Exhibitions & Sales

SoFAP exhibits for sale a selection of work by member artists (2D and 3D) twice a year at the Fulham Library (598 Fulham Road, SW6 5NX) for six days. The next exhibition will be in May 2019 – dates to be decided soon.  On the evening before every exhibition we hold a Private View so all exhibitors and members of SoFAP can invite friends, potential buyers and the press. Our guest speakers have included: Greg Hands (MP), Hazel Soan (artist), Thomas Plunkett and many other illustrious patrons of the arts.

We also offer corporate patrons a Private View event, so that they can host their clients and contacts in the charming environment of our Exhibition & Sale.

We actively invite the public to come to the Exhibition & Sale and we rely upon members to help promote the event too to ensure we have as many visitors and buyers as possible. This is a wonderful opportunity not only to view but also to purchase original two- and three-dimensional works of art.

From September 2017,  we have become members of Own Art, a scheme to make an interest-free loan available to those purchasing any artwork at one of our exhibitions, priced from £100 – £2,500, spread over a 10-month period.  For more information please contact: patricia@patriciawatson.co.uk

Next exhibition

Spring 2019 – dates to be announced soon.

Past exhibitions

Autumn exhibition 13 – 18 November 2018

A report on this exhibition will be available soon.

Spring exhibition 15 – 20 May 2018

I have attended quite a few SoFAP exhibitions over the years, and heard many inspiring guests open the show. I particularly enjoyed the relaxed and extremely positive speech by the Chelsea Art Society’s President, Luke Martineau. Chelsea Art Society is SoFAP’s closest art society neighbour, and many SoFAP members regularly exhibit at the CAS annual open at Chelsea Old Town Hall.

Luke made some very relevant points in his speech, regarding the solitary nature of being an artist, whatever your medium. Exhibiting together provides us with the opportunity to meet up, catch up and compare notes. An exhibition is the completion of the creative process, a culmination of all the hours spent in the making of the work, and a celebration of the results.

There was a very good crowd, many enjoying a super glass of ‘Circle wine’, as well as the display. I felt the work was of a particularly high standard, although I always enjoy our range of media, subjects, styles and the skills of our artists.

Plein air demos by SoFAP members now take place outside the Library during our exhibitions, with Patricia being one of the artists taking part. These demos certainly encourage more interest and visitors, increasing our visibility locally. I continue to look forward to and enjoy my slot stewarding, when I meet up with other SoFAP members, have a closer look at the exhibition, and welcome visitors.

Another welcome addition to our exhibitions has been the provision of the buying platform ‘Own Art’, now available for buyers on items over £250. ‘Own Art’s’ representative, Mhairi, attended the PV and gave a short explanation of the scheme, which costs the buyer nothing, and spreads the cost of a larger purchase over ten months. Our SoFAP committee continues to ensure we keep pace with developing payment methods and schemes, offering our buyers the greatest choice. Let’s hope that these initiatives bear fruit and encourage even more sales in the future!

Our exhibition submission and hang are well-oiled events. I believe most of the work was submitted within the 1.5 hour window and it took a similar amount of time to complete the hang, which is an extraordinary feat. Huge thanks to our committee members and everyone involved; it is all done voluntarily and I am personally very grateful to everyone who gives their time and effort, ensuring our exhibitions continue to take place twice every year.

And finally, should any member wish to take Luke up on his invitation to submit work to the 2018 Chelsea Art Society Open, the hand-in date is October 22nd, and the entry fee is £12 per piece. Full details can be found on their website www.chelseaartsociety.org.uk/

Report by Lesley Dabson

Autumn Exhibition 14 – 20 November 2017:

Guests at the Private View

The Preview evening on 13 November was a great success. It has become a social event where members meet up with family and friends to discuss and enjoy the works on show with a glass of wine in hand. Artists have come and gone over the years, but the standard of work has remained consistently high and the Preview evenings always have that buzz about them. This year was no exception.

Patricia Watson welcomed everyone and gave a rousing speechencouraging all present to buy, explaining that they could, for the first time, use OwnArt to purchase items priced at over £100.

This year the exhibition was opened by Melissa Scott Miller, who specialises in urban landscapes and is a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. She stressed how valuable it is for local communities to have art societies such as ours.

Summer Exhibition: 5 – 11 June 2017 

Despite the recent Borough market attack, and the anticipation of a General Election, the June SoFAP exhibition managed to open with a warming hum, and this progressed onward into an excellent evening of festivity as well as art appreciation. Once everyone had arrived our Chairman Patricia Watson took to the platform with her introductory speech, adding her cheery disposition to the event. Then the exhibition was opened by the celebrated artist Adebanji Alade, who has contributed so greatly to this society with his tutoring and with his positive enthusiasm. Adebanji’s speech acknowledged the recent tragedies with respect, but most importantly he concentrated on his relationship with SoFAP, which he told us ‘like the society itself, keeps getting better and better’.

From the moment the doors opened at the Library hall the exhibition filled up, and pretty quickly too; then red dots began appearing – noticeably on the pottery selection in the centre of the room, which was going … going … gone! in no time at all. Well done to the potters!There was also a magnificent array of very stunning sculpture to be admired this June, positioned temptingly at the head of the room where people gathered in admiration. The surrounding walls were perhaps not quite as crammed with artwork as has been the case in the past, but this had its benefits.

The work that was on show this June was of the very highest standard, and much easier to enjoy as a result. Nevertheless each work still jostled for attention, brilliantly arranged by our curators and hung by the volunteers. A big thank you to them all for their hard work in placing each piece to its best advantage, making an amazing array of stunning art well worth visiting and browsing over carefully. The tutors’ wall added an extra professional element from those who had taught at the various workshops, which have been such a benefit to our members. A number of works in the exhibition were produced in these sessions, and the results speak for themselves – in particular I mention those produced under the guiding hand of Adebanji who opened the exhibition. With the room filled to brimming, standing back to appreciate the work was perhaps a little difficult, but this meant that a return visit was definitely going to be a good plan, and so many came back during the week in order to appreciate everything individually.

Circle Wines were running the bar as usual and the wine flowed with their delicious selection of white, red and rosé provided by Sarah Harrison with committee member Rowena Vaughan as her helping hand. This kept the party atmosphere flowing in good spirit. Altogether another successful event proving that the SoFAP members are an enthusiastic bunch of talented artists.

Report by Izzy Hutchison