Be Part of Art

Members of the Royal Watercolour Society are holding an online auction to raise money for a new gallery to house the RWS collection. The auction pieces are available to view here and will be exhibited at the Bankside Gallery. Both online bidding and the physical exhibition are open from 30 January – 3 February. There’s also a fantastic opportunity to buy top class original art really cheaply in the ‘Secret Postard Sale’. One hundred miniature works by RWS members will be available for £60. The ‘secret’ bit is that you don’t know whose work you’ve bought until after you’ve paid for it.

These are all part of the ‘Be Part of Art’ campaign to raise funds for a new gallery. The RWS will be returning to its original home in Whitcomb Street, alongside the National Gallery, where it was based for 115 years from 1823. Currently they have no space to show work from their Diploma Collection. Since 1860 almost every member has contributed work, including John Singer Sargent, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Samuel Palmer, Arthur Rackham, Edward Burne-Jones and more recently Elizabeth Blackadder and Patrick Procktor, so they now have a huge archive which never sees the light of day.

Four artists from Chiswick are taking part in the fundraising exhibition: Francis Bowyer PPRWS, Liz Butler RWS, Chloe Fremantle ARWS and Ingram Pinn, cartoonist for the Financial Times, whose work you can see below. “I’m incredibly excited” says Francis “at the prospect of the new gallery. It’s the most wonderful opportunity for the society to show the members’ works in such a prestigious position in London”. The gallery is part of a wider development taking place in Whitcomb St. So far the RWS, which is a charity, has raised £200,000 but they need to raise at least another £300,000.

Image above – Evening Light on the Blyth River by Francis Bowyer.

Images below – Wood Lane by Chloe Freemantle, Brussel Sprouts Under Nets by Liz Butler, Cartoon by Ingram Pinn