1st Annual Show
1st - 15th November 2019
Private View: 1st November 7 -9pm
Intermissus Academy formed in 2018 by a group of 10 artists all looking to present their work in context of its own formulation. Artists in Intermissus creating work are creating work that they need to create. The freedom of being part of this group is that they will be able to continue creating in context of artists making work in a similar vein, and not to row backwards to seek success and a watered down version of what they create.
For more info on Intermissus Academy check out their website;
An exhibition of reproductions, digital prints and real media
4 - 18th October 2019
'My current practice is to draw on an iPhone to make digital prints or use coloured biros on blank postcards. The work is figurative but tends to be expressionistic. Most of the images are made whilst commuting on the Metropolitan Line tube and labelled with a date and time.
In the café gallery there are 39 digital prints in date order. I would draw each time over the previous session’s work modifying or obliterating. This is something which cannot be done with traditional media so easily.
The main gallery at IAF is huge and I was motivated to make two large grids in an attempt to exploit that unique space. The first piece (Sea) is a grid of 25 frames; a square turned on its end to create a diamond shape four metres high. This is a composition made by printing three different images on the same sheet separately, using an obsolete dot matrix printer. The second piece comprises of 100 white frames containing reproductions of the biro sketches again hung in sequence to form a time line. Around the perimeter are 44 dated photographs in black frames. These are family snaps from the 1950’s cropped to make little portraits: a reference to my late mother.'
21st - 27th September 2019
Artist: Monica Chrysostomou
Private View: 20th September 7 - 9pm
reframe edit: is Monica’s first ever solo exhibition showcasing her latest work of ‘Photo-graphic Montages’ - alongside her life drawing, plein air paintings and instagram photography - all of which have inspired and influenced this new body of work.
Monica teaches Drawing & Painting classes at the Islington Arts Factory.
'God's in the Living Room'
13th - 20th September 2019
Artist: Arizona Smith
Private View: 13th September 7 - 9pm
'God's in the Living Room' is a show born from dreams, an exploration of the subconscious through symbols, archetypes and magic. Using drawing and painting Arizona Smith creates snapshots of the psyche, the everyday connection to the divine and the pain and joy of being alive. 'Rooms and furniture are important in my work as they are in my life, they are filled with meaning, they are energy just like everything else - on a physics level. I have played with giving ordinary things emotional qualities which has reminded me of my childhood, where everything was magical and simple patterns in rugs or fabric could be totally transporting.'
Arizona Smith is a self taught artist also training to be a transpersonal psychotherapist,
Summer Salon 2019
21st June - 12th July
Private View 21st June 2019
Curator; Eleanor Pearce
Now in Its 12th year, the Summer Salon at Islington Arts Factory is inspired by the 18th Century French Salons, with floor to ceiling hanging, the Salon seeks to represent the broad variety of work happening today in Islington and beyond.
The submissions process is completely open, anyone can apply, whether you are a professional, or an emerging artist. We aim to represent artists from all backgrounds.
“The Summer Salon embodies Islington Arts Factory’s ethos of creating an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome to participate, providing a launch pad for local and emerging talent,” says Eleanor Pearce, IAF’s Art Director. “The idea for the show grew from French salons where people would meet to discuss the arts and exchange ideas.”.
Islington Pottery Works
8th - 14th June
Opening 7th June 7 - 9pm
Curator: Kayley Holderness
This June we will be holding an exhibition of ceramic works produced at Islington Arts Factory.
The exhibition will present work from adult workshops and professional artists, side by side with work from children and teenage classes, in the place where they were all created. These individual projects will not follow a particular theme but will showcase a diverse range of making and decorating techniques for domestic and sculptural pieces.
We invite people to come and celebrate the creative talents of makers of all ages from Islington and the surrounding boroughs.
The Black Image Company Presents: ArtsAdvocate
24th May - 31st May
Opening 24th May 7 - 9pm
The Black Image Company Debut exhibition launches on the 24th May with a preview event hosted at Islington Arts Factory from 7pm-9pm. This is a collaboration with British born Nigerian artist ArtsAdvocate.
The Black Image company launched early 2019 with the vision to focus on promoting emerging black and other ethnic minority artists who work with a variety of mediums. From painting, and photography to spoken word artists their work will be showcased throughout exhibitions and events. The aim is to give them access, and to promote their work and to encourage the arts within our community.
The Black Image Company Presents: ArtsAdvocate is a week long exhibition where guests can not only view, but also purchase his work. It will be kicked off with a ticketed preview event, where guests will be entertained with multiple performances from including poet Lola Oh. They will be soothed by soulful R’nB, and watered with prosecco
This will be his first UK solo exhibition, where a variety of his work and styles will be displayed, where the artists himself will be present to talk about his work, vision and inspiration behind the pieces
An exhibition of works by refugees who work with The New Art Studio
Curators: Tania Kaczynski & Jon Martyn
26th April - 12th May
Opening: 26th April 6 - 9pm
The New Art Studio will be showing over 150 paintings made by asylum seekers and refugees.
Come and be inspired by this collection of sublime, soulful art work. Although in this group show the paintings are varied and unique, they all have a common thread of loss and longing, hope and redemption.
The New Art Studio is housed here at Islington Arts Factory. It is a small therapeutic art studio specifically for asylum seekers and refugees. Many have never made art before, others were established artists in their own countries.
All have suffered untold horrors of war and persecution, and now face new challenges in our “hostile environment”.
New Art Studio provides a place of solace, safety and creativity.
We are an international crew, with members from Iran, Afghanistan, China, Russia Pakistan and more. The art work produced is unexpected and deeply moving. This collection includes landscapes, figurative work, abstraction and graphic work. When all is lost imagination is the only place of true freedom. The group show celebrates the power of creativity.
We will also be hosting an afternoon of debate and learning.
Please come and join us for a Q and A session on Sunday 28th of April 2pm-5pm.
It will be an afternoon of inspiring discussion and talks on The New Art Studio; how we work and why creativity and imagination are such a lifeline for asylum seekers.
Friday 22nd - 29th March
Opening Night 22nd March with Monsterlune Catwalk 7 - 9pm
Artists: Sarah Gilbert and Estelle Riviere
Two French artists, Sarah Gilbert and Estelle Riviere mixed their creative flame, expressing strong surrealism into a world of magic, mystery and poetry. A week of exhibition showing paintings costumes, dolls, masks, drawing and a large format digital collage backdrop.
Kate Matthews and Jadine Downes
22nd March - 5th April
Opening Friday 22nd March 7 - 9pm
Kate and Jadine are mother and daughter which will make this mixed media exhibition extra spacial. Kate is a digital and acrylic artist while daughter Jadine is a portrait artist who is currently studying at The Brit School.
Islington Arts Factory Exhibition Archive
Please note that there may be changes to opening times at short notice due to staffing issues around Covid
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