Pegasus Art Sponsors Bath Society of Artists 113th Open Exhibition
Bath Society of Artists 113th Annual Open Exhibition
24th March – 12th May 2018
at Victoria Art Gallery, Pulteney Bridge, Bath BA2 4AT – 10.30am – 4pm daily
We were thrilled to one of the main sponsors of the 113th annual Open Exhibition of the Bath Society of Artists 2018. One lucky winner, Andrew Lansley, won an art materials voucher for £350 chosen by a prestigious judging panel including Katherine Jones (printmaker), Jeff Dellow (painter and lecturer). Painting/printmaking selection panel: Jon Benington (Director of the Victoria Gallery) and David Inshaw (President). Guest Panelist: Chris Stephens (Director of the Holburne Museum) and six members of the Bath Society of Artists with casting vote from Susanna Lisle (Chair.) Sculpture panel: Katie Ackrill (Co-ordinator, Pound Arts) and four member of the Bath Society of Artists.
The prizes were awarded by Johnny Messum of Messums Wiltshire at the lively preview evening on 23rd March.
List of prizes:
£1000 Bath Society of Artists Prize
£250 Young Artist’s Prize
£500 Public Choice Prize
£350 Pegasus Prize for art materials
The Pegasus Prize was awarded to Andrew Lansley, new Chairman of the Bath Society of Artists 2019. His large graphite drawing ‘Avebury Stone’ was a very worthy win and he has since bought a huge amount of high quality Fabriano paper from Pegasus Art. To see Andrews work: www.andrewlansley.net
Other prizes were awarded to:
Benedict Doonan – Bath Society of Artists Prize
Sam Heath – Harry Walker Young Artists Prize
Martin Elphick – David Simon Contemporary Prize
Dorothea Whitley-Smyth – Meltone Gallery Prize
Rebecca Lisle – Bath Society of Artists Prize for 3D work
David A Parfitt – Bath Society of Artists Graphics Prize
Peter Davies – Rostra Gallery Prize
Miriam Shepherd – Ian Black Small Painting Prize
Helen Davison – Minerva Best Portrait Prize
There are also smaller prizes for prints, watercolours, small paintings and drawings. The public are invited to vote throughout the exhibition with a winner receiving the Artists Public Choice Prize of £500.
History of Bath Society of Artists
Bath Society of Artists is steeped in history. It was founded in 1904 with twenty six foundation members – a number which has grown to around one hundred and twenty members of diverse and talented artists from in and around Bath. It is certainly one of the UK’s longest running societies with an annual exhibition that has, remarkably, shown every single year since it’s inaugural exhibition except for one – which was during the Second World War.
The majority of the exhibitions have taken place at the Victoria Gallery on Pulteney Bridge – a well regarded gallery that shows top quality artists throughout the year and boasts an authentic Tudor painting of King Henry VIII, painted sometime between 1537 and 1557, during the Kings reign. Read more on this amazing story here.
The Bath Society of Artists has a long running association with famous artists and alumni including Sir Walter Sickert, John Singer Sargent, Philip Wilson Steer, Gilbert Spencer, Mary Fedden, William Scott and Howard Hodgkin. Walter Sickert lived in Bath during the First World War and later settled in Bathampton. He was considered an important influence on distinctively British styles of avant-garde art in the 20th century. Past Presidents of the Bath Society of Artists include Sir Herbert Hughes-Stanton RA, Lord Methuen RA PRWA, H David Richter RI ROI RBC RWS and Patrick Heron CBE.
Now in its 113th year, this popular exhibition showcases the best of the city’s talent and any artist aged over eighteen can submit work. All of the artworks on show are for sale.