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.