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.

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….


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