Sunday, 25 November 2012

Wednesday, 17 October 2012



THENANDNOW 60th Anniversary Exhibition 18THNOV - 1STDEC
Pall Mall - London
30 Royal Opera Arcade - SW1Y 4UY - 0207 930 8069
Images are available on our Flickr account:

Queen Of The Underground

2012 60th Anniversary SHOW FEATURING ARTISTS:
Susan Absolon | Dijana Bekvalac | Lorenzo Belenguer | Simon Burder | Caroline Cary | David Davies
Odette Farrel | Rosina Flower | Malcolm Franklin | Alex Harley | Ed Haslam | Ida Ivanka | Adele Kirby
Mariusz Kaldowski | Kasia Kaldowski | Grace Kimble | Zoe Landau-Konson | Pete Murry | Gabriel Par tt
John Par tt | Robert Perry | PIKY | Roy Rasmussen | James Reynolds | Janet Scott | Bruni Schling | Sam Shendi Bryn Walls | Kate Wilson

‘THEN AND NOW’ is an exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Free Painters and Sculptors (FPS).
’Then and Now’ pays tribute to the diversity of the eclectic yet coherent group of artists from one of the capital’s longest established artist organisations.The exhibition holds true to the founding principles of FPS - artists who are free from the constraints of a particular art classification, style or movement.

’Then and Now’ will feature FPS artists from the past six decades, including founding member and renowned sculptor Roy Rasmussen. Newer members also include contemporary landscape painter Rob Perry RBSA and urban artist PIKY.

This show will be an opportunity to purchase affordable work from established artists, as well as exciting up-and-coming members. It will also give a fascinating insight into the history of FPS since 1952.

The Private View (22th November) will be an opportunity to meet FPS members from the last 60 years and to enjoy music from award winning singer-songwriter and Queen of the Underground, Hadar Manor

About FPS
The Free Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers (formerly the Free Painters Group) has a unique place in British art. Born out of the vision of Denis Bowen, its founder in 1952, and was given patronage by Nina Hosali founder of the animal Charity SPANA.

The founding members featured many high profile and influential artists, including Roy Rasmussen, Lyall Watson and Maurice Jadot, as well as having an association with the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) at the Mall Galleries in Pall Mall.

During the fifties and sixties, FPS strived to keep modernist art alive at a time when tasteful nudes and Robins were the populist genre, therefore playing a significant part in the establishment of abstract art in Britain, and being the first of a number of post war movements that freed artists from the orthodoxy of rigid and purely technical judgements.

The current FPS membership consists of an international collective of up and coming and established artists, who hold group exhibitions two times a year in some of London's most exciting commercial galleries.

Curator and exhibition organiser - Gabriel Parfitt | | 07786865356
Assistant Curator – Charlotte Williams
Graphic Design / Direction - Mike Garland

The Royal Opera arcade Tel 0207 930 8069 |

© 2012 FPS - Free Painters and Sculptors 60YRS

Monday, 24 September 2012



on Wednesday the 10th of October 7.30 - 10 pm : with wine & canapes
The exhibition continues 9th-25th October 10am - 10pm (closed Sundays)
Bar des Arts, Millbrook, Guildford (opposite the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Guildford Station 5 minutes walk) Tel: 01483 453277

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

“scarred landscapes of inevitable contrasts”


Andy Fullalove
scarred landscapes of inevitable contrasts

Elements of Abstraction
Reception: Thursday, September 20, 2012 6-8 pm
Exhibition Dates: September 15 - October 5, 2012

530 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York. NY 10001


Wednesday, 1 August 2012


ART@10GS exhibitions

ART@10GS is a free exhibition initiative sponsored by corporate businesses to assist artists towards their development; there are now four buildings in the City with free space for emerging artists. Transportation, installation, insurance and hanging is provided free of charge to artists, with the possibility of an opening night event. Artists receive 100% of the profit from sales of artwork, as no commission is taken. It is a revolving exhibition programme where the shows change every 3-4 months. Artists are welcome to email jpegs, websites, statements and CVs. All artforms are welcome and in particular large scale 2D work is requested.

Monday, 30 July 2012

'Then and Now' our 60th Anniversary exhibition, details and dates for submissions

Dear FPS members and prospective new members, please see attached the first draft of the exhibition information for our next show in November.

The big change this year is the artist submission fees for the exhibition as we can no longer afford to subsidise the exhibition fees to such an extent for the venues we aspire to. Currently we are aiming to keep fees at around £100 per artist per show, depending on venue and external revenue such as sponsorship and merchandise.

For the next show 'Then and Now' our 60th Anniversary exhibition, the fees will be around £100 for approx 2m wide by 3m high wall space - based on 20 artists participating, plus 12m of window hanging space for suitable work and over 90m square metres of floor space for sculpture.

This fee is still heavily subsidised and we will still be looking for further sponsorship deals and commission sales from sales which still stands at 30% plus VAT . (any sponsorship opportunities that you know of will be gratefully received)

The first deadline is August 15th for everyone is to give me a definitive yes or no to whether you wish to participate in the show. Once I have this information I will be able to supply a more accurate figure with regards to fees and what the competition for places will be.

And then:

1st September:  Submission of work – 6-10 images.
10th September: One image from each successful artist for promotion purposes including biog/statement info for the exhibition catalogue.
19th October: Final Submission of all proposed work.

I'm away until next Monday but please email me if you have any questions and I'll reply on my return.

Cheers, Gabriel

FPS Membership and Exhibitions Secretary

Monday, 2 July 2012

Drawings of Basque Refugee Children by Richard Murry

Begona Ulles pencil Drawing by Richard Murry 1939

Peter Murry, (FPS Secretary) has just sent a portfolio of  about twenty five drawings of Basque Refugee Children by his father, Richard Murry to the Library of the University of Southampton which maintains an archive specifically about the Basque Refugee Children who arrived in Britain towards the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939. Richard Murry, an artist and later Curator and Librarian  of the Central School of Arts and Crafts, was probably a member of the Independent Labour Party at that time, may well have made the drawings as part of a fund raising or publicity drive on behalf of  Spanish Civil War refugees.

Photos of the drawings are at

Monday, 18 June 2012

A Talk by Imogen Eveson

TheWall@TheGallery Willesden Green Centre, 95 High Road, London NW10 2SF Tube: Willesden Green A Talk by Imogen Eveson A London-based writer, curator and graphic designer Wednesday 27th June 7pm-8pm Brent Artists' Resource is proud to present a talk by Imogen Eveson. A promising new creative talent, she is certainly one to watch. High resolution images can be obtained from: Imogen Eveson is a writer, designer and a promising new curating talent. She studied Fashion Communication with Promotion at Central Saint Martins, where she produced Fauve, an illustrated journal of fashion and art that went on to be stocked in fashion specialists RD Franks. Based on Fauve, she was commissioned to design the exhibition booklet and visuals for TESTIMONIES and to produce a retrospective book on The Wapping Project, to be published later this year. For the past two years she has also curated a fashion-based area at Latitude Festival, collaborating with up-and-coming set designer, Samara Tompsett. Imogen’s talent for invention and corralling ideas together has brought Samara’s beautifully crafted sets to life with talks, workshops and live shoots. She is poised to return to Latitude this year with The Painted House, an ever-evolving fashion exhibition set against the backdrop of Marie Antoinette’s crumbling boudoir and featuring imaginative collaborations with designers, illustrators, photographers and more. On 27th June she will be taking us through her career so far with an engaging and entertaining visual history: from her roots growing up in Glastonbury (and how dancing in a field informs her work today!) to creating her own fashion magazine, Fizz, aged ten. From studying in Central Saint Martin’s iconic Charing Cross Road building before it was decommissioned, to the series of serendipitous moments that led to a whopping Wapping commission. She will talk about the joys and pitfalls of going to work in a Faraway Forest for one weekend a year and about her forthcoming project The Painted House, her most ambitious to date. Imogen will also offer an insight into her creative process; a mixture of intuition, dedication and self-confessed control-freakishness, and reveal the patchwork of perennial inspirations that filters through all she does: from Super8, Sarah Moon and Deborah Turbeville to Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch and the Ballets Russes; Portishead and Radiohead, Chris Cunningham and analogue cameras; natural light and tramlines. For more information please visit her website and email address: Getting there: By Tube: Jubilee Line to Willesden Green (zone 2) By bus: No.s - 52, 98, 206, 260, 266, 302, 460 The Gallery at Willesden Green We serve the cultural needs of the people of Brent and North West London, provide a supportive environment for artists and the local community in their professional development, and create opportunities to participate in the Visual Arts through exhibitions, workshops, mentoring schemes, work experience and information. Registered Company number 5700942 Brent Artists Resource is supported by Brent Council

Sunday, 10 June 2012


Friday 15 june 2012 8pm at the Poetry Café




Sculpting wordsmith tackling the big issues


Soulful versifier with Mauritian roots.


Focusing on the personal with an urban edge


Juggling metre from the local to global

The Poetry Café
22 Betterton Street, WC2H 9BX
£6/5 0207 420 9880
Covent Garden tube
dodo modern poets letting fly with words 0208 687 1930 07769 777022
Friday 22 JUNE 2012 8pm



Radical word rouser with Cornish roots


Poetry & song with Chinese influences


Wit & wisdom from Colliers Wood diva


Passion and politics with a drop of the Irish
10% discount on food and drink.

Lily’s Tea House
2 The Long Shop, Merton Abbey Mills
Merantun Way, SW19 2RD
£4/3 0782 5564557 (Tea House)
Colliers Wood tube; 200 bus
dodo modern poets letting fly with words 0208 687 1930 07769 777022

FPS Facebook Page

Hi everyone, just promoting our Facebook page - please join up be a 'Friend' and 'Like' if you can! and please add anything of interest, including images of your new work and exhibitions.

See link:

Please forward on to your clients, galleries, friends and family too.

Facebook is proving very effective with my own  Harlesden Gallery group so I want it to benefit FPS too.

Many thanks,


FPS Membership and Exhibitions Secretary

Tuesday, 29 May 2012


Hello All,
I took part in this Biennial in 2010 and actually went to Poland for the preview. (Very cheap in October and I have long been fascinated by the old eastern bloc countries). We were treated like royalty and the exhibition space is fantastic. The whole art centre is growing to include drama, poetry readings, musical events alongside the visual arts, and the catalogues they produce for the Biennial are special. The people running the centre are extremely welcoming, and have become firm friends. The quality of the work they show is high. Poland has a great history in the visual arts, and there are some excellent Polish contemporary artists making waves at the moment.
The Biennial is already an international event, but I promised I would spread the word amongst other artist contacts here and abroad. Also, I want to maintain a contact with the thought of possible future exchange exhibitions.
If any of you are interested enough to submit (deadline 9th. June), and get accepted, and want to go in October, let me know and I can point you to flight routes, hotels, etc. Initially submit 3 images on disc with 20 euros. A mention of my name won’t swing the decisions of the selection panel, but it will show them that I have fulfilled my promise !
Here's the link