Thursday, July 16, 2015

Free Entry to Marine Artists Exhibition in London for all our Readers

Special Offer and a Chance to See Some Truly Evocative Works of Art
Shipping News Feature

UK – It is rare to get something for nothing but now readers of the Handy Shipping Guide will be able to view a truly interesting display of maritime art in the heart of the West End of London, completely free of charge. This October, the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) will open its annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, demonstrating a unique specialist knowledge in artwork connected to shipping, the sea and its industries, and all our readers are being offered Free Entry for Two to the exhibition, plus the opportunity to receive a free art consultation at the gallery, or at their own offices.

The October exhibition celebrates the sea and the marine environment in all its variety, from the deep sea to quiet harbours, from super-tankers to sailing dinghies, from all that is beside the sea to what lies under it. On show will be over 300 works by some of the most celebrated marine artists at work today.

Mall Galleries own art consultants regularly commission RSMA artists for companies and private individuals with a connection to marine and port life, such as those involved in the shipping industry. The exhibition also provides an opportunity for the Galleries to present their work commissioning bespoke marine art for offices and boat interiors. For some 25 years the Galleries have commissioned a range of artwork from office-wide collections to a single statement piece, including such as a recently commissioned portrait of tanker group Stolt-Nielsen Ltd's late CEO, Jacob Stolt-Nielsen who passed away in February, and a group of boardroom paintings for Hellespont Shipping.

This last particular commission saw images of that company’s own fleet of oil tankers created, one painting of which has since been donated to the Hamburg Maritime Museum. Basil Papachristidis, Chairman of Hellespont Shipping, commented:

“Mall Galleries’ Commissions Service was exceedingly helpful in introducing us to the perfect artist and making an ambitious painting project easy and enjoyable.”

Another significant project saw 33 works commissioned around the branding theme of the Pension Insurance Corporation, the penguin. With employee art days, an art book and funding for emerging artists included, the project fulfilled corporate social responsibility and employee wellbeing objectives, as well as promoting the company brand and values.

Readers who wish to take advantage of the free entry offer should simply mention the Handy Shipping Guide upon arrival. The exhibition runs from 14 to 25 October from 10am to 5pm (closing at 1pm on the final day) at The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1.

Photo: Detail from Arrival of the Black Tanker by Ronny Moortgat RSMA