DSC_0342For over thirty years The Friends of Holland Park have held an art exhibition every spring, having invited Friends who are painters to exhibit a number of their works. This tradition was begun by Sir Hugh Casson, when he was president of the Friends, and has become one of the most anticipated events in the Holland Park calendar.

Over the years the profile of the park has grown and Holland Park now hosts important cultural events throughout the year. Last year Friends of Holland Park initiated a number of changes to the presentation of the art exhibition with the expectation of attracting more visitors but unfortunately the week coincided with dismal March weather!

Killik & Co, the wealth advisors on Kensington High Street, are sponsoring the exhibition again this year. Killik & Co’s important contribution helps pay for advertising space, more posters to promote the exhibition and a free catalogue for all visitors. The event is also supported by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

As well as the traditional exhibition of paintings and sculptures, cards and craft items, each year the Friends feature work of one of their artists. Last year their feature artist was Sir Hugh Casson which makes it most appropriate that Sir Angus Stirling, current president of The Friends and a very fine painter, has agreed to feature this year.

Angus Stirling has had a long distinguished career in the Arts from Deputy Director of the Arts Council of Great Britain in the 1970s to Director General of the National Trust and Non-Executive Chairman of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. It was only when Angus reached retirement that he seriously took up painting. He studied with Robin Child at the Lydgate Art Research Centre near Marlborough and in 2010 he had his first joint show with his daughter Kitty, “Stirling & Stirling“, at Gallery 27 on Cork Street, London. As well as hanging a selection of paintings in The Orangery, Angus has also given the FHP permission to reproduce one of his works for the poster publicising the event.

The exhibition will take place from Saturday 5 until Sunday 13 April between 10.30am-6pm at The Orangery, Holland Park. Admission is free.

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