Five artists from the Prince’s Drawing School who worked as artists in residence at Kensington Palace over the last year will be exhibiting at Thomas Williams Fine Art on Bond Street this autumn.
Jennifer Blake, Perienne Christian, Amelia Power, Daniel Preece and Pippa Ridley will show a series of paintings and drawings, many of which depict scenes in and around the Palace. The Curatorial Board of the Prince’s Drawing School selected these five outstanding students for the residency and is supporting this exhibition with the aim of bringing their work to the public’s attention. Some of the artists already have established careers, but have taken the opportunity to study with their fellows in the special environment of Kensington Palace in order to exchange and share ideas, and to enjoy the challenge of working together. The result has been a body of paintings that sometimes refers directly to their particular surroundings and sometimes to innovative collaborations with their peers.
Café Richoux by Pippa Ridley
All five artists place an emphasis on figurative painting and support their paintings with rigorous training in drawing. The works on show will include still lives, landscapes and works from the imagination in a variety of media. The artists range in age from 26 to 40. Perienne Christian has most recently been in the public eye as the muse and subject of Lucien Freud’s latest portraits.
The School, founded by The Prince of Wales, is based on the top floor of a converted warehouse in Shoreditch, Hackney, an area rich in galleries and design studios. Short courses are run at the Kensington Palace studios. Because the School believes in drawing in the studio, drawing London and drawing from art, we hold classes in our studios and offer many classes in museums, unusual venues and out and about in London. We believe we are the only arts institution in London with such a varied number of collaborators allowing us to offer this rich mix of oppotunities to draw.
As well as a Postgraduate Programme, the School runs a Public Programme- a broad range of affordable courses designed for both professional artists and other interested adults. Drawing instruction is delivered by distinguished artists and teachers from leading institutions including The Royal Academy, The Royal College of Art and The Slade. Over 3,000 students have attended classes since 2000; there are over 130 alumni of the Postgraduate Programme. The School is also committed to making it possible for deserving children to achieve their potential. The School provides serious, sustained tuition and mentoring, for children age 10–14 though our Young Artists Programme.
The School is also committed to making it possible for deserving children to achieve their potential. The School provides serious, sustained tuition and mentoring, for children age 10–14 though our Young Artists Programme.
The Prince’s Charities is a group of not-for-profit organizations of which The Prince of Wales is President: 18 of the 20 charities were founded personally by The Prince. The group is the largest multi-cause charitable enterprise in the United Kingdom, raising over £110 million annually. The organizations are active across a broad range of areas including opportunity and enterprise, the built environment, responsible business, education and health. The charities reflect The Prince of Wales’s long-term and innovative perspective and seek to address areas of previously unmet need.
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