Portrayed! 25 Years of Inspiring Women‏

The Lots Road Group, together with the International Women’s Forum UK (IWF UK) opened their annual exhibition at The Chelsea Town Hall last week with a packed Private View and a fabulous video introduction by esteemed portrait artist, Daphne Todd, a real honour for the group.

The Lots Road Group teamed up with IWF UK on its 25th Anniversary to produce a portrait exhibition of 16 of its most inspiring women – its four founders and first 12 chairs.

IWF UK is part of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an organisation which advances leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world’s most pre-eminent women of significant and diverse achievement.

With over 5,000 women leaders across six continents and 33 nations, the IWF has unprecedented global reach to exchange ideas, learn and inspire, and promote better leadership for a changing world.

The portraits have been created by artists in the Lots Road Group – artists who all studied at The Heatherley School of Fine Art in Chelsea, one of the few art colleges that focus purely on portraiture, figurative painting and sculpture.

Together the group has captured in oils, acrylics, pastel, and print the 16 women who founded or chaired IWF UK during its first 25 years.

Susan Young, who chaired the organisation during its 25th year and championed the initiative said:

I am delighted to embark on this special collaboration with the Lots Road Group. This is a wonderful opportunity to capture the essence of our leaders on canvas and represent inspiring leadership in an innovative medium.

This is the Lots Road Group’s second major project. Last year, in the run up to Mother’s Day, the group mounted a portrait exhibition celebrating motherhood.

This year’s exhibition of IWF UK’s leaders at The Chelsea Gallery runs until Sunday 7 June 2015.

The related catalogue is available on line and on sale at the exhibition, and contains brief biographical information about each of the artists and sitters, as well as a brief account of what it was like for each artist to portray the women who provided the inspiration for these portraits.

The Lots Road Group blog contains interesting behind-the-scenes pictures and a video of the exhibition hang.

The Chelsea Gallery:
Chelsea Library
Chelsea Old Town Hall
King’s Road
London SW3 5EZ

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‘Motherhood’ moves to Islington

The Lots Road Group’s Motherhood exhibition has now moved to The Child and Family Practice  in Islington from Monday 31st March 2014 to Monday 14th April 2014.

The Child and Family Practice
8 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AA

Monday to Friday, 9.00 am – 8.00 pm
Sat and Sun 9.30am – 5.00 pm

Closest tube: Goodge Street

Motherhood book:  Price £16.69+p&p from  http://blur.by/1n0HsKF


Artist Stella Tooth on remembering mothers and capturing motherhood

Artist Stella Tooth

Artist Stella Tooth

Artist Stella Tooth joined the occasional series on motherhood and creativity on www.storyofmum.com,  sharing how her art links to her experience of mothering, and talks about her upcoming group exhibition “Motherhood”.

The exhibition by the Lots Road Group takes place at the Chelsea Library, Kings Road, SW3 from Thursday, 20 March until Mother’s Day (30 March).

The exhibition is accompanied by a book which contains all the portraits featured in the exhibition which are executed in a variety of media from oils, acrylics and pastels to print.  Some were completed from life, others after death from studies and photographs. The book will be sold at the exhibition in aid of Oxfam’s Mothers Appeal.

The exhibition and the book also provide “a fascinating insight into the craft of portrait painting: from the artist who set aside her oils for speedier pastels to portray her mother with life-long back problems, to another who describes the quick work required to capture the likeness of a mother-in-law, suffering from Alzheimer’s, who would ‘forget’ her presence, to another who listened to the music she used to share with her mother to help her complete the portrait begun before her death. ”

The Heatherley School of Fine Art’s Principal Emeritus, John Walton RA, writes about the portrait he painted of his own mother in the foreword to the book.

The Lots Road Group was established to “facilitate camaraderie and provide a platform for exhibiting and maintaining professional networks.  In 2014 they have come together to create this tribute to motherhood.”

Read Stella’s article: http://www.storyofmum.com/content/remembering-mothers-capturing-motherhood-stella-tooth-2631

Visit Stella’s website: http://www.stellatooth.co.uk/

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