Local artist recognised for art and volunteering work

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Matt receiving the DH88 Comet painting from Phil Jackson.

Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (SVAS) volunteer Phil Jackson awarded two honours for his art and volunteering work.

The first received was The Guild of Aviation Artist’s full membership, awarded by a ballot of full members at this year’s Annual exhibition.

The Guild of Aviation Artists is recognised throughout the world as the premier society for the promotion of aviation art. With over 300 members, the Guild brings together the worlds of art and aviation and stages exhibitions and events across the UK.

The Guild’s aim is to promote aviation art in all its forms and to encourage interest in the genre by artists and non-artists alike.

Phil has sold aviation paintings at a number of charity auctions, including a painting of the DH88 Comet ‘Grosvenor House’ at an Auction of Promises last year fundraising in support of the Shuttleworth Collection.

Won by Katie Redhead for her husband Dan, the painting was due to be presented to the winner at the The Guild of Aviation Artists 2020 annual exhibition at The Mall Gallery in London.

Due to COVID-19 the 2020 exhibition was postponed and this year was online only, with a hopeful return to the live exhibition in 2022, and the painting was instead presented to Matt in front of the aircraft (pictured) at the Collection.

Phil will go on to receive his award at the GAvA AGM on March 27, 2022 at RAF Cosford in Shropshire.

Phil’s second award is The Tony Harold Memorial Trophy, awarded by the Committee of the Vintage Aircraft Club, for noteworthy and regular support of VAC activities and aero artistic/literary ability including Phil’s painting of “Richards Pride” (depicting Richard Shuttleworth’s DH60X Moth). The presentation for this award will be held at the Shuttleworth House on Saturday November 20, 2021. 

Phil leads monthly online ‘Art for All’ sessions via Zoom for the Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (SVAS), which began in response to the COVID-19 lockdowns, allowing budding artists of all ages, including scouts and youth groups, to learn to draw vintage aircraft and vehicles.

The 2021 series subjects are all exhibits full or part purchased by the SVAS and members. These sessions are free and attendees benefit from Phil’s artistic extensive experience made as easy to follow as possible!

The online sessions will continue until December, with a return to in person sessions planned for next season.