This is the time of year when we look back over the year’s work and think about what’s going in to next year’s annual exhibition (open to the public 25th February 2019).
2018 was a very interesting painting season during which we got to some locations unusual even for the Wapping Group – Harwich, Margate, Trinity Buoy Wharf, HQS Wellington (courtesy of the Worshipful Company of Master Mariners) and Cadogan Pier (courtesy of Cadogan Pier Limited
John Wilson of Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’ programme spent Wednesday 5th September painting with us by the riverside at Walton on Thames as part of their Inspire series. He didn’t do badly at all – the painting on the easel is ‘all his own work’, with quite a lot of input from some of us! The whole process was sound-recorded ready for editing, and the programme goes out at 7.15pm on Thursday 6th September.
John Wilson with ‘all his own work’
There was a strong turn-out on 18th July when the Wapping Group were the guests of the Worshipful Company of Master Mariners aboard their flagship, HQS Wellington, by kind permission of Glyn Evans. Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day – even the weather was kind – and after a glass of wine at lunchtime it proved possible to persuade everyone to line up for this photo on the focs’l.
We are very sorry to report the death, at the age of 89, of John Powley on 29 April 2018.
During and after his long career as a surgeon, John pursued a parallel life as a successful painter, teaching courses at Phillips House and Dedham, and having work hung in the RS Summer Exhibition three times. He was elected to the Wapping Group in 2000.
John brought a quirky, amusing and highly individual character to the Group, and he will be much missed.
John Powley (right) in typical Wapping company with Trevor Chamberlain and John Shave after a day’s painting. Photo: Rick Holmes
Chris Burdett, who has been a particularly determined Candidate with the Group over the last two years, was unanimously elected to full Membership at the recent AGM. A very warm welcome to Chris. Last year’s new member, John Walsom, was elected to the committee as second Exhibitions Organiser, so Chris can probably already see the fate that awaits him.
If you have been struggling with the snowy weather this week and haven’t been able to get to the annual show, there’s now another chance. The Mall Galleries will be closed on Sunday 4th March but will open as usual on Monday 5th at 10am – the Wapping Group show will be partly re-hung with some fresh work (to replace that sold in the first week) and will then run through the week until Saturday 10th March, closing at 1pm.
Please note: the second week will not be manned by Wapping Group members and the sought-after artists’ greetings cards will not be on sale, but if you want to meet some of the members and buy some of the cards you still have until 4pm tomorrow, Saturday 3rd March. However you will be able to buy paintings during next week as usual via the Mall Gallery desk.
Join us for an Open Evening on Monday 26th February between 5.30 and 8pm. We’ve called it the ‘Wapping Challenge’. Though this will take place indoors, it’s actually the same thing we do all the time outdoors: some artists taking on the same subject in their own styles and using different media. And just like when we work outdoors, we’re doing it live, real-time, in front of spectators and passers-by, and it can all go horribly wrong! The brave up-front artists this time will be Roger Dellar, working in oils, Rick Holmes (pastels), and Geoff Hunt (watercolour).
If you can’t usually get here during the day, this evening opening is also an ideal opportunity to see the rest of the annual exhibition which goes on as usual around the Gallery. There will be a bar open. Admission free.
We warmly welcome Chris Daynes, Keith Morton and Robbie Murdoch as new Candidates to the Wapping Group, and we look forward to seeing them on many a rain-swept towpath for the 2018 painting season.
If you are interested in joining the Wapping Group as a Candidate or simply as a guest, go to the heading ‘Joining us’ .
SIDNEY CARDEW 1931 – 2017
We are very sad to have lost Sidney Cardew, who died on 26th July 2017 at the age of 86. Sid was big figure physically and in other ways too. We remember him for his down-to-earth, uncomplaining character and the great strength he showed in the many years of dedication to his disabled son Steve. And then there was the painting: you could always depend on Sid to produce good work, which he did throughout his life both for the Wapping Group and for the Royal Society of Marine Artists. He was famous in both groups for always selling at every exhibition, which gives some indication how much his many admirers and collectors appreciated his art.
Sid was born in the East End, later moving to Essex. After National Service in the RAF, he served as a senior design engineer with the Ford Motor company before becoming a full-time artist. He was elected a member of the Wapping Group in 1989 and the RSMA in 1998.
Photo by kind permission of Tania Weymouth