founded in 1927 
David Cuthbert 
I have been painting and exhibiting since I left college in 1974. 
In my final year as a student at the Central School of Art & Design I worked one evening a week as a voluntary assistant teacher of Life painting & drawing at the Workingman’s College in Camden and have been involved in adult education ever since. 
From 1974-84 I worked on the evening class programme at St Martin’s School of Art in London. In 1985 my wife & I became co-directors of the Mendip Painting Centre in North Somerset, which we still run. 
I have run painting holidays, in partnership with my wife, in Italy at Centro Verrocchio, Casole d’Elsa and in France at Sausses Nord in Gascony and in September 2009 we are running a painting holiday in Piedmont, Italy. 
Travelling has been a recent source of inspiration for drawing and painting. In 2000 my wife and I were invited to join a group of English and Australian artists on a trek into the Australian outback, which resulted in exhibitions at the Bankside Gallery in London and at 6 Chapel Row Contemporary Art in Bath. In 2004 my wife and I had two trips to South America, one of which was as guests of Swan-Hellenic on a cruise down the Amazon. The responses from the two of us were very different. Ros produced a long series of works about the Amazon River, while I (eventually) produced a series of works on the theme of the fish dinner. 
The fish dinner evolved into a series of cutouts, which have since led me into making mixed media constructions, most of which are wall hanging but also I have begun to make freestanding pieces. 
Some of this work can be viewed at 
I have written several books on drawing and painting technique. 
The most recent – “Artists’ Questions Answered ACRYLICS” was published in Spring 2004 by Quintet (A & C Black Publishers). 
Curatorial Experience 
2007/06/05 Mariners’ Gallery, St Ives Society of Artists. With Ros Cuthbert curated Spring Members’ Exhibition. The first externally curated members’ show in their history. 
2002 Hans Price Gallery, Weston-super-Mare. Invited to select and curate an exhibition of my own devising as part of Weston Arts Festival. Called ‘Body Language’ I invited two sculptors and four painters from whom I selected an exhibition of work on the human form. 
1993-95 King Street Gallery, Bristol. Served on the committee that selected work for the programme of exhibitions. High point (for me) was hosting a show of work from the ‘Brought to Book’ exhibition first shown at Flowers East in 1994. I liased between Flowers East and King Street. 
1995-99 Artery, Bristol. Served as Treasurer on committee that organised exhibitions in temporary sites in and around Bristol. Including shows at The Old Leadworks, Canons Marsh; Leigh Court Manor, Abbots Leigh; the most ambitious was a Sculpture Trail on the Ashton Court Estate, Bristol on the theme of ‘Discovery’ in 1997. 
1996-1999 Artists 303. Served on the committee as Exhibition Secretary. High point during my term of office was organising an exhibition of members’ work at Gallery 27, Cork Street, London, (the opening night coincided with the annual Cork Street party) in 1998. 
1985-2009 Selected and hung annual and other exhibitions at the Mendip Painting Centre, North Somerset. 
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