Judging at Malvern St James

Karen Stone, Di Weissberg (Head of Art), Headmistress Olivera Raraty and winner Kirsty Thomson

This exhibition brought together artwork from 13 different schools, aged from reception to year 8 and I was given the privileged but difficult task of judging it.

It was brilliant to see so much fabulous work illustrating that the love of creativity and the commitment of our art teachers. It was also a privilege to meet so many wonderful young people. parents and teachers.

Obviously not everyone could be awarded a prize and what I thought would be a relatively straight forward task turned out to be more complex. Each work demanded, and deserved, a thorough inspection and the subject matter ranged from explosions of mark making to complex conceptual ideas that challenged our thoughts on the environment, space and beyond.

When I was at school there was a girl in my year who took the art prizes. I always entered and sometimes achieved a highly commended but never took the main award. My school friend took the prizes and had her work hung in the school hall at regular intervals. Annoyingly she was good and even more annoyingly, I knew she was good!

Then, as now, I never take seeing brilliance in others as being a criticism of my own work. I simply  use it as an acknowledgement that there is still work to do and further ways to develop my practice. Winning an award (and I have won some) is the most fabulous feeling but it is subjective to the aesthetics of who so-ever is judging. The importance of believing in your own art, keeping on the path to improvement and not giving up when times get tough ultimately makes you a better artist.

‘Unframed’ Exhibition of Drawings 6th to 14th April 2019


drawings and sketches


Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th April at


The Chapel Gallery, Bromyard, 2 Forbury Chase, Sherford Street, Bromyard, HR7 4DL. 

Open 11am to 5pm with pop-up café.

(Closed Monday and Tuesday)


How do artists work and think? Whatever the final medium by which an artist may be known, perhaps as a painter or a sculptor, often their ideas will begin on paper with drawings and sketches. Sometimes the drawing may be the end in itself. In this group exhibition we offer you a rare chance to see their inner thoughts and gain an insight into their working practices with an array of unframed works which will be available for sale.

See  website for more details www.thechapelbromyard.com

Karen will be there on Sunday 7th and Friday 12th April to talk about her drawings and working practice.


The Lacemaker and other pictures on show in architects’ window

From Saturday 23 February at Nick Joyce Architects, Barbourne Road, Worcester WR1

The window displays a selection of pieces inspired by the traditional craft of lace making. In the centre lies a copy of the famous Vermeer painting, The Lacemaker, which is flanked be a contemporary pastel work of the same name and an abstract screen print based on the domestic interior. Also displayed is the patchwork Quilt made up of 171 individual mono prints all taken from pieces of old lace or embroidery.

The work celebrates these crafts, traditionally practiced by women at a time when it was often their only form of creative outlet.

‘The Lacemaker’ Pastel on paper (50cm x 60cm Framed)
‘Still Life Abstract’ Artist’s Proof (30cm x 50cm Framed)