Summer Solstice exhibition on Instagram running from 1-21 June. Click here to  see a new work posted every day by 21 RAG artists.


Environmental Action / Combat Stress

RAG member: Jane Oldfield

An installation in HEAT’s home action event about cutting our carbon footprint, then exhibited at Hungerford Library.
Image: The Thin Blue Line; our atmosphere

24 September 2022
Home Action Event, Hungerford Town Hall, High St, Hungerford RG17 0NF
Hungerford Environmental Action Team

Jane also has work in the Combat Stress Secret Postcard Auction for this year's charity auction. She sold three postcards in the 2021 auction.

Online auction: 10 - 23 October 2022
Private view at Bankside Gallery, London SE1 9JG
Combat Stress

Open Studio

RAG member: Máire Gartland

Máire is participating in Open Studios based at the London Museum of Water and Steam which is part of Brentford Creative Mile.
Image: Blue Angel, Leaded, painted and appliquéd glass

From: 3 - 4 September
London Museum of Water and Steam, Studio 5 Green Dragon Lane, Brentford TW8 0EN

Best of Times, Worst of Times

RAG member: Mike Abrahams

Commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Mike Abrahams and artist Francesca Giuliano collected some 300 responses to how lockdown and coming out of lockdown affected people's reading habits, distilling them into two aphorisms – I always read and I wish I'd read. The paintings were installed in May 2022 in the foyer of the library together with a regularly updated digital installation of Readers' Reviews on screens in all the libraries across the borough.
Image: Best of Times, Worst of Times, 2022, House paint on mdf, two composite panels each 270 x 135 cm

Permanent display
Kensington Central Library, London, W8 7RX

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022

RAG members: Lynne Beel, Emma Davies, Chloe Fremantle and Peter Blegvad

Four RAG members work featured in this years show on the theme of Climate.
Image: Summer Beams Eternal by Lynne Been, Giclee print, 44 x 32 cm

From: 21 June - 21 August
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

‘Know Your Rights’

RAG member: Grazyna Cydzik

The painting has its origins in the wax models of Marilyn Monroe and Angelina Jolie at Tussaud London. It is exhibited in the reception area of the Hallam Conference Centre as part of a show of four artists' works.
Image: Know Your Rights, 2022, Household paint, oil stick, acrylic paint, collage, on acrylic sheet, 153 x 122 cm

From: June 2022 - June 2023
Hallam Conference Centre

Postcards from the River’s Edge

Exhibiting artists: Susan Bazin, Natalia Bobrova, Joanna Brendon, G. Calvert, Grazyna Cydzik, Emma Davis, Brian Deighton, Josie Deighton, Lucille Dweck, Clare Belfield, Shona Elrick, Chloe Fremantle, Máire Gartland, Sarah Granville, Saadeh George, Janey Hagger, Martin Ireland, Jane Oldfield, Denise Semple, Felicity Swan, Celia Toler, Marie-Clare White, Stephen Williams and Julie Peel.

Postcards from the River’s Edge, was the second of RAG's shows themed around 'River', with members showing two new works, one ‘postcard’ and another larger piece. In addition to the exhibition at the Robert Phillips Gallery at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames, free workshops and story telling events are scheduled during the show with guest artist, Julie Peel, a ceramicist, showing along with RAG members.

From: Wednesday 27 April - Sunday 8 May
Robert Phillips Gallery, Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames
Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre

Felicity Swan

RAG member: Felicity Swan 

Felicity's work is featured in three shows/events:

Mind at Kingshill House is a group exhibition exploring how important it is to ‘be here, present/be here now’ and find space for creativity, whilst exploring escapism through art and craft. Two of Felicity's drawings on show are from her collaboration with oral storyteller Belinda McKenna-Bicknell. They work to combine intuitive drawing and spontaneous storytelling, responding to each other in the moment.
Image: Gala-wala & the Jum Jum Tree, 2021, mixed media on paper, 85 x 60 cm
From: 26 February - 16 April 2022
Kingshill House, Kingshill Lane, Dursley, Gloucs GL11 4BZ
Kingshill House

Teddington Art Trail launched by charity Arts Richmond is an opportunity for artists in the borough to show in more than 20 shop and business windows in Teddington. Felicity's work is at solicitors Kagan Moss.
From: 1-30 April 2022
Kagan Moss, 22 The Causeway, Teddington TW11 0HF
For further information, email Linda White at Arts Richmond:
Kagan Moss

Felicity will be showing again with painter Wendy Winfield and ceramicist Carmela Kantorowicz over two weekends during Kingston Artists Open Studios (KAOS), Kingston-upon-Thames.
11-12 and 18-19 June 2022, 10am-5pm
15B Crescent Road, Kingston-upon-Thames KT2 7RD
For further information, email Felicity:

Chloe Fremantle

RAG member: Chloe Fremantle

Chloe Fremantle has recently been 'promoted' to becoming a full RWS member. She is showing four of her recent series of gouaches Rivers of Life at the Royal Water Colour Society’s Spring Show Reflections at Bankside Gallery. The show is in part a homage to the Queen and her 70 year reign, as she is the RWS’s patron.
Image: River of life 52, 2022, Gouache, blue & mauve, 34 x 34 cm

From: 3 - 20 March 2022
Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton St, London, SE1 9JH

Royal Watercolour Society Open 22

RAG members: Shona Elrick, Chloe Fremantle and Sarah Granville 

The RWS Open Exhibition 2022 at Bankside Gallery is just a few yards upstream from Tate Modern. Formerly known as the Contemporary Watercolour Competition, the RWS Open is the largest open-submission water-media exhibition in the world, attracting thousands of submissions nationally and internationally each year. Rag members, Shona, Sarah and Chloe are delighted to have works included in this prestigious show.
Chloe Fremantle has recently been 'promoted' to becoming a full RWS member – she was previously an Associate member (ARWS).
Image: Shona Elrick, Storm Coming, Banff BayAcrylic, painted newsprint collage and mixed media on 300gsm paper, 28 x 32 cm framed

From: 3 - 20 March 2022
Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton St, London, SE1 9JH

Weary Harold

RAG member: Renata Fernandez Zarauza

Renata is showing two paintings in a group show called Weary Harold at ASC Gallery. Weary Harold, the Byronic hero from the epic poem, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, has been both venerated and ridiculed through the ages for his ambitious longing for adventure, connection and purpose. He travels the world in a quest for meaning beyond life's shallow pleasures yet is often left unfulfilled. This is where the exhibition takes place - looking to the spaces between.
Image: NL Series Alien No1, Oil on repurposed canvas, 52 x 74 x 4 cm

From: 18 February - 18 March 2022
ASC Gallery, Taplow House, The Chaplin Centre, Thurlow St, London SE17 2DG

Licoricia of Winchester

RAG member: Lucille Dweck

Licoricia of Winchester by Lucille was shown at the unveiling reception of the statue of Licoricia by Ian Rank-Broadley FRSS in the great hall at Winchester. 
Image: Licoricia curtseys in front of Henry III in the Great Hall, Winchester, Oil on linen 16 x 12"

10 February 2022
Winchester Great Hall
For more information click here

‘Imagine, Observe, Remember’ online talk

RAG member: Peter Blegvad

Peter gave an illustrated talk recorded last November for Ben Katchor’s Comics Symposium. "Imagine, Observe, Remember is a manual and a meditation. A tactile (through judicious use of different paper stocks), rather beautiful and mentally engaging confluence of nimbleness and heft." Chris Cutler, ReR.
Image: 'Imagine, Observe, Remember' by Peter Blegvad, designed by Colin Sackett, published in 2021 by Uniformbooks

To view the video on YouTube click here

Notting Hill Artists Christmas Show 2021

RAG member: Lynne Beel

This artwork by Lynne Beel reflects on the similarities and differences between Obelisks and Totems appearing as public monuments (from her Egyptimisms series) and is featured in the Notting Hill Artists Christmas Show 2021.
Image: Obelisks and Totemisms, Mixed media, 21.05 x 73.05 cm

From: 8 - 31 December 2021
Notting Hill Visual Arts Gallery, Portobello Arcades, London W11

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout

RAG member: Jane Oldfield

Jane has created a triptych of lino prints on sale for £50 to support the Lookout Arthouse, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Image: Triptych, lino prints with collage, framed 29 x 56 cm

February 2022
Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Arthouse
For more information contact Caroline Wiseman 07808723309

Artist Billboard: Decoy

RAG member: Stephen Williams

Decoy: lure, bait, redherring, enticement, inducement, temptation, attraction, allurement, draw, carrot, ensnarement, entrapment, snare, trap, pitfall, ambush. The serendipity of thought and memory – with text and image we understand that a bilateral language is being used. Sometimes obfuscating, sometimes clarifying but essentially it reveals a history of association and thought. Decoy by Stephen Williams has been realised with the support of Hastings and St Leonards Foreshore Charitable Trust.
Image: Daimler-Benz AG 1959, L322 short-nosed truck - Falaise, France

From: December 2021 - February 2022
The Space, St Johns Road St. Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6HP

Pauline Harding

We are saddened by the loss of RAG member Pauline Harding who died unexpectedly at home in peace on 30 December 2021.

Pauline was Chair of Riverside Artists Group for a number of years, a role which she undertook with diplomatic good humour and seriousness. She very generously hosted meetings in her London flat, found venues and organised exhibitions, including in the Knapp Gallery and The Institute of Physics. Pauline also created what has become an enduring arrangement with the Cavendish Conference Centres, most recently at their venue in America Square where RAG is exhibiting currently as part of the Totally Thames Festival.

Pauline studied at Canterbury and Wimbledon art colleges then trained as a teacher at Goldsmiths College. After graduating in 1967, she began and dropped-out of a masters course in Public Art at Chelsea School of Art going on to make murals in Battersea Park, White City estate, Townmead Youth Club, Brixton with Dale McCrae, and a role assisting David Bratby in his Elephant & Castle subway. Her practice of drawing, painting, printmaking and collage led to exhibiting in group shows and individually, notably alongside Mary Algar first at Merton Abbey Mills and later at Gabriels Wharf with the collective Artshed.

Pauline taught art in schools, facilitated visual arts in youthwork and was a playleader in what used to be called One o'Clock Clubs and on adventure playgrounds. Her son, Anton – also a RAG member – enjoyed the many benefits of all of this in Pauline's endearing presence.

More broadly, her interest in Taoist arts – which were among the many other cultural investigations Pauline revelled in and her radical humanism, e.g. pacifism (CND and latterly Campaign Against the Arms Trade) – advanced most notably when, with the arrival in London of Master Lam and his family, she enjoyed what might be taken as a quantum leap in the standard of training. Pauline's devotions here are estimated by Anton (who also teaches) to have become a practitioner at the highest level. Pauline made two trips to China and tours of Italy and Spain; in Portugal she met Anton's father, Edwardo White, and made two visits to the USA and never enough of those Pennine treks she coaxed the son she would visit in West Yorkshire onto.

She will be greatly missed by all at Riverside Artists Group.

Pauline Harding

Mini Picture Show, Bankside Gallery 2

RAG member: Sarah Granville

Sarah is exhibiting with the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers in their Mini Picture Show.
Image: Longstanding, 2021. Sugarlift and aquatint etching, 19 x 25 cm (detail)
From: 3 December 2021 - 30 January 2022
Mini Picture Show at the Bankside Gallery, London

Connected by Colour and Mini Picture Show 1

RAG member: Chloe Fremantle

Chloe has work in two upcoming shows.
Image: Complex Contemplations, Watercolour 25.5x18"

From: 12 November - 23 December
Connected by Colour 
at the Gallery at Holt, Norfolk

From: 3 December 2021 - 30 January 2022
Mini Picture Show at the Bankside Gallery, London 

I hadn’t forgotten

RAG member: Mike Abrahams

Mike’s moving image ‘I dreamt I woke up remembering I hadn’t forgotten’ has been selected for inclusion in Hackney Museum's forthcoming exhibition Experiences of the Pandemic (working title). Throughout the two year refurbishment of Liberty Hall in Clapton, east London, Mike utilised the hoardings as a giant message board. As we entered the first lockdown in 2020, it became a 'Memori-wall' where people joined together weekly to remember those who had passed away and when the building opened, a regular drumming circle continued to remember.

From: February 2022
Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ
To watch the moving image click here

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2

RAG member: Sarah Granville

Sarah’s work ‘Chestnut House’has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, this year curated by Yinka Shonibare RA.
Image: Wohl Central Hall, Royal Academy of Arts
From: 22 September 2021 to 2 January 2022