Nik Pollard – Artist, teacher and an inspirational artist in Residence!

E INVITE Nik Pollard

Rabley Drawing Centre embraces an open ended network of creative connections. It brings together it’s artist in residence, the gallery and the courses to offer an enhanced learning experience.

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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.





FRIDAY 17 OCTOBER  10.30 – 5pm

NP duo 10 x 5

Nik Pollard is Rabley Drawing Centre’s Artist in Residence 2014. This year he has been out in all weathers on the 700 acre farm that surrounds Rabley at the heart of the Wiltshire downs – hiding in cover waiting for hares, sitting in the field margins or hovering by the pond watching dragonflies and red kite.

His work stems from a passion for the natural world and is generated from sustained, direct observation. He makes drawings and paintings in the field and develops ideas through printmaking in the studio.

3 Nik Preparing Colours for 'Broad Bodied Chaser'

Nik Pollard preparing his inks for MULTIPLIED ART FAIR ‘Live Printing’ on Friday 17 October with Rabley Contemporary, Stand 32.

NP09 Nik Pollard, Broad Bodied Chaser (small)

Visit Nik at the fair and see him printing…..

Nik Pollard, ‘Broad Bodied Chaser at Rest’, Monotype and Intaglio           Edition Variable of 30, 20 x 29cm on Somerset Satin White 300gsm



NP08 Nik Pollard Brown Hare (small)*New Edition launching at Multiplied 2014

Nik Pollard, ‘Brown Hare’ Hand Coloured Intaglio, Edition of 30, Paper 36.5 x 29 Somerset Satin White, 300gsm, Plate 25 x 19cm.

Published by Rabley Editions 2014

We hope you will join us at Multiplied Art Fair where we will be launching new prints and enjoy Rabley collectors special pre-publication offers on selected works.



Eileen Cooper RA

Naomi Frears

Sara Lee

Nik Pollard

Nana Shiomi

Emma Stibbon RA


This year Rabley Drawing Centre is delighted to be invited to create a live printing studio at the heart of the fair. Each day one of our artist printmakers will be working in the Live Printing Area at Stand 32 where you can witness printmaking in action –

Friday – Nik Pollard/Amy-Jane Blackhall: Saturday Sara Lee: Sunday Eileen Cooper/Prudence Ainslie



Oct 17, 9am – 7pm, Oct 18, 11am – 7pm, Oct 19, 11am – 6pm, Oct 20, 9am – 5pm

Admission to Multiplied is free.

FAIR LOCATION Christie’s South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3LD

HOW TO GET HERE Tube: South Kensington
 (3 minutes walk), By bus: 74, 414, 14, 345, C1



Nik Pollard – Artist in Residence 2014

Artist Nik Pollard has just started his yearlong residency at Rabley. He has spent the last two weeks submersed in the local landscape and familiarizing himself with the day to day routines of the array of wildlife here, in particular the abundance of Lapwings and raptors such as the Red Kites.


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Sara Lee: Exhibition & Course

Sara Lee 'The Keeper' Intaglio and woodcut print

Sara Lee The Keeper, 2013 Intaglio and woodcut, 44 x 60 cms

SARA LEE ‘Ley of the Land’
Drawings, Prints and Film
10 March – 12 April 2014
PRIVATE VIEW: Sunday 9 March, Noon – 3.30pm

In 2013 Sara Lee joined Rabley Drawing Centre as Artist-in-Residence. Inviting an artist to spend a year with us, visiting and revisiting this place throughout the seasons, is like planting a crop.
Sara has relocated from her London studio to the rural environs of Home Farm and Rabley Drawing Centre, spending time in the landscape each month. Through drawing, print and film, her images are a response to the ephemeral nature of landscape and question our emotional and physical relationship to an evolving exterior space.

View Sara’s gallery on the Rabley Website…

Sara Lee 'Refuge' 2013, Woodcut (in the ukiyo-e tradition), 30 x 45 cms

Sara Lee ‘Refuge’ 2013, Woodcut (in the ukiyo-e tradition), 30 x 45 cms

Thu 3 – Sat 5 April 2014

Sara will introduce the history and technique of Japanese woodcut: a water based, coloured, woodcut printmaking method, that does not require a press. You will investigate ways of using this in your wider creative practice.
The cutting and registration techniques learned on this course will be very useful for those using conventional Western woodcut tradition and those with an interest in hand-printing.
The course will both explore the unique and subtle qualities of the Ukiyo-e tradition of preparing and printing blocks and explore ways of using it for multi-block relief prints.

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*UNTIL 14/2/14 we are offering a 10% discount for this course – online bookings only.

SKETCH – local radio and minister of culture news

We have spent two busy days installing SKETCH at the Black Swan Arts in Frome. With the fantastic help and support of the BSA volunteers, Charlie on drill and screws! and Kim Wood from the programming committee the show was up on the walls in a few hours.  Sketch Setting up at Black Swan

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SKETCH is on the move and opens at Black Swan Arts in Frome on Friday 10th January at 6pm.

Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge St, Frome BA11 1BB

Sketch at Black Swan Arts

The Black Swan we are welcoming in a new creative year with a chance to view some exceptional artists’ sketchbooks, selected for the UK’s only national sketchbook competition.

The Sketch Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize and exhibition from Rabley Drawing Centre, uniquely promotes the diversity and importance of drawing and the role of the sketchbook in contemporary fine art practice. Fifty-four artists’ sketchbooks were selected for the 2013 prize and touring exhibition and we are delighted to be showing them at the gallery this month.

A rare opportunity to explore these often private processes. Don’t miss it!

There will be a special open evening on Friday January 10th, from 6pm – 8pm: An opportunity to meet some of the artists; Meryl Ainslie, the founder of SKETCH will give a short introductory talk and Divas will be open for drinks.

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