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 40 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 three Kenya series in 1986, 1997 and 2010.
Returned to work in Sherwood Forest in 2003.

Roy Pickering is founder and director of Quarrylab, an artist development and support programme. Organiser and curator of Quarrylab exhibitions – “Impossible Views” at BSG Keyworth 2017 and “SEE HERE” at old Neale’s auction house, Nottingham 2018.

Forthcoming exhibition Poland, October 2014

For the next few weeks I’m going to be busy getting ready to take some paintings to Poland at the end of September. I’ve already done the work, it’s a matter of choosing what to take and working out the logistics etc. I’m doing exhibitions in two very different kinds of exhibition spaces, one in Krakow and one in Warsaw. So curating the two shows will present very different challenges.

The gallery in Krakow, Otwarta Prakovnia, is an artist run space for exhibitions, meetings and other art events. It’s in an old building full of character, with intimate spaces.

By contrast, the Vitkac building in Warsaw is brand new glass clad construction housing designer shops, restaurants, galleries and conference rooms. The space is big and has high walls. I can take some big paintings, possibly quite a few small ones, and some big drawings I think, that should be a good representation of what I’ve done in the last three or four years.

But although I’ve been there a couple of times it’s quite difficult to envisage how things will look. Fortunately there are lots of people over there helping out with publicity, transport etc. I’ve never shown work in Poland before so it’s a new adventure for, very exciting and I’m really looking forward to it.

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