British Contemporary Arts

15th January 2019
January Newsletter
I’ve been thinking a lot about pride recently, an emotion that has both negative and positive connotations… especially at present. There’s the foolishly irrationally corrupt sense of one's personal value, status or accomplishments or that of one’s country.
Conversely, pride is a humble and content sense of attachment toward our (or another's) choices and actions, like that of a loved one or a feeling of belonging. It’s clearly an emotion of the ego but how do we know when it’s well, or misplaced?
I am immensely proud of what my wonderful wife has achieved in just 10 years, from humble vegetable grower to one of the world’s most recognised floral designers. But is all pride truly as misplaced as religions would have us believe… coming before a fall?
I feel pride should be reserved for our accomplishments not our shortcomings, but everyone has a different opinion of what shortcomings and accomplishments are, so how to account the right from wrong? Can a person be proud without being vain, as Jane Austen suggested?
For me it’s the driving emotion behind our pride. If we feel warmth and appreciation for what we, another, or our communities (no matter how widespread) have achieved I feel it’s a positive emotion: one that can be built upon. If anger, envy or resentment is the driving force, however, maybe that’s where it needs to be reassessed. Doing anything in spite of what exists may be that proverbial pride before the fall we’re warned of.
I guess it comes down to the Pharisee and the Publican parable: Will we extol to others the virtues of who we are and what we’ve done, or realise what we’ve done is simply a path to something greater and we are just a small cog in that engine.

And on the subject of extolling the virtues of another, boy do we have some blinding new work for you this month! Just before Christmas, Jilly Ballantyne and Rosanne Barr both added a new piece each to their respective pages. Both Scottish lasses, they're truly united in talent as well!

That popular Julie Brunn added three stunning new images of animals to replace the ones she's sold. Her delicacy of brushwork is a delight to behold, so take the time to check those beauties out!

The inimitable Deborah Walker has added some sublime watercolours to her page. The power and depth they hold belies the medium they are painted in! And our collage queen, Karen Stamper added three newbies too. Such bright colours, they'd be totes fab on any wall!

Lovely Nancy Wood dropped in with an incredible epoxy resin artwork with seams of gold that looks like a natural wonder. How does she do that!? And on the subject of colour, Daniel Cole's five beautiful new pieces have a synergy of blue that I'm convinced he could patent. Gingerpeachy!

I'm totally in love with these 8... yes eight! new Tony Parsons', especially the Emperors. There's so much movement in his works, no matter what he paints, he can do no wrong for me... and you? 

And finally, Claire Henley has been beavering away at her easel for us and got these two gems in just in time for the newsletter. So if you're fans of Tenby, Rock or Padstow, these two are gonna be right up your street!

So there it is for another month. We were one year old on 1st January! Thanks so much for all your support, friendship and custom in 2018, making it one of the most successful projects I've ever created. And here's to another 12 months of success for you too, whatever your undertaking.

Bless ya!


Mark David Hatwood FRSA
0752 7777 416


Over 450 visitors enjoyed a wide range of artworks by members of the Society at the Town Hall recently. The Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Gill Mattock (third left in the photograph) opened the exhibition which raised money for the Mayor's Charities, Wayfinder Woman and Memory Lane. Keith Ridley, Consultative Editor at the Eastbourne Herald and Gazette (second left) presented the Eastbourne herald Trophy and certificates to the winners. Seen here with Gill Mattock and Keith Ridley are, left to right, Roselyne Ferdinand, Christine Munro, Les Needham, Andrew Forrest and SEA President Beresford PontType your paragraph here.

Bringing Art to Eastbourne

18th January 2019

​At the January Celebration of Members Work, our esteemed Chairman, Andrew G. Forrest- Artist, Historian and Art Historian - very kindly discussed our members work and shared his comments.  Around 50 paintings were discussed as to their merits, choice of colours, perspective and also suggestions as to where they might possibly be improved.

All paintings were inspected by all members and very much appreciated

In the second half of the evening Andrew gave a talk about Joseph Harold Swanwick , his life and paintings, and included man interesting facts

May Demonstration

On Friday 18th May we enjoyed an interesting demonstration by WILL DYKE who showed us an enthralling

presentation covering the history of linocut and woodcutting.

It is amazing to note that the methods and tools used are hundreds of years old . Will demonstrated how to

create an image using the block cutting tools and demonstrated the use of the ink to print an image on to

various types of paper which produced different effects.

Will also does group workshops,  classes and talks  

19th April 2019    

Demonstration by Peter van Breda

See photograph of painting

​Peter van Breda was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in England where he mostly paint plein-air. The ever changing light creates a sense of urgency within the painting

it was a challenge for Peter to paint indoors but he demonstrated his technique, especially his attention to detail, concentration on the light and using his notes and on site reference drawings to create the finished painting

The Society of Eastbourne Artists 1848-2019