Gallery Talk – Sally Taylor and Stephen Snoddy

Gallery Talk – Saturday 29 October

To coincide with our current exhibitions artsts Sally Taylor and Stephen Snoddy will make intorductions to their work and practice followed by an ‘in conversation’ with the artists.

Sally Taylor – That Head, That Head

In this short talk, Taylor will discuss the development of her most recent, prolific body of work currently on show at Rabley Drawing Centre. She will illuminate on the material investigations; her working methods of ritual and repetition of motif and her overarching ideas and concerns. She will also discuss the artists she feels an affinity towards in terms of values and working practices including Philip Guston and Louise Bourgeois.

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Stephen Snoddy – Conversations

Stephen Snoddy will talk about the influence of the paintings of Henri Matisse ‘The Piano Lesson’, ‘Studio interior paintings’, ‘Conversation’ and ‘Collioure’ in relation to his monotypes currently on exhibition.

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DATE: Saturday 29 October 2016

TIME: 3 – 5pm

TICKETS: FREE. A donation to the education fund for the children of the artists colony in Jaisalmer, India will be much appreciated and collected in cash at the door (suggested donation £8).

BOOKING: Booking essential as places are limited. Click the link below and enter your name and email address to reserve a place.


Tom Hammick Gallery Talk on 25 June 2016

Tom Hammick Gallery Talk at Rabley Drawing Centre

The beautiful Tom Hammick exhibition continues in the gallery until Saturday 25 June.

Tom will be giving a gallery talk at the closing event on Saturday 25 between 3 – 4.30, so please book and join us, places are limited Booking now.

He will discuss his role as artist in residence at the English National Opera and the themes and ideas that have influenced the woodcuts and etchings in his exhibition ‘Passes Between Us’ Continue reading

Rabley Summer Exhibition 2016


Rabley Drawing Centre
01672 511999

Thurs 30 – Sunday 3 July
11 – 4pm



Private View

Wednesday 29 June 6 – 8pm


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Gallery Talk and Film 12 April 2016

Rabley Drawing Centre Jo Taylor Gallery Talk

6.30 – 8pm

‘Drawing, Ceramics and taking risks!’
Jo Taylor in conversation with Prof. Michael Pennie

TICKETS £5 – Book  NOW

“..there is a deep and meaningful connection between risk taking and creativity and it’s one that’s often overlooked” Albert Einstein

Professor Michael Pennie, artist and sculptor in conversation with Jo Taylor discussing ‘Drawing, Ceramics and taking risks!’ process and making. Looking at the key elements of risk, drawing and the sculptural form.This artist’s talk coincides with the exhibition ‘Separate Arrangements’ – Jo Taylor, ceramics and Jane Harris, works on paper.


6.30 – 7          Gallery Viewing – Separate Arrangements:
Jo TayLor Ceramic and Jane Harris, Works on paper
7 – 7.15          FILM (10 Mins)  Jane Harris: Surface to Edge – Painting Light, Pollen
Résidence d’artistes à  Monflanquin / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Libourne
7.15                Jo Taylor in conversation with Prof. Michael Pennie
7.45                Q&A
Gallery open to 8.30pm



Rabley Drawing Centre





T 01672 511999

Thurs 2 – Sunday 5 July

10 – 5pm



Private view

Wednesday 1 July 6 – 8pm

Studio demonstrations

Saturday 4 July 12 – 4pm

Visit the exhibition and have a chance to see some of the artists demonstrating various print processes in the studio. Come find out how prints are actually made!

Raffle draw

Sunday 5 July 4pm

Prints by exhibiting artists have been donated for raffle in aid of the Rabley Student Bursary Scheme.  See below for more information.


The Summer Exhibition at Rabley Drawing Centre brings together 15 artists from the Drawing and Print School. Each has made work that is highly individual within the creative and supportive Studio & Print Sessions at Rabley.

The regular Studio & Print sessions offer weekly ongoing creative development and support throughout the year. Experimental and conventional drawing underpins the variety of print disciplines. The school’s focus on developing work through new technologies including acid free and non – toxic printmaking has brought a vitality to the studio as each artist researches and develops the potential of their ideas through various media.

A stimulating dialogue with visiting artist tutors Meryl Ainslie, Sara Lee, Endellion Lycett Green, Nik Pollard, and Emma Stibbon RA, along with the support of Rabley Studio Printmaker Amy-Jane Blackhall, has enabled the development of exciting new work over the last year.




Rosemary Farrer

Penny Furbisher

Alison Grant

Pam Hardman

Katy Littlehales

Arran Miles

Suzy Miles

Serena Nickson

Jennie Norman

Cas Pollen

Amanda Ralfe

Fay Ross-Magenty

Elizabeth Scott

Jean Stibbon


Summer Exhibition Raffle Print Prizes WEB

Print Raffle Prints by exhibiting artists Arran Miles, Suzy Miles and Rosemary Farrer have been generously donated for raffle in aid of the Rabley Student Bursary Scheme that encourages diversity of course attendees and offers students that could not normally afford to take part the opportunity to develop their practice on a suitable course. Tickets will be on sale throughout the exhibition and the draw will be on Sunday afternoon.




If you have attended a short course at Rabley and would like to continue to work in the supportive environment of Rabley Drawing Studio and Print Room you can join our regular Studio & Print Sessions on a Monday or Tuesday from 10-4pm. Each group is of a maximum of 9 students and includes tutorial support from a range of our artist- tutors in the morning, alongside technical support in the print room throughout the day. You will be encouraged to write your own project and follow your own creative development path.


Autumn Term – 10 sessions

Mondays: 14 September – 30 November (No sessions on 26 October & 2 November)

Tuesdays: 15 September – 1 December (No sessions on 27 October & 3 November)

Spring Term – 10 sessions

Mondays: 11 January – 21 March (No session on 15 February)

Tuesdays: 12 January – 22 March (No session on 16 February)

Summer Term – 8 sessions

Mondays: 11 April – 13 June (No sessions on 2 & 30 May)


For more information please contact Amy-Jane Blackhall / 01672 511999



Eileen Cooper RA – Taking centre stage


Artist Eileen Cooper RA is taking centre stage in the British Art Scene with a major retrospective exhibition of her drawings opening at the Royal Academy, London on 29th May 2015, her first solo exhibition at Rabley Drawing Centre and the publication of a beautiful monograph – Eileen Cooper ‘Between the Lines’ with essays by Martin Gayford and Sara Lee.

Listen to the wonderful interview with Eileen on BBC’s FrontRow from Wednesday 27 May. She talks about her role as the first Keeper of the Royal Academy of Arts, her retrospective at the Royal Academy and is a resounding voice for women artists. 


Rabley Drawing Centre Exhibition


Drawings and sculpture by Eileen Cooper RA

EC44 Eileen Cooper RA 'Tendril' 2015 Charcoal, ink and gouache on paper. 106 x 75cm

Eileen Cooper’s first solo exhibition at Rabley Drawing Centre opened on 18th May and will run until 19 June 2015. The private view was a sunny afternoon, with visitors coming from all over the country to enjoy this beautiful show accompanied by cream teas in the garden. Large drawings and intimate gouaches are complimented by her new bronze sculptures. Find out more about the exhibition and plan a visit.

Online exhibition catalogue.

Tendril, Ink and Charcoal, 106 x 75cm



Royal Academy Exhibition

Hide and Seek

Drawings by Eileen Cooper RA

29 May — 23 August 2015

Eileen Cooper RA 'Hide and Seek' Royal Academy ADThis summer the RA celebrates the art of Eileen Cooper RA with an exhibition of drawings spanning almost 40 years of her career.

This exhibition, which coincides with the publication of a monograph celebrating Cooper’s career, presents drawings spanning almost 40 years. Cooper creates work that possesses a strongly poetic and distinctive vision, and the artist has been described as a ‘magical realist’. An accomplished painter and printmaker, Cooper’s practice has always been underpinned by drawing. This remarkable body of work illustrates how her distinctive imagery has developed through making drawings that explore such subjects as sexuality, birth, family, fecundity and creativity. We are delighted to display, as part of the exhibition, the artist’s gift to the Royal Academy Collections of ten previously unseen mixed-media drawings. These feature Cooper’s iconic female figures, and are multi-layered and complex in form.


Book Publication and Gallery Talk

Eileen Cooper RA

Between the Lines

Eileen Cooper RA 'Between the Lines' 1




Written by Martin Gayford and Sara Lee

Published by the Royal Academy of Arts, May 2015

Available to buy  – £30 (P&P + £3)


Gallery Talk & Book Launch 

Eileen Cooper book

Eileen Cooper will be giving a talk at Rabley Drawing Centre about her current solo exhibition ‘Garden’ and her newly published monograph ‘Between the Lines’.

Wednesday 17 June at 2.30 pm

Tickets £10

Limited places. Online booking essential.

Proceeds to Naomi House.

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Thurs 23 April 10–9pm

Fri 24 April 10–10pm

Sat 25 April 10–6pm

Sun 26 April 10–6pm



Prudence Ainslie

Eileen Cooper RA,

Peter Freeth RA,

Naomi Frears,

Jane Harris,

Katherine Jones,

Sara Lee,

Endellion Lycett–Green

Nana Shiomi,

Emma Stibbon RA

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Craigie Aitchison, A Life in Colour by Cate Haste

Cragie Aitchison, A Life in Colour by Cate Haste

GALLERY TALK: Wednesday 4 March, 2.30pm
Award winning, biographer, historian and film-maker, Cate Haste will talk about her new, fully illustrated study of the life and work of Scottish artist, Craigie Aitchison (1926-2009) entitled ‘Craigie Aitchison: A Life in Colour ‘. This will accompany our special exhibition of Craigie Aitchison paintings and prints 3 –15 March 2015. This is the first book to cover the entire oeuvre of a painter whose distinctive and powerfully evocative style has earned him widespread critical acclaim and public popularity. Haste draws on original documents, family archives, letters, published interviews with the painters and new interviews with those who knew the artist to explore the relationship of his life to his work.

  • The talk will last approximately 50 minutes.
  • A book signing will follow the talk, with drinks in the gallery.
  • Tickets £10 per person.
  • All proceeds will go to the Prospect Hospice Savernake Appeal (see info below)
  • Book in advance – places are limited.



Book Review

Craigie Aitchison – a life in colour || Cate Haste Craigie Aitchison arrived at the Slade in 1952 along with others who had studied art for longer, or whose studies had been interrupted by wartime service. In spite of his relative youth, however, he was one of the Six Young Contemporaries who exhibited at the Gimpel Fils gallery in 1954 and, the following year, was award a British Council scholarship to study in Italy. There, he discovered the exuberance of Catholic churches and Quattrocento frescoes that were to influence his later work. Aitchison is central to the art scene of the later twentieth century, exhibiting alongside figures such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and Euan Uglow. His work is characterised by his use of colour and shape (hence the book’s subtitle) and his compositions are simple, frequently bare and with the main subject often almost overshadowed by a bold background that sets them almost as negative shapes within a strongly rectangular form. Edges, even the edges of the painting itself, become significant. Cate Haste’s book is more than just a biography or an account of the work of her subject, being much more a complete account of a man of whom a great deal demands to be said. Drawing on original documents, family archives, letters and published interviews, she draws together the strands of Aitchison’s life, detailing his early development in Edinburgh, through his time at the Slade and in Italy to his burgeoning career in London and his place in and influence on the canon of the contemporary scene. The book is also generously and thoughtfully illustrated, with an explanation and analysis of how Aitchison worked and how his style developed. It’s about as complete as you could want. Review from Artbookreview


About Prospect Hospice & the Savernake Hospital Appeal

Prospect Hospice brings care, comfort and confidence to thousands of patients diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and their families in the community of Swindon, Marlborough and north Wiltshire. Last year Prospect Hospice cared for more than 5,500 patients and family members at the hospice in Wroughton, in patients’ own homes and through our palliative care team based at Great Western Hospital in Swindon. All care for patients is provided without charge.

Prospect Hospice now needs your help to raise the final £75,000 to bring more of our care to people of Marlborough, Pewsey and the neighbouring villages.


Rabley Library New Book – William Blake, Apprentice and Master

Rabley Art Library is open in the gallery fro independent artist research during exhibition open times.

Rabley Library New Book – William Blake, Apprentice and Master  – written by guest curator of the Ashmolean exhibition of the same name by Dr. Micheal Phillips. It made me see Blake in a new light –  inspiring, radical, experimental and brilliant! There are some special demonstrations this month.

William Blake



Special Printing Demonstrations

On a 19th century printing press
With Professor Michael Phillips, exhibition curator
10am–12pm and 2pm–4pm on the following dates:

January: Friday 16 (10am–1pm only), Saturday 17, Sunday 18, Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 and Friday 23
February: Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4, Thursday 5, Friday 6, Saturday 7 (10am–12pm only), Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18, Thursday 19, Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22

Join Professor Michael Phillips, guest curator of the exhibition, as he prints on a 19th-century printing press, demonstrating the different stages of the print process. Originally trained as a printmaker, Professor Phillips has a unique insight into William Blake’s printing techniques and has been researching and recreating Blake’s method of relief etched copper plates. Free with the price of exhibition admission and no additional booking is necessary.


William Blake: Apprentice and Master

This major exhibition focuses on the extraordinary life and work of William Blake (1757–1827), printmaker, painter and revolutionary poet of the prophetic books. It examines his formation as an artist, including his apprenticeship as an engraver, and his maturity during the 1790s when he was at the height of his powers as both an artist and revolutionary poet. The exhibition also explores his influence on the young artist-printmakers who gathered around him in the last years of his life, including Samuel Palmer, George Richmond and Edward Calvert.


LUSTRE – Rabley Artmas Fair

Patrick Scott_sq 10 x 10 squ


20 November – 19 December

Rabley Artmas Fair of lustrous works on paper by

Deborah BELL




Dorothy CROSS

Diarmuid DELARGY

Godfried DONKOR




Sara LEE


Barbara RAE RA


Patrick SCOTT