Summer Salon 2017
Private View: 2nd June, 6.30pm—9.30pm
Exhibition: 2nd—23rd June 2017
Islington Arts Factory celebrates 10 years of Summer Salon.
This June our flagship exhibition programme Summer Salon celebrates ten glorious years, during which more than 800 artists have shown over 1500 works of art in our two beautiful galleries. Since 2007 our aim has been to offer an open and inclusive platform for home grown talent, where amateur artists can exhibit alongside national and international professional artists.
Summer Salon was inspired by the 18th Century French salons where people would meet to discuss the arts and exchange ideas, encouraging new contrasts, comparisons and conversations around the work.
"We are delighted to be celebrating a decade of Summer Salon" , says Eleanor Pearce, Islington Arts Factory’s Director of Art and Summer Salon Curator, “Summer Salon perfectly embodies the Arts Factory’s ethos of creating an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome to participate and express themselves"
This year will be no exception as we invite more artists than ever to hang their work in our galleries. There will be more than 85 artists and over 200 artworks on show, including contributions from our affiliated charities: New Art Studio, who work with refugees and asylum seekers; MENCAP, who provide inspirational classes for adults with learning disabilities, Art Box who work with local disabled artists and local Carnival workshop company, Glorious Backstage Arts.
As part of this year’s tenth anniversary celebrations, regular Summer Salon exhibitor Heather Carol has gifted her painting Carpe Diem to Islington Arts Factory, which will be auctioned in the lead up to the exhibition, with all proceeds going to support our busy and exciting the children's art programme, MakeArt.
To place a bid on Heather's work email email@example.com
How Shall I Get Elephants To Stay
28th April - 19th May 2017
Artist Gaynor Perry.
Preview 28th April 7 - 9pm
How Shall I Get Elephants to Stay is an exhibition of the artwork featured in Gaynor's book of dreams. Here you will see paintings, photographs and sculptures expressing the artist's subconscious reality, guiding the empathic bonds she forms with the Animal Kingdom and Mother Nature.
24th - 31st March
Curator: Lewis Baxter
Exhibition features the work of four artists with widely varying approaches. Ranging from sculpture, to installation and painting, the works shown explore various themes such as religion, pleasure and perception.
Anything You Say
3rd - 9th March
Artists: Allegra Abouzeid, Azalia Barad, Hilary Barnes, Nicola Barrett, Fedra Castro, Olivia John-Charles, Cemo Cinkilic, Sabrina Collares, Laura Cowley, Deanna Credland, Raphael Dalton, Darko, Elpida Fragkeskidou, Christina Ferdriksen, Niamh Ginger, David Iniguez, Ariane Monds, Alex Morillon, Ramazan Mutlu, Alexandros Ntouras, Shannon O'Boyle, Elmas Ozevalat, Tiarnan Savage, Idil Savaskan, Dan Samuel-Thomas, Devina Sharma, Katie Timosenko, Tyler Watson, Sandra Wilmann
An unrivalled opportunity to come and enjoy the diversity of culture, artistic vision and styles by emerging London based artists. Anything You Say is an exhibition that has enabled the artists to express their different artistic and social interests, not enforcing any clear theme but a greater focus and consideration of space and instillation. Take the trip down to the converted church building to experience the new creative forces arising in the world today.
Preview Friday 3rd March, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Join the Mayor of Islington in celebrating a decade of MakeArt at Islington Arts Factory
Private View: 2nd December 6pm - 8pm
Exhibition: 2nd - 22nd December 2016
This year Islington Arts Factory celebrates a decade of our innovative MakeArt programme which provides enriching education and exhibition opportunities for young people aged 4 - 19 from across the borough. The Mayor of Islington will open the MakeArt exhibition on the 2nd December to a crowd of artists, families and well wishers.
A majestic fire breathing dragon will preside over the gallery, while a creepy graveyard, complete with ghouls and ghosts forms the dramatic centrepiece. A skate park inspired group painting spanning 20ft will dazzle in bright fluorescent tones.
Having explored a variety of drawing and painting techniques, teenage artists from our MakeMoreArt class present a selection of self portraits alongside studies from ornamental stone carvings from across the classical world. These works on paper and canvas are joined by contributions from those who attended IAF's Summerversity Drawing and Painting Workshops.
A herd of horse paintings from Tuesday MakeArt (7 - 11s) were inspired by George Stubbs' famous painting Whistlejacket. Saturday ArtStart (4 - 6s) were also motivated to explore the equine with a series of magical unicorns. Taking inspiration from the wonderful world of insects, Thursday MakeArt (7 - 11s) have created prints that explore symmetry and colour with mark making.
IAF's young ceramicists have individually crafted an impressive collection of 3D textured tiles that combine to create a sublime cityscape. Clay Level 1 will present a selection of characterful busts depicting imaginary beings while Clay Level 2 students are preparing a Feast, with plentiful platters richly decorated in slip, wax, glaze and stain washes to create sumptuous surfaces to whet the appetite.
Islington Arts Factory's outreach work is represented by fabulous colourful creations form ArtyKids at Hugh Myddleton Primary School.
''At Islington Arts Factory we are proud to champion the benefits that involvement in visual arts activities give to children. We offer a nurturing space for creative expression outside of the school system. We believe in supporting children's unique visions and helping them to develop as artist and as individuals within a supportive framework.''
Join us at this celebration of the extraordinary and vivid imaginations, the hard work and sustained commitment of all our young artists.
Eleanor Pearce, Director of Art,Islington Arts Factory
No Mans Land
23rd - 26th November 2016
Artists: Bill Daggs, Simona Pesce, Terence Wilde
In ‘NO MANS LAND’ we are forced to question our identity, to ask ourselves where we stand, where we come from, and where we will go. Sculptures scatter the landscape like relics hinting at the collapse of a past civilisation, or objects of an uncertain present, as if placed in a time capsule and left as a warning of how intolerance and fear can split a society in half.
Bill Daggs and Simona Pesce are two artists whose life experiences enable them to be open to diverse cultures. Bill Daggs, who was born in North West London, has been surrounded by different communities all of his life while Simona Pesce, was born in Italy where she studied, moved to Germany at a young age and has lived in London for the past 20 years.
With these backgrounds and their sense of pride in London’s culturally rich communities Bill Daggs and Simona Pesce are preoccupied with the outcome of the 23rd June 2016 EU Referendum and the migration crisis of 2015. These two events have forced the artists to question the place they call home and where they stand in a society that they have described as a destructive social wreckage. With these events in mind ‘No Man’s Land’ was conceived not only as an exhibition but also a beginning of a collective which aims to invite other artists to discuss the situation of our life now.
Terence Wilde, British artist and pottery instructor within the Occupational Therapy Department at The Bethlem Royal Hospital has been invited to be part of the exhibition. His approach to the emotional wasteland and social wreckage reflects experience of loss and rejection felt by the other two artists
Private View 25th November 7 - 9pm
12th - 25th November
'This exhibition is a collection of visual art made in the last year. Many of the images have come about intuitively and the theme of the exhibition is around dream-time and the magic that happens via the unconscious mind. I am particularly interested in Aborigine and Aztec readings of inner work and meditative states- I have tried to apply similar understands of my own more modern work as I create them and choose what to make next. Much of my work features symbols, figures and animals which I leave to the onlooker to decipher- in that way my art is for everyone as each person can have their own reading. I hope that the show will be a representation of myself as a multi faceted human and also of the different spaces inside everyone at any one time. I am interested in duality and the different aspects of humans which can often be opposing whilst also working in harmony. I hope this will be seen through my work not only in the presentation but also translated through the differing feelings and styles produced in each individual piece.'
Private View Friday 11th November 7-9pm
Sandows on the Lanscape
7th - 21st October 2017
Artists: Jane Dudley & Louise Smart
Louise and Jane share an interest in what emerges and what is hidden
Jane seeks to represent the impact of institutionalization, whether imposed through enforced institutional living or more subtly through societal/institutional expectations. The imposition of beliefs, compliance and conformity to roles and norms undermines autonomy and individuality. Her work suggests that the variations of suppressing and oppressing Who I Am are infinite.
Anonymous and fragile sculptures morphing between abstract and representational, and large works of spontaneous mark making intend political evocation forming a series of monuments to those, and those aspects of ourselves, that are excluded – that are ‘outside’.
Louise has always been interested in the traces people leave behind. Towns, buildings and institutions remain when the inhabitants have left. Imbued in the brick, plaster and discarded personal effects is a sense of abandonment and loss, the remnants of life without the living, decay and survival together hand in hand.
Photo-transfer techniques on mixed media adapting, enhancing and manipulating the image using sand and other mediums giving a sense of age and corrosion, deterioration and endurance. Louise's current work is inspired by Keith Waterworth's photographic images of a visit to the site of the Chernobyl disaster.
LITTLE PAPER SLIPPER
24th - 30th September 2016
Curator: Marie-Louise Jones
Little Paper Slipper Chapter II features an installation of over 100 unique papier mâché shoes created by women living in refuges. Each shoe speaks with its own voice, while together they tell of how it's possible to take a negative aspect of society and, through imagination, turn it into something beautiful — just as the women draw on their experience of domestic abuse to create positive and empowering works of art.
Little Paper Slipper is a small charity that gives a creative voice to women affected by domestic abuse, and makes that voice heard. Find out more: www.littlepaperslipper.com
SUMMER SALON 2016
10th June - 1st July 2016
The Summer Salon at Islington Arts Factory, now in it's 9th year, is a large scale exhibition that has consistently showcased inspiring 2D work in a wide variety of media from Islington artists and beyond. Set in the magnificent galleries at IAF; a converted Gothic Church and the welcoming Café Gallery, curation of the Summer Salon is inspired by the 18th Century French Salons. With floor to ceiling hanging and a busy, creative atmosphere, there is something for everyone.
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