Prizewinners announced: plus highlights from our current show

One of the things we most enjoy about our Open exhibitions is seeing the breadth of talent submitted in artworks across a range of media… and we get entries from all over the UK and around the world!

Our Prize Exhibition is no exception. The prizewinning artists were recently announced, and congratulations go to the following:  

GMC Trust First Prize

Peter Underhill, John Bradbury, Oil

Alec Morison Trust Second Prize

Sabrina Shah, Sandwhiched, Oil

Harris Moore Third Prize

Nigel Whittaker, Gloriously Irratating, Acrylic

The Artist Magazine Prize

Ben Poole-Phillips, Ca-Va Je Suis Libre, Acrylic and Fabric

Tim Dabson 3D Prize

Gabriel Rivera, Dreaming of You, Mixed Materials

Jackson Art Supplies Prize for Young Artist

Ashley Collin, Whole Submission

Highly Commended Artworks

  1. Hazel Astling ARBSA, Chinese Keepsakes, Watercolour

  2. Martha Ellis, Whole Submission

  3. Kevin Line RBSA, Crucible, Charcoal

  4. Rosie James, The Ladies Coach, Mumbai, Mixed Media

  5. John Lines RBSA, Saturday Afternoon, Oil

  6. Catherine MacDiarmid, Whole Submission

  7. Liz Thomas, We’ll have to ask mummy about those spots, Acrylic

  8. Daniella Turbin, Drawing Log, Graphite


The final prize to be awarded is the ‘People’s Choice Award’. Vote for your favourite piece at the Gallery until Friday 21 June, 5pm.

View Sculpture at the Prize Exhibition..

We are honoured to be exhibiting some of the foremost sculptors in their field, and encourage you to visit the Prize Exhibition soon!

Deborah Timperley

Harbour Wall (image S Deleu)

Deborah was born in Birmingham, living in Walsall and Sutton Coldfield, and her father was a jeweller in Hockley for decades.

Her Prize pieces explore the beauty of stone bridges, harbour walls, dry stone walling and rocky outcrops.

The compositions are evocative of the landscape and suggest rocks and stones placed harmoniously together, contrasting defined edges with the softness of adjacent vegetation. The blocks of colour echo the surrounding landscape, water and sky. They have a sense of place and atmosphere.

The sculptures are constructed by hand using chunks of glass to create a natural form, 23.5ct gold maybe added suggesting golden lichen.

The pieces are then fired in the kiln over several days. Opening the kiln and discovering the success is always a joy.

Viv Astling

Goldberg Variations B

This sculpture is based on the Bach composition (1741) usually played on the piano. The bass clefs on either end of the work, one of which is upside down, denote the musical score. The theme is stated in an aria but the variations themselves are strongly influenced by the base line. The pattern of the first eight notes of this line, as they appear on the score, is on one side of the sculpture. There are 30 variations in sets of three hence the repeated triple forms of similar shapes. The last variation is based on German folk songs and one song features a cabbage which can be found in carved form. There are other musical references including the repeat sign and the pianist’s crossed hands required frequently during the playing of the work.

The idea for the sculpture was conceived when I heard it played last year at the Hay Festival by Joanna McGregor, a renowned interpreter of Bach. Simultaneously an artist drew 30 portrait sketches each of which was completed at the end of every variation. They were not however related to the music. I made some notes and drawings at the time and thought it would be interesting to carve what I have called a ‘Narrative Sculpture’ incorporating some features of the structure and content of the composition.

Robert Page

Capability Brown, No. 2

Lancelot “Capability” Brown was created for Compton Verney in 2016 as part of their celebration marking the 300th anniversary of his birth. I used the only known portrait of him by Nathaniel Dance and supplemented this with contemporary reports on him. It would appear that he was extremely well liked and admired and I have tried to capture this warmth and geniality.

A thought on the nature of Prize exhibitions… I think it is important that artists test their talent in a competitive entry system. In my view we need to keep on looking outside the RBSA to avoid any charge of insularity.

From looking at the Flickr album for the exhibition there clearly is a great deal of talent out there which has no direct connection with the RBSA. It can only be good that we have attracted entries not only from all round the UK but further afield as well.

Visit Soon!

On until 22 June, the Prize Exhibition provides opportunities for art-buyers and artists alike… The majority of artworks are for sale and there are a range of prizes to be won, including a top prize of £1,000.

Framed art isn’t for everyone, so we have a wide range of unframed prints available to view in browsers at the Gallery, on the ground floor.

To preview works on display online, please click here.

The RBSA would like to thank the following donors for their generous support of the Prize Exhibition:

GMC Trust First Prize – £1,000 cash

Alec Morison Trust Second Prize – £500 cash

Harris Moore Third Prize – £200 bespoke canvas/framing

The Artist Magazine Prize – 2 years free subscription

Jackson Art Supplies Prize for Young Artist – £125 Voucher for an exhibitor aged 35 or under

Tim Dabson Consulting Prize for 3D work- £100 cash

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