Exhibitions & Sales
SoFAP exhibits for sale selection of work by member artists (2D and 3D) twice a year at the Fulham Library (598 Fulham Road, SW6 5NX) for six days, usually in June and November. On the evening of the first day of 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 (President, Royal Watercolour Society), Ken Howard (artist), Cllr Ben Coleman, (LBH&F), Jason Bowyer (President, New English Art Club), Mayor Mercy Umeh and Geoff Loader (Executive, Tideway).
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.
June Exhibition 2017
Monday 5th June through to Sunday 11th 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