Arthur Lockwood RBA ‘JCB at rest’

Images of construction, demolition, cranes, diggers and even a gravel pit are set to be included in the 301st exhibition to be held by the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA).

The RBA is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of skill, concept and draughtsmanship in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing.

Arthur Lockwood RBA specialises in construction imagery and said: “I chose to record the changes taking place in Birmingham and the Black Country: demolition of Nineteenth Century buildings and the construction of new landmarks such as Bull Ring shopping centre. I also wanted to document the metal working factories and foundries before they disappeared.”

Rebecca Cains’ work captures the less fashionable areas of towns and cities where she grew up and has revisited with renewed vision. Much of her work is based at a local scrap yard where she is visually interested in the haphazard shapes, textures and colours of decayed vehicles stacked together like forms of sculpture. Her paintings create a haunting poetry about the wrecked detritus of our contemporary world, heightened with the urban environment juxtaposed against a rural landscape.

The exhibition is being held from March 21-31 at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1.

Scottish Construction Now readers are being offered free entry for two to the exhibition upon mention of our publication at the Gallery Desk (normal price £8).