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.
Veneta Docheva (Bulgaria) arrives at stunning Lilleshall Hall Shropshire the venue for IWM2022
The IWM 2022 audience admiring work completed during a live demonstration.
Joe Dowden, Patricia Guzman and David Poxon (Left to Right)
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, breath-taking paintings done with breath-taking 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.
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.
People have been so much encouraged and have been given so much confidence in their painting.
David Poxon RI NWS Live TV demonstration during International Watercolour Masters England 2022