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


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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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Shanti Panchal – Artists Talk

5e54f5a5abd12851a3f3af947dd2398c5b6e79c318th June
4.30pm- 5.30pm

Shanti Panchal was born in Mesar, a village in Gujarat, India, and studied at the Sir JJ School of Art, Bombay. He came to England on a British Council scholarship to study at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London from 1978-80, and has lived and worked in London since. He has been artist-in-residence at the British Museum, the Harris Museum in Preston and the Winsor & Newton Art Factory in London. He has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in Britain and abroad.

He is renowned for his watercolour paintings, and has received awards at the John Moores Painting Prize, Liverpool and the BP Portrait Award, at the National Portrait Gallery, London. He won first prize in The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in 2001, and in 2012 won the second. He was awarded the prestigious Ruth Borchard self-portrait Prize in 2015 and last year in May 2016 received the Eastern Eye ACTA for the arts. His work is in many private and public collections, including the Arts Council of England, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, The British Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. In 1989 The Imperial War Museum commissioned his painting The Scissors, The Cotton and the Uniform, and in 2012 also acquired his painting The Boys Returned from Helmand for their Collection. Recently The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Collection, London.

Shanti will illustrate his talk with images of his work and will discuss his journey, both physical and spiritual, and how that has impacted on his 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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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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