‘WaterWays’ is the new exhibition by the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists (SEAW) at the Babylon Gallery. Featuring original paintings that explore different ways of combining water, pigment, paper and brushwork to create unique watercolour flows, textures and compositions. Running from 3rd to the 26th September, visitors will have a chance to view and purchase original framed and unframed paintings and cards that offer a variety of perspectives of the local area and beyond. 

SEAW, originally called the ‘Royal Watercolour Society Friends in East Anglia’, was set up by Richard Sorrell, President of the Royal Watercolour Society between 2006-9. Their Patron, Lillias August RI, is a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and a multi-award winning artist “I am very happy to be the SEAW Patron; there are so few regional societies that promote water-based media,” she says. “Watercolour is such a varied and challenging medium that can be used in so many interesting ways – experimental and traditional; quick and slow; realistic and abstract; controlled and loose; translucent and opaque …” 

With over 100 members and “friends”, all of whom share their aims to improve expertise in watercolour painting; bring people together to share painting days, tips and challenges; and organise exhibitions across the region.

Chair of SEAW Melanie Collins said "After the last sixteen months it means such a lot to our members as well as local artists to show and share our watercolours with you. We want visitors to come along not just to see our original paintings but also to take part in a variety of workshops and demonstrations throughout the exhibition." There are four whole day activities on Flower Painting, Portraiture, Plein Air Sketching and Collage on the 6th, 13th, 18th and 20th September respectively and three-hour demonstrations on Painting Big Fenland Skies, Boats at Pin Mill, Mark-Making, Drawing and Perspective, and Creating a 3-D Image. Something for everyone. Visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite painting in a draw, with the first name out of a hat receiving £75 off a painting of their choice in one of the SEAW exhibitions. 

Future exhibitions for the SEAW are being held in Wells-next-the-Sea in February 2022 and The Old Goods Shed, Clare Country Park in April/May 2022.

To find out more about the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists take a look at the SEAW website or get in touch at contactSEAW@gmail.com. Bookings for the SEAW workshops will open soon. 

Babylon Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 4pm with free entry. SEAW are offering workshops throughout the duration of the SEAW exhibition. Find out more and book your place here.

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