Royal College of Physicians’ Medicinal Garden

I have been invited to draw the Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas) as part of their celebration for the 500th anniversary of the Royal College of Physicians and the 400th anniversary of the college’s publication of Britain’s first pharmacopoeia, the Pharmacopoeia Londinensis (PL).  In 2018 they are planning to produce an illustrated reissue of the first PL, a Florilegium.  This will be launched at the College with an art exhibition in 2018. On my visit I was totally amazed by the building of the Royal College of Physicians – a Grade I listed building designed by renowned architect Sir Denys Lasdun …

Round Tower, Black Swan, Frome

Wonderful to be exhibiting with the SGFA in the dynamic Black Swan Gallery in Frome.  The Society of Graphic Fine Art – The Drawing Society is the only national society in the UK dedicated exclusively to drawing.  Founded in 1919, the Society promotes fine drawing skills in both traditional and contemporary media. Today, they have more than 130 elected members across Britain, consisting of professional artists from all areas of the art world who work in all drawing and printmaking media. Exhibition Dates: 4 March – 25 March Venue: Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB

Botanical Beauty

The tradition of marrying art with science goes back to the 6th century when the first botanical illustrations were created.  The heyday of botanical art was from the 17th to the 19th century.  In recent years, there has been a renaissance in this genre.  Great to have one of my drawings selected for this open exhibition showcasing contemporary British botanical illustrations in a variety of styles. Exhibition Dates: 25 February – 1 April Venue: Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP

SPACE/LCN Showcase

SPACE, Mare Street, 19-21 January 2017 An exhibition including new works, works in progress, prototypes or experiments created by the first round of LCN participants.  I exhibited two hand finished limited edition lithograph prints.  I am so pleased to have completed my first series of prints and view this as an ongoing project.  It has been fantastic to have mentoring, attend workshops and widen my network.  The show was an energetic inspiring collection of works. Blog Post: Prints in Progress London Creative Network    

Tower 42

Artful invited me to exhibit artworks in the foyer of Tower 42.  The buildings original name was the Natwest Tower.  It was opened in 1981 and held the status as the tallest building in the City of London for 30 years until it was surpassed by the Heron Tower in 2009.  Viewings can be arranged by appointment – please contact me for further information. Exhibition Dates: January 8th – March 2007 Venue: Tower 42, Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HN Artful: Article ‘Venetia Norris coming to Tower 42’ Tower 42

Prints in progress

I was awarded a place on the artist development professional program called London Creative Network.  My intention was to translate my drawings into print.  I chose to learn about the lithographic process because I like the rich velvet lines and varied tonal qualities that could be created.  I really enjoy the different steps involved in creating a lithograph – processing the stone, drawing directly onto limestone, etching and printing.  I found the stone to be a wonderful material to draw upon.  It is cold to touch but then warms up. The grease pencils easily leave a mark and glide on …

Filming in the Studio

I am collaborating with Chocolate Films to create a short documentary as part of the 1000 Londoners project.  This exciting program creates a unique digital portrait of our city.  It offers an insight into the lives of 1000 people who consider themselves to be Londoners, taking in all ages, religions, race, income, interests and opinions.  Each week, a profile of a Londoner is posted on the home page.  The profile contains a 3 minute film that gives an insight into the life of the Londoner, as well as their own personal photos of London and some answers to crucial questions …

Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

Great to share my work with a new audience and meet lots of lovely artists.  I was delighted to find my artwork ‘Leaded Lights’ printed in The Windsor and Eaton Express article ‘Discover an original artwork at your own pace relaxed contemporary art fair,’ page 18, November 18 2016. Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

London Center for Book Arts

I attended an inspiring workshop at the London Center for Book Arts.  I was introduced to the letterpress and how to create a simple book. London Center for Book Arts