BIG PAINTING CHALLENGE ARTISTS REUNITE FOR EXHIBITION
The ten artists from BBC One’s Big Painting Challenge are reuniting for a special exhibition at Lauderdale House in London, where paintings created on the show will be on display alongside some of their new work.
The exhibition called 'The Bigger Picture’ runs from the 15th – 26th April and is being supported by the SAA, Society For All Artists. The SAA is the UK’s largest membership organisation for amateur and professional artists. SAA members Jan, Melvyn and Alison were contestants on the show.
A selection of pieces produced on the Big Painting Challenge will be on display, some of which will be available to buy, with 50% of the proceeds going to Children In Need. On the final day of the exhibit (Sunday 26th April), there will be a special meet and greet with the artists.
Over the six-week duration of the show, contestants on the Big Painting Challenge tackled various painting tasks under the critical eye of professional artist and judges: Lachlan Goudie and Daphne Todd OBE. The contestants were given a wide variety of challenges designed to find the most well-rounded and versatile artist. These tasks featured; landscape, still life and architecture. The final episode of the competition saw Paul Bell from Glasgow crowned the winner of the series.
SAA member Alison Stafford has helped to organise the exhibition. In an interview she said “The Big Painting Challenge was wonderful and at times a stressful experience for us all, but despite the exam like conditions we did produce work that we’re very proud of and wanted to share it with the public. We have all had very positive comments about the work that we produced for the tasks, so we wanted to give the public an opportunity to get up close to it and also see some of our new paintings and drawings. We’re all really excited to see our work together on display, and it’s great that the SAA are supporting us. We hope to help them in their mission of inspiring and encouraging others to enjoy art, visit galleries, or even pick up a paintbrush themselves”.
The SAA provides inspiration, support and tuition to members, and are keen to encourage people inspired by the Big Painting Challenge to take up art as a hobby.
Richard Hope-Hawkins, Managing Director of the SAA said, “The Big Painting Challenge has brought art to the masses again on prime time TV, and given people a real insight into painting. This exhibition is a wonderful way for the public to get up close to some of the work the artists produced on the show and also introduce them to some of their other work. We want people to see art as accessible and not be afraid to enjoy it and have a go themselves!”