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Welcome to the Contemporary British Painting November newsletter.

CBP Projects
PLEASE NOTE: Due to current Covid-19 restrictions in Swansea 'Vitalistic Fantasies' has been postponed. However, you can view the exhibition online on our website. You can also download the catalogue and essay.

Vitalistic Fantasies

The title of this exhibition is taken from the introduction of Isabelle Graw’s 2018 book, The Love of Painting in which she argues that aliveness of paintings is created not only through the specific ways in which painters personalise their paintings by the traces of activity on the resulting work, but also through the projections of the viewer onto the painting.

She writes: “One key reason I call these fantasies “vitalistic” is because they imaginatively assume qualities of living beings such as subjectivity, liveliness, and animation for dead material. In a vitalistic fantasy, human attributes – like self-command, will, and energy – are projected onto lifeless material”.

The resulting record of the painter’s activity, however energetic or quiet, is suggestive of the artist themselves, the viewer is compelled to project an imagined personality onto the work.

When describing their working process painters often talk about paintings ‘painting themselves’ or ‘leading the way’ in the same way that novelists describe their characters as writing their own narrative. As a work develops its personality evolves and the painter intuitively follows.

Artists: Iain Andrews, Amanda Ansell, Karl Bielik, Day Bowman, Julian Brown, Deb Covell, Lucy Cox, Gordon Dalton, Pen Dalton, Natalie Dowse, Fiona Eastwood, Geraint Evans, Susan Gunn, Suzanne Holtom, Barbara Howey, Phil Illingworth, Bryan Lavelle, Paula MacArthur, Enzo Marra, Nicholas Middleton, Stephen Newton, Joe Packer, Stephen Palmer, Ruth Philo, Narbi Price, Freya Purdue, James Quin, Molly Thomson, Judith Tucker, Joanna Whittle and Sean Williams.

Curated by Paula MacArthur.
Catalogue Design by ID Projects.
View the exhibition
Artist of the Month

Freya Purdue

Artist of the Month is
an ongoing series where we highlight one of our members. This month we are pleased to introduce artist Freya Purdue, selected and interviewed by Paul Newman.
Read the interview
Freya Purdue: Unswept 1, oil on canvas, 120cm x 150cm, 2020
Solo Exhibitions

Come fail at love | Casper White

The history of portraiture and how artists approach the portrait is central to Casper White’s practice. Religious imagery and traditions have a direct influence on how the work has been made for this show; figures along with painted draped fabrics are used to convey intimate moments. 'Come fail at love' is a call to arms. 

Programmed to coincide with the 2020 BEEP Painting Biennial.

Mission Gallery, Gloucester Place, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 1TY

Exhibition dates: 3 October - 14 November 2020
Opening times: 11am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday
Admission Free


Art in the Bar
Artist residency exhibition

Enzo Marra is exhibiting a number of recent works executed during a recent residency at the Elysium Gallery in Swansea, where he worked on both paintings and sculpture.

These works will be shown alongside the Beep Painting Biennial, which Enzo has been a judge for this year.

Elysium Gallery, 210 High Street Swansea, Wales

Exhibition dates: 3 October - 7 November 2020

Covid restrictions - please book:
A new one-way system has been put in place, with entrance through the Gallery entrance at 210 High St, through the bar/café area to the gallery for part 1 of the exhibition and then leaving the gallery through the long corridor back onto High Street and next door to 211 High Street for part 2 of the exhibition. We do recommend booking a timeslot to see the exhibition as we cannot guarantee entry if capacity is full, so we do suggest visitors book their FREE tickets in advance for an allocated time slot. No more than six people in one group will be allowed to enter the Gallery and social distancing measures will be in place. Due to COVID-19 government guidelines we are currently only allowed 30 persons in the building at one time.

Book your FREE tickets here:

Group Exhibitions
Narbi Price: Untitled Promenade Painting (Bombardment - for Theo Jones)

CENTURY: 100 Years of Art in Hartlepool

This is the first major curatorial project undertaken by Narbi Price since Pitmen Painters Unseen at Woodhorn Museum in 2018. He has been working with Hartlepool Museum Services for over a year, curating CENTURY which brings together works form the permanent collection on the occasion of the institution's centenary. There are pieces by major figures of post-war painting (Auerbach, Freud, Bratby) hanging next to lesser known, but no less interesting works from the collection. 

Narbi has made a new painting for the show 'Untitled Promenade Painting (Bombardment – for Theo Jones)', which shows the site of the first fatality on UK soil of the First World War, where Pvt. Theophilus Jones lost his life during the Bombardment of the Hartlepools. 

The exhibtion is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring my new essay ‘Going Home’.

Hartlepool Art Gallery, Church St, Hartlepool TS24 7EQ

Exhibition dates: September 29 2020 - January 9 2021
Opening times: Tues - Sat, 10am - 5pm
Admission free


Joe Packer: Tenderdusk, oil-on-canvas, 86cm x 63cm, 2018

Towner International

CBP artist Joe Packer has been selected for the Towner International exhibition.

Devonshire Park, College Park, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ

Exhibition dates: 6 October 2020 - 10th January 2021
Opening times: 10.00am to 5.00pm Tuesday to Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays
Admission free


All These Gestures

Bowes-Parris Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition entitled All These Gestures curated by artist Beatrice Hasell-McCosh.

This exhibition is a celebration of paintings in dialogue with their preparatory works. So rarely do you see small drawings and sketchbooks included in an exhibition alongside the larger pieces. This exhibition aims to highlight their importance in terms of artistic process and practise. Artists Taking Part include: Tyga Helme, Isobel Das Gupta, Catherine Repko, Emilie Goldfinger, Bobbye Fermie, Casper White, Okiki Akinfe, TaeDong Lee, Harley Weir and Beatrice Hasell-McCosh.

‘All these gestures hung in time, in logic and in human experience. It’s all about inarticulacy, stretching towards communication.’ -John Berger

A sketchbook demonstrates the power of gathering. It is all the information made up of lived experience and snatched thoughts, which contribute to how an artist makes work. These notes and ideas are as important as the finished work but are so often overlooked as part of an exhibition. Since lockdown ended many artists who were forced to pause making work have returned to their practise and are making larger pieces based on small drawings, studies or thoughts gathered over these past 5 months. This show will be a celebration of the ‘inarticulate’ ideas that contribute to the final works as well as those works that they connect with. 

Cover artwork by Isobel Das Gupta

23-24 Margaret Street, 3rd Floor, London W1W 8RU

Private View: 5 November 2020
Exhibition dates: 5 November - 30 November 2020
Admission free

Enzo Marra
Liz May: A Personal Perspective

An exhibition of artworks chosen by Liz May to celebrate 18 years at APT:
2002 to 2020 

In recognition of Liz’s contribution, dedication and commitment, APT is pleased to present Liz May: A Personal Perspective. Comprised of artworks from previous exhibitors, as well as peers and friends, this exhibition presents a comprehensive showcase of paintings, photography, films and sculpture that have been etched into her mind and whose impact on the gallery she could not forget. A Personal Perspective marks the eighteen-year anniversary of Liz’s work at APT and pays homage to her outstanding direction and devotion to the arts since 2002. 

Peter Anderson | Charming Baker | Cuillin Bantock | Dominic Beattie | John Butterworth | Gill Capewell | Eileen Cooper RA | Tori Day | Bea Denton | Sarah Durham | Fred Gatley | Tricia Gillman | Oona Grimes | Clyde Hopkins | Kabir Hussain | Matthew Krishanu | Simon Leahy-Clark | Maggie Learmonth | Sara Lee | Wayne Lucas | Enzo Marra | Liz May | John McLean | Jane Millar | Lisa Milroy | Barbara Nicholls | Jayne Parker | Kasper Pincis | Joanna Sands | Patrick Semple | Keir Smith | Chris Sowe | Christine Stark | David Theobald | Alaena Turner | Annie Turner | Claire Undy | Jacqueline Utley | Virginia Verran | Ben Woodeson | Maike Zimmermann

APT, 6 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8 4SA

Exhibition dates: 5 to 8 November 2020
Opening times: 12noon - 5pm

Mandy Payne: Outside Looking In

An exhibition of painting and sculpture, reflecting on, celebrating and inspired by the built environment, featuring the works of Mandy Payne, William Braithwaite, Emma Bennett, Dan Broughton and Jen Orpin.

Saul Hay Gallery, 33a Collier Street, Manchester M3 4LZ

Exhibition dates: 7 - 22 November 2020
Opening times: Wed - Sat 10.30am - 6.00pm Sun 10.30am - 5.00pm
Admission free

Enzo Marra
Bethlem Art Fair

The Bethlem Gallery’s annual open exhibition, showcasing the work of artists from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Includes CBP member Enzo Marra.

Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX

Exhibition dates: 20 November - 23 December 2020


Royal Academy Summer (Winter) Exhibition

CBP members Amanda Ansell,  David Lock and Narbi Price have been selected for this years 'Royal Academy Summer Exhibition'. 

For the first time in history, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition will fall in winter.
252 years ago, a group of artists made it their mission to form an annual exhibition to support artists and architects, by showcasing art of the moment to the nation. The Summer Exhibition has run uninterrupted ever since: a backdrop to famous artistic rivalries of the past and now a fixture of the summer calendar for art seekers, year after year.

Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD

Exhibition dates: 6 October 2020 - 3 January 2021
Weds - Sun 11am - 5pm

All entries are timed due to Covid.
The exhibition is ticketed.

Website: www.royal

Amanda Ansell: Making the Round, oil on canvas, 30cm x 30cm, 2019

David Manley: Hook Line Sinker
Days Like These

New Paintings & Prints by Moira Baumbach, Allan Green, Sarah R Key, David Manley and  Stuart Reid.

CBP member David Manely is exhibiting his Standing Up paintings produced during ‘lockdown’ for the first time.

The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3PU

Exhibition dates: 22 October - 4 November 2020
Opening times: Daily 12 noon to 3pm
Admission free
Enzo Marra
The Tŷ Pawb Open

Tŷ Pawb is set to welcome visitors back into its galleries this October with the launch of a new exhibition, fittingly titled ‘The Tŷ Pawb Open’.
Following an open call where over 350 artists each submitted up to three works for consideration, we will present the work of over 100 of those who entered.

121 artworks will be displayed across both gallery spaces at Tŷ Pawb. This includes 60 Welsh artists and CBP member Enzo Marra.

Ty Pawb, Market Street, Wrexham LL13 8BY

Exhibitions dates: 3 October - 23 December 2020
Opening times: Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Please book in advance

Enzo Marra
Hastings Open 2020

Hastings Open is a major open-entry art show celebrating the creative talent of artists and makers from across the world. The exhibition brings together pieces from artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, digital and more, selected by a panel of practising artists and curators.

Self portrait as archaic sculpture by Enzo Marra has been selected to be included in the exhibition.

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, John's Place, Bohemia Road, Hastings TN34 1ET

Exhibition dates: 27 August 2020 - 3 January 2021
Opeing times: April - October: Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sundays 12noon - 5pm.
November - March: Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sundays 12noon - 4pm.
Admission free.


New Light Prize Exhibition

The New Light Arts Prize is a biennial exhibition showcasing Northern artists. It will tour over a year opening at Scarborough Art Gallery, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle and Bankside Gallery, London.

The exhibition includes CBP members: Judith Tucker, Jo Whittle, Narbi Price and Mandy Payne.

Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW

Exhibition dates: 19 September 2020 - January 2021
Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Admission free.


The exhibition will tour to:
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle - January 2021 - May 2021 (dates TBC)
Biscuit Factory, Newcastle - May 2021 - August 2021 (dates TBC)
Bankside Gallery, London - 15 November - 21 November 2021 

Judith Tucker
Online Exhibitions
Paul Newmam: Don Quioxite, 150cm x 180cm, 2020

‘Reflections’ is a Virtual Exhibition at Aleph Contemporary, featuring works by Joana Galego, Ben Westley Clarke, Paul Newman and Oliver Dorrell. Curated by Vivienne Roberts and Rosa JH Berland.

The exhibition ‘Reflections’ is a selection of painterly reveries as intimate and mystical portraits of desire and despair. Here in this collection of pictures, we find pastoral interludes under the veil of the mystical, as well as post-apocalyptic and stark scenes of the ordinary rendered in neo-Expressionist and Surrealist form. The artists’ sources are many: contemporary environmental and socio-political crises, city scenes, historic British painting, fifteenth century Indian verse, the work of Arthur Rimbaud, the enduring theme of the journey, the inheritance of Spanish painting as well as the more intimate and autobiographical.

Exhibition dates: 15 October - 15 December 2020

View the exhibition online
Enzo Marra

Enzo Marra has had a number works on paper and canvas selected for a group show with the BOS Gallery. The exhibition will explore the concept of being exposed via the created worlds of each selected artist.

Exhibition dates: 1 - 30 November 2020

View the exhibition online
Day Bowman: Study 2 Fortress Series, 45cm x 50cm, oil, charcoal and conte on canvas.

The 2020 Broadway Arts Festival

The Broadway Arts Festival will be staged online this year and run through to 31 December. CBP members Day Bowman has four works selected from the Fortress and Tide Pool Series. A percentage of all sales will be donated to the Festival's charity work.

Online Festival: 29 May - 31 December 2020

Narbi Price | The Lockdown Paintings

Much of Narbi Price's time over lockdown was spent making small watercolour studies of public benches that had been taped up to prevent them being used when lockdown was at its strictest. These works were never exhibited, going out directly to collectors as they were completed and have brought together for the first time in a publication which was successfully funded through Kickstarter. 

'Narbi Price | The Lockdown Paintings' is now available to order through Narbi's website, and features images of 40 of the works with new writing by Narbi and acclaimed writer and film maker Michael Smith.

Coming Soon
Iain Andrews: Breath Drawing XIX

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020

Includes CBP member Iain Andrews.

Trinity Buoy Wharf, London E14 0JW

Exhibition dates: October 2020 - February 2021

Other Projects

Artist Catalogue Service

IDprojects is a creative platform founded in 2015 by CBP members Phil Illingworth and Natalie Dowse (the I and the D of IDprojects). Natalie and Phil recently designed and built the new website for CBP and Natalie has been responsible for designing much of the publicity material for CBP in recent years, including the CBP Painting Prize catalogues and posters.

They both have extensive professional design backgrounds, and continue to provide design services alongside their artist practices. They have been producing catalogues for members and other artists for some time, and have now launched their artist catalogue service on line. 

More information and a helpful FAQ section is on their design website.

Painting of the Day

Each day we post a picture of a painting we really like on all our social media channels - so plenty of opportunity to discover a new painting each day!


#Paintingoftheday #PotD

This is a rolling programme which has been running since 2013. Submissions are always very welcome.

If you would like your work to be featured as ‘Painting of the Day’ please see further instructions on our website.

Artist Support Pledge

Many of our members have been participating in the 'Artist Support Pledge' an initiative created by Matthew Burrows @matthewburrowsstudio to help artists during the health crisis. It is great opportunity for artists and of course art lovers alike to buy artworks for under £200! To view artworks on social media use #artistsupportpledge

The Concept:
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support, gallery work. Exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress I have instigated the ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE #artistsupportpledge

The concept is a simple one. You post images of your work you are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping.) Every time you reach £1000 of sales you pledge to buy another artist's work for £200. This creates a small but dynamic market were all can contribute whatever their level of success. This is a culture dependent on the honesty and generosity of our artistic communities at every level.

So make a pledge and post your work with the
#artistsupportpledge and follow the # to see everyone else's work. Repost and tell your friends, colleagues and collectors. Let generosity be infectious”

CBP Painting Prize Update

Due to continuing uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, we have reluctantly decided not to hold the Contemporary British Painting Prize this year. We realise that this is disappointing news, but we believe that as long as public safety is at risk it is the responsible thing to do. Please continue to watch this space for our announcement for next year.

CBP Website

Following the launch of our new website in April 2020, we are continuing to add fresh content and resources. See our features including Artist of the MonthCritical textsVideosPainter-to-painter discussions, Painters Today podcasts and our Resources page.

You can find more news from our members and information on finding funding and other support on our social media channels. 

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