Biographies of the artists that have kindly donated work to our Secret Art Sale 2019.

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Norman Ackroyd CBE RA

Norman Ackroyd studied at Leeds College of Art from 1956 to 1961, and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London from 1961 to 1964. Ackroyd has had many solo exhibitions, both in Britain and internationally, including Anderson O’Day; Aitken Dott, Edinburgh; Jersey Arts Centre, Channel Islands and the Compass Gallery, Glasgow. Solo shows abroad include the National Museum of Art, Santiago, Chile; Jan Turner, Los Angeles; Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia and the Mickleson Gallery, Washington DC. Ackroyd has also received several public mural commissions, produced in etched stainless steel or bronze. Recent commissions include Lloyds Bank, London; British Airways, Birmingham Airport; Freshfields, London; Tetrapack, Stockley Park, Heathrow; a bronze mural for the Main Hall of the British Embassy, Moscow; and Lazards Bank, Stratton Street, London W1.

Norman Ackroyd was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and was made Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art in 2000. Ackroyd lives and works in London.

Jane Bain

I’m a London-based painter and printmaker with a fascination for light, nature and scale. Born in Chelsea, I studied art and design at Wimbledon School of Art and the London College of Printing and lived in Singapore and Hong Kong for a while, where I also studied Chinese calligraphy. I regard all my subjects as portraits, whether flora or fauna, exploring the character behind each model, be it the figure-like shape of pears that exude human qualities, the secret of an unopened lily, or the playful cheekiness of a bird. 

For my most recent work I have been experimenting with variable printing techniques. Using stencils, I paint directly onto silk screens, applying the paint in many layers to create depth and texture. The application of colour can be controlled to a certain extent, but the process is all the more intriguing because there is an element of randomness when the paint is drawn through the screen. 

Website: https://www.janebain.com 

Tony Baverstock A.R.P.S For over 40 years I've had the pleasure of capturing thousands of moments with my camera. At first I developed images by hand in my home made darkroom in a corner of the garage. With the evolution of digital photography I have explored some of the endless possible combinations between camera and imaging techniques to create more than a record shot.

Based in West Sussex, England, I currently enjoy judging at local camera clubs and researching and testing new techniques. I hope you enjoy this selection of my favourite images on this site. 
Sir Quentin Blake, CBE, FCSD, FRSL, RDI Quentin Blake was born in the suburbs of London in 1932 and has drawn ever since he can remember. 

He went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, followed by National Service.  Then he studied English at Downing College, Cambridge, going on to do a postgraduate teaching diploma at the University of London, followed by life-classes at Chelsea Art School.

He has always made his living as an illustrator, as well as teaching for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, where he was head of the Illustration department from 1978 to 1986. His first drawings were published in Punch while he was 16 and still at school. He continued to draw for Punch, The Spectator and other magazines over many years, while at the same time entering the world of children's books with A Drink of Water by John Yeoman in 1960.

He is known for his collaboration with writers, most famously, Roald Dahl. He has also illustrated classic books, including A Christmas Carol and Candide and created much-loved characters of his own, including Mister Magnolia and Mrs Armitage.

His books have won numerous prizes and awards, including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award and the international Bologna Ragazzi Prize. He won the 2002 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the highest international recognition given to creators of children's books. In 2004 Quentin Blake was awarded the 'Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres' by the French Government for services to literature and in 2007 he was made Officier in the same order. In 2014 he was admitted to the Legion d'Honneur, an honour accorded to few people who are not French nationals. In 1999 he was appointed the first ever Children's Laureate, a post designed to raise the profile of children's literature. His book Laureate's Progress (2002) recorded many of his activities and the illustrations he produced during his two-year tenure. Quentin Blake was created CBE in 2005, is an RDI and has numerous honorary degrees from universities throughout the UK. He received a knighthood for 'services to illustration' in the New Year's Honours for 2013, and became an Honorary Freeman of the City of London in 2015. 

Diana Braybrook

West London artist who specialises in oil painting but also enjoys using mixed media and pastel. She likes to explore different themes, as each presents fresh opportunities and challenges, but the inspiration for much of her work is the beauty of the natural world around us. Expressive use of colour and light is a key feature throughout.
Website: www.dianabraybrook.com

Virginia Bruno

Born in the USA, Virginia has been living and working in the UK for over fifty years. A teacher for many years, especially with S & N children. she retrained as a psychotherapist and has now retired. 

Virginia has always been interested in art, art history, drawing and painting. An adult Ed class helped Virginia rediscover this interest and she has attended classes over the past 10 years and still feels she is learning. 

Artwork– Acrylics, Inks, Abstract interpretations from her own photographs 

Emma Buckmaster

I studied Printmaking at the Cambridge School of Art and specialised in etching for my MA.

I have been collaborating with Janet French on the Tree Portrait project which continues to grow and at the same time I have continued with my own work.

Much time is also taken up with demonstrating, teaching and residencies.  I did a residency  at Cill Railaig in Ireland, have demonstrated at Art in Action in Oxford and I teach an annual course at Gainsborough's House.  I took part in the BBC documentary about the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and also talked about printmaking on BBC radio Suffolk.

Christopher Burrows

I've been taking photographs for more than 35 years and have had one accepted at the RA Summer Show last year,2017, I am at present working on 2 projects which should be shown at the Espacio gallery in Bethnal Green Road with The London Independent Photography Central group and also at Photofusion in Brixton, dates not fixed yet. 

Website: http://christopherburrows.com

Alan Cartwright

I started my career as an amateur artist at the age of 4 years drawing portraits of Hollywood artists from my Hollywood albums, every Xmas. I always came top of the art classes at school which led to me being commissioned at the age of 15 to do a portrait of Winston Churchill shortly after he died. This was put in the local newspapers and the Electricity board showroom for a month as an example of what a child could achieve. It was placed on the school wall outside the headmaster's room for all pupils and visitors to see.
When I changed schools after 'O' levels the Comprehensive school would not let me pursue art at 'A' level because they were only considering a Modern art curriculum. So I did geography instead and became an architect, and did art in my leisure times.
My greatest achievement was to travel to Saudi Arabia and join an all arab practice called OMRANIA. In 1980 we won a limited, worldwide competition to design a Diplomatic Club for the new Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh. It led to the practice opening a new office in the new Kensington Town Hall and employing 100+ new staff in a time of recession. I was responsible with 10 team members for the design, detailing and supervision of its construction over the next 3 years.
In 1996 it was awarded the Aga Khan for World Islamic Architecture. An award only issued every 3 years.
The building is now known as the Tuwaiq Palace and I am proud to say it is my legacy.

Lesley Cartwright

Currently creating concept art for film and screenplays. Member of Apathy and Tea art collective in Southend. Works with St Clements Leigh on Sea Art Chaplaincy.

Cinzia Castellano 

Cinzia prefers to work on paintings that don't reference recognisable form. She creates intense personal moments by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. By applying abstraction, she tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations. 
Cinzia lives and works in London. 

Website: http://www.cinziacastellano.com 

Walter Conquy

This photographer retired as a Tech. Illustrator. He took up photography in 1980 and sold his images since 1990. He has had about a dozen exhibitions over the years, which have included Landscapes, Dance and Abstracts which was the subject of his last exhibition in June of this year. All either darkroom work or since 2005 digital. He hopes you like some of his works.

Cathy Cooper

Cathy is a Twickenham photographer who has won International awards and exhibits regularly in Orleans House Gallery. She has worked for many years with a journalist creating travel pieces from far flung places such as the Himalayas, Scandinavia, Canada and USA. Her images have been published extensively in magazines and on websites 

She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and Life Member of the Scott Polar Research Institute and UK Antarctic Heritage Fund. 

Closer to home she is interested and actively involved in local history but also likes to experiment with cameras and photographic techniques. 

Website: https://cathycooper.photography 

Peter Davison

Peter Davison was born in 1951 in Streatham. He became interested in acting in his teens and joined the Byfleet Players amateur dramatics society while still at school, later attaining a place at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Davison graduated in 1972 and worked in repertory theatre for several years. His television debut came in three episodes of children's sci-fi series The Tomorrow People (ITV, 1973-9). Davison became well known for his role in All Creatures Great and Small (BBC, 1978-80; 1988-90) as naïve junior vet Tristan Farnon.

Davison debuted as the fifth Doctor Who, dressed in antique cricketing gear, in January 1982. Much was made of his being the youngest actor to play the part and in his more subtle moments he played the Time Lord as an old man trapped in a young man's body.

It was At Home With the Braithwaites (ITV, 2000-03), a drama about a family of dysfunctional lottery winners, that finally broke the mould of genial types with the distinctly flawed and unlikeable David Braithwaite. Four runs of Braithwaites established Davison as a top rank ITV drama 'name'. He has since played an out-and-out villain as a stalker in Too Good To Be True (ITV, 2003), down-on-his-luck cop Dangerous Davies in The Last Detective (ITV, 2003) and the curmudgeonly Dr Bill Shore in Distant Shores (ITV, 2005).

Jo Ellis

Jo Ellis was born in Hong Kong where she studied traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. Joe studied fine art and design in London and is a member of both the Richmond Art Society and Twickenham Art Circle. As an illustrator and painter she likes drawing in traditional Chinese ink and also loves painting with acrylic on canvas or recycled cardboard to create texture. Mixing both eastern and western techniques and styles often results in unusual interpretations of familiar subject matter

Sue Forster

Sue has been painting for the last six years, encouraged by Richmond artist Mandy Belmokhtar.

Using acrylics, Sue paints local scenes around Richmond, views of the South Coast near Brighton where she spent her childhood and, latterly, has taken to painting places further afield.

She aims to exhibit her paintings in the Richmond area once or twice a year.

Website: https://www.richmond-art.co.uk

Jill Goodchild

Having retired from teaching Spanish to small 6th form groups, I decided to see whether I had inherited any artistic talent which was on both sides of my family. Life drawing and portrait classes were intermingled with calligraphy classes. I then joined Leatherhead Art Club and North Downs Calligraphers.

Since 2003 I have had very successful exhibitions with Surrey Artists' Open Studios and twice a year with Leatherhead Art Club and more recently Dorking Group of Artists.

My chosen medium is oil for its colour and texture, but I also enjoy the drama of charcoal. Subjects are very varied, ranging from landscapes to vibrant semi-abstracts and small mixed media pieces with gold leaf. There is always a new challenge around the corner! 

Website: http://surreyopenstudios.org.uk

Steven Graham

Stephen started off with an interest in theoretical physics at St. Andrews University but it does not take too much brain to work out that most of the research benefits the military. So, with the help of serious mental illness, downward mobility became the main driver in his life. Artwork became feasible after his last breakdown because of medical retirement, which took away financial worries.

Stephen's aim in art is to produce undemanding and enjoyable pictures, in the main abstract, but sometimes using words too. In the last year he has had two exhibitions, the first in photography. He estimates that in a year or so he will be at his peak.

Anna Grayson

Anna Grayson is a former BBC presenter and science writer who threw in the towel to go to art college at the age of 60. She has become best known for her re-makes of famous works of art as photographs. (Cant afford to buy them, aint got the bottle to nick them so had to make my own collection!). She was hung in the RA in 2014, and again in 2018 when two pictures were hand picked by Grayson Perry for his famous yellow room. She has also hung at the Royal West of England in Bristol, and six times at the South West Academy in Exeter. She is currently working towards a major solo show in Exeter for Summer 2020
Website: www.annagrayson.com

Miranda Halsby RBA

Miranda Halsby was born in London in 1948 and went to Kingston and Hornsey Colleges of Art. Following that she trained and practised as an Occupational Therapist using Art and Craft as treatment in hospitals. After marrying her husband, Julian Halsby, they together ran Highgate Gallery, a business they ran for 10 years, meeting many artists and dealers whom they count among their friends today and giving several artists their first one-man shows.
Miranda returned to her own work after the sale of the business, a decision made to allow more time for personal creativity, and discovered print making while studying etching at Hampstead School of Art.
Since 1988 she has shown in mixed exhibitions in and around London and the Home Counties. She has shown with the RBA since 1997, winning the St. Cuthberts Mill Award in 2001, and was elected a member of the RBA in the same year. She has taken part in art festivals in England and France, nurturing interest in her work in both countries.
She had her first one man show at Abbott and Holder, London WC1 in 2001 and her second at the same gallery in 2007.
She has work in private collections in England, France, Holland, Japan and U.S.A.
Miranda̛̛s work reflects her life and interests and she has studios in Dorset and in the Languedoc, France, where she spends about three months each year.

Imogen Hartridge

Imogen works in oil paint often capturing the beauty of the Surrey Hills and surrounding areas. She works in a more expressive style often using palette knives and rich colours. Imogen exhibits as a member of Leatherhead Art Club, the Surrey Artists Collective and Shed Art. She recently won Bronze at the Bacchus Art Prize and Highly Commended at the Wild Surrey exhibition at Guildford House Gallery.
Website: imogenhartridgeart.com

David Harsent

Poet, Librettist, Dramatist, Novelist. 

Website: http://www.unitedagents.co.uk

Melanie Honebone

Melanie Honebone is a Wales-based fine artist who works using her own original photographs to create beautiful and intricate artworks. She often works in collage and in series, providing visual responses to external stimuli such as literature, science, and music. Until late 2018 she exhibited her artworks nationally and internationally under the name Melanie Ezra. Her collages and photographic works have shown at Studio Voltaire London, as well as galleries in Germany, Italy, Brazil, and several shows in New York and in Minnesota. Recent works have evolved her practice to include three dimensional mixed media art forms based on dolls, mannequins, and the human form. The theme is always deconstruction and reconstruction, whether this is through a photograph or through her mixed-media works.
Website: melaniehonebone.wordpress.com

Graham House

Long standing painter whose work is commissioned and purchased primarily within the u.k. No longer exhibits, but has collectors/patrons internationally 
Website: http://www.grahamhouseart.com

Ken Howard OBE RA

Ken Howard studied at Hornsey School of Art from 1949 to 1953. He then did his National Service with the Royal Marines before returning to study at the Royal College of Art from 1955 to 1958. He went on to win a British Council Scholarship to Florence from 1958 to 1959.

Howard’s first solo show was held at the Plymouth Art Centre in 1955. Subsequent exhibitions were held in 1966 and 1968 at the John Whibley Gallery. From then on he exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally, particularly with the New Grafton Gallery from the early 1970s. He was given a retrospective in 1972 at the Plymouth City Art Gallery and in 1973 and 1979 was appointed by the Imperial War Museum as official artist in Northern Ireland. He also worked with the British Army in Germany, Cyprus, Oman, Hong Kong, Nepal, Norway, Canada, Belize and Brunei from 1973 to 1982.

Howard was elected a member of the New English Art Club in 1962, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1966, the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1979, the Royal West of England Academy 1981, Honorary Member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1988, Royal Academician in 1991 and President of the New English Art Club in 1998. Among his numerous awards are First Prize in the Lord Mayor’s Art Award in 1966, a Prize Winner in the John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool in 1978, first prize in the Hunting Group Awards and the Critics Prize at Sparkasse Karlsruhe in 1985. Ken Howard lives and works in London.

Ann Kopka

Ann Kopka is a visual artist and curator. Ann has exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions in London, the UK, Denmark, Germany, Italy and the USA. Her work is held in private collections in the UK, France, Spain, USA and Australia. Ann’s work has been used to inspire students of all ages and has been the subject of GCSE art projects. She has participated in collaborative exhibitions with jazz musicians, poets, writers, architects and designers. Ann studied Fine Art at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and The City Lit London. She studied The Practices and Debates of Modern Art at the Open University and graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree. She has studied Museum Curating at The Tate Modern. Ann is a volunteer at the Heath Robinson Museum London where she is involved with organising and curating fund-raising Secret Art Sales and special exhibitions.
Website: www.artcontemporary.co.uk

Rochelle Libson

I was like many children - I drew and painted, often on old discarded pieces of wallpaper and the like I just carried on where others stopped, taking the Fine Art courses at school to GCE level. Since retiring from working variously as a University Administrator, a researcher on a biography of Sir Alex Ferguson and a traditional PA, I have been able to spend a lot of my time on creative projects including working with stained and leaded glass and taking advantage of the wonderful free sketching sessions in many museums and galleries in London. Also I cannot praise the City Lit and the Mary Ward Centre enough for driving me forward and giving me artistic confidence with their wonderful courses.

Roger McGough CBE FRSL

Award-winning poet, playwright, broadcaster and children's author Roger McGough was born in 1937 in Liverpool.
He was educated at St Mary's College, Crosby, Liverpool, and at Hull University. He taught at St Kevin's Comprehensive School, Kirby, and lectured at Mabel Fletcher College in Liverpool and at the Liverpool College of Art.

He was a member of the pop music/poetry group 'The Scaffold' between 1963 and 1973. He made his name as one of the 'Liverpool Poets' with Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, included in The Mersey Sound: Penguin Modern Poets 10 (1967).

A Fellow of John Moores University in Liverpool, he won a Cholmondeley Award in 1999 and was awarded an honorary MA from Nene College of Further Education. He was Fellow of Poetry at the University of Loughborough (1973-5), Honorary Professor at Thames Valley University (1993) and is a member of the Executive Council of the Poetry Society. He was awarded an OBE in 1997.

He has twice won the Signal Poetry Award: first in 1984 with Sky in the Pie, then again in 1999 for Bad, Bad Cats. He is also the author of a number of plays, including All the Trimmings, first performed at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, in 1980, and The Mouthtrap, which he wrote with Brian Patten, produced at the Edinburgh Festival in 1982. He wrote the lyrics for an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows first staged in Washington, DC, in 1984, transferring to Broadway in 1995. He has written for and presented programmes on BBC Radio including 'Poetry Please' and 'Home Truths'. His film work includes Kurt, Mungo, BP and Me (1984), for which he won a BAFTA award, and he won the Royal Television Society Award for his science programme The Elements (1993).

His Collected Poems, bringing together over forty years of McGough's poetry, was published in 2003. Roger McGough's autobiography, Said and Done, was published in 2005.

Jane McKeown

Jane is a textile artist whose pieces are hand stitched, using a range of threads, fabrics and techniques. In recent years her work has been exhibited in Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Manchester.
Website: www.janemckeown.co.uk

Bob Milton

Bob was born in London and went to school in Guildford. He has spent the last 40 years designing and building gardens, lakes and ponds.

Bob has drawn from a young age and use to spend holidays at the Natural History Museum, drawing. You could get pencil, paper, rubber, sharpener and a stool for a shilling a day! Bob went on to study A level Art under Ron Smoothy. Painting in oils until recently, he works nowadays in watercolour over a wide range of styles.

Ronald Morgan

Born in 1936 in Landywood, Staffordshire, Ronald Morgan studied art at Walsall School of Art (1951-53, with George Willott ARCA). He is a painter in watercolour, black and white, oil and pastel, Ronald Morgan is also a draughtsman, illustrator, linguist and teacher.

He is a member of the Chelsea Art Society, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. In 1974 he won first prize at the Lord Mayor of London's Art Award Exhibition, he has also won several other awards.

Ronald Morgan has a biographical entry in 'Who's Who in Art', 'Dictionary of International Biography', 'Royal Academy Exhibitors' and several other publications. Commissions include work painted for the Sultan of Oman, Winchester College and the Savoy Hotel.

His paintings have been reproduced in the 'La Revue Moderne' Paris 1963, 1965 and Leisure Painter. He has written articles on painting for 'Leisure Painter'.

Ronald Morgan art work is now in many private and public art collections, these include collections in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, and America. Ronald Morgan has exhibited at leading Art Galleries including the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists.

Kerry Munroe

Kerry Munroe loves capturing the extra-ordinary in the ordinary, often photo finding wonderful colour and texture in everyday objects. She has travelled extensively, specialising in making people feel totally at ease and connected, enabling her to take characterful portraits. On her travels she also seeks out and records street art as a documentary of todays society.
Website: www.kerrymunroephotography.com

Diana Poliak

Principally inspired by Flora and Fauna, Dianas paintings, prints, poems and ceramics are influenced by natural history, usually reflected in a quirky way. Studied at Maidstone Art School and West Kent College, (University of Greenwich), BA (Hons.) Fine Art. She has had her work selected and hung in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on three occasions, in 2013, 2016 and 2018. Her Studio/Workshop/Gallery is in Wrotham Heath, Kent TN15 7RX
Website: www.athyrium-atelier.co.uk

Sue Roe

Sue is a printmaker and painter. She loves all types of printmaking but particularly enjoys Collagraphs. Sue works across all genres. She regularly exhibits and has won several awards.

Website: http://www.sueroe.com

Alison G Saunders

Alison G Saunders came late to making art her fulltime career. Intimated by parents who were both fantastic artists but when her husband’s job took her to the USA, she felt free to explore her abilities at a safe distance and art quickly became her passion. On returning to the UK Alison embarked on a Foundation in Art & Design and then a BA. Alison continues to work in a very experimental way using oil, acrylics, pastel, inks or watercolour and often mixing them up together to see what interesting effect can be discovered. In printmaking, the work produced tends to be more illustrative, particularly when using linocut, copper plate, aluminium plate and dry-point etching, but when using collagraphs or screen printing, abstract work tends to creep back in. Alison’s love of colour and use of tone applying many layers before reaching a conclusion, are evident in these works. 
Website: www.alisongsaunders.art

Bridget Sebastian

An artist known for their use of color with a fantastic range of work from collage to abstracts semi abstracts and charcoal on marble drawings. A Londoner who attended Byam Shaw and went on to exhibit their work throughout the Capital. Currently to be seen at the Geometric Abstracts exhibition. at the Elizabeth James Gallery.(starts Sept29th)
Website: www.saatchiart.co.uk 

Christopher Sercombe

His pictures are painted in oils from direct observation in front of the subject-no photographs are used. They are painted 'alla prima' with painting knives. They capture something of the excitement and beauty of the natural world that has inspired them.

Berny Simcox

Use to be CEO of Environment Trust!

Gill Smith

Gill Smith is a local Hampton Hill artist who has been involved with the Secret Art Sale from the very beginning. As well as donating artwork to each of our previous sales Gill also designed a range of greetings cards for the Trust to sell. She has an MA in Printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts. Her work takes inspiration from the bold graphics of the Art Deco period, mid-century design and the visual illusions of Op Art. Outside of her art practice, Gill is a management consultant and a keen gardener and runner.
Website: www.gillsmithprints.co.uk

Hanna ten Doornkaat 

Uk based German artist Hanna ten Doornkaat is primarily concerned with the repetitive process of mark making and how to challenge the concept of drawing. 

In 2002 she completed an MA (Sculpture) from Wimbledon School of Art and BA (Sculpture) Kingston University in 1997. She has since exhibited widely both in the UK, Germany, Belgium and Australia, Canada, Belgium and Brazil. She has also curated numerous group exhibitions. 

In 2015 her work was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, London. In 2016 she exhibited in Berlin, Germany, had a solo show in BBK Galerie Oldenburg, Germany and was shortlisted and exhibited twice at the RA Summer Exhibition and Derwent Art Prize. She has recently been invited to show her work at the 2019 Venice Biennale. 

Website: http://www.tendoornkaat.co.uk 

Dame Emma Thomson

Emma Thompson was born in 1959 in Paddington. She attended Cambridge University, studying English Literature, and was part of the university's Footlights Group.
Thompson graduated in 1980 and soon got her first major break in television, on the comedy skit program Alfresco (1983), writing and performing with  Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
Thompson was in "Me and My Girl" in the West End, in the leading role. The show was a success and led to her casting as the lead in the BBC television miniseries Fortunes of War (1987), in which Thompson and her co-star, Kenneth Branagh, play an English ex-patriate couple living in Eastern Europe as the Second World War erupts. Thompson won a BAFTA Award for her work on the program. She married Branagh in 1989. She starred in a string of well-received and successful television and film productions, most notably her lead role in the Merchant-Ivory production of Howards End (1992), which confirmed her ability to carry a movie on both sides of the Atlantic and appropriately showered her with trans-Atlantic honours - both an Oscar and a BAFTA award.

Thompson’s later work included such notable films as Love Actually (2003), Stranger Than Fiction (2006), and several film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s popular Harry Potter series. In 2008 she starred in Brideshead Revisited. She was acclaimed for her steely, sympathetic depiction of Mary Poppins (1934) author P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks (2013).
 
Thompson then portrayed Goneril, one of King Lear’s treacherous daughters, in a televised adaptation of Shakespeare’s play and the British prime minister in the spy spoof Johnny English Strikes Again (both 2018). Her credits from 2019 included the stop-motion animated comedy Missing Link, in which she provided the voice of a yeti elder. She starred as a talk show host who hires a woman of colour (Mindy Kaling) to diversify her all-white-male writing team in Late Night (2019). Thompson was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2018.

Kitty Wass

Kitty Wass has sold both jewellery and pictures as widely as America, Italy and the UK. She has exhibited at The Fountain Gallery and had a painting chosen for auction at the Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate. Kitty was a member and then the chairman of the professional local group, Teddington Artists. Her paintings are small jewel-like canvases with series such as ‘Mythology’, ‘Glacier’, ‘Gardens’. Travels to Rajasthan, Italy and the Swiss Alps initiate her themes and her own garden is a constant though changing resource. 
Website: www.kittywass.co.uk

Jaqui Wells

Jaqui is visionary, intuitive artist. Art is her way of manifesting her inner experiences. Her path as an energy healer and holistic therapist has greatly influenced her artwork. Jaqui works in oils, acrylic and graphite.

Alison Wilding OBE RA

Alison Wilding is known for her abstract sculptures, which embrace a wide range of materials and processes, on all scales from the handheld to the almost-monumental. Wilding studied at Nottingham College of Art from 1967 to 1968, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Bromley, Kent from 1968 to 1971 and subsequently at the Royal College of Art from 1971 to 1973. She came to prominence in the 1980s as one of a group of sculptors including Richard Deacon and Antony Gormley. Wilding’s first major solo exhibition was at the Serpentine Gallery in 1985, and Projects, her first international solo show, was held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1987. A retrospective exhibition entitled Alison Wilding: Immersion – Sculpture from Ten Years was held at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool in 1991.

Since then she has shown extensively throughout the UK and abroad and has been acquired into major public collections in the UK. Public commissions include Migrant(2004) for Snape Maltings, Shimmy (2013) at 10 New Burlington Street, and Herm(2018) for Rathbone Place. Still Water, a memorial to UK citizens affected by terrorism overseas, will be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in May 2018. Wilding was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988 and 1992 and was elected to the RA in 1999. Awards include a Henry Moore fellowship at the British School at Rome (1998) Joanna Drew Travel Bursary (2007), Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award (2008) and Bryan Robertson Award (2012). A monograph to be published in 2018 will coincide with an exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion.

Alex Wilks

Alex was born in Bromley on the 31st December 1991 and has always had a passion for drawing. His earliest memories of drawing were going to the Natural History Museum to draw the skeletons of various mammals and dinosaurs. Whilst he was at school, he studied Art and Design for GCSE. His work focuses mainly on portraits of characters from TV and Film, comic book characters and animals. He uses a specific media consisting of Faber-Castell Polychromos and sketching pencils, but he would like to explore using other media for his work. Alex is currently working on illustrations for an adventure book which focuses on implicitly teaching children the benefits of physical activity. Alex is hopeful that the book will be published in the future. When he is not drawing, Alex is a class teacher and Art Co-ordinator at a school for girls in South East London.
Website: https://www.instagram.com/alexwilksdrawings/

David Wills

I am inspired by the sheer variety of art produced by artists over time & take my inspiration from them to contribute. 
My style if I have one is quite varied & the challenge is to try & be different which is almost impossible. 

John Wragg RA

John Wragg studied at York School of Art from 1953 to 1956 and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London from 1956 to 1960. He went on to teach at Chelsea School of Art from 1961 until 1990.

Wragg’s first solo exhibitions were held at the Hanover Gallery, London in 1963, 1966 and 1970, and at Galerie Alexandre Iolas, Paris in 1968. He has continued to enjoy solo shows throughout the UK, including Bridge Street Gallery, Bath (1982), Quinton Green Fine Art, London (1985) and England & Co, London (1994). Wragg has also featured in many key group shows throughout Britain, Europe and the United States. These include the Open Air Sculpture Exhibition, at Battersea Park, London (1966), Pittsburgh International, in the United States (1967), and Biennale di Scultura di Arese, in Milan (1980).

Wragg received a Sainsbury Award in 1960, and in 1966 was winner of Sainsbury Sculpture Competition, resulting in the commission of a work for King’s Road, Chelsea. He won an Arts Council Major Award in 1977 and the Chantrey Bequest in 1981. Wragg was elected Royal Academician in 1991 and a Member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1996. Wragg lives and works in Wiltshire.

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