Annual Exhibition – Horse in Art, 23rd September to 7th October

Horse in Art online gallery buttonThe 38th Annual Open Exhibition of the Society of Equestrian Artists opened its doors at Sally Mitchell’s wonderful 18th Century family-run Gallery in Tuxford for its Private View on Sunday 24th September.

2017 Cuneo Medal winner

Dr Robert Fountain awards the 2017 Cuneo Medal to Debbie Dunbar SEA.

Visitors were welcomed and encouraged to browse and buy from an extensive choice of more than 100 excellent works by 50 artists.

Dr Robert Fountain, one of the founders of The British Sporting Art Trust (BSAT), officially opened proceedings and also praised the high quality of the work on show. In awarding The Robert Fountain Best Original Print (to Friend member Fiona Thomson) he made a special reference to how refreshing it was to see some good old-fashioned, proper etching on show – stating: “I would love to see more of woodcuts, lithography and similar at exhibitions.”

Leading SEA full members including Malcolm Coward HSEA, Rosemary Welch SEA, Barry Peckham HSEA, Glynis Mills HSEA and Debbie Dunbar SEA were exhibiting, entries were also accepted from Associates, Friends and new artists too – including 15-year-old Sorrel Penman winner, of the 2016 John King Young Artist Award and now exhibiting in her own right.

Sales were made at the exhibition, which bodes well for the exhibiting artists. This is possibly one of the best opportunities to view and purchase quality original works in the equestrian sphere in the UK this year.

Picture Credit – Cathy Spearing: Facebook | equinart.co.uk/

Refreshment

For those travelling a long way to visit the exhibition there is a charming coffee shop on the premises where light meals and cream teas can be taken.

Getting there

The gallery has its own free car park behind the gallery and the venue is very easily reached, just one minute off the A1 Northbound and three minutes off the Southbound. Travelling by train it is only 90 minutes from London and 15 minutes by taxi from Retford station. For those with smarter transport it is five minutes from Gamston airfield.

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Horse in Art 2017 Denford Stud Best in Show by Rachel Vynne – 'The Legend'
Fiona Thompson
Field Sketch – Old Pony II
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2017 Cuneo Medal winner
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Morning at the Gate
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Collecting Hounds, The Quorn
Trumpeter Household Cavalry
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Special Commendation – The John King Young Artist Award
Highly Commended – The John King Young Artist Award
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Runner Up – The John King Young Artist Award

Dr Robert Fountain presents The Denford Stud Best in Show to Rachel Vynne for 'The Legend'. [Credit: Cathy Spearing]

Horse in Art 2017 Denford Stud Best in Show by Rachel Vynne – 'The Legend'. [Credit: Cathy Spearing]

Horse in Art 2017 Robert Fountain Best Original Print winner Fiona Thompson.

Horse in Art 2017 Robert Fountain Best Original Print: Fiona Thompson – 'Field Sketch – Old Pony II' (Drypoint Etching, 13x13", edition 1/6) £275

Dr Robert Fountain presents The British Sporting Art Trust Best Sculpture (BSAT) Award to Juliet Cursham SEA for 'The Favourite Hound'. [Credit: Cathy Spearing]

The British Sporting Art Trust (BSAT) Best Sculpture Award winner, Horse in Art 2017: Juliet Cursham SEA – ‘The Favourite Hound’. [Credit: Cathy Spearing]

Dr Robert Fountain awards the 2017 Cuneo Medal to Debbie Dunbar SEA. [Credit: Cathy Spearing]

Debbie Dunbar, 2017 Cuneo Medal winner, with some of her Horse in Art 2017 accepted works at Sally Mitchell's Gallery. [Credit: Cathy Spearing]

Horse in Art 2017 The Sally Mitchell Fine Arts Award winner: Rosemary Welch SEA – 'Morning at the Gate' (Oils, 32x30") SOLD

Dr Robert Fountain presents The Hounds Magazine Best Hunting Picture Award to Frederick Haycock ASEA for ‘Collecting Hounds, The Quorn’. [Credit: Cathy Spearing]

Horse in Art 2017 Hounds Magazine Best Hunting Picture: Frederick Haycock ASEA – 'Collecting Hounds, The Quorn' (Oils, 24x18") £5,500

2017 Horse in Art Visitor's Choice: Catherine Hamilton – 'Trumpeter Household Cavalry' (Oils, 39x41") £650

Mary Tuckett, Chairman of The Pony Club presents the The John King Young Artist Award sculpture by Debbie Burt HSEA to Cara Mannix, age 13 (Grafton Branch). They are pictured in front of the winning piece, which is exhibited for the duration of the Horse in Art Annual Exhibition. [Credit: Cathy Spearing]

Robert Fountain (left) and Mary Tuckett, Chairman of The Pony Club, present the John King Young Artist Award Special Commendation to Xakeira Merlin, age 7 of the Pony Club Cambrideshire Hunt branch. [Credit: Cathy Spearing]

Special Commendation – The John King Young Artist Award: Xakiera Merlin, age 7 (Cambridgeshire Hunt)

Highly Commended – The John King Young Artist Award: Charlotte Judge, age 18 (Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre)

Robert Fountain (left) and Mary Tuckett, Chairman of The Pony Club, present the John King Young Artist Award Runner-Up prize to Sophie Kemble, age 15 of the Pony Club North Norfolk branch. [Credit: Cathy Spearing]

Runner Up – The John King Young Artist Award: Sophie Kemble, age 15 (North Norfolk)

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  • Open daily from 10am to 5pm, the exhibition closes on Saturday 7th October at 5pm the exhibition is FREE to view
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AWARD WINNERS

  • The Denford Stud Best in Show – About the Award…
    Judged by Robin Start of Denford Stud and awarded to Rachel Vynne for ‘The Legend’. Shortlisted: Jane Braithwaite ASEA for ‘Athlete’.
  • The Robert Fountain Best Original Print Award
    Judged by Dr Robert Fountain and awarded to Fiona Thomson for ‘Field Sketch – Old Pony II’.
  • The British Sporting Art Trust (BSAT) Best Sculpture Award –  About the Award…
    Judged by Sir Robin Furness of BSAT and awarded to Juliet Cursham SEA for ‘The Favourite Hound’. Shortlisted: Anna Baxter SEA for ‘Colt’.
  • The Cuneo MedalAbout the Award…
    Presented on behalf of the Society by Dr Robert Fountain to Debbie Dunbar SEA for ‘Bright – Study of a Hound’, ‘Keen Leaders’, ‘Gilded Light’, ‘A Gossip at the Ploughing Match’, ‘Vintage Accommodation and ‘One Last Summer’.
  • The Sally Mitchell Fine Art Award
    Judged by Sally Mitchell and awarded to Rosemary Welch SEA for ‘Morning at the Gate’.
  • The Hounds Magazine Best Hunting Picture Award
    Judged on behalf of Hounds Magazine by Laura Barber-Riley SEA and awarded to Frederick Haycock ASEA for ‘Collecting Hounds, The Quorn’.
  • The John King Young Artist AwardAbout the Award…
    Judged at the 2017 Pony Club Championships by representatives of the SEA and the Pony Club. Presented by Mary Tuckett, Chairman of The Pony Club, to Cara Mannix, age 13 (Grafton Branch). Special Commendation: Xakiera Merlin, age 7 (Cambridgeshire Hunt). Highly Commended: Charlotte Judge, age 18 (Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre). Runner-Up: Sophie Kemble, age 15 (North Norfolk).

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