The Wapping Group of Artists - Est 1939

Archive for 2017

‘New Candidates for 2018’

Posted on: November 16th, 2017

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’ .

Remembering Sid Cardew

Posted on: July 31st, 2017

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

Sid in gallery 2




A new President for the Wapping Group

Posted on: April 20th, 2017

The 2017 AGM brought a number of changes to the Group as two of our longest-serving officers stepped down from their terms of service. After twenty-five years ( including fifteen as Social Secretary and five as Chairman) Robin Mackervoy  concluded his five-year Presidency. We are delighted to have as our new President another very well-known figure on the wider art scene, Roger Dellar. In taking over, Roger paid warm tribute to Robin for his term as President, firmly based upon the Group’s traditions.

Further changes followed. Geoff Hunt took over from Alan Runagall as Chairman, and in turn thanked Alan for his five years as a very hard-working, dedicated and unflappable Chairman. Alan too had served as an officer for twenty-five years. John Killens was elected to the post of Secretary after seven years as Social Secretary, and that role now goes to Karl Terry.

Having formally established the category of Honorary Member, the meeting went on to award this distinction to John Powley.

We welcome a new full member, John Walsom. John trained as an architect, and later worked as a theatre designer, scenic artist, photographer, and illustrator.  He works in oils and watercolour, and has shown with the ROI, the RBA, Chelsea Art Society, and at the RA Summer exhibition

Chris Burdett continues as a Candidate for the 2017 season.

Roger Dellar receiving the chain of office from Robin Mackervoy
Robin:Roger handover 2017
















New Wapping Group member John Walsom





















Annual Exhibition 2017

Posted on: April 20th, 2017

The Group’s 71st exhibition opened on Sunday 12 March at the Mall Galleries, closing at 4pm on Saturday 18th.  138 framed works were shown by the members and candidates. As usual, many different places were visited by the membership last summer, so the subject matter was very varied depicting not only the River Thames, but subjects further afield such as Faversham and Maldon, as well as a few City of London scenes.

The exhibition was opened by our retiring President Robin Mackervoy who is standing down after 25 years’ service to the Group. Robin thanked Exhibition Organisers Derek Daniells and Rob Adams and their hanging committee, and also to John Deston and the Mall staff for their excellent work in getting the exhibition on the wall from a 10am start to all finished and labelled by 2pm.

The exhibition was very well attended throughout. At the final count 31 pictures were sold, together a number of unframed prints, cards, and some superb booklets of work by Trevor Chamberlain and Bert Wright.

There were two noteworthy events during the exhibition. The first, arranged at very short notice, was a live interview on London Live television at midday on the Private View, with Geoff Hunt answering questions about the Group and the exhibition. The second event was an all-day workshop on Wednesday 15th March conducted by Roger Deller on behalf of the Friends of the Mall Galleries. Roger took his eleven students to the Hungerford Bridge area for a ‘plein air’ painting session before returning to the gallery to look at the exhibition and discuss their  work.


Robin at 2017 show edit