ACS director, the artist Maggi Hambling in her studio © Luke Walker⁣

Virtual Art Exhibitions and Events Online Now!
November 25, 2020
As the winter months have set in and many of us are self-isolating or working from home, ACS has compiled a list of exhibitions and virtual events you can enjoy in your downtime, from the comfort of your sofa.


Maggi Hambling: Making Love With The Paint


“Maggi Hambling: Making Love With The Paint” is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer. The original BBC 2 interview aired at the end of October to mark ACS artist Maggi Hambling’s 75th birthday.⁣ The programme tells the artist’s life story through her work and in candid conversation during breaks between painting, at her studio in rural Suffolk.⁣


Marlborough Gallery is also presenting “Maggi Hambling: 2020”, an exhibition of recent paintings marking both a moment of self-reflection as well as a commentary on the world in 2020.⁣ Artwork in the exhibition can be viewed on Marlborough Gallery’s website with the show set to re-open on 2 Dec.


In addition, Maggi Hambling’s public art sculpture of Mary Wollstonecraft can now be viewed in Newington Green, London. The sculpture was created to celebrate Wollstonecraft’s life and work and to help diversify London’s monuments, over 90 percent of which are dedicated to men.


Celia Paul: Self-Portrait


To celebrate the US release of ACS artist Celia Paul’s acclaimed autobiography, Victoria Miro Gallery has created an online presentation of the artist’s recent artworks. Available to view on the Victoria Miro website, the online exhibition features the celebrated subjects of  Paul’s practice. The artworks are accompanied by a video showing the artist reading a personal selection of extracts from the book.


RA Summer Exhibition


The “Summer Exhibition” may be closed to the public until 2 Dec 2020, but the RA has created a virtual tour of the entire exhibition, which is now available to view on their website. In addition to many ACS artists exhibiting work in this year’s Summer Exhibition, the show was coordinated with a committee including ACS member artists Eileen Cooper RA and Stephen Farthing RA.


Masterworks at Jonathan Cooper Gallery


“Masterworks” is the new online exhibition at the Jonathan Cooper Gallery, featuring ACS artists Michael J Austin and James Lynch. For the past seven years the gallery has exhibited a selection of artists, including Austin and Lynch, at the annual Masterpiece art fair in London. Following the cancellation of this year’s Masterpiece fair, the gallery asked the artists who would usually have exhibited there to create an artwork for the ‘Masterworks exhibition instead.


New English Art Club Online Exhibition


A number of ACS artists are showing work in the current “New English Art Club Online Exhibition”. The New English Art Club (NEAC) focuses on artists working in figurative and observational paintings, drawings and prints.⁣ The exhibition is usually held annually at the Mall Galleries, but this year has moved online due to the pandemic. The work on show is by members of NEAC, alongside an open exhibition of work by emerging artists.⁣


ING Discerning Eye Exhibition


The “ING Discerning Eye Exhibition” returns in its first ever online edition, exhibiting small artworks that have been independently selected by prominent figures from different areas of the art world. This year ACS director Jo Baring , is one of the selectors and a number of ACS member artists, including Cathie Pilkington RA, Susan Aldworth and Victoria Heald. The other selectors for this year’s exhibition are: art critic Tabish Khan, art collectors Mervyn Metcalf and Beverley Knight, alongside artists Dale Lewis and David Remfry RA.


Howard Hodgkin: Memories


An exhibition devoted to the art of ACS member Howard Hodgkin, is currently taking place at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, with a video tour available to view on the gallery’s website.⁣ The exhibition celebrates the artist’s work during a seventy year career, bringing together nineteen of the artist’s most distinctive paintings. The exhibition focuses mainly on the 1980s and 1990s, two decades during which the artist cemented the unique style he is known for today.⁣


Sean Henry at Osborne Samuel


“Waiting For The Sun” is the new exhibition of works by ACS member artist Sean Henry, which is now available to view as a virtual tour on the Osborne Samuel Gallery website.⁣ The artist depicts anonymous figures in drawings, painted clay and bronze, often portrayed in thoughtful and contemplative poses. The figures appear in a range of scales and uncanny proportions.⁣


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