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Video and review of BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2016

The 2016 Exhibition for the BP Portrait Award is very different from previous years.  That's not a surprise given that threre's been a change in the Director of the National Portrait Gallery and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Want to study Art at a UK University?

If you want to study art at a UK University, you might like to take a look at the Guardian Rankings of the different Universities offering degree courses for both Art and the History of Art. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Sketches from The Battle of The Somme

Today is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme in which over a million people from 50 countries died in five months during the First World War. This is about the way the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Beware the volunteer sentence

It can be comforting when a solution or a path presents itself to you as the obvious choice. When you feel comfortable moving to the next problem or question without even thinking much about the one at hand. Problem is, if you’re crafting something extraordinary, that obvious, unconsidered choice can also be damaging. It’s often […]

Own Your Ambition

"Ambitious artists hire me because they want more recognition for their art and support as they get their art out of the studio and into the world.” I strung together these words during a small group discussion at a conference. One of my Inner Circle members happened to be sitting next to me and flinched at the word choice: ambitious. Show More Summary

Wildlife Artist of the Year - The Exhibition

Yesterday I wrote about the people who won the awards at the Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition - at the Mall Galleries until 4pm on Saturday.  (see Wildlife Artist of the Year 2016 - The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Wildlife Artist of the Year 2016 - The Awards

The Wildlife Artist of the Year 2016 Exhibition opened today at the Mall Galleries. I was there last night for the preview and to see the awards being made. Below you can find out who became Artist... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Brexit #1: What does it mean for UK and EU Art Students and Schools?

There is no certainty right now about Brexit means for art and artists. This is a first in a series of articles commenting (hopefully in an intelligent and factual way!) on what Brexit might mean for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

BP Portrait Award 2016 - Artists with their paintings

The BP Portrait Award over the years has developed an increasingly international dimension.  On Wednesday I was delighted to meet and photograph a number of the artists - with the portraits they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

This Is Motivation from the Inside Out

Motivation [Publisher’s Note: This week’s post is penned by Lori Woodward. She is a terrific artist and writer. She also is a good friend to me and the fine art community. See her bio at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

The NEAC Annual Exhibition 2016 at the Mall Galleries

It was a lot easier to see the paintings at the NEAC Annual Exhibition 2016 yesterday than it was last week at the Private View.  I had meant to return sooner but my dodgy knee and ankle had other... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Nestle In to Your Artist Community

As a student of art history, I love reading about communities of artists that evolved organically over the centuries. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall in the Cedar Tavern in the 1940s and 50s! Oh, to have been a fly on the wall inShow More Summary

Clara Drummond wins £30,000 BP Portrait Award 2016

The winners of the prizes at the BP Portrait Awards Ceremony last night are as follows.... BP Portrait Award 2016 - £30,000 First Prize Clara Drummond won the first prize in the BP Portrait award... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

John Moores Painting Prize 2016 - shortlist announced

Over 2,500 artists entered the £25,000 John Moores Painting Prize 2016. This is an an open competition for artists working with paint held every two years. It is regarded as one of the premier art... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

How Do You Take Care of Yourself? (Curious Monday)

We're busy. Busy in the studio, busy at home, and busy in the office. Everyone is so busy that it's a boring topic. I've even made it an important goal to never utter the words I'm so busy. But lots of the busy-ness involves sitting on our butts. Show More Summary

10 artworks of merit at the RA Summer Exhibition 2016

This post is about the ten artworks which remain most clearly in my mind at the end of my visit to the 248th Summer Exhibition at the RA 10 days ago. Plus: images of the same  my general commentary... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Noticing before knowing

My favorite books about writing are really books about thinking, and crafting those thoughts into powerful, public form. So, whenever I’m in a thinking thicket — as I was for the development and delivery of my aesthetics/entrepreneurship course this past semester, “The Art of the Arts Venture” — I look for insight in books about […]

Ten Right Ways How to Be A Happy Artist

  You Can Choose to Be a Happy Artist. Then Choose to Make Sure You Are. Over the years of reading forums and comments on sites and blogs for artists, I have noticed a trend. There are unhappy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Changes | How to Make More from Less

We all face changes, nearly daily. Some are big, many are little and insignificant. How you adjust to changes regardless of size often is the pivot point that separates happiness and gloom, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Prizewinners at the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition 2016

It's really interesting having the annual exhibition of the New English Art Club on at the same time as the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts. That's because some are members of both... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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