Queer Art and Identity: a Film Screening and Q & A

DsNMNVwWsAAA5pxQueer Art and Identity: a Film Screening and Q & A with Film Maker Lois Norman, Artist Sarah Jane Moon, Art Writer & Curator Anna McNay and Heatherley Portrait Diploma Director Minna Stevens

Join us on the 27th of February for an excerpt from Lois Norman’s film ‘She is Juiced’ and a Q&A discussion around the issues of queer art and identity. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

27th February 2019 at The Heatherley School of Fine Art.  7pm – 9pm

About the panel:

Lois Norman is a British/Australian Creative Artist. Primarily using the Female word and image as a lens she explores and questions the truth of who we are and the strength it takes to be all of who we can dare to be.

Her Award Winning Documentary ‘She Is Juiced’, a first feature for Lois, which she filmed entirely solo, celebrates the work and lives of Four LGBTQIA+ Female Identifying Artists, had its World Premiere when Lois was invited to screen ‘She Is Juiced’ at Tate Britain in 2017, both as part of Tate’s ground Breaking Exhibition, Queer Britain and to launch London Pride 2017.

The film has also won Best Art Film at NRFF Amsterdam 2018, Best Documentary at Brighton Rocks 2018, was a BAFTA Cymru Finalist at Carmarthen Bay Film Festival 2018 and Lois has just won ‘Most Innovative Film Maker’ at Wales International Film Festival 2018.

Sarah Jane Moon is a painter who specialises in figurative painting. Her work explores identity, sexuality and gender presentation as well as interrogating formal painterly concerns.

She has exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, New English Art Club and the New Zealand Portrait Gallery among others. In 2015 she was awarded the Arts Charitable Trust Award and in 2013 the Bulldog Bursary for Portraiture. Sarah Jane features in the documentary film ‘She Is Juiced’ (directed by Lois Norman) which premiered in 2017 at the Tate Britain. She has also been included in the Pride Power List, which celebrates the achievements of notable LGBT people and is a regular supporter of Stonewall UK, Terrence Higgins Trust, Pride in London and Art for Youth.

Originally from New Zealand, Sarah Jane has lived in Japan, Malaysia, Australia and UK working in education and the arts. She has qualifications in Art Theory and Curatorial Practice from Universities in NZ and Australia as well in Portrait Painting from The Heatherley School of Fine Arts in Chelsea. Sarah Jane teaches regularly at Heatherleys.

Anna McNay is an art writer and editor. She is Assistant Editor at Art Quarterly (Art Fund’s magazine), former Deputy Editor at State Media and former Arts Editor at DIVA magazine. She contributes regularly to Studio International, Photomonitor and Elephant magazine and has been widely published in a variety of other print and online art and photography journals and newspapers, including The Burlington Magazine and The Mail on Sunday.

McNay also writes catalogue essays; curates exhibitions at home and abroad; regularly hosts panels and in conversation events at galleries and art schools; and has judged numerous art prizes, both nationally and internationally.

Minna Stevens is a painter who works predominately in portraiture, with a particular interest in portraits of children and animals. She has a great deal of experience of working with families and groups. Her approach is seemingly casual; it has a friendly, relaxed and intimate quality yet there is a rigour and urgency that makes her paintings exciting and vital.

She has an affinity with her subjects, capturing a sense of the person, not just a likeness, while the paintings are experiments in composition and tonal balance. Her landscapes manage to be both tranquil and compelling, marrying familiarity with the frisson of a surprise encounter.

Stevens is the Director of the Heatherley Portrait Diploma.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Alastair Adams – Artists Talk


Monday 3rd December



Portrait Painting: Personal Development, Relationships and Empowerment

In this talk Alastair will discuss some key turning points in his career to date. Focussing on specific commissioned and non commissioned paintings, Alastair will discuss how his practice, and representational drawings and paintings as a whole, can be used to represent and empower their subjects.

As well as managing his own studio and working to commission, Alastair has held several artistic and educational roles across his career. Most notably he was President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters between 2008 and 2014 whilst also holding a research based lecturer and programme coordinator at Loughborough University. In 2013 he was commissioned by the NPG to paint Tony Blair and currently his portrait of writer and director Bruce Robinson is being ecxhibited in the 2018 BP Portrait Award.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Cherry Pickles – Artists Talk


19th November

admission: FREE
Cherry Pickles was born in Bridgend, Wales. She did a mathematics degree In Northern Ireland before going to art school at Chelsea and the Slade. After that she had various bits of art school teaching and residencies, most substantially; Falmouth School of Art, Corsham and St Andrews University.
In the early/mid 80’s Pickles lived in Berlin and got to see the groundbreaking  “Zeitgeist”  exhibition in the ruin of the Riechstag.
At about that time she moved to Wales and started teaching at Cardiff Art School and did some drawing workshops in Como, Italy. The first was with Gerhard Richter and the following year with Eric Fischl.
After Italy she was invited to take part in an International Artists residency at Omi, in Upstate NY. Pickles was surprised and impressed by the way Americans were able to paint as if there were no problems attached to it.
She has had several Greek Government Scholarships where she travelled the country extensively sometimes with her family and sometimes alone. She also exhibited the work there; initially landscape and then self portraits.
Pickles taught at Cardiff for a number of years and took time out to do a Residency at Altos De Chavon,  a very strict and impressive art school in the DominicanRepublic. The school was housed in replica Italian village designed by Felini’s set designer and ranked as one of the 9 best art schools in the world.
More recently, she did the Guston McKim residency in Yaddo, which is one of the oldest artists and writers colonies in the US. Its former residents include; Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, Guston, John Cheever, Truman Capote, Patricia Heysmith etc. She used some of these characters in my self portraits, and with the help of other residents, re-enacted some scenes which may or may not have happened between them.
Pickles currently teaches at the Royal Drawing School London and paints in West Wales.
This talk will concentrate on her work and influences.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Angela Reilly – Artist Talk

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November 5th 2018


Free entry

The Heatherley School of Fine Art

Angela Reilly is a Scottish artist who studied at the Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art. In 2004 She won the NX MacFarlane Ward, in 2005 the Art Exposure Prize at the Royal Glasgow Institute and in 2006 she was awarded the 3rd Prize at the BP Portrait Award. She has exhibited at the Catto Gallery, Thompson’s and Flying Colours in London and the Edinburgh Gallery and Leith Gallery in Edinbrugh.

In this talk Reilly will discuss her background and education, her experience of exhibitions and competitions and share examples of her work. The bulk of her presentation will focus on her working processes, including:

– The use of photography
– Studies and preparation
– step by step examples

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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The Heatherley Annual Exhibition 2018


The Heatherley Annual Exhibition 2018:

Work will be on display by all of our full-time students including The Diploma in Portraiture, The Diploma and Post Diploma in Figurative Sculpture and Continuing Studies.

Private View:

Tuesday the 17th of July 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Exhibition continues:

Wednesday the 18th of July – Saturday the 21st of July

10.00am – 4.00pm daily.

Last entry on Saturday the 21st of July is 3.30pm

For further information please call 020 7351 4190 or email info@heatherleys.org


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The Scientist and the Firebrand Exhibition


Heatherleys Head of Printmaking, Hilary Daltry, has co-curated an exhibition of prints celebrating two women buried in Brompton Cemetery, Jane Wardle and Emmeline Pankhurst.

She says:

“Over the years I have taken my students to Brompton Cemetery, the only garden cemetery which is managed by The Royal Parks. In 2014 I was invited by The Friends of Brompton Cemetery to exhibit prints in the Chapel and this became a regular feature on Open Day (In 2014, 2015 and 2016)..

Last year after the completion of the Chapel restoration programme and opening of the new café and meeting place I applied to the Community Chest programme to fund this current project.

The exhibition is an artistic collaboration between girls of St. Marylebone C of E School and Heatherleys School of Fine Art. The girls (year 9) visited the cemetery and attended a workshop at Heatherleys to learn about etching in the print department.

[In 2013 I had worked on another joint project, ‘Etchings of Marylebone’ a suite of etchings of St. Marylebone church and a book was produced with the students.]

My colleague Dora Wade at St. Marylebone, came up with the title of our exhibition ‘The Scientist and the Firebrand’, which is based on the lives and legacy of Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the campaign for women’s votes one hundred years ago, and Professor Jane Wardle of UCL, the latter an inspiring cancer scientist buried at Brompton. Following the anniversary of the suffragette movement the project has engaged the girls in this topical issue, relevant to both St. Marylebone and the history of Brompton Cemetery.

Heatherley’s has shared its expertise with the young students, introducing them to the world of etching and the girls have all drawn on the zinc plates prepared with etching hard ground, which they draw through at school. They were then etched and the plates were printed at Heatherley’s.

Also included in this exhibition are works by my Friday class. The etchings by the school students include hard ground techniques and the Heatherley students are also showing soft-ground etchings, aquatints, and photo etchings. All of the etchings are done to a standard size, making a coherent group of works, which are presented in 40 x 40 cm frames. The subject matter includes a portrait of the oldest suffragette, a portrait of Emmeline Pankhurst, and images of the struggle for Women’s votes, as well as images connected to Professor Jane Wardle. [There is another etching of celebrated 19th century doctor John Snow (who stopped the spread of cholera) who is also buried at Brompton Cemetery]. Colour is applied sparingly using the suffragette colours of violet, green and white applied to some prints in the technique known as Chine Collé.

The exhibition will also be held at Heatherley’s from September 24th to October 8th 2018.’

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Heatherleys’ Miriam Escofet Wins the BP Portrait Award

Miriam Escofet and Alan Ramsay

Miriam Escofet and Alan Ramsay

A huge congratulations from everyone at Heatherleys to Miriam Escofet for her win at the BP Portrait Award this week! (pictured above with fellow Heatherleys tutor, Allan Ramsay, who himself won the award 30 years ago today).

Miriam says ‘I’m completely delighted and overwhelmed to win 1st Prize. My students are obviously delighted as they see the techniques that I’m teaching them being put into practice and validated’.

Miriam’s painting will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery until the 23rd of September and we hope you’ll all go and see it.  For details of her Friday ‘Alchemy of Oil Painting’ class please visit our day and evening class timetable.


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