9th June 2022
in IWM, News, Uncategorised
International Watercolour Masters 2022 by Joe Dowden
Watercolour Came home to IWM2022 England
Article By Joe Dowden
This is only the second time the British Isles have hosted an international exhibition
of the type we have previously seen only in major cities across the world, but never
before in the UK. The first was also staged by David Poxon and was at Weston Park, Shropshire in 2018. It was a completely new
experience for British Artists.
The 2022 IWM at Lilleshall Hall National Sports & Conference centre repeated and surpassed it.
“IWM2022 was a truly glorious event staged with total precision and the organisational skills of a true Master” Shropshire Magazine
Veneta Docheva (Bulgaria) arrives at stunning Lilleshall Hall Shropshire the venue for IWM2022
“IWM 2022 was on a scale and quality which we have
previously seen only in major cities overseas.” Tianya Zhou China
Thousands of British , European, and visitors from around the world were able to see the biggest concentration of
contemporary international watercolour talent the UK has ever witnessed. For the
first time, people were able to see world class demonstrations, time after time,
breathtaking paintings done with breathtaking speed, and then be welcomed by
these same masters to come and chat as fellow painters. The workshops were full. It
was highly noticeable that masters were enabling students to work to professional
standards. I went into one workshop at the end of the day – and this story is repeated
over and over – and I could see half a dozen students working to the highest
professional standards I would expect in Britain.
“My expectations of IWM2022 were high.” Joe Dowden
It exceeded all of them on many fronts and here are some of them:
The world class standard of work,
the award winning curatorship by David Poxon including the introduction of new masters like Mona Omrani, and Veneta Docheva,
the chance to interact and converse with the masters,
the encouragement, the levels of
comfort and perfect organization, the workshops which were really true masterclasses, the
devastatingly good and fast demonstrations one after the other, and the numbers of
people who came and enjoyed the show at this truly amazing venue.
been so much encouraged and have been given so much confidence in their
Watercolour really did come home, and I think it came home to stay.
Joe Dowden. Master IWM2022 June 8 2022
David Poxon RI NWS Live TV demonstration during International Watercolour Masters England 2022