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Invasion of the Jellyfish

Invasion of the Jellyfish | Angela McMahon
From 25 May to 16 June 2024

Artist Angela McMahon creates a physical immersive installation composed of suspended and floor standing sculptures of fantastical sea creatures at Lewisham Arthouse.

By imagining the undersea world where pollution and climate change have created the ideal conditions for jellyfish to thrive, Angela McMahon’s use of collected and reclaimed materials draws on scientific research to highlight some of the key environmental issues that are changing our oceans. In this imagined world other species die out and mutant sea creatures evolved from plastic waste lurk lower down in the water column and on the seafloor.

The environmental issues highlighted by this bold work include:
•The effects of pollution from sewage, agricultural runoff, and industrial effluent
•The poisoning caused by plastic waste
•Ocean warming caused by climate change

Movement and illumination bring the sculptures to life. Like a living ecosystem the installation will grow and evolve throughout the exhibition with new creatures emerging each day as the artist continues to work and engage with visitors whilst the show is open.

McMahon says: “I hope to provide an accessible route for viewers to understand how human activity impacts the delicate balance of ocean ecosystems. I am keen to encourage public
engagement and invite local schools and community groups to come and immerse themselves in the installation.”

Key Dates:
25th May – 16th June 2024 (Wednesday to Sunday 12am-6pm)
Private View: Thursday 30th May 2024 (6pm-9pm)
World Ocean Day: Saturday 8th June
Finissage: Friday 14th June (6pm-9pm)

About the artist:
Angela McMahon trained as a Geologist and Hydrogeologist (BSc, MSc, PhD) and worked for many years in the environmental sector before embarking on a foundation course at Camberwell College and studying Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. Since then McMahon has participated in group shows, open studios, community events and festivals, undertaken commissions and initiated and organised both indoor and outdoor immersive experiences and installations in the public realm. Most recently, McMahon was selected as one of the artists launching the 2022 London Borough of Culture in Lewisham.

McMahon’s work is inspired by her passion for the natural world and explores the resources and materials of human consumption and the traces and imprints they leave on the environment, often contemplating a geological time scale. Drawing on her background in geology and environmental protection McMahon’s creative practice considers how our consumption is distanced from the natural resources used, the processes and materials of making and any thought for the impacts of disposal; the dichotomy of ‘stuff’ that is both useful
and toxic, beautiful and dangerous. McMahon’s works include drawing, sculpture and installation which make use of discarded and recycled materials including plastic, cardboard,
scrap metal and waste oil. These material choices reflect specific environmental issues and are inspired by the physicality of everyday things in our throwaway society and research into their geological and anthropological lifecycles. Through this approach, McMahon aspires to create work that is aesthetic and engaging but also thought-provoking and educational.

Contact: Angela McMahon
Telephone: 07977 901147

Two Strange Picnics

Two Strange Picnics | Insuk Kwon
8-21 May 2024

Now on: a captivating exhibition titled ‘Two Strange Picnics’ by Korean artist Insuk Kwon. This exhibition offers a comprehensive view of her works, encompassing chaotic early pieces reflecting her war-like daily life when she first moved to the UK eight years ago to recent pieces that express her isolated self within contrasting cultures. Visitors can expect to encounter unique pieces that transcend the boundaries between paintings and 3D miniatures.

In her artwork, Kwon skillfully portrays various objects, all of which hold personal significance to her and may resonate deeply with the British audience, in a format reminiscent of still life but with a touch of surrealism. While the scenes depicted in her works may capture everyday landscapes, there’s an underlying sense of peculiarity that is sure to intrigue viewers.

Kwon was born in and built her career as an artist in South Korea. Some of her works were recognised and shown in France and Italy. Now she is based in London. Her works particularly focus on small and trivial things from everyday life which are scattered on the stage, inspiring people to imagine the stories behind each of them.

Don’t miss this dazzling event, taking place at Lewisham Art House from the 8th to the 21st of May 2024.

Private View:
Wednesday 8th May | 6-9pm

Exhibition continues:
9th to 17th May | 10am-6pm
18th May | 12-6pm
19th to 20th May | 10am-6pm
21st May | 10am-2pm

Free entry
Step-free access


24th April 2024

The exhibition will be open daily 24 April and 7 May at The Lewisham Art House, between 12 noon-6pm.
The preview will be on 24 April, from 6 to 9pm, with live harp music by Shye Charles.

Palvinder Nangla’s upcoming exhibition at the Lewisham Art House will offer viewers an enchanting delight and an insight into how he expresses himself through embroidery art.

Inspired by the notion of the traditional theme of dowry, Antenna will be an exhibition of 40 antennas as if each of them were a piece of an Indian wedding dowry; the 20 days and 20 nights of a traditional wedding are expressed in the 40 pieces that are a delicate presentation of lunéville embroidery techniques.

Using embroidery he mastered in his studies in Paris, Palvinder enters a meditative state of mind, connecting with the fact that nothing is ever permanent, always in motion, moving back and forth, like the movements between positive and negative, or black and white. The pieces then become a focus for clarity and calm, like the items of a dowry, important, nostalgic, meaningful and grounding.

New Studio Available

Studios Available at The Lewisham Arthouse

Studio G1
Permanent studio space available from the 1st of May 2024. The studio is 121 sq ft and the rent is £77.64 per calendar month.
This studio is on the ground floor and has natural light. It is an open studio.

Application deadline Wednesday 3 April 2024 by 6pm…..

Interviews will be held the week commencing 8 April 2024 from 6.30pm onwards via Zoom.

Please check junk/spam mailbox in the event of being contacted for interview.

Lewisham Arthouse is pleased to announce that we have a new permanent studio available from the start of February 2024. We are an artist run cooperative based in the old Deptford library on Lewisham Way. Studio rent includes electricity, water, building insurance and service charges. Access to WiFi and an outdoor working area is also available.

Besides paying rent studio members are required to contribute at least 5 work hours per month in support of Lewisham Arthouse. These work hours provide staffing for our Learning, Exhibition and Events programmes as well as the running of the building and keep both the studio rents and facilities affordable. Roles are hands-on and include; working on the rolling program of exhibitions and events, fundraising, implementing education programmes, PR, health and safety and building maintenance. It’s a great way to gain professional skills and valuable experience of working within an active and friendly community organisation. Studio membership is allocated according to artistic consistency, the qualities a candidate can offer the working cooperative, a positive attitude and a commitment to be present in Lewisham Arthouse for a minimum amount of time each month. We are an equal opportunities group and will endeavour to meet each individual’s needs as much as possible.

If you are interested in joining The Lewisham Arthouse Studio Cooperative please do send an application in. Below is the information that we require in the application. Please apply either over email to or by post to:
The Lewisham Arthouse
FAO Allocations
140 Lewisham Way
SE14 6PD

Application procedure:
* A statement (no more than 200 words) outlining your practice and areas of interest and an indication of how you wish to use this opportunity
*A statement (no more than 150 words) highlighting what you could contribute and how the cooperative would work for you.
* Artists CV (no more than 2 sides of A4)
* Equal-Opportunities-Form-2022

* CD or files with up to ten images or for time-based work DVD (pieces or excerpts should be no longer than 5 minutes). If you are sending over email where possible please keep the files to a reasonable size. We will accept whatever format is easiest for you to render the work in. If We transfer can be avoided that would be great as it sets a limit on the duration of time the images can be viewed.
* Corresponding list of titles, media and dimensions should be included.
* Two details of references academic or personal who we can contact if your application is successful

Please note that due to the high number of applications we receive we will not be contacting those who are not shortlisted and will be unable to offer feedback. For the same reason we are also unable to organise viewings prior to the interview.

If you have any queries regarding your application please contact us at and we will respond as soon possible