The Fellowship of Professional & Amateur Artists holds an annual summer exhibition, when FPAA members are invited to submit examples of their work for public display and appraisal by an external assessor.

Dr David Rafer - our judge and critic for many years - was unable to officiate this year, due to unforeseen circumstances. However, we were very pleased that two of John Black’s old associates who live in Woolwich, London, kindly agreed to visit the exhibition and judge for us. William Bryce-Jones (retired Emeritus Professor of Art Education at UCL) and Constance Choan (retired Senior Lecturer in Art History at Falmouth School of Art) are both are practising artists, and both were impressed with the high standard of work - in particular, life drawing.

2018 Summer exhibition

The annual Summer Exhibition held at the Wellingborough Museum from 11th August to 18th August, was a hugely successful event. The Private View held on Friday 10th August was very well attended and was opened officially by his Worshipful the Mayor or Wellingborough, Cllr. Malcolm Ward.

The organisation of the reception of works and hanging of the exhibition went very well this year in spite of lack of volunteer help. Under the expertise of our exhibition co-ordinator Michael McGuire and the valued help of Ray Carter, Alan Goodman and others, the 130 exhibits were displayed well. We see improvements in all areas year by year.

The Exhibition attracted 530 visitors - which is roughly the same number as last year - but the number of sales was down on the previous year, from 28 to 18.

Thanks to all artists who participated and all who helped make the 2018 exhibition a very successful one and enjoyable one.

John Black
FPAA Founder

Awards and commendations

Best in Show

Tim Hagan for No. 40, 'Coast Western Isles' (acrylic)
  Runner up
Belinda Collett for No. 16, ‘Abbey Grounds’ (acrylic)

Visitors' Choice

Alan Goodman for No. 37, “Lost Again”



The Patricia Glen Memorial Award
David Miles for No. 74, 'Beaters on a frosty morning' (watercolour)

  The Peter Jenkyns Memorial Award
Dawne Harpin for No. 44, 'Tranquility' (oil)

The Vivien Schofield Memorial Award
Helen Olden for No. 119, 'Echinacea 1' (acrylic)

  The Celia Hanbury Memorial Award
Ros Smith for No. 99, 'Bird-Watching' (watercolour)

The Clifford White Memorial Award
Simon Cuming for No. 18, ‘Afterglow’ (acrylic)

  The Maureen Lynn Memorial Award
David C Hunt for No. 54, 'The Old Barque’ (oil)

Founders Award
Margaret Finch for No. 36, 'Lakeland, Early Morning Landscape’


Best in category

Best Newcomer
Jane Young for No. 118, 'Favela' (oil)
Best Drawing
Paul Hill for No. 48, 'Carnival Bride'
Best Textile
Dorothy McGuire for No. 69, 'Sea horse'
Best Mixed Media
Stuart Cooper for No. 125, 'Abstract Landscape 1'
Best Life Study
Graham Plant for No. 87, 'Hello, my name is Harry'
Best Portrait
Pamela Haynes for No. 46, 'Max’
Best Pastel
Linda Jackson for No. 58, 'Artist and Sitter'
Best Watercolour
Graham Plant for No. 88, 'Siesta'
Best Acrylic
David Low for No. 66, 'Flower Bed Abstract'
Best Oil
Robert Pearce for No. 83, 'Golden Sunset - Irchester Park'

Highly Commended

John Bracey No. 11, 'Fish Soup'
Felicity Brown No. 13, 'Dune'
Raymond Carter No. 14, 'Wells Next to Sea'
Jean Daker No. 20, 'Sunset at Kalam Bay'
Paul Dunford No. 30, 'Constable Cotton and Merlin'
Alan Goodman No. 37, 'Lost again'
Noel Horrell No. 51, 'Portrait and Son'
Dawn Harpin No. 43, 'Gladioli'
Patricia Matthews No. 67, 'Flycatchers'
David Miles No. 73, 'Can you feel the magic'
Brian Munton No. 78, 'Southwold'
Annabelle Paramour No. 80, 'Waters meet'
Maureen Parnell No. 82, 'Magpies'
Gerald Porter No. 89, 'Buttermere Fells'
Marion Smart No. 96, 'Goan Market Place'
Jill Smith No. 98, 'Bubbles'
John Walton No. 110, '...and drew him under in the mere' and
No. 109, 'Broken Fence at the Bottom of the Garden'


Anna de la Mare No. 21, 'Self Portrait'
Gill Denbigh No. 23, 'In the Anemone Patch'
Veronica Dopson No. 25, 'Canyon'
Sue Fenables No. 34, 'Sheep in Glencoe'
Trevor Holman No. 49, 'Sauzon Harbour'
Barbara Jones No. 59, 'After the Storm'
Laurence Jones No. 61, 'Dinghy Duel'
Maureen Parnell No. 81, 'Moonlight'
Marlene Snee No. 102, 'Fairy Clocks'
Jacqui Tomlin No. 106, 'Stanwick Lakes'
Celia Wadeley No. 107, 'Early Spring'
Linda Walton No. 112, 'A Walk in the Woods'
Freda Warwick No. 113, 'Woodland walks' and
No. 114, 'Summer'




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