Islington Pottery Workshops, run by Kayley Holderness, will be hosting their third fabulous showcase of work at Islington Arts Factory from 8th October. The two previous exhibitions have been a raving success and this one shall be another feather in the communal cap, with work from many local artists as well as Islington Arts Factory's young ceramicists.
Raffle: Islington Pottery Workshops will be taking this opportunity to raise some funds for Islington Arts Factory! A raffle prize of a 2.5 hour throwing session for two people (with a value of £175) will be up for grabs. Each donation of £10 is rewarded with 1 raffle ticket. Throughout the course of the exhibition you can donate by card via the machine in the office, by the Just Giving page on the IAF website (we'll have a QR code set up to get you there easily) or in cash. Tell your friends!
23rd - 30th September 2022
Private view 23rd September 6.30 - 8.30pm
Artists: Anastasia Pollard, Edith Dormandy, Suzon Lagarde, Melissa Scott- Miller, Hero Johnson, Inma Garcia Carrasco
"Lookers 2022" is an unique opportunity to see the latest work of these six contemporary figurative artists who portray the world through each one of their distinctive lenses of perception and technique.
Artists: Alexis Soul-Gray, Alice Macdonald, Amanda Lebus, Cherry Pickles, Claudia Carr, Elaine Woo MacGregor, Jenny Blake, Kim Scouller, Liane Lang, Lucy Spanyol, Olivia Mansfield, Perienne Christian, Rae Birch Carter, Rebecca Harper, Sarah Lightman, and Sonia McNally.
Curator: Jenny Blake
10th - 16th September 2022
Private view 9th September 6.30 - 8.30pm
As the centenary of the Surrealist movement approaches, this exhibition brings together works by fifteen female contemporary artists to celebrate the legacies of the pioneering Surrealist women. United by this shared appreciation, yet creating works as multifaceted and diverse as the Surrealist movement itself, the artists explore how histories, religions, folklore and the present day inform their personal experiences and practices, looking outwards and inwards simultaneously.
Luminous dreamscapes billow and twist across canvases; a female protagonist from an old master painting is constrained within the drudgery of modern domestic chores; the hazy form of a woman is obscured by dripping ink, bleach, and spray paint. These works, along with many others in the exhibition, some of which are on display for the first time, are an exploration of women’s psychological and emotional states, melding the concrete with the imagined. They transform the everyday into beautiful transcendent visions, haunting spectres and fantastical amalgamations, building upon the foundations of the female Surrealists who paved the way for such insightful expressions of womanhood.
The Surrealist movement began in 1924, and from its inception women have played a central role, with such luminaries as Frida Kahlo, Dora Maar and Leonora Carrington exploring the female subconscious mind through art. This exhibition celebrates their achievements by displaying their ongoing inspirational power in the works of contemporary female artists, from Alexis Soul-Gray and Elaine Woo MacGregor’s poignant contemplations on motherhood and childhood and Rebecca Harper’s focus on transience and displacement, to Perienne Christian, Liane Lang, and Sarah Lightman’s artworks which examine their present through reflecting on women’s past. Amanda Lebus, Olivia Mansfield, Sonia McNally and Lucy Spanyol explore the collision of reality and the dream world through myth, folklore and inner visions, while Alice Macdonald, Claudia Carr, Jennifer Blake, Kim Scouller and Rae Birch Carter present artworks routed in drawing and close observations of nature, yet which incorporate the Surrealists’ playful, ambiguous spirit. The exhibition presents the multiple creative avenues of female expression and experience, questioning the boundaries between individual vision and collective knowledge.
David Barnett Martin Church Zentila
22nd April - 6th May
Opening 22nd April 6.30 - 8.30pm
This exhibition features David Barnett, Martin Church and Ztenzila. Each of the artists has their own distinctive way of working. They are from a variety of backgrounds and they span the generations. However, their work is united by its London connections. It makes for an eclectic exhibition with images made on the tube, on the street and of everyday urban life.
I started out as a graphic designer finally becoming an artist working in Primary schools in East London. It is the best thing I ever did. I observed the fresh, natural way children draw. They draw unfettered by rules and without hesitation. In my own way I have tried to adopt that approach. The prints in this exhibition came from sketches drawn in a small square sketch pad with a black marker pen. The majority were made spontaneously on a daily basis in favourite locations around London fields. The graphic form of the prints, the added colour and grid layout, developed as a way to showcase a set of work.
My practice is to sketch on the Metropolitan Line tube using fugitive materials. I recently started to develop the sketches into larger acrylic compositions. Ten canvases are on show in this exhibition.
"What da hell... I'm a struggling cartoonist, film maker, graffiti artist, so called fighter, sk8ter, toy maker and merchandiser trying to make ends meets."
See videos of the exhibition here and here
ABIGAIL MANNEH (ZIA - żyrafa) / ALICE BEDNARSKA / ANNENICOLE MANOLE / ANDY OH / BEATRIZ VARETA (Bia) / CLARA LEAF / CRIS ALVAREZ (NMBW) / CRISTINA NEGRARIU / DANUT STEMATE / EBONY WEST-DIAS / HOLLY SEZER / JESSIE HEALEY / JOANA SIMAES / LETÍCIA FERREIRA / LEON WESTBROEK / MANISHA KAUR / MARIUM KHAN / MARIANA TEÓFILO / NIA GARDENER / NEREESA WHITTAKER / RITU GURUNG / SEAN RENNISON PHILLIPS / SHYANNE CANNON / SIOBHAN JENNIFER (S.J.) / WALDO
Middlesex University presents "Gaining Momentum", an exhibition of diverse, mixed media works by Second Year BA Fine Art students.
Gaining Momentum represents the onset of acceleration students felt after their first year. Progressing and evolving despite the recent challenging and demanding times.
Produced during the Covid epoch and under the paradigm of its nuances “Gaining Momentum'' reflects the myriad ways in which the emerging artists are developing and communicating ideas and narratives within their respective art practices.
Having been brought to a standstill during lockdown “Gaining Momentum” is the first opportunity for Second Year to show as a group.
The current times bring new challenges for us all, including artists, from lack of access to studio space, accelerated use of technology and adaptation to adversity. Creative solutions and new forms of problem solving arise.
Physicality Meets Psyche is a group exhibition created by three University of East London students, Cale Austin, Kenny Boulton and Liz Noble in their third year of a BA in Fine Art.
Each of the artists within this show use various mediums and styles of creating from painting, to textiles, photography and sculpture. The title of the show has been chosen as all three artists' work looks at understanding and expressing the psyche including how their work can or has been interacted with its physical format.. Through the work there is an exploration of emotions, those underlying and on the surface, perceived by the artists and felt by others, as well as looking at how the audience are able to interact with the work.
Cale Austin uses the ideas and lucidity of dreams and the dream like state to create ‘dreamscape’ textured paintings.
Kenny Boulton is an avid printmaker, interested in using non-conventional print materials exploring texture shape and colour.
Liz Noble predominantly working in sculpture and repurposes materials to create works which look at the psyche of how she believes traditional roles are perceived.
Work within the show which has been specifically conceptualised for this exhibition to incorporate the artists’ collective thinking. Austin, Boulton and Noble have worked singularly, within this group context to achieve a commonality and find the harmony of where Physicality meets Psyche.
Contact with the artists can be done through firstname.lastname@example.org or through instagram @physicalitymeetspsyche
A showcase exhibition by students of Islington Pottery Workshops held at Islington Arts Factory run by Kayley Holderness
Now We Are Six, it’s happening!
Anastasia Pollard Andrew Hitchcock Inma Garcia-Carrasco Simon Davis
James Bland Suzon Lagarde
17th - 24th September 2021
Private View Friday 17th 6:30-8:30pm
This group of London based artists that together hold several prizes and highly renowned exhibitions is here to finally present you the show they've been working hard to create! A collection of figurative and intimate art that represents their individual experiences and sources of inspiration.
Islington Arts Factory Exhibition Archive