The Society of Women Artists (SWA) is a British art body and registered charity that has had a unique history dedicated to promoting art created by women. It was founded as the Society of Female Artists (SFA) in 1855 by Harriet Grote, offering women artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their works. Since 1857, they have held annual exhibitions in London. Membership of the SWA is currently composed of 140 members. The SWA are keen to promote new artists from the UK and abroad and encourage non-members and young artists to show their work at the SWA annual Mall gallery exhibition.
Hastings Arts Forum, 36 Marina, St Leonards on Sea 2 Apr – 14 Apr 11am -5pm. Closed Monday.
Open evening: 5 Apr, 6.30 – 8.30pm
SoCo (South Coast Artists) have chosen to respond to Hastings Arts Forum’s recent show The Bigger Picture with their own exhibition entitled A Smaller Picture. The exhibition will include paintings, prints, photography and three dimensional work. SoCo is a large group of professional artists, based in East Sussex who exhibit regularly at The Arts Forum and other venues.
SoCo Showcase 2 at the Hastings Arts Forum
13 Jun – 25 June
Opening times Tuesday -Sunday 11am-5pm
Private View: 16 Jun, 6.30 – 8.30pm
The East Sussex based group, SoCo Artists, initiated this project last year as an opportunity for members to develop a new body of work or show work from their ongoing practice, in a curated exhibition.
The selected artists for SoCo Showcase 2 are Lynne Bingham, Sally Cole, Jean Davey-Winter, Jill Hartman, Adrienne Hunter, Gillian Metcalfe, Carly Ralph, Katherine Reekie, David Reeve, Helen Scalway and Suzy Watts. Expect a broad range of work including drawing, installation, painting, collage and textiles. www.soco.org.uk
Hastings Arts Forum
St Leonards on Sea