The Regulation Society’s Artwork Group is holding its 61st Annual Exhibition. This yr, because of the pandemic, the group can be holding the exhibition on-line hosted on the Regulation Society’s web site. We miss the buzzing annual exhibitions historically held on the Regulation Society’s Studying Room in Chancery Lane.

Hopefully, it gained’t be lengthy when the group can return to the Studying Room. Within the meantime, we’ve embraced the web exhibition and imagine that it’ll take the present to a brand new realm reaching a wider viewers than is feasible with a bodily exhibition. As they stated, each cloud has its silver lining.

This yr, the present brings collectively artworks by 32 members of various expressions and topics. The expressions vary from the rigorously calculated, the incommunicably illusive and the care-free. Decide Clive Jones, an everyday visitor to the annual exhibits and who has had a preliminary glimpse of the present, instructed me that he’s impressed that the present not solely mirrors the court docket’s adaption to remote-hearings within the pandemic, the titles of a number of artworks from ‘Chilling Out’, ‘Lockdown Gloom’, ‘Lockdown Lobster Deal with’ (of post-Brexit inventory?), ‘Herd Immunity’ to ‘Past Right here There Lies Nothing’ appear to replicate current actuality and temper. Certainly, I say, trying on the wedding ceremony scene in ‘After Veronese’ (exhibit no. 87 in case you surprise what I’m alluding to), one can’t assist wonder if the holy visitors would have needed to carry out one other miracle to save lots of the mortal hosts and visitors together with the 4 nice Venetian painters (portrayed as music performers) from fines below the present Tier four restrictions.

David Foster, Dress Sense, oil

This isn’t a spot for me to evaluate the artworks. The evaluate and forecast of prize winners are normally expertly, unbiasedly and reliably supplied by Eduardo Reyes of the Regulation Society Gazette in its Obiter web page on the applicable time. Because the displays are displayed in alphabetical order of artists’ names, I recommend if viewers take their time scrolling right down to the tip of the show, they are going to be rewarded by many nice surprises that can make them really feel sure {that a} work or two of those artworks on one’s workplace partitions could be enriching, inspiring and serving to to raise the gloom of the present lockdown.

Judging artwork present of a bunch is at all times troublesome. Nonetheless, with a unique decide yearly, the sphere is fairly stage. The artwork decide for this yr’s present is Professor Anita Taylor who can be the founding director of the celebrated Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. The primary prizes up for seize this yr are the Sylvester Amiel Lewin & Horne prize for the Most Excellent Work, Radcliffe Chambers prize for the Greatest Oil/Acrylic, Edwin Coe prize for Greatest Work on Paper, and Laura Devine Immigration prize for the Greatest 3-D Work. As is our custom, judging is completed on the non-public view and winners revealed on announcement by the decide. So, to seek out out if Eduardo has made his forecast appropriately, come and be part of us on the non-public view which can be held on-line by way of zoom on the night 5 March 2021 (and particulars of which can be obtained by emailing [email protected]).

The creative wonders supplied by the group doesn’t cease on the annual exhibition. On the night of eight April 2021, the group and Collyer Bristow will co-host a web based speak by the artist and art-writer, Tim Hyman RA, on ‘A New Sort of Figuration’. Contact me by way of the above e mail do you have to have an interest to e book tickets for the speak (topic to availability).

The Regulation Society’s 61st Annual Exhibition is viewable from right now.

The exhibition and its catalogue may additionally be considered on the group’s Facebook hyperlink.


Pey Kan Su is chair of the Regulation Society Artwork Group