Many Rivers to Cross

Exhibition at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London W6 9BN

2 September to 2 October 2022

Many Rivers to Cross

As part of the Totally Thames Festival 2022, we are delighted to announce a new exhibition - Many Rivers to Cross. Member artists will be showing new work themed on the River Thames, or as a metaphorical interpretation of the nature and influence of rivers. The exhibition will take place in the gallery spaces at Riverside Studios, opening Friday 2 September and running daily until Sunday 2 October. Each artist is collaborating with another maker, poet, object or app to create work ranging from visual media to performance, poetry and sound.

Exhibiting artists: Mike Abrahams, Susan Bazin, Lynne Beel, Clare Belfield, Peter Blegvad, Natalia Bobrova, G Calvert, Stephen Carter, Grazyna Cydzik, Brian Deighton, Josie Deighton, Lucille Dweck, Shona Elrick, Chloe Fremantle, Máire Gartland, Saadeh George, Sarah Granville, Aude Grasset, Janey Hagger, Anton Harding, Martin Ireland, Seil Lien, C Morey de Morand, Jane Oldfield, Dee Semple, Sena Shah, Felicity Swan, Celia Toler, Miles Watson, Stephen Williams

Collaborating partners include: Heather Allan, Clive Barger, Frans van den Boogaard, Saul Boyer, Cathy Dineen, Joe Cang, Francesca Giuliano, John Greaves, Pauline Harding, Simon Hiscock, Jackson Holmes, Langston Hughes, Geoff Lee, Shepherd Manyika, Madeline Marsh, Belinda McKenna-Bicknell, Vanessa Nova Nassar, Araba Ocran, Rita Parniczky, Giacomo Pini, Pam Toler

From: Friday 2 September - Sunday 2 October daily
Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London W6 9BN
Riverside Studios

Daily postings: @riversideartistsgroup throughout September
Free workshop programme: supported by Arts Council England, will run throughout September, for further details, click here

Felicity Swan

RAG member: Felicity Swan 

Felicity's work is featured in three shows/events:

Mind at Kingshill House is a group exhibition exploring how important it is to ‘be here, present/be here now’ and find space for creativity, whilst exploring escapism through art and craft. Two of Felicity's drawings on show are from her collaboration with oral storyteller Belinda McKenna-Bicknell. They work to combine intuitive drawing and spontaneous storytelling, responding to each other in the moment.
Image: Gala-wala & the Jum Jum Tree, 2021, mixed media on paper, 85 x 60 cm
From: 26 February - 16 April 2022
Kingshill House, Kingshill Lane, Dursley, Gloucs GL11 4BZ
Kingshill House

Teddington Art Trail launched by charity Arts Richmond is an opportunity for artists in the borough to show in more than 20 shop and business windows in Teddington. Felicity's work is at solicitors Kagan Moss.
From: 1-30 April 2022
Kagan Moss, 22 The Causeway, Teddington TW11 0HF
For further information, email Linda White at Arts Richmond:
Kagan Moss

Felicity will be showing again with painter Wendy Winfield and ceramicist Carmela Kantorowicz over two weekends during Kingston Artists Open Studios (KAOS), Kingston-upon-Thames.
11-12 and 18-19 June 2022, 10am-5pm
15B Crescent Road, Kingston-upon-Thames KT2 7RD
For further information, email Felicity:

Chloe Fremantle

RAG member: Chloe Fremantle

Chloe Fremantle has recently been 'promoted' to becoming a full RWS member. She is showing four of her recent series of gouaches Rivers of Life at the Royal Water Colour Society’s Spring Show Reflections at Bankside Gallery. The show is in part a homage to the Queen and her 70 year reign, as she is the RWS’s patron.
Image: River of life 52, 2022, Gouache, blue & mauve, 34 x 34 cm

From: 3 - 20 March 2022
Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton St, London, SE1 9JH

Royal Watercolour Society Open 22

RAG members: Shona Elrick, Chloe Fremantle and Sarah Granville 

The RWS Open Exhibition 2022 at Bankside Gallery is just a few yards upstream from Tate Modern. Formerly known as the Contemporary Watercolour Competition, the RWS Open is the largest open-submission water-media exhibition in the world, attracting thousands of submissions nationally and internationally each year. Rag members, Shona, Sarah and Chloe are delighted to have works included in this prestigious show.
Chloe Fremantle has recently been 'promoted' to becoming a full RWS member – she was previously an Associate member (ARWS).
Image: Shona Elrick, Storm Coming, Banff BayAcrylic, painted newsprint collage and mixed media on 300gsm paper, 28 x 32 cm framed

From: 3 - 20 March 2022
Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton St, London, SE1 9JH

Weary Harold

RAG member: Renata Fernandez Zarauza

Renata is showing two paintings in a group show called Weary Harold at ASC Gallery. Weary Harold, the Byronic hero from the epic poem, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, has been both venerated and ridiculed through the ages for his ambitious longing for adventure, connection and purpose. He travels the world in a quest for meaning beyond life's shallow pleasures yet is often left unfulfilled. This is where the exhibition takes place - looking to the spaces between.
Image: NL Series Alien No1, Oil on repurposed canvas, 52 x 74 x 4 cm

From: 18 February - 18 March 2022
ASC Gallery, Taplow House, The Chaplin Centre, Thurlow St, London SE17 2DG

Licoricia of Winchester

RAG member: Lucille Dweck

Licoricia of Winchester by Lucille was shown at the unveiling reception of the statue of Licoricia by Ian Rank-Broadley FRSS in the great hall at Winchester. 
Image: Licoricia curtseys in front of Henry III in the Great Hall, Winchester, Oil on linen 16 x 12"

10 February 2022
Winchester Great Hall
For more information click here

‘Imagine, Observe, Remember’ online talk

RAG member: Peter Blegvad

Peter gave an illustrated talk recorded last November for Ben Katchor’s Comics Symposium. "Imagine, Observe, Remember is a manual and a meditation. A tactile (through judicious use of different paper stocks), rather beautiful and mentally engaging confluence of nimbleness and heft." Chris Cutler, ReR.
Image: 'Imagine, Observe, Remember' by Peter Blegvad, designed by Colin Sackett, published in 2021 by Uniformbooks

To view the video on YouTube click here

Notting Hill Artists Christmas Show 2021

RAG member: Lynne Beel

This artwork by Lynne Beel reflects on the similarities and differences between Obelisks and Totems appearing as public monuments (from her Egyptimisms series) and is featured in the Notting Hill Artists Christmas Show 2021.
Image: Obelisks and Totemisms, Mixed media, 21.05 x 73.05 cm

From: 8 - 31 December 2021
Notting Hill Visual Arts Gallery, Portobello Arcades, London W11

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout

RAG member: Jane Oldfield

Jane has created a triptych of lino prints on sale for £50 to support the Lookout Arthouse, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Image: Triptych, lino prints with collage, framed 29 x 56 cm

February 2022
Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Arthouse
For more information contact Caroline Wiseman 07808723309

Artist Billboard: Decoy

RAG member: Stephen Williams

Decoy: lure, bait, redherring, enticement, inducement, temptation, attraction, allurement, draw, carrot, ensnarement, entrapment, snare, trap, pitfall, ambush. The serendipity of thought and memory – with text and image we understand that a bilateral language is being used. Sometimes obfuscating, sometimes clarifying but essentially it reveals a history of association and thought. Decoy by Stephen Williams has been realised with the support of Hastings and St Leonards Foreshore Charitable Trust.
Image: Daimler-Benz AG 1959, L322 short-nosed truck - Falaise, France

From: December 2021 - February 2022
The Space, St Johns Road St. Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6HP

Pauline Harding

We are saddened by the loss of RAG member Pauline Harding who died unexpectedly at home in peace on 30 December 2021.

Pauline was Chair of Riverside Artists Group for a number of years, a role which she undertook with diplomatic good humour and seriousness. She very generously hosted meetings in her London flat, found venues and organised exhibitions, including in the Knapp Gallery and The Institute of Physics. Pauline also created what has become an enduring arrangement with the Cavendish Conference Centres, most recently at their venue in America Square where RAG is exhibiting currently as part of the Totally Thames Festival.

Pauline studied at Canterbury and Wimbledon art colleges then trained as a teacher at Goldsmiths College. After graduating in 1967, she began and dropped-out of a masters course in Public Art at Chelsea School of Art going on to make murals in Battersea Park, White City estate, Townmead Youth Club, Brixton with Dale McCrae, and a role assisting David Bratby in his Elephant & Castle subway. Her practice of drawing, painting, printmaking and collage led to exhibiting in group shows and individually, notably alongside Mary Algar first at Merton Abbey Mills and later at Gabriels Wharf with the collective Artshed.

Pauline taught art in schools, facilitated visual arts in youthwork and was a playleader in what used to be called One o'Clock Clubs and on adventure playgrounds. Her son, Anton – also a RAG member – enjoyed the many benefits of all of this in Pauline's endearing presence.

More broadly, her interest in Taoist arts – which were among the many other cultural investigations Pauline revelled in and her radical humanism, e.g. pacifism (CND and latterly Campaign Against the Arms Trade) – advanced most notably when, with the arrival in London of Master Lam and his family, she enjoyed what might be taken as a quantum leap in the standard of training. Pauline's devotions here are estimated by Anton (who also teaches) to have become a practitioner at the highest level. Pauline made two trips to China and tours of Italy and Spain; in Portugal she met Anton's father, Edwardo White, and made two visits to the USA and never enough of those Pennine treks she coaxed the son she would visit in West Yorkshire onto.

She will be greatly missed by all at Riverside Artists Group.

Pauline Harding

Mini Picture Show, Bankside Gallery 2

RAG member: Sarah Granville

Sarah is exhibiting with the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers in their Mini Picture Show.
Image: Longstanding, 2021. Sugarlift and aquatint etching, 19 x 25 cm (detail)
From: 3 December 2021 - 30 January 2022
Mini Picture Show at the Bankside Gallery, London

Connected by Colour and Mini Picture Show 1

RAG member: Chloe Fremantle

Chloe has work in two upcoming shows.
Image: Complex Contemplations, Watercolour 25.5x18"

From: 12 November - 23 December
Connected by Colour 
at the Gallery at Holt, Norfolk

From: 3 December 2021 - 30 January 2022
Mini Picture Show at the Bankside Gallery, London 

I hadn’t forgotten

RAG member: Mike Abrahams

Mike’s moving image ‘I dreamt I woke up remembering I hadn’t forgotten’ has been selected for inclusion in Hackney Museum's forthcoming exhibition Experiences of the Pandemic (working title). Throughout the two year refurbishment of Liberty Hall in Clapton, east London, Mike utilised the hoardings as a giant message board. As we entered the first lockdown in 2020, it became a 'Memori-wall' where people joined together weekly to remember those who had passed away and when the building opened, a regular drumming circle continued to remember.

From: February 2022
Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ
To watch the moving image click here

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2

RAG member: Sarah Granville

Sarah’s work ‘Chestnut House’has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, this year curated by Yinka Shonibare RA.
Image: Wohl Central Hall, Royal Academy of Arts
From: 22 September 2021 to 2 January 2022

Open days at Studio 5

RAG member: Máire Gartland

Come and view the artworks produced in the community workshops held in August and September as part of the Totally Thames 2021 festival supported by Arts Council England, Thames River Trust and the Museum of Water & Steam.

Claire Ireland will be showcasing her new wearable ceramic sculptures and freestanding pieces on 11 December at her nearby studio and Ken Gartland’s stained glass lanterns will light the way and be on sale for Crisis at Christmas.

Friday 10 December, 1 - 5pm
Saturday 11 December, 11-6.30pm
Contact: Máire Gartland or telephone 07925 954183
Studio 5, Museum of Water & Steam, Brentford (entrance on Green Dragon Lane TW8 0EN)

Oasis – a new charity initiative

RAG member: Joanna Brendon MBE

Paintings in Hospitals has launched OASIS (Original Art for the Socially Isolated) in the Guildford and Waverley area this November. It is a pilot project created to ease social isolation and loneliness at home by connecting participants with art, creative activities, and communities of like-minded people while lending a supportive ear or offering advice to others experiencing similar struggles. The project aims to place meaningful artworks, specially produced for individuals, directly into peoples homes and to enable participants to make new social connections through a range of guided conversations and group activities.

Joanna, the founder of the initiative who brought the concept of OASIS to Paintings in Hospitals, knows the struggle people face in isolation from her own complex health challenges. Im an all-too-frequent visitor to hospital. Initially, it was here where I discovered the work of Paintings in Hospitals. Coming home, I realised how fortunate I am to be surrounded by art, including my own, the creating of which is hugely important to my wellbeing. This led me to think that, while patients benefit from art in hospital, it is those isolated at home who really suffer from the lack of it, whether to soothe or stimulate. This isolation pre-existed the pandemic but the virus shone a spotlight on it and exacerbated the problem for vulnerable people: people with chronic, and sometimes terminal, illnesses who dont often visit hospitals as there is nothing there to improve their clinical experience or outcome. Im in my mid-seventies, and still regard myself as very much alive, but I am realistic about my health conditions, so it was very important that whatever I set up was sustainable."

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1

RAG member: Lynn Beel

Lynn had her image Hope shortlisted for this years show.
Image: Hope (detail)



Winchester Cathedral and Karamel Autumn Hues exhibition

RAG member: Lucille Dweck

The Licoricia of Winchester painting has been completed and handed over, showing Licoricia in the great hall at Winchester meeting with King Henry III. The plans for it are not yet finalised, but it will be published in a book about Licoricia and may be hung in the Great Hall, or possibly the Winchester museum.
Image: Licoricia of Winchester, Oil on linen 16 x 12"
For more information click here

Lucille also has a watercolour, Light Tunnel, 9x7" in Karamel/Collage Arts Autumn Hues exhibition.
For more information click here

Christmas Fairs

RAG member: Natalia Bobrova

Natalia's work is featured at these various fairs and events.

Christmas Art and Design Fair: 12-13 November
Artists at Home Charity Auction: 17-28 November
The Zero Emissions Art Market: 28 November and 12 December
Latymer Foundation Christmas Fair: 4 December