Heatherleys at The Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition 2018

Heatherleys has had another great showing at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition this year. A host of students, staff and alumni are represented among the members and non-members submissions.

The show will be on at the Mall Galleries until the 25th of May.

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Lisa Pulhofer – Sky Portrait Artist of the Year Semi-Finalist


Earlier this year former Portrait Diploma student, Lisa Pulhofer, reached the semi-finals of the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year competition. Here she shares her experience with us:

‘I entered last minute after finishing my self portrait (one that I had started in Daniel Shadbolt’s 3 week project, when our model was ill). I cannot tell you how surprised I was when I got the call from the programe!  I was walking on air all day! What a confidence boost.
Then the reality of a 4 hour portrait set in.
The whole experience was a whirlwind of excitement and nerves, though it was all made manageable by the friendly and supportive crew at Storyvault Films. They were so encouraging and helpful, both on the lead up to the day and during the filming. It was so exciting to meet the presenters, judges and my sitter Sophie Martini. I didn’t really have a plan, just to paint what I saw and try to capture something of her essence and character. Luckily she was a great sitter, hardly moving at all and so beautiful!
The relief among the artists when the 4 hours was up was palpable. I must say I felt pretty good by then, the crowd were saying such lovely things about my painting. When I looked at the other artists work however, although happy with what I had done, I did not think for a minute I would get through.  They were all so talented!
When Frank called my name as the winner at the end I was shocked and overwhelmed. It was such an exhilarating feeling.
Then the panic set in! I had to do it all again in a couple of weeks time in the semi final…
Again the crew were so helpful. We were treated almost like celebrities. Hotel and trains booked. All that was left for us to do, was show up. I did practice a few quick portraits prior to the day, however, I made a bold decision on the day which I will always regret.  But a painting is a journey and sometimes you take the wrong path. The whole semi final day was more difficult; 2 sitters in 4 hours and we were positioned much further away from them. Lovely as they both were, they didn’t sit still all day, so for those of us who were painting from life, this made it an even greater challenge.
The whole experience is one I will never forget. To anyone thinking about entering, I would say go for it!! ‘
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How to Make Money from your Art – Katherine Tyrrell

painter-on-the-road-to-tarasconHow to Make Money from your Art – A talk by Katherine Tyrrell
21st May | 4.30pm – 5.30pm

This talk looks at the world ​of selling art and why it’s essential to look beyond the art gallery and expand your opportunities to make money from your art



Why relying ​on ​ an art gallery ​for sales and income ​ is risky
– how to reduce your exposure to risk
– why an income portfolio is essential

​How to create an income portfolio
– art galleries and art dealers
– open exhibitions and art competitions
– selling from home and open studios
– selling online and eCommerce
– commissions (contracts and business regulations)
– commercial art (eg book, product development, interiors)
– licensing and illustration (eg newspapers and magazines)
– commissions
– teaching

About Katherine Tyrrell

Katherine Tyrrell writes about art, art competitions, exhibitions and the art business. She also videos and interviews artists ​ – and knows a lot about how artists really generate income from their art!

Her perspective on art ​and the need to develop an income portfolio ​ is influenced by her business ​, risk management ​ 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 over 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 (12 million+ pageviews to date).

In the past three years she has been developing new websites to unlock her archive and make useful information about art more accessible – for free!
In 2016, 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 ​at a senior level ​ for and with government and her professional career background covers business management, marketing and consultancy.


This event is free and open to the public, but places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Miriam Escofet’s Friday Class Student Exhibition.

Miriam Escofet has curated an exhibition of work by her Friday students. All the work on display was produced during her incredibly popular ‘Alchemy of Oil Painting’ class.

The course focuses on the classical techniques and processes of oil painting, covering drawing, ground preparation, underpainting and glazes.

The show will be up around the school until the 12th of May.


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In Memory of Danny Cuming



Not just an artist, a musician and one of Heatherley’s coolest tutors, but very much our friend. It would be hard ever to forget that certain ’Danny’ sense of humour. And he had a wicked way with irony, in art as in life. Seriously, no one could fail to respect the depth of his knowledge and understanding of the processes of art. How it could elevate and celebrate the ordinary places and things in life which are real and which we love. Danny was one of those special teachers who remains in the hearts of his students. Long will he be remembered by them for the generosity and sincerity with which he passed on his belief in the power of painting to all those lucky enough to be taught by him and to know him as a valued colleague.

When Danny’s famous energy and sheer gutsiness began to fade we were moved to tears by stories of his courage and of the determination he had to carry on painting as long as he could physically hold a paint brush. He left us just as another show of his wonderful paintings went up on the walls of the Albert Hall in Kensington.

Thanks for the memories Danny, thanks for everything.

Royal Albert Hall and Teenage Cancer Trust Present
Open to the public free of charge Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th March 2018. 10am – 4pm.


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A Portrait of Heatherleys – Private View


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A Portrait of Heatherleys – Private View

Tuesday 24th April  – 6pm – 8pm

The Heatherley School of Fine Art

An exhibition of photographic portraits featuring the Heatherley School of Fine Art staff by Aliona Adrianova.

‘My goal for this project was to reflect life at Heatherley’s through my own lens. The process of creating this viewpoint made me look closer at the creative environment of the school and the inspiring personalities that make it. And I hope that it will also allow the community to become closer by looking at each other in new ways’ Aliona Adrianova


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John Lessore Talk – on Teaching Drawing


Free Talk by John Lessore – The Teaching of Drawing

4.30pm, The Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea

19th March 2018

John Lessore was born in London in 1939 and grew up in a family of practising artists. He went to the Slade under Coldstream, 1957 to 1961, and then to Italy on an Abbey Minor travelling scholarship. His chief teachers were his mother, who was the painter Helen Lessore, and Tom Monnington. John was a co-founder of the Royal Drawing School in 2000 and was a trustee of The National Gallery, London, from 2003-11. He taught from 1965 to 1999 at the Royal Academy Schools and from 1978 to 1986 he co-ran the Life Room at Norwich School of Art with John Wonnacott. John’s work is in many private and public collections including Tate, The British Museum and the Royal Academy. Major recent commissions include the double portrait of Jeremy Dixon and Edward Jones and the group portrait of Six Paralympic Athletes, both in the National Portrait Gallery. He lives and works in London, East Anglia and France.

In this talk Lessore will discuss the teaching of drawing, a subject he is passionate about. He will cover his own background, which is very dominated by the French tradition, illustrated by drawings by the great artists of the past from quattrocentro onwards.

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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