Summer Exhibition 10-16th July, 2017

July 02nd, 2017

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At the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House, Newmarket

The Society returns to the Heritage Centre at Palace House, Newmarket for its Summer Exhibition. The home of sporting art is an evolving prestigious art venue and Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 Finalist, the first ever sporting museum to have been shortlisted.

The Society has regularly exhibited at Newmarket in the past and this will be only its second show in the new intimate Palace House venue. The selection will be a rich combination of a variety of media from graphite sketches to intricate oils and commanding bronze sculptures. Including works from SEA Full Members, Associates, Friends and successful guest artists, the show will be a tantalising taster for the Society’s major exhibition, the 38th Annual Exhibition – Horse in Art 2017, held at Sally Mitchell’s Gallery in Tuxford in September.

For an invitation to the SEA Private View on 10th July please register for the SEA newsletter.


#SummerExhibition Prize Draw

Barry Peckham ROI RSMA HSEA has kindly donated his 10×12 inch Oil ‘Pony in Oakley Wood, New Forest’ (below) as the prize for the Summer Exhibition Draw. Visit, view and make your #PrizeDraw entry. Speak to a Gallery Volunteer at the exhibition for details on how to enter.


Pony in Oakley Wood, New Forest

Barry Peckham ROI RSMA HSEA – ‘Pony in Oakley Wood, New Forest’ (Oil, 10x12inch)

Among the Newmarket exhibitors you will find SEA favourites Kristine Nason SEA and Michelle McCullagh SEA. Kristine’s romantic and powerful works are endearing and spectacular. A Full Member of the Society for many years she has earned numerous awards and much popularity. From her sensitive, gentle pencil drawings of fillies and colts to her dramatic mixed media works of galloping palominos, Kristine’s drawings and paintings have gained her national esteem.

Michelle has numerous connections with Newmarket, not least by having designed the logo to mark the 350-year anniversary in 2016 of the town being at the heart of British Horseracing. Her work focuses on the fastest, most versatile breed of horse – the thoroughbred. She is inspired by her life drawings with their expressive use of minimal lines. Her oil paintings are an attempt to describe movement and form by using contrasting colours where the light catches anatomical flashes of detail.

The work of many wonderful artists, both established and emerging, will be available to enjoy – promoting excellence and enthusiasm in equestrian art in the inspiring and historical surroundings of the Heritage Centre. Fortuitously, the Summer Exhibition coincides with Europe’s Premier Midsummer Sale at Tattersalls and the Moët & Chandon July Festival at the Adnams July Course. A wonderful opportunity to make a day of art, horses and celebration.[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]

Opening times

  • The exhibition opens on Saturday 16th July at 10am with the SEA Private View and Awards at 6.30pm
  • Open daily from 10am to 5pm daily and opens from 9am on race days (13-15th July), the exhibition closes on Sunday 16th July at 12 Noon
  • The Summer Exhibition is free-to-view and the Heritage Centre is packed with interesting exhibits of its own
  • Full price tickets for the museum are valid for up to 12 months


The Tack Room restaurant is open daily from 8am until 11pm (except Sundays when it closes at 5pm) serving very locally sourced, seasonally inspired menus. Set in the stunning location of the King’s Yard, overlooking a statue of Frankel, with tables outside in the summer months. We advise booking in advance, please call 01638 666390. There is also an onsite Bakery, which sells food to go.

Getting there

There a number of car parks in and around Newmarket, the two closest to the National Heritage Centre are:

  • Rous Road, CB8 8LX (short stay) – entrance to the National Heritage Centre can be accessed direct from this car park
  • All Saints CB88ET (long stay) – a 200 yard walk, turn left out of the car park to the end of All Saints Road, then turn right up Palace Street.


@EquineArt #SEA #SummerExhibition @PalaceHouse_NKT #MuseumOfTheYear #finalist #comeandsee

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