The RBSA is excited to be hosting the Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA) for the first time this year! The exhibition will run from 3 May — 18 May.
Based in London, the SGFA is currently the only national society in the UK dedicated exclusively to drawing. In addition to black and white work and traditional drawing skills, the Society now also encourages the use of colour and non-figurative art.
The SGFA accepts artworks in a variety of media including inks, pastels, charcoal and conté, as well as paintings and prints which demonstrate evidence of skilled drawing by hand.
Many of the artworks on display in the RBSA exhibition are for sale. Enquiries are welcome and can be discussed at the ground floor desk of the Gallery.
About the SGFA
The SGFA was founded 100 years ago, in 1919, its purpose being to “proclaim the value of good draughtsmanship”. It championed realism and traditional drawing skills, during a time when the popularity of abstract painting threatened to marginalise all other art forms. The society endeavoured to ‘uphold and maintain the interests of all those forms of art that do not use colour as a form of expression’.
Today there are more than 130 elected members of the SGFA across the UK — professional artists from all areas of the art world.
The SGFA is celebrating its Centenary Year and this exhibition displays a wide spectrum of work, celebrating each artist’s individuality and freedom of expression. It will be shown across two floors of our Gallery space. There will also be a Celebratory Open Day on Friday 3 May – all welcome.
Don’t miss the associated Tour and Talk event
There will also be a special Tour and Talk associated event on 8 May, 6.30-8.30pm (arrivals from 6pm for a prompt 6.30pm start).
Join us for this exclusive guided tour by the SGFA President, Jackie Devereux, who will provide insights about the Society, the artworks on display, and the changing attitudes to fine drawing skills. The event will include time for questions at the end.
Booking essential – call 0121 236 4353. £5 per person or free for Friends of the RBSA and SGFA members. \ Drinks included. See you there!
For more information about the SGFA, visit their website.
All images courtesy of the SGFA.
By Alfie Hancox, RBSA Blog Volunteer