In The Midst
Middlesex Fine Art Year 2 Show
27th - 29th April
Private View 28th April 5 - 7pmIn The Midst is a group exhibition curated by second-year fine art students from Middlesex University, showcasing their works developed conceptually and technically over the past year. The exhibition represents a midpoint in their journey towards their career aspirations. The show boasts a diverse range of mediums, styles, and artistic approaches, including painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles, photography, video, sculpture, installation, mixed media, and live performance. The exhibition features a range of visual styles, including hyperrealism, abstraction, surrealism, grunge, expressionism, and hybrid styles, each with unique and diverse colour palettes. The artworks convey a range of moods, from melancholic grief to vivid emotions, and themes that touch upon the past, present, inner, social, and universal aspects of the human experience. The exhibition reflects the multicultural international community of people from over ten different countries, with each artwork presenting a unique perspective and experience. In The Midst offers a unique opportunity to explore the diversity of artistic approaches and discover emerging artists from around the world.
Blanco Gallery is delighted to present, ‘Reflections’ , an exhibition of figurative painting, sculpture, ceramics, installation, and performance from emerging artists Jungwon Jay Hur Magarita Leva Loze Rachel Losdale Tom Mead.
Curated by: Adela Blanco
Private View Friday 18th 6:30 - 8:30pm
‘There is literally no edge of the sun/my carpet has no edges’ performance by at 7:30pm
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.
Islington Arts Factory Exhibition Archive