15th UK Coloured Pencil Society Annual Open International Exhibition sponsored by Derwent
Wednesday 4 - Saturday 14 May

UKCPS was founded in 2001 with three main aims: to promote coloured pencils as a fine art medium, to support UK based artists who use coloured pencils in any genre and to educate artists, and the public in general, about coloured pencils. It has enabled professional coloured pencil artists to promote their artistry within this specialisation and share their expertise with amateur members.

To celebrate their 15th Anniversary the Society is holding a larger than usual exhibition to showcase the best in coloured pencil art from artists from both the UK and overseas. This will include a showcase of previous winners and a special category for 2016 on the subject of the River Thames. There will be a demonstrator on hand throughout the exhibition and a series of quality workshops which can be booked at www.ukcps.co.uk.

Image: “Palm House Kew Gardens” By Alistair Howie
Discover the one Japanese Art
Tuesday 17 - Saturday 21 May

This exciting exhibition shows stunning work from 100 Japanese artists from all over Japan who have competed to appear in this show. It includes painting, sculpture, calligraphy and craft. We hope you will visit our show and be inspired by some of the best examples of contemporary Japanese art.

Many of our visitors will receive a special edition souvenir scarf, celebrating the world famous Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa. A few of these scarves will be handed out randomly every day during the course of the exhibition.

We really hope you can make it!

17th May, 1.00 - 6.00pm / 18th - 20th May, 11.00am - 6.00pm daily / 21st May, 11.00am - 1.00 pm
96% Visible
Mixed Media Group Exhibition
Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 May

96% Visible brings together a rich variety of artwork from a group of 11 artists who have been exhibiting together for six years, most recently at the Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London. Working together over a number of years has meant the artists have come to have an in-depth knowledge of each-others work and this familiarity has enabled them to create a collection of works that both compliment and enhance each-others. The group continue to exhibit together as they share a desire to express themselves through their work; to respond creatively to what they see around them.
Included in the exhibition is: work that combines lo-fi materials, such as brass, lead and bronze with paper and wax; a study of our enduring fascination and the continuing relevance of myths and traditional tales; a colourful display of delicate embroidery on silk suspended in a folding frame of polished metal; work that focuses on the distant past and the fragmented memories that are embedded within individual thoughts and feelings; and a reflection on British cultural identity in response to the state of flux of those communities.

The Emily Kirby Tanzania Collection
Art Exhibition in aid of Livingstone Tanzania Trust
Tuesday 7 - Saturday 11 June

Emily Kirby was born into a family of artists in Zambia in the early eighties. Although young when she moved to the UK these roots have always had a deep impact on her painting. Emily now regularly returns to travel, paint and exhibit in Africa.

The majority of Emily’s work has drawn on the study of people and wildlife, using the figure as the central object for interpretation. In the past Emily was interested in tribal identities but more recently she has become primarily concerned with exploring methods of painting that allow her to celebrate raw emotion, movement and expression. Bold brush work and a loose expressive technique have become a defining aspect of Kirby’s work, however an investigation into colour and form lay at the heart of her practice.

Emily has exhibited internationally and in 2012 was awarded The Chairman’s Ngoma Award for Visual Artist in the Diaspora.

Emily’s Tanzania Collection was inspired by a visit to Babati, Tanzania with the award winning community development charity Livingstone Tanzania Trust. The rawness of the place and the vibrancy of the people is captured in this beautiful collection.

Highlights from the Paintings in Hospitals Collection
Wednesday 15 - Saturday 18 June

This summer Showcase returns with an exhibition highlighting key artworks from the Paintings in Hospitals collection. Carefully selected from over 4,000 works, the exhibition reveals how this 57-year-old charity continues to challenge ideas about the kind of art deemed suitable for health and social care environments with a variety of contemporary pieces from leading artists.

Showcase features a range of printed, painted, drawn, sculptural, and digital works, and will also comprise a programme of talks, tours, and events. Visit the Showcase page for an up-to-date listing of what’s happening and follow Paintings in Hospitals on Twitter to be the first to know about newly-added events.

The Showcase exhibition is free for everyone.

Open daily: 11:00am - 6:00pm

Keith Michell ‘A Life in the Arts’ Retrospective
Wednesday 22 June - Friday 1 July

Born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1926, Keith pursued a career in the fine arts before the offer of a place at the legendary Old Vic Theatre School led to a life changing move to London and the start of an extraordinary career treading the boards. His work as an actor, singer, designer and director spanned six decades - including critically acclaimed Shakespearean roles with Sir Laurence Olivier’s Old Vic Theatre Company, and starring roles in hit musicals Robert & Elizabeth, Man of La Mancha, La Cage aux Folles and Irma La Douce in the West End and on Broadway - and set the bar for a whole generation of performers. He will of course forever be associated with his iconic portrayal of the king in The Six Wives of Henry VIII, the seminal 1970s television series, and Keith chose his self-portrait as Henry VIII to be the centrepiece of this retrospective exhibition. Many of the paintings, lithographs, drawings and artist proofs included are for sale, and Keith (who died November last year), was delighted that the work would be shown at the Menier Gallery in support of ‘Paintings in Hospitals’.