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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
12-6pm

Private view
14th August 6-9pm

Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6PD

@lewishamarthouse

www.lewishamarthouse.org.uk

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

#stnowhere
@lewishamarthouse

www.lewishamarthouse.org.uk

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 @clarkesville.art @lewishamarthouse www.lewishamarthouse.org.uk

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 gillroth9@gmail.com
Andrew Clarke on clarkesville1@gmail.com

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Image credit: photo Francesca Oldfield

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