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  • Interview with Louisa Crispin

    Louisa Crispin Lichen on Field Maple ii 2014

    1. First of all congratulations on winning our Strathmore Artist Papers prize we sponsored recently for the Society of United Artists exhibition at Bankside. Your work is completely stunning, the delicacy and detail of your nature works are something else. What got you into art in the first place?

    Thank you, it was a complete surprise. I was rubbish at Art at School and convinced that I couldn't draw, far more interested in maths and sport, I doubt I could have sat still long enough! But I decided it was time for a change and left my career as a computer analyst. Attending Adult Education classes in Silversmithing, I began to sell jewellery in local galleries and exhibitions alongside bringing up my sons. One thing led to another and I found I needed to be able to draw: someone suggested 30 minutes every day and after a month or so I discovered that I had a talent which I am continuing to explore through workshops, artist networks, books and the OCA. There is so much to learn.

    2. Why nature? What is it about it that calls you and why?

    I started with birds and flowers, something about the textures and patterns

  • United Society of Artists 2015 Summer Exhibition

    The United Society of Artists 2015 Summer Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery

    Daniel Wrightson 1st prize winner United Society of ArtistsLouisa Crispin 3rd Prize winner united Society of artists


    Here at Strathmore Artist Papers, we were so pleased to be sponsors of three prizes at this year's United Society of Artists Summer Exhibition held at the Bankside Gallery in London.

    The UA’s remarkable and dynamic survival for the last 94 years as one of the oldest independent national fine art societies in the country owes much to two key elements. The formation of a flexible Constitution in the hands of an innovative Council and its unique ‘raison d’etre’, the UA giving its Members round the country the opportunity of exhibiting annually in Central London prestigious galleries.

    Since its foundation the prominence given to women artists within the Council and as Members of the Society ensured that they were again

  • Society of Botanical Artists Strathmore Bursary

    Walking into the Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition which opens on Friday 15th April 2016, you are greeted by a stunning swathe of colourful and creative botanical works of art.

    You continue to walk through the exhibition and it opens out to expansive and well lit walls hung with even more wonderful botanical images. The standard and quality of the paintings, drawings and prints is incredibly high and totally inspiring to artists (and buyers!). We are proud to support the Society of Botanical Artistswith our Strathmore Artist Papers Bursary for Work of Colour, an annual support to an artist's creative career.  Focussing on composition our criteria included Form (layout and composition), Subject (studying how the subject complements the whole picture), Imparting information (does it educate in some way), Feeling (is the picture emotive in some way), Personal preference (subjective view).

    Strathmore judging society of botanical artists photo by vanessa champion 5


  • UKCPS Winner 2016

    The Patriotic Thames by Pat Heffer

    We are delighted to have been able to support the UK Coloured Pencil Society by sponsoring an award at their 15th Annual International Open Exhibition held at The Menier Gallery, London.

    The award winners were selected at the private view judged by Henri Davies, retail expert and advisor.

    The Artists Papers award for the "River Thames" category went to Pat Heffer for her picture 'the Patriotic Thames'. Congratulations Pat from all at Artist Papers!

    The full list of winners is available on the UKCPS website here.

  • SGFA Draw 16 Exhibition

    This October marks the Society of Graphic Fine Art’s 95th Annual Open Exhibition. Draw 16 will showcase original drawings, paintings and prints from both members and non-members. The event will run from 3rd October until 15th October at the Menier Gallery and is open 11am – 6pm daily, although the gallery is closed on Sunday 9th October and the event closes at 5pm on 15th October. There will also be regular workshops running throughout the event’s two week run. More information regarding these can be found on the SGFA’s Facebook page.

    The SGFA was established in 1919 and now contains more than 130 elected members across Britain. It is the UK’s only art society that focuses exclusively on drawing. As well as promoting and refining drawing skills, the SGFA also contributes to the Artists General Benevolent Institution.

    We at Artist Papers are proud to have sponsored this event for the past five years, with this year being no exception. If you get the chance to attend this event then we urge you to take it - you will not be disappointed!

    Visitor Information: Draw 16, 95th Annual Open Exhibition, Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU.

  • SGFA Draw 98th Annual Open Exhibition

    We are pleased to be sponsoring this wonderful annual prize again this year.  Such inspiring and innovative talent on exhibition. You can read interviews with some of the past winners on our website here, such as Neil Dixon, Sue Hardy, Gary Cook or Sue Lewis-Blake.

    invite draw 19 1OPENING TIMES

    Monday October 21 12.30pm to 6 pm

    October 22 – November 2 (Sunday October 27 closed) 11am to 6pm daily (close 5pm on final day)

    Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

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