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.
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Friday 28th April 2017
27th April – 14th May 2017
Open Thursday to Sunday 12-6 pm
PLAY/Make – a celebration of making
19th – 23rd April 2017
Lewisham Art House is delighted to invite you to PLAY/MAKE – an exciting, interactive exhibition that celebrates the long tradition of running and hosting learning projects at the Arthouse. It will show-case the wide and varied programmes we support, including musical events, adult classes, film evenings, children’s art lab, ceramics, mo-saics, printing, life drawing, photography and painting as well as the popular Graduate and Curatorial Awards that we run.
This exhibition also profiles our outreach work at local schools and estates, such as the “Making Works”, sponsored by Affinity Sutton, Lewisham People’s Day, Deptford X and our events at major London galleries, including the Tate Modern and The South Bank Centre.
Come along and try one of our free taster workshops on Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd April 2 – 5 pm – there will be something for everyone !
Wednesday 19th April 2017 6pm – 9pm
19th – 23rd April 2017
Open Wednesday to Sunday 12-6 pm
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).
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
Lewisham Art House curates and helps organize contemporary art exhibitions and associated events. The Project Space offers a fantastic opportunity for artists, and curators to realise experimental works, and contribute to an engaging and ambitious programme.
Our hire fee to use the Project Space is amongst the most affordable in London. Please see our terms and conditions for full details. If you are a curator, artist or someone with an idea, please get in touch
Send your applications to:
140 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6PD