Another wonderful art exhibition


We are fortunate at The Friends of Holland Park to have members as generous and imaginative as this year’s artists in our exhibition. The results demonstrated the creative richness and the successful partnership we have with them.

We always felt that the economic climate was not in our favour, however 46 out of 71 artists sold work which is a higher percentage than last year. We had excellent footfall throughout the exhibition, particularly during the weekdays.

A huge thank you to all our artists and a special thank you to our Feature Artist, Pauline Rafal, whose enthusiasm and skills contributed to the overall look of the exhibition. Our heartfelt thanks to the Ilchester Estates who have supported us for the past five years and we hope this will continue.

We would not be able to stage the exhibition without the assistance of the idverde park team with the initial set-up, including the plants and floral display.

The volunteer contribution was invaluable, ensuring the smooth running of the exhibition. Committee members, those who helped with the stewarding, artist check-in delivery and collection, the Mini Market and the hanging of the artwork - thank you. I would like to thank my wife Sandra and daughter Alex and as always Rhoddy Wood. See you in the Orangery in 2024.

Gordon French

[June 2023]

The 2023 Art Exhibition


Poster 23

Saturday 15th April to Sunday 23rd April

Spring is just around the corner which means for nine days every April the Orangery is filled with the wonderful works of art being displayed in The Friends of Holland Park Art Exhibition. I am always amazed and delighted with the quality and variety of the work and I am excited to see what the artists have produced this year.

Art Exhibition 2022
Art Exhibition 2022 by Jennie Kettlewell

This year’s Feature Artist is Pauline Rafal, who was one of last year’s prize winners. Pauline develops pen and ink drawings into linocuts and artists books inspired by poetry and music, as well as themes based around memories, daydreaming and the experience of change. I have always admired the artworks entered by Pauline and am really looking forward to giving everyone a more in-depth look at her work.

Could all artists please remember to have their completed forms, showing details of all their exhibits, to me by Friday 17th March. To do this, they must already be a member and have registered to exhibit (see form enclosed with the newsletter). If you have been thinking about entering, do it! There is still time, and we would love for you to join us.    

See you in the Orangery.

Gordon French


Friday, 17 March  Final date for artist exhibit details forms to be received to allow catalogue listing
Friday, 14 April  Artists deliver artworks to the Orangery, Holland Park, 8.30-11am
All artists will be required to sign the catalogue to certify that all details are correct                                                
Friday, 14 April  Hanging and judging, 11am – 6pm
Saturday,15 April to Sunday, 23 April  Exhibition opens to the public over 9 days.                     

Sunday, 23 April  Artist and buyers collect works, 6.15 – 7pm

[February 2023]