AGM fun

I enjoyed yesterday evening at Ripley. Thank you all for the kind words and the gift. The critique session was great fun and encouraged me to explore different ways of observing and creating.

BAS programme for 2015

Penny has once again put together a very interesting programme for us for our "First Friday" meetings. You can find it at The first of these is not till February, but the Ripley sessions on Wednesdays start next week, 7th January.

Malevich Exhibition

Having finally made it to the Matisse cut-outs at Tate Modern (don't miss!) I thought I might look in on the Malevich exhibition too, knowing that it has been highly rated by the critics and also knowing absolutely nothing about Malevich. This is not a particularly large exhibition, a fact that allows you to focus on the historical background which is integral to understanding the artwork. The great political upheaval in Russia though which Malevich lived his working life deeply influenced the outlook and behaviour of the artistic community of which he was a part.

Ightam Show

Ken sold one. Derek won a commission and sold a piece after the show. I weep! I wept even more after the news this evening - £2.2 million for an unmade bed at auction. Saachi has done well again...

Cadmium pigments - time to ban them?

Cadmium is toxic in some formulations and artists dispose of it into the water supply. The powers that be are considering banning it for this and other applications. Should we support the ban or learn  better methods of disposal?

George & Dragon, Ightam

Laughter filled the exhibition room Yesterday and it is expected again today. I have booked a table for lunch and will be there for the whole day and hope to see you. It is a very good show.


George & Dragon, Ightam

The exhibition of works by Derek, Ken and I is up and running this weekend and ends at 6 pm on Sunday. Come and see! The show is in the pub function room on the first floor. Grub at the pub is outstandingly good. For the tennis addicts there is a very large television screen, too.

Today is Ightam's Village Fair day centered on the parish church. Visit and enjoy everything; have fun!


New members are needed to join the BAS Committee. I, Allan, retire at the end of this year, so there is a need to find a new chairman. Our secretary, Christine, is overworked with the secretary's job being combined with that of exhibition organiser, so the job needs to be split. Some members will remember that Christine became our secretary by default when our previous secretary, Ann, died. Ann had been doing both jobs and Chris had only just taken on one of them when we lost Ann. Who will take on the task of exhibition organiser?

George & Dragon, Ightam

Derek Burt and I with a friend will be at the George & Dragon for our annual show at the end of June. We hang on Friday the 27th and show over the Saturday and Sunday. The GRUB is GREAT! so book your tables. The COMPANY is SUPERB! The WORK will be SECOND TO NONE! Come and enjoy with your family and friends; make a day of the pleasures to be found at Ightam, which include Ightam Mote.

Bromley Arts and Community Initiative

The latest news on the campaign to save the Royal Bell for an Art's Centre is a full survey showing that renovation would cost at least £3.3M

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