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Contemporary British Painting Prize 2021

Contemporary British Painting Prize 2021

We are very pleased to announce that the first of two exhibitions for the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2021 will open at Huddersfield Art Gallery on 6 November 2021.

The finalists are: Susan Absolon | Tony Antrobus | Roland Hicks | Martyna Lebryk | Hannah Murgatroyd | Christina Niederberger | Donna Mclean | Sarah Poots | Daisy Richardson | Tom Robinson | Jesse Leroy Smith | Gary Spratt | Bill Stewart | Zack Thorne | Jan Valik

The winner will be announced at the opening event and will be selected by our three judges: Matthew Burrows MBE (artist and founder of the Artist Support Pledge), Julie Lomax (CEO of a-n Artists Information Company) and Grant Scanlan (Curator at Huddersfield Art Gallery).

The 15 finalists were selected from over 1000 artists by a panel of four members of CBP, this year, David Ainley, Karl Bielik, Sikelela Owen and Joanna Whittle (the winner of the 2019 prize).

Huddersfield Art Gallery, Unit 7, The Piazza Centre, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2RS

Winner announcement & opening event: Saturday 6 November 2021, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Exhibition dates: 6 November 2021 – 8 January 2022
Opening times: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am to 4pm
Free Admission – all welcome.


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Artist of the Month

Ruth Calland

Artist of the Month is an ongoing series where we highlight one of our members. This month we are pleased to introduce artist Ruth Calland selected and interviewed by Paul Newman.
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Ruth Calland: Actress, oil on paper, 23cm x 31cm, 2021

CBP Projects / Exhibitions

Darkness at Noon

Alchemical Nigredo of a Pandemic

A group exhibition curated by Ruth Calland and co-selected with Mimei Thompson for Contemporary British Painting.

Artists: Karl Bielik, Ruth Calland, Jules Clarke, Deb Covell, Gordon Dalton, Jeff Dellow, Natalie Dowse, Susan Gunn, Susie Hamilton, David Lock, Paula MacArthur, Sekai Machache, Andi Magenheimer, Enzo Marra, Monica Metsers, Paul Newman, Sikelela Owen, Ruth Philo, Chantal Powell, Cherelle Sappleton, Anna Sebastian, Sarah Sparkes, Harvey Taylor, Mimei Thompson, Casper White, Jonathan Waller, Joanna Whittle.

APT Gallery, 6 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8 4SA

Private view: Thursday 4 November, 6pm - 9 pm
Exhibition dates: 4 to 14 November 2021
Opening times: 12 noon to 5pm Thursday - Sunday
Admission free

The experience of feeling ‘in the dark’ about what is happening, is part of a Nigredo phenomenon: the term used by alchemists for a time of falling apart, putrefaction, chaos, contradiction, paralysis and closeness to death.  Darkness at Noon explores the Covid-19 pandemic as a nigredo phase, in a wider process of transformation, and reverberates with a sense of the paradoxical in our times: the coexistence of anxiety and stillness, doom and hope, fracture and heightened connectivity. A show of mainly paintings, enriched by sculpture and film, many of the works seem haunted by an awareness of loss, impending or already dealt. This show elegantly weaves themes relating to the personal, social, and global effects of Covid...
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Sikelela Owen
Casper White

Darkness at Noon Catalogue

A catalogue to accompany the exhibition ‘Darkness at Noon’ curated by Ruth Calland and with essays by Nick Medford and Stephanie Moran is available to purchase.

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Judith Tucker: Why destroy a thing of beauty, oil-on-canvas, 60cm x 80cm, 2019
Where we live

Where We Live is an artist-curated exhibition that brings together a group of painters whose work arises out of a sustained attention to a specific place or locality over a long period.

The exhibition aims to put a focus on visual aspects of social environments in England which are overlooked and under-regarded. It seeks to demonstrate the role that painters can have, through slow immersion, absorption and observation, in making aspects of the contemporary socio-political and urban environment visible.

The show presents five locations across England that have been the subject of intense scrutiny through the eyes of the artists. Taken cumulatively, these series of works provide a concentrated and often critical perspective on the social landscape of England at a time of profound political and social change.

Trevor Burgess has made residential housing in London the subject of a series of over 60 paintings that obliquely critique contemporary obsessions with housing as a property market commodity.

Jonathan Hooper has, for over ten years, intensely and exclusively focused his painting on observation of the urban and suburban environment of Leeds.

Mandy Payne has devoted nine years to paintings focused on Park Hill, Grade II* listed Sheffield council estate, one of Britain’s largest examples of Brutalist architecture.

Narbi Price’s series of paintings of Ashington, Northumberland are the product of many hours spent walking the streets of what was once the world’s largest mining village, in the footsteps of the Ashington Group of Pitmen Painters, recording a changed post-industrial landscape that they would barely recognise.

Judith Tucker’s ongoing series of paintings Night Fitties, are devoted to the chalets on the Humberston Fitties in Lincolnshire as a locus for exploring how notions of place, identity and Englishness are constructed.

Alan Baxter Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London HD9 2DA

Exhibition dates: 4 October - 12 November 2021
Admission free by appointment only.

International Exhibitions
Matthew Krishanu: Riverboat, 200cm x 270cm, 2020. Photo: Peter Mallet.

Arrow and Pulpit

Tanya Leighton is pleased to announce the opening of Matthew Krishanu’s ‘Arrow and Pulpit’, an exhibition of the artist’s ongoing exploration of his childhood in South Asia. On view will be selections from the artist’s ‘Another Country’ and ‘Mission’ series, paintings that explore the two realms of Krishanu's memories of Dhaka: that of a boy in the midst of a world of adventure and play and that of a son born to an English priest and a Bengali Indian mother. Tanya Leighton is also excited to announce that ‘Arrow and Pulpit’ marks the first presentation of Krishanu’s work as a new member of the gallery's programme.

His work was the recent focus in Studio International, September 2021. An interview with Krishanu and Ben Luke (Review Editor) at The Art Newspaper is forthcoming this November.

Tanya Leighton, Kurfürstenstraße 24/25, Berlin 10785 DE

Private view: Friday 5 November, 6pm - 8pm
Exhibition dates: 6 November - 17 December 2021
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 11–6 pm
Admission free


Que des Femmes

International exhibition of non-objective art including work by Molly Thomson.

Maisons des Associations et de l'Economie Sociale et Solidaire, 38800 Le Pont-de-Claix, France

Exhibition dates: 18 September - 13 November 2021
Admission free

False starts, second thoughts, acrylic, wood and filler on panel, 30cm x 22.5cm, 2021
Solo Exhibitions
Stephen Newton: Cactus on a Table, 76 x 110in, 2021


In the title of this exhibition ‘Remembrance’ doesn’t have anything to do with real memories or past narratives, recalled dreams or any sort of memorial.‘Remembrance’ here is rather a reconstituted, distilled emotion, trapped in paint as in amber. A painting can evolve and isolate long inexperienced nuances of emotion, long forgotten and hidden. For this to be accomplished the painter must relinquish conscious control in the creative act to free unconscious emotion. I always feel that my best paintings painted themselves, like the broom of the sorcerer’s apprentice. To this end there is a diversity of my painting in this exhibition, the earliest painted in the 1980s right up to some painted in 2021.

Bermondsey Project Space, 183-185 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 3UW.

Exhibition dates: 19 October - 13 November 2021


Linda Ingham: Inside looking out

Varieties & Contrasts at Redcar in Yorkshire: Linda Ingham

Work from Linda Ingham’s summer micro-residency with Tees Valley Arts and RSPB Saltholme will contribute to an exhibition of the 1865 Colvile manuscript - a notebook entitled Hours Idle at Redcar in Yorkshire which forms the heart of the show and acts as a basis for a series of responses by various artists from within the Tees Valley and further afield. Together these works present a view of Redcar from the inside and from the outside, as a place of leisure and tourism and as a place of industry and labour. The exhibition will grow and change over its lifetime as more artists are invited to respond to the ideas explored and to become part of the conversation.

This exhibition has been developed with Teesside Archives. Linda’s work is part of the GATHER winter-winter project, supported by the Arts Council England. 

Redcar Palace, The Palace Hub, Esplanade, Redcar TS10 3AE 

Exhibition dates: 18 November 2021 - 7 January 2022

Group Exhibitions
Matthew Krishanu: Two Boys (Church Tower), oil on canvas, 45cm x 35cm, 2020. Photo: Peter Mallet.

Mixing It Up: Painting Today

Featuring three generations of artists who live and work here, Mixing It Up highlights the UK’s emergence as a vital international centre of contemporary painting.

Reflecting the international character of the painting scene in this country, the participating artists come from a diverse range of backgrounds and nationalities: over a third of the participating artists were born in other places, including countries in Africa, Asia, South America and North America.

Mixing It Up: Painting Today features 31 artists: Tasha Amini, Hurvin Anderson, Alvaro Barrington, Lydia Blakeley, Gabriella Boyd, Lisa Brice, Gareth Cadwallader, Caroline Coon, Somaya Critchlow, Peter Doig, Jadé Fadojutimi, Denzil Forrester, Louise Giovanelli, Andrew Pierre Hart, Lubaina Himid, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Merlin James, Rachel Jones, Allison Katz, Matthew Krishanu, Graham Little, Oscar Murillo, Mohammed Sami, Samara Scott, Daniel Sinsel, Caragh Thuring, Sophie von Hellermann, Jonathan Wateridge, Rose Wylie, Issy Wood and Vivien Zhang.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with original texts by Jeremy Atherton Lin, Martha Barratt, Ben Eastham, Emily LaBarge, Rosanna Mclaughlin, Rianna Jade Parker and Ralph Rugoff.

Mixing It Up is curated by Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, with Assistant Curator Phoebe Cripps and Curatorial Assistant Thomas Sutton.

Hayward Galley, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Exhibition dates: 9 September - 12 December 2021

Opening times: Mondays & Tuesdays 10am – 6pm | Wednesdays – Sundays 10am – 11pm
Admission: £12 (concessions available).


Matthew Krishanu: Hayward Gallery 'Mixing It Up' installation view. Photo: Rob Harris.

Rhythm and Geometry:
British Constructivist Art since 1951

Drawn from the Sainsbury Centre collection, Rhythm and Geometry: Constructivist art in Britain since 1951, celebrates the abstract and constructed art made and exhibited in Britain since 1951 and comprises of c.120 objects across sculpture, reliefs, mobiles, painting, drawing and printmaking.

Artists include Robert Adams, Yaacov Agam, Rana Begum, Anthony Caro, Lygia Clark, Natalie Dower, Adrian Heath, Anthony Hill, Michael Kidner, Kenneth Martin, Mary Martin, François Morellet, Victor Pasmore, Jean Spencer, Takis, Mary Webb, Stephen Willats, Victor Vasarely, Gillian Wise and Li Yuan-Chia.

The Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia, Norfolk Road, Norwich NR4 7TJ

Exhibition dates: 2 October 2021 – 30 January 2022
Opening times: Tuesday – Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm

Free admission: Tickets must be pre-booked before arrival

Matthew Krishanu: In Sickness and in Health. Photo: Tegen Kimbley.

Coventry Biennial

Matthew Krishanu’s series In Sickness and In Health features paintings made across a fifteen-year period. These include portraits of his wife who is currently very unwell and regularly in hospital, alongside their daughter, painted as a small baby (in 2010), who features in the centre of the series.

These paintings show significant milestones in the artist’s life taking place within a variety of interior settings. Two of these paintings make reference to the work of other artists. Indeed, paintings of women and children in domestic settings as well as domestic still-life works from the collection of Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum were a crucial starting point for Matthew.

Matthew’s work typically combines autobiography with reference to the canon of art history. He has noted: “I think of the paintings as coming from an interior place. I always have a personal connection to the subject matter.”

Matthew's works resonate with the exhibition Picture of Health: Art, Medicine & the Body, which can be seen in the Main Gallery. Additionally, two paintings on paper by Matthew can be found as part of HYPER-POSSIBLE at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.

Leamington Library, Royal Pump Rooms Parade, Leamington Spa CV32 4AA

Exhibition dates: 8 October 2021 — 9 January 2022
Opening times: Tuesday to Friday - 10am to 3pm | Saturday & Sunday - 10am to 4pm
Admission free

Lisa Denyer: Buren, acrylic collage and filler on panel, 25cm x 20cm, 2021

Tarpey Gallery Open

Exhibiting Artists: Ashley Allen, Nina Archer, Sharon Baker, Richard Baker, Sue Baker Kenton, Tim Ball, Hazel Battersby, Adam Beaumont, Keith Bloody Mary, Julia Brown, Helen Carr, Jill Campbell, Tom Cartmill, Caroline Chappell, Jeannie Clark, Peter Clayton, Anna Colbert, Rowena Comrie, Peggy Cozzi, Chris Dale, Stevie Davies, Lisa Denyer, Richard Devereux, Jacqui Dodds, Gill Edwards, Pam Everard, Emma Fitzpatrick, Maxine Foster, Martin Freeman, Gill Gathercole, Nic Gear, Anne Guest, Diane Guttridge, Dan Hamer, Matt James Healy, Maggy Herbert-Jobson , Anette Holt, Sarah Jennings, Jane King, Gerry Keon, Irena Kurowska, Paul Liptrot, Oliver Lovley, Shaun Morris, Mikk Murray, Lisa Penson, Georgia Peskett, Clare Phelan, Katherine Rhodes, Pauline Rignall, Peter Robertson, David Robertson, Dennis Rollason, Corrina Rothwell, Frances Ryan, Lois Gardner Sabet, Jane Sarre, John Simpson, Nigel Smith, Derek Sprawson, Lucy Stevens, Shirley Stevenson, Lisa Tank, Marek Tobolewski, Anna Turner, Angela Verdon, Elizabeth Walker, Linda Wallis, Lesley Warrington, Mark Watkins, Rosemary Wels.

Tarpey Gallery, 77 High St, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2PQ

Exhibition dates: 23 October - 14 November 2021
Opening times: Thursday - Sunday 10-5pm
Admission free


Cleveland Walk 2, The Scar to Nab, Hand-finished print with watercolour and silverpoint,
29cm x 24cm, 2018

The Scent of Wild Roses

'The Scent of Wild Roses' micro-exhibition at Prosaic Projects Gallery features Edwin Aitken, Linda Ingham and Mark Whittle-Bruce, three artists whose work evolves from an engagement with the natural world. In each of the paintings there is a fascinating interplay between abstraction and figuration, where the landscape’s vast array of stimuli trigger particular approaches and personal visual languages emerge. In combination the three works form a rich and dynamic response to our rural environment. It is curated by Sean Williams.

Prosaic Projects Gallery, Bloc Studios, 198 Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 4RE

Exhibition dates: 1 - 30 November 2021 (viewing is by appointment)
Free Admission
Please contact Sean Williams or further information.

Edwin Aitken: Jericho 132, acrylic ink and graphite on canvas

Hospital Rooms - Art + Psychiatric Intensive care

The exhibition gives the public an opportunity to encounter the permanent site-specific artworks that Hospital Rooms commissioned for 3 Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) for men across 3 London NHS Trusts. Features CBP artists David Lock and Susie Hamilton.

Cork Street Galleries, 30 Old Burlington Street, London W1S 3AR

Private view: 2 November 2021, 4pm - 8pm
Exhibitions dates: 3 November - 4 December 2021
Opening times: Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm or by appointment
Admission free


Event programme to be announced on
Susie Hamilton

Curated by Richard Davey and David Leapman.

Featured artists Jenny Hager, Susie Hamilton, David Leapman and Lee Maelzer.

"Whether it’s a slightly scraped hollow in the ground or an elaborate four poster, a bed is the one piece of furniture that humans throughout history have possessed.We are almost certain to have been born in a bed and many of us will die in one, and between those two events a bed is a place where all life unfolds. 

It is a place to sleep and dream, a place to read and daydream. It is a place to make love, or to hide under the covers - our safe space, where the monsters of childhood imaging cannot find us. But it can also be a sick bed, hospital bed, or our death bed.
This exhibition doesn’t see a bed as a piece of furniture, but as a metaphor for life in all its fullness". - Richard Davey 

Bobinska Brownlee New River, 38 Tower Court, London N1 2US

Exhibition dates: 4 - 27 November 2021
Opening times: Thursday - Saturday, 2pm - 6pm

Day Bowman: Study 6 Citadel Series, mixed media on cartridge paper, 20cm x 20cm

The Old Lock Up Gallery Winter Show

Annual Winter Show including work by Day Bowman.

The Old Lock Up Gallery, 19 the Hill, Swifts Hollow, Cromford, Derbyshire DE4 3RF

Private view: Saturday 6 November 2021, 2pm - 5pm
Exhibition dates: 6 November 2021 - 10 January 2022
Opening times: 11 am - 5 pm, Friday - Sunday or by appointment
Admission free

Four hand-coloured photo-etchings by Paula MacArthur.

Monochrome - Cadmium

For Rye Art Gallery's last exhibition of 2021, which will take us into a brand new year, they will be exhibiting new work from selected artists using a monochromatic palette.

The show will include works just using black and white but also pieces where artists, have limited their palette to include another colour or perhaps to offer even more versatility, some warm and cold pigments added to white.

Rye Art Gallery, 107 High Street, Rye TN31 7JE

Exhibition dates: 11 November 2021 - 9 January 2022
Opening times: Monday - Saturday: 11.00am - 5.00pm (Closed Tuesdays)
Sunday: 11.00am - 4.00pm
Admission free

Enzo Marra

The ING Discerning Eye 2021

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is an annual show of small-scale works renowned for both its commitment to championing emerging artists and its unique curatorial approach. A panel of six prominent art world figures - two artists, two collectors and two critics - select works of art for the yearly exhibition. This year's selectors were Peter Brown, Adelaide Damoah, Anna Brady, Russell Tovey, Roland Cowan and Tony Humphreys.

The exhibition includes work by CBP artists Marguerite Horner and Enzo Marra.

The ING Discerning Eye is an educational charity, established in the UK in 1990, to encourage a wider understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and to stimulate debate about the place and purpose of art in our society, and the contribution each one of us can make to its development.

Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1A 2WH

Private view: 11 November 2021, 6.30pm
Exhibition dates: 11 - 21 November 2021
Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Admission is free but entry needs to be booked in advance.

Marguerite Horner

In (Matters of the Soul)

Group exhibition including Stephen Palmer along with John Bunker, Olly Fathers, Jane Millar, Stephen Nelson, Lex Shute and James Tailor. Curated by Darren O'Brien.

ASC Gallery, Thurlow Street, London SE17 2DG

Private view: 11 November 2021, 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition dates: 12 November - 18 December 2021
Opening times: Monday to Friday 10:30am – 5pm

Dr Bryan Eccleshall: The Colon of Creativity, oil on canvas

Oh My Body

The 'Oh My Body' micro-exhibition at Sheffield's Fronteer Gallery is a darkly comic arrangement of three artworks. In the middle sits ‘Unwanted Gift’, a delicate watercolour of a severed ear by Marc Beattie, flanked by depictions of intestines by Mandy Gamsu and Dr Bryan Eccleshall. Mandy's beautifully understated work - ‘A Fixation on the Anal Stage Results in a Healthy Personality’ - is a relief-style plaster cast, grey with a hint of pink, contrasting markedly with Bryan's thickly-painted, heavily-varnished ‘Colon of Creativity’ which appears to be oozing all manner of unpleasant bodily secretions. 'Oh My Body' is curated by CBP member Sean Williams.

Fronteer Gallery, Exchange Street, Sheffield S2 5TS

Exhibition dates: 11 - 30 November 2021
Opening times: Wed - Fri 10am - 3pm, Sat 2pm - 7pm
Admission free

For more information please contact Sean Williams
Joanna Whittle: Sorrowing Cloth, Winner of the New Light, Valeria Sykes Award 2020

New Light Prize Exhibition

New Light celebrates its tenth anniversary with a superb Prize Exhibition tour featuring shortlisted and award winning artists both familiar and new to the art scene. Concluding with a week at Bankside, the New Light Prize Exhibition launched at Scarborough Art Gallery in September 2020 to critical acclaim before visiting The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery in Carlisle, one of the few touring exhibitions to continue during the Covid Pandemic. Demonstrating the wealth of artistic talent that prevails in the North of England, this diverse exhibition showcases artistic skill from the hyper real to the abstract and across a range of media. 

Bankside Gallery is the home of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Situated on the South Bank in central London and sitting next door to Tate Modern, it is just a bridge away from the City. For over 30 years, the gallery’s vibrant exhibition programme has celebrated the very best in contemporary art, as well as playing host to some of the UK’s leading art competitions.

Includes CBP artists: Mandy PayneJudith Tucker, Narbi Price and Joanna Whittle.

Bankside Gallery, Thames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 9JH

Exhibition dates: 17 - 21 November 2021
Open daily 11am to 6pm
Admission free

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Paula MacArthur: Find somebody to love, oil on canvas, 30cm x 30cm, 2021

A Generous Space

Artist Support Pledge exhibition A Generous Space will take place at Hastings Contemporary and features work by Paula MacArthur.

Every work included in the exhibition will have a label with the artist’s Instagram handle, so that visitors who are interested in buying the work can contact the artist directly – in just the same simple, egalitarian way as the online Artist Support Pledge.

The Artist Support Pledge (ASP) asks artists and makers to post images of their work on Instagram using #artistsupportpledge and with a maximum price of £200. Buyers message the artist directly. Every time an artist achieves £1,000 of sales, they pledge to spend £200 on work by other artists. 

Since Matthew Burrows came up with the idea in March 2020, Artist Support Pledge has become a global phenomenon. Its spirit of mutual support and generosity has enabled artists to maintain a vital income stream, and the simple artist-to-patron, artist-to-artist formula has proved revolutionary. In 2020, the Pledge generated around £60 million in sales.

Matthew says “In its 18 months of operating, ASP has become an important micro economy for artists, providing much needed income for hundreds of thousands of artists across the globe and inspiring a revolution in the role of what we understand to be a patron. Now ASP is going hybrid, not just virtual, but in a physical space. All artworks submitted will be for sale, and at a price point of no more than £200. There are amazing opportunities to purchase astonishing art while also supporting artists. If our experience of ASP has taught us anything it is that we can make meaningful change for the welfare of artists and makers, we just need a generous spirit and an open eye to see, and that is why I am delighted to collaborate on A GENEROUS SPACE with Hastings Contemporary with this open call.”

Hastings Contemporary, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings Old Town TN34 3DW

Exhibition dates: 24 November 2021 - 18 April 2022
Opening times: Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm

Bookings: Unless you are a Hastings Contemporary member, we recommend booking your tickets before arriving at the gallery.

Ticket prices: Adult £9.00* / £8.00: Senior (60+) £8.00* / £7.00: Art Fund Members £4.50* / £4.00: Concessions - Further Education Students, Unemployed (proof required) £6.00: Hastings Borough Council Residents (TN34, TN35, TN37, TN38) £4.00 (Please bring proof of address.)

*Gift Aid: the ticket price includes a voluntary donation, which enables Hastings Contemporary to claim Gift Aid on the whole amount.
Force Majeure

A showing in Eye to Pencil, a new space dedicated to drawing near Angel/Faringdon, of collaborative works by Luci Eyers, Marianne Walker and Marco Cali. The drawings were posted from one to the other as each took their turn to add to each piece. Aside from this, the artists were not in contact with each other over the one year of the project.

Eye to Pencil, 1st Floor, 26 Exmouth Market, Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE

Private view: Friday 26 November (RSVP due to Covid restrictions)
Exhibition dates: Friday 26 to Sunday 28 November 2021
Opening times: Friday/Saturday 12-6pm, Sunday 12-4pm

Entrance via Spa Fields Lane, running off Exmouth Market, next to the Church.
The number of people allowed into the space may be restricted at times due to Covid restrictions.

Enzo Marra
Bethlem Annual Art Fair

The Bethlem Gallery’s annual open exhibition, showcasing the work of artists from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The fair offers an exciting variety of desirable paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics, photographs, textiles, and sculpture made by over 40 artists including CBP member Enzo Marra.

Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent

Exhibition dates: 29 November - 21  December 2021


The gallery's launch exhibition CONNECT: people, art and place will explore the concept of connection as the world restarts and we emerge from living constrained and separate lives. Indludes work by Alex Hanna.

Vanner Gallery, 45 High Street, Salisbury SP1 2PB

Exhibition dates: 17 September - 24 December 2021
Admission free


Mary Webb: Grey, red, yellow, black and cream, silkscreen, 2018

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Mary Webb has two silkscreen prints selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Red, Yellow Black and Cream, and Grey, Red, Black and Cream.

Exhibition dates: 22 September 2021 - 2 January 2022

Book tickets via the website:
IMAGE: Hetty Van Kooten

Walking in Two Worlds

“Man is a creature who walks in two worlds and traces upon the walls of his cave the wonders and the nightmare experiences of his spiritual pilgrimage” - Morris West

Walking in Two Worlds is a group exhibition curated by Welsh painter Jonathan Powell and devised by Steph Goodger and Julian Rowe. It brings together a group of artists who share interests in prehistoric art, the primitive, the shamanistic and the mysterious. 

This vision of painted artefacts littering a gallery space is a latter-day reflection on the thrill of encountering a painted cave for the first time, where long-forgotten animals leap out of the flickering shadows. Perhaps for a moment the gallery can become the cave.
The focus of the show is the work of the neglected Dutch French primitive painter Hetty van Kooten (1908-1958), some of whose paintings are included in the exhibition, together with a small display of texts, images and memorabilia concerning her life and work. 

Van Kooten spent her working life in France and as a young woman she assisted in documenting the newly discovered prehistoric paintings at the Pech Merle cave in the Lot region of France. It was whilst working underground that she claimed to be receiving inspiration, and even direct instructions, from a higher, mystical, plane, channelling the same energies from the caves that had possessed the prehistoric shamans who had preceded her. Through painting, Van Kooten discovered a physical expression of these energies.

There is something intriguing and seductive about the prehistoric cave sites that preoccupied Van Kooten. Most of the art was created at a time when we humans were not at the top of the food chain. Our connection to the landscape and the surrounding environment helped keep us alive and fed into storytelling and rituals lost to time. We can now only try and pick at the few scraps we have and guess at the mind sets of our long-ago forebears.

The artists in this exhibition offer manifold approaches to their painting practices as they prod and probe, scratch away and paint, looking for meaning in a world far removed from our prehistoric ancestors.

Exhibiting artists:
Jonathan Anderson | Helen Blake | Philippa Brown | Lara Davies | Tom Down | Mark Folds | Amy Goldring | Steph Goodger | Gareth Griffith | Paul Hughes | Tim Kelly | Hetty Van Kooten | Enzo Marra | James Moore | Sarah Poland | Jonathan Powell | Dylan Williams | Richard Williams | Jessica Woodrow.

Oriel Carn, Castle Ditch, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 2AY
Exhibition dates: 2 October – 14 November 2021

Oceans Apart, OA Studios, 24-26 King Street, Greengate, Salford M3 7DG
Private view: 8 October 2021, 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition dates: 9 October – 7 November 2021

Newtopia: Rising from the Beautiful Ruins

Artists telling a difference story about how things can be. Includes work by CBP member Freya Purdue.

Jupiter Gallery, 3 Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5HQ

Exhibition dates: 21 October - 13 November 2021
Opening times: Wed - Sat 11am - 5pm
Admission free


Where We Are Now

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition.

Where We Are Now explores the experiences of the last year through artwork, community response and Sunderland resident’s photography.

Also on display are community sourced photographs from Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens Collecting COVID-19 project and artworks produced during and in response to the pandemic.

Artists in the exhibition include: Vanley Burke, Patrick Caulfield, Elizabeth Frink, Sunil Gupta, David Hockney, Narbi Price, David Shrigley and Barbara Walker.

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland SR1 1PP

Exhibitions dates: 21 August – 14 November 2021
Opening times: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission free

Stories 01

A physical and virtual Contemporary Art Exhibition at the offices of Kroll Advisory Ltd. based at the News Building London Visits will be restricted to office hours. Includes work by Day Bowman.

Kroll Advisory Ltd. Level 6, The News Building, 3 London Bridge, London SE1 9SG

Exhibition dates: 24 August - 30 November 2021
Opening times: 9am - 6 pm Monday - Friday
Admission free
Susie Hamilton
Trinity Buoy Drawing Prize

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition will include 101 drawings by 89 artists selected by Sheela Gowda, Artist, Simon Groom, Director of Modern and Contemporary Art at National Galleries Scotland, and Zoé Whitley, Director of Chisenhale Gallery in London.

This diverse exhibition of 114 drawings overall reflects a broad scope of current drawing practice by artists, architects, designers, and makers at all stages of their careers - living and working across the four nations of the UK as well as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, The Netherlands, and the USA.

CBP member Susie Hamilton had all three of her submitted drawings accepted for this exhibition.

Trinity Buoy Wharf, London E14 0JY

Exhibition dates:
18 November 2021 - 5 December 2021
Opening times: every day 11am - 6pm
Admission free

Online Exhibitions
Image: Paula MacArthur

Queen and Country: Art Car Boot Fair online

Susie Hamilton and Paula MacArthur are amongst the artists selected for the The Art Car Boot Fair's Autumn Art Spectacular which launches on Saturday 6 November at 10am.

The Art Car Boot Fair is the most original, eclectic and affordable art fair there is. Their live events have provided a commission free space for artists to sell their work since 2004 and now we have developed this beautiful bespoke event site to take us through the pandemic and beyond. The Art Car Boot Fair is the day the artists let their hair down and make their work accessible to all at special just for the day prices. Get your ticket now to guarantee premium access to all the fabulous art bargains on day one of the fair plus an enthralling and engaging Programme of the Day and live links direct into the Artists Studios. You won’t believe your eyes!

Exhibition dates: 6 - 8 November 2021
Opening times: 0am 6th November until 8pm 8th November (online)
Premium access tickets: £15
Book here:


Susie Hamilton

Global Conversations

View online from 16 August - 31 December 2021

This exhibition has been created from an international open call for art and is part of CRASSH's 20th anniversary programme.

The exhibition showcases work by local and international artists and has been curated by Prerona Prasad (Heong Gallery), Harriet Loffler (New Hall Art Collection), Steven Connor (Director, CRASSH) and Judith Weik (Art at the ARB).

Artists: Samin Ahmadzadeh, Gökçen Ataman Tanyer, Jan Ayton, Antony Barkworth-Knight, Max Bloomfield, Jane Boyer, Anna Brownsted, Alexander Curry, Nick Dittrich, ELIXIO, Wuchao Feng, Robert Good, Alexander Hamilton, Laurel Hauge, Dameng He, Sam Healy, Barbara Howey, Wanja Kimani, Jennifer Kirner, Conor Miller, Bea Montero, MUD Collective, Anna Karoline Mueller, Yelena Popova, Rebecca Rae-Evans, Asia Stewart, A R E Taylor, Albeiro R Tomedes, Ian Tothill, Rob Turner, Marina Velez and Tijera S William.

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The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting 2

Sixty contemporary painters born or living in Britain discussed through national and international solo exhibitions of their work.

Following the success of ‘The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting’ in 2018, a second volume has been created to showcase solo exhibitions that have defined contemporary painting in Britain since the first volume. This new, larger anthology presents the work of sixty artists born or living here through documentation and discussion of solo exhibitions of their work in museums and galleries around the UK and internationally. Featuring artists at different stages of their careers, from senior figures exhibiting at major museums to emerging artists presenting some of their first commercial gallery exhibitions, ‘The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting 2’ offers an overview of recent activity in the medium of painting in this country.

Artists and venues featured in this new volume include Hurvin Anderson at Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo; Frank Bowling at Tate Britain; Lisa Brice at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Gareth Cadwallader at Josh Lilley, London; Denzil Forrester at Nottingham Contemporary; Sophie von Hellermann at Pilar Corrias, London; Matthew Krishanu at Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham; Joy Labinjo at BALTIC, Gateshead; France-Lise McGurn at Simon Lee, London; Jenny Saville at Gagosian, New York; Anj Smith at MOSTYN, Llandudno; Tim Stoner at Modern Art, London; Phoebe Unwin at Towner Eastbourne, and Cara Nahaul at Taymour Grahne.

Other Projects

Art on a Postcard Winter Auction

The largest Art on a Postcard Winter Auction to date will take place this November, in celebration of twenty years of The Hepatitis C Trust. This marks the seventh edition of the Art on a Postcard auction and culminates their celebration of twenty successful years raising awareness for the illness, supporting those living with it and taking key steps towards its eradication. 

Ruth Philo has donated two postcard sized paintings Lot 1 'Hold Me' and Lot 2 'Breathe In', bidding starts at £50 each.

Exhibition dates: 4 - 23 November 2021
24 hours online.

Ruth Philo
Day Bowman: Fortress 8, oil charcoal and conte on canvas, 140cm x 150cm

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust - Sulis Hospital

The Royal United Hospitals Bath Foundation Trust has a rolling programme of work by artists in their reception area. Day Bowman's work was selected from the Wells Art Contemporary to join these work for a 6 month period at the Sulis Hospital.

Sulis Hospital, Foxcote Avenue, Peasdown St. John, Bath BA2 8SQ

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 Website

We are continuously adding fresh content and resources to the CBP website. 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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