HEDFAS Supports Young Local Artists

Left to Right; Alex Harding, Georgina Dale, William Totman

Left to Right; Alex Harding, Georgina Dale, William Totman

Each year Hedfas (Henley Decorative and Fine Arts Society) takes part in the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition Competition held in conjunction with NADFAS (The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) and submits work by A level students from two schools in the area, Henley College and The Piggottt School, Wargrave. These works are forwarded to the RBA competition, along with paintings from other area NADFAS groups and are judged by the president, James Horton and members of the NADFAS committee. Twenty are then chosen to be exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London in March. We have a long relationship with Henley College and this year we were pleased to start a new partnership with The Piggott School, Wargrave. At our last meeting of Hedfas at Phyllis Court Club in September we exhibited the four chosen paintings and were delighted to meet three of the artists and award them with a cheque and certificate to commemorate this achievement.

Georgina Dale, 18, has produced a stunning portrait of her brother. She left Henley College in the summer and is currently on a gap year hoping to visit Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and Bali. She is going to continue studying Fine Art and is looking at the Slade, University of the Arts London and Leeds University with a view to having a career in set designing or the music industry.

Alex Harding, 18, is also from Henley and left in the summer. His mature print of the back of the Oracle in Reading is brilliantly executed. He is currently on an Art Foundation at Camberwell College. He hopes to continue studying print making at Goldsmiths College, London.

William Totman, 18, is still studying at Henley as he took his A level Art a year early. His dramatic lino cut of images of the First World War is technically beautifully produced and the end product is a moving tribute to participants in the First World War.

Eleanor Day from the Piggott who produced an arresting oil portrait of a woman’s head was unable to be with us as she has already started her course at University College, Birmingham studying Specialist Hair and Media Make Up for TV and Film.

We wish the students good luck in the competition and wish them well in their future careers.