Bafa in 2020/21 - The Pandemic saw us migrate to Zoom without missing a session and there was lots of praise for the options of seeing work so close on the screen and the option of getting speakers and demonstrators from further afield. Thank you to all members who came with us on this screen journey. We were able to come back together in September 2021 for a few face-to-face meetings, as well as hold our November exhibition which was great. The photos below show some of the great artists that we met during these strange times.
Competition winners for FREEDOM 2021
Best in Show
Winner - Nicola Smith, The Times, Guardian and Herald: Portrait of a Young Journalist
Highly Commended - Alexandra Buckle, Ginkaku-ji Reflections
Best interpretation of the theme of ‘Freedom’
Winner - Sara Hack, Flying High
Highly Commended - Lesley Passey, Freedom of the Waves
To continue the advantages of the virtual meeting, we are going to take our Winter meetings back to Zoom to give artists the chance of demonstrating in their own space as well as inviting demonstrators, who live further away, to share their practice with our members.
Ode to Joy by Bethan from George Grenville Academy.
The winner of the Mel Makinson Young Artist Competition supported by Vitreus Art in Potterspury. Well done to all of the young artists who took part in this years competition.
Results from the Bafa November 2019 Autumn Exhibition Competition
Winner - Marylebone Station by Cathy Read
Highly Commended - Disappearing Landscape by Lesley Passey
3D / Ceramics
Winner - Wenlock Edge by Mike Caddy
Highly Commended - Impressions by Jenny Timms
Winner - Holkham Beach by Kathryn Acton
Highly Commended - Strawberry Split by Emily Pool
Digital / Photography
Winner - Musical Waves by Kevin Glasby
Highly Commended - Watch the Birdie by Louise Stoner
Winner - Picking up Sticks by Sara Hack
Highly Commended - Who's There? by Sally Walton
Winner - Windy Day at the Beach (Copy of a work by Yuri Krokov) by Lucia Pearson-Gee
Highly Commended - Donkey by Lesley Passey
Best in Show
Winner - Picking up Sticks by Sara Hack
Highly Commended - Marylebone Station by Cathy Read
Best Interpretation of the Theme (Joy)
Winner - Epic by Fiona Hebert
Highly Commended - Picking up Sticks by Sara Hack
October 2019 - Jan Munro Pastels
May 2019 - George Boyter Watercolour landscapes
Exhibition News November 2018
We know that many of you were very keen to know the results of the voting for your favourite pictures which took place throughout the exhibition weekend so here are the results.
Novice Winner – Sarah Henderson ‘The Watcher’
Novice Highly commended – Laura Walker-Beaven ‘Dreaming on the Edge’
Intermediate winner – Jen Davies ‘December Snow in Claydon’
Intermediate highly commended – Lesley Passey ‘WWI’
Experienced winner – Becky Gouverneur ‘The Winter King’
Experienced highly commended – Dilys Benjafield ‘No Man’s Land’
Best in show – Becky Gouverneur ‘The Winter King’
Best in show highly commended – Alan Chown ‘Wells Next to the Sea’
Best interpretation of the theme
Winner – Dilys Benjafield ‘No Man’s Land’
Highly commended – Lesley Passey ‘WWI’
Well done to the winner of the children’s art competition -
Alice from George Grenville Academy won with Rory (GGA), Teagan (GGA), Sam (BPS) Elsie (BPS), Aden (BMA) and Maria (BMA) all highly commended. Alice’s prize, a 2 hour glass fusing session at Vitreus Art, will be presented at school!
Thank you for coming to support our exhibition - we hope you enjoyed seeing the amazing art that was on display. See you in May for the next Bafa Exhibition - Spring @ The Woolpack.
The winner of the Mel Makinson Young Artist Award 2018, chosen by public vote, was Alice from George Grenville Academy. the poppy exhibition was wonderful to see over Armisitce weekend. She won a Glass Fusing workshop donated by Vitreus Art.
Bafa has been shortlisted for an Epic Award!! The Epic Awards celebrate the achievements of voluntary arts groups across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
We are delighted to inform you that Buckingham Art for All has been shortlisted for an Epic Award! Your project will now go forward to compete for the England award as well as being part of the public vote for the People’s Choice Award. Winners will be announced at the ceremony at Richmond Barracks in Dublin on 3 May 2018.
Bafa will be judged in the award for England but also entered into the people’s choice award. We now need all Bafa members, friends and family to vote for us in the people’s choice awards at
To learn more about the awards please look at the Voluntary arts website. This is a great opportunity to shout from the rooftops about Bafa and all its fantastic members please spread the word.
Friday night found us partying in The Cote to celebrate a milestone in Bafa's short history! It was preceeded by the AGM, and we were thrilled to see so many of you turn up in time to hear our reports, confirm the committee for another year and show your support for the future of Bafa. Our thanks go to Peter Baker and Lindsey Graham for leading the evening with words of how it all started and the help recieved from so many. After the food, Mayor Jon Harvey very kindly cut the cake. Our Patron, John Bercow was due to visit unfortunately he had to cut his visit to Buckingham short due to family circumstances but he sent his good wishes to all of our members on the occasion of our birthday!
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