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 ļ¬gurative 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!!


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