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Monday, 1 June 2015

Varnishing Day at the RA

The big day arrived today at the Royal Academy!!
Originally varnishing day was for artists to retouch their paintings and varnish for the exhibition, now its a celebration for the artists who are exhibiting. We were greeted by a steel band and then London traffic was stopped so we could walk to St James Church where there was a service and blessing for the artists. Then we were walked back to a refreshments, to look at all the paintings and also prize giving. I caught sight of a few celebrities...Una Stubbs, a well known English actress and Harry Hill.
As there were no guests allowed I did make a few friends and exchanged numbers.
I feel thrilled and honoured to have my painting hanging where great artists of the past such as Turner and artists that are at the top of their career now.
Steel Band in the courtyard

Me in front of the RA, behind the installation by Conrad Shawcross called Dappled Light of the Sun.
 


Artists being led out of the RA

Stopping London Traffic!
Entrance to St James Church
Another art installation leading to the exhibition halls
Me with my teeny tiny painting at the top.  :  )

9 comments:

  1. Oh, my warmest congratulations, Azra. What an achievement and one that shows your hard work, persistence and commitment to your continued professional development. Your "tiny painting" sits like a jewel there at the top and you should be thoroughly proud of yourself! You deserve it as you are so generous sharing your gift. Well done! x

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  2. So fun and so exciting, Azra! I am so happy for you! Congratulations, sweet friend!!!

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  3. What a great honor Azra ! Congratulations to you. Wonderful art amongst wonderful art!!!

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  4. What a great day and memories to treasure for ever. You're an inspiration to keep on keeping on. A wonderful achievement!

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  5. Hearty Congratulations Azra,I am proud of you my friend! Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures.

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  6. Congratulations Azra!! So well deserved.

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  7. What a great and important moment in your artistic life , big congratulations !

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  8. I am so excited for you! What a marvelous experience! A big congratulations!

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  9. That's absolutely fantastic Azra, I was at the RA last year when the BBC filmed us to launch the summer art competition. I must admit i was imagining how amazing it would be to be able to exhibit on such hallowed walls. So incredible that you have achieved this. You should be very proud. Very well deserved.

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