Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA)
I am proud to announce that I have been made an Associate of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA).
I was invited to apply by a Member of the RBSA after a successful weekend opening up my studio for Worcestershire Open Studios 2016. The process required me to submit a portfolio of my work for consideration. This work was then assessed by the membership of the society and put to a ballot, and I am happy to have such a wonderful opportunity.
Election to the RBSA will allow me to showcase my work in a number of exhibitions throughout the year, and will also give me further opportunities to apply for other exhibitions and other curatorial roles within the society. I am delighted that I will part of such a great group of artists, and I look forward to working closely with the organisation going forward.
Already I have been given space for a solo show entitled ‘A study into True Representation’ from Monday 3 July until Saturday 26 August in the café 2D. As part of this on Saturday 5 August 11am-1pm and 2-4pm I will be giving demonstrations on my working process.
More information about the RBSA, its events and its mission, can be found at http://www.rbsa.org.uk/
The Right Reverend John Inge, Bishop of Worcester Portrait Unveiling
I am honoured to announce that I was commissioned to paint the official portrait of The Right Reverend John Inge, Bishop of Worcester. The portrait was unveiled to the public on April 26, and will hang in The Old Palace at Worcester Cathedral.
It was a real pleasure to be chosen by Bishop John to paint his official portrait. During the whole process, I was fortunate enough to get to know him, and it became apparent that he’s a man of both compassion and kindness with a great sense of humour. It was important to me that all of these qualities came through in the portrait and I sincerely hope that I’ve done him justice.
When it came time for him to sit for his portrait, Bishop John brought his Grandfather’s chair as a prop. This simple wooden chair, which John has kept for all these years, added a very personal touch to the painting which is reflective of his warm and humble character.
I feel very privileged to have been chosen to paint Bishop John’s official portrait, but I was even more pleased that he was so happy with it. I hope that now that it is hung in The Old Palace that many others will be able to enjoy it too.
Purple Gallery, Bourneville
The Spring Exhibition – Purple Gallery
Saturday 6th May – Saturday 17th June.
Opening: Saturday 6th May at 9.15 am
I have completed a selection of new still life paintings which will be on display at the Purple Gallery in Bourneville, Birmingham as part of their Spring Exhibition. This exhibition will showcase paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery and craft by new and established Purple Gallery artists. This term I focused mainly on painting Roses, as not only are they notoriously challenging to paint, but they also offer a great opportunity to experiment with an array of bright and textured colours.
You can visit the Gallery at 229 Mary Vale Road, Bourneville, Birmingham B30 2DL.
More information about The Spring Exhibition can be found at https://purplegallery.com/pages/exhibitions
To look at my work at Purple Gallery and buy online, please visit https://purplegallery.com/collections/francesca-currie
Worcestershire Open Studios 2017
This year’s Worcestershire Open Studios will take place from Saturday 26 August to Monday 28 August 2017.
Open Studios is an event each year where artists across Worcestershire open up their studios to the general public. Last year I was overwhelmed by the amount of interest, with more than 150 people visiting the studio which has led to some invaluable contacts for the following year. As well as selling some of my art, I gained an important painting commission, was invited to apply to the RBSA, and had the opportunity to connect with other artists throughout Worcestershire who I wouldn’t otherwise have met.
Open Studios gives anyone who is interested an opportunity to see artists in their ‘natural habitat,’ and I look forward to participating again this year.
For more information, please visit http://www.worcestershireopenstudios.org/
My studio will be open to the public at the following times:
Saturday 26th August: 11am – 4pm
Sunday 27th August & Monday 28th August: 10am – 4pm
For any information regarding commissions, or if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.