Project Space

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


The Project Space is run with the aim of providing affordable exhibition space and a platform for emerging artists, community groups and those who have been unable to find support/space through traditional gallery routes. In doing this we hope to provide a vibrant program of exhibitions for our local community, creating an opportunity for people to enjoy, discuss and engage with contemporary art in an informal and accessible setting. Alongside the program of hire shows we also facilitate larger projects and residencies that focus on our core aims of outreach and community engagement. We are always interested to hear from local artists, curators and community groups with proposals for larger projects or who are interested in forming creative partnerships with the Arthouse.
Lewisham Arthouse is committed to ensuring our Project Space is accessible for anyone to hire. We acknowledge that social barriers may influence participation in, and enjoyment of the arts. In an effort to address this in our local communities, our application process is open to everyone, regardless of age or educational background. We particularly welcome applications from non-white, Black, Asian and minority ethnicity individuals and groups.

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Hire Terms and Conditions 2022

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Hire Fees – rates from May 2022 as follows:

2 weeks = £460 (Minimum booking)
3 weeks = £632.50
4 weeks = £782

Due to increased running costs and energy bills, hire fees have increased by 15% as of May 2022. This is inline with an increase in studio rent paid by Arthouse members and will be reviewed regularly.

Send your applications to:

Project Space
Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6PD