2020 Festival Featured Guests

Adebanji Alade VPROI

Vice President of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the BBC One Show Artist in Residence and “Addictive Sketcher”, Adebanji’s work is all about people and places

He strives to bring the force and power of the sketch into every piece he embarks on. He is a strong believer in sketching and believes everything in art starts with a sketch, so, in his works you’ll always feel the power and sense of a captured moment. He likes to focus on people because he loves the play of light, moods, emotions, beauty and the variety that each face brings. He also love places because he gets inspired by the atmosphere, historical importance, mood and the play of light that a particular place can offer at any point in time.

Nicholas Cullinan

Director of The National Portrait Gallery since 2015, Nicholas Cullinan will be joining us at the festival on Friday 12th June in conversation with Sir Roy Strong, Director from 1959-1973.

Nicholas Cullinan took up his position as the Director of the National Portrait Gallery in spring 2015 following his role as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Prior to this, from 2007 to 2013, Nicholas was Curator of International Modern Art at Tate Modern where he co-curated an exhibition of Henri Matisse’s cut-outs with Sir Nicholas Serota in 2014. Nicholas received his BA, MA and PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and in 2006–7 he held the Hilla Rebay International Fellowship at the Guggenheim museums in Bilbao, New York and Venice.

In this lively and insightful conversation, past and present innovative and progressive directors of this revered establishment discuss their own visions for the future of the home the most extensive collection of portraits in the world.

Lachlan Goudie

Lachlan Goudie, known to most for presenting the BBC’s Big Painting Challenge, is an artist, writer and Arts broadcaster. Son of the Scottish artist Alexander Goudie, educated in Glasgow and Cambridge, he exhibits regularly in London and New York.  In addition to painting, Lachlan is also a writer and Arts broadcaster. In 2015 he wrote and presented the landmark series ‘The Story of Scottish Art’ for the BBC. Lachlan’s first book, ‘The story of Scottish Art’, will be published by Thames & Hudson in 2020.

In a passionate and personal account, Lachlan Goudie will whisk you across 5,000 years of Scottish art in 50 minutes at the festival on Saturday 6th June. He will reveal how creativity helped shape Scotland’s history, its culture and its destiny.

Jean Haines

Renowned International Watercolour Artist and Author of her best selling books Jean Haines will be sharing her fascinating techniques on the opening day of the festival on Friday 5th June performing a demonstrating and leading an exclusive workshop.

Jean believes everyone has the ability to paint and teaches to sold out workshops all over the world. Strongly influenced by nature, Jean feels that art can lift our spirits and act as a wonderful healing energy that can have an incredible positive impact on our mood and lifestyle.

Jan Marsh

Dr Jan Marsh, curator of the recent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery “Pre-Raphaelite Sisters which features familiar and newly-discovered images by and of women in the movement, including Jane Morris, Marie Spartali Stillman and Jamaican-born Fanny Eaton. Jan is a long-standing expert on the Pre-Raphaelite movement with books and exhibitions on Elizabeth Siddal, Dante Gabriel Rossetti , Christina Rossetti and May Morris.

Jan will be speaking on “Pre-Raphaelite Sisters: Models & Muses on Saturday 13th at June

Philip Mould

Philip has spent a career searching for lost paintings, many of them historical portraits but also other genres. Through his books and television work, Philip Mould is one of the best-known figures in the art world.

He has written two books on the subject and co-presents the award winning BBC1 TV programme Fake or Fortune? which reaches up to five million viewers in the UK and greater numbers abroad, making it the most-watched arts programme on television.

In his talk and lunch on the first day of the festival (5th June) he will show how the processes of detection have changed over the last thirty years, using some of his own dramatic examples.

Richard Ormond

Richard Ormond is the grandson of Violet Sargent Ormond, sister of John Singer Sargent.

Former deputy director of the National Portrait gallery and director of the Maritime Museum, he is co-author of the nine volume Catalogue Raisonné of Singer Sargent’s work and curator of two recent major exhibitions of his portraits and watercolours as well as historical advisor to the Broadway Arts Festival.

In 2020 Richard will be joining Christopher Riopelle in conversation on Sargent and Sorolla, inspired by the recent Sorolla exhibition at the National Gallery, London.

Ben Powell

Ben picked up a violin aged just two and has never looked back. He is fast assuring his position as one of the most versatile violinists of his generation. Born and educated in Cheltenham and Berklee College of Music, Boston, he now lives in Los Angeles after residencies in Boston, Paris and New York.

He has performed as soloist to blockbusters including ‘Batman vs Superman’, ‘Dunkirk’ & ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.  He has worked in the recording studios of Los Angeles with artists such as Neil Young, Barbra Streisand, Adele and Michael Bublé and appeared alongside Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Gloria Estefan, Danny Elfman, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli and Stevie Wonder

He will be joined by his father David Powell and fellow musician Ashok Gupta at a concert to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary on Sunday 7th June.

Christopher Riopelle

Christopher Riopelle is the Neil Westreich Curator of Post 1800 Paintings, and the acting curator of eighteenth-century French paintings, at the National Gallery, London.

He has curated most recently Joaquín Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light (Spring 2019) and Gauguin Portraits (Autumn October 2019

He will be joining Richard Ormond in conversation for an illustrated talk on Sargent and Sorolla, inspired by the recent Sorolla exhibition at the National Gallery, London.

Sir Roy Strong CH FRSL

Sir Roy Strong, former director of the National Portrait Gallery, 1967-1973, director of the V&A until, 1974-1987 and patron of the Broadway Arts Festival since 2014 is famed as an author, broadcaster, art historian, garden designer, diarist, expert on Indian palaces, and flamboyant dresser. His passions include scholarship, church conservation, Englishness, the monarchy, his garden at the Laskett and costumes.

Always informed and witty, occasionally deliciously indiscrete, Sir Roy never fails to entertain. We look forward to his lively conversation with current Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas Cullinan on Friday 12th June as past and present innovative and progressive directors of this revered establishment discuss their own visions for the future of the home the most extensive collection of portraits in the world.

Haidee-Jo Summers

Awarded Artist of the Year 2012 by the Society of All Artists and one of the few artists chosen by the BBC to paint the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant from the Millennium bridge, Haidee-Jo is a full-time professional artist known for painting landscapes and seascapes ‘en plein air’.

She is a member of the Royal Institute of Oil painters (ROI) and the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) and her work can be seen each year at the Mall Galleries in London with these prestigious societies. Haidee-Jo writes regularly for The Artist magazine and is proud to be one of their three editorial consultants, alongside Ken Howard RA and David Curtis ROI RSMA. Her first book on oil painting, ‘Vibrant Oils’, has been republished in Spanish, Italian, French and Chinese.

Clare Teal

With her stunning voice and encyclopaedic knowledge of jazz, multi award-winning jazz singer Clare Teal is a sought after singer throughout the country as well as a prolific recording artist and popular BBC Radio 2 broadcaster.

Clare and her Trio are renowned for their fabulous arrangements interspersed with Clare’s warm and witty storytelling. Clare’s new show for 2020 promises a rich jazz infused repertoire in its many forms bringing you more exhilarating swing and sparkling melodies as Clare and her Trio celebrate 100 years of popular music featuring some of the greatest songs ever written from the Great American and British Song books and contemporary writers creating the standards of today.

Join us on Saturday 13th June in the marquee for nn evening of inspired music and unbridled entertainment performed by the very best!

Bruce Yardley

We will be offering artists a rare opportunity to paint alongside one of the country’s finest painters in oil in the Impressionist style, Bruce Yardley.
The workshop will take place in the beautiful private gardens of Springfield House in Broadway.

Bruce was born into an artistic family – his father is one of the country’s finest watercolour artists. Bruce himself paints in oil and firmly within the English Impressionist style. He has exhibited on a biennial basis at the Catto Gallery in London as well as The Priory Gallery in Broadway.