The Lots Road Group: Portrayed! 25 years of inspiring women

The Chelsea Gallery: Chelsea Library, Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road SW3 5EZ

Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 26th May to Sunday 7th June 2015.

The International Women’s Forum UK will be commemorating its 25th Anniversary with a portrait exhibition of 16 of its most inspiring  women – its 4 founders and first 12 chairs.

IWF UK is part of the International Women’s Forum, an organisation which advances leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world’s most pre-eminent women of significant and diverse achievement. With over 5000 women leaders across 6 continents and 33 nations, the IWF has unprecedented global reach to exchange ideas, learn and inspire, and promote better leadership for a changing world.

The portraits have been created by artists in the Lots Road Group - artists who all studied at The Heatherley School of Fine Art in Chelsea, one of the few art colleges that focus purely on portraiture, figurative painting and sculpture.  Together they have captured in oils, acrylics, pastel, and print the 16 women who founded or chaired IWF UK during its first 25 years.

Susan Young, who chaired the organisation during its 25th year and championed the initiative said,

”I am delighted to embark on this special collaboration with the Lots Road Group. This is a wonderful opportunity to capture the essence of our leaders on canvas and represent inspiring leadership in an innovative medium.”

Stella Tooth painting Geraldine Sharp-Newton President Media Society in oils on canvas artwork for Portrayed!

Stella Tooth painting former Chair IWF UK and President Media Society in oils on canvas for Portrayed!

It will be the Lots Road Group’s second major project. Last year, in the run up to Mother’s Day, it mounted a portrait exhibition celebrating motherhood.

This year’s exhibition of IWF UK’s leaders will also be held at The Chelsea Gallery in the King’s Road for two weeks from Tuesday 26th May to Sunday 7th June 2015. The related catalogue will be available on line and on sale at the exhibition.  It will contain brief biographical information about artists and sitters and a brief account of what it was like for each artist to portray the women who provided the inspiration for these portraits.

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