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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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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