Emily Ball at Seawhite
Contemporary Drawing and Painting Courses
Welcoming 2020 at the Seawhite STudio
images: Reflected Glory by Emily Ball, Image of summer school on location, Buccaneers by Julian Brown
Happy New Year!
The New Year is an opportunity to look forward to new experiences and adventures. After the festive break, it’s a good moment to pause and reflect on how best to use our time in the year ahead, to think about what matters and summon up the energy to go forward and do it with joy and dedication.
At the Seawhite Studio we have an exciting year ahead, with new shows and an ever-expanding programme of courses including three brilliant courses from the hugely talented Julian Brown together with signature favourites like our very special Summer School.
This first newsletter of the year is a chance for us to inspire you with irresistible courses and encourage you to set yourself some drawing and painting goals for the year ahead!
Image: Emily Stevens, artist attending the Painting Group Course with Emily Ball
Summer School 2020 – open for bookings!
Our Summer School offers a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in - and paint - the breath-taking views of the Cuckmere Valley (East Sussex). This location has it all: seascapes, dramatic cliffs, the winding river, the sound of skylarks overhead and the extraordinary base of the coastguard cottage. It truly is a slice of heaven! Working with other students and with the support of artists and tutors Emily Ball and Katie Sollohub, this 5-day course starts with 2 days working on location at Cuckmere Haven, followed by 3 days in the Seawhite Studio.
“The course was a breath of fresh air both literally and metaphorically - the breezes of Cuckmere Haven, with the help of Emily and Katie, blew away stale old habits and gave me lots of new ways to approach drawing and painting, new ways to start out. By the end of the week I was overflowing, giddy with a surfeit of ideas.” (Christine Grey, Summer School 2019)
There are three weeks of summer school to choose from:
Week 1: 22nd - 26th June
Week 2: 29th June - 3rd July
Week 3: 6th - 10th July.
To find out more or to register your place, click on course title below:
Summer School 2020
Find out more about our Summer School and its inspiring location…
Watch Noah Carter’s stunning film of the 2018 Summer School, that perfectly captures the character and atmosphere of this special course.
Listen to the BBC Radio 4 Programme “My name is Carolyn: Living on a Cliff Edge”, in which Carolyn McCourt – our wonderful host at the Coastguard cottage - talks about what makes her clifftop home so special and why she’s fighting to save it from falling into the sea. The interview is a beautiful contemplation on life and being alive – definitely worth a listen.
YOU CAN GET THERE FROM HERE:
an exhibition of paintings by Emily Ball
Saturday 29 February 2020 – Friday 19 June 2020
Private View: Saturday February 29th 2020, 10am - 4pm
Image: Roadscape 1, Oil on Paper, Emily Ball
The next exhibition at the Atrium Gallery will be a solo show of Emily’s work, focusing on two themes that have informed her most recent paintings. The first is Roadscapes, a body of work that has been inspired by her drive to work at the studio; the road, shadows, light, signs, wires, trees, spaces witnessed from a moving car. The urgent,initial A3 drawings provided a fresh engagement with the landscape and developed into paintings full of improvisations and rich in tension, mood and movement.
Image: Full Canopy, Oil on Paper, Emily Ball
The second collection of paintings - Landscape and Trees – represent a return to painting from Nature for Emily. Inspired by her brother’s garden in Monmouthshire, she worked at the side of a lake that is edged with mature trees. The heavy skirts of the trees, the red earth, the changing light and weather reflected in the lake’s surface all combined to create a specific–yet-fleeting environment that Emily wholeheartedly engaged with and captured in these atmospheric paintings.
As all woks will be for sale, the exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to own an Emily Ball painting! Please join us on Saturday 29 February for the private view to celebrate the paintings with Emily, see the paintings for yourself and perhaps also select a work to take home with you!
Short courses with Julian Brown
Image in background: Serso Lampa transparent yellow by Julian Brown
Students attending Julian Brown’s courses are quick to praise his enthusiasm and commitment to making sure each participant gets the very most out of his course. We think his courses are enlightening and essential in the way that they offer a new eye on traditional methods and materials. His own work is full of explorations into expression, scale, surface and colour, and his paintings contain an extraordinary balance of structured rhythm and geometry together with materials that organically drip and overlap.
Image: When We Were Young, Acrylic on Canvas, Julian Brown
“The imagery in my work is heavily influenced by nostalgic visions of the folk art from my mother's Polish heritage that have a handmade geometric relevance to the world we now live in. I'm curious about tactile images that sit somewhere between order and chaos, structure and collapse, expression and control.
“The process in my work is often playful, paint is left to drip or dribble on the canvas and I allow each painting to tell its story through layers of brushstrokes. Each work falls naturally into families according to their particular line of inquiry, yet speaking to each other in a common language of curves, grids and structures.”
Trained at The Royal Academy Schools and a member of the dynamic Contemporary British Painting Group, Julian is a stand-out talent and a rising name in Contemporary British Painting. He exhibits extensively in the UK and abroad and his work features in a number of public collections including The China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, Debenhams and Oliver Spencer. He has received awards from the British Academy and in 2016 was shortlisted for the prestigious John Moores Paintings Prize.
Image: Neverland by Julian Brown
We are excited to be offering three short courses tutored by Julian this year, in which he shares his wealth of knowledge, expertise and passion for painting. To find out more about these courses and to register your place, just click on the course title below:
Find out more about Julian Brown:
To see more of Julian's work - past and present - go to www.julianbrownart.co.uk
Listen to Julian talking about his work, in conversation with Emily Ball at their joint show – We Live Now – at the Candida Stevens Gallery in 2017. Click on the image below.
2020 Art Prizes and Calls for Entries
Why not start the year by meeting the challenge, raising your game and putting your artwork out there…Yes! We’re talking art exhibition and prizes. There are plenty of opportunities for you respond to the call for entries – here are just a few:
Derwent Art Prize 2020
Call for entries deadline: 17 February 2020
The Derwent Art Prize aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best 2D & 3D artworks created in pencil or coloured pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal by British and International artists.
Click here to apply
Wells Art Contemporary 2020
Call for entries deadline: 16 April 2020
Wells Art Contemporary Awards is an open international contemporary visual arts competition with an exhibition in Wells Cathedral in the summer of 2020.It is open to artists working in all media; painting, drawing, print, sculpture, video and performance.
Click here to apply
Image of summer exhibition from royalacademy.org
RA Summer exhibition 2020
Call for entries deadline: 17 February 2020
If you would like a chance to see your work displayed in the world’s largest open-submission exhibition, entry to the RA’s 252nd Summer exhibition is now open! We’ve had several artists associated with the Seawhite Studio exhibit their work in the summer exhibition and it would be fantastic to have the studio's presence there again this year. Go for it!
Click here to apply
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