Spring is nearly here which means The Friends of Holland Park Annual Art Exhibition is just around the corner.
As well as an outstanding exhibition of paintings, sculptures, cards and craft items, the work of one particular artist is also featured. This year our Feature Artist is Olivia Chalmers, a botanical artist and long-term Friend and exhibitor. Olivia studied at the Harrow School of Art, discovering botanical art after taking classes at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew under the renowned Annie Farrar. Olivia’s work is always popular with visitors to the exhibition and her work looks especially fine in the Orangery.
Could all artists please ensure that their Exhibit Details Forms are with me by Friday, 10 March, and please indicate which Private View, Friday night or Saturday morning, you would like tickets for, otherwise you will receive none.
We hope you will support The Friends of Holland Park by visiting our exhibition. We are hoping for more red dots this year. Look forward to seeing you there!
Enquiries to Gordon French, 19 Kensington Court Place, W8 5BJ, T: 020 7937 7222, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Exhibition Timetable
Friday, 10 March All exhibit details forms must be received by this date to allow listing in the catalogue
Friday, 31 March Artists deliver artworks to the Orangery, Holland Park, 8.30-11am
All artists will be required to sign the catalogue to certify that the details shown are correct
Friday, 31 March Hanging and judging, 11am-6pm
Friday, 31 March Private View, 7.30-9.30pm, entry by ticket at £3
Saturday, 1 April Private View, 10.30am-12.30pm, entry by ticket at £3
For the two Private Views, artists are entitled to 5 complimentary tickets in toto
Saturday, 1 April Exhibition open to the public, 1-6pm. Entry free of charge
Sunday, 2 – Sunday 9 April, Exhibition open to the public, 10.30am-6pm. Entry free of charge
Sunday, 9 April Artists and buyers collect works, 6-7pm
Monday, 10 April Artists and buyers collect works, 9-11am
Artists are particularly asked NOT TO COLLECT THEIR WORKS BEFORE 6pm on SUNDAY 9 April, as this would spoil the exhibition for others.
Art Exhibition 2017
Welcome to the introduction to The Friends of Holland Park Annual Art Exhibition 2017. This time our goal will be: more red dots.
It has now been five years that I have had the privilege of organising this exhibition. It is always a team effort with my wife and daughter plus the trustees and volunteers. Each year we try to enhance and develop the exhibition by introducing initiatives in order to sell more art. Selling more art means you the artist are happy, and the trustees are delighted that more revenue has been received for the charity.
It is interesting to note that there are very few sales made at the private views; this is unusual. I am an artist and art-gallery owner, and when I arrange exhibitions there are always sales on the private-view night and the red dots kick-start and stimulate the ongoing exhibition. The private-view sales encourage the exhibition visitors to make a purchase (‘...look at all the red dots!’). With this in mind, next year we will be introducing an incentive to the guests who attended the private views to make purchases.
It is always important for us to remember how special The Friends of Holland Park Art Exhibition is for many reasons:
• The venue: the Orangery is one of the most beautiful locations in London for an exhibition.
• The standard of work is very high.
• The prices you put on your works are fair and affordable; they provide the visitors with great value.
• The most important point: this is an exhibition put on by the Friends who are artists for the other Friends and the general public.
Let us, the artists, continue to support each other, generate more sales for each other, and revenue for our charity.
Now to the 2017 exhibition. Negotiations are ongoing for Feature Artist and sponsors; details and all other information should be confirmed by Christmas and included in your Artist letters. The conditions of entry remain unchanged from previous years: Friends who are artists and artists who become Friends are invited to exhibit up to ten works: two framed works to hang on the walls, and up to eight unframed works for display in the portfolio stands, these with a maximum size of 70 x 100cm (including mounts, but no wooden mounts please). Friends are also invited to exhibit up to ten three-dimensional objects such as ceramics, glassware and small sculptures, or enter the mini-mart of small works on offer at £40 and under, including cards and craft items. The minimum price for works in the main exhibition will be £50.
Friends interested in exhibiting in the art exhibition, the mini-mart or both need to register by filling in the order form,which can be downloaded here, and pay the £10 entry fee. Please note that artists who have registered for the main exhibition may also include small works in the mini-mart at no additional cost. Completed order forms should be sent to Rhoddy Wood as soon as possible because space is limited, and when enough artists have registered we cannot accept any more.
Further information on The Friends of Holland Park Art Exhibition may be obtained from me, Gordon French, 19 Kensington Court Place, London, W8 5BJ; tel.: 020 7937 7222; e-mail: email@example.com
Let’s have a great exhibition with lots of red dots!
Report on The Friends of Holland Park Art Exhibition 2016
The Friends of Holland Park held another successful art exhibition in the Orangery this April. The weather was good which meant visitor numbers were excellent, and the feedback on the quality of the work was extremely complimentary and wonderful to hear.
Firstly I would like to thank our sponsors, Romulo Café, the new Filipino restaurant on Kensington High Street. As Holland Park is on their doorstep I approached them about sponsoring the exhibition, which they did, and I encourage The Friends to support Romulo Café as they have supported us. You will not be disappointed, the food is exceptional.
I would like to thank Isabel Langtry, Principal of Hampstead School of Art, for judging the exhibition, and to the Hampstead School of Art for awarding a new prize: for Applied Art. Once again the Orangery was superbly hung by Alison Beckett who was assisted by Fen Murray and Graham Franklin.
The two private views were both well attended with everyone seeming to enjoy the art on display. The raffle was a great success: around 300 tickets were sold, and some very happy raffle-ticket holders won prizes donated by generous local businesses. The Friends did a mail-drop of 5,000 exhibition flyers to residences in the Borough to help publicize the event. As usual the credit-card facility made the sale of artworks easier for both buyers and stewards. This year our feature artist was Mao Wen Biao who was responsible for painting the ‘mural’ outside the Orangery, opposite the Iris Garden. The Friends were able to hang a selection of his work within eyesight of the original mural which was a ‘conversation piece’ in itself.
Lastly I would like to thank all the artists: you are each year’s exhibition, thank you; also Joy Puritz for compiling the catalogue, and all the stewards and trustees. I look forward to doing it all again in 2017.
Photo by M. Kaleta
The Judging Experience 2016
Never mind where I travel in the world and the wondrous things there are to see, I long to return to Holland Park and revisit the collection of trees by the low wall, watch the squirrels’ antics and walk through the rose garden towards the ice house. The combination of art and nature is a marriage made in heaven that fires the imagination. I love it when artists engage in observing and responding to nature: as I made this walk today I remembered how the magnificent trees here inspired my own sculpture Picassos Petals, a 2.5-metre bronze now installed in the Tramuntana Mountains of Majorca, part of the Hobbs Family collection: a little bit of the Holland Park spirit that works so well among the carob trees and olives of the area.
Arriving at the Orangery’s ‘The Friends of Holland Park Art Exhibition 2016’ makes it a perfect evening: the diverse range of artworks with sculpture, applied art and paintings of all types, alongside photographs, prints and drawings beautifully displayed by the hard-working hanging team. It is also a pleasure to see a collection of work by the invited feature artist Mao Wen Biao who painted the beautiful Holland Park ‘mural’. The hanging makes the viewing of the work a pleasure; many thanks to the hanging committee and co-ordinator Gordon French.
This year I was especially excited to present the new yearly ‘Hampstead School of Art, Applied Art Award’ – to Anne Musso for her porcelain lamp. Each year the prize-winner will receive a term of an art course of their choice, at the art school. The new prize joins the Sir Hugh Casson Prize, Sir Hugh being the honoured historic President of The Friends of Holland Park, the prize posthumously and kindly awarded by his daughters.
I relish looking through the browsers which are always full of visual treats; many of the works are very reasonably priced, and if you bought a piece, well done, your contribution is extremely important in supporting Holland Park itself and in encouraging the artists.
Many artists received a special mention from me at the private view and I congratulate you all again for submitting work, contributing to an excellent exhibition and supporting an event that makes such a valuable contribution to the creative year.
The exhibition really is a wonderful way of encouraging artists and supporting our beautiful Holland Park, bringing us together through art and nature.
I look forward to seeing your new work, next year, alongside new contributors.
Well done to The Friends of Holland Park.
Isabel H. Langtry, Principal of Hampstead School of Art
Review of the 2016 Art Exhibition
Artist Friends of Holland Park were brimming with enthusiasm, versatility and talent in the annual exhibition in the Orangery this spring with work ranging from spectacular flower paintings to alluring landscapes, stunning wildlife pictures and humorous sculpture.
Photo shows Jennie Kettlewell presenting Iwona Behar with her prize.