The representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London hosted an art exhibition “St. Petersburg in Somerset” dedicated to the Russia Day. The exhibition presented works by the members of the Union of Artists of St. Petersburg.
In August 2017, Yury Vasilyev, Irina Eroshkina, Tatyana Lushnikova and Azat Galimov visited the county of Somerset in the UK to capture the area’s scenery. The arrival of Russian artists was a reciprocal step to the invitation of a British painter Richard Pomeroy to St. Petersburg, where the Briton met many of the city's artists and explored traditions of Russian open-air landscape painting.
Later, Pomeroy and the Somerset Art Works (SAW) charitable organization invited four Russian artists to his home in Somerset to paint in the open air.
The artists visited county estates — Abbey Ford, Hestercombe, Boroughbridge, Bruton, and Wells — with members of SAW, other artists, and students. The pieces created during these visits were presented at the exhibition on the eve of the Russia Day.
Laureate of many international competitions of Yulia Chaplina (piano) performed pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov at the exhibition. Yulia Chaplina, the winner of the Fifth Tchaikovsky’s International Youth Competition, has an active concert life. She is the founder and director of the Tchaikovsky’s Russian Music School based at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo.