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Liz Chaderton new book – “Painting watercolours on canvas”

June 16, 2019

Crowood Press has just published “Painting watercolours on canvas” by RGA member Liz Chaderton.
Painting on canvas offers many exciting opportunities for the artist. Along with the immediacy, vibrancy and unpredictability of watercolours, it is a liberating and creative process. This practical book explains how to start painting with watercolours on canvas and goes on to encourage new style and experimentation. It gives step-by-step demonstrations on different techniques to achieve loose, dynamic images. It is a beautiful and passionate account of how to work on a non-traditional surface to achieve striking and innovative paintings.

ISBN: 978-1785005893

Tom Cartmill Longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019

January 24, 2019

Tom Cartmill’s drawing ‘Reverberations III’ (pencil on paper) has been longlisted for the prestigious Aesthetica Art Prize. This means that his work will be published in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2019.  Aesthetica say the book ” showcases the work of 100 of the most exciting artists from around the world and is a dynamic guide to international contemporary art”.

Tom Cartmill work bought for public collection

January 22, 2019

.Tom Cartmill reports that Rabley Gallery has sold one of his intaglio prints in the series ‘A Fragment’, to the University of Chichester’s Collection of Art.


The print is from the edition which is the outcome of winning the Rabley Editioning Prize in 2017.

Trish Roberts’ work hung at Royal British Legion HQ

December 1, 2018

Trish Roberts  has a textile hanging (2.5m x 1.2m) WW1 installed at the HQ of the Royal British Legion, 199 Borough High Street, London until 21st December 2018.


Read the story behind Trish’s piece:

Absence and Presence
Textile wall hanging comprising original prints, hand-dyed fabric and embroidery. Includes lines from the poems of Vera Brittain, Edith Nesbit and S. Gertrude Ford
In August 1914 John Henry joined the British Expeditionary Force, leaving his heavily pregnant wife, Olive Mary, and their three children. He was wounded and captured at the Battle of Mons on 23rd August and remained in a German PoW camp for the rest of the war.
Olive contracted measles in early 1917 and died on March 13th. Her story ended here. John met and married Ethel Beatrice in 1919, and began his second family of four more sons.
There were hundreds of thousands of tragedies during the Great War; theirs was just one. Ironically, I couldn’t have narrated Olive’s story without her death: John Henry was my grandfather and Ethel Beatrice my grandmother.
Absence and Presence represents the struggle of the common soldier of World War 1, and of the families they left behind. It is a narrative, describing not only the destruction and savagery of war, but also the determination of the continuance of life.

Reading Abbey revealed work by RGA artists

July 10, 2018

A new booklet “Reading Abbey Revealed” has been published to coincide with the reopening of the Reading Abbey Ruins and it features artwork by several RGA artists.

Commissioned work by Sally Castle is included in the booklet. Six other RGA members responded to a call for work for the brochure and were successful in having their work included. They were presented with copies of the booklet at an event at the Abbey Gateway on 9th July.


The artists successful in the call for work.
The successful RGA participants in the call for work.
Back L-R: Clare Buchta, Linda Saul, Kusum Shabong, Martina Hildebrandt
Front: Julie Simmonds, Carole Stephens

Henry I by Carole Stephens
Henry I by Carole Stephens

Abbey ruins by Clare Buchta
Abbey ruins by Clare Buchta

The Abbey by Kusum Shabong
The Abbey by Kusum Shabong

Henry I by Martina Hildebrandt
Henry I by Martina Hildebrandt

Hospitium by Linda Saul
Hospitium by Linda Saul









The publication is available from the shop at Reading Museum (cost £5) and  online.

Martin Andrews and Thérèse Lawlor – postcards to celebrate Reading/Düsseldorf twinning

Postcards designed by Reading Guild of Artists’ (RGA) artists Martin Andrews and Thérèse Lawlor have been selected to represent Reading in an international project which celebrates 30 years’ twinning Düsseldorf with Reading. The Reading Düsseldorf Association is printing a limited edition of A6 postcards for the event and Martin and Thérèse’s designs are two of the four selected winning designs.  Martin said: “The Reading Düsseldorf Association is a wonderful organisation and I am delighted that it is still going strong. As well as creating friendships, the Association also provides an opportunity to promote the rich history of the town and encourage visitors from home and abroad. I was delighted that my design was selected and to be able to contribute to an organisation that is so worthwhile.” Thérèse  said: “It’s really nice that my image of the Abbey Gateway was chosen to represent Reading. It is a great honour to be an ambassador for Reading and for the long and successful twinning we share with Düsseldorf. I love painting scenes from around the town, and the Abbey Gateway is a favourite of mine. It’s great to think that some Reading people will use my postcard to send to friends and family abroad to remind them of home and amazing to think it may even be sent to someone in one of our twin towns!”.


Martin and Thérèse with their postcards
Martin and Thérèse with their postcards

Reading Abbey Artists’ Merchandise

Reading Museum has always been a great supporter of local artists, and to celebrate the re-opening of the Reading Abbey Ruins,  merchandise has been produced based on work by Sally Castle and Martina Hildebrandt. The products are available from the Reading Museum gift shop. A selection is also available from the new  online gift shop.
Sally Castle’s linocut images of Reading are well known to many, and a new selection was produced of sites related to the Abbey Quarter.  These have been put together in a map and reproduced on T-towels. Her work can also be found on a variety of other products and books.
New to the Museum is a range of products by Martina Hildebrandt including original prints and calico bags, key rings, fridge magnets and a porcelain mug, all showing the work “Inspired by…”, which is exactly that, a linocut with mixed media work whose inspiration came from the classic image of Henry I by Matthew Paris, the 13th Century Benedictine monk and English Chronicler.
Sales of these and many other special Reading Abbey souvenirs go towards supporting Reading Museum and all the work it has done to help bring access to the Reading Abbey back to the people of Reading.

Reading Abbey Quarter tea towel based on image by Sally Castle.
Reading Abbey Quarter tea towel based on image by Sally Castle.

Henry I merchandise based on image by Martina Hildebrandt
Henry I merchandise based on linocut by Martina Hildebrandt

Chris Mercier – Frankenstein interview

May 14, 2018

Chris Mercier has work in the upcoming ‘Frankenstein’ exhibition at the Espacio Gallery in London. He has also given a fascinating interview to Jacksons Art, where he discusses his innovative use of analogue and digital print techniques, ahead of the show. Read the interview here.

Liz Chaderton – watercolour in print

January 23, 2018

Watercolourist and new RGA member, Liz Chaderton, has enjoyed recent publishing success. Her painting ‘Spanish Horse’ will appear on the cover of a special collectors’ edition of Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts, when it is reissued in March.  Nora Roberts is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels and there are 300 million copies of her books in print – Irish Thoroughbred was her debut work. Liz’s loose and colourful work has been featured in two recent books – Complete Watercolour by David Webb and The Encyclopedia of Watercolour Techniques by Hazel Harrison.  Finally, Liz has authored some work of her own, with a series of instructional articles appearing in The Leisure Painter magazine, one of the UK’s leading learn-to-paint magazines. The latest introduces line and wash, focusing on capturing insects.


Tom Cartmill wins Rabley Print Editioning Prize

In May 2017 Tom Cartmill won the coveted ‘Rabley Print Editioning Prize’ at the SKETCH 2017 exhibition at the Rabley Drawing Centre.  The prize takes the form of working with Rabley Drawing Centre on the development and publication of a limited edition print.
The print will be launched at the 2018 London Original Print Fair, at the Royal Academy of Arts.
To originate and produce his print edition, Tom is working with renowned printer AJ Blackhall.  AJ worked under the celebrated Master Printer Jack Shirreff for three and half years, before founding her own Fine Art print and editioning studio ‘INK on PAPER PRESS’ in Wiltshire.  Amongst many other artists, AJ has worked on editions for Sara Lee, Nik Pollard, Emma Stibbon RA, Eileen Copper RA, Gillian Ayres, Howard Hodgkin & Patrick Hughes.

London Original Print Fair 2018, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London
3–6 May 2018


Jenny Fay – an unusual collaboration

January 19, 2018

Portrait artist Jenny Fay has recently had a collaboration with poet Ian House.  The results of the collaboration  – a portrait and a poem – can be seen in the annual magazine of St. John’s College, Oxford, of which they are both alumni. Jenny says “As I grappled with capturing Ian’s character on canvas, he put the sitter’s experience into poetry. Ian’s wonderfully witty poem is reproduced in full along with a full page reproduction of my portrait.”

Ian House is a Reading based poet who has had two volumes of his poetry published by Two Rivers Press.

Read the article and poem here (from page 52)