We were delighted to be able to organise our first Friends' trip to Rabley Drawing Centre which took place last week, it took a lot less time than we'd allowed to get from Swindon, so we spent some time in the car park in glorious sunshine watching red kites overhead, and enjoying the lushness of the rolling downlands.
Meryl specialises in drawing, and is glad to see that drawing is once again fashionable. For 20 years, Meryl was a fine art lecturer at Swindon College, then in 2004 thought it's 'now or never' and founded Rabley Drawing Centre with the idea that it would be a contemporary fine art space, specialising in artists with an international reputation, with education running alongside. There is now also a print room.
The international profile is retained by attending art fairs, and if you click on the website link, you can see Meryl will be at Multiplied Art Fair in London from 16th-18th October, featuring work by many artists including Eileen Copper, Prudence Ainslie, Emma Stibbon and more.
Meryl has been working with our curator, Sophie Cummings to put on a special show entitled 'Craigie Aitchison and his Contemporaries from the Swindon Collection' which runs from November until January. And next year the aim is to bring Eileen Cooper's touring show to Swindon from the RA.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming the Rabley Friends to Swindon on 18 November.