- Gallery-artist Rob Pointon has been elected an associate member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (AROI) - a most prestigious accolade from an esteemed establishment in the art world. Rob also won the ROI's Paint Live 2018 prize, as well as receiving a Menena Joy Schwabe Memorial Award for an Outstanding Oil Painter, and the Paint Out Norwich 1st prize in oils.
Our solo exhibitions so far this year have been fruitful - attracting fantastic turnouts, particularly to the preview dates, and commendations from enthusiasts and the press.
- Michael Ashcroft's solo show This is Manchester captured the imaginations of the city and even further afield, with nearly all his beautiful paintings finding new homes about the country.
- Anne Aspinall's stunning solo exhibition 'A Welsh Connection' received praise from collectors and visitors alike. Her paintings found new homes in the UK and even travelled all the way to Australia.
- Testament to the success and popularity of Chris Cyprus's Northern Lights show at the Gallery, he was interviewed for a feature on the BBC's North West Tonight on 13 March 2018. 'His labour of love has become a race against time'... The exhibition was nominated for a Best Exhibition Award at the Northern Soul Awards.
- In amongst these large solo shows, the Gallery also hosted the excellent work of local artist Matthew Thompson for his show Marking My Travels, that of Germany-based artist Florian Foerster for his show Places Drawn, Lost, and Reimagined, and Norman Long's accompanying series of paintings for his book launch.
December has been an excellent month for several artists in the Gallery.
- Michael Ashcroft has won the Frank Herring Easel Award at The Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Adam Ralston's awards won and achievements in competitions are stacking up:
- Pintar Rapido (London) 2017 - 1st Place / 2016 - 3rd Place
- Royal Society Of British Artists (RBA) 2017
- Manchester Academy Of Fine Arts (MAFA-membership) 2017
- Royal Institute Of Oil Painters (ROI) 2017/'16 - Won the 'Frank Herring Easel Award'
- ROI Paintlive 2017 - 1st Place