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The Priseman Seabrook Collections were established by British artist Robert Priseman and Ally Seabrook in 2014. The collections are formed into three categories – 21st Century British Painting, British Prints, Drawings and Photographs and Contemporary Chinese Works on Paper.


Each collection seeks to explore, promote and question the relevance of painting and the hand-made work of art in the digital age through loans, exhibitions, talks and writing. They have grown through direct working and personal relationships with many of the artists represented and been enabled by painting swaps, donations and occasional purchases. We especially welcome loan requests from galleries and museums.


Art Unlocked is an online talk series by Art UK in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies. This Curation is based on a talk by Robert Priseman, artist and writer, on 21st June 2023. You can watch a recording of the talk on Art UK's YouTube channel.

6 artworks
  • Judith

    A contemporary English Portrait in oil of the British actress Judith Jacob. She is best known for playing the role of health visitor, Carmel Roberts in the BBC soap opera 'EastEnders' from 1986–1989. Jacob was a co-founder of Black Theatre Co-op (BTC), a London theatre group of black actresses.

    Judith 2008
    Wendy Elia
    Oil on linen
    H 166 x W 91 cm
    The Priseman Seabrook Collections
    Judith
    © the artist. Photo credit: The Priseman Seabrook Collections

  • The Golden Mile

    A picture of the Golden Mile in Margate, Kent.

    The Golden Mile 2012
    Tracey Emin (b.1963)
    Etching on 350gsm Hahnemule paper
    H 42.5 x W 50 cm
    The Priseman Seabrook Collections
    The Golden Mile
    © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2023. Photo credit: The Priseman Seabrook Collections

  • Rock and Roll

    Winner of the 2021 Priseman Seabrook Prize for Painting, this 2015 work of art depicts a line of people standing outside a job centre and prefigures the twenty-first century growth in food banks, homelessness and widening social inequality. The title is cockney rhyming slang for ‘dole’ which is a term for government hardship relief payments.

    Rock and Roll 2015
    Nathan Eastwood (b.1972)
    Enamel on board
    H 53 x W 64 cm
    The Priseman Seabrook Collections
    Rock and Roll
    © the artist. Photo credit: The Priseman Seabrook Collections

  • Saint Peter’s Gate

    A contemporary English painting of the Chapel of St Peter on the Wall, Bradwell on Sea in Essex. Built by Saint Cedd sometime after 653 AD, this is one of the oldest churches in Britain. The artist wishes to remain anonymous so that their work can be judged on its own merits and not within the context of identity.

    Saint Peter’s Gate 2018–2019
    anonymous artist (active since 2018)
    Oil on panel
    H 30.5 x W 40.5 cm
    The Priseman Seabrook Collections
    Saint Peter’s Gate
    © the artist. Photo credit: The Priseman Seabrook Collections

  • Serso

    A contemporary English abstract painting utilising gestural, process driven and constructivist techniques.

    Serso 2015
    Julian Brown (b.1974)
    Acrylic on canvas
    H 60 x W 50 cm
    The Priseman Seabrook Collections
    Serso
    © the artist. Photo credit: The Priseman Seabrook Collections

  • Christine Keeler with Her Cat

    A contemporary British painting of English model Christine Keeler. Keeler was a central figure in the Profumo affair, which contributed to the collapse of Harold Macmillan's Conservative government.

    Christine Keeler with Her Cat 2017
    Fionn Wilson (b.1972)
    Acrylic on canvas
    H 76 x W 62 cm
    The Priseman Seabrook Collections
    Christine Keeler with Her Cat
    © Fionn Wilson & Mirrorpix, Allan Olley (work based on an original photograph). Photo credit: The Priseman Seabrook Collections