• Royal West Academy 165th Open Exhibition

    Royal West Academy 165th Open Exhibition

    I found out today that two of my paintings had been selected for exhibition in the 165th Royal West Academy Open Exhibition, one selected, not hung and this piece 'House of Solanum' selected and hung, I am over the moon!

    165 Annual Open Exhibition
    01 Oct 17 - 03 Dec 17

    The renowned RWA Annual Open Exhibition returns for its 165th year with a stunning variety of work from emerging and established artists.

    This dynamic and varied exhibition invites painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, illustration and mixed media submissions and is a showcase of some of the most exciting artists from across the country and beyond. All work is for sale, making the Annual Open a perfect opportunity to discover new artists or invest in well-known names.

    We are very pleased to announce that 2017's Invited Artists will be Royal Academy President and prolific painter, printmaker and sculptor Christopher Le Brun, and photographic artist Tom Hunter, primarily known for his work documenting everyday life in Hackney, London.

    This year's of panel of selectors will include Marie-Anne McQuay, Head of Programme at Bluecoat, Liverpool, writer, curator and lecturer James Russell and Joseph Clarke, director of Anima-Mundi, alongside RWA President Stewart Geddes and Academicians Stephen Jacobson, John Maine, Rachel Ara and Sara Dudman.


  • Society of Women Artists 156th Annual Exhibition

    Society of Women Artists 156th Annual Exhibition

    Very honoured and excited to have won The Artist Editor's Choice Award for this painting at the Society of Women Artists 156th Annual Summer Exhibition 2017
    on show at The Mall Galleries SW1London 4th - 9th July 2017




    MALL GALLERIES (Near Admiralty Arch) London SW1


  • ING Discerning Eye

    ING Discerning Eye

    Excited to hear that I have had two paintings selected for the ING Discerning Eye exhibition, held in London's Mall Galleries this November.

    Catching Venus in a Rock Pool - selected by Dan Coombs
    Returned - selected by Chris Orr RA

    The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artist, two collectors and two critics. Work is selected from open submission and with works by artists invited by the individual selectors. Each section is hung separately to give each its own distinctive identity. The impression emerges of six small exhibitions within the whole. It provides an unusual opportunity for works by lesser-known artists to be hung alongside contributions from internationally-recognised names.

    The exhibition will be open from 17 - 27 November 2016 at the Mall Galleries, London, with an Artists' Private View on Thursday 17 November. Invitations for the Private View will be sent to you shortly.

    Parker Harris Partnership


  • Holt Art Prize - The Holt Festival

    Holt Art Prize - The Holt Festival

    So happy to announce that this painting, Into the Enchanted Garden, won the Holt Art Prize!

    The winner was announced by Amanda Geitner of the East Anglian Art Fund at a private view of the Exhibition of Shortlisted Works on the evening of Sunday 24th July at the Auden Foyer, Auden Theatre, Gresham's School, Cromer Road, Holt.

    Exhibition of Shortlisted Works

    11.00am – 5.00pm The Foyer, Auden Theatre, Gresham's School, Cromer Road, Holt
    The exhibition of shortlisted works was open to the public from Saturday 23rd July and forms part of the Festival Art Trail. The exhibition ran throughout the festival until Sunday 31st July.


  • Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition

    Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition

    Surprised and delighted that my painting Feathers; Flesh; Leaf; Bone has been accepted to the Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition



    Thursday 28 July – Sunday 7 August (close 3pm)

    MALL GALLERIES (Near Admiralty Arch) London SW1

  • Jackson's Open Art Prize

    Jackson's Open Art Prize

    Suspended Daydreams | Oil on Wood Panel | 100cmx70cm

    Very happy to have just found out that my painting 'Suspended Daydreams' has made the longlist for the Jackson’s Open Art Prize 2016.

    The link below shows the 410 entries long-listed from a total of 3100 entries. The judges short-list will be announced on 29th April 2016.


  • Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize | Mall Galleries, London | 7-13 March 2016.

    Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize | Mall Galleries, London | 7-13 March 2016.

    Alternative Eden | Oil on Wood Panel | 100cmx70cm

    Very happy that this painting has been shortlisted for Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London from 7-13 March 2016.

    This annual exhibition is held at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1. At the opening Private View of the exhibition, the winners are announced and awarded their prizes.

    The 2016 exhibition will be shown in the Mall Galleries from 7 – 13 March 2016 followed by a touring exhibition to Guildford House Gallery from 25 June – 17 July 2016.

    Approximately 100 paintings are selected for exhibition and all works are for sale.

    The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize was created in 2005 by the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and the Lynn Foundation to encourage the very best creative representational painting and promote the skill of draftsmanship. With prize money of £30,000 the Prize is one of the most prestigious awards to artists in the UK.

    From 2005 the exhibition of selected paintings were shown at the magnificent home of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers, the Painters’ Hall, in the City of London. In 2012 the exhibition moved to the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London. During a reception at the exhibition the winners are awarded their prizes and the first prize-winner is also awarded a specially designed and engraved gold medal.

    The range and quality of artists entering and exhibiting in the exhibition have grown each year and its reputation amongst artists is outstanding.


  • The Columbia Threadneedle Prize - Pre-selection

    The Columbia Threadneedle Prize - Pre-selection

    I am pleased to announce that my painting 'Everything carries me to you' has been pre-selected for next stage of The Columbia Threadneedle Prize.

    Figurative art is more than ever at the forefront of contemporary art practice and is always a subject of debate.  With many high profile art prizes tending towards conceptual and abstract works, The Columbia Threadneedle Prize deliberately sets out to examine figurative art today producing a comprehensive current survey.

    The Threadneedle is viewed as one of the most prestigious art prizes in the UK today and this year its panel includes artist and writer David Dawson, Director General at Palazzo Strozzi Arturo Galansino, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum Dr Tim Knox, Arts Journalist Emma Crichton-Miller and Director of Mall Galleries Lewis McNaught.

    The selection process is in two parts, initially a digital submission determines which artists are pre-selected, then the selection panel see the works in person to determine the final pieces for the 2015 exhibition.


  • PAiNT Exhibition - The Undercroft, Norwich 7th-29th November 2015

    PAiNT Exhibition - The Undercroft, Norwich 7th-29th November 2015

    Contemporary Art Exhibition

    PAiNT - paint-exhibition.co.uk/about-paint/

    We are privileged to be alive at a time when painting is not dominated by one single movement, at present we see the flourishing of many different styles, techniques, subjects, and themes. We have a wealth of artists of various backgrounds pushing at the boundaries of painting. Paint is an exhibition of over 22 artists all working in their own individual style, all very different but all producing interesting high quality and sometimes challenging work.

    The exhibition also features artist-led workshops and a series of talks on Art history by art historian Andrew Taylor hosted by Anteros Arts Foundation

    Brian Korteling Mari French Will Teather Peter Rodulfo Corrin Tulk William Black Ben Bell Lara Cobden Gena Ivanov Andy Reeve Lisa Almond Helen Shepherd John Sparks Claire Cansick Rachel Hannyngton Karen Burridge Ruth McCabe Nicholas Denney Anita Staff Lotta Walker Helen Wells David Sullivan Evie Janssens

    Private View Friday 6th November 7-9:30pm.

    Featuring classical guitarist Peter Turrell.

    The Undercroft is located below the War Memorial opposite City Hall, Norwich. Access is via the door on the right (opposite the Guildhall) at the top of the market.

  • National Open Art Competition Winter Exhibition 2015

    National Open Art Competition Winter Exhibition 2015

    Selection In NOA 15 At The Royal College Of Art, London 21 October - 1 November 2015

    I am so excited and happy to be exhibiting as a finalist in the National Open Art Competition Winter Exhibition 2015.

    Two of my paintings have been selected for this year's NOA 15 exhibition at the Royal College of Art in October. The National Open Art Competition is the largest open submission competition in the UK. The exhibition opens on the 21st of October until 1st of November at RCA, Kensington Gore.


  • Paint Out Wells - Plein Air Painting Competition

    Paint Out Wells - Plein Air Painting Competition

    Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea

    I was absolutely delighted and 'slightly gob-smacked' to win this Plein Air Painting Competition!

    21 artists descended on North Norfolk’s bustling coastal port of Wells-next-the-Sea during this new for 2015 satellite event. Paint Out Wells featured 2 days of competition sessions, a public beach sunrise ‘paint out’, evening gala, awards and auction, and a 2-3 day exhibition during the week of 9-13 September. The artists’ hub was the historic Dutch ship the Albatros, moored on the quay and the Wells Maltings Sackhouse. The Prize Winners were Lara Cobden (1st), Alfie Carpenter (2nd), Jack Godfrey (3rd) with judges commendations to Susan Mann, Jennifer Sendall, Candide Turner-Bridger.


  • National Open Art Competition 2015

    I am so happy and excited that four of my paintings have been short-listed for the 2015 Stage 2 judging on Tuesday 1 September.

    For the very first time the NOAC are inviting the world to choose their favourite shortlisted work with an online vote. The work with the most votes will be shown in the exhibition.

    The 2015 World Vote will close on the 31 August 2015

    The titles of the pieces with links to the World Vote are listed below, so if you feel like voting for any of my paintings, please feel free!

    Crystalline Carriage I
    Crystalline Carriage II
    The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water
    Honey Moon Illusion

    Thank you!

  • Art Fair East


    Art Fair East June 5th - 7th 2015 St Andrews Hall Norwich

    ART FAIR EAST | 5-7 June 2015
    St Andrews Hall Norwich
    Lara Cobden | Stand 34

    The first fair takes place in the spectacular setting of Saint Andrews Hall, at the heart of Norwich city centre. The Fair will be open the weekend of 5th – 7th June.

    Opening times and details of how to get there can be found on the Art Fair East website.

    Lara Cobden has been selected from international submissions to exhibit in Art Fair East, one of the major regional art fairs in the UK.

    Art Fair East’s co-founder Will Teather said:

    ‘‘“We are delighted to have Lara Cobden taking part in our 2015 event. We have had a fantastic range of submissions of high quality contemporary art, from across the UK and overseas. Art Fair East aims to showcase the best the art-world has to offer to a wide audience of collectors, art professionals and the general public.”

    Lara said:

    ‘‘I am excited to be selected from international submissions and to be showcasing my new body of work at the first Art Fair East. This annual event aims to be an important new art fair for the East of England and will be an exciting opportunity to show my paintings to both a local and international audience."

    Originally from London, Lara graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting at Brighton University in 1995. She moved to Norfolk several years ago after spending 11 years living on Valentia Island, Co Kerry, Ireland.

    She has recently exhibited in Espacio Gallery, London (Chelsea Fringe), Store Street Gallery, Bloomsbury, London, Affordable Art Fair in London and Stockholm, GoFigurative, London, The Wey Gallery, Surrey, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk, The Corte Real Gallery Paderne, Portugal.

    Art Fair East will be showcasing national and international galleries, dealers and artists to an Eastern region audience of art collectors and businesses. A wealth of knowledgeable and experienced dealers are being assembled to help visitors to the fair build a superb collection of visual art from the UK and overseas. Gallery specialists will be available to advise on collecting contemporary art including original paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, sculpture, new media and works made to commission.

    Opening times and details of how to get there can be found on the Art Fair East website

    For further information:

    Contact Lara Cobden:

    Email: laracobden@hotmail.com / Telephone: 07507 686466

    Contact Art Fair East:

    Email: info@artfaireast.com / Telephone: 07792 419898

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  • Art Slant - Germination Exhibition | Espacio Gallery May 2015

    Exhibition Detail
    Group Show
    Curated by: Tania Beaumont, Laura Gompertz, Mireia Donat Melus, Renee Rilexie
    Espacio Gallery
    159 Bethnal Green Road
    London E2 7DG
    United Kingdom

    May 19th - May 31st
    May 21st 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM


  • Germination - Chelsea Fringe 19-31 May 2015

    Germination - Chelsea Fringe
    19-31 May 2015
    Private View: Thursday 21 May 6-9pm
    Espacio Gallery 3rd annual event on the Chelsea Fringe trail, comprising works in a variety of media giving a fresh look into some of the aspects relating to the natural world.


  • Affordable Art Fair Stockholm October 2014

    Just sent new work down to the Store Street Gallery, London - excited about exhibiting with them at the Affordable Art Fair in Stockholm this October 2014


  • Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios 2014


    My studio is open as part of Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios for visitors on the dates below:

    May | Sun 25 | Mon 26 | Fri 30 
    June | Sat 31 | Sun 1 | Fri 6 | Sat 7 | Sun 8

    11am - 5pm

    Visitors welcome throughout the year by appointment
    See link for details and directions.