Inspiring exhibition : Frances Hatch

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

I went to a wonderful exhibition of landscapes  by Frances Hatch at the Old Fire Station, Ely on Friday 8th July.  It runs until the end of August 2016 – time enough for the several visits it is worth.

I met Frances Hatch at West Dean College where I am doing a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design on a part-time, flexible course. She is not only a wonderful artist but also an outstanding teacher.

I knew that Frances loved to work ‘en plein air’ using materials that she gleans from the landscape that she paints – however I had little idea of how much complex and detailed the techniques that she has developed are. Frances uses juice from fruit and vegetation, sediment from rocks, wood, charcoal and almost anything else you can imagine from the landscapes she paints.

The results are quite stunning – and recently Frances Hatch won the Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial Prize at this year’s Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) exhibition at the Mall Galleries – designed for those who have encouraged innovation and development of watercolour techniques. She also has two pictures in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition this year – appropriately housed in the ‘radical landscape’ room.

It is worth making a long journey to see this marvellous exhibition and spend time reading the sketchbooks.


  1. I , too visited The Old Fire Engine Exhibition of Frances Hatch today. I was blown away, in fact I just cannot stop thinking about those images and have just been looking at her web site. I live in Soham and remembered hearing the name ‘Frances Hatch’ from many years ago, probably from Ely Art Society of which I have been a member for many years.
    The Exhibition was so inspiring. I have been experimenting with palette knife lately so maybe the next step will be to add texture..
    So nice to know she has been inspired again from her roots and past holidays to Hunstanton.
    Thank you Frances.

    • Thank you for your comment – yes Frances was around in Ely in childhood, young adulthood. As well as being an amazing painter she is much admired at West Dean as a generous tutor who set up the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Thank you for your comments on the blog. Best wishes

      Sara Booth

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