"Iken" by Alex Ayliffe
"Storm over Harwich" by John Tookey PS
"Pershore Water Meadows" by Stella Downing
"Gardens of England 2" by Halla Shafey PSA PS
"Gaining Acceptance" by Michele Ashby PS PSA-MP IAPS-MC SWA ASGFA IEA
"The German Bride" by Bob Brown

2024 Annual Exhibition held at the Mall Galleries the Mall London SW1

The 125th Anniversary Exhibition Guest Speaker was:

Michael Spender FSA, Hon RWS

Michael Spender is a writer and art historian and presently Head of Culture for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. He has been Director of the Bankside Gallery and Secretary of the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Director of the Embroiderers' Guild and Manager of Poole Museum.

Michael has curated and written catalogues of many exhibitions of 19th and 20th century art and artists, and his published
books include studies of the work of Ken Howard and Leslie Worth, The Glory of Watercolour, and Visions of Venice, a collaboration with 25 members of the RWS. Michael is currently working on a book about the art of Tom Coates.

Outside Exhibitions 2024

4 MAY - 29 JUNE THE PASTEL SOCIETY PASTEL EXCELLENCE AT 125
Step into a realm of captivating hues and artistic talent as the New Ashgate proudly presents the Pastel Society that celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2024

The Pastel Society presented two new prizes in the 125th Anniversary Year.

In memory of a great artist and former Pastel Society President
THE TOM COATES MEMORIAL PRIZE of £2,000 for the best non-member work in the exhibition.  Selected and presented by Tom’s wife, the artist Mary Jackson NEAC RWS.

A second new prize of £500 - THE PRESIDENTS PRIZE for the best work by an artist under 35. 

'Self Portrait' by Tom Coates PPPS PPRBA NEAC RP

Featured Artist

 David Brammeld PS RBA RBSA SPDF MAFA

Artist's Statement:

My two main subject areas are the natural and urban environment. Having always lived in an industrial, and later post-industrial urban landscape has had a strong influence on my art. It has also enabled me to appreciate the importance of the countryside and this precious environment, hence my love of the natural landscape, and in particular, trees.

Whichever subject I choose, I want to capture beauty and character, whether it is an abandoned building or a group of trees. Paul Nash said that trees were a metaphor for the human condition, this view resonates deeply within my own vision. I look at certain trees, and I have an overwhelming desire to draw or paint them, to capture their energy.

I always aim to keep moving my art forward and enjoy risk taking, seeing no boundaries regarding how things should or should not be done.

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