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London Polination conference

London Micronation Conference


On Saturday 14th July 2012 a micro national conference was held in London at the Chelsea Town Hall. Dr Judy Lattas of Macquarie University created the name Polination to describe her valuable ongoing and extensive study of secessionist movements. She was in London, and together with The Emperor George and other dignitaries, mustered in the elegant interior of the Old Chelsea Town Hall, to share in contributing to an historic conference. Attendees reported back to The Principality of Wy that it was a great success. Prince Paul of Wy was, regrettably, unable to be there due to unavoidable duties in The Principality, and was extremely chagrined to have missed it.  Our Plenipotentiary Ambassador is hoping to make contact with dignitaries during his current tour of duty in London.

To compensate for his absence Prince Paul has created this respectful imaginary drawing in honour of the occasion, based on forwarded visual descriptions of the event. He is to be seen there “in spirit” on the balcony.


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Mosman artists Paul Delprat has known


Paul Delprat displays a work by his wife Susan

The Mosman Historical Society invited Paul to speak at The Mosman Library on Wednesday 11th July 2012 on the subject of the Mosman artists he has been acquainted with over the years.

Gavin Souter, esteemed author of many scholarly histories, is the Patron of this highly regarded society and David Carment, brother of Paul’s friend artist Tom Carment, is the president   Paul was delighted to find that John Dansie, whom he had sat alongside at Mosman Primary School, was a member of the Committee, as was the eminent Mosman General Practitioner Dr Charles Gay who had been a fellow student at Sydney Grammar School.

During his talk , which lasted 45 minutes, Paul spoke about many notable artists including; Julian Rossi Ashton, Howard Ashton, Richard and Wenda Ashton, his wife, Susan Delprat and father in law Brian Gaston, Sir Will Ashton, Salvatore Zofrea,  Lloyd Rees, Nigel Thomson, Norman Lindsay, Dennis Adams, James R Jackson, Dora Toovey, Squire Morgan, Judy Lane, Ken Done, Michael Johnston,  Chris Johnston, Brian Besly,  Suzanne Alexander, Gerald and Rosemary Christmas,  Jan Hook, Margo Freeman, Anne Cape, Nafisa Naomi, Shirley Perrott,  Max Coleman,  Stephen Coburn, Robert Dujin,  Jessica Ashton, Guy Troughton, Kilmany Niland, Ruth Faeber and Ralph Heimans.


So many artists to mention…

Paul joked that there were so many wonderful artists that he had known, or were current practitioners in Mosman, he would need to emulate Fidel Castro,  who was known to speak for several days without fear of interruption.  


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Judy Lane Sculptures

Judy Boyd Lane is currently exhibiting a suite of fine sculptures and drawings at the Mosman Art Gallery.


Judy at the opening

They are inspired by a recent trip to Europe, where she was drawn to the sculptures in many museums in London and Paris. On show are a number of delicate drawings forming a flowing suite that grew from these experiences.  

As is her custom Judy, who is a visual diarist, came back with many filled sketchbooks.

I shared a number of happy and fruitful years with Judy as a fellow student of Henry Cornwallis Gibbons and J Richard Ashton at the Julian Ashton Art School.   

This collection of penetrating sculptural portraits reveals a draughtsman’s insight into character and an instinctive understanding of form.

The works on show are the latest examples of an artist who has been a master in many mediums, including portraiture figure drawing and painting. She is also a highly respected teacher. We rejoice in this move into exciting new territory.

The exhibition runs from 30th June till 26th August 2012

Paul Delprat