Project Space

Puzzled: Piecing Together

10th June 2022

A project by Caroline Wilkinson

Monday 10th – Sunday 26th June 2022 – 12noon-6pm
Closed on Mondays

In spring 2020, artist Caroline Wilkinson embarked on what became a community venture, offering an engrossing distraction during the first Covid lockdown. Drawing on her personal collection of jigsaws, she distributed puzzles to 90-plus Lewisham neighbours, friends and others responding through a local Facebook noticeboard. She now has a total of more than 100 completed jigsaws. ‘I hoped that, by being engaged in this focused activity, people might experience an element of control and calm during a period of acute uncertainty, anxiety and mortality,’ Wilkinson explains.

The finished jigsaws will be displayed across the gallery from floor to ceiling. They show a range of generic photographic scenes, from cities and rural landscapes to cottages and kittens, covering a period that spans the 1970s to the 2000s. Each image is a record of its era, and this exhibition is also a reflection of our own recent times, bringing people together in an activity they were sharing, although they were physically apart and in isolation from others. 

Wilkinson, who studied at Edinburgh College of Art and University, has been a professional artist since 1975. She has used jigsaws for inspiration in the past; in 2011 she took park in the group exhibition ‘Archipelago’ at Southwark Park Galleries. Here Wilkinson combined fragmented images taken from different puzzles to create new, often enigmatic and poignant, artworks.

Visitors to the exhibition can enjoy being part of the project themselves by helping to piece together a large puzzle available on site.

Aine O’Dwyer and Gina Southgate – two distinctive and innovative performances

4th June 2022

Saturday 4th June 2022 – 7.30pm
£5 on the door

Áine O’Dwyer is an Irish experimental musician, known for her live performances and recordings, which explore the aesthetics of sound and its relationship to environment, time, audience, and structure

Gina Southgate walks the line between visual art and live performance, building ambiguous and absurd sculptural assemblages live in front of our eyes in a hypnotic and compelling momentum. For this event she will be accompanied by musician and Arthouse member Charles Hayward

The Garden

26th May 2022

Private View: 6-9pm Thursday 26/05/22

Exhibition Open: 12-6pm Thursday 26th May – Sunday 5th June (Closed Monday and Tuesday)

The Garden is the culmination of four years’ work, presenting a series of paintings and drawings all set in the yard space at the back of Lewisham Arthouse. Initially the focus was on capturing a moment and the setting was incidental. Working from video, my paintings are about trying to push the language of painting, embracing the realities of time and movement in an attempt to express the sensation of a specific situation, time or place. As the series progressed however, the setting has become increasingly important and the Arthouse yard itself became the primary subject.

In some respects the paintings are biographical, a highly personal account of the world around me. In another sense this body of work is a love letter to Lewisham Arthouse, a community I’ve been part of for 10 years and that this year celebrates its 30th anniversary. To me the Arthouse feels like an incredibly optimistic space, a cooperative that strives to operate an impossibly pure form of democracy. A community that works together to support each others need for creative space and creative practice. Within that the yard feels like the community’s collective memory. A depository of objects and artworks from previous members, furniture left in place from parties, different personalities left evident from various campaigns of care and neglect.

Tom Hemming graduated from the Byam Shaw School of Art in 2006, he joined the Lewisham Arthouse cooperative on June 1st 2012 and also works as a technician at the National Gallery.

Postcard Drawing Quilt Workshop

Thursday 19th May
Image credit: Dan Weill

Exploring the idea of ‘home’ with artists Euphrosyne Andrews and Seungwon Jung

Date / Thursday 19th May
Time / 6:00 – 7:00pm
Venue / Lewisham Art House Workshop

Developing themes from their fantastic exhibition ‘Drifting Terrain’ at KCCUK, artists Euphrosyne Andrews and Seungwon Jung will lead a workshop at Lewisham Arthouse exploring the idea of ‘home’. All participants will be given a blank postcard to draw and write their ideas of ‘home’. At the end of the workshop there will be an open discussion, sharing ideas and making the postcards into a patchwork quilt.

Drifting Terrain is currently showing at KCCUK and presents new works from three Lewisham based artists, commissioned by the Korean Cultural Centre UK. Working in collaboration with Lewisham Arthouse the exhibition celebrates Lewisham’s designation as the London Borough of Culture 2022. The exhibition is rooted in a sense of place, firstly connecting the localities of Lewisham and the KCCUK on the Embankment but secondly in more subtle and complex ways representing different communities and cultural codes. For more information please visit:

The workshop is free and open to everyone but we’re hoping families/young children can join us too.

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House of Do Your Own Thing

Saturday 7th May

Saturday 7 – Sunday 22 May
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday* from 12pm – 6pm
Free entry
*closed to the public on Saturday 21 May

“The gallery has been taken over!”

Join the Feel Good Designers at Lewisham Arthouse this May to explore “They! Come help me do come” – The House of Do Your Own Thing. It’s a house full of art, music, videos, radio shows and performances. It’s coming to Lewisham Arthouse for the London Borough of Culture! Everyone is welcome.

“There will be decorations and artwork everywhere. We thought the more artwork the better! The more it will catch people’s eyes!”

Join us for some special events at Lewisham Arthouse as part of the House of Do Your Own Thing.

Saturday 7 May: Radio
12pm – 6pm
Join us in the gallery to take part in a House of Do Your Own Thing radio show, recorded live in the gallery!

Saturday 14 May: Gig
2pm – 4pm
Featuring performances from Electric Fire, Charles Hayward and Robyn Steward

The Feel Good Designers are a group of people who are supported by Heart n Soul to make things look and feel good. They met at Do Your Own Thing, Heart n Soul’s programme for young people with learning disabilities.

Heart n Soul info

First person
Heart n Soul is an award-winning creative arts company and charity. We believe in the power and talents of people with learning disabilities, providing opportunities for people to discover, develop and share this power and talent as widely as possible. We also have a lot of fun!

Third person
Heart n Soul is an award-winning creative arts company and charity that believes in the power and talents of people with learning disabilities, providing opportunities for people to discover, develop and share this power and talent as widely as possible. They also have a lot of fun!
Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @heartnsoulart

Diaspora – Hong Kong Nationhood Exhibition Opening

15th April 2022

Private View: 15th April, 2022 6- 9pm
Opening times: Wednesday 13th – Sunday 27th, 12 – 6pm

This exhibition aims to present the nationhood of Hong Kong, based on the way in which a common imaginary of nationhood has been developed through the lens of the arts. It involves 11 HK artists. This exhibition is created by HK people, curated by HK people, and produced by HK people.

It endeavours to:

Look at Hong Kong’s pro-democracy social movements from a holistic approach;
Create an open space for audience to give voice to their Hong Kong identities;
Serve as a documentation and archive in the chronicle of Hong Kong identity and nationhood.



Love is Attention: Rosie Lowe & Duval Timothy: SON

21st March 2022

Monday 21 March – Saturday 26 March

Duval Timothy and singer/songwriter Rosie Lowe present an immersive listening experience installation as part of Lewisham Borough of Culture’s We Are Lewisham programme. Entitled SON, the piece forms the soundtrack to an illustrated children’s book of the same name created in a unique collaboration between the two artists, suitable for all ages. This installation will take place in 20 minute intervals, with some low lighting and haze used.

Rosie Lowe is a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in London. She has released two albums to date; Control (2016) and YU (2019) and recently released a mixtape of self-produced demos entitled Now, You Know. Impossible to pin-down musically, Rosie has performed live with Sir Elton John, been sampled by Future & Juice WRLD and collaborated with rapper Jay Electronica and electronic artist Falty DL amongst many others.

Duval Timothy is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work spans painting, music, photography, sculpture, design, food, video and textiles. Currently based between London, UK and Freetown, Sierra Leone – Duval has released four albums to-date; Brown Loop (2016), Sen Am (2017), 2 Sim (2018) and Help (2020), all via Carrying Colour – his independent record label and lifestyle brand through which he seeks to explore colour both in the sense of chromatics and identity, themes that unify his creative practice.

Julianknxxx is an interdisciplinary poet, visual artist and filmmaker, born in Sierra Leone, now based in London.

Produced by the Albany in Association with FORM for We Are Lewisham

Drifting Terrain – Korean Cultural Centre UK

17th March 2022

OFFSITE: Korean Cultural Centre UK
18 March – 21 May 2022
Private View: 17 March, 5.30 – 7.30pm, RSVP essential

The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) is pleased to present Drifting Terrain, an exhibition featuring recent and newly-commissioned works by UK-based artists, Euphrosyne Andrews, Nia Fekri and Seungwon Jung, running from 18 March – 21 May 2022. Both aligning with the UK’s cultural initiatives and celebrating Lewisham’s designation as the 2022 London Borough of Culture, the KCCUK has developed this exhibition in collaboration with Lewisham Arthouse, inviting three artists whose works span various medium to reimagine the ‘space’ and where we stand

Place matters here, as Drifting Terrain is firstly rooted on the geological sphere of these two localities – Lewisham and Embankment at large. Given the different locations of the KCCUK and Lewisham Arthouse, ultimately linked to representing different communities and cultural codes, the exhibition aims to over-lap each other’s boundary and space, to question the distinction of ‘centre’ and ‘periphery’, and to highlight the possibility of sharing the urban space and reconnecting through art.

By constantly blurring the boundaries and shifting our perceptions, these three artists bring their works and practices into the KCCUK as a way to redefine the space within a socio- political context.

Nia Fekri’s video work Mother’s Apricot Compote conveys, through the monologues of two women who are geographically separated, personal and familial memories tied to the experience of migration. By reciting their own stories, the two protagonists, through the apricot fruit preserved in sugar, form a solidarity based on yearning. The spaces they occupy transcend the barriers of physics and become a living, organic presence that is forever moving and drifting, that brings together people, and the past and the present.

Whilst Nia’s focus on the social and personal aspects of space, Euphrosyne Andrews in turn looks at the relationship between public space and private space. Inspired by the parks or industrial areas scattered across the UK and prevailed gentrification, her new works include a structure that overlays industrial materials with domestic patterns seen on curtains and carpets, and a site-specific installation mirroring the ornate facades of the architecture directly opposite. The works address how material associations can shape our interactions within the public realm, questioning the invisible power dynamic or hierarchy embedded into spaces.

Seungwon Jung takes on an even bigger lens to look into the relationship between human and the environment, and recreates time and space through textile and her craftmanship. The Digital Strata series is a work of tapestry whereby textile patterns are extracted from digital images of the strata. These geological layers represent the accumulated time of the earth over a vast period and the history of this space becomes a personal record through the artist’s labour and time taken to complete the weaving.

Through a wide range of materials and art-making practices, the exhibition aims to reposition our viewpoints of the understanding of the topography of where we are placed and where we belong.

May We Know Them

5th March 2022

Dates: March 6-13, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00-18:00, Monday Closed, Tuesday-Friday 15:00-18:00
Private View: March 5, 18:00-21:00

Celebrate International Women’s Day with the Women of Brockley!

May We Know Them is a community project celebrating International Women’s Day by inviting the women of Brockley (and surrounding area) to create a portrait of a woman who inspires them!

Over 30 local women submitted portraits which will be printed as posters and displayed throughout the neighbourhood in the week leading up to International Women’s Day. Then all posters will be featured together in an exhibition at the Lewisham Arthouse.

Join us for the opening event Saturday March 5, from 18:00-21:00 at the Lewisham Arthouse. There will be a bar, creative activities, and posters for sale, so mark your calendars and invite your friends! The exhibit will continue March 6-13.

This project and event are organised by fabric, a local initiative that runs experiments in female creativity. For more information, search @fabricexperiments on Instagram or email

“To strong women: May we know them, may we raise them, may we be them!”

The Greenness of the Green Fields Supernal

24th February 2022

Open: 24th-28th February 12-6 pm
Private View: 24th 6-9pm

The Greenness of the Green Fields Supernal is an exhibition of recent paintings by Gabriela Giroletti and Henry Tyrrell which explores their uses of ambiguous organic forms that recycle and mutate across their bodies of work. The title comes from a passage in Flann O’Brien’s surreal novel The Third Policeman where he describes the protagonist’s walk through a landscape of morphing hills and sky, where the properties of the objects encountered, like their colour and scale, break free and enter the mind in a pure state. Riffing off this theme, the exhibition uses Giroletti and Tyrrell’s paintings to construct a landscape-like journey meandering around horizon lines, zooming into details, dipping above and below ground. The array of different painting processes and types of gestures in their work are also brought into dialogue with one another.

Gabriela Giroletti
Henry Tyrrell

We Are Lewisham: Borough of culture 2022 Day 1

9th December 2021

Private View – 10/12/21 6-9pm
Opening 09/12/21 – 13/12/21 12-6pm

Springing from a chance viewing of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, 2020 is a twenty-piece embroidery collection by the award winning mixed media artist Palvinder Nangla. The twenty looks on display are a series of intricately constructed drawings of drag outfits, comprising a variety of textiles and materials that showcase Nangla’s skilful handwork. The collection examines gender from a British Asian viewpoint while also provoking a discussion about the use of drag and where it is heading.

‘I never had a TV, but last year I gave Netflix a try, and got introduced to this programme (Ru Paul’s Drag Race)… there’s a scene in it where a performer gets voted off and they look at themselves in a mirror and write something on it in lipstick, and I found that image so powerful that it gave me the impetus to go and do a collection.’

Showing in the UK for the first time Nangla’s creations have previously been exhibited in exclusive trade fairs in New York, Frankfurt and Beijing.

Springing from a chance viewing of Ru Paul’s Drag Race

9th December 2021

Private View – 10/12/21 6-9pm
Opening 09/12/21 – 13/12/21 12-6pm

Springing from a chance viewing of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, 2020 is a twenty-piece embroidery collection by the award winning mixed media artist Palvinder Nangla. The twenty looks on display are a series of intricately constructed drawings of drag outfits, comprising a variety of textiles and materials that showcase Nangla’s skilful handwork. The collection examines gender from a British Asian viewpoint while also provoking a discussion about the use of drag and where it is heading.

‘I never had a TV, but last year I gave Netflix a try, and got introduced to this programme (Ru Paul’s Drag Race)… there’s a scene in it where a performer gets voted off and they look at themselves in a mirror and write something on it in lipstick, and I found that image so powerful that it gave me the impetus to go and do a collection.’

Showing in the UK for the first time Nangla’s creations have previously been exhibited in exclusive trade fairs in New York, Frankfurt and Beijing.

Subject To Change: Art in the Time of the Pandemic

14th October 2021

Sarah Arsenault – Ce Chen – Sinde Cheung – Cathy Hayes – Caroline Ingham – Claudio Pestana – João Simões-Brown

15 – 25 October 2021
Private view: Thursday 14 October 2021, 6 – 9 PM

‘Subject to Change’ brings together the work of seven emerging international artists responding to our ever- changing political and physical environment where identities and the politics of memory keep being re- negotiated. With social and political volatility heightened, this exhibition by a group of Postgraduate alumni from Camberwell College of Arts pertinently questions the symbolic capital attached to established cultural myths, interrogates the on-going struggles in contemporary geopolitics and de-constructs the embodiment of gender and identity.

Much like the menu in a pub, where the artists came up with the premise for the exhibition, all life is subject to change, and this show is a reminder that nothing is set in stone – even public statues do not last forever. Power changes hands and simultaneously art provides us with the inspiration to challenge oppressive narratives. In this exhibition a multidisciplinary group of artists comes together to show a body of work that examines both the histories of art and contemporary socio-political discourses.

In this show one can feast on the marvel evoked by the eclectic presentation of painting and sculptural works. From Ingham’s ‘Enfleshing’ sculpture group of distorted embodiments suspended from wire hangers on a clothes rail, casting shadows on the surrounding walls, to Chen’s hovering paintings employing natural processes of oxidisation to depict the ephemeral elements of the Cornish landscape, the certainty of change is ever present – be it physical, social or political.

Whilst in her ‘Pieta’ paintings Hayes examines how feminine identity has been depicted throughout history and offers us a group of fluid figures in domestic settings, in ‘Fag Has an Audience’ Pestana invades the grand houses of the landed gentry and re-interprets the tradition of the interior portrait, populating the pictorial space with his Fag identity and references to landscape and social class.

Change is also evident in Cheung’s ‘Merry Christmas’, where a Christmas tree, which was set on fire in a luxury mall in Hong Kong in December 2019, unsettlingly represents democratic instability.

Simões-Brown presents us with ‘Instar’, a reference to the stages of development between moults of the arthropods, and Arsenault explores humanity’s vulnerability as a species in ‘Survival of the Fittest’, ‘Extant’, and ‘The Healing’ – both artists also examining the ever-constant presence of change.

For more information check out the Booklet or Press Release


Living Room

30th September 2021

30th Sept – 11th October 2021

Private View
Thursday 30th September 2021

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From the rooms we live and move through, to the changing light which nuances these spaces, Living Room is an exhibition of paintings by artist Tim Patrick focusing on a year painting a flat in Hackney. Working in situ at a large scale, Patrick’s paintings are rooted in the process of painting directly from life; where the quotidian and everyday aspects of the interiors closest to us are held as the focus of painting. The exhibition seeks to explore painting as an artefact of place – the work being as much a piece of the place itself, as an image of it.

Figure it Out by The Neulinge Collective


16th September 2021

Curated by Chudamani Clowes and Divya Sharma

16th to 27th September
12 to 6 PM

Private View Saturday 18th September
6 to 9 PM

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18th September
Performance. Chudamani Clowes and her troop will migrate from Vauxhall Station at 12 noon to Lewisham Art house. To highlight global migration.

The Neulinge Collective consists of four South Asian artists from Pakistan, Srilanka and India who are alumni of the Royal College of Art and the University of Arts London and have come together to critique the status quo with work that reflect issues of inequity we face today. Their art speaks of a sense of responsibility for the future, the power of dialogue as a way of binding people together in a world that is fragmenting before our very eyes.
Marium confronts orientalist notions of the ‘oppressed’ woman in Pakistan with her monumental figure paintings while Chudamani reflects on individual achievement of immigrants contributing to the success of Britain. Divya’s work is inspired by a quote from an ancient Tamil text about compassion and links this to the idea of care. She finds similarities between the conditions of the current pandemic and the conditions of the plague pandemic in the early 1900s in India. Maryam’s jewel like mixed media works are reflections of her experiments with textiles and their new age iterations from automated jacquard designs to digital designs on screen.

Entanglements in Time

6th August 2021

Friday 6th – Sunday 15th August 2021 [12 – 6pm]
with an opening reception on 5 August 2021, 6–9pm
RSVP here

Entanglements in Time is an upcoming exhibition at Lewisham Arthouse showcasing UK-based artists Bart Hajduk, Christopher Taylor, Jasmin Märker, Kristina Pulejkova, Margo Trushina, Solveig Settemsdal and Yambe Tam, curated by Kristine Tan and Mariana Lemos.

Shown together for the first time, the works challenge anthropocentric markers of temporality by examining timelines that stretch far beyond the duration of human existence. Neither optimistic nor pessimistic, the artists explore multiple ways of viewing ecological relationships. It is by acknowledging how we cannot extricate ourselves from this ‘mesh’ that we can look at ecology as a whole and acknowledge how we are intimately entangled with every living and non-living thing in time.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Exhibitions Hub, Goldsmiths University of London.


15th July 2021

Thursday 15th – Sunday 25th July [12 – 6pm]
Drinks Reception – 23rd July 2021 [5 – 8pm]
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To someone a thought occurred – and it plunged their brain into a vortex of reoccurring notions following one another. The tinkling, fuzzy feeling of that spiral of thoughts giving birth to each other, endlessly multiplying, left them sitting uncomfortably for hours. The physical sensation of being externally trapped became blurred with internal fear.
Eternity moment seemed now like business as usual, almost good. That someone’s heart however felt heavy – a warning sign! Their chest indeed felt very tight…
Eventually the brain could not stop ruminating on it all. “Get me out of here, I’m so *vortexed*!” that someone shouted! To whom?

Paula Turmina
Kate Lyddon
Adam Leach
Angela Maasalu

Biggus Icarus – Graduate Award Show 2021 Rosie McGinn

2nd July 2021

Friday 2nd – Monday 12th July [12 – 6pm]
Preview Day : Saturday 10th July

On October 14, 2012 at 127,851 ft, Biggus Icarus whispered “I’m going home now” before stepping off a helium powered Rod Bell capsule and free falling to Planet Earth. On his descent from the edge of space, reaching speeds of 843mph he became the first human to break the sound barrier without the aid of engine power. After momentarily losing consciousness and spinning out of control he regained stability and with a parachute successfully landed on his feet in the New Mexican desert where he dropped to his knees and punched the sky.

‘Biggus Icarus’ is Rosie McGinn’s solo exhibition following an extended year-long graduate residency at Lewisham Arthouse.
The show will feature a large inflatable sculpture of a human free-falling from the stratosphere surrounded by a sequence of drawings and paintings that explore ‘A History of Human Flight.’
From a Benedictine Monk fixing wings to his hands and feet and jumping from the top of Malmesbury Abbey to a Serbian flight attendant surviving a plane crash to Icarus flying too close to the sun; this new watercolour series continues McGinn’s research into the human spirit of exploration.
Climbing higher, scratching that itch, reaching the furthest corners of our universe before turning on the last rung of the ladder, looking back down at the glowing lightbulb planet below and surrendering ourselves to the complete mercy of nature.

Alternative Degree Show

17th June 2021

17-23 June

Over the past year, the pandemic and current political movements have illuminated the glaring inadequacies of arts institutions as spaces fit and able to engage in activities of decolonisation and critical anti-racism; demonstrating the need to re-imagine what a ‘degree show’ can be. In support for, and in protest of, the silence of our department on these urgent matters we want to re-imagine and re-define what a degree show can look like, how it can operate, and the ways in which it provides access to the local community. We are therefore choose to take this event outside of the educational institution and into the social/public environment.

The Alternative Degree Show manifests as an art trail across Lewisham Borough, including traditional art venues, public spaces, and community centres. It is a group project predicated on community building and the desire to allow art to breathe outside of the educational institution. It includes the dynamic and exciting work of graduating students on the BA Fine Art & History of Art programme at Goldsmiths, University of London. 


23rd May 2021

Sunday 23rd – Saturday 29th May
Preview Day: Saturday 22nd May

Launching our exhibition program for 2021 and re-launching the project space after the lockdowns, uncertainty and prolonged closures of 2020, Resolution/Revolution celebrates the ongoing work and creative resolve of the Lewisham Arthouse artists.

Behind closed doors our studios have remained open and the 45 artists that make up the Lewisham Arthouse cooperative have kept working. This exhibition is a showcase of the range and diversity of our practices and a declaration of our commitment to restarting the public program, adapting however we can to provide engaging and exciting exhibitions to connect with the local community.

20% of the proceeds of all sales will be donated to Lewisham Food Bank

Dear Brockley

4th June 2021

A local postcard project celebrating women, creativity and community

Friday June 4 – Sunday June 13
Opening Times: Thursdays & Fridays 15:00-18:00, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00-18:00
Preview Day: Saturday June 5, 2021

Dear Brockley is a local postcard project celebrating women, creativity and community. Women of the South London neighbourhood of Brockley were invited to submit a postcard in response to the theme of WOMAN. 12 winners were printed and distributed to 2,000 households across Brockley on International Women’s Day 2021 – but all 45 beautiful, thoughtful submissions will be exhibited at the Lewisham Arthouse June 4-13.

Dear Brockley examines what it means to be a woman today and celebrates the diversity of perspectives, while showcasing the creative spirit of our community and doing what postcards do best – creating a sense of personal, human connection in a time when we’ve felt more isolated than ever. Postcards and artwork will be for sale with all profits going to Brockley-based charities.

If you want to celebrate female creativity and community, spread the word about the Dear Brockley exhibit at the Lewisham Arthouse June 4-13!

Figure it Out!

4th February 2021

4th – 15th February 2021 from 12-6pm (Sunday 12-3pm)
Preview Day: Saturday 6th February from 12-6pm

The Neulinge Collective consists of five artists from Taiwan, Pakistan, Srilanka and India who have come together as a group to critique the status quo with work that reflect issues of injustice we face today. There is a sense of impatience with the legacy of colonialism and as artists they not only want to engage with this conversation but also provide solutions and allow glimmers of hope through their works. Marium confronts orientalist notions of the ‘oppressed’ woman in Pakistan with her monumental figure paintings while Chudamani reflects on individual achievement of immigrants contributing to the success of Britain today. Divya’s work confronts themes of regaining a mother tongue that was denied by imperialism. Yihsin explores her own state of mind dwelling on intimacy, loneliness and vulnerability Finally, Maryam’s beautiful jewel like mixed media works are reflections of her research and experiments with textiles and their new age iterations.

Artists Instagram: @chudamani1034 / @divyasharmastudio/ @mariumbo_studio / @white_chu_artist / @maryamhinahasnainstudio


8th October 2020

Georgie Andrews | Joseph Clarke | Umut Gunduz | Rebecca Rayner

Curated by Anna Skutley

Opening: Thursday, October 8th, 6-9pm
Until: October 17th, 12-6pm

‘Hant’ is the idea of the vernacular; of the objects, materials and architectural structures that furnish our lives and urban centres. It is a frequentation, or the spirit that haunts a location. It is a spot often visited; an obsession. The collective work that makes up ‘Hant’ extracts elements from their origin and relocates them in a new space, opening a discussion around our conception of site. Through the abstraction of materials, forms, sound and language, it explores the different ways that artists create reference to place.
Georgie Andrews explores ideas of ‘hostile architecture and design’. Her sculptural work removes urban objects from their everyday context and re-situates them in the exhibition space. Alternatively, Umut Gunduz uses 3D models alongside textures, sounds and imagery appropriated from their real-life situs to construct his virtual worlds. Dealing with the inherent tensions between humans and material within these built environments, Joseph Clarke’s sculptural installations address the dichotomies of construction verses deconstruction and order verses chaos. Also working from the premise of the human convergence with materiality, Rebecca Rayner uses discarded and found materials to create ‘ambiguous landscapes’ that reference the human body. Her work focuses on themes of consumption, objectification and the abject.
By examining processes of movement as applied to inert forms, this exhibition looks at the effect a forced displacement from site has on our aesthetic experience with the material makeup of our daily world. ‘Hant’ speaks to a tension between territory, human-made structures, and the language we use to represent these. It asks what specific role vernacular components serve in this exchange.

It’s not you, it’s me

24th September 2020

24.09.2020 – 04.10.2020
Private view: 24.09 from 18:00 – 21:00

Please pre book a free time slot for the private view via Eventbrite

It’s not you, it’s me is a show to mark the first anniversary of 226 Honeymoon, a group of seven recent graduates, who formerly co-ran a non-profit space in Peckham, between September and February.

Their tenancy at 226 Rye Lane ended at the close of February. Added pressures of varying working schedules, disparate individual practices and relocation to different cities and countries, meant the idea of the collectivism that 226 Honeymoon was formed upon was challenged, leaving a new space for a reassessment of its future intentions and position.

The show, It’s not you, it’s me, seeks to foreground seven individual practices via group-working, and looks at the role of communication, self-analysis and planning in the development beneficial relationships.

Kerri Cole
Lenard Giller
India Mello
Joseph Morrissey
Sian Newlove-Drew
Will Pegna
Harry Roberts

Nature Encapsulated

16th September 2020

Weds 16th – Saturday 19th, 12 -6pm
Sunday 20th, 12 – 3pm
Private View Thursday 17th, 7 -9pm

Please pre book a free time slot via Eventbrite for the private view

Nature Encapsulated is a group show gathering artists, most of them based in South London, in the mission to explore the definition of wilderness. This definition is often very subjective as everyone has a different way of thinking about Nature, feeling,
seeing or experiencing it. We aim to explore the difficulty of defining wilderness in our current world and our ways to live within it. We want to bring an optimistic perspective on the preservation and utilisation of nature and hope to inspire and incite positiveness.
The exhibition will be a recognition of the crucial importance of wilderness left on earth, the power of nature on the mind, the possibilities of ethical utilisation of nature, and the positive impacts of protected areas on nature and the animal world.

Featuring work by:
Abi Aldridge-Apaza
Zerrin Asir
Tom Davies
Jono Ganz
Roanna Holmes-Frodsham
Miriam Luehrs
Caitlin Parks
Tom Scotcher
Jade They
Messua Wolff

Curated by:
Segolene Py

Fabric 02

6th March 2020

Fabric is a magazine celebrating female creativity. This year for International Women’s Day, Fabric brought together 28 women from Brockley to share their stories, experiences and perspectives on being a woman. Join us for the Fabric launch event on Friday March 6 at 7pm and follow @fabricthemagazine for more information.

Paradox Amusements

13th – 15th March 2020

Private view 12th March 2020 7 – 9pm
Opens 13th – 15th March 2020 12 – 6pm

In Paradox Amusements Birtles and Metcalfe deal with a day dream. This day dream encompasses extremities of escapism and obsessions with absurd fixations relating to holiday and play. Through performance, painting, photography and sculpture the artists challenge and darken escapist desires. Reoccurring motifs appear like holiday hallucinations. An inflated unicorn appears as an unsettling fluorescent monster, whilst an inflated dress is transformed into a drawing and brought to life by operatic singers. Metcalfe and Birtles unpack the surreal dream through interpretations from their ongoing research into the longing for escapism and performance catharsis.

Purity, Danger, Dirty Re-arranger

5th – 16th December 2019

Zoë Mendelson at Lewisham Arthouse
Private view: 6 December 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Zoë Mendelson’s new work aligns with and critiques diagnostic criteria pathologising space. It also responds to Mary Douglas’ 1966 book on taboo and cleanliness, Purity and Danger. These are dirty archives – works in which schema are established via placement, but what is being stored presents a problem of either cleanliness or possible collapse. This exhibition connects the domestic and clinical, provoking dialogues around consumption, excess and hygiene – located within a configuration of overlapping drawing, animation, painting and objects – a library of potentially pathological elements.
A large wall-drawing, will take the run of the show to complete, a form of sullying and exertion – spatial ‘madness’ in itself – with an emptying and clearing process to follow.


20th November – 1st December, 2019

Preview date time: Friday 22nd November 6 – 9 pm

Opening times: Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm – 6pm, Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

Folds is an exhibition curated by Chahine Fellahi, Gloria Bernal and Megan Garry-Evans featuring works of 13 international and UK based artists who have responded to the theme “folds.” The full line up will showcase a multimedia array of work which includes drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, installation and moving image.

Exhibiting artists: Nikki Alford, Andrea G Artz, Latifah Al-Said, Abbie Cairns, Kirsty Dixon, Luisa Maria Maccormack, Lina Laraki, Wiebke Leister, Freya Nash, Lisa Pettibone, May Rohrer, Ellen Sampson, Emily Scaife.

Folds are pleats of fabric, wrinkles in the skin or carefully folded strands of DNA in each of our cells. Folds are earthly or watery, creases in a landscape or ripples at the surface of the ocean. Folds bend straight lines, they provide texture to the smooth surface of appearance. Folds follow the curves of time, they testify to its passing and its opening to endless possibilities.

Using the notion of folds as a point of departure, this exhibition sets out to uncover the aesthetic, conceptual, ethical and sociopolitical implications of thinking through folds. Activating the interplay between surface and depth, inside and outside, exposure and concealment implicated in folds, this exhibition explores the multiple ways in which the concept can be mobilised as a tool to deconstruct binary oppositions. The diversity of the works presented in the exhibition reflect the various forms folds can take. These include bodily folds as seen in the visceral paintings of Freya Nash and sensual photography of May Rohrer, paper folds as presented in Andrea Artz’s installation and Wiebke Leister’s photo-collages, as well as folds of cloth as explored in the drawings of Luisa-Maria Maccormack and Lisa Pettibone’s kiln-formed glass sculpture.

The different interpretations of the theme will be deployed within the exhibition space, crystallising into an immersive topography. Resonances, echoes and dialogues will take place between the various perspectives provided by the artists, and folded within one another the works will form a dynamic ‘texturology.’

A series of events and activities will take place alongside the exhibition, including a drawing workshop organised in partnership with the London Drawing Group, a performance by Gen Doy and a reading group responding to the theme of the exhibition.

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Rain Wetting Thirst

15th – 17th November 2019

Luca Bosani, Jocelyn McGregor & Sheila Rennick
Curated by Séamus McCormack

15th – 17th November
PV: Thursday 14th November, 6-9pm

Rain Wetting Thirst, featuring artists Luca Bosani, Jocelyn McGregor & Sheila Rennick and curated by Séamus McCormack explores how taste, identities, aesthetics and class culture and made manifest through absurd images, fragmented forms and complex genders. It considers how disembodied bodies can be (re)presented, and how commodification through popular culture and particular contexts and stimuli can blur our individual sense of self. Caricature and satire are used by these artists to create conflicting identities, asking how sensations of desire and aversion can occupy the margins between intimacy, repulsion, fetish and fantasy. Various moments of awakening – erotic, alarming, frightening, arousing and liberating – question the fluid nature of identity. The three artists in the exhibition set up situations that aim to question how our desires, represented by fragrances, images, words and actions, might be satisfied but also remain unfulfilled, thirsty even.

Exhibition Events

Zine Making Workshop
Wednesday 13 November 6.30-9.30pm

Studio Novel designer Ashley Kinnard and artist Jocelyn McGregor will lead a zine-making workshop based on some of the themes in the exhibition with an introduction by curator Séamus McCormack. Materials and beers provided. Take home a free zine with you

To attend for free please book here

Private View
Thursday 14 November, 6-9pm. All welcome!

Join us for a drink to celebrate the opening of ‘Rain Wetting Thirst’, which will include a new performance developed by artist Luca Bosani and new works by Sheila Rennick and Jocelyn McGregor.

Artists’ Workshops
Friday 15 November 2-6pm

Experimenting with Performance: Rhythms is a participatory workshop led by artist Luca Bosani focusing on performance making and rhythm. Through the introduction to three primary elements – repetition, stillness and inconsistency – the participants are invited to experiment with different performance rhythms, in collaboration and individually.

Exhibition curator Séamus McCormack will lead an artist-led peer support workshop on ways of discussing and supporting practice. This participatory session consists of various exercises and will look at self-positioning, reflection and feedback on direction.

Aimed at emerging artists and students, it is advised that artists attend both sessions.

To attend for free please book here

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Artists’ and Curator’s Bio

Luca Bosani is an artist based in London. Solo exhibitions and performances include: ‘Too Early to Love You, Too Late to Kiss You’, Tate Britain, London, 2019; ‘Knaves of Radiance (paintings)’ Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall, London 2019; ‘Knaves of Radiance (Bolan edition)’, London, 2018; ‘Performing the unknown’, Hortensia gallery, KCC College, London, 2018. Group exhibitions include: ‘Singolar Tenzone II’, Kunstraum, London, 2019; ‘Score!’, Beaconsfield Gallery, London, 2019; ‘Singolar Tenzone’, OXO tower, London, 2018; ‘Knaves of Radiance (Bang Bang)’, Gallery 46, London, 2018; ‘Knaves of Radiance (The Bipotential stage)’, Subsidiary Projects, London, 2018; ‘Revolve Performance Art Festival’, Uppsala Konstmuseum, 2017; ‘Liberté d’action’, L’Amour, Paris, 2017; ‘Being alone together’, Crown Building, Liverpool, 2017. 

Jocelyn McGregor is a sculptor based in Cumbria. Recent exhibitions include: Bloomberg New Contemporaries touring South London Gallery and the Liverpool Biennale (2018-19); ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’, The Art Foundation (TAF), Athens, 2018; ‘Mei Yahn Yu’ Kaitak Centre, Hong Kong, 2018; and ‘Risky Attachments’, curated by Like A Little Disaster, Polignano a Mare, 2018. Recent awards include the CVAN NW Artist Bursary 2019, finalist for the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2019; The Lee Alexander McQueen: Sarabande Foundation Emerging Artist Award 2017; and the Diabolique Scholarship for the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies (UK) in 2016.

Sheila Rennick is an Irish artist based in London. Recent exhibitions include ‘Pretty Fleshy Pain Things’, with Amanda Doran at Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, 2019; ‘Paper Cuts’, curated by Kris Day; Saatchi Gallery, 2018; ‘GIFT’, APT Studios Deptford, 2018; ‘Mrs Pig and the Ketchup’, with Adam Hennessy, Josh Berry, Paul Branca, Pierre Poumet Bordeaux 2018; ‘The Marmite Painting Prize, Block 336, Brixton, 2016; ‘Sausage Fest’, with Jemma Egan, curated by Séamus McCormack, Art Box Dublin, 2016.  Awards include: Jerwood Contemporary Painters, Jerwood Space, 2011; Marmite Prize for Painting Runner Up, 2011. Her work is in the collections of Office of Public Works Dublin and Country Bank, NYC.

Séamus McCormack is a curator based in London. Curated projects include: ‘Scaffold’, Bomb Factory; ‘Rain Wetting Thirst’, Lewisham ArtHouse; ‘Jealous Wall’, Luan Gallery, Athlone; ‘SausageFest’, ArtBox, Dublin; ‘Traces’, IMMA, Dublin; ‘Roadkill’, IMMA, Dublin. Séamus was co-curator of both ‘Mobile Encounters’ and ‘Primal Architecture’, IMMA, Dublin. He currently works with New Contemporaries and was previously at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). He has written on the work of a wide range of artists, including Haroon Mirza, Leonora Carrington, Wolfgang Tillmans, Paul Sharits, Jonas Lund, Ulla Wiggen, Christopher Williams, Janine Davidson, Elaine Leader and Jennifer Brady.

Library Music

6 – 10 November, Wed – Sun 12 – 6pm
Private View: Thursday November 7, 6 – 9pm

Mark Beldan, Robin Dixon, Sam Douglas, David Edmond, Mandy Hudson, Rhys Trussler, Ben Walker
Library music is an exhibition about time, memory and place. Seven painters explore aspects of suburban, edgeland and rural landscapes, wandering from faded modernity and future ruins to idyllic villages, from eerie landscapes and spectral houses to utopian visions, bringing together different ideas of folklore, the unknown, the weird, as well as hazily recollected cultural memories.
The landscapes depicted may be mundane, featureless or interchangeable, yet there is often an atmosphere of realised or implied unease or suspense. They can seem familiar, reassuring, yet also unsettling or eerie. The notion that the familiar, the everyday, could carry something that remains hidden or somehow becomes significant, lies at the heart of much of the work.
Alongside the external landscape paintings, on a more interior level, are works that depict sites of creativity and alchemy with views of surrounding woodland, children on listless afternoons stuck in a perpetually unsettling 1970s, and shadowy depopulated spaces inhabited only by flowers.
Although each painter uses a different visual language, their paintings share a sense of something having been discovered – images lost and found during the painting process, and a way of using paint that calls attention to the medium itself, and an understated, quiet atmosphere. The idea of simplicity is fundamentally important to the work featured, and it’s very much at the root of what makes still visual imagery so powerful.

Mark Beldan (born Toronto, lives and works in London) studied at Queen’s University at Kingson, Canada (BFA, 1999) and at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (MA in Fine Art, 2002). His paintings have been exhibited at Guest Projects in London, Rye Creative Centre in East Sussex, and MOSTYN in Llandudno. In 2017 and 2018 he was an artist-in-residence at Artscape Gibraltar Point in Toronto. He also hosts the Skelf Podcast, a quarterly series of audio interviews with other artists.
David Edmond was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He lives and works in London. His paintings have been shown in many UK exhibitions including – the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019 (selected by Jock McFadyen) – Creekside Open 2019, London (selected by Sacha Craddock) – Studio 1.1 Group Show London, 2019 – New Art Projects London, Group Show, 2018 – Columbia Threadneedle Prize, London, 2018. His work was published in Michael Petry’s book ‘Nature Morte’ Thames and Hudson.
He attended the Turps Banana full-time painting programme between 2014 and 2016. He graduated from the Royal College of Art with a MPhil in Printed Textile Design in 1995 and ran his own design business selling designs internationally.

Robin Dixon lives and works in London. He has exhibited in the UK and internationally.
Exhibitions include: The Immaculate Dream, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London 2019, John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2014; MK Calling, Group Show, Milton Keynes Gallery 2013; Luna Park, Lion & Lamb Gallery, London 2012; Jerwood Contemporary Painters, Jerwood Space, London 2007;He studied at Maidstone College of Art (KIAD).

Sam Douglas has exhibited widely since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2007. Recent exhibitions include Contemporary British painting at Yantai Museum, China, We are Building a new world, Studio 1.1, London, The Turning world at Charlie Smith London, and Transpositions at St. Petersburg Museum of Nonconformist art. Solo exhibitions include Wayfarer at Carslaw St. Lukes, London, Remnants at the Royal Hibernian Gallery, Dublin, New paintings at The Cross Gallery, Dublin, and the Corn exchange gallery, Edinburgh. Competitions include The East London painting prize, The Threadneedle prize, The RA Summer Exhibition.. Residencies include Sumburgh head Lighthouse, Shetland Rost, Lofoten, Norway, NKD Dale, Norway, NCCA, Kronstadt, Russia, CCA Andratx, Majorca, Pushkinskaya-10, St. Petersburg, Russia, Pedra Sina, Funchal, Madeira, Brigus artist in residence, Newfoundland, Canada, Cill Rialaig, co. Kerry, Ireland, The Curfew Tower, Cushendall, co. Antrim, Ireland, and Burren college of art, co.Clare.
Mandy Hudson lives and works in London. She studied at Maidstone College of Art and has exhibited in group exhibitions in the UK and internationally; These include The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019, Re-Assemble, Collyer Bristow Gallery, 2019, The Marmite Painting Prize 2016; MK Calling, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Souvenirs, Fieldgate at Angus Hughes, London; One day, Gallery Corridor, Reykjavik. and the Contemporary Art Society’s ART futures 2007 held at Bloomberg SPACE, London.
Rhys Trussler is a graduate from the acclaimed Turps Banana Studio Painting Programme (2015-17) and has a B.A. (hons) in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art (1998-2001). Recent exhibitions include Turps Summer Show, Art Space Bermondsey, London (2017), Running With The Wolves 35Blumen, Kreffeld, Germany (2017) and Helical Swirl, Studio 180, London (2016). His work is influenced by his interest in horror films, vintage Sci Fi novels and the Western Occult Revival of the early 20th century.
Ben Walker was born in Cheshire and lives and works in Kent. He is a painter with an interest in English landscape, folk horror , Factory Records and a distinct era of British culture and TV programmes and films – 1970s and 80s educational programmes for schools, childrens’ tv programmes and public information films. He studied at Sheffield Hallam University and Wimbledon School of Art. He has exhibited widely, including at Transition Gallery and Charlie Smith London, and in the Marmite Prize, and in 2012 won the Jack Goldsmith Painting Prize. He studied on the Turps Correspondence Course 2018-19, and has had work selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019.

Davinia-Ann Robinson PRESENCE

29th October – 3rd November 2019

PRESENCE takes the form of an exhibition and two day drop-in collaborative studio session held at Lewisham Arthouse. Women of Colour are invited into a restorative and discursive space to share their experiences of being rendered visible/invisible and present/absent. Participants will co-create artwork in response to the emotional impacts of these experiences by impressing parts of their bodies or written text onto pre-rolled beds of clay. Robinson aims to provide a supportive space for Women of Colour to explore, disrupt and reclaim ownership of their gendered and racialised bodies within adverse cultural, social and political terrains.

In the project space, Robinson is exhibiting some of the outcomes from the first iteration of the collaborative studio session, PRESENCE, held at the ICA, London, in September. The exhibition is open to all.

Davinia-Ann Robinson’s practice explores the cultural politics of emotions and their implications for Black Female bodies in colonial spaces. She also works in art education at the South London Gallery and is one quarter of the SLG’s Heritage Team as well as working as an Artist Facilitator for Bow Arts. Robinson is an Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice grant recipient and a 2018/2019 artist in residence at the Florence Trust.

Women of Colour are invited to join artist Davinia-Ann Robinson to co-create work in clay while exploring and sharing emotional and bodily experiences of navigating colonial and gendered spaces. No prior experience with clay required. Assistance and materials provided.

Why do it together when you can do it alone?

Why do it together when you can do it alone?

10th – 19th October, 2019

Lewisham Arthouse, 140 Lewisham Way, SE14 6PD

Exhibition Hours:
Thursday 10th – Saturday 19th, 12:00 – 18:00 daily
Closed on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th

Opening Night:
Thursday 10th 18:00 – 21:00

An exhibition that showcases the work of 18 artists and photographers who have been exploring collective ways of working in relation to their own practice. It borrows its title from a talk given by David Morris (editor of Afterall) and Grace Samboh (Indonesia-based curator) during the spring 2019 After School programme.

The exhibition can be perceived as the organic output of all participating artists, workshop leaders and organisers, having gone through a process of collectivity, and asks how it has influenced their work and how they work.

Stepping in and out of photography, installation, sculpture, text and video, the works in the exhibition also engage with a wide range of personal and collective interests, from questions of romance, ageing and desire, to collective assembling and storytelling and the relationship between body and image.


Open Discussion:
Getting there: the Highs and Lows of the Journey
Friday 18th 17:00 – 19:00 followed by drinks until 20:30
Lewisham Arthouse, 140 Lewisham Way, SE14 6PD
(Free but booking essential via here)

A discussion focussing on the process of self-initiating and organising, especially in the first few years after graduating. We ask how such endeavours can bring one’s practice further. But also what are the struggles and challenges that are often encountered and how have people been managing them?

In the spirit of being open about the lows as well as the highs, the discussion will welcome input from everyone in the room, to exchange tactics, share wisdoms and combat the often felt feeling of isolation when we embark on the creative journey.

Contributors include Effie Paleologou (artist and educator), Sunil Shah (artist, curator and writer), and Jack Lewdjaw & Karanjit Panesar (artists, co-directors of east bristol contemporary).


Exhibiting Artists:
Bayryam Bayryamali, Laura Blight, Jacqueline Ennis Cole, Sarah-Jane Field, Lucas Gabellini-Fava, Rachel Glass, Pamela Gomez, Eva Louisa Jonas, Dawoon Kim, Michaela Lahat, Rowan Lear, Debbie Naylor, Joshua Phillips, Loreal Prystaj, Marie Smith, Marie Sutter, Christel Pilkaer Thomsen, Joanna Wierzbicka.

Workshop Leaders:
Alejandra Carles-Tolrá, Hal Silver (Josh Bilton, Una Hamilton Helle) and Hemera Collective (Fangfei Chen, Jaime Davis, Kay Watson)

Programme Organisers:
Yuxin Jiang (artist, co-founder of
Rakesh Mohindra (artist, educator, co-founder of
Beverley Carruthers (photographer, course director of BA Photography, London College of Communication)

After School – Collective Strategies is a public programme consisting of a series of talks and workshops, running from May to June 2019, and culminating in a public group presentation in the autumn. Participants of the workshops and the group show are selected via an an open call.

A collaborative effort between and London College of Communication (University of the Arts London), the programme explores collective ways of working both conceptually and in action, and considers them as strategies that can be helpful to any kind of art workers, especially for early stage practitioners who often struggle in the extremely challenging period after graduating.

Full details see here

Hold my hand

Hold my hand

1st-6th October 2019

Lewisham Arthouse is happy to present an exhibition of Graduate award recipient’s Sola Olulode.
Hold My Hand is Sola Olulode’s second solo exhibition following a year-long residency at Lewisham Arthouse. Over the course of the year, Olulode has been exploring the colour yellow – shifting away from blue as the dominant colour in her works – for an exciting new series. It marks the beginning of a series focusing on romance: these paintings are intimate scenes of dating and courtship. The figurative works are a queer love story following the ‘honeymoon period’ of a couple. Yellow becomes representative of the joy of falling in love, drawing from passionate love songs, music videos and film. This series comes from a dreamer’s desire for love to not be shrouded in politics, the figures living in their own bubble of sunshine. Fully embracing mixed media, the story is told using oil, acrylic, wax, oil bars, charcoal, oil pastels and ink.

1st-6th October 2019
Private view: 1st October 2019 6-9pm.

Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham way
SE14 6PD
The exhibition is wheelchair accessible, if you have any other accessibility issue, please contact

And in me too the wave rises

And in me too the wave rises

20th-28th September 2019

And in me too the wave rises investigates materiality in an attempt to expand notions of space, time, process and participation. The work identifies with touch and notions of ‘being in touch’ as vital to how we de-centre the locus of self in order to face our problematic relations with each other and with our planet. The works on show explore ideas around the nature of membranes, inner and outer-ness, states of emerging and disintegrating and the narrative of presence – offering a space in which materials become unstable and are subject to rupture and change.

Exhibiting Artists:
Emma Bang
Ella Balenky
Jasmine Pajdak
Chen Winner

Performances by:
Demelza Toy
Galit Criden

Dates and opening hours
Private View: 19 September 2019 6pm-9pm
Exhibition Dates: 20th – 28th September 12pm-6pm
(exhibition closed on 23rd and 24th September 2019)

Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
SE15 3BJ

Flock project

Flock Project
4th-15th September 2019

Flock Project is an installation of over 200 ceramic birds created by artist Julie Nelson and with people who have overcome adversity and are recovering from trauma. The birds represent the challenging individual migration journeys their makers have experienced as refugees and asylum seekers.

Birds are a metaphor for transcendence, connection and the universal need to congregate. With social prescribing now placed high on the political agenda, Flock Project serves as a positive response to current issues around mental health and recovery, encouraging group participation.

The exhibition at Lewisham Arthouse is the result of workshops held over a number of months, working with group members of the Grounding project, supported by the Maudsley Charity and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM). The project has offered an opportunity for creative expression and participation that also serves to inform the wider public about the subject of migration.

The workshops were assessed in collaboration with academics from UCL, and funded by a Grand Challenges grant to assess the wellbeing of Julie’s art workshops on those taking part.

The exhibition at Lewisham Art House will be the first time that Flock Project will have been shown altogether with birds by Julie, group members, the general public and other participating artists.

Focusing on birds as a subject for the installation has enabled the participants to express themselves in a subject that is ever present even in the city. The project has helped to connect participants with the environment, increase awareness of birds and the sometimes difficult journeys they make and to help us to engage with them.

Rita* is one of the group members who regularly attends The Grounding Project, and has been taking part in Flock. She suffers from arthritis, and enjoys working with the clay as it helped her to move her fingers. She spent a lot of time moulding out her bird and later she shared: “Playing with this clay takes me back to my childhood in Africa when we used to pull clay from the rocks and make pots and plates. It was a fun time.”
Daris* has a great interest in birds, having kept homing pigeons back in his country: “I used to have many of these as pets and I know how intelligent they are. I am really enjoying learning more about birds and working with the clay”.

Dr Humera Iqbal is a Lecturer in Psychology at University College London, and has been coordinating the research side of the project. She says: “Working on Flock with group members has been an incredibly fulfilling experience. We know from research that participating in cultural activities can help improve wellbeing and combat loneliness in individuals. It has been great to witness first-hand the healing power of clay. Our ceramic birds stand for a shared community and a sense of resilience; they have been able to battle the odds just like their makers.”

Julie Nelson comments: “The workshop has been a focus for people to think about the metaphor of birds and to engage with nature and the environment. We also encourage shared production so that a clay pinched head may attach to a press moulded body created by someone else in the group. Everyone has been very happy to collaborate and join in. The focus and concentration has been amazing. One interesting result of the project has been the diverse styles and forms of birds that have been made. When I’ve researched birds from Ethiopia, Syria and Iraq, for example, I can see where the inspiration comes from. I think that having a common goal of the exhibition has really helped.”

We will be holding a talk event on Thursday 12th September from 6.30-8pm at Lewisham Arthouse. Please join us for drinks and meet those involved.
Speakers include Dr Humera Iqbal, lecturer in Psychology at UCL, Dr Gemma Eke, Clinical Psychologist at the Maudesley, Helen Shearn Art and Wellbeing Strategist and artist Julie Nelson. We will also have involvement from members of the Grounding Project who will talk about their experiences.

Opening times:
Wednesday to Sunday 12-6pm

Lewisham Art House
140 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6PD

*Names have been changed to protect the anonymity of the participants.

We each have our own landscape

We each have our own landscape

24th-28th July 2019

We Each Have Our Own Landscape reflects a personal element in landscape.
Each artist explores a sense of place as a metaphor for the exploration of the psyche.
Hypnotic waves that peak and fall in a repeating visual mantra, horizons that speak of
a future… almost fictional, landscape employed as a stage, nature anthropomorphised.

The title of this show references the idea of locating one’s self both within a present,
remembered or imagined landscape and also the emotional landscape we each inhabit.
We are primed by Romanticism; offering landscape as an opportunity to create a context
for oneself; it is at once a place and a visual representation of an emotional state.

Building on this romantic tradition of the sublime, there is an established trajectory
that considers the mind-scape. Kant established the idea that the connection
between nature and man, is man’s imagination. Landscape offers an orthodoxy
that is familiar, that instantly brings the viewer into the understanding that they
are participating in the work. The viewer summons a philosophical convention to the
reading of the work.

However living in the Anthropocene age we humans require too much of nature… we
imbue landscape with an artifice that it clearly can not support. Therefore we are all on
the verge of processing a shift in our relationship with nature.

For more information about the artists, please visit:

24th—28th July 12—6pm
Private view: Wednesday 24th July 6—9pm

Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
SE15 3BJ

Departure Lounge

Departure lounge

18th – 21st July 2019

Location, landscape and setting can be experienced by the artist through observation, memory and imagination. There is an indelible connection between time and place, which the act of painting and drawing can attempt to access and interpret. During the making process distortions occur as the artist responds to the layering of paint, marks and colour. Place and image start to transform as they are remembered or imagined in the studio, inspired by notes, photos or studies drawn in a sketchbook. Departure Lounge explores the concept of place and environment through painting, print and drawing. Each artist responds to this theme differently, both in terms of their subject matter and artistic process.

Charlie Reed attempts to capture a specific moment, recording and documenting the changing topography of London. He explores the relationship between the cyclical natural world and the expanding and shifting environment of the city – focusing on London’s waterways. The flowing water of a river is a constant in the ever-changing environment it dissects.

Anthony Banks uses paint as both a means of encryption and description; camouflaging or disrupting his subjects, allowing them to hide in plain sight. Often using symbols of modernity or industrialisation as allegory, he plays with their assertions, displacing or reimagining these archetypes to create discordance. His paintings are deliberately slow in their production. During the gradual making process the façade of the painting becomes worn, imbued with a tangible history, a geological layering of paint.

For George Little, the idea of place and environment is examined through a research-based studio practice, looking at the interrelationship between Modernism and sites of eating and drinking. He explores how the archetypes and aesthetics within the dining experience collate with those of modernist ideals.

The three artists met whilst studying Fine Art Painting at Brighton University between 2007 and 2010 and have since studied at the Royal Drawing School and the Royal College of Art. Although they each use a different visual language, their paintings share certain aesthetic qualities. Departure Lounge creates a dialogue between the three artistic processes and explores how each painter has developed since working in close proximity ten years ago.


18 – 21 July 2019
Open 12-6pm Thur, Fri, Sat
Open 12-4pm Sun
Private View Thursday 18 July, 6-9pm

Lewisham Arthouse,
140 Lewisham Way,
London, SE14 6PD

An Art of Distance

‘Disrupting the Visual - An Art of Distance

5th-13rd July 2019

The Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths University of London, are proud to present ‘Disrupting the Visual – An Art of Distance’ a degree show of multimodal experiments in visual anthropology. It explores the fluid boundary between art and anthropology and the importance of distance to perception. We understand distance as both proximity and as the abstracted space between ‘’anthropologists’’ and participants or ideas. Students’ topics traverse and engage with borders, the mobility of objects, and intimate lives, deploying distance to disrupt assumptions about near and far.

The image is a still of a video work by Pepe Bingham-Hall, The video is called “Drag it Out”

Show opens: 5th-13rd July 2019
weds-sun 12-6pm
saturday 13th 12-3pm
PV: 5th July 6-9pm

Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
SE15 3BJ

Render permanent

Render Permanent

14th-23rd June 2019

Translating objects and experiences through physical intervention, three artists question the limits and promises of permanence.

Legibility is challenged as boundaries and mediums are blurred. Time becomes malleable in their hands, their artworks acting as physical and temporal punctuation.

Zanny Mellor uses painting and photography to address themes of speed, light and time, in a sensory exploration of place.

Kasper Pincis plays with the contradictions inherent in trying to produce original pieces of work on copying equipment, and inhabiting a space somewhere between the heroic and the mundane.

Nick Scammell examines the frailty and impermanence of media, via surface and word.

Generating extended instants through repeated combinations and interventions, each artist adapts ageing technology to new ends.

Render Permanent
Friday 14th June – Sunday 23rd June 2019
PV Thursday 13th June 2019
Opening hours: Fri-Sun 12-6pm



May 31st – 8th June 2019

Like catching snippets of other people’s conversations in a crowded bar Pears is an exhibition made up of fractured dialogues. Each exhibiting member of the Arthouse cooperative has invited a guest artist to show alongside them. Each pair of works will be hung side by side, encouraging a dialogue between them and hopefully allowing new conversations to form across the room.

This is a group show with the emphasis on looking outward, an open and expanding conversation. By focusing on the connections between different artworks and artists we hope to promote the creative networks that underpin our community and emphasise the role of the Arthouse as a resource for bringing people together.
Dates: May 31st – 8th June 2019
Opening times: Wednesday – Sunday 12-6pm
Private view: Friday 7th June 7-9pm
Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6PD

Pear drawings by Sophie Chapman

The sherbet house

The Sherbet House

May 15th-26th 2019

The Sherbet House originated in the kitchens of Ottoman palaces and is depicted in a Topkapi manuscript as a kiosk of concoctions being wheeled against a background of bands of intense colour. As an institution it travelled and eventually morphed into the London coffee-house, becoming less refined and more alcoholic as it went, but it remained synonymous with a refuge from the mundane with its richly-patterned textiles, multicoloured glass and nowadays, flashes of neon. Assimilating influences ancient and modern, from Havana to the Euphrates, Jennifer Harding and Stephen Jaques make paintings, constructions and prints which sublimate pattern and transcend the exotic, creating emblematic images of visual vibrancy.

Dates: May 15th – 26th 2019
Opening times: Wednesday – Sunday 12-6
Private view: Thursday, May 16th 6-9

Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6PD

Life & Beyond

Life & Beyond

May 8th-12th 2019

Private View: Tue, 7 May 6-9 PM

A group exhibition by Rachel McRae and Sarah Derat, Bob Bicknell-Knight, Stine Deja and Kristina Pulejkova.

Life and Beyond brings together artists whose work explores aspects of human/non-human life, death, emergence and loss through technology and digital culture.

Through film, interactive installation and sculpture, the exhibition and programme will be looking at how technology is shaping our perceptions of life and death. With the fast development of AI, our growing social media presence and the fast-paced progress made in bio technology, new, hybrid forms of existence make part of our daily lives.

Our troubled relationship with social media and big companies which own our data gets more complicated when we die, as we carry on living as digital ghosts online. With Artificial Intelligence, we are seeing a rise of ‘deepfakes’ (fake videos created using this technology). We are thinking weather AI will lead towards a new evolution of life. The food we consume is genetically modified, and a baby’s DNA in China has been edited, sparking ethical and moral concerns.

Life and Beyond will aim to dissect our relationship with these issues, looking at how human, non-human and extra-terrestrial life and consciousness are defined in an increasingly fluid world mediated through technology. The show will invite audiences to discuss the ethical and moral implications of these new-found states.

Life and Beyond is curated by Kristina Pulejkova.

You can download Digital&Dead, an AR application (Android) by artists Rachel McRae and Sarah Derat ahead of the exhibition here:

Event: Emergence
Friday, 10 May 6:30 – 8:30 PM.
You can book your tickets (donation) here.

An evening of artists’ film exploring the emergence of new lifeforms, ways of communication and ideas in the digital age.
Join for a screening of recent and new films by artists Jeremy Hutchison, Rowena Harris, Hazel Brill, Stine Deja, Bob Bicknell-Knight, Natalia Skobeeva, Milo Creese, Camille Barton, David Blandy, and Kristina Pulejkova.

Opening times
Wed – Sat 12-6 PM
Sun – 12 – 2 PM
Private View: Tue, 7 May 6-9 PM

Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6PD

by the way

by the way

14–24 March 2019

by the way

The group of seven artists (Madi Acharya-Baskerville, Tom Banks, Joost Gerritsen, Sam Hodge, Mark Sowden, Matthew Swift and Ana Vicente) and one writer (Mike Sims) showing at Lewisham Arthouse in March all make work that emerges from an engagement with the landscapes they inhabit and move through.

Often this engagement begins with an unexpected encounter that demands attention. It may be the sight of a single lit window in a darkened cul de sac, a gnarled piece of wood that assumes the shape of a figure, an abandoned frame that demands to be given a new life or a discarded piece of plastic that will be given the close attention of a precious stone.
These incidental encounters and others like them have opened up new ways of working for the artists showing together in by the way. Through the diverse media of photography, performance, poetry, sculpture, printmaking and painting they have shaped and grown work out of these encounters.

We use the phrase ‘by the way’ when we want to introduce a new topic, something we have just thought of but needs to be said. We may not be quite sure of its importance but will share it anyway. It is this spirit of the incidental, tangential, happened upon, and the new that informs the working practices of the artists in this show and gives energy to the group.

by the way is part of an ongoing project called Things That Are There.

14 – 24 March 2019
Private View 14 March 6-9pm
Closing Event 24 March 2pm
Open Thur-Sat 12-6, Sun 12-4

Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6PD

The rage room

Rage Room

26th-31st March 2019

THE RAGE ROOM is a week-long performance experiment to build, surrender and conquer the
rage within.

It was amidst the indomitable landscapes of Iceland that writer-performer Danielle Stagg began
her critical exploration of the Medea legend. Stark and powerful, the terrain forced Stagg to
question how nature can impact on the human experience – and vice versa.
Traditional approaches to the Medea story place revenge at its heart, but for Stagg, this wasn’t
enough. Upon returning to London she paired with fellow performer Laura Hopwood to begin
examining Medea’s inner world. This March, the duo, Holocene will present the most recent
iteration of this ongoing research, The Rage Room , at Lewisham Art House.
“Utilising this 3000 year-old narrative as a lens, we are exploring how one woman’s perceived
sense of injustice lead to the unveiling of her true power,” explains Hopwood. “Destructive as it
was, we propose it came from a deeper place than a mere spiteful response from ‘a woman
“Ultimately, we are interested in exploring where the experience of rage comes from and how it
manifests in the world- especially for women,” adds Stagg. “The Medea we know was written,
performed and consumed exclusively by men in a deeply patriarchal society. This is what we
want to unpack and this is what The Rage Room is – a deconstruction of anger”.
In Holocene’s work, rage, much like the rocky plains of Iceland, bristles as a cold, raw thing,
rather than a momentary explosion.

The Rage Room is a week long presentation of ideas that invites visitors to explore their own
relationship to rage. The performers are in the space for the duration of the exhibition to
continue their exploration and facilitate the journey of others.

The Rage Room,
Tuesday 26th – Sunday 31st of March, 12-6pm everyday.
Late opening on Friday the 29th, 6-9pm.

Danielle Stagg – IG @helloholocene
Laura Hopwood –

Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6PD

Dark Night of the Soul

Dark night of the soul

22 February – 2 March 2019

Private view 21 February 6-9 pm

Featuring: Charlotte Edey, Emma Talbot and Gosia Walton curated by Martha May Ronson

A group exhibition of works by three female artists exploring themes surrounding the spiritual awakening process. The title of the exhibition Dark Night of the Soul refers to a poem written in the 16th century by mystic and poet, St John of the Cross. The poem describes the several stages one goes through during spiritual enlightenment: realisation, purgation, contemplation, ascension, and the feelings and emotions that arise along the journey.

Opening times
22 February – 2 March 2019
Wednesday 12-6pm
Thursday 12-6pm
Friday 12-6pm
Saturday 12-6pm

Proudly sponsored by Brockley Brewery

Lewisham Arthouse,
140 Lewisham Way,
London SE14 6PD.

Worlds Apart

Words apart

30th Jan-10th Feb 2019.

JAMSHAC artists’ collective presents:
Worlds Apart
Lewisham Arthouse’s latest show, Worlds Apart, may make you smile in the face of chaos, catastrophe and midwinter gloom.
In a gallery packed with innovative new work, ten members of JAMSHAC offer a collection of installations, textiles and paintings that explore a range of contemporary themes, concerns and passions.
Critiques of the ever-strengthening powers that be, utopia/dystopia, as well as reflections on the challenges facing our ecosystems – sit alongside a love of nature and a 21st century take on Rossetti. All these topics are explored in wry, quirky and thought -provoking ways.

It’s a show that definitely offers a different spin on the world today.

Weds 30th Jan – Sun 10th Feb 2019.
Private View: Thurs 31st Jan, 6-9pm.

Lewisham Arthouse,
140 Lewisham Way,
London SE14 6PD.

A Thousand Configurations

25th-28th January 2019

Echoing Walter Benjamin’s vision of existential possibilities within urban utopias, ‘A Thousand Configurations’ presents the beginnings of a barely envisaged creative formation and the final conclusion of fully realised works. At Lewisham Arthouse, four current students from the MA Drawing course at Wimbledon College of Arts will display new work that considers “what will have been wanted”, monumentalizing the notions of memory and emotional experience, archaeological traces and fleeting biological imprints. Diverse in the content and processes of their respective practices, Silvia de Giorgi, Lucy George, Hannah Gormley and Denise Poote each grapple with notions of process, possibility and memory whether archaeological, biological or experiential.


Silvia De Giorgi’s drawing practice explores the relationship between landscapes and memory. Her photographic works often reflect on her personal connection to the natural surroundings of her home region in the Italian Alps, and the memories associated with it. Her strong interest in landscape, archaeology and prehistoric art recently led her to a research trip to rock art sites in Norway and Sweden. Returning to the UK, Silvia created a series of monumental drawings that reflect her onsite collaborations with archaeologists as they worked to conserve ancient artefacts.

Increasingly concerned by the environmental impact of humans on wildlife, Lucy George uses 2D and 3D line drawings to map how insect behaviour can convey visual information about the decrease in the population of pollinators. Using Ethiopian book binding techniques, she has been working to create a sacred book of the pollinators and, drawing on knotting skills acquired as a climber, she creates welded 3D installations that map the flight paths of bees and other pollinators.

Hannah Gormley’s drawings combine self-portraiture and portraits which challenge and consider the concept of ‘confessional art’. Using coloured pencils, these works focus on the intentional revelation of the private self, revealing specific and often unseen moments of fraught emotional experience embodied within the nude form. By positioning these bodies within hidden domestic interiors, Gormley permits a voyeuristic view into environments’ that questions the extent to which artworks created in this way claim an emotional veracity for the content as a defining feature—regardless of whether or not these ‘confessions’ are constructed or performative.

Denise Poote examines how the embodied experience of drawing relates to the artefact or residue produced in the action/performance of drawing. Her aim is to better understand how the experience of drawing creates a form of shared knowledge with between the maker and her audience. Combining an eclectic mix of printmaking, DIY robotics and video, Denise’s practice attempts to understand the complexities of experience involved in both the making and viewing of art.

Lewisham Arthouse,
140 Lewisham Way,
 London SE14 6PD
Private View: Thursday 24th January 2019, 6-9pm
Opening Times: Thursday 24th January to Saturday 27th January 2019, 12pm-6pm
Sunday 28th January 12pm-4pm.

Raiders of the lost art

Raiders of the lost art

6th-9th December 2018

A group of Camberwell College of Arts graduates including: Savannah Grieve, Alia Hamaoui, Simon Handy, Lowri Heckler, Isabel Mills and Gwenllian Spink, have come together to show a collection of new works. These artists share an interest in functions, mechanisms, lost history and cultural appropriation, which collectively creates the feeling a navigating through an ancient tomb.

Savannah Grieve (b. 1996, London, UK) graduated from Camberwell College of Arts (2018). Recent group shows include ‘FLOCK 2018’ at GX gallery, London. Her current work reflects her time spent in Florence after being awarded the Cedric Morris Foundation Travel award. Grieve’s work has recently been acquired by the UAL collection.

Alia Hamaoui (b.1996, Albi, France) graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2018. She was recently awarded a residency and solo show at Peckham Artist Run. Recent group exhibitions include, ‘Extended Call’ at Subsidiary Projects and ‘The World Tour Inauguration’ at Fivehundredthousand Gallery, Art Licks Weekend. Hamaoui’s work has been acquired by the UAL collection. Her work is currently on show at Hannah Barry Gallery.

Simon Handy (b.1996, Gloucestershire, UK) is a Painting graduate from Camberwell College of Arts. Recent exhibitions include the ‘Orbit UK Graduate Show’ where Simon was selected to exhibit his robotic sculptures at the OXO Tower, Southbank; and ‘Act Natural’, a group exhibition at APT Gallery. In 2017 Simon was awarded the Mead Scholarship which aided the development of his technical practice.

Lowri Heckler (b. 1996, Carmarthen, Wales) is a recent graduate of Camberwell College of Arts (2018). Her work is focused on re-configuring an objects original function and its design. This is achieved by unpicking and re- building the object until it takes on a new form. Heckler’s recently exhibited in a group show at the Flying Dutchman, Camberwell.

Isabel Mills (b.1995, Brighton, UK), is a 2018 Camberwell College of Arts graduate. Group shows include ‘Act Natural’ at APT Gallery in London. Her latest work considers taste, materials and arbitrary objects as well as recent time spent in Vietnam and Japan.

Gwenllian Spink (b. 1996, Hong Kong) graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2018. Recent group shows include ‘Marginalia’, Leiepark, Ghent, ‘Xhibit’, Bermondsey Project Space, London, and ‘Act Natural’, APT Gallery, London. She recently won the Vanguard Court Studio Prize, and upcoming shows include the Elephant x Griffin Art Prize, London and UKYA City Takeover, Nottingham.

Lewisham Arthouse,
140 Lewisham Way,
London SE14 6PD
6th – 9th December 2018 open 12 – 6pm
Private view Wednesday
5th December 6-9pm

This Instead of That

This Instead of That

28th November-2nd December 2018

This Instead of That

Alexandra Baraitser / Trevor Burgess
Julie Fountain / Olha Pryymak

Lewisham Arthouse, 140 Lewisham Way,
London SE14 6PD
28th November – 2nd December 2018 open 12 – 6pm
Private view Wednesday 28th November 6 – 9pm

This Instead of That is a show about artistic exchange – what happens to both representation and reality when artists get together to re-evaluate their ideas and influences through dialogue with one another. It looks at the processes and practices of artistic exchange, and focuses on the interchanges that are established when similar passions collide and how these are expressed in the tactile, haptic process of making physical artworks.

The mutual sharing of ideas about a portfolio of work that is not your own, is deeply rooted in fine art practice. Essentially this quid pro quo movement of critical exchange has been around for centuries. For example, Matisse immersed himself in the work of others, quoting imagery from his friends and contemporaries, even going into debt to buy work from those painters he admired, thereby sustaining an ongoing dialogue with their work. Discussion about the work of colleagues and contemporaries remains a central strand in fine art training, and is often sustained beyond the confines of art school through informal networks, collaborations, social art practices, shared studios, and other innovative modes of exchange.

For the creation of this exhibition, the artists involved paired up, presenting each other with ideas or questions about the other’s work, the response to which was then commissioned for the exhibition.

It is easy, in a world so dominated by the visual, to customize new ideas to fit what we already know. However, like Matisse, the contemporary artist will make a conversion of an idea that has the transformative effect of changing its core meaning. The artists here have shown how embracing new ideas from other artists about their own work can divert work in a new direction, transforming artistic development and allowing for extended collective discussion and understanding.

Curated by Alexandra Baraitser. For more information contact

Film links:
See a This Instead of That film documenting Olha Pryymak and Julie Fountain’s collaboration here.
Watch Julie Fountain’s films including In Between here.

Alexandra Baraitser Instagram: @abaraitser
Trevor Burgess Instagram: @trevorburgesspaintings
Olha Pryymak Instagram: @olha_pryymak
Julie Fountain Instagram @jf101_art

Syntax error

syntax error

21st-25th November 2018

syntax error
Merav Shinn Ben-Alon, Stefanie Gerstmayr, Byungchan Kim, Rolf-Maria Krückels, Matthias Pabsch, Louisa Stylianidi

Curated by Katie Yook, Stefanie Gerstmayr, and Rolf-Maria Krückels

EXHIBITION HOURS: 21-25 November, 12-6pm

syntax error offers a space for experimenting with forms of communication. Through acts of speaking, translating, interpreting, and dialoguing, the artists share an interest in the transformativity of communication and how mistranslation can yield rifts in perception.

When attempting to render the unrenderable into words or images, meaning gets lost in white noise in a process that adds, alters or interprets the message. The abstraction of language and meta-codes attempt to show that which cannot find words.

The exhibition considers communication as a mechanism that is constantly reinventing itself. Given contemporary discussions around the influence of media, cultural appropriation and digital mediation, is it possible to create actual contact with the unknown? Are we still able to deal with doubt and are we patient enough to discover things not easily consumable?

Saturday, 24 November, 2-4pm
WORKSHOP: Merav Shinn Ben-Alon, “Drawing Stories and Telling Drawings”

This workshop is neither a writing workshop nor a drawing workshop; it is rather an exercise that is based on shifts between mediums—some writing exercises and some drawing exercises. The shift from drawing to writing bewilders the brain, which alternates from the right side to the left side, compelling an act of translation that generates an “error”.

The workshop is designated for artists from different disciplines, but can also be suitable for people who have no drawing or writing experience or people who have experience with other forms of media. The participants are requested to bring a notebook or a sketchbook and writing and drawing utensils.

Merav Shinn Ben-Alon is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Tel-Aviv with 25 years of experience teaching in art institutions and private programs. She works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, writing and installation.

Please email Katie at to sign up.

Saturday, 24 November, 5-8pm
READINGS: Louisa Stylianidi and Alexa Barrett
PERFORMANCE:Rolf-Maria Krückels, “Drawing Machine London”

In line with the Greek definition of machine, Drawing Machine does not produce drawings autonomously. Instead, Drawing Machine becomes activated by two or more participants, creating a form of direct communication without words. The process creates a situation of vulnerability and contact in which people generate an image together which is not a representation, but rather a poetic manifestation of their encounter. Drawing Machine has travelled through Europe, Thailand and Israel and is premiering in London at Lewisham Arthouse on the occasion of syntax error.

As__: travelling in the armchair

As_ travelling

25th-28th October 2018

Xueyu Liu
As__: Travelling in the armchair
25th October- 28th October
Private view 25th October 6-10pm.
Lewisham Arthouse,
140 Lewisham Way,
London SE14 6PD

Xueyu Liu, born in China, graduated from the University of Arts London, Chelsea College of
Arts, MA fine art. Through the lens of her unique visual logic, Xueyu Liu’s works provide us
new narratives to view the relation between everyday objects and the space of its
surrounding. By dissembling the objects and deconstructing the original purpose, she
creates a resonance between spatial perception and the subjective reconstruction with a
poetic sense. A sensuous narrative was formed by the loss of functionality and the found an
ineffable familiarity, which aims to bring the viewers to a surreal wonderland.

This exhibition is the third part of:
As__: Rolling Exhibition of Asian Artists
Hao-Chun Hsieh, Ting Hsu, Xueyu Liu
Curated by Ruby Lau

As__: Rolling Exhibition of Asian Artists is a three-week exhibition that includes three Asian
artists’ solo show individually yet collectively. Through the lens of their artistic practices, this
exhibition aims to offer the viewers a multi-version of perceptual experience and the
cognition of self-identity in relation to the perception of the space in the context of living in a
foreign land.

As __: shole

As__ Shole

11th-14th October 2018

Hao-Chun Hsieh
As__: Shole

11th October- 14th October
Private view: 11th October 6-10pm
Lewisham Arthouse,
140 Lewisham Way,
London SE14 6PD

Hao Chun Hsieh, born in Taiwan,1992. After graduated from Tunghai University, Fine art
department in 2015, he went to the University of Arts London, Chelsea College of Arts for
further study, and finished his master degree of fine art this year. Hsieh’s practices mostly
focus on the society and religion. By using drawing, videos and sounds, his works aim to
dialogue with the audience and explore the spiritual world of individuals and communities.
With a series of works looking at self-identity and self-exploration, A Peaceful Century
(2018) presents a religious environment that looks at the artist’s emotional conclusion
toward his two years of life in London. Hsieh transfers his thinking about the religion into
three basic elements: industry, nature and the symbol, which aims to invite the viewers
to his prayer room and learn about self-acceptance irreligiously.

This exhibition is the first part of:
As__: Rolling Exhibition of Asian Artists
Hao-Chun Hsieh, Ting Hsu, Xueyu Liu
Curated by Ruby Lau

As__: Rolling Exhibition of Asian Artists is a three-week exhibition that includes three Asian
artists’ solo show individually yet collectively. Through the lens of their artistic practices, this
exhibition aims to offer the viewers a multi-version of perceptual experience and the
cognition of self-identity in relation to the perception of the space in the context of living in a
foreign land.

As__: the blink of an eye

As_ blink

18th-21st October 2018

Ting Hsu
As__: The blink of an eye

18th October- 21st October
Private view: 18th October 6-10pm
Lewisham Arthouse,
140 Lewisham Way,
London SE14 6PD

Ting Hsu, born in Taiwan,1993. Recently graduated from the University of Arts London,
Chelsea College of Arts and honoured with a fine art master degree.
“What did you see when you blink? You don’t know because it happened too quickly. Maybe
it was a negative image, maybe you were dreaming.”
—- Robert Wilson
Deeply believe in photography is a continuous life experience, Hsu’s practices concentrate
on the relation of time, space and existence. Her ways of seeing photography is no longer a
conclusion or capitation of a single moment, but as the duration of perceiving, constructing
and deconstructing the light, space and time altogether.

This exhibition is the second part of:
As__: Rolling Exhibition of Asian Artists
Hao-Chun Hsieh, Ting Hsu, Xueyu Liu
Curated by Ruby Lau

As__: Rolling Exhibition of Asian Artists is a three-week exhibition that includes three Asian
artists’ solo show individually yet collectively. Through the lens of their artistic practices, this
exhibition aims to offer the viewers a multi-version of perceptual experience and the
cognition of self-identity in relation to the perception of the space in the context of living in a
foreign land.

Ex Libris


22nd-30th September 2018

A group exhibition by members of Lewisham Arthouse, an artist led cooperative based in the old Deptford Library. Ex Libris looks to explore the local area both socially and geographically, our relationship to it and our context within it. This is an exhibition about varied histories and possible futures.

Alison Day
Anita Gwynn
Barry Cunningham
Fanny Aboulker
Fiona Smithers
Heather Steed
Joyce Jocelyne Saunders
Laura X Carle
Luigi Vanzan
Mark Nelson
Oliver Campbell
Raju Rage
Rosey Prince
Ruth Beale
Sara Willett
Sophie Chapman + Kerri Jefferis
Tom Hemming
Toby Rye
Victoria Smart

Opening: Sat 22 Sept 18:00 – 21:00

Opening weekend coincides with Open Studios Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September 12:00 – 18:00.
With special performances and tours of the building.

Part of Deptford X and Open House London

Make believe

Make believe

1st-9th September 2018

Make Believe

Saturday 1st September to Sunday 9th September 2018
Private view: Friday 31st August. 6 – 9pm
Opening Times: Weds – Sun, 12 – 6pm
@rothgill @lewishamarthouse

Gill Roth and Andrew Clarke met at Maidstone College of Art in the 1980’s. They have lived in Lewisham for over 15 years, taking part in local Open Studios. This is their first joint exhibition.

Both Gill and Andrew make work that blurs the edge between abstraction and representation, where the observable world meets the environment of the imagination.

While drawing forms the core of Gill’s practice, Andrew’s figures emerge through a process of collaging and assemblage. Both work on paper in a way that embraces intuition, accident and play with recurring motifs hinting at inner bodily functions or states of mind.

Andrew makes collages and objects through the juxtaposition of drawings, prints and found material. By relinquishing elements of control and intentionality, new forms and ideas are allowed to emerge more freely. A line in one image continues into a line on another, overlapping shapes create unexpected negative space, a drawn mark reflects a found object. The figures and faces that emerge through these processes are often cut away from the rectangle in a way that ‘sculpturises’ the two-dimensional image and emphasizes the outside line. This has led to a move towards larger scale assemblages and three-dimensional work.

“As a printmaker I often prefer the bits that are left over in the process; the stencils, the plates and the happy accidents. It is often these unplanned images and objects that inform my next move.”

His use of cyanotype introduces the element of light through material that creates ‘X-rays’ of existing collages while also revealing previously unseen textural nuances. The process unifies the image into one colour shifting the focus from the original materials to line and form.

For Gill drawing is a starting point and an end in itself. She works on paper in a relatively large scale. There is nearly always a human presence in her work whether it’s the limbs of a life model or the limbs of a tree thrusting up into the sky.

“I often start with a ‘blind’ drawing. Not looking at what I’m drawing helps me not to think too much and often produces interesting accidents and an element of chaos.”

Gill is attracted to shapes that express movement or have an inner energy, vitality and surface tension. She uses and reuses organic shapes and universal motifs such heads, hands and feet. Tracing, flipping and repeating shapes in a process of organising and editing towards a finished piece.

Notes to editors
For more information and images please contact
Gill Roth on
Andrew Clarke on

One in four

One in four

14th-18th August 2018

From the 14th – 18th August, Lewisham Art House will be showcasing a joint exhibition by artists Laura Greenway and Carlie Simpkin, both recent graduates from University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. The show provides an intimate look into the lives of those affected by psychiatric disorders, and aims to start a much needed and essential conversation about mental illness. A staggering One in Four people suffer from a mental health problem in their lifetime, yet mental illness is still often regarded as a taboo subject that remains highly stigmatised – an issue that this unique and candid exhibition aims to tackle.

Performance based artist Laura Greenway, who was recently shortlisted for the Zealous Emerge Performance Prize, explores living life with severe OCD, anxiety and depression through a multidisciplinary approach to live art. Exploring themes including vulnerability, fragility and a pathological fear of intimacy, Greenway creates physical manifestations of her inner turmoil, utilising her body as tool of communication. Her work engages elements of movement and repetition combined with physical and mental endurance to produce thought provoking works that assist the viewer in understanding what life can be like for someone experiencing relentless mental breakdown.

Focusing on depression and anxiety, Carlie Simpkin, whose work has been exhibited across the UK, employs a variety of mediums to analyse life with mental illness. Often utilising a subtle, dark humour in her work, Simpkin’s clever use of metaphorical imagery creates an accessible and captivating look at the sombre subject. Through sophisticated juxtapositions, her work tackles the issues that surround living life with severe depression, immersing the viewer amongst a visual representation of her own daily struggles.

In addition to the displayed works, the show will also feature live art from Laura Greenway, with an exclusive performance taking place at the private view, which is to be held on the 14th August from 6-9pm. The exhibition is free to attend and most of the works on display will be for sale in order to raise money for mental health charity SANE, with 15% of all sales being donated to the organisation.

Raw, brave and sincere, the show endeavours to approach the subject of mental illness in new and distinct lights, allowing a glimpse into the life of two artists whose work revolves around first hand experience of devastating mental illness.

14th-18th August 2018

Private view
14th August 6-9pm

Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6PD


St. Nowhere

St. Nowhere

16th-29th July 2018

St. Nowhere gives us a space lost in time and purpose. It’s not important where these are located or if they are unidentified spaces. They are familiar and unfamiliar, between waking and reality.

With a playful pioneering spirit, these four artists’: Narbi Price, Rosey Prince, Rob Reed and Gill Rocca re-evaluate and repurpose the quiet humdrum of suburbia with the ingenuity and playfulness of explorers.

And their mission? To explore the common place, seek out the hidden havens and find a renewed meaning deep within.

Narbi Price
Rosey Prince
Rob Reed
Gill Rocca

Private View:
July 20, 6-9pm

Artists Panel Talk:
July 28, 7:30pm

Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6PD




7th – 14th July 2018


Community Digital Art From Eltham Hill School

Come and see the work of our young community digital artists. Featuring the meme posse from Eltham Hill School, Lewisham.

Celebrate with us on July 7th at a special opening event with live music, poetry, and art

Opening event:
Saturday 7th July 2018
3 – 8.30pm

Exhibition open:
7th – 14th July 2018
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12 – 6pm

Free entry
Step-free access

Lewisham Art House
140 Lewisham way
SE14 6PD

Repetitive strain

Repetitive strain

23rd June- 3rd July 2018

Sometimes I’m looking down on it from above,

Other times it feels like I’m outside looking through a window, with nothing but my reflection separating me from the space on the inside.

Do you remember what I said earlier?


Lewisham Arthouse is delighted to present Repetitive Strain, a new body of work by Kate Fahey. The exhibition is her first solo presentation in the UK and embodies an exploration of her on going practice based PhD research completed while undertaking Lewisham Arthouse’s Graduate Residency Program.

Working across the boundaries of various mediums including moving-image, sound, stills, sculpture, and installation, her practice explores our relationship with images through contemporary screen-based perspectives: aerial, satellite and elevated (drone’s eye) views, particularly in the technological hard and soft wares of encounter. Focusing on imagery predominantly appropriated from YouTube, her multidisciplinary fine art practice engages with the surface and materiality of the aerial image employing metafictional and subjective approaches to their habitual modes of spectatorship online.

PV: Saturday the 23rd June 6 – 9pm.
Dates: 24th June and 27th June – 1st July. 12–6pm daily or by appointment.
Lewisham Art House
140 Lewisham way
SE14 6PD

The open call for the next Graduate Studio Award will be made public this coming July – offering recent graduates a fantastic, free opportunity to develop their practice in a 200ft studio based within our artist-led cooperative in South East London. Towards the end of the period the awardee will be supported to mark the occasion showcasing a project, event or exhibition of their choosing in the Arthouse Gallery in 2019. Sign up to our mailing list and follow Arthouse social media to receive updates!

62 hands

62 hands

13th June- 17th June 2018

62 Hands

Wimbledon MA Painting interim show

Lewisham Art House Project Space
140 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6PD
Exhibition open: 13-17th June,
Wed – Sun 12-6pm
Private view: Wednesday 13 June 6-9pm

31 painters
62 hands
Works no larger than 12”
The work of these emerging artists centres on ideas as diverse as the myths, histories and politics of the North Caucuses; the overlooked spaces of the tourist trail; the anti-history paintings of modern India; the colonial histories of the British landscape garden; ruined industrial spaces and liminal wastelands; plant/human hybrids; anthropomorphism and fictional beasts; geology and alchemy; the erotic imagery of the Golden Lotus and the female protagonists of contemporary fairy tales.

Artists: Shuaa Alrasheidi, Emma Brassington, Daumants Brunins, Jack Candy-Kemp, Sirius Chan, Gabriel Chaim, Yue Chen, Sean Coates, Luísa De Castro, Maria Del Pino Cornejo, Nik Cross, Oliver Dorrell, Amy Gaudion, Sara Grisewood, Denise Harrison, Nimmi Hutnik, Emilie Lam, Pandora Layton, Jiaman Li, Nicholas MacNeill, Maria Mohonea, Kundan Mondal, Lorraine Monk, Maria Olivarria, Matteo Orlandi, Anna Pogudz, Ben Pollock, Junnan Wu, Renyan Xie, Xinlei Zhao, Xiaoyu Zhang

This is the third interim exhibition presented by MA Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts at the Lewisham Art House Project Space following ‘A Sharp Intake of Breath’ 2017 and ‘About Space’ 2016.

Please also join us for an MA Painting open studio event at Wimbledon to coincide with the BA/MFA Degree show private view on Thursday 14th June 6-9pm.



6th June- 10th June 2018


A photographic exhibition by Foundation degree and BA (HONS) Photography students from North Kent College and The University of Greenwich.

The forthcoming exhibition is the students degree show, showing their own themed projects they worked on as their Final Major Projects for their BA (Hons) Degree, reflecting on their own unique style within photography.

6th-10th June 2018
6th-9th June 12-6pm
10th June 12-4pm
Private view 7th June 6-9pm

Lewisham Art House
140 Lewisham way
SE14 6PD

Eyeball Pleasers

Eyeball Pleasers

26th May- 3rd June 2018

A scattergun of creative outputs from 45 disparate artists – Lewisham Arthouse presents Eyeball Pleasers an exhibition of recent works by our current studio members, showcasing the output of our artist led cooperative. Based in a grade 2 listed Carnegie Library we’re inviting people to come and see who we are and what we do.

26th May-3rd June 2018
Opening times
Private view
Sat 2nd June 6-9pm

Lewisham Art House
140 Lewisham way
SE14 6PD

This event is part of
Brockley max

When you travel in time, leave nothing behind.

When you travel in time, leave nothing behind

10th-20th May 2018

When you travel in time, leave nothing behind.

Lewisham Arthouse
Thursday 10th May 6-9pm PV only (not open during the day)
Friday 11th – Sunday 13th May 12noon – 6pm
Tuesday 15th – Sunday 20th May 12noon – 6pm

When you travel in time, leave nothing behind is a collaborative show with three emerging female artist.
Anna Hillbom, Amba Sayal Bennett and Emma Papworth share a deep interest in exploring intrinsic qualities of material and shape, in order to bring out a possible mystic through poetic, tactile means and a personal definition of logics.
In sculpture, drawing and installation, an urgency to decipher and re-think signifiers of authority becomes evident. Gestures from ancient art, classical architecture, modern cityscape and archaeological founds are canalized and obscured in order to question ideas of body, agency, canonic history-writing and a linear sense of time.
The works of the exhibition act as a collaborative installation between the artists where the agency of each artist at times is blurred, at times visible, in an attempt to question the relation of object and agency in the gallery space as well as in a broader context of history writing.

Emma Papworth (1993) Lives and works in Berlin, DE
Amba Sayal Bennett (1991) Lives and Works in London, UK
Anna Hillbom (1983) Lives and works in Umeå, SE

Artist Bio

Emma Papaworth received her BFA (First Class) 2015 at The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University. She has recently exhibited at Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, The Griffin Gallery London, Cypher Space Berlin, ASC Gallery London, Bank Space Gallery, London. In 2015 she received The Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize, Baltic 39, Newcastle.

Amba Sayal-Bennett is an artist and PhD in Art Practice & Learning at Goldsmiths. She received her BFA from Oxford
University in 2012 and her MA in The History of Art from The Courtauld Institute in 2013. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery London, Parallel Vienna and Untitled San Francisco.

Anna Hillbom received her BFA and BA Artistic Research from Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam 2011 and her MFA at Umeå Academy of Fine Art 2015. She has recently exhibited her work at Kunstlerhaus Turn and Taxis Bregenz, Bildmuseet Umeå, Galleri Andersson Sandström Stockholm, Cypher Space Berlin and CLB Berlin, Umeå Konsthall, Udstillingstedet Q Copenhagen and Konstfrämjandet Umeå.

Contact person: Anna Hillbom
+46 76- 275 30 93

Spaces of making

Spaces of making

11th May 2018

Space of making project launch

The Fringe and Underground Music Group at Goldsmiths launches a pamphlet/printed edition series entitled Spaces of Making.

Based broadly on themes of physical, digital, social and conceptual/ideological space, the first run of pamphlets features contributions from artists and musicians Charles Hayward, Marlo Delara, Sharon Gal and Richard Phoenix.

The launch event for the pamphlet series, co-hosted by The Lumen Lake, will be held from 19.30 on 11 May in the Lewisham Arthouse. Contributors will present their pamphlets, and there will be live sets from Lizzy Laurance, Grey Sea Over A Cold Sky and Scrounge.

High quality Riso-print copies of the pamphlets will be available on the night.

Entry is £5, £3 concessions.

11th May 2018
Lewisham Art house
140 Lewisham way
SE14 6PD

Salt Castles

Salt Catsle

27th April-6th May 2018

Billy Crosby, Thomas Greig and Rebecca Guez
Lewisham Arthouse
27 April – 6 May
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12-6pm
Opening: Thursday 26 April, 6-9pm

This exhibition brings together each of the artists recent work and puts into dialogue the emphatic materiality and physicality of production, that surrounds their works. With an interest in labour and gesture, as well as object investigation, materials are bitten, squashed, cut, pressed, squeezed, moulded, painted and printed, creating highly charged and affective outcomes.

Billy Crosby (b.1992, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland) is a recent graduate of Painting at Camberwell College of Arts (2016). His recent group shows include ‘Changelings’, The Flying Dutchman, London, ‘Solopreneur’, Kingsgate Workshops, London and ‘The Marmite Prize for Painting’, Block 336, London/Ireland, 2016. Crosby’s first solo exhibition ‘Props’ took place at Camberwell Space, London, in September 2017, after his year long studio residency at Vanguard Court Studios, London. At Lewisham Arthouse, Billy presents a selection of new polystyrene works. Billy Crosby has exhibited in the UK and in Europe.

Thomas Greig (b.1994, Surrey, UK) is a recent graduate of Painting at Camberwell College of Arts (2016). His recent group shows include ‘Bloomberg New Contemporaries’, Baltic 39, Newcastle and Block 336, London and ‘Any, more?’, Limbo Limbo, London. His first solo exhibition ‘Possessions’ took place in the back of a van, London, November 2017. At Lewisham Art House Thomas presents underpants, socks and bananas. Thomas Greig has exhibited across the UK.

Rebecca Guez (b.1994, West Sussex, UK) is a recent graduate of Painting at Camberwell College of Arts (2016). Her recent group shows include ‘The Kiss or Poison Boyfriend or Jesus’ Blood’, Kingsgate Workshops, London and ‘Cha Cha Chaffinch’, Ridgeway Road, London. Rebecca’s first solo exhibition ‘Gardening’ took place at Thames Side Studios Gallery, July 2017, which exhibited her first largest scale work, a 9 metre long stretched canvas. (Large Garden Painting, 2017, Oil on canvas, 287 x 900cm). At Lewisham Arthouse, Rebecca is exhibiting new works from her studio. Rebecca Guez has exhibited in the UK and in Europe and is held in a number of private collections.

In the space of elsewhere

In the space of elsewhere

11th-22nd April 2018

In the Space of Elsewhere brings together work by Lu Mei and Sara Willett that responds to the phenomenology of space. The exhibition does not just examine space in terms of cartological location and fixity, but also refers to the realm of poetic space – spaces that exist internally, in memory and imagination. Both artists have also created site-specific work, which responds to the scale of the exhibition space and the neo-classical architecture of the building. The exhibition is accompanied by a soundscape by composer John Lunn.

Lu Mei was born in Henan, China, and divides her time between New York and Beijing. Having studied traditional Chinese ink painting and calligraphy, her practice now combines this artistic inheritance with her contemporary
perspective. Drawn to what she terms the “pyramid” structure of the subconscious, she describes her work is an act of “reaching for the sky”, illustrating the road that connects humans to the rest of the universe. In the Space of Elsewhere is the first time her work has been shown in the UK.

In 2016, Sara Willett spent six weeks as an artist in residence in Being 3 Gallery, situated in an industrial area in North East Beijing. The work she produced whilst there, and since, draws on her experience of the physical environment, most specifically the days when the ever-present pollution was most visible. She became interested in the quality of light at these times, the shapes created when the sun’s rays struggled to break through the smog, or at night when the air became a neon infused haze. She also reflects on the sense of ‘otherness’, experienced when navigating a part of the city where the sight of a westerner was unexpected and unusual.

Exhibition Opening Times:
Wed – Sun 12 – 6pm
11th – 22nd April
Private View
Fri 13 April 6.30 – 9.30pm

Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way, SE14 6PD

Transport: New Cross, New Cross Gate
or Brockley stations

For more information and images please

Retrospective Fusion ii

Retrospective Fusion ii

28th March-8th April 2018

An exhibition of work by Ben Quail
I am an artist printmaker and I work and live in Waveney, Suffolk.
This show consists of varied, colourful, bold and characterful paintings on canvas and linoprints, screenprints, and etchings.
Included is a collection from ‘a fairly natural history alphabet’, a book of linocuts published in 2013.

The theme of this show is eclectic but focuses on flora and fauna, landscape, seascape, and the essential enhanced green corridor scen-aria?

A conversation on Conservation has always been my interest.

Where do we go from ‘ere?

Private view:
Wednesday 28th March 2018
6-9 pm

Exhibition open:
28th March – 8th April 2018
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-6 pm

Lewisham Art House
140 Lewisham way
SE14 6PD, London

Free entry
Step-free access



20th-25th March 2018

Five contemporary artists conspire within the confines of London’s Lewisham Arthouse, negotiating an agreement with the space through five different modes of making. This work takes the form of drawing, installation, sculpture and painting, creating, without a doubt, a certain amount of friction between one another. Through this friction and perhaps, too, this idea of overlapping, comes a sense of necessity, prompting the work to stand for itself, gaining its own rights within the context of this show.

What we invest into a practice, what this means, and how this is retained, carried and displayed, contribute to a slightly larger question which has been asked of the artists involved: ‘What is true to you?’ Whether this notion of truth plays a part in our contract with the work, or if it is merely a stopping off point, or just a claim – is it important?

Aria Kiani –
David Fines –
Daniel Soares –
Henry Pucknell –
William Cotterill –

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20th March – 25th March
12am – 5pm
Private view: Friday 23rd March
Lewisham Art House
140 Lewisham way
SE14 6PD, London

I’m Not in Your Dream or Imagination

I'm not in your dream or imagination

8th-18th March 2018

The struggle to locate a self when the self is fractured or misrepresented forms the core of this exhibition. I’m Not in Your Dream or Imagination, a multi-media exhibition aims to explore the experiences and cultural presentations around how the East-Asian groups, especially those newcomers, struggling to redefine themselves after misread in the western societies.

Chao-tze Liu uses printing images of the wall from British Museum and transforms Lewisham Project Space into a ‘ready-made-museum’. In reflection, Ting-Ting Cheng’s video work Ten Thousand Chinese Things (2015), the Blue Willow pattern tells the story of how the imaginations of the West from the 18th Century has still been commonly considered as a representation of China until today. Alongside, Soljee Ahn uses installation work in a compelling scale to amplify the feeling of a ‘stranger’ as herself – how a foreigner gazed upon in societies full of hierarchy preconceptions and stereotypes.

The history of museum cannot avoid the relationship to the history of colonization. Modern museology prolongs the exhibition as showing artefacts from the other cultures, where the objects are defined and presented by experts under the authorization by institutions. While approaching the presentation under museology as a metaphor, the viewers are encouraged to rethink about history and archaeology under museum discourse. Partly, it is about where and how the objects to be presented. In the highlight of the power of display, there are existences of misplace and ignorance; similarly, minority groups are easily misinterpreted or misrepresented in a society. Through this exhibition, we aim to ask one more fundamental question: how can East-Asian, in relation to the other minority groups in London, own its agency to defend and define a self in a multi-cultural society under the shadow of dominant culture?

8th – 18th March 2018

Private view Thursday 8th March, 7-9pm
Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way,
New Cross SE14 6PD

Myatt Garden

Myatt garden

23rd-24st February 2018
Every year Myatt Garden Primary School run the “Take One Picture Project” in conjunction with the National Gallery. The National Gallery release one painting from their collection for children to respond to creatively, to it’s themes, subject matter, historical context or composition. This years painting is ‘An experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump’ Joseph Wright ‘of Derby’ 1768. We then hold a ‘Take OnePicture Week’ in school and all our children’s learning and creative outpouring are inspired by this painting. We then show case the work in The Arthouse as a public exhibition.

We hope you are able to visit this exciting exhibition of young artists on Friday 23rd from 3.30pm till 5.30pm to Saturday 24th February 10am to 4pm.

Leg up

Leg Up

9th – 18th February 2018
New Paintings by Emma Cousin.

In Leg Up London-based artist Emma Cousin (b. 1986) investigates the body as the site of
experience – examining what we can and cannot control in all aspects of daily life, and
questioning the meanings of mobility, both physical and social. Using the body as a metaphor,
and emphasising the role that the body plays in processing and defining our experiences,
Cousin’s paintings present a pantheon of women performing everyday gestures to address
notions of time, aging, strength, inertia and vulnerability.

Cousin’s darkly comic and irreverent parade of female characters are pulled and twisted into
impossible bodily contortions, balancing the weight of gravity with a lightness extending from
their mix-and-match body parts. Exploring concepts of freedom and identity, they inhabit
precarious situations and engage in awkward activities, such as urinating in a cup in the backseat of a speeding car (Peeing at 80), or teetering precariously on high heels while juggling groceries in Purchase. Running Scared depicts a wave of ‘hysterical women’ seeming to hold one another up as they launch themselves across the canvas, away from or towards we don’t know what. Nor do we know how dependable matters are underfoot, as Cousin’s figures act on
surfaces ranging from concrete to butter. Through the theme of mobility, Cousin balances
weight and agility to propose that a persistent psychological anxiety, experienced through the
body, is our frontline experience of the world.

Leg Up takes forward Cousin’s residency research project, Legwork, started at Wimbledon in
October 2016 and is supported by paintingresearch at Wimbledon College of Arts and Isabel
Bingley at Lewisham Arthouse Gallery. The work is accompanied by a text by Luce Garrigues and
Amy Mechowski. The results of the artist’s residency research project, Legwork will be published on 8 October in the form of a catalogue including contributions from over 30 artists.

Exhibition Open: 9th – 18th February 2018.
Wednesday to Sunday 12 – 6pm

Venue: Lewisham Arthouse. 140 Lewisham Way, SE14 6PD | Step-free access
Transport: New Cross, New Cross Gate or Brockley stations
Contact: For more information and images please contact:

FLORILEGIUM – A gathering of flowers.


31th Jan-4th Feb 2018
An exhibition of drawing and monoprints by Anita Gwynn.

In medieval Latin a florilegium (plural florilegia) was a compilation of excerpts from other writings. The word is from the Latin flos (flower) and legere (to gather): literally a gathering of flowers, or collection of fine extracts from the body of a larger work. It was adapted from the Greek anthologia (ἀνθολογία) “anthology”, with the same etymological meaning.

My artistic practice helps me to look outside of my own life and to see the world. It helps me to relate to it with curiosity and to understand that I am part of it and not separate from it. Ecology and stewardship are important to me, and since my research as an artist, I have come to see that we do not exist in isolation, but as part of a whole. Without plants we wouldn’t survive.

Lewisham Arthouse 140 Lewisham Way, New Cross SE14 6PD

31th Jan-4th February 2018
Wednesday 31st January at 12-6, Thursday 12-6, Friday 12-6 and runs until Saturday 9 pm.
The private view is Saturday evening 7-9.



16th-27th January 2018


In this exhibition Yaroslaff Soltan explores the role of alchemical processes and the relationship between physical, spiritual and psychological transformation with reference to the works of Carl Gustav Jung, drawing on personal dreams, visions and emotions.
In a historical context, the first stage of the alchemical process was known as ‘calcinatio’, during which by the application of fire, crude material was refined to a subtle form.
Yaroslaff Soltan examines anger and frustration as the ‘fire’ in the alchemical process transforming psychological experience into approximately thirty sculptures, mainly represented in natural materials such as wood, fabric and thread for their organic, bodily qualities.
Alchemists would also record changes in the sound qualities of materials during the transformation process and Yaroslaff Soltan presents the audio equivalent of his sculptures in the form of a live performance by the Calcinatio Ensemble (Bernard Burns, Polly Hunt, Col Prosser and Eleanor Roberts of the London Bulgarian Choir). Four vocal pieces will be performed of Georgian, ancient Greek and Slavic origin.

About the artist

Yaroslaff Soltan was born and bred in Poland. He received formal art education at University of Folk Art Craftsmanship in Wzdow, Poland, Camberwell College of Art and the University of East London.
At present he is undertaking his Professional Doctorate in Fine Art at the University of East London.
His imagination has been shaped by romanticism with its cult of folklore and of explorations of the dark side of soul, visual fascinations by archaeological artefacts and first of all by: Jungian psychology as well as religious studies of Mircea Eliade.
Yaroslaff Soltan lives and works in London.

Private view:
Friday 19th January 2018
6pm – 9pm

Exhibition open:
16th – 27th January 2018
Monday – Sunday 12pm-6pm

Granular /ɡranjʊlə/

10th-13th January 2018

MA Fine Art Students at UCA Farnham
MA Fine Art Students at UCA Farnham

MA Fine Art Students at UCA Farnham

Deborah Davies (Dd) * Chris Horner * Bianca Hendicott *
Mirta Imperatori * Nerys Joseph

Open 10 – 13 January, 12 – 6pm | Private view Friday 12 Jan, 6 – 9pm
Lewisham Arthouse, 140 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6PD

The distinction within this group of artists is apparent. With their varying subject matter and methodologies, this show makes for an exciting exhibition, rich with ideas and concepts. The exhibition incorporates a diversity of multidisciplinary artwork. An array of mediums is combined, including photography, sculpture and installation.

Deborah Davies (Dd)
Dd’s work is a mixture of art and technology. Fascinated by conversation and feedback loops she combines electronics with textiles, wood and LEDs producing work that is both interactive and participatory.

Chris Horner
Chris Horner graduated with a BA Honours in Fine Art from the UCA 2012 and is currently studying for his Masters in Fine Art. His work has been exhibited broadly most notably in May 2017 at the HLS Gallery for an International art show, and in September 2017 and an international arts festival in Venice, Italy.

Bianca Hendicott
Bianca Hendicott explores conceptual platforms such as the sublime and the digital aura through iPhone, film, software, fabric and installation. The work explores how light can be such a ‘body’ that affects the soul metaphysically.

Mirta Imperatori
This work reclaims experiencing the world through taking photographs. In an age where humans are pushed to be constantly connected through digital media, we are not experiencing the world directly any longer. Imperatori is concerned how we are more isolated than we have ever been.

Nerys Joseph
Nerys Joseph is revisiting a place filled with memories as a photographic artist and documents what she sees. Curiously still, this is a place that has barely changed in four decades and is somewhat frozen in time: like a living photograph, breathing you in and exhaling you out.

Snake oil

Snake oil

30th August – 9th September 2017

An exhibition of work by Tom Wilmott and Neill Clements

Snake Oil brings together a group of works which stand on the belief that painting is at its most compelling when it addresses the specific strengths of the medium.

Wilmott and Clements share an interest in the fundamental qualities of painting; for each artist the medium is not a vehicle chosen to best deliver a message, it is itself the project.

Their work puts the unique abilities of the medium front and centre. Painting is first and foremost visual, and it is at its most convincing when engaged with in this way. Colour, form, space, texture, contrast, transparency, opacity, scale; these are the keystones of effective painting.

Presented here are physical objects borne of individual’s intent, this is not art meant to compete with sloganeering, rather it presents an alternative to it. There is no attempt to illustrate some extraneous topical concern; no explicit message.

Constructions of wood, cloth and pigment exist on their own terms, created out of an engagement with painting’s essential processes and from a passion for the medium and its history. In some ways this is an old fashioned approach, art for art’s sake. But nowadays in a climate where, more than ever, culture is being experienced at arm’s length choosing to involve yourself in physical, material concerns (such as those thrown up by the discipline of painting) looks like a sensible undertaking. We live in a soundbite world where much of the visual material encountered is designed to shout. We receive our ideas filtered and packaged; coloured by a promoter’s bias. Visual art is too often the servant of obscure ideas, virtuous or otherwise.

These works make a case for something different, something plain speaking and unmediated. Work created through an interest in materials and how they come together, through a belief that painting still offers something unique; a worthwhile pursuit for an individual but also as an entity that can be meaningfully engaged with by an audience.

Thursday 31st August 2017
6.30-8 pm

Exhibition open:
30th August – 9th September 2017
12-6 pm

Free entry
Step-free access

The Bee’s Knees – Beecroft Garden Primary School exhibition

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13th – 16th September, 2017

Beecroft Garden School will be hosting an event at Lewisham Arthouse where all the art sold raises money for developing a special outside space and training for the children to revive Brockley’s tradition of bee-keeping!

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Special Preview to reserve art work:
Wednesday 13th September 10am – 5pm

Visitors to Beecroft Garden School enter a reception area that has been designed as an open plan gallery and library space that is filled with works by children working both collaboratively and individually.

“The fact that art work is framed and exhibited around the school with a professional level of care clearly indicates the value placed on pupils learning and outcomes, fostering respect and self – confidence amongst the children” (Charlie Salter, Co-chair of The National Society for Education in Art & Design (NSEAD) South East Region)

All the works in this exhibition will be for sale in order to raise money for developing a special outside space for the children that will revive the local area’s tradition of bee-keeping. Beefriendly plants, hives and sculptures will all feature. The exhibition has already gained the support of art critics, gallerists and even the occasional collector eager to get work early.

“It’s great to see a school that understands bringing to fore a child’s innate creative spirit is of paramount importance. Who knows…perhaps one day one of the children from Beecroft Garden Primary School will be showing in the Tate, building architectural icons or writing life-changing novels.” (Oliver Basciano, Editor, International, of ArtReview)

Putting the arts at the centre of a Primary School’s ethos is a bold thing to do – but that’s exactly what Beecroft Garden Primary School has been doing since the school re-opened in 2012.

“The way you have developed the children’s creative skills and techniques, working on large scale cross-curricular projects, while maintaining outstanding academic results and Ofsted judgements, is truly inspiring! I always use your school as an example when teachers tell me that they do not have time to do arts projects due to needing to raise standards in English and maths.” (Philippa Beagley, Arts Award Trainer, Advisor, Moderator)

0208 692 2762


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Sophie and Kerri

13-14 September 2017
Creative Unions: Free Movement of Culture

Lewisham Arthouse Project Space, 140 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6PD
14:00 – 22:00 (13 September); 10:00 – 13:00 (14 September)

Borders are a concept and a reality that restrict and permit people in different measure. Physical, social, psychological, they hold slow and they hold fast.

Creative Unions: Free Movement of Culture is a two day international artist gathering where the only desire is to make space to ask questions and share different forms of knowledge about what is proximate to us now; culturally, socially, historically, geographically, personally and politically. And it invites you. In fact, it invites you plus one.

CUFMC is a platform and exchange where individuals occupy space/s, sound and listen. It welcomes self-defining recent graduates to produce, provoke and participate in a convivial space where discussion around cooperation and cultural agency foreground any objects, images or situations we might create.

CUFMC is an open forum for sharing and debate rooted in the experience of cultural producers as active, global citizens with common insights, intentions and senses that unite; even when interpretations are undecided or conflicted.

The hosts, (Sophie Chapman and Kerri Jefferis, Paul Haywood and Basia Sliwinska) actively welcome marginalised voices and those interested in maintaining and extending cultural freedoms beyond the reach of political institutions.

CUFMC asks you to:

Bring a friend, colleague, family member or associate based in/from another country than you. You can bring them: in person, through social media, on the other end of a phone, through collaboratively produced content, an effigy or any objects you want to bring or any other way you can think of that might represent them in the space.

Plan something to share. Such as: a game, a rant, a movement, a song, a story, an image, an art, an object, a recipe etc. It could be something you want to say, or to try out with others. It should be something that allows you and others to gain knowledge or experience and bring you into contact with new ideas, concepts, realities etc – responding to the ideas raised in the blurb. You can specify what this is in the registration form.

Be available 13/14 September, 14.00-22.00 and 10.00-13.00 respectively.

Participants are asked to register before 5th of September for the event via an online form here:

13 and 14 September, 2017
14:00 – 22:00 (13 September); 10:00 – 13:00 (14 September)




15th – 19th August, 2017

Zoe Richardson and Vanessa Omer’s exhibition “Me, Myself ’n’ You” provides an experience for the viewer that they will never forget. This experience is dependant on the after affect that will be created for the viewer, in how it’s possible for the self and one’s body to be constructed in fragments. The work proposed will be installations such as projections and audio pieces, as well as some prints.

The self, the mask and ideas of identity form the conceptual axis of Zoe Richardson’s practise. Working mostly in film and photography to explore these ideas, Richardson takes herself as the subject, and within this exposes vulnerabilities and anxiety. The self (herself) presented masked or unmasked, hidden or revealed creates a highly personal viewing experience, but one in which collective contemporary concerns about identity and self-image are raised. While the work can make for an uncomfortable and challenging watching, the viewer becoming implicated as a possible voyeur, they also captivate and hold ones attention, leaving a lasting image that can haunt.

Vanessa Omer’s practise displays a heavy interest in the anatomical body with the use of functions and movements. Her work often is presented as a sensory based experience that aims to mesmerise and physically ‘affect’ the viewer within the space. With this sensory experience and atmosphere it provokes the essence of the familiar but also alienation of the body. Omer displaces the viewer from the environment in which the work is exhibited.

Private view:
Thursday 17th August 2017
6-9 pm

Exhibition open:
15th – 19th August 2017
12-6 pm

Free entry
Step-free access

good good, double good


20th – 23rd July, 2017

The web was meant to be our way out but has just become more corporate than the real. But what is real anymore anyway? The past is now the present. The press has always been biased but is BuzzFeed really that different than the Daily Mail or the Sun? And why is it now that we have the possibility to be free that we are locking ourselves up? We had a glimpse of hope but it’s far away now. Politics has become just another word for perception management. The definitions of truth and knowledge have changed within our lifetimes – but nobody can quite pin down their new meanings. Whistle blowers are becoming this generations rock-stars. But what does it all mean? Meme’s replace movements. Witchcraft over science. A collapsing façade. A coherent picture that doesn’t add up. Things are good good, double good. Or are they?

Thursday 20th July 2017
6-9 pm

Exhibition continues:
21st – 23rd July 2017
Open Friday to Sunday 12-6 pm

Free entry
Step-free access

and the ground gave way tenderly


12th – 16th July, 2017

In 2015 artists Susan Beattie and Charlotte Law spent two weeks in semi-isolation on a petrified lava field at Fljótstunga, Iceland.
Now as we collectively slide through once unimaginable shifts they reconvene to collaborate on an exhibition of work inspired by that expansive landscape.
Lead by visions of the living dead love child of John Carpenter and Marilyn Monroe.
By material mythologising.
By tenderness.

Opening on the 12th of July with a performance at 8pm, this site specific installation featuring new works – made from earth, fire, objects, guitars – will be in-situ for five days.
Beyond the opening performances are scheduled for 2pm and 4pm each day, with a special extended set in collaboration with invited sound artists for the closing on Sunday 16th from 2pm-3pm.

Wednesday 12th July
6-9 pm

Exhibition open:
12th -16th July 2017
Open Wednesday to Saturday 12-6 pm
Sunday 12-4pm

Free entry
Step-free access

tempo process + grass


27th – 6th August, 2017

tempo process + grass investigates the connections between spaces and processes. Exploring themes of colour, material, environment, artefact and documentation, Gabb’s continued interest in re-contextualising ‘conventional’ fine art painting practices, considers it within the experience of installation through performative actions.

Manoeuvring in and out of systems and processes, and in and out of fine art and rudimentary materials and methods, tempo process + grass seeks to invert traditional notions of formal abstraction and material contextualisation: The limits of process art are explored in the internal volume of Lewisham Arthouse which seeks to explore and fill the gallery space with a diverse composition of materials, tempered by identifiable references in pivotal points.

Jonathan’s recent work black + multiple 24, was selected by Alison Wilding for the APT Creekside Open 2017. He has been recipient of a number of highly-coveted and competitive awards, including the WW SOLO Award in 2012, and winner of the international 2014 Saatchi Art Colour Showdown competition. Following his first solo exhibition SYSTEM at the WW Gallery in January 2013, Jonathan’s second solo show at A Brooks Art Gallery in November 2013, entitled Opera Rose, was met with critical acclaim and listed in the top 5 shows to visit in Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursdays. Jonathan has also had works exhibited at the Griffin Gallery, and at the Affordable Art Fair, London. He was nominated by AxisWeb in 2013 as one of ten contemporary artists to watch and invest in, confirming his status as one of the UK’s most exciting emerging artists.

Friday 28th July 2017
6-9 pm

Exhibition open:
27th July – 6th August 2017
Open Monday to Sunday 12-6 pm
Sunday 6th August 12-4pm

Free entry
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After Presents: The Precariat

The Precariat

22nd June – 2nd July, 2017

The Precariat seeks to explore themes of risk and resistance through architectural form. Emerging artist Karen Mc Lean will present an installation that invites and reveals the darker harmonies of historical and contemporary occupation. Questioning the physical structures of everyday life, Mc Lean seeks to create a charged and highly distinct site, responding to the ever present fear of dispossession.

We hope to see you there!

Kind regards,

Julie Bentley & Nick Scammell

The Precariat Press Release

Karen will suspend twenty sugar houses, each made from a refined molasses solution that slowly transforms from solid to liquid throughout the course of the show. A multi-channel sound installation, evoking the toiled land, will accompany the transforming houses.

The Caribbean landscape is scattered with makeshift housing illustrative of creativity, tenacity, poverty and a landless peasantry. Using the material inheritance of Caribbean colonialism, Karen explores the historical forces that have kept this form alive into the present day. The Precariat aims to open a new dialogue between freedom and servitude.

About Karen Mc Lean

Karen Mc Lean grew up on the island of Trinidad shortly after the country had gained its independence as a colony from England. Growing up on a Post-Colonial island, her memories include the many barriers that restricted non-white people that had to be challenged and torn down, and the tumultuous event of the Black Power Revolution that was fuelled by the Civil Rights movement in the USA. The history of colonialism and its legacy continues to be the source of inspiration for her practice.

Karen moved to England in 2000 and embarked on a career change after working with the national airline of Trinidad and Tobago, BWIA, for 20 years. Mc Lean completed her BA (Hons) in Art and Design, at BCU in Bournville, Birmingham, followed by a Masters at Goldsmiths University, London. Karen has exhibited in Birmingham where she lives, regionally, and nationally, as well as in her home country.

Opening night:
Thursday 22nd June 2017
6:30pm – 9pm

Exhibition continues:
23rd June – 2nd July 2017
Open: Wednesday -Sunday 12pm-6pm, and by appointment.

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A Sharp Intake of Breath

MA Painting interim a sharp intake of breath

7th – 11th June, 2017

Lulu Ao, Dalia Atteya, Emma Brassington, Lingyan Cao, Abir Mukerjee, Kim Onslow, Nikhil Patel, Mofan Xu, Fengrong Yu, Jayden Zhang and Zedan Zhang

The eleven artists in this Wimbledon College of Arts MA Painting interim exhibition are brought together through a mutual interest in painting’s enduring capacity for invention and reinvention. The exhibition is also testament to the group’s shared dialogues and ideas that centre on subjects such as the informal city, science fiction, body modification, ruins, the architecture of multinationals and anthropomorphism.

[ Press Release ]

This is the second interim exhibition presented by MA Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts at the Art House Project Space following ‘About Space’ April 2016.

Opening night:
Wednesday 7th June 2017
6pm – 9pm

Exhibition continues:
8th – 11th June 2017, 12pm – 6pm

Free entry
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Other Fiction


2nd – 5th June, 2017

Other Fiction is an exhibition organised by three students currently enrolled on the MFA programme at Goldsmiths. The exhibition brings together three artists, that have diverse and wide ranging practices and methodologies, into the Lewisham Art House space, where they hope to create a dialogue between these different styles and approaches to their work.

The work is not unified by a mutual thematic narrative but rather address’s a multitude of different areas that overlap and have a shared concern about wider issues and subjects of interest such as place, memory, popular culture and alterity.

This synergy of diverse ideas and treatments is arranged and juxtaposed together in order to create a level of uniformity that also maintains the individual and unique characteristics of each work within a cohesive exhibition structure. The exhibition is made in the spirit of experimentation, it is without a fixed point of finality and showcases work that is open ended, adaptable and still in progress.

PASCAL UNGERER works with a wide variety of media incorporating photography, painting, video, and sculpture in his art making process. He is primarily interested in themes based around social, geo-political or ecological issues.

JOE TWINN’S art practice spans a range of media, such as costume design, collage and painting but his primary concern is with the moving image. For the past two years he has been making short films, utilising lo-fi, D.I.Y special effects.

BYUNGCHAN KIM is a visual artist from South Korea who has recently relocated to London. He works in an interdisciplinary practice incorporating a wide variety of media. His work draws upon a range of diverse references from hip hop and popular culture to war, history, cultural appropriation and misinterpretation.

Opening night:
Friday 2nd June 2017

Exhibition continues:
2nd – 5th June 2017

Free entry
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Silence Un-scene


22nd – 28th May, 2017

Silence Un-scene brings together the works of four artists, each one using the slow concentrated processes of painting to give full attention to the everyday and overlooked. Re-evaluating the scenery and discovering the symbolic qualities, they attempt to still time, silence the chatter and hold on to that moment, to shape it and own it.

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| List of Works |

Hannah Brown
Nathan Eastwood
Marguerite Horner
Rob Reed

Private View
Friday 26th May 2017 6pm – 9pm

Exhibition runs:
22nd – 28th May 2017
Open daily 12 – 6 pm

Free entry
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What Happened Between?


15th – 21st May, 2017

‘Between the secret interior and the public exterior, carrying items to trade: shared knowledge, a shoulder to cry on, insight, fun’ (Hannah Black)

We are Kerri Jefferis & Sophie Chapman and we have been lucky enough to hold the Graduate Studio Award at Lewisham Arthouse for the past year. We are sadly coming to the end of our tether, we mean tenure, and would love to invite you over one last time.

We would like to bring people together, to expose the unseen construction site, prop the supports and acknowledge overlaps, blind spots and differences. Support is usually ‘derided and discarded by authority and depoliticized by the mechanisms of it’ (Celine Condorelli/Gavin Wade) so we are especially OBSESSED with it. We want to take this time to appreciate what has happened, gather and share knowledge, references, materials, have the conversations that we haven’t yet had, and have a wee PARTY! It promises to be a bonanza.

‘In the spirit of coming together to take ourselves apart’ (Kyla Wazana Tompkins) throughout the week we will host the following:-

Monday 15th 6.30pm – 9pm : A SCREENING on social time, how we document & ask questions in/of it

Wednesday 17th 6.30pm – 9pm : A LETTER what writing, diaries & confessions do for history/theory/personhood

Friday 19th 7pm – 11pm : A GIG bringing bodies together to make noise! (unwieldy noise) shit-hot noise makers… NX Panther, Rainham Sheds, Molejoy and more TBC

Saturday 20th 1pm – 6pm : A HANGOUT & CHAT discussing what support structures allow for improvisation, intuition, sounding / listening, the particulars of shared endeavours & the complicated spaces between people – schedule TBA

‘Because they were listening to each other the room felt small’ (Chris Kraus)

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27th April – 14th May 2017
‘[The] simple act of tying a knot is an adventure in unlimited space … an excursion that is limited only by the scope of our own imagery and the length of the rope makers coil.’

Clifford Ashley, The Ashley Book of Knots

From 27th April to 14th May, Lewisham Art House will present KNOTS, an exhibition of new work by Shiree Allen, Nancy Edwards, Jo Evans and Liz Workman.

Knots are everywhere in our daily life, often overlooked but always invaluable. Working in print, photography, sculpture and works on paper, each artist has responded to the theme of knots: the literal (tangled, connected, binding, tension, repetition); the psychological and emotional (stomach knots, ‘certain knot of peace’, tying the knot); and the mythological (Gordian knots, Heraldic knots). A collaborative sculpture forms the centre piece of the exhibition.

Shiree Allen’s work is inspired by the tall ship building and the debris of the past that can be found on the banks of the Thames. She contrasts this with the industrialisation of modern London; the tangle of buildings, railways, road and river that can still be seen from high above. Creating intriguing and detailed prints of these aerial views, Allen combines the chaos of knotted roads and buildings with the nails, washers and pulleys, that remain long after the rope that made the ships has decayed.

Nancy Edwards focuses on the connections and constraints of relationships; how these ebb and flow over time, increasing in intensity, wavering as priorities change. Working with paper and thread her delicate and precise works use repetition, order and misplacement to explore the ways these ties are made, broken, strengthened and subverted. Tension sustains the fragile structures she constructs, whilst simultaneously testing their integrity.

For Jo Evans, a rope knot found washed up on the beach, provided the starting point for an exploration of the psychological and emotional associations of knots. She positions the ‘knot’ as a bind, a tangle, a problem to be solved and a metaphor for the process of art making. Through drawing and text-based works she considers the patterns of behaviour we are compelled to repeat.

Liz Workman’s photography looks at repetitive tasks unconsciously performed, mapping and recording these unseen routes taken in our everyday lives. In her work Spider she weaves a giant cobweb around her home while tidying to create something beautiful, fragile and temporary from a necessary but mundane routine.

Further information and images:

Friday 28th April 2017
6-9 pm

Exhibition continues:
27th April – 14th May 2017
Open Thursday to Sunday 12-6 pm

Free entry
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John Berger Night: Ways of Seeing/Man with a Movie Camera


27th April 2017

Lewisham Arthouse will be participating in the New Cross & Deptford 2017 Free Film Festival (21st – 30th April).

free film

As a tribute to John Berger who died in January, we are screening episode one of his groundbreaking TV series Ways of Seeing from 1972.

Ways of Seeing helped to re-define our approach to culture and brought Walter Benjamin’s ideas of art in the age of mechanical reproduction to a wider audience. Berger describes how the camera changed the way we perceive reality and Vertov’s 1929 masterpiece uses every trick in the cinematic book to upend our perceptions to dizzying effect.

Dynamic, playful and sexy, Man with a Movie Camera helped to expand the language of cinema in ways that still seem fresh and exciting today.

Screening at 8:00pm
Free (No ticket required – First come first served)
Running Time 30 mins/80 mins

Drawing Picasso: Life Drawing Workshop hosted by LDG


Fri 14 April 2017

Join London Drawing Group as we return to our original home at Lewisham Arthouse for a whole day of Life-Drawing this Easter Friday!

With easels, materials and our wonderful model provided, we will be offering a tutored session inspired by Picasso’s Demoiselles D’avignon, focusing on the themes of human abstraction and the possibilities of how we deal with the human figure in drawing. Tutored by our three LDG artists, the day will begin with a series of short poses and exercises designed to get you to think differently about the way you naturally approach your drawing, building to longer sustained poses in the afternoon that will allow you to create a completed work.

At just £30 for the whole day’s drawing this is a real steal, and trust us, it will be a treat for everyone involved! Book quick – these tickets won’t hang about for long!



Fri 14 April 2017
11:00 – 17:00

Free entry
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Townly Cooke Exhibition


5th – 9th April 2017

Lewisham Arthouse Project Space will be hosting an exhibition of paintings by Townly Cooke (1949 – 2016), a long-standing member of the Lewisham Arthouse studios who sadly died in June last year.

Townly was a highly accomplished painter and photographer. His paintings, which meld figuration with elements of abstraction, explore the nature of representation in relation to the history of art, with special reference to his favourite art-historical era, Post-Impressionism.

The exhibition will present a selection of Townly’s last works, reflecting his preoccupations at the time of his untimely death. It will include the series of paintings Double Degas, a meditation on the 19th century French artist Townly particularly admired; Darkroom Tent, which poses questions about photography and reality; and on a more intimate scale, some sensitive drawings from his sketchbooks.

Townly Cooke was born in London and graduated from the Slade School of Art, Middlesex University and Goldsmith’s College.

His work has been exhibited widely including at the Serpentine Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, Cameraworks, Woodlands Art Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Lewisham Arthouse Gallery, the Celeste Art Prize in London, and at Photokina in Cologne.

Commissions have included the Tottenham Historical Society, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Apprentice Bargees, Smithfield Meat Market and Swan Upping for the Museum in Docklands.

Private View
Friday 7th April 2017
6-9 pm

Exhibition open:
5th – 9th April 2017
Open 12-6 pm

Free entry

Prefix is ‘Post’


21st – 25th March 2017

Prefix is ‘Post’ is the interim show of 2nd year BA fine art students from the University for the Creative Arts
As exciting as this is, imagine how exciting the collapse will be‘ Dave Hickey

With an abundance of information and a multi-layered reality – by which we refer to as the world around us – our response is to create within our own terms, taking a reviewing, self-inquiring and self asserting position.

The show places the artists both in the physical present and the anticipated future. We propose a timeless human condition in a world oversaturated with images and digital data, a world that has multiple surfaces.
Without the utopian or dystopian futures, what is left behind is a reality that is suspicious to images, in which we find ourselves drowning.

The show is a reflection of a diversity of practice, perspectives, political and cultural attitudes, with work ranging from painting, where painting becomes a sculptural medium, sculpture as image, the experience of the present under the form of performance, moving image, installation and photography.

21st – 25th March 2017

23rd March 2017

Free entry
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Take One Picture 2017 – Myatt Garden Primary School


23rd February

Each Year the National Gallery promotes the use of a single painting for cross curricular teaching and learning through the Take One Picture Programme. This year’s picture is a fresco ‘Penelope with the Suitors’ about 1509.

All year groups at Myatt Garden Primary School focused for an entire week on the picture and subsequently all their learning and creative outpourings were inspired by ‘Penelope with the Suitors’.

I am extremely proud of the children’s creativity and the whole schools energy and skill in delivering this project. The exhibition displays not only every child’s work in the school, but the excitement and enthusiasm of their learning.

Well done Myatt Garden!

Karen Vost
Art Specialist Teacher
Myatt Garden Primary School

Action Time Vision


8th – 19th March 2017

Action Time Vision is an immersive exhibition, that fuses installation, traditional representation and live performance. A.T.V. takes its inspiration from events that happened in the immediate area, over half a decade, starting 40 years ago. Some of these occurrences, like the Battle of Lewisham and the New Cross Fire, were of lasting national significance. However this show also celebrates more parochial phenomena, such as the lasting role of Deptford Street Market in promoting social cohesion.

A similar role has been played by the local independent music scene and that too will be a focus, with particular emphasis on the Sound System scene and Rock Against Racism. The largely moribund technology that was used to consume music and promote alternative ideas back then will also be explored. There will be opportunities play recorded media on vintage equipment and to produce mix tapes. Fanzines and other expressions of Cultures of Resistance will be celebrated too.

As a reflection of the importance of Rock against Racism concerts and Sound System dances to this cultural milieu, the Preview Night will feature a live show, at the venue, on 11th March. This will feature live bands, specialists DJs and an environment heavily dressed for the occasion. There will be a follow up event on the following weekend, at The Duke, featuring Tessa (The Slits) and Ras Danny Mosiah.

Contributing visual artists will include: Amanda Knight, Allison Phillips, Fret, Jim Cauty, Other World Arts and Yerman Wax.

Sonic contributors will include The Laura Trombone Band, Rebel Sister Sound, Tom Phobic, Waxy and The Ukadelics.

Local Historian Carol Pierre.

Live Club “Preview”
Saturday 11th March 2017

Exhibition open:
8th – 19th March 2017
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-6 pm

Free entry
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The Machine for Saying Sorry

Image of a DIY robot

30th November – 3rd December 2017

‘The Machine For Saying Sorry’ is an installation work by four people from different practices and interests. In this sense it may appear to link art, design, technology and music. However, it was not driven by any pre-determined purpose, issue, crusade, or funding requirement. So, what might this artwork be ‘about’? Well, perhaps a clue is in the title, although art often defies meaningful description, or categorization.

Since the 1970s, while economic growth has been immense, more than half of the vertebrate animal population has been lost. Some experts believe that the human species itself may go the same way. At the same time, the hype surrounding developments in robotics, AI (artificial intelligence) and ‘Big Data’ is getting as much attention as global extinctions. We are very confused. While some welcome a technological revolution that will save us from the drudgery of work, others fear that robots will, in some fiendish way, enslave us all.

Recently, it has become fashionable for AI experts to claim that machines will become empathetic. But this reveals a failure to grasp the difference between living systems and machines. Similarly, we often hear calls for politicians to apologise. But how many people know that apologising and saying sorry have almost opposite meanings? The ancient Greek word ‘apologia’ (ἀπολογία’) referred to the public defence of a religious belief. This is very different from expressing heartfelt remorse (i.e. as in saying ‘sorry’). Never mind, we might still need someone (or some thing) to excuse us, once we’re gone…


John Lunn composer
Tischlerwood artist
Sara Willett artist
John Wood curator
Private View on Thursday 30th November at 6.00pm, when the Machine will give its debut ‘performance’.

Thursday 30th November 2017
6-9 pm

Exhibition open:
30th November – 3rd December 2017
Open 12-6 pm

Free entry
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Urban Photo Village @UrbanPhotoFest – Cartographies

UrbanPhotoFest #UPF17
10-15 November 2017
Urban Photo Village @UrbanPhotoFest – Cartographies is an exhibition in the Urban Photo Village at UrbanPhotoFest, an annual photographic arts festival focusing on cities and urban spaces. The Urban Photo Village showcases the work of established and emerging artists, in eleven venues located within walking distance of each other, in and around Deptford. An area with a strong sense of community and neighbourhood, Deptford it is another example of London’s ever-changing social landscape. In addition, the village — with its intensive programme of workshops and seminars — creates an active space to encourage discussion, participation and creativity, involving local communities, artists, researchers and people interested in contemporary urban life.


UrbanPhotoFest will take place from 10-15 November 2017 and the theme is Cartographies. The festival aims to provide an engaging and culturally relevant programme that reflects on visual approaches to contemporary urban life and the image of the city. The programme of events includes the Urban Encounters conference, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, urban walks and portfolio reviews; all of which are overseen by a steering group of lens-media artists and urban researchers. The festival collaborates with a number of international arts and academic institutions, established and emerging artists, urban theorists and researchers. Together their work addresses critical urbanism within its varied and diverse forms, and explores how photography plays an important role in opening up debates about urban change, voice and the condition of the city.

10-15 November 2017
Open daily 12–6pm
Private view: Monday 13 November 2017, 6-9pm
Twitter / Facebook @UrbanPhotoFest



12 October – 5 November 2017

12 October – 5 November 2017, Wed-Sun 12-6pm
Opening: 11 October 2017, 7-10pm
Lewisham Arthouse, 140 Lewisham Way, SE14 6PD

Disturbed, Hacked, Reassembled explores how artists today are employing technology to stage, interrogate and celebrate the digital female body. Disturbed, hacked, and reassembled, the body is being experienced in new ways digitally and virtually.
Central to feminist critiques of sex and gender, the body is the site of visual difference and it is through the body that difference is experienced and lived. The development of technology and the inception of the Internet have opened up online spaces and virtual worlds that are inhabited by interactive avatars, orbiting 3D body parts and user generated identities. Disturbed, Hacked, Reassembled reflects on these developments and our enduring fascination with the posthuman. Are new technologies helpful for our understanding of gender or do they perpetuate traditional concepts of masculinity and femininity? Are subject and object fixed positions or can they be challenged by embodying the virtual? What do new imaging technologies mean for the representational and the real? By exploring a range of subjects including 3D digital modelling, the virtual body, the dissemination of the female image and digital healing, the project asks, what are the limits and freedoms of the digital body?
The exhibition presents new and existing works by three artists and an artist collective spanning moving image, virtual reality, animation and video installation. ‘Paradise Found’ (2017) by Lisa Carletta uses 3D scanning technology and animation to explore the disintegration and reconstruction of identity, the body and the digital self. She presents a digital avatar of herself which resists the body image ideals that are advanced online in 3D CGI image libraries. The reality of representation is also explored in Suzannah Pettigrew’s ‘IC€Y’ (2017), a four channel video installation that explores the fragility of social currency. Hierarchical systems and iconographies of the female experience are investigated and dissected using footage sourced online. Content is reassembled and assigned new forms, the video of a video of a video, information on information on information. Keiken present ‘Silicone_Animism | The Birth of Mother Digital’ (2017), an interactive installation where the cybersoul contracts in the interuterus. VR, video and sound trace the birth of the digital, a giant networked space fused with human interaction and technology. Advancements in technology are also investigated in ‘Sugar Walls Teardom (Homage To Dark Labia)’ (2016) by Tabita Rezaire. The work explores the contributions of black women’s wombs to the advancement of modern medical science and technology. The work attempts to heal exploited and abused female bodies and celebrate womb technology through an account of coercive anatomic politics. 

Disturbed, Hacked, Reassembled also plays host to a programme of performance, discussion and workshops. Speakers from a range of backgrounds will exchange ideas surrounding the posthuman, the cyborg, digital eroticism, feminist digital art practices and the augmented body, as well as the gender gap in the world of technology, female representation online and the importance of digital exchange. Workshops led by artists and tech professionals give participants an opportunity to use the latest technology to reassemble, recreate, repurpose or resist their own ideas around gender, race, sexuality and the body.

By presenting these works together, alongside a programme of performance, discussion and workshops, Disturbed, Hacked, Reassembled demonstrates how the site of the female body, in a digital era, continues to pose important questions around commodification, gender binaries, representation, sexuality and race. As the discourse surrounding these subjects continues to develop, the project creates a space for reflection, a platform to disturb, hack and reassemble existing conditions and newfound knowledge.

Disturbed, Hacked, Reassembled is curated by DRIVE-THRU with thanks to Lewisham Arthouse.

Performance Special!

SONY DSC 30 September – 1 October 2017

We are super excited to have four performances/lectures over the course of the Open Studios weekend on 30 September to 1 October.

Please meet in the foyer and we will take you to the location of the performance.

Saturday 30th 1pm
We have the very talented Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman, last year’s graduate studio award winners and they now have a membership with us. The two artists will embark on Behavioural Training for Astronauts for Earthlings. They describe it as ‘ an experiential situation, hosted on our dear planet, aimed at outer space. It introduces and prepares rookies to new notions not often present on earth such as; supporting others, avoiding or negotiating high risk environments, elements of self care and hygiene as well as vital space skills such as communicating across cultural differences.’

Saturday 30th 6.30pm
We have the debut performance of 4 Brown Girls Who Write – please join us in the garden for a reading of poetry by 4 brown girls, who er… write!

Saturday 30th 7pm
A live performance by Heart of Steel, a South-East London based steel band who will be there to warm us up before the garden party in the evening, where we will have music and jerk chicken being served!


Sunday 1 October 2pm
We have Chris Alton delivering a short performative lecture in his ground floor studio, on 1960s rhythm ‘n’ blues band Trident, drawing on the blog of Ben Ford. Trident were popular in Central America and the Caribbean from the mid-60s through to late-80s, when they vanished under mysterious circumstances. Ford’s blog traces their story and investigates their disappearance.

Sunday 1 October 3pm
Ruth Beale will do a reading from FFWD the Revolution (2014) which charts the the history of the Lewisham Arthouse building, the uses of each space, and the political ambitions of its occupants. Combining new writing and archive material, the work encounters presence and absence, ambition and legacy, from the Carnegie endowment to 75 years of public library service, from a brief occupation in the early 90s as a venue for raves to community protest, and the last 20 years’ tenure as an artists’ studio cooperative.

Combined with timed tours at 2pm and 4pm each day by artists to the artists where you are free to ask questions and explore the building!

Hope you can join us!

Deptford X Festival 2017 presents Run!! For The Present


23rd September – 1st October 2017

Sam Austen makes 16mm films that create new worlds and landscapes by filming objects he’s made in the studio, often floating or moving somehow through specially-made rigs, utilising a range of in-camera effects, superimpositions and mattes. The process is much like a collage yet allows an element of chance into its construction and tempo.

He said of his work: ‘My interest is in looking and how humans see themselves, how the gaze is locked into our being, how the image in our mind with eyes open or closed is constant, and never really switches off.’

Sam Austen was nominated for Platform 2017 by writer and curator Attilia Fattori Franchini.


Founded in 1998 as an artist-led project rooted in Deptford’s creative communities, Deptford X has grown to become one of the UK’s leading festivals of contemporary art. From 22 September to 01 October, we present a series of ambitious commissioned artworks within Deptford’s varied public spaces, as well as presenting the work of a wider community of mostly local artists through the Deptford X Fringe.

Friday 22nd September 2017
6-9 pm

Exhibition continues:
23rd September – 1st October 2017
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-6 pm
SLAM Friday 29th open till 8.30pm

Free entry
Step-free access

Lewisham Arthouse Open Studios 2017

Open Studios

30th September – 1st October, 2017

Explore over 30 studios, meet the artists, buy art at affordable prices or just have a look around. There will be an ‘I Spy’ children’s activity trail, café, guided studio tours and a programme of exciting live performances throughout the weekend. We’ll have a pop-up café and jerk chicken stall to keep you going, and a bar in the evening.

Deptford X Platform artist Sam Austen will be presenting his exhibition Run!! For The Present in our Project Space.

Sam Austen makes 16mm films that create new worlds and landscapes by filming objects he’s made in the studio, often floating or moving somehow through specially-made rigs, utilising a range of in-camera effects, superimpositions and mattes. The process is much like a collage yet allows an element of chance into its construction and tempo. He said of his work: ‘My interest is in looking and how humans see themselves, how the gaze is locked into our being, how the image in our mind with eyes open or closed is constant, and never really switches off.’

Lewisham Arthouse supports artists and arts-based learning through creative workspace and specialist facilities. We run an exhibition and events programmes of visual art and experimental music. This echoes the original intentions of the Carnegie library building we occupy – to enrich communities by nurturing their creativity.

Saturday 30th September 12-8 pm Sunday 1st October 12-6 pm

Free entry
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Objects In The Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear



Image: Untitled, (Above) Mama said, mama said, Grace Lee, embroidered canvas, 2017

8th – 18th February 2017

A group show of new work by London based artists Clémentine Bedos, George Dunkerton, Hattie Godfrey, Liam Hughes, Grace Lee, Gabriel Mansfield, Cait Miskelly, Susie Pentelow and Sara Rodrigues.

In exploring particular conditions of fiction that favour narrative and experiment with the alternate, they question binary distinctions between reality and fiction, original and copy, interior and exterior. Through the use of image, object and sound, the works reveal the ways in which translation and plurality are always present in communication.

Funded by the Goldsmiths Annual Fund

Friday 10th February 2017
5-8 pm

Exhibition open:
8th – 18th February 2017
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-6 pm

Free entry
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17th – 23rd January 2017

Tarmac brings together a diverse collection of artists and mediums spanning across disciplines including painting, sculpture, film and photography.

This is the third independent exhibition for a collection of emerging artists currently studying Fine Art at UCA Farnham following the success of Chrome at The Lacey Contemporary Gallery and No Ordinary Disruption at The Flying Dutchman.

Tarmac touches upon themes such as cinema, the everyday, the existential, process and perception which all ultimately exist under the umbrella of exploring our reality. The work throughout this show plays with the idea of disrupting and altering that which already exists, whether it be a surface, object or idea; opening viewers up to the possibility that the way we view the world could be wrong, overturning established ideals and conclusions.

Monday 16th January 2017
6-9 pm

Exhibition continues:

17th – 23rd January 2017
11am – 4pm

Free entry
Step-free access



11th – 15th January

Etienne de Villiers, Julia Noble and Marion Piper present drawings and paintings on paper and canvas which continue the conversation between these three artists about the nature and practice of perception and production.

An accompanying text by Paul Carey-Kent, ‘Grid Play’, discusses the artists’ methods and motivations for the works exhibited.

The artists will be present throughout the exhibition period.

Etienne de Villiers

Julia Noble

Marion Piper

Wednesday 11th January
6-9 pm

Exhibition continues:
11th – 15th January
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-6 pm

Free entry
Step-free access

Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman: Of The Hand That Point Out, Of Fingers That See

16th-18th December 2016
Preview: Friday 16th December 2016, 7pm, gig from 8pm
Saturday 17th December 2016, 12-5pm and Sunday 18th December 2016, 12-4pm

“Maybe I have written to see; to have what I never would have had; so that having would be the privilege not of the takes and encloses, of the gullet, of the gut; but of the hand that points out, of fingers that see, that design, from the tips of the fingers that transcribe by the sweet dictates of vision. From the point of view of the soul’s eye: the eye of a womansoul.” – Helene Cixous

We have to live in the future. Anyone practicing politics that goes against the current socio-economic nightmare* is practicing the future. They live in the future, by desire and by necessity. We have to start somewhere. We have to start with the micro.

So what are the gestures of our collective desired future? If language isn’t working for us, can we use our bodies? How can we communicate trust and solidarity to one another through our bodily language? How can we include contradiction within our gestures? Attempt to cover the distance that is perceived and experienced of difference? Include complexity? Seepage and slippage? Overflowing subjectivity? A sense of humour?

Gestures are conceived through metaphor. Bodies signifying, expressing. Therefore we cannot decontextualise movement and we are unwilling to separate discourse and materiality, language and embodiment. Bodies give permission. They alternate power. They co-author. They use shared and marginalised history. They follow desire lines. They identify with the past and with the present. They assemble. They have to unlearn. They change.

“There is a body wherever there is resistance. But their potential to speak is waiting to be mined.”
– Zsuzsanna Soboslay Moore

Of The Hand That Points Out, Of Fingers That See will be a collection of works in progress by Sophie Chapman, Kerri Jefferis and others.

London Road: The ballad of RAY + JULIE


23rd November – 4th December 2016
Preview: Friday 25th November 2016, 6-8pm


Image: Still from The ballad of RAY + JULIE, photo: Leila Romaya

Exhibition featuring new film and 7” single that celebrate the RAY + JULIE sculpture, once listed by The Guardian as one of Britain’s Top Ten Secret Public Artworks.

In 2009, The Guardian’s Top Ten Secret Public Artworks of Britain included the familiar names of Moore, Hepworth, Cragg, Mach, and Muñoz. Number five on this list was the work entitled RAY + JULIE on London Road in Liverpool. Created by artists Alan Dunn and Brigitte Jurack in 1995 it has remained as a homage to the long faded graffiti on the back wall: RAY + JULIE. Intended to last only six months, RAY + JULIE has since become a symbol of the ebb and flow of urban regeneration in the North. Two minutes from Liverpool’s main Lime Street station, RAY + JULIE has inspired poems, CD covers, photographs, theatre pieces, films, short stories, sound works and billboards. As for London Road’s two original residents, nobody knows who RAY + JULIE were, but these artworks bring them to life.  

The ballad of RAY + JULIE, commissioned by Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatre to mark twenty years of the RAY + JULIE sculpture is produced and directed by Nick Bagnall and features an original soundtrack by Philip Jeck, winner of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers.

Tim Brunsden’s film of the event will be screened in the exhibition, along with the release of a limited edition 7” single by Dunn, Heslop & Young entitled LONDON ROAD

The exhibition is supported by Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatre and Leeds Beckett University.

23rd November – 4th December 
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-6pm except Sunday 4th December 2016, 12-4pm

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Abolish Trout


19th and 20th November 2016, 10am – 4pm
Preview: Friday 18th November 2016, 6-9pm

Craig Coulthard / Peter Donaldson / David Maclean

Abolish Trout is a group show of new work by three Scottish artists, all living and working in London. Originally graduating together from Edinburgh College of Art in 2002, these three friends present new work consisting of sculpture, ceramics, textiles and painting. Taking its title from a doctored piece of anti-immigrant graffiti; (originally reading ‘Polish Out’) Abolish Trout is an opportunity for the artists to exhibit their similarly subtle, humorous and thoughtful creative interventions to a new audience.

Craig Coulthard (b. Rinteln, West Germany, 1981) lives and works in London. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art, and was a co-founder of The Embassy gallery in Edinburgh in 2003. His work has been exhibited at Atelier Hoherweg Dusseldorf, Ingleby Gallery Edinburgh, Camden Arts Centre London and Collective Edinburgh. Recent shows in include The Drummer & The Drone as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival and Generation:TG on the Travelling Gallery. In 2009 Coulthard was awarded the £460,000 Scottish Commission for Artists’ Taking the Lead, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. His work, Forest Pitch, completed in 2012, saw the construction of a full-size football pitch in the middle of a spruce forest. He also writes and records music as Randan Discotheque.

Peter Donaldson (b. Edinburgh, 1980) lives and works in London. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art, and the Royal Academy Schools, where he is currently a sculpture tutor. He was recently selected for the East London Painting Prize and the ArtWorks Open. His work has been shown at TAP Southend; the Royal Academy of Arts; Modern Art Oxford; the ICA; Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo; and Museo Civico di Rovereto, Trento, Italy. He was awarded the Deutsche Bank Award for Fine Art in 2010.

David Maclean (b. Perth, 1980) lives and works in London. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art and in 2003 co-founded the Edinburgh gallery The Embassy. He moved to London to study at Chelsea College of Arts where he formed the music group Django Django in 2007. The band have gone on to record two albums, tour internationally, and in 2012 were nominated for the Mercury Music Award. Maclean often directs music videos and designs record sleeves for Django Django. Recently he has recorded an album with Damon Albarn’s Africa Express in Mali and this year worked on KT Tunstall’s latest album ‘Kin’. In 2014 he founded his own record label, Kick and Clap. He has recently collaborated with artists such as Haroon Mirza and George Henry Longly, and has scored music for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Film Four feature, Slow West.

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Urban Memories


3rd – 12th November 2016
Preview: Friday 4th November 2016, 6 – 8pm
Open daily, Monday to Sunday 12-6pm


Image: David Colm Killeen, 2016, courtesy the artist.

UPA (Urban Photographers Association) Annual Exhibition

The organisers of the 2016 International UrbanPhotoFest (UPF) are delighted to present Urban Memories, the annual collective show of the Urban Photographers Association (UPA).

The exhibition shows the selected work of 14 UPA members responding to the Festival theme of Photography, Memory and Archive. Cities are living archives and rediscovering their visual history is fundamental to the development of urban photographic practices. Nothing is cast in stone and only interpreted as heritage; the past is illusive and uncanny. How do historical photographs visualise and politicise daily life in order to commemorate and generate specific social histories, public memories, landscapes and pictorial archives? Cities are not merely architectural metaphors; they are mobile, evolving entities projecting memories deep into the social life of urban dwellers. In what way can urban photography break down social stereotypes and offer alternative ocular archives of cities? Urban Memories tries to answer these questions through a variety of selected visual projects.

Caroline Knowles, Urban sociologist and Goldsmiths professor, says:
“In their entries to this exhibition the artists raise important questions about how we might think about memory; about how memories manifest themselves in cities and in people’s lives; and about the complex multi-layered relationships memory, cities and people might have with photography. In a mix of found images – whose photographers and their preoccupations must be imagined – and newly created images that dialogue in off-beat ways with people, places and circumstances, the artists in this exhibition show us that multiple truths – not the truth – are in contention in the ways in which we apprehend and remember the individual and collective realities which are significant for us.” (UPV catalogue, p. 5)
Exhibiting artists: Peter Coles, Diego Ferrari, Michael Frank, Gill Golding, Paul Halliday, Tanya Houghton, Rebecca Locke, Bas Losekoot, David Kendall, David Colm Killeen, Luc Pauwels, Galit Seligmann, Gesche Würfel and Kyler Zeleny.

For further information, please visit:

UPA portfolio review, Tuesday 8th November 2016, 11.00-13.00

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Freddie Thomas presents Well Proud

Freddie Thomas presents Well Proud

29th – 30th October 2016
Preview: Friday 28th October 2016, 6-9pm

London being Freddie’s hometown she feels very passionate about it and its ever-evolving changing face. Once a place where everyone could afford to live, it is now a place made for the rich, investing in the rich and kicking out the poor. With house prices rising and rising, people are struggling to live on this little island called London. Once a place where council estates were prominent and communities were generations old, it has now turned into a transient place, people coming and going. The young white middle classes, doing their four years in London and then moving on to affordable places to live. Is this place once built on history and tradition turning into one big airport?

Through the use of banners, textile paintings and script, Freddie discusses London, the fabric of society. With every stitch sewn, with every button sewn on, you can feel her passion hovering behind you like a ghost that will not go away. So immerse yourself in the material, feel its presence because she may not be able to afford to live here anymore but she certainly won’t go away.

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Winter Fair 2016 – Stall Bookings


Saturday 10th December 2016, 11am-6pm

The ever popular Lewisham Arthouse Winter Fair is back. Festive decor finely executed by our talented members, festive food and mulled wine, festive tunes, warm welcome and a selection of fine arts and crafts stalls to tempt the happy Christmas shopper.

Stalls available to book by artisans, purveyors of fine hand made foods, designer/makers/artists and crafts people. Stall cost £25 with table or £20 without table.

To book a stall please contact

All stalls are now fully booked. Thank you for your submissions.

Curatorial Open 2016 – The London Drawing Group


19th September – 16th October 2016

Lewisham Arthouse is an artist-led cooperative formed in 1992. In April Lewisham Arthouse invited proposals from artist(s)/curator(s) interested in working with us beyond traditional forms of exhibition making.

The London Drawing Group were selected to curate a month long public programme of events aiming to help people engage in the playful, unpredictable nature of making art and promote the joy of drawing through a series of free workshops, talks, walks and exhibitions.

Coinciding with Deptford X art festival and The London Drawing Group will present their programme within the wider context of the festival.

“We believe that when we copy or imitate the work of another artist, we are participating in an act of translation: learning through doing. Taking our starting points from those that have come before us allows us to translate timeless ideas into our own visual language. Through this act of translation, we learn as much about ourselves as artist as we do about our subjects, our processes, and what it is about the work that engages us.”

Their first week of workshops will take as their starting point images from their initial exhibition; with the guidance of artists and tutors the participating group will be encouraged to make art in response to these images, beginning the act of artistic translation. The artworks created in the first workshop will form the basis of our second workshop and continue throughout the month, creating a new series made by members of the community, encouraging and forging links between one group of artists and the next. The workshops will comprise a diverse range of teaching methods and draw from both our collective art history and contemporary art-making techniques, ranging from sculpture, collage and traditional life drawing to live music-scores, performances, film and animation. The work created throughout the residency by members of the community in response to our three exhibitions will be showcased in a final Community Exhibition.

Week 1: Luisa-Maria MacCormack
Exhibition opening Thursday 22nd September 2016

Week 2: Lucy McGeown
Exhibition opening Friday 30th September 2016

Week 3: Frances Stanfield
Exhibition opening Friday 7th October 2016

For further details on the London Drawing Group residency click here (pdf).

About The London Drawing Group:
The London Drawing Group is a collective of three contemporary artists living and practising in London. Although our practices are individually varied and diverse, we are brought together by our shared love of and passion for drawing, and our experiences of being taught by
a huge range of practising artists at the Royal Drawing School Central.

To contact London Drawing Group email

One One Seven | Ghost House Gone House

One One Seven Ghost House Gone House

16th – 18th September 2016

A double bill theatre and music event by Kyoto-based theatre group BRDG and Deptford-based music duo RABBIT touring Stroud, New Cross and Kyoto. Both pieces are based around an old Victorian house which used to exist at 117 Lewisham Way and the family which used to live there.

117 – one one seven 
This is a play based on interviews with a British woman who has been living in Kyoto since 1989. It introduces her life and her old house at 117 Lewisham Way, which used to exist in New Cross. During the play, the recorded voices of interviews are played and Japanese actors interpret them into Japanese and English. As the play unfolds, this act of ‘interpreting’ transforms into ‘acting’. The memory of New Cross travelled overseas with her and now will be re-told to the people in UK as the story of ‘an outsider’.

Directed by Keiko Yamaguchi. Performed by Bridget Scott, Hiromi Demura and Tatsunori Imamura, with sound technician Toru Koda.

Ghost House Gone House
Two simultaneous films documenting 117 Lewisham Way, a Victorian villa and lost local landmark in the year prior to its demolition. The films were shot by David Aylward (drums and percussion) and Tom Scott-Kendrick (reeds, strings and electronics) who will also provide a live soundtrack including field recordings made at 117 Lewisham Way. 

Keiko Yamaguchi (director, actor) and Kano Kawanabe (co-ordinator) founded BRDG in 2011 creating works under the theme of Foreigners in Kyoto.
423 (Shitsumi) Art Project based in rural area in Kyoto produce workshops and events for children and local people. 
117 – one one seven are performers Bridget Scott, Hiromi Demura and Tatsunori Imamura with sound operator Toru Koda.  

RABBIT are Tom Scott-Kendrick (reeds, samplers etc) and David Aylward (drums, percussion etc). They have played together since the mid 80’s, a contemporary, experimental urban folk music, merging and mutating genres in an on-going dialogue of sound and music. For further information go to or email 

Friday 16th September 2016, 8pm
Saturday 17th September 2016, 8pm* 
Sunday 18th September 2016, 3pm

*On Saturday 17th there will be a special appearance by Nick Doyne Ditmas and Adam Bohman playing with Tom Scott-Kendrick.

£7.50 adv / £8 door (£5 concessions )

Supported by The Daiwa Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation with special support from Bred in the Bone, Rose Bruford College and Lewisham Arthouse.

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31st August – 11th September 2016
Preview: Friday 2nd September 2016, 6-9pm

Frederic Anderson, Andrea Coltman, Daniel Curtis, Antony Dixon, Cara Jean Flynn, Sarah Hawley, Jacquelyn Hodges, Benjamin Martin, Tom Waring

The nine artists in this exhibition explore the idea of interventions within the gallery space. Their individual practices, through a variety of different languages and media, are very diverse, yet the artists search to reveal a dialogue, a connection and thread. The group are interested in the relationships between how their works create a visual discourse and how by placing their works within a common space the interventions of their works create yet another layer and language. These artists are searching for hidden dynamics that create new understandings, correlations and connections.

Frederic Anderson’s drawings inhabit the space between figuration and abstraction, between how we believe things to be and how they actually appear – the space in which, under persistent observation, things begin to fall apart.

Andrea Coltman’s paintings muse over societal issues, she regards herself as a social observer. Andrea paints what she sees, the ordinary and expected. Through crosshatchings of realism and abstraction in her paintings Andrea interrogates empathy, space and place exploring how we communicate and interact.

Daniel Curtis
’ practice is driven by form. Through composition he explores tensions and relationships between found and low status objects. In recent work Curtis has searched out subtle elements of character or history in these objects and uses that to charge his compositions with a peculiar presence.

Antony Dixon explores the inherent qualities of materials and things. He collects and references fragments of human activity by taking imprints, making casts, assembling and re-assembling. Interested in the linguistic interface between materials and things, Antony describes his activity as “archaeological in nature, exploratory yet rooted in history.
Cara Jean Flynn creates prints, video, sculptures and installations using a combination of natural and man-made materials. Flynn’s work focuses on our relationship with the natural world. She is particularly concerned with our control of the natural environment and our perceived dualistic thinking of ourselves, separated and elevated above it.

Sarah Hawley’s collages have the ability to bring order out of chaos as well as integrate various patterns, colours, designs and materials from different origins that together can create a uni ed composition. This mimics a multicultural society, where a diverse group of individuals of many cultures co-exist within a community.

Jacquelyn Hodges’ subject is in painting and sculpture and where they intersect. She works in a range of mediums because her interest is to take her subject and nd new methods of intersection. Jacquelyn assembles materials that may seem like they have nothing to do with each other but looks to nd the tension and overlap.

Identity is the central axis of Benjamin Martin’s practice, around which revolves notions of childhood, gender and the artificial. Benjamin is interested in how the social and political shape us from an early age and in how the landscapes that surround us create both physical and psychological scars. What shapes us?

Tom Waring’s paintings explore an imagined world where the boundaries between the present and future have disappeared. Projections of the now, into the future, create a fertile ground for exploring our present condition in our real world of unrivalled capitalism and ecological decline.

Preview: Friday 2nd September 2016, 6-9pm
Exhibition open:
31st August – 11th September 2016
Wednesday to Sunday 12-6pm

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The White Pube presents: Zayn Malik Zindabad

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26th August 2016, 7-9pm

A screening of moving image art by artists. Also happen 2 b young and in the South Asian Diaspora.

The White Pube is tired of white people, white walls, and white wine. So for one night only, we are hosting brown people, white walls and chai. Come and view work by brown artists in a real vacuum, where brown-ness is banal, where you can view the art without the white-iarchy lookin over ur shoulder, askin if they can eat ur Other.

The screening will be held in the Education Space in Lewisham Arthouse.

Screening starts at 7:30pm
There is limited seating so RSVP is essential.

Hosted by Zarina Muhammad & Gabrielle de la Puente @ The White Pube
& Sophie Chapman and Kerri Jefferis.

Cover Photo is a screenshot from work by Sabella D’Souza ♥


Somnath Bhatt

Himali Singh Soin

Anisa Jackson

Sabella D’Souza

Seema Mattu

Ilavenil Jayapalan

Rathai Manivannan

Katy Jalili

Hassan E Vawda

and the White Pube’s very own
Zarina Muhammad









17th – 28th August 2016

Alan Dunn & Peter Suchin, Mark Fairnington, Charles Gray, Charlie Godet Thomas, Susie Green, Sharon Hall, Brigitte Jurack, Bernadette O’Toole, Catherine Parsonage, James Quin, Alma Tischler Wood, Roxy Walsh, Flora Whiteley, Godbold & Wood

Doppelgänger asks the same taxing question that has set alight the heroes of the greatest writers including Baudelaire, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, E.T.A Hoffman, Heine, Kipling and Wilde: Could there be, through the duplication of the self, the double or the shadow, a different self, a co-equivalent of the human soul?
Doppelgänger focuses on this idea of the double as method and methodology of the artwork, the second work as the reflection, shadow or double of the first. In these artworks, the doubling occurs through the process of observation and making and not by means of mechanical or digital reproduction.
As Jean Paul states through his tragic hero Roquairol’s in Titan: ‘Then I saw you, and wanted to become your You – but that won’t work, for I cannot go back; but you can go on ahead, one of these days you become my Self’. (Titan: A Romance, Volume 2 page 83)
The exhibition is guest curated by Brigitte Jurack (Manchester/Liverpool) and Founder of Alternator Studio. She is also Head of Sculpture/Time-Based Arts at Manchester School of Art and Co-Founder of the artist’s collective Foreign Investment.

For further details, including appointments outside the regular opening hours call 07789 123 735 or email

Introduction: 17th August 2016, 5.30pm by Brigitte Jurack
Finissage: Thursday 25th August 2016, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: 17th – 28th August 2016
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-6 pm

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Oliver Campbell: Good God

Oliver Campbell, Scene from the Bacchae, 189 x 120cm, 2016

10th – 14th August 2016, 10-6pm
Preview: 9th August 2016, 6-9pm


Image: Oliver Campbell, Scene from the Bacchae, 189 x 120cm, 2016

Good God is the first solo exhibition by Oliver Campbell (b.1981).

Drawing on tropes from classical literature and rhetoric, this exhibition of paintings and other objects takes seriously the absurdity of some of our most imaginative beliefs, and explores their relation to our everyday experience.

Symposium: Thursday 11th August 2016, 7.30-9pm
In conjunction with the exhibition Good God there will be a full Greek Symposium: an ancient drinking party with entertainment and discussion. There will be wine and a non-alcoholic alternative, entertainment, and three related topics posed for discussion. To reserve your couch please RSVP to:

Artist Talk: Sunday 14th August 2016, 2-3pm

Oliver Campbell in conversation with Dr Brian Murray from Kings College London.

To download exhibition invitation as a pdf click here

Exhibition continues:
10th – 14th August 2016, 10-6pm, or by appointment.

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Marion Phillini Invites You to Join Collaboration In Progress

Marion Phillini Collab in Prog

22nd July – 29th July 2016
Preview: Friday 22nd July 2016, 6-9pm

Marion Phillini takes over Lewisham Arthouse and invites you to join Collaboration In Progress.

Amongst the Phillini debris of past installations, multiple screens and a familiar washing line, discover the results of an experimental Marion workshop with Wimbledon MFA Students. Testing the boundaries of collaboration, their work will join Marion Phillini’s exhibition/ installation/ performance/ studio for one week.

Marion Phillini will use the space for production of new work during exhibition opening times. Working on site, Phillini will shift and re-modulate the installation of works in response to viewers’ reactions/ interactions.

More info about Marion Phillini at
Twitter: @marionphillini

Exhibition continues:
22nd July – 29th July 2016
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-6pm

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How the Hares are Dying: Private Stocktaking

How the Hares are Dying

15th – 17th July 2016
How the Hares are Dying: Private Stocktaking
Work in progress by Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne

The founders and core creative team of Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne are Magdalena Tuka and Anita Wach, two very different performing artists from backgrounds in theatre and dance respectively, who were inspired in 2013 to unite under a name appropriated from the 1968 Joseph Beuys’ artwork to represent the creative combination of opposites.

Through its various mixes of new dramaturgy, contemporary dance, and multimedia experimentation, the work of Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne (JJJNNN) may be located within the notion of a postdramatic theatre. The narrative of a JJJNNN show is never that of a linear cause-and-effect system of events but one open to fragmentation and deconstruction. Fiction is employed as a device for the performer-devisors to confront personal material, though the strategies used to achieve such confrontations are not set in stone but built anew in relation to the content being dealt with. While the initiator of each project may ultimately retain an authorial final word, JJJNNN encourages the idea of a performer’s autonomy and every performance is very much the result of a true collaboration.

From the outset one of the group’s key modus operandi has been the development of co-operations with and support of other international organisations and individual artists. Over the last three years of showing work a network of ongoing connections has evolved throughout Poland and the UK as well as in Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Works presented by JJJNNN have received various funding including Polish Ministry of Culture, Visegrad Foundation, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Dance Festival in Gdansk 2013; Threecity Dance Cooperation, Body/Mind Foundation, Maat Festival.

‘There were men and women, children and old people, teenagers and babies, rich people, and poor people, black men and white women, white men and black women, Orientals and Arabs, men in brown, and grey and blue and green, women in red and white and yellow and pink, children in sneakers, children in shoes, children in cowboy boots, fat people and thin people, tall people and short people, each one different from all others, each one irreducibly himself…’ City of Glass Paul Auster                                    
How the Hares are Dying: Private Stocktaking is about: war (past, future and now) and identity smeared in the muddy memory’s landscapes, about mnemonic and reaching out to the cellars of that memory to recall girls from grey pre-stressed concrete housing estates, about a sense of destroying everything around and weakness of the will and about the power of drawing by the Great Architect. It’s a combination of different theatre strategies, a stubborn and unstable search for the meaning of the events on stage, giving up and start from the beginning again and again. 

Click here for a link to the teaser

Work is devised and performed by Magdalena Tuka and Anita Wach, sound and video by Myles Stawman. Work combines video, live video, sound and live acts.

Friday 15th – 17th July 2016

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Children’s Art Sale from Beecroft Garden Primary School‏

Beecroft Garden Primary School

6th – 9th July 2016
Preview: Wednesday 6th July 7-9 pm


Image courtesy Beecroft Garden Primary School, 2016.

An exhibition and sale of work by children from the school.

An event where all the art sold raises money for developing a special outside space and training for the children to revive Brockley’s tradition of bee-keeping. 

Putting art at the centre of a Primary School’s ethos is a bold thing to do – but that’s exactly what Beecroft Garden Primary School has been doing since the school re-opened in 2012.
Visitors to the school enter a reception area that has been designed as an open-plan gallery and library space that is filled with works by children working both collaboratively and individually. The children at the school are always encouraged to talk about art and culture and to understand how the arts can be used to explore the world around them.
The National Society for Education in Art and Design Survey Report 2015-16 reported that 89% of primary state school teachers felt that time allocated to art and design fell before key stages 2 National Curriculum tests. Almost half of key stage 1 teachers thought that time allocated for art and design had decreased in general.
It is with this context in mind, that the exhibition of works by Beecroft Primary School’s children can show what can happen when art is given a key place in a primary school’s ethos. The school’s specialist art teacher, Dilys Finlay, has worked with children to make drawings, paintings, textiles photography and sculpture that are inspired by art movements such as Aboriginal painting or ideas such as Paul Klee’s notion that drawing was “taking a line for a walk”.
All the works in the exhibition will be for sale in order to raise money for developing a special outside space for the children that will revive the local area’s tradition of bee-keeping. Bee-friendly plants, hives and sculptures will all feature. The exhibition has already gained the support of art critics, gallerists and even the occasional collector eager to get work early. 
Oliver Basciano, Editor (International) of ArtReview said: “It’s great to see a school that understands bringing to fore a child’s innate creative spirit is of paramount importance. Who knows, perhaps one day one of the children from Beecroft Garden Primary School will be showing in the Tate, building architectural icons or writing life-changing novels.”
Preview: Wednesday 6th July 7-9 pm

Exhibition open:
6th July, 10am -5pm
7th – 9th July, 10am – 6pm

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Fracture: Rory Biddulph | Kate Hubbell

24th June – 1st July 2016
Preview: Friday 24th June 2016, 6-9pm


Image: Rory Biddulph, A Game of Orbs (detail), acrylic, ink, spray paint and laser print on paper, on board, 122 x 94 x 3cm, 2016. Image courtesy the artist.

Rory Biddulph | Kate Hubbell
Curated by Xenia Langlois

The theme of the exhibition comes from the artists’ combined interest in portraying the effects of social and cultural identification through analogy and absurdity.

Both artists are graduates from the Slade School of Fine Art and have exhibited widely. Rory Biddulph was recently shortlisted for the Adrian Carruthers Award and the Clifford Chance Printmaking Purchase Prize, he was also included in the XL Catlin Art Guide and is a current finalist in the XL Catlin Art Prize. Kate Hubbell has attended numerous residencies including being resident artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Oxbow School of Art and Artist Residencies. She was also recently shortlisted for the Red Mansion Art Prize and the Sarabande Scholarship.

Rory Biddulph is known for depicting strange, carnivalesque characters using layered print alongside painted imagery. Stemming from a kind of urban gut, Biddulph depicts a crude and elaborate present. In his work iconography, ideology, the spectacle and the social become subject to reproach, plunged into visions of fantasy, metaphor and excess.

Kate Hubbell orchestrates experiences of empathy and connectivity through immersive installations, video and objects. She employs a wide range of materials, including synthetic hair, gelatin, food and makeup to analyse the tensions and anxieties manifested within the dichotomies of comfort and unease.

Xenia Langlois, curator, comments: ‘Fracture is an exhibition in which the taxonomies, ideologies and the habitual infrastructures of contemporary life become subjected to play, depravity, fancy and farce, questioning the role of the self in what is depicted as an arcane, tumultuous time.’

Please see the following websites for more information on the artists and their work.

Exhibition continues:
25th June – 1st July 2016
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-6pm

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The Overview Effect

The Overview Effect

8th – 19th June 2016
Preview: Thursday 9th June 2016, 6-9pm
Artist Talk in Conversation with writer Anna McNay: Saturday 18th June 2016, 3pm

Henrietta Armstrong, Miranda Boulton, Fiona Grady, Hayley Harrison, Katya Kvasova

This group exhibition borrows its title The Overview Effect from a term used by Astronauts; described as a cognitive shift experienced when viewing the planets vulnerability and beauty from afar. An altered perspective is the emphasis for each of the artists, this is evident in their method of making the work, or in the work itself, acting as a lens of distortion.

Each artist works with multiples, repetitive marks and processes to obscure and disorientate. This disorientation shifts our relationship with the subject matter, the familiar becoming unfamiliar. This unfamiliarity is also a disclosure from which a new perspective is revealed to the viewer.

For several of the artists perspective is altered within the process of making the work; for Henrietta Armstrong this involves a reconfiguration of familiar structures into alternative architectures and patterned symmetries. Whilst in Miranda Boulton’s work shifted perspective is something that happens cognitively, through memory, and through the reinterpretation of that memory; Hayley Harrison’s half sculptural, half painted works demand a vast oversight of society through its debris. Fiona Grady’s installations are a lens in themselves, asking the viewer to adjust their perspective there and then, within the gallery space. Finally, Katya Kvasova’s work turns this altered perspective both inwards and outwards. Her paintings are a translucent surface or lens between inner and outer worlds.

There is a contradiction here, the singularity of the Overview and those astronauts’ perspectives of the planet – a single view of a single world – compared to the myriad of perspectives exhibited here. Yet the desire is shared, that of a cognitive shift rooted in perspective. The process is also similar – each artist is discovering methods of stepping back from what you know, to see their world anew.

Open: Wednesday to Sunday 12-6 pm

Accompanying publication available with introductory essay by Anna McNay

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“it was quick but fun”, speed selected by Jeremy Deller

27th May – 5th June 2016
Preview Friday 27th May 2016, 6-9 pm

“it was quick but fun”, speed selected by Jeremy Deller

We are very pleased to present an exhibition of work by 29 Lewisham Art House studio members selected by Turner prize winner Jeremy Deller. Visiting each studio in turn, a piece of work was selected for the show without the studio artist being present.

Opening night:
Friday 27th May 2016, 6-9 pm
As part of South London Art Map Last Fridays as well as the opening of Brockley Max Arts Festival.

Exhibition continues:
28th May – 5th June 2016
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-6 pm
Free entry
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Open Studios
Saturday 4th June 2016, 12-8 pm
Sunday 5th June 2016, 12-6 pm


Image credit: Image courtesy Lewisham Art House, 2016

Chris Alton: the man who moved too far, too fast

Chris Alton, Under The Shade I Flourish, 2016

17th – 22nd May 2016
Open 12-6pm
Preview: Wednesday 18th May 2016, 6-9pm

“1963: An unknown rhythm ‘n’ blues band called Trident* play at various jazz clubs in London and the home counties. The group come under the management of Michael Ashcroft, a business graduate from Mid-Essex Polytechnic, who sees them play at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey.”

During the mid-1960s, a rhythm ‘n’ blues band called Trident were briefly managed by the non-uk domiciled billionaire, Michael Ashcroft. Ashcroft is a controversial figure, notable for; “opaque tax practices”, “operating in the dark” and his use of “shell companies”. This exhibition imagines that he continued to manage Trident, incorporating feedback from his life into their narrative.

Trident become a vehicle to discuss the exploitation of post-colonial countries as tax havens. Fictitious tours see them zigzag haphazardly between venues, mimicking financial graphs; song lyrics repurpose Latin mottos and tax terminology; and posters advertise performances in notorious centres of tax avoidance (including Belize, where Ashcroft resides).

Chris Alton’s recent exhibitions include; Welcome, Trident; International Stars, THE DOOR (curated by Rice + Toye), London (2016); Under the Shade I Flourish, xero, kline & coma, London (2016); Outdancing Formations, Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg (2015); and each other, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire (2015). Alton was recently awarded; the Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists of the Sparda Bank 2015; the Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Studio Award 2015; and the Collyer Bristow Graduate Award 2014. He was included in the Catlin Guide 2015.

*Dirty Politics, Dirty Times, Michael Ashcroft, 2005


Image courtesy the artist, Chris Alton 2016

MOVENZE: London Fragments of a Journey

MOVENZE: "London Fragments of a Journey"

27th April – 15th May 2016
Preview: Friday 29th April 2016, 6-9pm

Maurizio Trentin – Arte Contraddittoria

Movenze: London Fragments of a Journey has its beginnings in the everyday voyage of a London bus. Using a meditative process, frames from this journey have been transformed by the artist into careful reflections that express aspects of the surrounding reality.
Informed by interests in perception, gestalt, phenomenology and mathematics Maurizio Trentin describes his vision through twenty fragments in a study of the sensitive.

Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-6pm
Free entry
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Image: Maurizio Trentin, Arte Contraddittoria, 2016. Image courtesy the artist.

Lausch II


Thursday 7th April 2016, 8pm
Doors 8pm, Start 8.30pm
Entry £5
Bring your own drinks
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LAUSCH II presents an eclectic mix of experimental live performances within the scope of sonic improvisation, drawn from the prevailing London scene. This time we have noise, voice, bells and whispers – electronics, sax and silences with Iris Garrelfs, Artur Vidal + Grundik Kasyansky and Khaled Kaddal.

LAUSCH is a series of performances and events exploring new sounds and experiences. Expect an array of exciting artists and venues, hand picked by Adam Jaro and Rahel Kraft.

Iris Garrelfs
Iris Garrelfs is an artist working on the cusp of music, art and sociology. Her practice includes fixed media, installation, improvised voice performance and has been included in major institutions worldwide, for example Tate Britain, National Gallery, Visiones Sonores Mexico, Liverpool Bienale, MC Gallery New York. Elsewhere she is the commissioning editor of the online journal Reflections on Process in Sound and the co-curator and director of Sprawl, a London based experimental music organisation. Iris has a PhD in Sound Art from University of the Arts London where she also works as a researcher and lecturer.

Artur Vidal + Grundik Kasyansky
Artur Vidal is a Spanish-born saxophone player and sound artist who grew up in Paris and currently resides in London. As such, he has performed in Europe, Asia and America. His work is interested in the possibilities of improvisation from the perspective of its implications within the social field. As an active member of the improvised music scene, he has been playing and recording with musicians who include Eddie Prévost, Phil Durrant, Jennifer Allum, Roger Turner and Sébastien Branche, with whom he makes up the improvising saxophone duo ‘Relentless’. He has currently completed an MA in Sound Arts and started in 2013 an MPhil research at London College of Communication about improvisation, the practice of listening and the notion of silence.’

Grundik Kasyansky (b. 1974, Moscow) is a London-based artist and electronic musician who works in experimental improvisation, live installation, audio collage, and designs sound for dance, theatre and film. He wrote poetry before switching to electronic music and it deeply influenced his current practice.

Khaled Kaddal
Khaled Kaddal is an Egyptian musician/sound artist. His work embraces sound/music and mixed medias to create installations and performances. his music/sonic practices are scoping on the social and the political structures, through the exploration of the varieties of Sonic phenomena. Interested in finding new intersection between disciplines, he collaborated in performances, choreography, films and mixed media projects.

We Need To Talk About Heaven






Friday 25th March 2016

Fusebox invited a diverse range of artists, to talk about heaven, in all of its shapes and forms. Which heaven are you fighting for? Which heaven are you hoping for? What is heaven anyway? Working through media spanning video art, performance and installation, each artist will consider different notions of heaven; deconstructing, challenging and building heaven(s) today. Fusebox curate thematic nights of newly commissioned work from emerging artists, who may not have had the chance to exhibit. Fusebox are committed to showing work from numerous disciplines, creating new connections between artists and audiences.

Selected Artists

Wilf Speller
We’ll be screening a new video work by Wilf Speller. Wilf’s work looks at the politics and ethics of contemporary image culture. Most recently he exhibited in Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed, The Photographer’s Gallery’s annual showcase for emerging talent.

Jasmine Lee
Jasmine Lee’s work sits at a nexus between artist as performer and artist as delegator, bringing audiences together and facilitating their roles as performers through emotional and surreal experiences, as she herself disappears. She is a resident artist at the Roundhouse.

Sara Zaltash
Sara Zaltash is a Bristol-based live artist, known for large-scale interactive projects exploring culture, spirituality and our future. Her recent One Day: Day One crowdsourced questions and answers about the possible outcomes of climate change and notions of sustainability and resilience. She is a research fellow at the Schumacher Institute.

Ralph Pritchard
Ralph is making a new three-part single channel video piece exploring heaven variously through text, performance and cinematography. Increasingly Ralph’s work responds to concepts with a multi-faceted approach – playing with storytelling using multiple aesthetic perspectives. Ralph has recently screened at the ICA in London and the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.

Sheaf & Barley
Sheaf & Barley make charms and instructions to change the present through ritual and magic, for everyone to use. For Heaven they will present a new charm, exploring our wishes for a new future.

Gloria Dawson
Gloria is a writer of plays, performance, essay and poetry based in Leeds. She is also a geography researcher with an interest in precarious housing, retail and gentrification. Her main ‘artistic’ interests are the relationship between political organising and lived experience, the politics of death, urban transformation and history. Recently she has been on attachment to West Yorkshire Playhouse developing an original performance around the persistence of bodies and graves in a changing city. She blogs at

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All event images courtesy Fusebox

nonfictional, Winters/Lane/Spinelli, The Bell Agency


Saturday 19th March 2016, 8pm
Two new projects offering distinct and unique sound worlds, and one game structure composition, never the same twice.

nonfictional are Maggie Turner (Voice), David Hunger (Guitar), Ravi Low-Beer (Percussion) and Nick Doyne-Ditmas (Double bass, trumpet). nonfictional are currently engaged in deconstructing the song format via improvisation and psychodrama. Each performance is a vivisecion. Nothing is faked.

Portia Winters; voice Arnold Lane: percussion
Emmanuel Spinelli: electronics and objects
This is a development of a duo of Winters’ vocal improvisations with Lane’s acoustic/electronic percussion mix, combining pure improv with song and spoken word. Tonight they are joined by
Emmanuel Spinelli on electronics and objects.

A simple game structure for 3 or more players, The Bell Agency opens out into a mesmerising slow motion sound world. Somewhere between performance and unfolding, tonight’s realisation, led by Charles Hayward, depends on cluster maths and hive mind and the unique details to be witnessed.

Entry £5 doors 8pm
Bring your own bottle

The Garden of Forking Paths

The Garden of Forking Paths
Red Shift Detail 1 2012-14The Garden of Forking Paths

16th – 27th March 2016
Preview: Friday 18th March, 6-9pm

Open Wednesday – Sunday, 12-6pm


top: Russell Terry, Red Shift, hand cut painted paper, 2012-14, plus a detail, bottom: exhibition invitation card

Curated by Russell Terry

Brigitte Parusel, Caterina Lewis, Cedric Christie, Charley Peters, Italia Rossi, Jack Otway, Lucy Harker, Ludovica Gioscia, Paul Robinson, Roland Hicks, Rowena Boshier, Russell Terry, Ryan Terry, Sarah Longworth-West, Simon Liddiment, Tom Hemming, Trevor Simmons

“Destiny takes pleasure in repetitions, variations, symmetries” – Jorge Luis Borges

This collection of work by seventeen artists, showing diverse and unique methods and interests, is waiting for an infinite tapestry of connections to be woven across it. 

The title of this show is borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges. The Garden of Forking Paths is a beguiling story about an impossible book that is also a labyrinth. Borges was famous for condensing complex, paradoxical ideas into incredibly short fiction, much of it expressing his attraction and/or frustration with the “muse of impossibility”. He considered the composition of huge books “an impoverishing extravagance” and chose instead to maintain the ambiguity and potential perfection of his ideas, by writing commentaries on imaginary books. Even with such a solution, the inevitable failure to realise an idea before it transforms into a new one, keeps us starting afresh. Our ideas occur so much faster than the process of realising them. From the first step out of imaginary space, they have to contend with unforeseen practicalities and suffer the inconvenience of existing unambiguously. By the time we finish/abandon them, influenced by manual discovery, they are rarely the same idea. Looking back over our finished/abandoned works, we often see that each one contains the seeds and reflections of so many others, made and unmade.
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School Of The Damned: End Of Year

School Of The Damned
School Of The DamnedSchool Of The Damned


Image courtesy School Of The Damned.

Exhibition Dates: 4th – 13th March 2016
Open daily, 12-6pm
Preview: Friday 4th March, 6.30-9pm


Class Of 2016 Manifesto:

The School of the Damned is a free postgraduate art course run by, and for, its students. It provides participants with the critical space to develop and reassess their art practice. We operate without money, without a bank account, without financial obligation. SOTD runs a labour exchange programme with a growing number of guest artists, spaces and lecturers. It exists to promote access to free education as a fundamental right and stand in opposition to the current system of higher education. The student body share roles and the responsibility to aid each other’s education as well as the development of the programme. As SOTD moves into its fourth year its students hope that this network of advocates will continue to grow, allowing the protest to continue into the future.

End of Year will host the work of this year’s 17 students, whose energetic and diverse practices have developed from their involvement in SOTD. Over the past year the class of 2016 have exhibited together extensively, End of Year is their final show and a culmination of their work on the course together. This “degree show” style exhibition echoes the institution in a way that demands SOTD is recognised as a working alternative and demonstrates that this collection of artists can work together to run a school, collectively organise exhibitions and programme events that are outward facing and inclusive. As in the above manifesto, this is something Class of 2016 will pass on to a new cohort of students/ artists.

Continuing the School of the Damned ethos, this year’s final degree show will be hosted by Lewisham Art House. Members of Lewisham Art House share their time, equipment and knowledge with wider communities on a non-profit basis. Besides renting space, each studio member commits at least 5 hours per month in support of the organisation’s wider programmes. There will be talk and discussion with SOTD and guests on Saturday 13th March at 7PM speakers to be confirmed check fbook/website for updates all are welcome to attend.

Click here to download Press Release as a pdf

For more information on School Of The Damned please visit: or email

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Myatt Garden School Presents

Peter Paul Rubens, A Roman Triumph (detail), about 1630. Image courtesy The National Gallery, London. All rights reserved.


Peter Paul Rubens, A Roman Triumph (detail), about 1630. Image courtesy The National Gallery, London. All rights reserved.

25th – 27th February 2016

Come and enjoy the Myatt Garden School Children’s artwork at their Take One Picture Exhibition.

Opening Times:

Thursday 25th February, 3.30 – 5.30pm
Friday 26th February, 3.30 – 5.30pm
Saturday 27th February 10.00am – 3.00pm

Free entry
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Saturday 13th February 2016

London based improvisers of industrial ambient noise, Ampersand are an improvisational sound ensemble who have performed across Europe over the last nine years. They produce an experience of sound to envelop the audience in the act of the moment and the art of the moment. This uniquely pan-generational group utilises found objects, engineered metal, deconstructed traditional instruments and audio toys.

Ampersand performances are always improvised, they arise thus from the moment, the place, the atmosphere, the occurrences of that day. The sound, and the experience of that sound, are imposed on all the senses, to share with the audience a charged and superlayered emotional state. Ampersand are Brian Bushell, Joseph Oldfield, Stephen Oldfield and Paul Wells.

Nguyen Tri Mai is a Franco Vietnamese dance artist. For the last 20 years, she has drawn her inspiration from the waters, back and fro between Brittany coasts, salt marshes and the river, pools and canals of the East End of London. Mixing her Butoh dancing spirit with her passion for improvising with live music, Mai loves to express her intense movements in the moment, bring light to a space with her explosiveness. Mai has collaborated with musicians, film makers and photographers and specializes in site- specific and outdoor performances. 


WeltAusstellung is a situational alliance of noise-makers, visual artists, improvisers and composers of the absurd, based in Düsseldorf and Berlin: Peter Issig, Anja Lautermann, Uwe Möllhusen, Thilo Schölpen – they work in the field of sound-action, sound-installation, radio-art, music-theatre and soundtrack-ism. They wring unsettled ideas from a wide range of sound-sources of their own invention, varying their approach in order to experiment with a range of methods and standards.“We play each sound object that passes the test of significance: from massage tools to Styrofoam, from selfmade electronics to piano. We are not interested in the latest sound technology but in the raw and direct signal…which is the basic principle of absurd composition. Absurd composition tends to be doomed to failure and delivers an unexpected twist. Our ambition is to transgress from the internal motivation (of the composition) to the point of failure.”

Doors 7.30pm
Start 8 – 11pm
£5 Entry
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Thursday 4th February 2016

LAUSCH is a series of performances and events to explore new sounds and experiences. 

Expect an array of exciting artists and venues, hand picked by Adam Jaro and Rahel Kraft. This evening brings together five artists/musician to share their interest in sound and voice. The Los Angeles based musicians Archie Carey and Odeya Nini will open up the evening with two solo works that encounter durations, resonance and pure expression.

The Deptford based sound artist David Bloor will perform ‘Care Work’ with a self-made artificial intelligence followed by a duo performance by David Toop and Rahel Kraft

Archie Carey, Bassoon – SOLO
Odeya Nini, Voice, Movement – A SOLO VOICE
David Bloor, Sounds – CARE WORK
David Toop, guit, objects  + Rahel Kraft, voice, electronics – DUO

Doors 8pm    
Start 8.30pm
£5 Entry
Bring Your Own
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‘What Fresh Hell Is This?’

Wednesday 27th January 2016
A Launch Event For The Happy Hypocrite, Issue 8

Edited by Sophia Al-Maria

Film, discussion and reading from,
Sophia Al-Maria, Mika Mino-Paluello from PLATFORM, and Fresh Hell contributor Alex Borkowski.

18.30 – A film, streaming live from where it runs continuously twenty-four hours a day, depicts characters surveyed remotely, their actions followed, scrutinised and abandoned as they unfold over a sprawl of a desert town. With no clear markers of beginning or end, the work can be encountered multiple times; each meeting a discreet moment of engagement with its disordered storyline.

19.00 – An introduction to ‘Fresh Hell’ by The Happy Hypocrite founder Maria Fusco, and by issue 8 guest editor Sophia Al-Maria, followed by a talk with Mika Minio-Paluello of Platform London on art, oil and power and how oil-sponsored galleries like Tate can break with business as usual and our colonial legacy. PLATFORMLONDON.ORG

20.00 – ‘Vital Plastics’, a reading from The Happy Hypocrite – Fresh Hell by the writer Alex Borkowski.

On 27th January The Happy Hypocrite – Fresh Hell, Issue 8, and a new limited edition print by Sophia Al-Maria will be available at a special price.

The Happy Hypocrite, founded by Maria Fusco, is published by Book Works annually with a new guest editor. Designed by A Practice for Everyday Life.

RSVP via Eventbrite here

Gagarin, Warren Schoenbright, Lofe

Saturday 28th November 2015


“There’s nobody quite like Graham Dowdall aka Gagarin“ Boiler Room TV 2015

Graham ‘Dids’ Dowdall aka GAGARIN has been making music on the edges of the musical galaxy for many years in many guises. As Gagarin he works alone crafting instrumental electronica that doesn’t adhere to any particular scene or style and draws on influences ranging from contemporary classical to techno and every point in between and beyond. The music is atmospheric, melodic and sometimes beaty characterised by a combination of field recordings, gorgeous synth melodies, tough abstract beats and a sophisticated yet accessible approach to composition. Gagarin has released several albums on his own Geo imprint as well as contributing tracks and remixes to a large number of compilations and releases by other acts. His latest album Aoticp was released in Summer 2015 and follows the much acclaimed Biophilia in 2011.

As well as Gagarin, Dids is also a member of avant rock legends Pere Ubu for whom he provides digital synthesis, keys and samples , a duo Roshi feat. Pars Radio with Iranian songstress Roshi who create what has been described as “ Welsh-Iranian folktronica “, another duo Low Bias with Rothko leader Mark Beazley and is an occasional member of world beat pioneers Suns of Arqa. He has also released a cassette Outside Broadcast in his given name Graham Dowdall for Touch’s cassette imprint Tapeworm.

WARREN SCHOENBRIGHT is a band, not a person. Their new Ep, (Out of Bounds) Eaten by the Forest, brings live drums and electronics together with minimal acoustic instrumentation to create a disturbing and arresting sound palette. By turns confrontational and meditative, the mercurial textures retain a sense of flow through continual reference to noise, drone and modern improvised idioms.’

LOFE: Driving beats, driven words. jewel carriageway chords. Keyboard plus Ableton (Nik the Deks), Bass (Elwell) and Voice (Zolan Quobble). It’s got that biodynamic, organic whole grain texture and that lively lambic yeasty rhythm. It hits 260°C, when it’s baking.

Doors 8-11pm
Entry £5
Bring Your Own

Lewisham Arthouse Winter Fair

Saturday 12th December 2015, 11am – 6pm


We’re hosting our popular Winter Fair again, featuring an array of original artworks, hand made crafts and seasonal gifts. There’ll be something to fit all sizes of pocket, whether you’re a discerning Christmas shopper or art lover.

We’ll be featuring lots of local talent including our studio artists, producers of Mosaic, felted goods, linocut prints, ceramics and much more.

Come join in the yuletide joyousness, warm your cockles with a seasonal beverage and a mince pie! And if that isn’t enough jingle all the way to the vibrations of our resident DJ.
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Image credits: Lewisham Arthouse Winter Fair 2015, Sheena Patel

Phil Ashcroft: Cave Paintings

30th October – 1st November 2015

3 Cave paintings Phil Ashcroft

A pop-up weekend presentation of new and recent paintings by Lewisham Arthouse studio artist Phil Ashcroft. Combining influences from abstract expressionism, British landscape painting, Japanese woodcuts, and graphic street art, Ashcroft integrates gestural, emotive abstraction with flattened out ‘80s style art deco and graffiti influences to present a vision of environmental, financial and political threat, a world of semi-surreal settings, cartoon-like motifs and the detritus of the modernist ideals of the past.
The Cave Paintings series of works developed in the artist’s London studio following a speedboat trip around Ramsey Island in Pembrokeshire, Wales in 2014.

Preview: Friday 30th October 2015, 6pm – late
Preview sounds from DJ Monkphat (Gamma Proforma)

For further information email

DSC_1442-HDR-2_1500pxDSC_1383-HDR_1500pxDSC_1392-HDR_1500pxPhil Ashcroft, Cave Paintings, installation view, 2015. Photo: Tom Horak


Phil Ashcroft: Cave Paintings, installation views, 2015. Image credits: Tom Horak

Once More with Feeling(s)

23rd October 2015

2 poster2 Chris Alton

Once More with Feeling(s) was an evening of artist’s performance and video, focusing on cover versions.

The cover version opts for rhythm over algorithm, coarse over smooth. By refreshing dormant tracks with renewed urgency (be it political, emotional or otherwise) the cover becomes a vehicle, delivering ideas through a familiar (if corrupted) form. Whether a pastiche or homage, the tangible authenticity of the cover version resides in the merging of art and life, consumer and producer, audience and author. The dissolution of these binaries opens up formerly homeostatic systems. They become permeable – susceptible to new ideas, new interpretations and new mistakes. This permeability can even retrospectively change the original.

Whilst contemporary pop produces track after track of homogenous hits, the cover is an opportunity for subversion. It is a chance to riff on and compartmentalise the perfection of pop – a chance to dent or scuff surfaces buffed with too much polish. Instead of proliferating imagery that warps how onlookers believe that they should look and engage with each other, the cover sidelines flashy golden grills, abdominal augmentations and swollen silicon buttocks.

It becomes a means for messing with systemic issues, acting as a form through which people can express themselves more fully and in a plethora of ways, which the culture industry fails to accommodate for. Instead of a singular way of existing being pushed or embossed on the mind, there is a redux. The cover is an answer or repost that resists unidirectionality. To cover is to create a dialogue – a feedback loop that resists being told what to think and how to behave. It is a radical rupture, which asserts that there is more than one way to be, to sing and to feel.

So let’s have it…once more with feeling(s).

Curated by Chris Alton and Rachel Hill

Once More with Feeling(s), 2015. Image credit: Amanda Francis


Once More with Feeling(s), 2015. Image credit: Amanda Francis

Once More with Feeling(s), 2015. Image credit: Amanda Francis


Once More with Feeling(s), 2015. Image credit: Amanda Francis

Once More with Feeling(s), 2015. Image credit: Amanda Francis


Once More with Feeling(s), 2015. Image credit: Amanda Francis

Once More with Feeling(s), 2015. Image credit: Amanda Francis


Once More with Feeling(s), 2015. Image credit: Amanda Francis

Open Studios 2015

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October 2015

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We’re open again with a bumper selection of ocular delights…

Wander around a warren of studios, buy artwork from source, window shop or simply enjoy the grandeur of a beautiful Edwardian building. Artists will be exploring the touchy-feely side of architecture in group exhibition Caesura et Vide Supra. Intrigued? Feel welcome to stimulate your cerebral bits, by participating in the related discussion. Add a dollop of family fun activities – a pop-up café by GCDA providing scrumptious handmade sweets and savouries + bar and DJ’s on opening night…

Friday 2nd October 2015, 6-10pm
Saturday 3rd October 2015, 12-6pm
Sunday 4th October 2015, 12-6pm

A Public Discussion: Haptic Thinking and Architecture
Saturday 3rd October from 4pm

Part of Deptford X and ArtLicks Weekend Festival 



Image credits: Open Studios 2015, Francesca Oldfield

Caesura et Vide Supra

25th September – 11th October 2015

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Lewis Betts, Jolanta Rejs, Anna Salamon, Frank Kent, Stephen Cooper and Bernice Donszelmann

Curated by Lewis Betts and Stephen Cooper

A group show exploring haptic thinking in relation to the architecture of Lewisham ArtHouse coinciding with Deptford X Festival, Art Licks Weekend and Lewisham Arthouse Open Studios. 

Caesura et Vide Supra brings together new work by artists exploring what the Finnish theorist Juhani Pallasmaa describes as ‘tactile ingredients in our otherwise ocular experience of architecture’.  

Exhibiting artists employ playful attitudes towards media-relevant genealogies of viewing and display, re-defining possibilities for the material object-hood of painting and printmaking in relation to architecture. Their new work responds to the characteristic architectural features and scale of the imposing Edwardian Carnegie building of Lewisham Arthouse,originally erected to house a library.  

‘Haptic Thinking and Architecture’ 
Saturday 3rd October 2015, from 4pm.  
A Public Touring Discussion In Situ: ‘Haptic Thinking and Architecture’. 
Touring around the space, the exhibiting artists will lead a public discussion concerning Haptic Thinking in relation to Architecture.  
Also part of the ArtLicks Weekend Festival. 

Private View: Thursday 1st October 2015, 6pm-9pm

Opening Times:
Friday 25th September 2015, 6-9pm (SLAM Fridays)
26th-29th September, 2-4 October and 7-11 October 2015, 11am-6pm



Image credit: Anna Salamon



Image credit: Anna Salamon



Image credit: Anna Salamon


24th-28th June 2015

Imprints is an exhibition of prints by participants in the Printing without a Press workshop at Lewisham Arthouse. With a focus on monoprinting, but including other forms of relief printing, press free printing encourages great creativity and a remarkable diversity in the work produced.

The exhibition includes experienced artists as well as beginners, some who have been attending the workshop since it began nearly 15 years ago and others who have just started but all the prints demonstrate the exciting possibilities of press-free printing. The work in the exhibition includes a range of printmaking media including monoprints, lino, woodcuts and relief printing but all have been printed by hand.

Artists include: Emma Jo Bairstow, Andrew Cieciala, Lucy Cooper, Hadjira Elkadi, Dick Graham, Anita Gwynn, Craig Hilton, Michelle James, John Jukes Johnson, Joanna Lewis, Rachel Pank, Sarah Perkins, Rosey Prince, Victoria Smart, Heather Steed, Reuben Thurnhill, Eleanor Watson, Robin Stannard, Florence Youngs, Milly Youngs

For more info about the exhibition and Printing without Press workshops please contact
Rosey Prince




Image credits: Imprints, Amanda Francis

Luke Burton: Singspiel


Lewisham Arthouse presents Singspiel, a solo exhibition by Luke Burton that is the culmination of his year-long residency. 

Singspiel will present a rabble of sculptures and drawings, corralled together amidst a sonic landscape, which in turn acts as a stage infused with songs and enunciations. The sound work for the exhibition will develop Burton’s ongoing interest in voice- as an embodied form of direct expression through abstract sound; as used in communication, language and and poetics; as a musical instrument.

Traditionally, a singspiel was a German-language musical play that often had comic and folk elements. It was characterized by having a light tone and containing dialogue interspersed with popular songs, exemplified in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and later developing into the dominant form of German Romantic opera. Taking the singspiel’s historical slide in form from folk, to classical, to Romantic modes as an exhibitionary thematic, the congregated works seek to productively collapse song and play in its broadest conceptions, with a lightness of touch befitting its form, but in all seriousness.

Luke Burton lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include Linking, Linking Arms, National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Filigree Endings, Bosse and Baum, London (both 2015); Tenderpixel’s Tenderflix, ICA, London; Athens Video Art Festival, Technopolis Musuem, Athens (both 2014); The Uneventful Day, Carroll/Fletcher, London, A Dense Glitter of Alternatives, Vitrine, London and Love/Architecture, Turner Contemporary, Margate (all 2013).

Alex Tyrrell: Memories We Made in the Computer Age

5th – 16th August 2015

Alex Tyrrell Memories We Made in the Computer Age

Curated by Rebecca Edwards

For his exhibition at Lewisham Arthouse, Alex Tyrrell presents Memories We Made in the Computer Age, a multichannel sound sculpture introducing music from the debut album of the same name.

The work seeks to challenge normative approaches to composition and live performance by presenting the music in the form of an immersive, spacial sound environment, utilising directional speakers and natural acoustic reflections. Emancipated from the concerns of orchestration and harmonic arrangement: Alex’s work problematises the relationship between timbre and space, challenging the listener to explore the physicality of the composition, while homogenising the relationship between sound and materiality.

The installation will also serve as a public launch for the album Memories We Made in the Computer Age, giving listeners the opportunity to experience the work in its intended immersive realisation.

Alex Tyrrell is an artist and composer from London. Recent performances/exhibitions include: 10 Empty Boxes (The Vaults Gallery), Computer Music (Progkunstfestivalen, Oslo) and Improvised Series (The Park Studios, Wembley).

More information:

Housewives, Charles Hayward (begin anywhere), Adam Bohman & Tom Scott, Tom Moodyhousewives

Saturday 6th June 2015


HOUSEWIVES: surly monochrome slowly ascending into a maelstrom of rage and density, an intensity both political, psychological and illogical. Here’s a video for their song Almost Anything:

ADAM BOHMAN & TOM SCOTT: Adam plays the stuff we ignore, toast racks, clothes pegs, styrofoam, upholstery springs, you name it; Tom plays reeds, sampler etc. and the music duets/duels around the sonic subconscious of the everyday. here’s a clip of Adam solo:

CHARLES HAYWARD (begin anywhere): songs at the piano, a sequence of betrayal, paranoia, subterfuge and privilege, as well as a series of sound events and This Heat & Camberwell Now songs in stark, minimal arrangements. here’s 3 songs:

TOM MOODY: bassist with FIRST eschews loudness for acoustic guitar and songs that disintegrate and haemorrhage language left right and centre.

8 – 11pm
Entry £5
Bring your own

An Arranged Marriage

15th – 17th May 2015


Six UAL students exhibit their work together against their will.

Experience a group show, the outcome of an arranged marriage that these artists would definitely like to share with you. Celebrate the result of our collaboration at the beautiful venue that Lewisham Arthouse has provided us. Exhibiting the works of:

Kathryn Armitage
Tom Benedek
Leonel Cravioto
Christina Koutsolioutsou
Sophie Fox
Joe Winder

Thurston Moore & James Sedwards + Albert Newton + Harmergeddon

Saturday 21st March 2015

THURSTON MOORE: Since the demise of Sonic Youth Thurston has moved to London and thrown himself into the city’s fevered music underground. Local/global. Makes sense. Tonight he will be performing songs with guitarist JAMES SEDWARDS, currently one of Moore’s closest collaborators and deep with it. Here’s a clip of them getting all site-specific performance like:

ALBERT NEWTON is a long term project of John Edwards (double bass), Pat Thomas (keyboards) and Charles Hayward (drums). Sudden change of direction, spin on a fivepence, pirouette like emergency response team, iron grip, sumo wrestling on speed, we don’t know the result yet, like football. Albert Newton played for 12 years as a quartet with Harry Beckett on trumpet and flugelhorn. At Harry’s memorial benefit, as the last notes faded, John remarked that they had to keep playing this music and so Harry’s absence has thrown them into a new dynamic as a trio: the spirit lives on in the music.

HARMERGEDDON do their thing like nobody’s business. Their thing accesses dreamtime via the off cast, the disembowelled VHS cassette, the bar code check out, the L.E.D. and photosensitivity. Think cavemen, Fred and Wilma, for example.

Doors open 8pm
Entry £5

Thurston Moore 1
Thurston Moore 3
Thurston Moore 4
Thurston Moore 2


Image credits: Tom Hemming

The Groundnut

11th – 13th March 2015


We’re back from our travels in Eastern Africa and have more news. Our cookbook is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It’s exciting to see it up there!

We are also happy to announce that we will be hosting three days of dinners, at Lewisham Arthouse, during the second week of March.

Tickets are £34 per person and advance purchase is essential. Please do reserve a place in good time to avoid disappointment, as tickets tend to sell quickly. Food is served banquet style, and the menu will be revealed in full on the day of the event. As always, we welcome vegetarians and most dietary requirements (but please let us know in advance). The evenings begin at 7pm.

For more information or to see menus and pictures from our past evenings visit If you have any further questions, contact us at

Warm Regards,

Folayemi, Jacob and Duval


Friday 27th – Sunday 29th March 2015


“As I lay asleep in Italy
There came a voice from over the sea,
And with great power it forth led me
To walk in visions of poesy”
– The Masque of Anarchy by Percy B Shelley

Poesy is a new collaborative project from visual artists Louise Emily Thomas and Nell Loder. The project, based on the poem The Mask of Anarchy by Percy B Shelley, will culminate in a three-day experimental show at the Lewisham Arthouse. The title Poesy – a Middle English term derived from the Greek poiesis ‘making, poetry’; poiein ‘ to create’, represents the premise of the project; exploring boundaries between poetry, art and the moving image.

In the spirit of protest, folk tradition and the process of ‘making’, the artists will endeavor to create an innovative piece of work that re-imagines Shelley’s historical poem in a new language. Craft techniques from around the world will be used to explore a multitude of processes, resulting in a theatrical multi-media installation in the gallery space. Taking a collaborative approach, the artists will work alongside peers within music, art curation and political theory, to re-narrate the poem from various angles, offering a new interpretation of Shelley’s work for a wider audience.

The poem was written on the occasion of the Peterloo massacre, a fatal protest that voiced the lack of suffrage, amongst other issues. Thomas and Loder are interested in re-appropriating the political, social and romantic agendas present in the literature, to demonstrate the virtues of poetic thought that the poem explicitly advocates. The show will result in the production of a moving image work that will be released and screened in May 2015.

The artists met and trained at The Heatherley School of Fine Art in Figurative Sculpture and now work independently in London. Their individual practices have evolved to push the boundaries of the figurative tradition by focusing on the object as multi-functional within the disciplines of puppetry, animation, performance and theatre.

Lewisham Arthouse Winter Fair

13th December 2014

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The Winter Fair returned with renewed spirit!

We opened our doors on December 13th sending yuletide joyousness to one and all! Come and enjoy a wonderful selection of original works, seasonal gifts and artisan foods – all hand made by local artists, makers and designers. Visitors were warmed by aromas of mulled wine & pine, hot drinks and refreshments – all accompanied by the smooth vibrations of our resident DJ Terry ‘Trunkstore’ Humphrey. Full disabled access. Photography by Lynda Laird.

Winter Art Fair 2014

Winter Art Fair 2014


A performance by Skall and Alma Tischler-Wood
3rd – 4th Decemeber 2014

Scallywag, skallywagingtail, série rouge - 2005Scallywag, skallywagingtail, red seriesTirage lambda 130 x 104 cmTirage, Print: 1/3 + 2 EA (2 AP)En association avec Thierry Demarquest
Scallywag, skallywagingtail, série rouge – 2005
Scallywag, skallywagingtail, red series
Tirage lambda 130 x 104 cm
Tirage, Print: 1/3 + 2 EA (2 AP)
En association avec Thierry Demarquest

This is the first time that the French artist Skall will be performing in London. His debut presentation IT’S NOT MY F*#*..ING FAULT….!! will take place at Lewisham Arthouse, where he will perform for seven hours over two days consecutively. He has selected four senses to focus on and will prepare for the live performance in collaboration with the London based artist Alma Tischler Wood.

Skall has been performing since late nineties but is equally well known in his native Paris for making beautiful sculptures that mix precious objets d’art with cheap bric-a-brac. A great many of these works raise questions about culture and tradition, passionately informed by a good deal of thought and background research. This does not mean that they work in a didactic, or literal way. Nor do their decorative qualities make them especially easy on the eye. Quite often, their simultaneous allusions to different genres, such as Pop Art, anthropology, or early cubism will place the viewer on an uncomfortable edge between inadequate worlds that bring about a surprising switch of emotions. What, at first, appears to be an impish exercise in kitsch may begin to evoke something darker and more sinister, after a while. This hinterland of duality is Skall’s homeland territory. It is the state of mind that he jokingly refers to as “Skallistan”. It is at its most convincing when he enacts an impromptu ritual wearing some of the physical artifacts taken out of its typical context. Sometimes, the territory of Skallistan seems uncannily unfamiliar, perhaps because it initially seems over-sentimental, infantile or tasteless. This is a subtle portal that entices viewers into the work and enables them to read a fine string of pearls as a signifier of dignity or pathos, depending on whether they make the sculpture seem shockingly large, or whether it somehow seems to be crying.

Skall’s performances allow everyone an infinite amount of freedom to capture its essence. Often, however, the rules change. Perhaps this is his secret. Once an audience has allowed the artist to stipulate new codes of behavior it becomes vulnerable to a succession of unexpected changes in those codes.


14th November 2014


MONKEY PUZZLE TRIO features the words, voice and textures of singer and sound artist Viv Corringham, bassist Nick Doyne-Ditmas (Pinski Zoo, Crackle) and drummer Charles Hayward (This Heat, About Group, Massacre). Together they create a distinctive sound world, both exhilarating and immersive, which relies on the sensitivity and experience of all three musicians, obsessed with song as an ideal, adept and fast thinking improvisers.

The Pattern Familiar is the second album from MONKEY PUZZLE TRIO, a vibrant and energised song cycle that proffers a stark and resonant refusal of despair and the absurd. Just say yes. Brass orchestrations are tightly conceived and highly organised, complementing, while contradicting, the spontaneous funk and sound art of the original improvisations. For tonight’s performance MPT will be joined by the brass and saxes of Tom Marriott, Rob Mills, Tom Scott & Lawrence Wilkins.

Listen to the album ‘The Pattern Familiar’

Listen to the track “White World”

Download and purchase the album ” Walking” by Viv Corringham

A beep is a single tone onomatopoeia, generally made by a computer or other machine.

BEEP are a trio from Glasgow playing their first London gig. They live in a pigeonhole called SPACE POP. Within its small confines (3 x 10 x 12) they seek to explore theatre in music and music in theatre.

space pop. lollipop. pelican pan.

view perfomance via YouTube link

Doors open 8pm

£5 entry
No bar, bring your own, off licenses nearby

Michael McManus, Solitary Spaces

29th October – 9th November 2014

Michael McManus Fraction

The show brings together a collection of Michael McManus’ recent works that explore structure within the motif of a landscape. Referencing virtual spaces’ use of flat, horizontal and vertical planes, there is a distinction between the more representational pieces and those that sit on the brink of an abstract pictorial space. Some are rendered to present a building or empty scene whilst others have been stripped back to reveal geometric forms and a network of overlapping marks.

Each painting serves as a translation of the collages McManus creates in his studio. The fragmented nature of the medium, together with its dramatic juxtapositions are recurring visual themes in his works. Some are rooted in historical appropriation whilst others reference photographs of abandoned spaces.

McManus lives and works in London. He graduated from Wimbledon College of Art (2012) with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. He won the Prunella Clough Painting Prize and following graduation was shortlisted for Future Map (2013) and awarded the Lifeboat residency (2013) . Recently he has exhibited in UAL Showroom Space and completed the Downstairs Residency in Herefordshire.

Artist Talk: Michael McManus in Conversation with Jessica Rutterford (Artist Talks and Front of House Manager, Flowers Gallery) Wednesday 5 November, 6.45pm

The talk will focus on Michael McManus’ recent experimentations in the studio and the changing use of source imagery within his painting. It will look at the impact of working for other artists whilst reflecting on personal concerns in his practice.


17th October 2014


V4V launch their new album IN / OUT, an 8 CD-R realisation of the same shape/same details constantly re-configured one against another, like 3D chess. A limited edition of 300 with hand-made cover art.

V4V features DJ BPM (breaking out from the Grime mould for which her ResonanceFM radio show is increasingly acclaimed) building flickering ghost storms of sound, meshing with Vern Edwards’ serpentine cartoon guitar. Served on a bedrock of churning and fractured funk from the telepathic rhythmic architectures of Nick Doyne-Ditmas (bass guitar, flugelhorn) and Charles Hayward (drums).

FIRST: In a zone of it’s own with a lovely gallop, First keep the skin free from blemishes and the heart from aching 99.9 percent of the time. First are odd but familiar, animated and fruitfully nihilistic with no added sugar and using raw ingredients when possible. They are open from 7-11 at weekends and are not involved in any terrorist activity to speak of. Blisters, bliss and bananas, tender yet awkward nights at the disco. But don’t panic! First can also mean last…… to leave or to worry; it depends on context. Remember the first beak of a duck, crest of a wave and the first nib of a pencil and you’ll almost actually be there.

Link to Facebook page
Music Video “First – Unconsciousness/Happiness”
Music Video “First – Champagne With Sean Penn”

Entry £5

No bar bring your own refreshment

An Aggregate Material

Paul Crook, Rae Hicks, Hannah Hood, Abigail Jones, Emmie Mcluskey, Ian Parkin, Will Thompson and Mary Wintour
8th – 19th October 2014

An Aggregate Material

A group show by Garage Projects

‘An aggregate material’ is the third in a sequence of an ongoing exhibition project by eight emerging artists from across the UK. Working under the name ‘Garage Projects’, they collectively look to create works that challenge, debate and comment on contemporary society, using the gallery space as a site to present our continuous discussion.

The title ‘an aggregate material’ refers to a composition of two or more substances that form a ‘sum’ or ‘mass’. Taking this term as a starting point, we would like to propose a collective mixed media exhibition that creates a cohesive structure, which prompts dialogue around the configuration of disparate material.

The title allows the work to be read by the viewer both collectively, as a presentation of artistic practice and independently, as individual narratives.

The artists participating are:
Mary Wintour
Ian Parkin
Abigail Jones
Hannah Hood
Paul Crook
Will Thompson
Emmie Mcluskey
Rae Hicks


3rd – 5th October 2014

Open Studios 2014

Phil Ashcroft / Chris Barnes / Ruth Beale / Luke Burton / Oliver Campbell / Laura X Carlé / Barry Cunningham / Ali Day / Amanda Francis / Anita Gwynn / Lucy Harker / Tom Hemming / Terence Humphrey / Steve Mihara / Basia Muslewska / Nina Necak / Janine Nelson / Mark Nelson / Stephen Palmer / Rosey Prince / Toby Rye / Anna Salamon / Joyce Saunders-Diop / Fiona Smithers / Heather Steed / Shirley Stewart / Alma Tishler Wood / Eleanor Watson / Sara Willett /

Lewisham Arthouse opens its doors again with a bumper selection of exhibitions and events… Wander around a warren of studios, buy artwork from the source, window shop or simply enjoy the grandeur of a beautiful Edwardian building. After the success of Lounge at the Arthouse, its back to provide a wide selection of scrumptious handmade cakes, savoury nibbles and drinks. Add a dollop of family fun activities – postcard-sized artworks by Arthouse artists, on view and sale in our pop-up café + bar and DJ’s on opening night.

Who Thinks The Future?

Josh Bilton, Darren Harvey-Regan, Jenny Moore, David Mabb, Steven Ounanian, Kate Pickering, Charlotte Warne Thomas
26th September – 5th October 2014


A Peer Sessions project coinciding with Deptford X, Art Licks Weekend and Lewisham Arthouse Open Studios

Curated by Tom Trevatt & Peer Sessions

Recently, there has been a resurgence in thinking the future. Not only what horrors it may hold, but how we might construct it. This important task had fallen out of favour over the last thirty years, a period of time that could be equated with a general repetition of the logic of the same. If we are now forced to think forward again, to find ways out of impending climate crises for example, we have to find new methodologies by which to construct our shared future. Perhaps the logics of contemporary art, a non-oriented, cyclical exercise, are inadequate for dealing with this project. However, equally, the modernist conditions under which the avant-garde appeared no longer exist. Thus new models need to be constructed. This exhibition asks whether the artist is a figure with whom these tasks can be carried out. Without assuming the privilege usually associated with this exceptional figure, we ask what role the artist has now, and what they should have in the future.

To engage in these questions we will adopt a methodology of synthetic thinking, practised as it is by Peer Sessions, to combine multiple ideas into complex wholes. This practice, something that art is capable of, could be utilised to connect and represent positions across a spectrum, enabling an ecology of ideas to be enacted or engendered. The exhibition will negotiate these concerns, attenuating them through art practice, and start thinking the future.

Talking about Contemporary Art

Free public widening-participation workshops to be held in the gallery, all welcome:

Friday 3rd October 3-4.30pm

Saturday 4th October 4-5.30pm

Sunday 5th October 4-5.30pm

Further information can be found at:
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2014-09 Who Thinks the Future




Lucy Harker, Tom Hemming, Trevor Simmons, Russell Terry
10th – 21st September 2014
Preview: Friday 12th September 2014, 6 – 9pm with a performance by Charles Hayward

2014-09 Untitled, Mixed media, 2010


Image: Untitled, Mixed Media, 2010.

Repetition is the only form of permanence that Nature can achieve. – George Santayana

In many ways the act of making art can be seen as a means to impose a sense of permanence, to immortalise a moment, person or idea. Or perhaps to create something solid, something treasured, an object to be kept forever. In reality however permanence is a false ideal, the only possible permanent state being a state of impermanence. (Im)permanence brings together the work of four artists whose practices engage with the contradictions of this complex idea. The theme is repeated as an element of each artistsí work manifesting itself in a variety of ways. In bringing the works together we hope to open a dialogue between the individual approaches of each artistís working practice.

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.

The private view will include a live performance by Charles Hayward adding an additional dimension to the exploration of this theme. The performance will feature two new pieces ‘SHUDDER’ and ‘CHAPELWHITE’, integrating elemental projections of video shot by Hayward, electronics of reconfigured voice samples and resonances of slowed down and manipulated bells, given in-the-moment social context by Hayward’s live drum performance. Sound art with funk backbeat.

Lucy Harker paints with varnish and oil paint. By their nature the materials are hard wearing and solid. In contrast the images are fragile explorations of mortality. Delicate portraits emerge from organic looking forms. Themes of fragility and mortality are undermined by the sculpted relief and careworn solidity of the surface, like treasured fetish objects. The outcome is contradictory, maintaining a conflict between permanence and decay, the synthetic and the organic. She is interested in the tensions created by contradictory relationships in painting and this becomes apparent through the conflicting elements within her work.

Tom Hemming works figuratively in oil paint focusing primarily on portraiture. His paintings attempt to engage with time and movement rather than a direct likeness or static moment. Working from drawings done quickly from life, the paintings are made over a period of time, removed from the subject. The intention is to capture a sort of perpetual flux more closely related to the perceived reality of lived experience. Any likeness is incidental, found through the distortions of time, movement and the painting process. The time described in the image is replaced by the time spent painting and left evident in the mark making.

Trevor Simmons’s heterogeneously accumulative drawings- amass upon the two parallel sides of a clear perspex block. Circumnavigation causes the assemblage of marks (made with coloured inks), ranging from the swift and the observed to the filamentary and the protracted, constitutes of the two opposing sides to alter in relation, without rendering the synchronicity of the object’s non-predetermined image(s) arbitrary. They hover- on the brink of becoming.

Russell Terry shows a large paper sculpture of a sarcophagus alongside a selection of two dimensional, composite paper cuts. Intricately cut and intrinsically delicate the monumental architecture of the sarcophagus creates a tension with the fragile paper. The ephemeral nature of the material and the shifting opacity of the planes contrast the human obsession with permanence and mortality evoked by the sarcophagus itself. The works achieve a particular state of ambiguity that is usually found in drawing – a shifting between solidity and transparency, a ‘state’ that isn’t fixed at all and one that is properly reserved for forms within the imagination.

Charles Hayward Drummer/songwriter with astoundingly prescient prog/industrial/post-punk soundscapers and electronic pioneers This Heat, later working with Fred Frith and Bill Laswell in Massacre and more recently a key contributor to improv kraut/jazz/pop quartet About Group, Charles Hayward has been a tireless collaborator, prolific solo artist and performance artist for well over 40 years. Evidence places his solo sets at the confluence of post-punk abstraction, percussion attack and spoken-word agit-prop; minimalist fragments eked out on drums, loops and voice broken up by spells of hypnotic drumming.

I See I Don’t See

Luke Burton, Jack Tan, Miriam Austin, Andrew Munks, Claire Blundell Jones, Harry Lawson, Stephanie Mann and Claire Poulter
30th August – 7th September 2014

I See I Don’t See is a group show that explores contemporary notions of symbol and ritual, and its relationship with the idea of an artwork’s aura through specifically curated video, sculpture, photography and performance. The works in the show privilege the way ritual is formed through personal mythology or diffuse biography, as well as through the shared and formalised manners and repeated symbols of society.

As Walter Benjamin states, “We know that the earliest art works originated in the service of a ritual – first the magical, then the religious kind. It is significant that the existence of the work of art with reference to its aura is never entirely separated from its ritual function. In other words, the unique value of the ‘authentic’ work of art has its basis in ritual, the location of its original use value.”

If an artwork’s authenticity, as Benjamin proposes, is defined by its original purpose as ritual, then how easily can this ‘function’ be located now? How do artists consciously or unconsciously employ this authenticating function?

The exhibition will also include a specially commissioned performance by The Office of Public Ritual for Lewisham Arthouseís centenary, and a panel discussion on ritual convened by The Onion Discussions.

Performances and Events:

2 September 2014, 7pm – ‘Ome’, a performance-lecture by Claire Blundell Jones. ‘Ome’ explores the ins and outs of what a home is – as a comfort or confine – and will be given from within a homemade cardboard house.

6 September 2014, 5pm – Performance by the Office of Public Ritual of a specially commissioned ritual commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the opening of the Lewisham Arthouse building. The ritual will be facilitated by Nina-Shen Poblete, Christopher Minchin and Stephanie Farmer.

6 September 2014, 6pm – A panel discussion on ritual, convened by the Onion Discussions.

For further information, contact Luke Burton at, or Jack Tan

Luke Burton’s practice works across media and often uses the architecture of urban landscape as a stage to perform a series of estranged or intimate interactions with architectural flourish. These actions appear as a repeated repertoire of gestures, but are elicited rather than pre-determined through paying attention to the particular site or detailís formal qualities and context. Recent exhibitions include Postcodes, Casa Du Povo, Sao Paolo; What do you think of the title: ‘Nothing Lasts’, 37 Gallery, London; Unperforming, Floating Island Gallery; Please Stand By, Chisenhale Studio Space, London; An Uneventful Day, Carroll/Fletcher, London; Love/Architecture, Turner Contemporary, Margate.

Jack Tan makes work that explores the connection between the political or social and art. Prior to retraining as a potter and artist, Jack had a background in law, social policy and the voluntary sector. He currently teaches performance at the University of Roehampton where he is also researching the performativity of political resistance in his PhD. Jack has produced work for contexts such as Modern Art Oxford, Cornerhouse Manchester, the Soane Museum, Stephen Lawrence Gallery and art fairs including Frieze and Art14 London.

Claire Blundell Jones uses humour in her drawings, performances, videos and installations to tickle at subjects which are conventionally associated with gravitas, such as wasting time, alienation, intimacy, death, shame and doubt. Her wobbly-lined drawings or DIY performance props lighten these dour themes and create an interplay of pleasure and engagement. Claire has recently exhibited at Environmental Futures, Cardiff; CGP, London; ANTI – Performance Festival, Finland; Casino Forum d’art Contemporain, Luxembourg; Roam Festival of Walking, Loughborough.

Harry Lawson completed a Sculpture MA at The Royal College of Art in 2013 where he constructed a living room for the objects he collects and artworks he makes. His practice looks into how objects and artists communicate through time, researching how archaeological methodologies might affect the way some artworks are produced. Harry is also a member and contributor to the London based artist and architecture group STORE. Recent projects include: Flow, Store, London and Everything and More, OSR Projects, West Coker. Harry also recently completed a residency at the Bothie Project, Aviemore, Scotland.

Claire Poulter aims to make personal landscapes, and explores different concerns by questioning the perceived value of a given subject with an analysis of its make-up. Using different processes and materials Poulter hopes to remain self-aware and in doing so wants her evaluation of a given environment to be expressed by the result. Poulterís objects strive to describe an experience she thinks of as ëflat-nessí and rely heavily on the use of contemporary technology, historical gleaning and personal construction. Claire has previously exhibited at Cowley Manor, Modern Art Oxford and in a number of artist-led group exhibitions.

Miriam Austin’s practice can be thought of as a kind of shadow play. Whether installation, sculpture, video or performance, the work speaks at once of cyclical organic processes and of a form of corporeal vulnerability. Its material, formal and symbolic properties are devices ñ narrative, performative, psycho-suggestive ñ used to give rise to a suspension of disbelief; even to something akin to hypnotic trance. The works open imagined and hybrid territories whose referents oscillate between landscape, animal and body. Recent exhibitions include: A Sense of Things (Performance), Zabludowicz Collection, London; Elements of Religion, Bold Tendencies, London and The Birth Caul, Vitrine Gallery, London, 2013.

Stephanie Mann works primarily in lens-based media and her practice is rooted in sculptural principles. She graduated with an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice at Edinburgh College of Art in 2013. Recently, Mann was awarded the John Kinross Travel scholarship and undertook a period of development in Florence, Italy. She worked on a short film commissioned by the BBC in Japan as part of the Edinburgh International Art Festival, and has had solo exhibitions in both Summerhall and in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Mann has work in private and public UK collections including the Royal Scottish Academy.

Andrew Munks is nearly 30 and lives in London. His fish works came out of both watching Jane Eyre and going fishing and also making bonnets for people and reading the page 3 Metro. He has exhibited narrowly and currently runs Watch It gallery with Sophie Michael in the spare room.

The Office of Public Ritual (OPR) is a service that creates bespoke secular rituals for significant occasions or life events.† We work with clients to develop a set of actions, sequence of performances or an order of programme for personal, group or public use.

The Onion Discussions are a series of discussions that seek to peel back ideas within art and culture for a deeper look. Often taking the form of panel discussions or roundtables, the Onion Discussions brings together artists, writers, curators and other producers to consider pertinent issues in contemporary visual, spatial and material culture in an experimental format and in a cross-disciplinary context.

2014-09 If Fish Were Human, Andrew Munks, 2013

Lounge @ the Arthouse

Pop-up Café, 6th June – 13th July 2014


Our gallery becomes a space to relax and refresh for 6 weeks! Greenwich Kitchen will delight your taste buds with a fantastic array of fresh food and drinks, all ethically and sustainably sourced.

Pop in for a quick snack or stay for something more substantial. Thursday nights are Foodie Nights. Bring friends and family and sample internationally inspired cuisine. Guest chefs each week will concoct marvellous menus from hot Caribbean spice to vibrant zest of the Mediterranean.

Side orders are a special programme of events to wet and nourish your appetite including; families craft activities with Arthouse artists, live music from musician Charles Hayward & Friends to Dansette record players politically spun by Rachael House’s Feminist Disco.

Monday – Saturday 9am – 6pm

Late night Thursdays and Fridays till 9pm

Friday Night Programme

6th June Barby Asante’s Open Deck Night

13th June WARNING: A virulent strand is prevalent in South East London noise. Featuring RABBIT, X-AMOUNT and MIREI YAZAWA + CHARLES HAYWARD

20th June Rachael House’s Feminist Disco – Putting the ‘disco’ into ‘discourse’ featuring Silvia Ziranek Colette Rosa


Featuring, MER ROBERTS of 0[rphan]D[rift>], AUDiNT (Steve Goodman, Toby Heys & John Corhs), Plastique Fantastique + More

4th July Independents Day – films From the London Filmmakers’ Co-op Catalogue – as chosen by David Leister.

Featuring; Mike Dunford – LENS TISSUE, Alia Syed – SWAN, Vanda Carter – MOTHFIGHT, Nick Gordon-Smith – O, Michael Maziere – SWIMMER, John, David Leister – DRIVING THE LOOP, Noski Deville – CAROUSEL and more

11th June La Bouffe: A Night of Film with Gordon/Whitty Projects.

Featuring; Joel Blackledge – How To, Regina De La Hey and Sophie Seashell – Nux Vomica, Can Do Films – Wordfood, Jiann Hughes – Sizzling Babes, Fiona Whitty – Conversations Over Food, Tara Manandhar – Lagos is Lovely, Nick Masters – It’ll All End in Tears, WhittyGordon Projects – Vincent

Thursday night Pop-Up Restaurants from;

12th June Mana Greek, Marianna Nikologianni

19thJune In A Pickle

26th June Olly’s Turkish Gourmet

3rd July Taste of Tapas

10th July Roger Poitier

Saturday Drop-in Family workshops

7thJune Family Silhouette Workshop

14th June High Tea; cardboard cake craft

21st June Geodesia: Build a dome

28th June Butterflies & Flowers Mosaic

5th July Kidetopia; Film and Quiz for kids

This project was a partnership between Lewisham Arthouse and GCDA

For further info and photos visit our Facebook page


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Lewisham Arthouse Open Studios 2014

Saturday 10th May 2014, 10am – 10pm (studios close 8pm)

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Come and explore over 30 artist studios within the beautiful Lewisham Art House. We are a voluntary led co-operative organisation, opening our doors to the public in May.

In the gallery Painting, Smoking, Eating a group show curated by Nelson Diplexcito.

Drop by for yummy cakes and a cup of tea at our pop up cafe by GCDA , followed by bar, drinks and DJ in the evening. Take part in the Cardboard Jungle workshop.

To download flyer as a pdf click here

Painting Smoking Eating

Philip Allen, Jake Clark, Nelson Diplexcito, Freya Guest, Dave Leeson, Tom Rapsey
Exhibition Dates: 8 -17 May 2014

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“There is a delicate form of the empirical which identifies itself so intimately with its object that it thereby becomes a theory”.

This statement by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe summarises the pre-occupations of the six exhibiting artists in Painting, Smoking, Eating. The selected artists in this exhibition are painters who are driven by their experience to then reflect that experience through painting.

The artists in this exhibition know their object. They are aware of the histories, the debates and the challenges in making painting today. These artists are in it for the long haul; singularly independent but also marked by a collective distrust of the convenient and anything that would compromise their vision. The place of looking is the studio. It is work, a routine and what begins is a quarrying of the object. If you ask painters how the work begins, you will discover from the responses that there is no single unifying approach. There are always exceptions to the rule and this is perhaps one of the reasons why painting is such a resilient form.

To make paintings is to always be looking. This may seem obvious, however it is the particularity and nature of the looking for the object that is central to the experience of painting. If the painter is fortunate the image will emerge quickly. More often it will never be so immediate. Painters always hope that the next painting made will be carried out more quickly than the last. The painter knows that there is a danger in the image being too familiar, particularly if they have looked too long on a painting. To paint by its very nature is to be close and sooner or later detachment, de-familiarising often through a radical decision is necessary. This combination can awaken the object of the painting. It is a very particular form and condition of the paintings in this exhibition.

In the quarrying of the image – there is always a movement towards this visual dialogue, where truths and lies are expelled between painter and painting. It is difficult to predict, document and know when and if it will happen. It should also never appear to be forced, although there may have been innumerable revisions and detours in getting there. There is no one way to the object. Sometimes the encounter comes from a suspicion or doubt that what has been set down previously does not communicate the ‘tone’ of the object. What is certain is that this encounter can only be revealed through looking intensely at what is present. Experience, tenacity, practicality and time all play their part towards this visualisation. It is only through their combined meeting that the image begins to ‘stick’ and offers a type of resistance. To recognise this encounter is to always live in the moment.

The painting that was once familiar, having been worked, will now appear unfamiliar and will be truer for being so. Only now does the work have the possibility of looking back at the painter. The painting that does this often locates itself between states, being surface and mirror and window and wall, never quite prioritising one above another. The painter will recognise the form, the territory, surface and face as a likeness of the object. The object is a resistant image that has the ability to meet and disarm, transfix and immobilise the painter. It is the myth of the Gorgon and the painters in this exhibition know its stare and the tale intimately.

They are also aware in consolidating the moment by working on and perhaps by doing so, force and lose sight of the presence of that, which was momentarily seen. The paintings in this exhibition talk about this quarrying towards immobilisation. It should never be confused as an end for a painting, far from it. It is an opening-out into the possibilities of painting and very rarely does it happen. To “finish” is too convenient and would only close the image down. Good art is always at work. Robert Frost talks about it at work, in a literary form, and more succinctly. He says that a poem should be like a “ice on a stove – riding on its own melting”. The artists in this exhibition know this. It is the experience and the difference between looking and reflecting that experience through seeing.

There will be an opportunity to meet the artists on Saturday 17 May at 6.00pm in an open discussion and all are welcome. The title of the exhibition is taken from the Philip Guston painting of 1973, Painting, Smoking, Eating (Collection Stedelijk Museum).

-Nelson Diplexcito 7.5.14

The Mysterious Function of Belief

Christopher Oliver
Exhibition Dates: 23rd – 27th April 2014

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(Above) Christopher Oliver, Go to the Poltergeist, image courtesy the artist, 2014

The Mysterious Function of Belief is a meditation; an address to humans responding to chaos in nature, our sacred geographical locations, arctic tundra and visual pleasure. Science attempts to explain chaos logically, but the esotericism present in religious symbology (particularly Catholic) and its rituals that offer their own interpretation of the universe is what appeals to the artist. The artist’s creed is to believe in One Pure Aesthetic Value and the preferred colour is Gold, Pure Gold.

Join us for a culmination of five years immersion in visual pleasure formed from collections made from the exotic detritus of an artist’s life.

The preview on 25 April, for one night only, will feature a new installation in the adjoining room.

Ruth Beale, FFWD the Revolution, 2014

Ruth Beale
Exhibition Date: 16th April 2014
Book Launch: 6pm – 9pm
Tours: 8pm, 8.30pm



Ruth’s accompanying publicsation, FFWD the Revolution (edition of 150), 2014,can be purchased from Lewisham Arthouse for £3.00 + P& P. Contact

In the hundredth anniversary year of the opening of Deptford Central Library, a performative tour and publication by Ruth Beale will chart the the history of the building, the uses of each space, and the political ambitions of its occupants. Combining new writing and archive material, the work encounters presence and absence, ambition and legacy, from the Carnegie endowment to 75 years of public library service, from a brief occupation in the early 90s as a venue for raves to community protest, and the last 20 years’ tenure as an artists’ studio cooperative.

Ruth Beale is the current Graduate Studio Bursary Artist at Lewisham Arthouse.

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RuthBeale FFWD performance photoSimon Beesley

Snorkel, Bass Drum, Alan Wilkinson

12th April 2014

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SNORKEL South London based collective whose members come from different corners of the alternative scene, bringing together the tactics of improvisation, electronica, and sound art. Propelled by the drums, the band revel in the joy of angular repetition, throwing in elastic interruptions on guitar, trombone, analogue and digital synthesisers and vocals. To date they have released two albums and an EP on Slowfoot Records, with a third in the pipeline.
“…a vital flow of angular energy and unpretentious swagger” [The Wire] “…the missing link between Krautrock and Lee Scratch Perry” [Rock a Rolla) “…the spirit of Ege Bamyasi-era Can looms large” [The Wire]
“ …this is deeply grooved and experimental stuff” – [Clash magazine] “…bathed in the rhythmic propulsion of Can, spiky post-punk Moog/guitar interplay, and the dissonance of This Heat” [Uncut]

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SNORKEL – The Conversation

BASS DRUM South East London noise and then some from the Vanguard Street and surrounding area as drum dynamo Charles Hayward clashes with the synthetics of new-kid-on-the-block Riley leaving a trail of destruction, taking no prisoners and giving as good as they get, only more so. Music as fever, sound as object. Very physical.
Bass Drum – Frost (video)

ALAN WILKINSON Alto and baritone saxophonist Alan Wilkinson has had a lifelong fascination with the more extreme end of the sonic palette, fuelled by the overloaded guitars of his youth, and by ecstatic free jazz, as well as a firm belief in the undiluted potency of spontaneous creativity. As a consequence he became primarily involved with free improvisation and has played with some of it’s greatest names including Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, and Alex Schlippenbach, as well as in acclaimed groups like the incendiary Hession/Wilkinson/Fell,his current Norwegian quartet Akode and with NYC duo Talibam! The more exposed and personal challenge of solo performance has always presented a welcome departure being documented on Seedy Boy from 1994, and 2011’s Practice.

Alan Wilkinson – Solo (video)
Alan Wilkinson – Solo, Pori, Finland (video)

admission £5
no bar, bring your own

Crossing Points

Lewisham Arthouse presents three films by Alia Syed, Amanda Francis and Lucy Harris – Panopticon Letters, The Making of… and Crossing Points
Thursday 10th April, 7pm – 9pm



(Above) Alia Syed, Panopticon Letters, 2013, mage courtesy the artist 2014

Lewisham Arthouse presents three films by Alia Syed, Amanda Francis and Lucy Harris – Panopticon Letters, The Making of… and Crossing Points.

Each film presents uninhabited locations haunted by events long passed. Tides, shifting light and fleeting shadows observe the constant movement of time and a multitude of cultural and historical perspectives. The artists however offer no single point of observation. The shifting horizon disputes its role as a point of reference; figures remain fluid, fixed boundaries shift. From these fluid states the audience is encouraged to examine their own position as observers, observed and witness.

Characteristics and themes shared by these works will be discussed in conversation with curator and writer Paul Goodwin.

Alia Syed’s work examines memory, representation and colonialism through narratives constructed from both personal and historical realities. Panopticon Letters is a single screen work that explores ideas of memory, techniques of the body and colonialism, within the tradition of landscape painting. In the film, footage of the river Thames in London is altered to bring about a false relationship between sky and water. This is set against the technical descriptions of the architectural plans for an ideal prison as read from ‘The Panopticon Letters’ of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), who had first identified the Millbank site for the construction of his Panopticon. The darkness of the severed horizon-line allows different modes of address to emerge within a correspondence of letters, reformulating a multitude of narratives of time and place.

Amanda Francis is preoccupied with identity – specifically, how attempts to ‘define’ can be influenced by context. Francis’ is particularly interested in ‘Black’ as a cultural construct, the evolution of a political and social identity within the occident. The Making of… is the culmination of a project inspired by a saint with an identity crisis. Taking the practice of hagiography as a starting point, the film charts the story of Saint Maurice who died along the French/Swiss border in the third Century AD. He later became a cult figure in 15th Century Germany and a popular subject for art of this period. Following the footsteps of other artisans, Francis’ intentions to add to this catalogue were thwarted. The film presents a meandering narrative of the process, conflated with a tale of a man, an object and a legend…

Lucy Harris’s work explores relationships between personal narratives and rereading of the spaces that we inhabit, often shifting the usual/received focus of attention.

Crossing Points, filmed in the 1936 Berlin Olympia Stadium and the Kuppelsaal, exploits the interplay between memory, history and architecture. Through the interweaving of these empty venues with two fencers performing a series of choreographed gestures, a dialogue between distinct architectural spaces disrupted by a legacy of past activity is created. Her background as an artist and international fencer led to investigating the relationships between these two activities, exploring the use of the performance as a means to trigger undisclosed historical narratives.

Awkward Conversations

New work by Liam Kean and Ed Liddle
Exhibition Dates: 2nd – 13th April 2014

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(Above) Liam Kean, Ed Liddle, 2014, image courtesy the artists

“A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers rarely meet.” – Truman Capote

Art is a conversation between the artist and the subject; the work and the viewer; between the contemporary and art history – and in the case of a two person show, between the artists involved. Liam and Ed have made work in close proximity together for over four years and their work deals with similar themes, including what it is to be a painter in the current artistic environment.

Sometimes, the conversations surrounding art can be awkward – Awkward Conversations aims to be a confrontation or clash of two peoples work. It also aims to ask as many questions as it does provide answers – to be a visual conversation between two peoples work, even if that conversation is awkward.


Friday 14th March 2014

GERTRUDE are an alternative 4-piece band based in and around London. Formed as a collective in 1996 Gertrude soon caused a stir in many different London scenes. They enjoy playing gigs in a wide variety of venues – such as onboard the Motorship Stubnitz or alongside ‘punk robots’ at a science/art event at the ICA.

Gertrude weave electric cello, melodica, clarinet and keyboard with traditional rock instruments to create a unique sound. Live, the band is energetic, rhythmic and intense – their set often scattered with droll commentary and surreal musings. Gertrude have been influenced by punk rock’s ‘DIY’ ethos, feminist thinkers as well as numerous other bands, ideas, people and events. The band have toured Europe, Canada and the U.S. and have been asked to perform at various Ladyfest events. A new album LOVE AXE WISH LIST was released in November 2013 on their Urban Missfits label.

ROSHI featuring PARS RADIO is the band built around Welsh-Iranian singer-writer Roshi Nasehi. Their music is a mix of sometimes radical interpretations of Iranian songs she grew up hearing alongside her own evocative and atmospheric songs. Her collaborator is Graham Dowdall who also works solo as Gagarin, is a member of Pere Ubu and former colleague of Nico, John Cale and many others. Roshi feat. Pars Radio have released several records to widespread acclaim. The most recent 3 Almonds & A Walnut (2013) “a beguilingly unclassifiable mix of traditional roots and crunchy avant-garde sound effects and beats”, The Independent (4 stars); “sophisticated cross-cultural urban art-pop… an original creative voice”, Songlines;
“Classic songs that transcend any “exotic” or “culture clash” boundaries…” The Quietus.

The band have gigged extensively in UK and also in Europe – live performances combining Roshi’s incredible voice with keys, vocal looping as well as Graham’s electronic beats, atmospheres and field recordings.

ANGELPOISE is a new project from Jo Thomas and Charles Hayward conjuring a primitive elegance from voice, laptop and drums. Is this electronic circuitry, city traffic or blood flow? A constant play with sense of scale and dynamics invokes a visceral field of mesmeric hypnosis. Earlier they thought to both wear pinstripe suits, but that seems inappropriate now that the sound has stated its stark, stern & unequivocal demands.

Disability Re-Assessed

Shape Open Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: 12th – 29th March 2014


Marion Mitchell, Soldier’s Child, 2013, image courtesy the artist

This exhibition is an annual call-out for disabled and non-disabled artists to submit work in response to a disability-focused theme. The theme for 2013 was Disability Re-Assessed. The winning submission, selected by a panel of arts industry judges, was announced prior to the exhibition showcase at The Nunnery Gallery and was awarded the Shape Open Prize of £500.

REFLECTION, the winning work by Eric Fong represents a reflection on identity and disability in the context of facial disfigurement. This short film plays with perception and moves between abstraction and reality. The piece was done in collaboration with the organisation Changing Faces.

2012 proved a momentous year, in which disabled people dominated sporting events, cultural celebrations and political debate. The focus on categorising, defining and re-assessing disability was, and continues to be, as prevalent as ever – influencing and impacting on the experience and representation of disabled people around the UK.

The Shape Open exhibition showcases work from a range of multi-disciplinary disabled and non-disabled artists, whose work explores and comments on the 2013 theme Disability Re-Assessed. Shape’s Patron Yinka Shonibare was on the shortlist panel and helped select works from 46 participating artists.

‘The Shape Open Exhibition provides a fantastic platform for artists to show their work. Such exhibitions offer great opportunities for artists to be discovered by institutions and large audiences. Similar exhibitions have helped to contribute to the development of my own personal career’.

– Yinka Shonibare MBE, Shape Open Patron

Shape is a disability-led arts organisation working to improve access to culture for disabled people. We develop opportunities for disabled artists, we train cultural institutions to be more open to disabled people, and we run participatory arts and development programmes. We aim for:

a. More disabled people as arts audiences

b. More disabled people employed in, and leading, the arts

c. More disabled people participating in arts activities

d. More high quality practice by disabled artists

For more information please visit

For a preview of the winning entry REFLECTION by Eric Fong V=wuzq; OAZOjg

For further information about the exhibition please email:


Lily Hawkes and Holly Hendry
19th February – 2nd March 2014

‘Domming’ is a graffiti term referring to a colour mixing technique created by spraying one colour over another while it is still wet, then rubbing the two together. The term is derived from ‘condom’, referencing its synonym ‘rubber’ and is sometimes called ‘fingering’ as it is commonly done with one’s fingers.

Domming presents the work of Lily Hawkes and Holly Hendry, whose sculptural installations deal with important notions of process, including the physical manipulation of material and colour. Influences of architecture and scale are employed in both artist’s work, involving the viewer in an experience of simultaneous confrontation and seduction through the sculptures that are presented. Forms from the inner body accompany silhouettes from urban cityscapes, dry and soft materials are placed in juxtaposition with the taught and rubbery, squashed against the framework of the gallery or existing as islands within the space, mimicking the social or physical structures at the core of their creation.

Flamin’ Martians

A Retrospective of Nonexistent
24th January – 10th February 2014

Eero Tiitula
I first came across Flamin’ Martians in Glasgow in early 2008. I was scraping together my weekly food budget as a living statue, when someone handed me a deep fried disc wrapped in a greasy flyer… such are the unexpected scraps of life that feed the alternative world of Flamin’ Martians.
Contradictions are their essence. Fine art is renounced, yet fine art fuels the Flamin’ Martians’ unsigned flyers and untagged graffiti. Members identify themselves to each other by wearing leather jackets bearing a symbol. Flamin’ Martians denies its existence as a group, yet leaves its traces everywhere to the initiated. To the uninitiated, however, the traces appear to lead nowhere…

A retrospective is usually expected to bind together various lines of development, to tell a coherent story. Flamin’ Martians shuns the simplicity of Aristotelian dramaturgy: the beginning is not known, the end does not exist, and the confusing middle does not help to construct either one of them. Such fragmentation and inconsistency is what provides the element of surprise and excitement.

Flamin’ Martians is above all a manifestation of the 21st century counterculture. Behind its pseudo-religious rhetoric and symbolism lies a genuinely agnostic world view.

Flamin’ Martians strive for Utopia – or the nonexistent – aiming to create an exciting space for discussion and openness…

Expect the unexpected, we invite the uninvited.


10th January 2014
Doors Open 8pm, Entry £5

OSCILANZ is a new trio formed of Charles Hayward (This Heat, About Group), Ralph Cumbers (Bass Clef, Some Truths) & Laura Cannell (Horses Brawl, LCAB duo).

They came together in 2013 with the intention of interpreting the music of Hildegard Von Bingen, a 12th century nun and mystic, a herbalist and inventor of her own language, who was also a prolific composer of some very beautiful pieces of music.

The group started off using very small fragments, sometimes runs of only 3 or 4 notes, as a basis for improvisations, bypassing any ideas of correct ways of performance and instead connecting with the spirit and magic of the music in a very subconscious and non-verbal way. The melodies took on a life of their own and Oscilanz was born.

Trombone, drums, violin, recorders, voices and electronics all blend together to produce something beguiling and hard-to-pin down. The word Oscilanz is taken from the Lingua Ignota, the language Hildegard invented. It means ‘October’.

HOOFUS based in the undergrowth of rural Norfolk, Hoofus writes and performs electronic music, using visceral ritual rhythms smeared with restless feral yearning and the distant hum of moss covered machinery to express the feelings of living on the borders of ordered civility and untamed wildness, and the uncanny beauty of the intangible, the occult and the arcane seeping through into the post-industrial 21st century world of reason and corporate compliance.

OPEN TUNING is south east London guitarists Terry Edwards (AKA ThE WizarD of New CrOZ) and Holly Victoria Hayes playing a gently hypnotic set of acoustic guitar improvisations.

No bar – bring your own refreshments

Artistic Autistic

Joel Smith, Wesley John-Smith and Victoria Noel
4th – 8th December 2013

Artistic Autistic is an exhibition celebrating and sharing the work of three young autistic students who attend Drumbeat School. They are all very passionate about making art in their chosen medium.

Joel, who is 13, makes models mostly from re-cycled materials. He gets his ideas from watching TV, playing games and using his imagination. He likes to play with the models when he has made them.

Victoria, 14, does photography as an everyday thing and takes a camera where ever she can, photographing herself, friends, family and anything she finds interesting. Editing her images is currently her favourite pastime.

Wesley, 13 years of age, draws because it makes him feel free. He likes detail and precision. Trains and designscapes are his main interest.

The Groundnut

27th – 29th November 2013

Firstly we would like to say a special thank you to our guests and hosts at Le Bal Café, Paris, for our last evenings in September. It was a fantastic experience, and we enjoyed sharing our food with a new audience.

We very much emjoyed another run at Lewisham Arthouse in November, after the success of the July series.

We hosted three nights of dinners on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November 2013.

Tickets were £32pp with advance purchase is essential (available from our website – – or by email). Food was served banquet style, and the menu will be revealed in full on the day of the event.

For more information or to see menus and pictures from past evenings visit If you have any further questions, contact us on

Warm Regards,

Duval, Folayemi & Jacob

Crackle / Housewives / Necessity

23rd November 2013
8pm to 11pm

CRACKLE: is an off-kilter collaboration between bass player Nick Doyne-Ditmas and drummer Frank Byng, that draws on their extensive experience as musicians and producers working across a wide range of traditions and practices, old and new. Through a series of studio experiments and improvisations the duo explore the frontiers between analog and digital, acoustic and electric, lo-fi and hi-fi, real and imaginary…Recent addition to the band is Ben Cowen [keyboards], one half of electronic duo 7-Hurtz [Output] and also currently plays with Snorkel and Vibration Black Finger.

HOUSEWIVES: I was in Music Complex, Deptford’s rehearsal studios, buying some drumsticks. From along the corridor I could hear an intriguing and dynamic sound, coming from one of the rehearsal rooms.
“Who’s that?’” “Housewives.” “Who are they?” “Local band, playing Bird’s Nest next week.” So I went to the gig, but they went on early and I missed them; total piss off.
Couple of weeks later I’m in Music Complex again, sound along the corridor. “Is that Housewives?” “Finger on the pulse, sir.”
They come along to the reception area for a break, we get chatting. They’re playing 2 weeks time at Old Blue Last, and by the way, here’s a soundcloud
Far out. 2 weeks later I’m at Old Blue Last to hear Housewives. Far out. A sort of monochromatic surliness slowly warms up to a barely controlled anger, hypnotic and building from the simplest elements. Far out. I want to hear more of this music.

NECESSITY: The power trio re-configured for the age of social and emotional collapse. 3 generations of underground noise makers collaborate in the unending struggle with the mainstream subconscious infrastructure.
Alex Ward plays guitar. Eric Clapton was never ever God. And anyway, God is dead.
Nathan Harmer plays found and abandoned sound.
By the way, beneath the pavement, the beach.
Charles Hayward plays drums. It’s a life. Keep going.
Their first CD Strip Search will be released in the new year.
So fresh it’s off the map. Click here for eternal youth.


Chrissie Stewart
13th – 17th November 2013

Look explores, semi autobiographically, constructs. How the artist was encouraged to be a girl, a woman and a woman artist. By approaching some of the artist’s past, the hope is to explore through various pieces the impact on her. This often means using found objects that relate to her past. There is a hinted narrative sometimes clear, sometimes more poetic and open.

V4V + Lone OMI + The Balloons

One event, 3 different approaches to music making
Saturday 19th October 2013, doors open 8pm, entry £5

V4V is group V4V is sound V4V is shape
Shape same, details differ
V4V sci-fi nostalgia
Same shape, different detail
V4V may vary V4V Mayday! Mayday!
V4V deserve the rights and wrongs
V4V so much more than 4 on the floor
Uncommon time V4V do 7/8, 11/4, 24/7, 9/11
V4V learn from city: traffic, buildings and crowds
V4V been Japan and back
V4V been Birds Nest and roundabout (see A-Z)
V4V hearts synapses V4V sound-art funk
V4V DJ BPM, Charles Hayward, Nick Doyne-Ditmas, Vern Edwards
V4V uncertain until box open V4V south-east London noise

LONE OMI sings songs about mountains and rivers and heartbreak…
I am the Sun video: (Preview)

THE BALLOONS: Fuelled by passion and commercial indifference in equal measure, The Balloons have evolved from being completely unknown to utter obscurity in a mere 35 years.
With an energy to rival that of terminal invalids at least 25 minutes their junior and a unity of purpose that belies their capacity for persistent squabbling, The Balloons remain the dark and cheery purveyors of juddery, shuddery, jittery, jottery, scuttlesome jat they always was.
Jock? Razz? Who gives a monkey’s makeover!!?


South East London Arts Network
11th – 27th October 2013


Above: Philip Baird, 2013

South East London Arts Network (SELAN) officially re-launch with a group show at the Arthouse Gallery.

The show features work by SELAN artists, many of whom have exhibited widely in London and beyond, including Phil Baird winner of the Outside In Award 2012.

The eclectic show highlights the talents of our artists who work in a range of mediums including mosaic, glass, painting, drawing and mixed-media.

SELAN – South East London Arts Network is South London’s leading visual arts organisation for people living with severe and enduring mental health support needs.

Open Studios

Friday 4th October 2013, 6pm to 9pm
Saturday 5th October 2013, 12pm to 6pm
Sunday 6th October 2013, 12pm to 6pm


Brian Archer, Peter Baker, Chris Barnes, Richard Buckle, Laura X Carle, Barry Cunningham, Alison Day, Amanda Francis, Anita Gwynn, Lucy Harker, Pat Hextall, Terry Humphrey, Julia McNeal, Nina Necak, Janine Nelson, Mark Nelson, Stephen Palmer, Ben Parry, Sofie Pinkett, Rosey Prince, Toby Rye, Anna Salamon, Rachel Salter, Joyce Saunders-Diop, Fiona Smithers, Shirley Stewart, Alma Tischler Wood, Luigi Vanzan, Ben Varney, Eleanor Watson, Sara Willett

We invite you to come and explore 30 artist studios over three floors of our beautiful Edwardian building, the former Deptford Library.

Friday 4 October, 6pm to 9pm
Saturday 5 October, 12pm to 6pm
Sunday 6 October, 12pm to 6pm

Don’t miss our special programme of exhibitions, events and site-specific works, during and preceding open studios weekend. On the ground floor, Arthouse artists will be demonstrating people power in the group exhibition POWERHOUSE. Back by popular demand is our Ping Pong Tournament with special cocktails to savour. In the gallery artist Rory Macbeth will be showing a site-specific work LOST PRAIRIE, and as a special treat he will be giving an artists talk. And last up, David Aylward and friends will be leading a parade through the streets of Deptford in tribute to our dearly departed anchor. You can catch the parade on route or at the Arthouse where things culminate in a striking crescendo.

Anchor Parade 5 October arrives at 4pm (approx)

Special thanks to Greenwich Kitchen for their sterling work providing scrumptious food in our pop-up café. Greenwich Kitchen is part of Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency (GCDA), a voluntary organisation, established to support the creation of community owned social enterprises focused on food and health.







by Rory Macbeth as part of Deptford X
Exhibition Dates: 27th September – 6th October 2013

During Deptford X, Rory Macbeth will be making a site-specific piece of work in response to the complexities of Lewisham Arthouse as a long-standing co-operative arts organisation.
His performance-driven practice has recently seen him translate a novel by Kafka with no understanding of the original language and no dictionary, write email excuses to a gallery for a poor art show of dog paintings, and to play Beethoven on piano in front of classical music audience, having never played piano before.

For his show at Lewisham Arthouse, Rory Macbeth has built 3 street billboards and rented the space out via a pubic advertising company, Outdoor Advertising Ltd, who have found 3 clients interested in advertising here as part of new publicity drives. As such, all three adverts are fully functioning current adverts, the same as the ones on the buses that drive past the Arthouse or that line local roads, and in this sense a sort of reversal of the ‘80s idea of billboards as a site for Art. Lost Prairie is also a direct response to the particular circumstances and history of the Lewisham Arthouse as an independent and autonomous space, with all the utopian advantages and nightmares that brings with it: forcing the corporate world into the co-operative’s hard-fought independent boundaries temporarily, in a sense to see who wins. Named after a half-remembered song lyric, Lost Prairie is romantic, hopeful, stupid, awkward, funny and wrong.


An evening of music, film and movement
Friday 13th September 2013, doors 7.45pm start 8.15pm


MONKEY PUZZLE TRIO Viv Corringham, electric voice, Nick Doyne-Ditmas, electric double bass, Charles Hayward, drums and keyboards

JO THOMAS will unfold her elegant and mysterious soundworlds

GONE HOUSE, GHOST HOUSE (film plus live soundtrack by RABBIT with butoh interventions/actions by Bridget Scott)


Nicky Teegan
Exhibition Dates: 12th – 22nd September 2013

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Following a 6 month residency in Lewisham Arthouse, Nicky Teegan presents a collection of devotional objects, handmade oddities, sounds, texts and footage. Drawing from the every day, science fiction and local stories of mystical phenomena this exhibition will function as fiction rather than a hermetically sealed system of pedagogies.

Teegans’ work deals with the fanatical collecting of things. It specifically focuses on the fetishisation of everyday objects, outmoded technologies and found oddities and their subversion into devotional objects. It examines hidden meanings behind these devotional objects and rituals and their purpose. Underlying this, Teegans’ work draws from dystopian science fiction and ufo cults.

Alongside the exhibition was an event on 21 September, from 6pm. A dusk performative walk with the exhibition as a starting point. The two hour performance was a subversion of objects, science fiction and local stories of mystical phenomena, functioning as a fictional narrative and subverting the location and objects into a place of mystery. Tea and snacks were provided at the end.

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NIckyTeegan Overview

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NickyTeegan 1

NickyTeegan 3

The Question Market?

An arena of exchange: 5 performance events in 3 hours
30th August 2013, 6-9pm

30 minute drum rool

Bridget Scott makes work that takes movement to expressionist terrain, adapting a variety of approaches to achieve places of vulnerabilty. She lives in Kyoto, which naturally informs her work.

Charles Hayward is a musician, songwriter and performer. 40 years at the coalface of the European underground.

Harmergeddon is Nathan and Fae Harmer, a duo of sound artists, utilising a hybrid technology from the hinterlands of now.

Merlin is an emerging performance artist, using movement, word, character and costume for her own reasons. She will bring her friends.

The evening will feature 5 performance pieces:

The BELL AGENCY is a study in cooperation and concentration. For 3 or more players.

Bridget Scott will slowly unfold an UNTITLED movement piece involving gesture and stillness that takes its cues from the Arthouse gallery space. Nathan Harmer and Charles Hayward will provide live soundtrack.

Harmergeddon will play their sound in semi-darkness, enhanced by the flickering TV monitor and LED devices, music from the dreamtime.

30 MINUTE SNARE DRUM ROLL does pretty much what it says, as Charles Hayward takes the limited sonic palette of the snare drum roll and uses it to build a 30 minute sound world of inflection and structure, a pencil thin line of sound.

MODEL VILLAGE is a collection of miniatures, song, movement, spoken word and sketches.


31st July 2013
Nina Davies, Elenor Hellis, Cara Mills, Zoé Nguyen, Anna Pickles Harvey, Michael Peters, Jean-François Santhéo Le Minh, Andrew Smith, Sif Thy, Christian Wright, Charles Verni


“The prefix “post-,” which denotes an immobile state past history, is replaced by the prefix “re-,” which points at repetition or response. We are not after production. Rather we are in a state in which production is endlessly recycled, repeated, copied, and multiplied, but potentially also displaced, humbled and renewed. Production is not only transformed but fundamentally displaced to locations that used to form its outside: to mobile devices, scattered screens, sweatshops and catwalks, nurseries, virtual reality, offshore production lines. It is endlessly edited and recombined.” – Hito Steyerl, Cut! Reproduction and Recombination, e-flux journal (2012)

When I watch a film it exists in numerous tabs. 1channel and Facebook blur into one site. I listen to an album dissected into a Youtube playlist, its narrative deleted by the silence of buffering or the roar of adverts. The tune is interrupted as the BBC News theme tune emanates from my IPhone. I open the app and slip through the top headlines with the haptic touch of my thumb, stories of heterogeneous nature and origin blending into one heterotopian space. A new story emerges and in one smudged swipe of an index finger I’m back at a fleetingly current event. The laptop screen flickers off temporarily and my gaze is brought up from one GUI to another. I’m in a digital composite and it hurts. Apps don’t translate well corporeally and it’s hard to move through a 4D space.





18th – 27th July 2013

2013-07 The Groundnut

The Groundnut was a dinner project founded by Folayemi Brown, Duval Kojo Bankole Timothy and Jacob Fodio Todd. Menus were inspired by their mixed European and African heritage. The food was freshly made and unless otherwise stated all recipes are new creations. Lewisham Arthouse hosted The Groundnut for a series of six pop-up dinners over two weeks in July 2013. Tickets were £30 and advance purchase is essential. For more information, and to learn abot future events visit or email






Curated by Katalin Halasz and Polly Card
8th – 10th July 2013

2013-07 Visualizing Affect

This exhibition has been organised in conjunction with the International Visual Sociology Association Annual Conference 2013 that takes place at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Visualising Affect investigates art-practices and visual research strategies that consider and challenge the affective and emotional dimensions of race, sexuality and gender-constructs in art and society. It provides a compelling argument for an aesthetic engagement with affect and offers an insight into the ways in which social research remains concerned with the role and possibilities of feeling.

The art show and conference talk bring together the most exciting minds from social science and visual arts, both new talent as well as established international contributors to explore these issues. The group show runs over three days and includes sound and textile installations, video-art, photography, film screening and talks from 17 contributors from 10 different countries.

Artists and visual sociologists participating in Visualising Affect are Sutapa Biswas, Sandra De Berduccy, Nirmal Puwar, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Julio Gonzáles Sánchez, Karin Michalski, Laura Cuch and Yvonne Füegg.

Films by Jane Kin Kaisen and Guston Sondin-Kung, Jack Tan, Justin Archer, Martin Bleazar and Rosanna Scott, and by Konstantinos Panapakidis are screened as a special event to the exhibition.

A panel talk with academics Allison Carter and Rachel Clarke and exhibiting visual practitioners Laura Cuch and Konstantios Panapakidis takes place on 9 July as part of the International Visual Sociology Association Annual Conference 2013.

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19th – 30th June 2013

2013-06 BizzaroFilter

BIZZARO FILTER is an exhibition of portraiture by a group of emerging artists working in paint and print. Each artist operates as a filter, projecting, delineating and subverting the figure; creating a new perspective rooted both within a tradition of painting and their own personal experience. The results inevitably are bizarre.

Mathew John

I create ethereal hinterlands that are eerily constructed and ambiguous in a bid to explore the moral and finite reality that humans have formed. The paintings challenge the viewer to reflect upon and enter into a dialogue concerning their universal vulnerability and empathy. A fusion of techniques influenced by Richter, Polke, Turner, Goya, Doig to name a few are combined to produce paintings that are poignant, calculating, hopeful and otherworldly.


I see my art practice in parallel with life as a journey of learning and discovery. A journey through which I can produce work that reflects my eclectic interests and that also serves as a tool for the discovery of new ideas. Most of my practice is purposely sombre and unpopulated, but when painting portraits I wanted to make paintings that were human, eccentric and yet light hearted. The painting process for me is about speed, a relaxed touch and the intensity of colour.


My work is a voyeuristic intrusion into fantasy and secret desires. Using photographs of people as a starting point from which I draw on the mood, infusing them with my own imagination and memories. I aim to create an ambiguous world of escapism and delusion, in a sense an alternate reality. Currently I am painting on uneven or reused boards the surface of which add their own, accidental mark to the work.


My recent work takes its imagery from Greek and Roman sculpture, where I paint restored marble busts with the colours they may have worn, which raises questions regarding our taste and the kitsch. The ‘Mug Head’ series toys with musicological display practices and directly explores the relationship between object-hood, decoration and the illusory nature of painting. The paintings record the process from object to staged photograph and finally to painting. They then serve as a record of constant metamorphoses: in scale, dimension, and in cultural value.

Nadir Kinani

I am a printer making CMYK halftone screen prints. I treat each print and the process as individual works of art. My work is split into two branches, the first of which I call ‘Funsies’. These are prints that I make purely out of an enjoyment of the process, where I strip away all sense of context to make enjoyable images to look at. The second strand I have labelled ‘Pretentious’. These works explore philosophy, metaphysics, religion, science, art history and theory. These works are purposefully contrived and dense with questions and influences, in which every element serves a specific function.

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Take It Or Leave It

29th May – 9th June 2013
An exhibition of work by members of s-a-l


Take It or Leave It is a mixed media exhibition by the London based collective s-a-l (Spanish Artists in London). The show explores and celebrates the artistic response to changing cultural context and identity. s-a-l aims to promote and exchange experiences with other contemporary art groups and create awareness and interest in Spanish culture.Using various mediums the artists examine their idiosyncrasies and responses to their own personal identities. The exhibition encompasses installation, sculpture, painting, photography and music; featuring: Maria Alverez, Trndad Ball, Marisol Cavia, Loli Cardenoso, Slvia Ramona Estevez, Manuel Noguera, Natalia Rivero.

Event: Friday 31 May kicking off from 6pm as part of SLAM Last Fridays.
Playing live SLEEPLESS KIDS CLUB – indie/folk band from Madrid.

Free Entry.




Berliner Mauer Dunkelheit

24th April – 5th May 2013


Mystique and Mundanity

A study of the fallen Berlin Wall aims to reinvent the mystique of a famous city by elevating the mundane

Press photographer Haydn West and filmmaker Tom Sands spent five nights documenting what they saw over a nocturnal six mile walk along the route of the fallen Berlin Wall, using 35mm black & white film, a DSLR and radio microphones.

Kunst Photo-Projekt used the photographs and film as the starting point for an installation of photographs, film, sound-design and 3D work. The personal vision of the artists investigates the mystique of the Berlin Wall. The photographer used a film camera while being filmed by a cameraman using a digital camera. The two types of media are exhibited side by side, encouraging the viewer to reflect on the reliability of information in our world today.

I N V I T E 100

Townly Cooke & Mary Louise Evans
6th April 2013


I N V I T E 100 was an Event/Exhibition on Saturday April 6th 2013 that marked the 100th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone for the then Deptford Central Library, now the Lewisham Arthouse Grade II listed building.

In 1913 over 70 people sent RSVP letters accepting or declining their invitation to this ceremony that celebrated this new building which honoured the then progressive idea of libraries open to all.

We invited today’s inhabitants of the same addresses that attended the ceremony on Saturday April 5th 1913. Copies of the letters and archival material will be exhibited alongside new work documenting the process and response to the invitation.

All were welcome to join us to celebrate this building and be part of this event. For further details contact Townly Cooke at or Mary Louise Evans at

Thanks to Lewisham Local History and Archive Centre.


Duval Timothy
22nd – 29th March 2013


Duval Timothy presents Mahsiwel, a solo exhibition of new artworks at Lewisham Arthouse Gallery, situated in the heart of the local area of south-London that has inspired many of his works. The exhibition includes video, paintings, sculptures, audio, prints and drawings; a display of Duval’s cross-disciplinary practice. Mahsiwel will be Duval’s first major show since graduating from Central St Martins University, London and Beaux Arts, Paris.

The title of the exhibition, Mahsiwel, is an example of how Duval has recently adopted the use of text and anagrams to his practice to evoke questions about language and a suggested ethnic background inside familiar names and places. This technique was also used in a musical context in The world Is Yours where Duval transcribed the lyrics of the rapper Nas’ hip-hop track by jumbling up the letters in each word and re-rapping the new lyrics over the Pete Rock instrumental.

Duval also continues his exploration of clothing through collars, bow ties and hats. He explored his old school’s photographic archive (also situated in Lewisham borough) as a platform for various collages highlighting elements of the uniform. In his studies, Bow ties for Corbusier, Duval comments on traditional architects attire through the influential modernist architect Le Corbusier. The motif of a continually expanding bow tie is a celebration and critique of the infinite potential of repeated units typically used in modernist tower blocks, something that Corbusier pioneered.

Duval who is Sierra Leonean, Ghanaian and English references the large west-African population that exists in south-London. In Kufi, the artist has taken the logo for Lewisham borough (a crown of yellow figures holding hands) and embroidered the logo in relief around a blue wool kufi hat that he constructed. Fittingly, the name for the traditional west African hat “kufi” translates as “crown” in Yuroba.

A closing event took place on Friday 29 March 6 – 9pm as part of South London Art Map Last Fridays.

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Co-operatives’ Salon

Hosted by Ruth Beale
16th March 2013


Community-led initiatives, social enterprises and co-operatives – people continue to seek new ways to work collectively, and to reinvigorate tried-and-tested models. From its noble beginnings in 19th century Rochdale, through to the 20th century labour movement, the co-operative sector is growing again, and bucking the recession trends. But doing things together isn’t always easy, as members face both the realities of home-grown democracy and external bureaucratic pressures.

Following on from 2012’s ‘year of the co-operative’, this event will bring together ten co-operatives and collectives to consider the co-operative from all angles. As well as being a chance to share practical information, it will address the ideological and political reasons behind co-ops. The afternoon will include presentations by a range of organisations, followed by a series of discussions and workshops about democracy, community and ethics, bureaucratic barriers, common strengths and difficulties.

Participants include representatives from: 115 (Kentish Town), Brockley Housing Co-op, Cube Cinema (Bristol), Cubitt (Angel), Lewisham Arthouse, Myatt’s Fields Park Project (Brixton), The People’s Supermarket (Bloomsbury), Voice of Youth (Hackney) and the former London Filmmakers Co-op.

2-6pm discussions, workshops and presentations

6-7pm food and drinks in the newly renovated gallery, and the opening of Arthouse members’ ‘secret show’

7pm screening of ‘Together’, dir. Lukas Moodysson

Free, all welcome. No booking necessary – drop into any part of the day. Step-free access.

Lewisham Arthouse is an artists’ studio cooperative in New Cross, South London, formed in 1994. The Arthouse is currently undergoing organisational change, including the formation of a new charity to run the building – a spectacular Grade II-listed Carnegie Library. Ruth Beale is the current Graduate Studio holder. The Arthouse Gallery runs a selected programme of contemporary art exhibitions throughout the year. If you are a curator or an artist with an idea for an exhibition we’d like to hear from you.



Ongoing from 16th March 2013

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Alma Tischlerwood, Brian Archer, Rosey Prince, Luigi Vanzan, Toby Rye, Sara Willett, Pat Hextall, Janet Hyde, Amy Cook, Mark F. Nelson, Gregoire Bouffon, Shirley Stewart, Terence McDonald Humphrey, Tom Hemming, Charles Hayward, Heather Steed, Chris Barnes, Natasha Rosling, Richard Buckle, Jemma Grundon, Phil Ashcroft, Townly Cooke, Anita Gwynn, Fiona Smithers, Alison Day, Laura X Carlé, Duval Timothy, Amanda Francis, David Garcia Pena.

In 1905 Andrew Carnegie promised a sum of £9,000 for a central library in Deptford and commissioned Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas to design a building. The foundation stone was laid along with other objects and affects; this show is dedicated to that moment in 1913.

Deptford Central Library closed down in June 1991. The building suffered heavily from vandalism, attracted squatters and became a venue for illegal raves. In 1994 local pressure groups, convinced the local authority not to redevelop the building – since then it has remained in community use.
As part of the buildings centenary celebrations, a time capsule lies locked behind the gallery walls evidencing the individuals who currently work and care for the building. Once you enter the gallery, listen out for the bumps, scrapes and murmurings of it’s becoming…