Marketing and PR - Professional Development & Mentoring - Networking - Exhibitions & Events
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life" ... Pablo Picasso
PURE Arts Group is about discovering, mentoring and supporting talent in contemporary art.
We operate an annual membership system which opens between 1 May and 1 July.
All artists who apply for membership are then eligible for selection to exhibit with us throughout the year, both at our exhibitions, events and online.
Award winners benefit further from enhanced support and a prize fund aimed at aiding the development of their professional practice.
PURE create distinctive exhibition and event environments.
Our principle is collaboration; we work with galleries, artists, art societies and organisations both in the UK and worldwide, building secure and lasting relationships.
The PURE Team
Lesley Samms MSc – Founder and Managing Director - Pure Arts Group & Pure Arts Foundation Lesley has a core background in business, having spent the early part of her career working in Banking in the City of London. A career in marketing and sales followed this, working mainly in the Leisure marketplace for Coca-Cola and Schweppes. For the past 20 years she has worked primarily in the Contemporary Fine Art marketplace, as a Fine Art Photographer, as a Gallery owner and more recently as an art consultant, professional development practitioner, writer and curator. LINKEDIN: Lesley Samms
Kate Van Der Pump – Creative Consultant Kate hails from a distinguished family line of designers and manufacturers of gold and silver. She started out in newspaper advertising followed by an enjoyable partnership in Interior Design. Over the past 18 years she has worked in the Education Sector, predominately as school's Head of Art, as well as tutoring adults.
Louisa Crispin - Creative Consultant Artist and partner of Artichoke Gallery, Ticehurst, Louisa actively supports Art Events near her home on the Kent/Sussex border. Her intricate drawings are regularly shown in London and the South East through membership of the Free Painters and Sculptors, United Society of Artists and the Society for Graphic Fine Art and by selection for Society Open Exhibitions. Mary Beaney – PR & Marketing Mary's working background has always been in the administrative sector. It wasn’t until 1987 that Mary came involved in the world of fine art. Since 1987 Mary has achieved a lot, including a Fine Art Diploma as a mature student and Best Student Award. She has curated many exhibitions in Sussex, was a committee member, Chairman and President of the Eastbourne Group. founder and promoter of Art on the River, held Open House for 21 years, as well as being a workshop tutor for the mature student for 17 years as part of "Art in the Community". With her friend Michele Findlay Mary also founded Chalk Gallery in Lewes, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015 with an exhibition at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.
Hildegard Pax - Design & Coordination Hildegard is chair of the artist collective ArtSpring Gallery in Tonbridge and her unique artworks in glass have been exhibited throughout London and the South East. Her work is regularly shown at the Affordable Art Fairs in London and has been selected to be part of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition as well as other notable open submission exhibitions.
Vincent Matthews SGFA - Technical & Newsletter After leaving art college in 1981, Vincent went on to have a long and successful career in design/interior architecture, working in the Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler Ltd studio, for many years as senior designer/associate director, on a variety of bespoke projects around the world of different periods but mostly classical and all hand drawn.
Shelley Rose – Technical & Coordination Shelley began his artistic career as a printmaker for the distinguished artist Michael Rothenstein RA in the early 70’s, and went on to teach at Goldsmith and Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London. His work encompasses the media of silkscreen printing and fine art photography and he seeks to blur the boundaries between both, exploring new techniques and use of raw materials. His work has been shown in several Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and is held in public and private collections, as well as in the British Museum Print & Drawing Collection in London. He has won the John Purcell Paper Award for Outstanding Printmaking in 2005 and the Aberystwyth Purchase Prize in 2009.
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