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Welcome to the May 2024 CBP newsletter

CBP Exhibitions

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An exhibition of CBP members and invited artists with a connection to Kent and Sussex

Assembly is a compelling & timely exhibition curated to reflect a new geography of contemporary art practice as artists shift their focus away from the capital. Members of the artist-led group Contemporary British Painting come together from across the UK & Ireland with invited artists from Rye & the surrounding counties. Rye is uniquely situated at the mid-point of the creative artery that extends along the South Coast from Brighton to Margate linking important public art institutions, independent, & artist-led venues. Assembly creates a platform for engagement & dialogue with an exciting range of artists whose energy, & significant & diverse histories of making, animate this exhibition.

Exhibitors: Susan Absolon, David Ainley, Hermione Allsopp, Iain Andrews, Amanda Ansell, Tom Banks, Karl Bielik, Claudia Böse, Day Bowman, Marius von Brasch, Julian Brown, Lesley Bunch, Matthew Burrows, Ruth Calland, Simon Carter, Jules Clarke, Susan Collis, Deb Covell, Lucy Cox, Gordon Dalton, Pen Dalton, Angelina Davis, Jeff Dellow, Lisa Denyer, Natalie Dowse, Rowena Easton, Nathan Eastwood, Geraint Evans, Rosalind Faram, The Baron Gilvan, Luke Gottelier, Susan Gunn, Susie Hamilton, Alex Hanna, Marcus Harvey, Jeb Haward, Vincent Hawkins, Roland Hicks, Suzanne Holtom, Marguerite Horner, Dan Howard-Birt, Barbara Howey, Phil Illingworth, Linda Ingham, Rich Jellyman, Patrick Jones, Peter Jones, Ansel Krut, Bryan Lavelle, Andrew Litten, David Lock, Juliette Losq, Paula MacArthur, David Manley, Enzo Marra, Gavin Maughfling, Donna Mclean, Monica Metsers, Nicholas Middleton, Ruth Murray, Paul Newman, Nicholas Pace, Kim L Pace, Joe Packer, Eugene Palmer, Stephen Palmer, Aimée Parrott, Mandy Payne, Barbara Peirson, Ruth Philo, Alison Pilkington, Danny Pockets, Narbi Price, Freya Purdue, Alessandro Raho, Richard Mark Rawlins Tobit Roche, Greg Rook, Katherine Russell, Boo Saville, Maggie Scott, Claire Shoosmith, Stephen Snoddy, David Sullivan, Geraldine Swayne, Harvey Taylor, Sally Taylor, Molly Thomson, Ehryn Torrell, Casper White, Joanna Whittle, Sean Williams, Sharon Wylde, Caroline Yates.

Rye Creative Centre, New Road, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7LS

Private view: Friday 3 May, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition dates: 4 - 18 May 2024

Opening times: 10am - 5pm Thursday - Sunday and by appointment (email: [email protected])

Admission free - everyone welcome, gallery and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible


Artists Talk, Saturday 4 May, 3pm - 5pm

Susan Absolon, Susan Collis, Roland Hicks and Joe Packer & more discuss the various ways in which they 'assemble' their work.

Finissage Saturday 18 May, 12 - 5pm

12 - 3pm sample local wine, cheese, cake and more followed by a panel discussion 3-5pm with artists, educators, art critics, curators and gallery directors. Speakers include Matthew Burrows, Paul Carey Kent, Paul Carter Robinson, Russell Baker, Dr Julian Day, Geraldine Swayne and Paula MacArthur.

Everyone welcome, please RSVP to [email protected]

View the Assembly online sales gallery

Artist of the Month

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Angelina May Davis in her studio 2024

Angelina May Davis

Artist of the Month is an ongoing series where we highlight one of our members. This month we are pleased to introduce artist Angelina May Davis selected and interviewed by Paul Newman.

Angelina May Davis’s paintings are fabrications, plundering imagery from childhood TV and art his-tory. She is interested in thinking about the past and what shapes us, using the transformative act of painting to reflect on history and culture as well as her own sense of belonging.

Davis revists the rural English landscape of the 1970s, restoring the English elm as depicted in re-membered films, archival footage and English landscape painting, as metaphor for loss and long-ing, recalling a nostalgic and insincere past. Her paintings are claustrophobic worlds in which there is ambiguity, artifice and the possibility of things just out of view…

At odds with the political unrest of the 1970s Davis’ landscapes are seemingly benign, perhaps de-picturing an idea of Englishness, that can have uncomfortable associations within contemporary British life. Real, remembered or imagined, a closer look at Davis’ landscapes reveals nods to a burgeoning class consciousness and the collapse of modernity.

Read the interview
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Angelina May Davis: Blue Elms, oil-on-canvas, 152cm x 249cm, 2021

New CBP Members

We are very pleased to welcome and to introduce you to our new members:

Keith Ashcroft, Miranda Boulton, Robbie Bushe, Graham Crowley, Lara Davies, Benjamin Deakin, Jenny Eden, Lisa Ivory, Mindy Lee and Katie Pratt.

Solo Exhibitions

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Judith Tucker: Night Fitties - a full day out for next to nothing, oil on linen, 120cm x 160cm

Neverends: Judith Tucker's Fitties

A show of Judith Tucker’s paintings of The Humberston Fitties. Judith was tragically killed in a car accident on 13 November 2023. The Fitties, one of the few remaining plotlands left in the UK, lies just two a half miles from Cleethorpes, a ramshackle and individualistic collection of seaside chalets creating a unique community since between the wars. Judith and her poet collaborator, Harriet Tarlo, discovered The Fitties when invited to work along the local coastline by Cleethorpes' own Linda Ingham, curator and artist, over a decade ago and have made work there ever since. Over the years, they worked with the community, and other collaborators including photographer and artist, Annabel McCourt, and bird ecologist, Nicola Hemmings, to create exhibitions and bring workshops and drop-ins on the heritage, bird life and plant life of this unique seaside location to the Fitties. Judith Tucker’s Fitties has been shown, locally, at the Cleethorpes Discovery Centre, Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre and 2021Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, and all over the U.K. in Swansea, Sheffield, Scarborough, Norwich, Middlesborough and numerous London venues. A unique selection of Judith’s work, from her earliest paintings of the site, to the Night Fitties series and most recent Hideaway archival paintings, alongside works that highlight the natural environment and represent her collaboration with Harriet Tarlo, will be shown at Cleethorpes Library for local people to engage again with her practice and remember her.

See https://www.projectfitties.com... and https://www.facebook.com/proje... for more of this history and https://www.wildpansypress.com... for artists’ book on the Fitties, Neverends.

The Albert Room, Cleethorpes Library, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes DN35 8LG

Exhibition dates: 1 May - 30 June 2024

Opening times: Monday - Thursday 8.30 - 5.30; Saturday 9am - 1pm.

CLOSED Friday and Sunday.
Admission free

Artist Talk

Hideaway: Judith Tucker's Fitties - a conversation

Join a gathering of friends and Contemporary British Painting colleagues in conversation discussing and remembering Judith Tucker and her paintings of The Humberston Fitties, created over more than a decade.

During 2023, Judith was Chairperson of the Contemporary British Painting group.

Please note: There is limited parking at the library, and a larger public car park in Yarra Road, just behind the venue.

Talk date: Saturday 1 June, 10:30am - 1pm
Please book your ticket on EventBrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e...

Website: https://lincsinspire.com/

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A selection of small new paintings and drawings by Julian Brown that manifest themselves in different forms, often influenced by nostalgic visions of his childhood in the 1980’s and the folk artefacts from his Polish heritage, with a particular love for the paper cut-out craft of Wycinakni, introduced to him by his mother.

Art Oasis, 2 Connaught Ave, Frinton CO13 9PW

Exhibition dates: 6 April - 17 May 2024

Opening times: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.30am - 12 noon, Sun 10am - 12 noon

Admission free

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David Lock

In-between Us

The award-winning artist David Lock brings an exciting mix of existing work and new paintings to Firstsite in early spring for his first solo public exhibition.

The Colchester setting is also appropriate, as Lock’s work reflects his interest in Roman antiquity and classical statues, which he juxtaposes with contemporary images and representations of the male body in his own inimitable style.

David Lock: In-between Us will feature approximately 20 works, including oil paintings, watercolours and large-scale vinyl collage.

Highlights of the exhibition feature works commissioned by Barrie Drewitt-Barlow from Essex who along with his former partner Tony, were the first gay men in 1999 to father children through surrogates; 'Saffron and Aspen' is a portrait of the Drewitt-Barlow’s eldest children who were the first children to be born, via a surrogate, to a gay couple. From being castigated and creating a furore throughout tabloid newspapers in the late 1990’s and into the millennium, they are now perceived as icons of changing family structure, something which Firstsite actively explores and celebrates through its artistic and engagement programme.

Other works in the show explore the influence of working-class men’s fashion such as sportswear and its style within queer culture.

Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JH

Exhibition dates: 23 March - 23 June, 2024

Opening times: Monday: Closed, Tue - Wed: 10am - 5pm, Fri - Sat: 10am - 10pm, Sun: 10am - 5pm

Admission free


Group Exhibitions

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Dhama Thanigasapapathy: Submerged in Scale II, oil on board, 15cm x 15cm, 2021

Turning Worlds

Turning Worlds is a micro show at the Prosaic Projects Gallery within Bloc Studios, featuring paintings by Norman Anderson, Ranaa Farooq, Ladoza and Dhama Thanigasapapathy. Curated by Sean Williams.

Being there, present with the work, in the mindful moment. The artist and the work supporting each other. The spectator and the work supporting each other. A suite of paintings that gently ponder the great questions of our existence. There is an openness - almost nothing, yet simultaneously everything - inviting us to contemplate our position, where we stand amongst the challenges and joy, the mystery and the near certainty. They ask us to feel, to look outside and inside, and to imagine. Letting materials replicate the unpredictable elements. And the world keeps turning.

Bloc Studios, 198 Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 4RE

Exhibition dates: 28 April - 30 May 2024

Opening times: Please contact Sean Williams @swseanwilliams to arrange a viewing.

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Miranda Boulton: Detail of 'Phantom Flowers', 80cm x 100cm, 2023

Some Roses and Their Phantoms

Darl-e and the Bear Gallery at Bermondsey Project Space

Curated by Julie Wigg

Artists: Sandra Beccarelli, Camilla Bliss, Miranda Boulton, Florence Reekie, Sue Williams A’Court.

In this all female exhibition each artist’s work re-examines the narrative behind the

Surrealist Artist Dorothea Tanning’s painting Some Roses and Their Phantoms, 1952. As contemporary female artists, how do they relate and question as Tanning did our expectations of what a still life painting is, in relation to the bourgeois and domestic ritual of 'table laying’.

Bermondsey Project Space, 183 – 185 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UW

Exhibition dates: 30 April - Saturday 4 May 2024

Opening times: 11am - 6pm

Admission free

Website: https://www.darleandthebear.co...

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Susie Hamilton: Shoppers

Drawing Biennial 2024

Group show of contemporary drawings by invited artists and online auction to support the gallery. Includes CBP artist Susie Hamilton.

Drawing Room, New Tannery Way, London SE1 5WS

Private view: 2 May, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition dates: 3 May - 3 July 2024
Admission free

Website: https://drawingroom.org.uk/wha...

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Beneath the Clouds

Beneath the Clouds is a group exhibition set within the Dedham Vale countryside at The Granary, Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk. Curated by the painter Sarah Milne, ‘Beneath the Clouds' showcases artists who use location and nature as an impetus to create work that encapsulates personal memories and artistic vision.

Exhibiting artists are Amanda Ansell, Louise Balaam, Wendy Brooke-Smith, Ruth Carter, Simon Carter, Julie Cuthbert, Jane Lewis, Sarah Milne, Ruth Philo, Felicity Young, Nat Young.

The Granary, Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk CO7 6UL

Private view: 10 May, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition dates: 10 May - 19 May 2024

Opening times: 11am - 4pm

Admission: National Trust car parking charge applies

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org....

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Image credit: Mimei Thompson

Fight Flight or Freeze

Kafka Projects at Pictorem Gallery

Kafka Projects is pleased to present Fight Flight or Freeze, a group exhibition exploring instinct, agency and the existential angst inherent in our DNA.

Alexandra Blum, Alice Peillon, Aviv Benn, Belinda Worsley, Clare Wilson, Frank Hannon, Ian Whitfield, Jody DeSchutter, Johanna Melvin, Julie Caves, Karl Bielik, Linda Lencovic, Louisa Longstaff Scales, Maggie Nightingale, Matthew De Kersaint Giraudeau, Michele Fletcher, Mimei Thompson, Miranda Boulton, Patricia Pisanelli, Patrick Lears, Robbie Bushe, Rod Melvin, Sarah Barrett, Sarah Longworth West.

Pictorem Gallery
, 383 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London E17 9AP

Private view: 10 May, 6pm - 8pm
Exhibition dates: 8 - 25 May 2024
Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Admission free

Website: https://www.pictoremgallery.co...

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Double Take

The exhibition Double Take comprises new and recent work by three artists: sculptor, James Evans; painter, Susan Gunn; and painter, printmaker, and photographer Tassie Russell. Their work draws the viewer in, encouraging us to look closer and overturn our assumptions, exploring the familiar as locations for ambiguity.

Curators Paul Vater & Paul Barratt

The Crypt Gallery, Cathedral Close, Norwich NR1 4DD

Private view: 10 May, 4.30pm - 8pm
Exhibition dates: 10 - 24 May 2024
Meet The Artists Event: 18 May, 2pm - 4pm
Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11am - 5pm. Closed Sundays.
Admission free - RSVP for events ([email protected])

Website: https://www.contemporaryandcou...

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Contemporary Modernist Painters exhibition

Contemporary Modernist Painters Exhibition at John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. Artists: Jerry Browning, Neil Canning, Julia Chance, Nick Heap, Ruth Philo, Marc Yeats and Andrew Watt and to view works by David Prentice and David Tress.

John Davies Gallery, The Old Dairy Plant, Fosseway Business Park, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire ​GL56 9NQ

Exhibition dates: 16 March - 11 May 2024

Opening times: Wednesday - Friday 10.30am - 4.30pm, Saturday 11am - 3.30pm

Admission free

Website: https://www.johndaviesgallery....

Commissions and Projects

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Lisa Denyer: Reception mural at WPP headquarters, Manchester

WPP Commission, Manchester

Working alongside four young, female, emerging artists studying in Manchester - Annabelle Roberts, Sophie Smorczewski, Lisa Denyer and Tia Maria Taylor Berry - the curation team at Acrylicize built a collection of eight artworks, highlighting the potential amongst the next generation of Mancunian creatives and adding a distinctly local flavour to the offices. From a textile-based piece that examines the space between psychological and physical space, to a large, colourful and expressive mural that appears on the ground floor of the building, the works add to the dynamism of the space and bring it to life for all those who pass through it.

For this project Lisa Denyer produced original paintings and imagery for the interior design of the space including two wall murals and rugs for the new WPP building in Manchester.

Website: https://www.acrylicize.com/pro...

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Fionn Wilson: Kingfisher, Venus and the Moon, heavy body acrylic on canvas, 40cm x 40cm, 2023.
Photo credit: The Responsa Foundation.

Paintings for Lucas House

The Responsa Foundation awarded funding to artist and curator Fionn Wilson for her inspiring project. Bringing art to the heart of mental health care, Fionn commissioned ten painters, including Contemporary British Painting members Lucy Cox and Andrew Crane, to create works for Lucas House, an NHS clinic in London that helps those with mental health problems and people experiencing psychosis. The artworks breathe hope into the building, offering a glimpse of joy, safety, distraction and colour for the patients using their services. The Responsa Foundation hopes these paintings will bring a feeling of optimism to both patients and staff working at Lucas House.

“I was very aware that there is very little on the walls and lots of long, bare corridors, I have first-hand experience of knowing how vital art is in mental health spaces and it’s scientifically shown to help with recovery.” – Fionn Wilson.

Participating artists: Rhys Anuerin, John Wyatt Clarke, Lucy Cox, Andrew Crane, Tamara Dubnyckyj, Alison Edmonds, Bo Gorzelak Pederson, Robert Priseman, Uzma Sultan, Fionn Wilson

View the paintings online: https://responsafoundation.com...


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Artist to Artist Interviews for the Priseman Seabrook Collection

This growing and fascinating collection of interviews to which many CBP members have contributed provides many insights into various ways in which the challenges

of practising as an artist are addressed by individuals.

Keith Murdoch interviews Lisa Denyer
Lisa Denyer interviews Terry Greene

Harvey Taylor interviews Amanda Ansell


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Marius von Brasch: Echoing Green, 90cm x 140cm, 2023. Courtesy of Jenn Singer Gallery.

Painting and Alchemy Workshop/Retreat at Hawkwood College

This course introduces participants to both the intriguing symbolism of Renaissance alchemical imagery and to making paintings or drawings in response to what the pictures, motifs and colours trigger in us as individuals. It invites the participants to actively engage with these ancient pictures and develop their own contemporary visuals.

The course closely relates to Marius von Brasch’s practice as a painter, who is passionate about supporting individual (not pre-conceived) approaches to painting.

Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud GL6 7QW

Course dates: 13 - 16 May 2024

Price: Please see website (link below)

Website: https://www.hawkwoodcollege.co...

CBP Publications - SALE - SALE - SALE

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We have a limited number of catalogues available at half price!

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