News  October 2016

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Past Events

The Royal Society of British Artists (RBA)

 2018 Exhibition: The Mall Galleries

Royal Mall, London


22th March—1st April 10am—5pm


On exhibition for the first time will be Julia’s new  imaginative painting Waterfall, drawing from her imagination and experiences in Iceland and Orkney (see right) 

The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI)

Spring exhibition 2019 at the Mall Galleries:

Royal Mall, London

3rd-18th April, 10am—5pm (closing at 2pm on the 22th)


Julia’s new watercolours Iceland and Valpolicella will be on show.






Wild and Ancient Orkney

Sponsored by

The ACE Foundation

26th May 2015 Julia set off for Orkney to produce and exhibition of work based on the heritage and landscape of Orkney, a world heritage site.  During this five week trip, Julia lived in the back of her van, and travelled around the islands drawing the cliffs, brochs, pre-historic settlements and standing stones.




Julia at Midhowe Broch on Rousay,

9th June


Julia at the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae,

5th June.


Julia has survived the wind, rain and cold thanks to the purchase of a fisherman’s survival suit.

The Hands of the Past Linked to the Hands of the Present

A New Concept in Hand-Embroidery

by Julia Sorrell

The Hands of the Past linked to the Hands of the Present is a hand-embroidered sculpture created in respect of our ancestors of four and a half thousand years ago who built the inspirational Ring of Brodgar in Orkney. It symbolises just one of the 27 remaining stones. Originally 60 stood there! Cross-hatching with a needle and thread, reflects my use of pencil and brush in my watercolours and oil paintings of Orkney.


With utmost difficulty our ancestors struggled to erect these stones, and wore skins to combat the climate. These skins were loosely fashioned with the use of thread – this was the origin of embroidery. The practical connection of one piece of material to another has over time become more decorative and yes, more superfluous and decadent. So to-day hand embroidery is mainly used for church kneelers or buttons, or even replaced by the impersonal machine embroidery. For me, hand embroidery is a means of drawing with thread, in this case to construct the standing stone. Let us not forget that our ancestors did everything by hand - moving of the stones or hewing them into shape using basic stone tools. Hence I hand-spun the wool, silk and material, and embroidered by hand, to connect to the hands of the public who run their hands over the tactile surface of the textile in a similar way as I witnessed the public do to those ancient giants in the Orkney landscape.


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Alan Sorrell: The Man who created Roman Britain

A new biography by

Julia Sorrell & Mark Sorrell


Commissioned by Oxbow Books

Now in print and available from Oxbow Books Ltd




It can also be purchased from Heffers (Cambridge), Blackwells (Oxford), The Mall Galleries, London


More about the book can be read from Julia’s blog:


The Royal Society of Portrait Painters  (RP)

Annual exhibition 2018 at the Mall Galleries:

Royal Mall, London

10th-25th April, 10am—5pm


Julia self-portrait (right) will be on exhibition in London for the first time.





A New Portrait by Julia Sorrell:



Julia has been working on a series of new portraits  this summer working in tempera. The first to be completed is of Ida, a 92 year old Swiss lady (see right)