Roy Pickering was born into the North Nottinghamshire mining community at Welbeck in 1954.
Son of pit worker and photographer Ron Pickering.
Studied painting at Birmingham Polytechnic in the 1970′s.
Lived and worked in London 1987-2003. Numerous education projects and residencies.
Taught in further and higher education, and part time at the Tate Galleries in London, since 1989.

Current studios in Nottinghamshire and London. Exhibited work regularly for more than 35 years, with work in many private and public collections. Most recent exhibitions at Gallery Cork Street, London, with Charles Hustwick in 2010 ; National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi 2011 ; Otwarta Pracownia, Krakow & Vitcak/Artnews Gallery, Warsaw 2014 ; Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside, University of Nottingham 2016.

Previous figurative work was centred around the themes of family and family history.
Previous landscape projects include the Cambridgeshire fens, and two Kenya series in 1986 and 1997.
Returned to Sherwood Forest in 2003. Began the Welbeck Project.

Roy Pickering is founder and director of Quarrylab, an artist development and support programme.


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Summer at BGS

It seems that most of this year has been taken up with organising the Quarrylab event at BGS (British Geological Survey) Keyworth Nottingham . More information at Great news is that the show has been extended to the end of the year.
Apart from showing a couple of the large “Living Ancients”, I also included a few of last winter’s small works from the garden shed, and some of the large collaborative drawings I made with painter Sardul Gill last year.
I did however manage to knock out a small series of paintings on aluminium called “Main Bright’” – and this is one of them! Plus one or two of the photos from the exhibition.

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Next up I’m planning to go back to the forest for October and November – then it’s winter time again – another year gone – scary!!



Late 2016


New drawings;  acrylic, black ink and mud on very heavy paper. These were left in the woods for 7 months, re-worked slightly and fixed.

The start of a series of small oil paintings on aluminium based on the changes at the old pit site at Meden Vale where I was born and raised.




Working with Sardul Gill

I’ve been making collaborative drawings,  a totally new and alien experience for me, with Nottingham painter Sardul Gill,.

Sardul and I initially made some paintings / drawings in my garden around March time.


Then I had an idea to do some more in June. The idea was to try and make drawings consistent with how the landscape is formed – that is to say, allowing for natural forces and human intervention – and see what would happen. The landscape is constantly being altered by natural forces and by animals, and by people planting, digging, building, and clearing up and making repairs.

I put some large sheets of Fabriano out in the woods and left them for three weeks. During this time it rained (a lot) and the paper buckled of course. After about a week I threw on some mud, from the field (red clay) and grey mud from the quarry tip. Although I weighted it down the wind blew the paper about and it tore, and the rain made holes. I imagine small insects and animals crawled across. It became covered in twigs and leaves, and grass clippings from the strimmer – dried out and got wet again several times.

I invited Sardul to come and and work on the drawings with me. We applied more mud, black ink and white paint. Next day it rained again and it all changed. Then a strong wind came and tore off great chunks. At this point I brought them into the studio to try and preserve and patch them up a bit. they probably won’t last very long but I hope to at least show them once next year, before they fall apart all together!


I have now have some ink drawings on much sturdier paper that have been out in the woods for six months so far….



Taking a Step Back – Living Ancients series 2 in progress

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Across the field Oct / Nov 2015

Across the field October / November 2015. Small oil on aluminium. 26 x 34 cm approx.

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Borrowed Land – Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre

Please click on the image for link to Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre.



Square Trees


I’ve decided it’s probably best to do trees on a square.




Trees are bigger than you think. If you start drawing the trunk you soon run out of paper. The branches seem to go on for ever, and get all mixed up with next tree and the rest of the woods. Figure and ground. So the question is – how much do I put in? How far back do I stand?

Also, I’ve noticed trees are three dimensional – so which side shall I do? Or maybe do a Cubist tree……. maybe not. And they change throughout the year as well. Damned tricky.


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War Games

Currently working on a series of drawings – examples

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Sun Farm, Oaks and Quarry.

And a series of paintings on aluminium called War Games – examples

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This is in Hazel Gap wood, a slightly scary place at the best of times. I played there as a kid. It was used by the military during the war, and still bares evidence of that. It has always been strictly out of bounds. Now it’s a war games centre where grown ups dress like soldiers and pretend to shoot each other.

Went to see my friends the Living Ancients again today, tomorrow as well if it keeps fine.

I forgot to say – the best things I saw last year – Veronese at NG, Constable at V&A, Toulouse-Lautrec museum in Albi. So far this year – the excellent Deibenkorn at RA.



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Stuff Going On

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First they cut down all the pine trees along the Crags path so I could see the slag heap, which is nice. Then my neighbour set out a practice course in the field for her horses and carriages with some red, white and blue  plastic markers. Some misty mornings I catch a glimpse of her black carriage and four floating round the field like a Victorian ghost hearse, plumes and everything.

Then, in the field on the other side of the chestnut trees, a crop of solar panels has sprouted. Stuff going on. I love it!

Some small paintings on aluminium done this winter, and some drawings in progress.

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