Project Space

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

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

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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 until summer. We will be reopening applications on April 1st to find projects for our programme July – December 2019. Proposals will not be considered until after April 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

projectspace@lewishamarthouse.org.uk