Monday, 25 July 2016

The Society of Women Artists 155th Annual Exhibition

The Society of Women Artists
155th Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries, London SW1

I am delighted to have two paintings hanging and for sale in this wonderful Exhibition, Please come along and visit the exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, SW1. 



Private View 10 am – 8 pm  Wednesday 27 July

HRH Princess Michael of Kent SWA Patron will present the Awards.

Daphne Todd OBE PPRP HSWA opens Exhibition at 11.30am 

Open to the Public Thursday 28 July – Sunday 7 August  10am – 5pm daily (closing 3pm final day)

Special Charity Evening Tuesday 26 July 6.30 – 8.30pm
Guest of Honour Dame Zandra Rhodes

Invitations for Breast Cancer Now Champagne Reception are available from for free admission.

Sue Jelley, President SWA

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The SWA will be staging their Annual Open Exhibition commencing with a Private View on Wednesday 27 July when HRH Princess Michael of Kent will be presenting the Awards. Daphne Todd OBE PPRP and an Honorary SWA , the renowned Portraitist who won the first BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery,  will be opening the show.     We have 140 members most of whom are professional artists who will be showcasing their work together with that of our new Young Artists.  Our Summer Show is an Open Exhibition and we are thrilled that each year we are able to feature talented non-member artists who, hopefully, will in time, become Members of the SWA and therefore secure the future of the Society’s importance in the art world.

special thanks to Gunnar Salvarsson for the use of his photo

Diversity is our strength and in 2016 our exhibitors have provided an eclectic range of works that will not only entertain but provide debate.  Joanne Powell’s Landscape quietly and simply reminds us of how beautiful the world can be whilst Christine Southworth’s ‘Dangerous Games’ reminds us of the horrors of war.  Rebecca Fontaine Wolf’s ‘Eternal Occurrence’ is a powerful portrayal of a mother’s love for her child but with the emphasis on the mother’s unfulfilled desires passed on to her child who then becomes part of the cycle.   

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Ten members have very kindly donated a piece of work to be auctioned at the Champagne Reception on Tuesday 26 July 6.30 – 8.30 when Dame Zandra Rhodes will be our Guest of Honour.  The proceeds of the auction will go to this worthwhile charity.  Re-named BREAST CANCER NOW their aim is to wipe out this disease by 2050 and with recent good news they will now fulfil their promise. The Special Invite for 2016 is available from President Sue Jelley on

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Mall Galleries are hosting a talk/discussion Wednesday 3rd August at 2.30 and President of the SWA Sue Jelley will be part of a panel who will debate ‘Women Only – is there now a growing trend for more Women’s Exhibitions and Awards’ ?

We have all been asked about ‘The relevance of a Women’s Society today.’  Well, as far as we are concerned we are a modern tradition and are proud to celebrate the work of female artists past and present.  Our aims to encourage and nurture tomorrow’s artists is of paramount importance to us and since we are now probably more popular as a society than we have ever been why not carry on with our plans for the future?.

On the Panel with Sue will be Eliza Gluckman MA (RCA) Curator, New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University and Melissa Cassoff of Freelands Foundation.  Media Executive, philanthropist and Tate trustee Elisabeth Murdoch has launched a £100,000 annual prize to give female artists a mid-career boost.  This initiative embraces artists that other awards overlook.  Called the Freelands Artist Award after Murdoch’s London-based arts education foundation.

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