Susanne Du Toit – Artists Talk


30th October | 4.30pm
Susanne du Toit is an artist living and working in Berkshire, UK. She has worked in a wide range of media during her career, particularly etching and oil paint. In recent years her practice has become focused on portraits, and in 2013 she won the BP Portrait Award.

Since then, she has been featured in the Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize, the Columbia Threadneedle Prize at Mall Galleries, and the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize. She has also shown work at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, and won prizes at the Royal Watercolour Society and the Chichester Open Art Exhibitions.

Susanne studied Fine Art at the University of Pretoria in South Africa during the 1970s, and received a Masters in Fine Art from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, in the ’80s.

In this talk, Susanne will discuss the progress of her career as a painter, focusing on the ideas that led her in new directions – her conversion from abstract to figurative art during the 1980s, and then, a decade ago, to portraits.

She will talk about the influences that have inspired her, and her routines and day-to-day experiences as a painter. There will be emphasis on how she has incorporated other aspects of her life, such as having a family and being an older artist, into her work. Finally, this will lead her to discuss her most recent series of portraits, Motherhood.

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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Artists Talk with Simon Davis


16th October | 4.30pm
Artist’s Talk by Simon Davis, Vice President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Simon Davis trained in Technical Illustration in Leamington Spa and then Graphic Design at Swindon. After a brief time working in design studios, he began illustrating for the iconic British comic 2000ad and continues to do so after 25 years. Simon has illustrated for many publications around the world and has also storyboarded music videos for the likes of Muse andTori Amos amongst others.

He also paints portraits in parallel to this illustration work and in 2008 was runner up in the BP Portrait Award. In the same year he was elected to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) and is currently the Vice-President.

Simon will be talking about his formative years and how they shaped his career and how he works now, juggling two very different but rewarding strands of art. The talk will be illustrated with examples of his comic work and portraiture and he will also talk a little about his process and method.

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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Art Competition: Call for Entries

Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea 1871 by James Abbott McNeill Whistler 1834-1903Heatherley’s and The Cheyne Walk Trust invite you to take part in their ’Chelsea Life’ art competition this autumn.

With a fantastic £1,000 first prize, submissions are welcomed across a range of media including oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolour and print.

The theme is ’Chelsea Life’ and entry is open to everyone over the age of 18.

Works will be exhibited at Heatherleys and the winner will be announced at the reception and private view on the 19th of November.

Entry forms should be returned by the 12th of October and work delivered on the 9th of November.

For further details and and entry form please visit:

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Photographs from the Annual Exhibition Private View 2017.

Photographs from our Annual End of Year Exhibition Private View. See if you can spot yourself!

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Heatherley End of Year Exhibition


The Heatherley Annual End of Year Exhibition 18th July 6.30pm-8.30pm

Work will be on display from the following courses:

The Diploma in Portraiture

The Diploma and Post Diploma in Figurative Sculpture

Continuing Studies


The exhibition continues Wednesday 19th July to Saturday 22nd July 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Last entry on Saturday 22nd July is 3.30pm.



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Valuing Yourself and Your Work: Susan Jones

SJ_2016[1]26th June | 4.30pm
Valuing yourself and your work

In the busy, highly-competitive climate of the contemporary visual arts, artists may find it hard to assess and assert their own value. For visual artists, the opportunities which present themselves are diverse, ranging from community projects to festival fringes, from commissions for permanently-sited works to experiments in participatory practice, and from being represented by a dealer to making their own sales at open studios and through online galleries. Because the majority of artists nowadays work freelance, their careers and general well-being are better served if they know how to value themselves and their contribution to society and can translate this in monetary terms whether providing art services or selling art work.

About Susan Jones

Susan Jones is a researcher, writer and expert on artists’ matters within the ecology of the contemporary visual arts. Alongside her contributions to UK and international conferences and debates, mentoring for individual artists and consultancy for artist-led initiatives, she is a Board member of Redeye: the Photography Network. While Director of a-n The Artists Information Company until 2014, she instigated research into artists’ employment and working contexts and worked with the AIR Council of artists to develop the Paying Artists research and advocacy campaign. Her current research through PhD study at MIRIAD, Manchester School of Art addresses the interrelationship between arts policies and artists’ livelihoods and will generate a new rationale for conducive environments which could better support artists in future.

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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James Lloyd: Artists Talk June 12th 2017


12th June | 4.30pm. The Heatherley School of Fine Art.
James Lloyd graduated in the 90s from the Slade School of Fine Art with a Higher Diploma following a BA in Fine Art from Coventry and a Diploma from Blackpool College of Art and Design. He teaches at the Royal Drawing School and has won numerous awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, Paul Smith Scholarship, Windsor & Newton Young Artists’ Award, Carrol Foundation Young Artist of the Year Award, First Prize in the BP Portrait Award, and the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture. James Lloyd has undertaken commissions for many private clients and public institutions including Newcastle University, the Bank of England, Queen’s College, Lords Cricket Ground, the House of Lords, the Royal Collection and the National Portrait Gallery.

James is represented in the UK by Browse & Darby and in Germany by Hübner & Hübner.

He says ‘I’m going to talk about my career chronologically from my art education through to winning the BP Portrait Award and this leading on to me becoming a portrait painter. I’ll talk about how I go about making commissioned portraits but I’d also like to talk about my non commissioned work with a particular focus on my studio and how that features prominently in my work.’

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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