Artists Blog

Autumn/winter 2019

The final few months of the residency found me focusing on visiting some iconic places around Newmarket before the winter. So my last visit was timed to coincide with the Book One Sales at Tattersalls and also to take a long overdue tour of The National Stud.   Tattersalls: Autumn Sales   This is such […]

April & May 2019

Pegasus Stables ( James Fanshawe) I spent a most enjoyable couple of mornings sketching at James Fanshawe’s yard, Pegasus Stables. With a very friendly welcome there from the Fanshawes and assistant, Janet. A great opportunity to sketch these iconic Newmarket Stables which were built by the legendary Victorian jockey, Fred Archer. This is historic stable […]

April 2018

I am delighted to have been invited to be Artist in Residence at Newmarket, by The British Racing School. The residency project will allow me to spend part of each month,  in Newmarket, based at The BRS,  painting a range of subjects  from this historic centre of flat racing. It starts this month, and will […]

My visit to Newmarket (May 2018)

Once again,  blessed with brilliant weather,  I had a great schedule arranged for this visit! Which saw me meeting Sir Mark Prescott, at Heath House, for the first time, an unforgettable experience, followed by an evening of fine racing at The Rowley Mile, for the Spring Meeting. And finally a chance to see the mares […]

MY visit to Newmarket in June 2018

The BRS invited me to run an Equine drawing workshop as part of their staff training week in June. So on this visit I enjoyed a fun time, mainly at the School, meeting more of their dedicated and hardworking team and enjoying their company at a staff barbeque,  in the newly designed courtyard, at the […]

My visit to Newmarket in July: Moët et Chandon July Festival

It was such a pleasure to be attending the Moët et Chandon festival at The July Course. The Course itself and the beautiful tree lined pre parade ring provides such a pretty setting for the racing and the crowds. With period style buildings with thatched roofs and the charm of the weighing in room building/winners […]

Autumn / Winter 2018

My visit in September was to spend more time at the BRS itself and with a pretty full on schedule. I have an idea on the go of painting a large scale picture, the overall composition containing a group of watercolour vignette studies of scenes at The British Racing School. So I wanted to gather […]

Artist in Residence blog – Melanie Wright, March 2019

My first visit for the second year of the artist residency, and after the excitement of the Cheltenham Festival, and the return of longer daylight hours, it was great to be back and refocusing on Newmarket.  On arrival I was delighted to learn that since my last visit, The BRS have been awarded the ‘Outstanding’ […]

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