Art exhibitions round-up

Jonathan Lloyd in action at the London Ice Sculpting Festival. Picture by Bernard Pretorius
Jonathan Lloyd in action at the London Ice Sculpting Festival. Picture by Bernard Pretorius

A north Northumberland artist was honoured to have two works selected for a top show in the capital.

Wooler-based Jonathan Lloyd had two prints selected for this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

The prestigious London show is the world’s largest open-entry exhibition and this year received 12,000 entries.

It’s regarded by many in the art world to be the best place to see emerging talent and anyone can enter.

The works are chosen by leading artists, including Cornelia Parker and Thomas Heatherwick. Jonathan said: “I’m thrilled to be selected for a second year, this time with both entries. It’s a brutal environment in which to get noticed, but the Royal Acadamicians who form the selection panel have given me a very favourable hang for the second year.

“It’s confirmation that I’m doing something right and sales have been particularly strong on the two woodcuts I submitted.”

Jonathan’s prints are on display, along with a selection of his other work, at the Old School Gallery in Alnmouth, which is open Thursday to Sunday, 9am until 5pm.

• An exhibition of Hipsburn artist Francesca Simpson’s work is currently on display in Alnwick. Marbled Waves, at the Bondgate Gallery in the Alnwick Playhouse, opened at the start of this month and runs until Saturday, July 12. Consisting of framed prints and a few originals, the exhibition is almost a preview for a full solo exhibition to be held next February. The gallery isopen between 10am and 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Entry is free.

• A North East artist, who is inspired by the landscape of north Northumberland, is looking forward to his forthcoming summer exhibition. Walter Holmes will host the event on July 13 and July 14 in Ponteland Memorial Hall from 11am to 4pm. He is drawn to the countryside from autumn to spring, but the full green of summer often sends him to the coastal villages and shorelines of Northumberland.