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February 2020 Newsletter

Brightly coloured abstract image.

Image Courtesy: Sinead Scammell


Dear all,

Welcome to your February newsletter. 

We have a new event coming up: Marketing, Press and Social Media on Tuesday 25 February, 10.30am-12.30pm, held at Surrey Arts and costs £25 (plus booking fee). Led by Anne-Marie Shepherd, arts consultant working for a number of agencies including the Design Trust. Link to bookings below:

For artists taking part in summer open studios you can now check your brochure entries via your membership login.

Please also remember to keep updating your website profiles on the SAOS website.

Have a great month!

Best wishes


Caitlin Heffernan
SAOS Programme Manager
Member News and Events
Beautiful tribute to Steph Wright

Front cover of a book
This beautiful postcard sized book was gifted to the people attending Steph's funeral. It is filled with both photos of Steph's work and inspirational images she had taken on her travels; these are interspaced with nuggets of advice and life messages she regularly passed on to her children.

Quote from Steph Wright.     Three pieces of ceramic sculpture.

A photo of someone walking a dog in woodland.     A quote from Steph Wright.

SAOS Open Studios 2020 brochure cover

Congratulations to Ali Tomlin, this year's cover star for the Open Studios brochure.

Advert for Contemporary Art Fair.

Another chance to see the work of environmental artist Pippa Ward, Surrey Artist of the Year 2019 on display at the Contemporary Art Fair along with 160 other artists.
SAOS members can get complimentary tickets by quoting SAOSSPCX when booking.
Book Tickets
Derwent Art Prize logo

Derwent Art Prize 2020
The Derwent Art Prize aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best 2D & 3D artworks created in pencil or coloured pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal by British and International artists. Approximately eighty of the submitted works will be selected for display at Gallery@OXO in central London and then in a gallery in 20 rue Saint Claude in Paris, France. A total prize fund of £12,500 is awarded at the Private View at Gallery@OXO, London. Prizes are as follows: First Prize £4,000 plus a year’s supply of Derwent products, second Prize £2,000, Young Artist First Prize (For artists under 25 years) £4,000, Young Artist Second Prize (For artists under 25 years) £2,000, People’s Choice Award £500.
Fee: £15 (£5 for additional works) Maximum of 6 images.
Deadline: 17th February
More Information
Lighthouse logo

Lighthouse is a Brighton-based arts charity specialising in connecting new developments in art, technology, science and society. They are looking for individuals with a passion for contemporary culture to join their board.
They are keen for the Board to reflect the diversity of the communities they serve, so there is a particular focus to encourage expressions of interest from women, disabled people, people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, and from people under the age of 40.
This is a voluntary role; trustees are required to attend an average of 6 meetings per year and where possible, attend key events in the Lighthouse programme, working with to shape the next chapter of Lighthouse’s development.
Deadline: 17th February
More Information

Royal Society of British Artists logo.

The RBA Rome Scholarship 2020
The Royal Society of British Artists are calling for entries for their Rome Scholarship 2020. Open to artists who live, work or study in the UK and who are aged 35 years or under, the scholarship includes four weeks at the Sala Uno gallery, accommodation in a self-contained apartment, studio space within the gallery, half-board and return flights to Rome and £1000 prize money. 40 semi-finalists will be invited to show their work at the RBA Rising Stars exhibition in London, 3 finalists will have a work in the RBA’s Annual Exhibition and 2 runners-up will also receive a prize of £250 each. Submitted work must be figurative and the work may be painting, drawing, printmaking or sculpture.
Fee: £10
Deadline:1st March
More Information
A crown made from pen nibs.
Image courtesy: Nick Pyne

A postcard advertising Unravel 2020 at Farnham Maltings.
Book Tickets
Farnham Maltings logo
Photo of a lady holding up a piece of knitted fabric.

Unravel 2020: Amp up Your Insta
Bring your phone and a WIP or FO to take some photos together!
You can only attend craft nights and yarn festivals so often. For all that time in between, we look to Instagram to connect with our online community of crafters. In this class Mieka will provide easy take-home techniques and resources to improve your photos (no fancy equipment needed!) and share your crafting journey through Instagram Stories! That doesn't mean pristine, studio-like photos but sharing the real parts of your craft, what it means to you and how it makes up your day-to-day life including frogged yarn barf, dropped stitches, and those 3 double espresso minimum days.
Tutor: Mieka John
Venue: Auditorium, Meeting Room 2
Date: 21st February
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Fee: £55 (+£1 fee) Same day entry to Unravel 2020 included in price.
Book Tickets
Farnham Maltings logo
Photo of a woman stood in front of skeins of yarn

Unravel 2020: The Business of Pricing
Pricing isn’t a topic that most people enjoy. It’s like anything money related, we’d rather not talk about it. Everything in business has a price and as a small business owner getting your pricing right is vital to both your brand and your bottom line.
In this three-hour workshop you’ll cover a variety of topics on the theory of pricing as well as work through some concrete examples. You will look at the psychology of pricing and how it drives customer decision making. Pricing plays an integral role in your business strategy and you will examine how different sales channels need different strategies and how this affects your overall strategy. It is also important to take a look at what your pricing says about your brand and how it is impacting sales. Lastly, we will take a look at how VAT has an effect on your pricing strategy.
This is a lot to pack into a short workshop so you’ll be asked to complete some homework beforehand in order to cover as much ground as possible.

Tutor: Carmen Schmidt, A Yarn Story
Venue: EW Dance Studio 1
Date: 24th Feb
TIme: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Fee: £55 (+£1 fee)
Book Tickets

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A photo of a group of female artists making an art nouveau wall panel
International Women's Day 
Listen to pop-up 10-minute talks in the gallery about daring women in history.
Fearless Voices
Join artist Mary Branson for conversations about womanhood and equality. Ask and answer questions about how daring women in history have shaped the experience of women today, what feminism means to you and what equality looks like in the future.
What She Said Next
Make a badge with quotes from famous women throughout history or write your own words of wisdom.
Date : 8th March
Times: 10.30am - 5pm
Fee: Free with general admission

Daring Women Dinner Service
Led by Penny Green, design and decorate a hand-thrown ceramic plate to commemorate a daring woman in history. Drawing on the Famous Women Dinner Service by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant – contemporaries of Mary Watts – create a special reminder of the women, past and present, who have inspired you.
Date: 8th March
Times:11am - 1pm or 2 - 4pm
Fee: £30 | Friends £27 Pre-booking required
Led by Penny Green
Book tickets
Watts gallery logo
A portrait of the actor David Morrisey by the artist James Hague
The Show Must Go On: The Royal Society of Portrait Painters
Cabaret and showmen, actors, comedians, musicians, dancers and playwrights all appear in a series of beguiling paintings by the current membership of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The exhibition includes portraits and studies of well-known faces including Sammy Davis Jnr, John Osborne, David Morrissey, and Tilda Swinton. Founded in 1891 by artists who The Magazine of Art called 'the front rank of outsiders', the RP boasts G F Watts as an enthusiastic early member and William Orpen as a past President (1923 - 31). Both of these men painted the faces of their day and, in this exhibition, the RP continue to highlight portraiture's enduring popularity and the continuance of this tradition in British Art.
Venue:Watts Gallery and Artists Village
Date: Till 23rd Feb
Fee: Free with general admission

Riverhouse Barn logo
A set of thumbnails showing Aboriginal Art
Dreamtime Australian Aboriginal Art
The Aboriginal tribes of Australia are the longest surviving continuous culture in the world and the oldest population of humans living outside of Africa. Aboriginal art tells their stories with signs and symbols used by the indigenous people for thousands of years. it is a record of their sacred Dreamtime - the creationist myth for the Aboriginal people - knowledge of plants and animals, as well as maps of their lands.

In the 1960s, teacher, Geoffrey Bardon, recognised the importance their art and encouraged the senior men to record their work permanently - first on boards, then on canvas. This was the beginning of modern Aboriginal art whose success has strengthened Aboriginal communities at home and is now appreciated worldwide.
There will be a talk by Nadia Phillips, exhibition Curator, at 7pm on Thursday 13th February.
Date: Until 1st March
The Lightbox Gallery logo

brightly coloured abstract image
Image: Detail of Flaming Nun 1968 © The Artist

Coming to Light: Paintings, Drawings and Prints by Roy Ralph
A hidden hero of twentieth century art, this exhibition features landscapes and figures with strong linear design and bold colour. The exhibition depicts quirky social and political narratives from post war optimism to the swinging sixties. Roy Ralph trained at Epsom School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He worked for the British Museum and taught and lectured extensively.

Venue: Lightbox Gallery:
Dates: 8th Feb - 15th March 
Fee: suggested donation.
Cranleigh Arts Centre logo                                                                        Belgravia gallery logo
A colourful pastel drawing of a view through a barred window.
Nelson Mandela Art
This exhibition, presented by Belgravia Gallery, will display the collection of signed artwork produced by Nelson Mandela in the early 2000’s after his release from prison and time as President of South Africa. The images are mostly based on places he remembered on Robben Island such as The Lighthouse and The Church, and also included will be the iconic Hand of Africa. Mr Mandela said of becoming an artist that he’d ‘like to become a full-time artist when allowed to retire’.
Venue: Cranleigh Arts Centre
Dates: 3rd - 14th March
Times: 10am - 4.30pm             
Geometric pattern of block, lit from behind.
Image Courtesy: Futuretro
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