It is always a bit special for me as my great great grandfather E M Wimperis was Vice President back in 1895 - 1900. I secretly wear his RI medal under my coat when I go to see one of my paintings there. I think soon I must make an application to try and become a member, then I might get my own medal! He was also a member of the ROI and the RBA.
Back to the RI: On Tuesday 5 April, from 12 noon to 8pm, there is the Private View. At 3pm guest opener Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) will officially open the exhibition and present the awards & prizes. This is a very busy and enjoyable day when invited guests and regular buyers are present, together with many of the RI members.
I will have two special invitations to the Private View to give away, if you would like to meet up outside the Mall Galleries at 2:30 please let me know.