Riverside Artists Group Hold 'Mayday Mayday' Exhibition

New images displayed on Instagram every day

‘No Surprise’ by G Calvert

Twenty four artists from Riverside Artists Group (RAG) are presenting their work on Instagram (@RIVERSIDEARTISTSGROUP) over the next few weeks.

Every day a piece from one of the group will be added up until 21 June. It follows on from the success of its last Instagram exhibition Winter Calendar II.

This time the artists were asked to give a two-word title to echo the theme and to explain their work.

The theme of Mayday Mayday references the international distress call but in deference to that call, this has two Maydays whereas the genuine call for aid has three.

‘Mayday’ was conceived in the early 1920s and came from the French m’aidez (‘help me’).

The group says, “Currently the feeling we are in crisis has never been stronger. Efforts to manage one’s affairs become harder and politicians use double-talk in which often the opposite of what is said is true. The conflict in Ukraine presents a danger while the climate crisis is a reality. Innovative and diverse, RAG’s images reflect our times.”


Mike Abrahams
Susan Bazin
Lynne Beel
Clare Belfield
G Calvert
Grazyna Cydzik
Emma Davis
Brian Deighton
Josie Deighton
Lucille Dweck
Shona Elrick
Chloe Fremantle
Máire Gartland
Sarah Granville
Janey Hagger
Seil Lien
Jane Oldfield
Helen Scalway
Felicity Swan
Celia Toler
Astrite Vula
Greta Wakil
Miles Watson
Stephen Williams

RAG was formed in 1986 at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith. It followed an open submission exhibition to which there was such a large response that a meeting was organise which led to the formation of a group, comprising established and emerging artists, came together.

RAG’s aim is to encourage and promote the interaction and practice of a diverse group of visual artists living or working in West London. It provides a network for an exchange of ideas and information. Members initiate and develop projects and exhibit in both self-selected and curated

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June 2, 2023