News  October 2016

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Past Events

The Royal Society of British Artists (RBA)

 2017 Exhibition: The Mall Galleries

Royal Mall, London

22th March—1st April 10am—5pm


Julia’s new  oil painting Sunlight through a Natural Arch, Sanday, Orkney will be on of her paintings on exhibition. (see right) 

The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI)

Spring exhibition 2014 at the Mall Galleries:

Royal Mall, London

6th-22th April, 10am—5pm (closing at 2pm on the 22th)

Closed Easter Sunday


Julia’s  Ring of Brodgar watercolour (see right) will be one of her new works on exhibition for the first time.


Julia will be at the gallery on the private view (5th April) & on Thursday 13th and giving an illustrated talk on her Orkney project at 11.30am and again at 2.30 pm.







Click on the image left to view the portrait of Jeannie Harris








News in brief:

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.



Left: Julia at Stapleford Granary alongside Reverence, her latest work.



Exhibition Programme 2016

Julia at Midhowe Broch on Rousay,

9th June

Above and left:

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.

It is also her first major work in egg tempera, a traditional media well suited to Julia’s drawing based methods of working.


Click on the image right to view the portrait:








A New Portrait by Julia Sorrell

A New Self-Portrait by Julia Sorrell


A New Concept in Hand-Embroidery

by Julia Sorrell

Reverence 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.


Reverence will be installed for the first time in the Wild and Ancient Orkney exhibition at Stapleford Granary, 5th November

Abbott & Holder, 30 Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH  13—21th May 


McDonald Istitute for Archaeological Research, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3ER

8th June - 24th August


Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6th November, 10.00-17.00

Monday 7—Wednesday 30th November (closed Sat & Sun), 10.00-17.00


Illustrated Talk: Wild and Ancient Orkney by Julia Sorrell:

Friday 13th May 18.30pm (free)

The Art Workers Guild,

6 Queen’s Sq. London WC1N 3AT


2 July, 15.00, (free)—booking

At the Mcdonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge,


4th November, 19.30 at: Stapleford Granary.

 Julia Sorrell RI, RBA  

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A New Imaginative Painting by Julia Sorrell


After her two years of working on her Wild & Ancient Orkney project, Julia has returned to working directly from her imagination, or Drawing from the Mind as she refers to it. Her new watercolour/pen & ink painting Time of Plenty (see right) is an idea Julia has been thinking of and developing for some time. It was finally completed recently this autumn.