The 38th Annual Open Exhibition of the Society of Equestrian Artists opened its doors at Sally Mitchell’s wonderful 18th Century family-run Gallery in Tuxford for its Private View on Sunday 24th September.
Visitors were welcomed and encouraged to browse and buy from an extensive choice of more than 100 excellent works by 50 artists.
Dr Robert Fountain, one of the founders of The British Sporting Art Trust (BSAT), officially opened proceedings and also praised the high quality of the work on show. In awarding The Robert Fountain Best Original Print (to Friend member Fiona Thomson) he made a special reference to how refreshing it was to see some good old-fashioned, proper etching on show – stating: “I would love to see more of woodcuts, lithography and similar at exhibitions.”
Leading SEA full members including Malcolm Coward HSEA, Rosemary Welch SEA, Barry Peckham HSEA, Glynis Mills HSEA and Debbie Dunbar SEA were exhibiting, entries were also accepted from Associates, Friends and new artists too – including 15-year-old Sorrel Penman winner, of the 2016 John King Young Artist Award and now exhibiting in her own right.
Sales were made at the exhibition, which bodes well for the exhibiting artists. This is possibly one of the best opportunities to view and purchase quality original works in the equestrian sphere in the UK this year.
For those travelling a long way to visit the exhibition there is a charming coffee shop on the premises where light meals and cream teas can be taken.
The gallery has its own free car park behind the gallery and the venue is very easily reached, just one minute off the A1 Northbound and three minutes off the Southbound. Travelling by train it is only 90 minutes from London and 15 minutes by taxi from Retford station. For those with smarter transport it is five minutes from Gamston airfield.
- Open daily from 10am to 5pm, the exhibition closes on Saturday 7th October at 5pm the exhibition is FREE to view
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- The Denford Stud Best in Show – About the Award…
Judged by Robin Start of Denford Stud and awarded to Rachel Vynne for ‘The Legend’. Shortlisted: Jane Braithwaite ASEA for ‘Athlete’.
- The Robert Fountain Best Original Print Award
Judged by Dr Robert Fountain and awarded to Fiona Thomson for ‘Field Sketch – Old Pony II’.
- The British Sporting Art Trust (BSAT) Best Sculpture Award – About the Award…
Judged by Sir Robin Furness of BSAT and awarded to Juliet Cursham SEA for ‘The Favourite Hound’. Shortlisted: Anna Baxter SEA for ‘Colt’.
- The Cuneo Medal – About the Award…
Presented on behalf of the Society by Dr Robert Fountain to Debbie Dunbar SEA for ‘Bright – Study of a Hound’, ‘Keen Leaders’, ‘Gilded Light’, ‘A Gossip at the Ploughing Match’, ‘Vintage Accommodation and ‘One Last Summer’.
- The Sally Mitchell Fine Art Award
Judged by Sally Mitchell and awarded to Rosemary Welch SEA for ‘Morning at the Gate’.
- The Hounds Magazine Best Hunting Picture Award
Judged on behalf of Hounds Magazine by Laura Barber-Riley SEA and awarded to Frederick Haycock ASEA for ‘Collecting Hounds, The Quorn’.
- The John King Young Artist Award – About the Award…
Judged at the 2017 Pony Club Championships by representatives of the SEA and the Pony Club. Presented by Mary Tuckett, Chairman of The Pony Club, to Cara Mannix, age 13 (Grafton Branch). Special Commendation: Xakiera Merlin, age 7 (Cambridgeshire Hunt). Highly Commended: Charlotte Judge, age 18 (Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre). Runner-Up: Sophie Kemble, age 15 (North Norfolk).
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