‘CHELSEA UNLOCKED‘ was the theme of our 2020 show, ‘unlocked’ for obvious reasons. A great variety of works were submitted by Members of Chelsea Art Society which made for a most interesting exhibition of paintings and sculpture in many different media. The theme allowed for great freedom of thought that stimulated a lively show much appreciated by both our viewing public and the artists themselves.
The very successful exhibition was sponsored by Sloane Stanley estate as in previous years.
William Sloane was the founder of the Sloane Stanley Estate, and the William Sloane Medal, worth £1000, has been designed to encourage excellence in the disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking.
In 2018 the medal was awarded to Alice Boggis–Rolfe, and the winner last year was Amanda Coleman.
We are grateful to Geoffrey Matthews, Secretary of Chelsea Arts Club, who kindly agreed to judge the 2020 Exhibition.
The 2020 Medal was awarded to Sculptor, Patricia Barker.
CAS Sloane Stanley Exhibition 2019
Ebb and flow: a Chelsea Perspective
Last year’s exhibition of paintings, prints and sculptures by Members of Chelsea Art Society focused on the theme of ebb and flow in Chelsea, sponsored by Sloane Stanley .
‘Ebb and Flow: a Chelsea Perspective’ was the theme for this, our second exhibition at 340 Kings Road.
Not only the ebb and flow of water, which in Chelsea is most obvious in the tidal variations of the river Thames: many artists who took part also found their cue in the coming and going of people in Sloane Square, in the movement of traffic, of light, or of the seasons. The watery theme took some artists towards rainy pavements or fountains; others, sculptors especially, found all manner of aquatic inspiration, from boating to water nymphs. In short, this may have been a Chelsea perspective but it became as refracted and complex as the ripples themselves on the waters below Chelsea Embankment.
2019 was the second year that Sloane Stanley so generously sponsored both the exhibition and the William Sloane Medal, and we announced the selected winner on the opening night. We are very grateful to Sloane Stanley for their vision in supporting a significant and historical local art group.
We were also delighted that Fulham gallery owner Piers Feetham so kindly agreed to be the judge for the 2019 Award. Commissioned by Sloane Stanley, the William Sloane Medal was designed by the artist/designer Kate Harrison for these exhibitions – and once again was awarded to one of our artist Members for the best work in the show.
There is a rich artistic heritage in Chelsea, and Chelsea Art Society itself has its roots in the bohemian era of Chelsea’s past, when many artists still lived and worked in and around Tite Street. Although rising property prices have forced most artists out of Chelsea, many of the 100 or so members of Chelsea Art Society have lived, worked or trained in Chelsea at some point, and all are in some way connected and inspired by this wonderful area.
There is free entry to these exhibitions and we welcome all visitors.