In addition, the evening was also a huge success for both Castle Galleries and The Halcyon Gallery. Castle Galleries, a Washington Green partner, won the prestigious Art Retailer of the Year. The company has continued to expand, with this year’s opening of its Southampton branch, taking the total to seven. Owner Ian Weatherby-Blythe thanked his staff for their unswerving commitment, Washington Green for their active support and encouragement and its artists for a quality of work which made it so saleable.
The Halcyon Gallery was presented with the Sales Promotion award for the touring exhibition and book by Kim Donaldson. “Kim Donaldson’s Impressions of Africa certainly captured the imagination of the hundreds of people who came to view the exhibition at our gallery in Mayfair,” said Charlotte Rostern of Halcyon Gallery. “The exhibition and associated book, Africa: An Artist’s Journal, have already received a highly commended prize from the V & A Illustration Awards”.
The awards took place at the Royal Court Hotel in Coventry on May 17th, with over 200 artists, gallery owners, framers, publishers and suppliers attending.