Photographs from the ‘Chelsea Life’ Painting Competition and Auction

A big thank you to everyone who took part in our ‘Chelsea Life’ painting competition and auction last Thursday. All proceeds from the event will go towards our Bursary Fund that enables talented artists to attend our courses who otherwise may not have been able to afford to.

Special congratulations go to those who won prizes on the night. Rebecca Hathaway secured the First Prize of £1,000 and The World’s End Studios awarded Freny Green for  ‘Best Work on Paper’ and Ruth Smith for ‘Best Painting of Figure(s)’.

Thank you also to our President, Nicola Hicks MBE, for presenting the awards and to Nick Bonham for directing the auction.

Please see below for photographs of the evening.


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Free Talk – The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing an Artist’ Statement and C.V.


A Free Talk by Katherine Tyrrell (Making a Mark Blog)

13th November 2017.

4.30pm at The Heatherley School of Fine Art.

How to Market Your Art #2:

Do’s and Don’ts when writing an Artist’s Statement and CV
• Why people are afraid of the “artist statement”
• Why you need an artist statement
• Avoid confusion – the difference between an artist statement, bio and CV
• What to include – and what to leave out
• How to communicate with your target audience
• How to interest people in what you do – and why people stop reading!

About Katherine Tyrrell
Katherine Tyrrell writes about art, videos exhibitions and interviews artists. Her perspective on art is influenced by her business and marketing background.

Numerous artists around the world read what Katherine has to say on her blogs, websites, Facebook Pages and various art magazines – and watch her videos. For nearly 12 years she has been covering art, artists, media, exhibitions, art competitions and the art business on her very popular and highly rated blog Making A Mark (11.6 million+ pageviews to date).

In the past two years she has been developing new websites (e.g. “Art Business Info. for Artists” to unlock her archive and make useful information about art more accessible – for free! Last year she wrote a series of ten articles about ‘Cost Effective Ideas for Artists’ for ‘The Artist’ magazine.

She also draws and is the author of a book about drawing and sketching published in the UK, USA and Asia. She helped found London Urban Sketchers and ‘The Times’ newspaper featured her sketchbook blog.

Prior to early retirement, she worked for and with government and her professional career background covers business management, marketing and consultancy. She’s also written a lot of reports for the government!


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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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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