Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Wishing You...

A Very Happy Peaceful Christmas and Very Best Wishes for 2020.

Detail from 'Paradise Found'.

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Last Chance to See....Ends 24th November 2019....

Please make some time in your busy schedules to come and view the work of some of the most talented artists and creatives. It is the last week of the Blackheath Art Society Autumn Show and it is a perfect opportunity to buy a truly unique gift for Christmas. We have prints, paintings, scarves, jewellery and ceramics. The prices are extraordinarily good and you will be amazed at what you can afford. The exhibition is free and set in the beautiful Old Royal Naval College, in the Upstairs Gallery at the Visitor Centre. Why not bring a friend make an afternoon of it and take advantage of the fantastic café / pub The Old Brewery for refreshments after!



Basia Burrough

Jane Young - silk scarves

Katherine Honey and Monica Larkin - jewellery and artwork

Sarah Hyde - ceramics

Sue Taylor - ceramic bowl             Andrew Howard - ceramic tiles

Jane Young

Jonathan Cowell

Kathy Drake

Everything Stops for Tea!

The painting I am currently working on reflects my great love of tea! I wanted to create a still life composition akin to a shrine displaying the various brands, including Tetley, Red Label and P.G Tips.

Just off for a cup of tea....

Dick Lee 1923 - 2001

My daughter asked me about this small model I have in my studio. Dick Lee was a very talented colleague of mine at Camberwell School of Art and he frequently made models of tutors as gifts. This uncannily realistic model of me was made in the 1970's. I had just bought some glass from Peckham Glass for a student project, hence the sheets of glass I am carrying. I saw many of his models over the years and they were full of carefully observed detail that related to the person and their interests, often in very creative compositions. It's been great fun having this model to keep me company all through the years! Sadly Dick died in 2001 but you can find out more about him from this obituary in The Guardian.



Sunday, 6 October 2019

Thames Vistas - Bermondsey to Greenwich 30th September to 2nd November

This exhibition at West Greenwich Library shows a range of works in oil, watercolour and ink of working life on the Thames over many years...

Bert and James £950.

A range of A4 prints are also available as shown on the poster below;


The prints can be purchased directly from the library reception desk.

On Saturday 19th October there is a 'Meet the Artist' afternoon from 2.30 - 4.30pm. If you would like a print that is a larger size than A4 please pre-order it for collection then.
West Greenwich Library.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Blackheath Art Society Autumn Exhibition starts soon...

Jane Young

Members of the Blackheath Art Society are gearing up for the Autumn Exhibition at the prestigious Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London. There will be an exciting variety of work including paintings, jewellery, drawings, prints and ceramics. If you are looking for a unique gift or even to simply treat yourself, look no further! The exhibition starts 12th October at 10am and finishes 24th November at 5pm. The Mezzanine Gallery is a beautiful gallery space overlooking the Visitor Centre.

Kathy Drake

Jonathan Cowell






Saturday, 28 September 2019

Memories of Post War Thames talk 25 September 2019

I greatly enjoyed giving this illustrated talk to the Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Local History Society. This was my last talk as at nearly 87 my memory is not quite what it used to be! It was an honour to be invited and it couldn't have been to a nicer, more appreciative and appropriate group of people to end a long career of lectures / talks.



The group meets at The Old Mortuary but have a very active programme of visits and talks, they have 3 more talks left for this year and you can find out more about the talks and if you would like to join them here; https://www.rbhistory.org.uk/copy-of-programme-2018 .

I hope to see many of those who attended again at the 'Meet the Artist' afternoon, Saturday 19th October at West Greenwich Library .

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Daydreamers

Don't miss this colourful and thoughtful exhibition by Jonathan Cowell at West Greenwich Library...



Exhibition ends 28th September, for opening hours see West Greenwich Library website here.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Forthcoming Exhibition.....

Watch this space for a title... it's shaping up! So far I can tell you it will be at West Greenwich Library 30th September to 2nd November. More details to follow...

Blackheath Art Society Autumn Exhibition

The Blackheath Art Society autumn exhibition will be held at the 'Upstairs Gallery' at The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London from 12th October to 24th November. The Blackheath Art Society shows are always exciting events with a range of media, a variety of styles and subject matter and all round high quality work. The exhibition will be open daily from 10am to 5pm. More info to follow shortly...

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The Magnificent 7 Victorian Cemeteries of London

Blackheath Art Society member Irene Butcher has just published an evocative book of drawings, prints and sketches from her recent exhibition (now finished) on 'The Magnificent 7 Victorian Cemeteries of London', held in the atmospheric gallery at Westbourne Grove Church, West London.


About the exhibition Irene wrote;

The Magnificent 7” refers to the top seven cemeteries of London built in Victorian times to accommodate an overflowing population. Highgate, Brompton, Kensal Green, West Norwood, Nunhead, Abney Park and Tower Hamlets. Many of the cemeteries have been 'parkified' to allow for the local community to sit and read, have their lunch or walk their dogs. In most cases, local volunteers help to look after these social spaces.

I was initially inspired by an article in a local newspaper about the seven top cemeteries in London. Regular visits followed where I collected information in the form of photographs, sketches, paintings and written notes. What captivated me most was the peaceful atmosphere and character of each cemetery. Every one a different feel yet all similar. The hand of man in the form of sculptures of angels, cherubs or wonderfully ornate tombs mingling with nature, growing and overflowing where man has left his mark. A sense of the passage of time. Light and shadow, calm and chaos. 

Back in my studio, I use all my sketches to create dry point intaglio prints in limited editions. These make up the majority of the works of art on show in the exhibition. Most of these are in black ink or sepia on archival paper. The expressiveness of the lines and tones being best expressed in monotone with colour added when it is most needed. Also, I have included lino prints, charcoal drawings and mixed media works to fully express my continuing interest in these wonderful green spaces.

You can revisit the atmosphere of the cemeteries, see a preview of the works and order a copy of the book here; 


Friday, 25 January 2019

Blackheath Art Society Exhibition

Blackheath Art Society will be presenting another exciting exhibition showcasing a range of local talent. The exhibition will be held at the beautiful historic West Greenwich Library and will run from 29th January to 1st March 2019.


December Scene; Skaters at the Old Royal Naval College. Terry Scales. £395.


Ann Hillary

Jonathan Cowell

Alice Gur-Arie


West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN.
Opening times;
Monday: 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 2pm to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed