Project Space

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

Rain Wetting Thirst

13th – 17th November

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

13th – 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 freeplease 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

Supported by:

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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.

Project Space



Image credit: photo Francesca Oldfield

Lewisham Arthouse curates and helps organize contemporary art exhibitions and associated events. The Project Space offers a fantastic opportunity for artists, curators and community groups to realise experimental works, and contribute to an engaging and ambitious programme.

Lewisham Arthouse is working to ensure that the opportunity to use the Project Space is open and equal to all. We acknowledge the structural barriers that can block people engaging in and creating art. In an effort to do more about this in our programme we will be allocating time in the year equally to different kinds of applications. The form now encourages you to tick as many of the following boxes that apply to you or your group: schools or community group, mid career or established artist, emerging or early career, student or graduate show, non white or BAME. This system will help us ensure that the programme on offer at Lewisham Arthouse reflects the diversity of our local community in Lewisham.

Our hire fee to use the Project Space is amongst the most affordable in London. Please see our terms and conditions (new link/doc) for full details. If you are a curator, artist or someone with an idea, please get in touch

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*The Project Space is now fully booked for the rest of this year. We will be reopening applications on October 1st to find projects for our programme January – July 2020. Proposals will not be considered until after October 1st.*

Hire Fee – rates from October 2018 as follows:
1 week = £250
2 weeks = £400 (making it £200 per week)
3 weeks = £550 (making it £183 per week)
4 weeks = £680 (making it £170 per week)

Pls Note: charities, schools and non profit organisations are entitled to 25% discount.

Send your applications to:

Project Space
Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6PD