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.
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 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.
- Visit the Lots Road Group Facebook page
- Check out the Lots Road Group blog
- Follow the Lots Road Group on Twitter @lotsroadgroup
- Take a look at the Portrayed! catalogue online
- Read more about the International Women’s Forum UK
- Visit the Chelsea Gallery, Chelsea Old Town Hall website
- Visit the Heatherley School of Fine Art website
- Visit Daphne Todd’s website
The Lots Road Group are:
- Alla Broeksmit
- Martin Burrough
- Nichola Collins
- Katherine Firth
- Stuart Howitt
- Hero Johnson
- Christine Klein
- Sharon Low
- Viviana Macchi
- Sarah Jane Moon
- Hilary Puxley
- Colleen Quill
- Lucinda Rendall
- Sarah Reynolds
- Sarah Richardson
- Elizabeth Shields
- Mark Stevenson
- Stella Tooth