what have you been working on recently?

Teaching internationally: Austin, New York, Miami, Orlando - sound more like a tour of the theme parks! I don't know what's next, as the projects normally come in a week before they are needed.

Have you won any awards?

Guinness World Record holder for the World’s largest cake (10m x 12m!) and I'm a multi award winner -14 Gold medals at Cake International and Winner of Best In Show at Cake International 2014

Most famous clients or projects we might recognise?

Lots of celebs when I was practising my skills at the RAH

The Queen!

Green & Blacks - edible chocolate Trees, BBC - Proms & Radio 3, TV centre& Broadcasting House, Walkers Crisps (the dragon) Cadburys (the chocolate jumper)

Kerrang the 35th Birthday cake cover.

World Meat Free Day(the life-sized Pastry Fat calf)

Fox TV - Jack & Ozzys world tour - headless bat cakes

NCIS anniversary

Walking Dead series release 3 & 4

Dinosaur week (dino bones) T-rex autopsy - (life sized TRex body parts)

Cake & Bake Show- show cakes 2015 giant chair and cake storybook character giant choc Gruffalo and Paddington Bear, 2016 6'4 BFG head from Marzipan, Vue Cinemas - Carved scary pumpkins

Jamie Oliver’s sugar campaign - 3 larger than life sculpted people from sugar

Would you recommend Wimbledon Art Studios to other artists?

Definitely! The comradery is priceless, the diversity unparalleled. That you can close your door and work hard or walk around and chat for inspiration, 24 hours a day.

So many talented artists that can offer artistic advice and practical help but also career & business advice.

You may start small perhaps as a hobby or an escape but you have the ability to grow with in the studio as your business grows. I am now in my third and dream studio and working full time at my passion.

For more information on Jacqui and her impressive portfolio visit totallysugar.co.uk

Wimbledon Art Studios' Artists shortlisted for Royal Academy Summer Show

We're delighted to announce that five Wimbledon Art Studios’ artists have been shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Arts London Summer Show 2017.

Tim Goffe, Annie Rouse, Beatriz Elorza, Henrietta Stuart and Judith Brenner have all been shortlisted from thousands of applicants for the most prestigious art exhibition in the world. 

Congratulations and good luck!

You can see Tim, Annie, Beatriz, Henrietta and Judith at the Wimbledon Open Studios on the 11th - 14th May, alongside other Wimbledon Art Studio artists. Pre-book your FREE ticket here now and you could win £200 to spend on art.