Payments via the FHP website

You are now able to make payments to The Friends of Holland Park directly from this website. Payments may be made for new membership, renewing membership, event tickets, art exhibition entries and merchandise.

Payment is made through PayPal, but you are not required to have a PayPal account; you can make payment from your debit or credit card.

As from now it will no longer be possible to download an order form from this website and pay by cheque. We apologise if this is an inconvenience for you, but it makes good sense for The Friends administratively. Paid up members will still receive an order form with their quarterly newsletters.

If you have any problems, please contact Rhoddy Wood on 020 7602 0304 or

[January 2018]

Saturday 6 April – Sunday 14 April 2019

Art Exhibition in the Orangery, Holland Park

Details available and entry for exhibitors open from 1 December 2018

[July 2018]

Report on The Friends of Holland Park Art Exhibition 2018

Art exhibition 2018Firstly, I would like to thank the artists for making this year’s exhibition a great success. We made over £10,000 in sales and more than half of the artists sold works. Also, this year we had an increase in sculpture and ceramics which gave the exhibition both balance and variety. As always, the exhibition was beautifully curated by Alison Becket. So to all artists and Alison – a massive thank you.

I would also like to thank our feature artist Małgorzata (Gosia) Łapsa-Malawska. Gosia’s artwork on the exhibition poster was a real draw-card, and she made herself available to visitors for the duration of the exhibition.

Each year Isabel Langtry, Principal of Hampstead School of Art, judges our exhibition and we thank her for her time and expertise. Isabel also generously awards a prize for Applied Art: one term’s tuition in an applied art course. The artists who were awarded prizes were Elizabeta Chojak-Mysko for Artistic Excellence with her watercolour ‘Walk’; Ivan Kulinski in the three-dimensional category with his sculpture ‘King and Queen’; Kye Sook Park the Hugh Casson Prize for Drawing with ‘Melody of Love IV’; Emily Marbach for Applied Art with ‘Kensington Feathers’; and Krystyna Dankiewicz’s ‘Sunset in Holland Park’ was awarded the Spirit of Holland Park prize by the FHP trustees. A tremendous ‘well done’ to all the prize-winners, and to Isabel for her considered judgement.

Artex 2 2018I was very proud of this year’s exhibition. The Orangery looked superb, and the administration all went to plan, thanks to my wife Sandra and daughter Alex (aka Alessia). As always, Rhoddy Wood was on hand to help in all areas, especially the Mini-Market, which did very well this year. Thanks also to Joy Puritz, for her compilation of the catalogue, year after year.  We are also most grateful to the other trustees and the stewards for volunteering their time.

This year the icing on the cake was the sponsorship of the exhibition by Ilchester Estates. The family has been a part of Holland Park and the history of Holland House for many years, being the final owners before handing it over to the Council. Their new development of Holland Green, next to the Design Museum, is breathing new life into this end of the High Street. I would like to thank Ilchester Estates for their support, which I hope will continue and grow in the years to come.

As always, we had generous support from local restaurants, hotels and businesses for our raffle, the entire proceeds of which go to The Friends.

Thank you again to the artists – you are the exhibition!

I look forward to doing it all again next year at the 2019 Art Exhibition.

Gordon French

Photos by Alessia

[July 2018]

Art Exhibition

The exhibition is now full and regretfully we can accept no more registrations for 2018. The Private Views are now also fully booked.

The Friends of Holland Park 2018 Art Exhibition is only a month away and I am pleased to report that our appeal to introduce new artists to the Friends is working.

I am excited about this year’s Feature Artist, Małgorzata (Gosia) Łapsa-Malawska. Gosia is a Polish artist based in London. She works mainly in painting as well as in collage, photography, poster design and lithography. Gosia has received several awards, had many solo shows and exhibitions as well as exhibiting with the Friends for the past five years. She is involved in several local community projects.

Could all artists please ensure that their Exhibition details forms are with me by Friday, 16 March. Please remember to indicate which Private View you would like to attend: Friday night or Saturday morning, otherwise you will not receive tickets.

We hope you will support The Friends of Holland Park by visiting our exhibition and tell all your family, friends and neighbours.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Gordon French

Art Exhibition Timetable

Friday, 16 March    All exhibit details forms must be received by this date to allow listing in the catalogue

Friday, 13 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 shown are correct

Friday, 13 April    Hanging and judging, 11am-6pm

Friday, 13 April    Private View, 7.30-9.30pm, entry by ticket at £3

Saturday, 14 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, 14 April    Exhibition open to the public, 1-6pm. Entry free of charge

Sunday, 15 April - Sunday 22 April   Exhibition open to the public, 10.30am-6pm. Entry free of charge

Sunday, 22 April    Artists and buyers collect works, 6-7pm

Monday, 23 April    Artists and buyers collect works, 9-11am

Artists are particularly asked not to collect their works before 6pm on SUNDAY, 22 April

[Spring 2018]

Art Exhibition

Welcome to the introduction to our 2018 annual art exhibition.

Our goal for last year’s exhibition was lots of red dots. We achieved this as it was our most successful exhibition to date. Now we need to think how we can continue to grow.

One of the ambitions of the FHP trustees is to increase the membership of the Friends. This year let us try to find new members who are also artists and will enter the 2018 exhibition. How do we achieve this? If you know any painter, sculptor or craft person, tell them about the Friends and encourage them to join and also enter the art exhibition. They will have an opportunity to display their work and perhaps also make a sale: in my view a win-win situation. I personally have encouraged one young person to join the Friends, and she is planning to enter a number of sculptures next year. Which brings me to sculptures and ceramics. When I took over the running of the exhibition we had double the number of artists who exhibited sculpture and ceramics. It has puzzled me as to why the number of entries has dropped off. If you have any thoughts or would like to pass on some suggestions, please e-mail me, as I always welcome hearing from any members.

Now some very good news: the 2018 art exhibition will be sponsored by Ilchester Estates.  They have been undertaking some exciting work, as you will see from the ‘Holland Green’ quarter on Kensington High Street, adjacent to the Design Museum, as well as some other exciting residential projects in the area. We welcome Ilchester Estates’ participation, and look forward to working with them to promote our sensational exhibition. Negotiations are on-going for the 2018 Feature Artist, and it should all be confirmed before Christmas, and details included in your artist letters and next newsletter.

As I always say, this exhibition is about friends selling art to friends. Let us the artists support each other and generate more sales and revenue for our charity.

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 browser 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-market 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.

Before registering to exhibit, artists are asked to read 'Information for Artists' which includes the full conditions and requirements for entry.

Please note that artists who have registered for the main exhibition may also include small works in the mini-market at no additional cost. Completed order forms should be sent to Rhoddy Wood as soon as possible (please see timetable below) because space is limited, and when enough artists have registered we cannot accept any more.

Information on The Friends of Holland Park Art Exhibition is available from me, Gordon French, 19 Kensington Court Place, London, W8 5BJ; tel.: 020 7937 7222; e-mail:

Let’s have a great exhibition with lots of sales.

Gordon French

[Winter 2017]

Report on the Friends of Holland Park Art Exhibition 2017

Gordon French stewardingWhat a great exhibition we had this year: lots of RED DOTS!

This was our most successful exhibition. The weather was wonderful and attendances were up. The standard, as usual, was very high, and pricing was spot on. The most important aspect of the exhibition was the spread of sales across so many artists, some who have never sold before, and all were delighted. This is exactly what this exhibition is about.

The Orangery is always a magnificent venue, this year with 75 artists, I thought it looked fantastic, with a little more space than in some previous years. The exhibition is a team effort with special thanks going to Alison Beckett for the overall hanging; Alison was assisted by Graham Franklin, Nigel Brockman, Alex French and Neil Gidman. Isabel Langtry, Principal of Hampstead School of Art, judged the exhibition, and we are indebted to her for her time and expertise; and to Rhoddy Wood for organising the Mini-Market, Joy Puritz for co-ordinating our catalogue, Sandra French, everyone who volunteered to steward, and the FHP trustees.

Our thanks to our sponsor Romulo Café. This is the second year Rowena and Chris have supported us, and we are extremely grateful.

Lastly I would like to thank the artists. This is your exhibition and I want to congratulate you all. See you next year!

Gordon French


The Judging Experience

It was a pleasure to judge ‘The Friends of Holland Park Art Exhibition 2017’. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful park on our doorstep; walking through the park reminds me that it should never be taken for granted. The exhibition was beautifully displayed; I appreciate the great care, attention and energy that putting together such an exhibition demands from its coordinators. Thank you.

Artex 2017A range of exciting media and materials were on display, giving me the opportunity to enjoy looking at a rich, varied, mixture of artworks including prints, photographs, painting, ceramics, glass, drawings, 3-D works and decorative jewellery.

Malgorzata Lapsa-Malawska was awarded the Prize for Artistic Excellence for her painting If a Tree Falls in a Forest, oil on linen canvas, showing great painting skill and a poetic use of narrative. I am delighted that the Sir Hugh Casson Drawing Prize was awarded to Jennifer Blackburn for her beautiful drawing with paint, an artwork called Beyond the Sky using acrylic and ink. The 3-D Prize was awarded to Angela Wilkes for Bull, modelled in stoneware and beautifully glazed to create a spirited beast reminiscent of the romantic Spanish natural style; and I was delighted to offer the Hampstead School of Art Prize in Applied Arts to Anne Musso for her delicate capture of plants in porcelain: her artwork Lamp, a vertical meadow.

Highly commended were Kye Sook Park for her work in the browser which offered a beautiful range of life drawings in the expressive minimal-line style alongside excellent prints; and Judith Gordon particularly for her painting The Dark Hedges, a lovely use of dense and atmospheric watercolour; Mary Romer Greenfield for her painting Rainbow Steps, a composition with a secret narrative of striking colours, skilfully optimistic; Ihor Ropyanyk for the masterly use of oils with palette knife in Wildflowers; Salina Thomas for A Slice of Galicia, its Atlantic waves pulsating with life; Nadhira Benaissa for the photograph of Holland Park Ice House: it is so good to see this local landmark so beautifully captured. Also commended were Russell Mack whose skilful ceramic works are so alluring; Hazel Leach, showing both paintings and ceramics; Alex Longmore showing us how flowers and ceramics work so well together; Susanne Bagner with her beautifully crafted and controlled slumped glass; and Rosamund Lyons, also sharing beautifully coloured glass with us.

A special mention at the awards evening was made for all the artists who exhibited; I congratulate you all for submitting work, it is a brave and generous to contribute to an excellent exhibition and support an event that makes such a valuable contribution to our London community. I noted with pleasure the presence of diverse drawing which delights me: the root of all our inspiration. Please continue your practice with vigour; I look forward to seeing your new work alongside new submitters in the exhibition next year.

A very special thanks to those of you who buy the artworks, your patronage makes these events possible and gives the event a special buzz, as well as making an important contribution to the excellent work of The Friends of Holland Park.

Isabel H.Langtry

Art Judge and

Principal of Hampstead School of Art

(Photos by Joy Puritz)

[Summer 2017]