Congratulations to NSA member Yolande Armstrong whose painting Big Aunty Minnie and Friend has been featured in an online tour of the Winterstoke Gallery in the current Royal West of England Academy Open. You can read the feature here.  In the interview, Yolande explains the background to the painting…..

She describes Minnie as quite a powerful woman, especially for her time. She had no children, survived three husbands, ran her own business, bought her own house and travelled a lot in the fifties, all of which was somewhat unusual for the period. Armstrong sees her as a matriarchal figure, having a high degree of autonomy in her community. However, it was Minnie’s big personality and presence, not her history, that really drew the artist’s eye. The idea of a free spirit.

Yolande Armstrong, Big Auntie Minnie and Friend, acrylic on paper 60cm x 80cm

The RWA Open is still currently closed to the public due to lockdown restrictions but is due to re-open on 17th May.  The exhibition can be viewed online

NSA members Yolande Armstrong, Ingrid Newton, Gareth Edwards and Peter Ward are very pleased to have had work selected for this year’s Royal West of England Academy Open in Bristol. Unfortunately, the show has been postponed because of Coronavirus restrictions… not once, but twice now! However they have just announced that they are now selling on-line, and might be open later in December, but will (almost) definitely be open from January 2nd to March 7th 2021. To view the online catalogue click here

Yolande Armstrong, Big Auntie Minnie and Friend, acrylic on paper 60cm x 80cm


Ingrid Newton, Love in the Time of Corona 2, Inkjet print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 10cm x10cm


Gareth Edwards, Autumn, oil on canvas 105cm x 100cm


Pete Ward, Godhevyans a Gwir Statys / Suffering in Real Estate, Cornish earth pigments on salvaged board, 53cm x 92cm