RGArt Events

A listing of art events involving members of RGA (Reading Guild of Artists).

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Artists' news

Chris Mercier – Frankenstein interview

May 14, 2018

Chris Mercier has work in the upcoming ‘Frankenstein’ exhibition at the Espacio Gallery in London. He has also given a fascinating interview to Jacksons Art, where he discusses his innovative use of analogue and digital print techniques, ahead of the show. Read the interview here.

Liz Chaderton – watercolour in print

January 23, 2018

Watercolourist and new RGA member, Liz Chaderton, has enjoyed recent publishing success. Her painting ‘Spanish Horse’ will appear on the cover of a special collectors’ edition of Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts, when it is reissued in March.  Nora Roberts is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels and there are 300 million copies of her books in print – Irish Thoroughbred was her debut work. Liz’s loose and colourful work has been featured in two recent books – Complete Watercolour by David Webb and The Encyclopedia of Watercolour Techniques by Hazel Harrison.  Finally, Liz has authored some work of her own, with a series of instructional articles appearing in The Leisure Painter magazine, one of the UK’s leading learn-to-paint magazines. The latest introduces line and wash, focusing on capturing insects.


Tom Cartmill wins Rabley Print Editioning Prize

In May 2017 Tom Cartmill won the coveted ‘Rabley Print Editioning Prize’ at the SKETCH 2017 exhibition at the Rabley Drawing Centre.  The prize takes the form of working with Rabley Drawing Centre on the development and publication of a limited edition print.
The print will be launched at the 2018 London Original Print Fair, at the Royal Academy of Arts.
To originate and produce his print edition, Tom is working with renowned printer AJ Blackhall.  AJ worked under the celebrated Master Printer Jack Shirreff for three and half years, before founding her own Fine Art print and editioning studio ‘INK on PAPER PRESS’ in Wiltshire.  Amongst many other artists, AJ has worked on editions for Sara Lee, Nik Pollard, Emma Stibbon RA, Eileen Copper RA, Gillian Ayres, Howard Hodgkin & Patrick Hughes.

London Original Print Fair 2018, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London
3–6 May 2018


Jenny Fay – an unusual collaboration

January 19, 2018

Portrait artist Jenny Fay has recently had a collaboration with poet Ian House.  The results of the collaboration  – a portrait and a poem – can be seen in the annual magazine of St. John’s College, Oxford, of which they are both alumni. Jenny says “As I grappled with capturing Ian’s character on canvas, he put the sitter’s experience into poetry. Ian’s wonderfully witty poem is reproduced in full along with a full page reproduction of my portrait.”

Ian House is a Reading based poet who has had two volumes of his poetry published by Two Rivers Press.

Read the article and poem here (from page 52)