Friday 30 May 2014

The National Open Art Competition

Entries are open for The National Open Art  Competition 2014. This year's judges are Norman Ackroyd RA, Vanessa Branson, Caroline Irby, Chris Orr RA and David Middleton. 

6th July is the closing date for entries. The first round of judging is done digitally and the exhibition takes place in October.

Thursday 29 May 2014

Amelia Power

Amelia is exhibiting in a group show, 'In Search of the Miraculous' at Floating Island.
On now until 25 June. 
11, 15-16, 29 and 35 Harbour Exchange Square, London, E14 9JX
Mondays 12 - 9.30pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 - 4 pm.

Friday 23 May 2014

Nicholas Bush: From the Ashes benefit festival

This weekend and next, Nick would like to invite you to two benefit events for the Phoenix Theatre. The theatre and studio, which Nick was sharing with four other artists and a musician, burnt down on the 29th March. Nick lost his materials, and the other artists have lost a lifetime's worth of artwork.
Saturday 24 May (tomorrow): A performance of Hansel and Gretel is being staged in the beautiful gardens of Mount Harry House. Please come along with friends and family. 

Saturday the 31 May: 'From the Ashes' will be held at the Harvey's Depot in Lewes, where Nick has his new studio. It will be a day of festivities with a burlesque show, bands and what promises to be a special performance from Arthur Brown, The God of Hellfire. Nick is also hoping to show a few recent paintings. All the information you need is on the website.

Lilias Buchanan's portrait of Richard Strange hung in The House of St. Barnabas

A painting by Lilias is being hung in the club, The House of St. Barnabas. It is a portrait of Richard Strange, the multitalented musician and club night Cabaret Futura founder. Lilias' work will share the walls with the likes of Tracy Emin and Yinka Shonibare MBE. For more about the club's collection, visit their website.

Daniel Shadbolt Exhibition

 Daniel is exhibiting new paintings in his upcoming show at Gallery 286. 10 - 30 June.

Private views on:
Tuesday June 10th, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Thursday June 12th, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Sunday June 15th, 12.00 – 3.00pm

Open days on
Wednesday June 18th 12.00 – 6.00pm
Wednesday June 25th 12.00 – 6.00pm

Viewing by appointment at other times.

Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre Residency

Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre is inviting international artists to apply for their Artists in Residence programme. Information on how to apply can be found on the KCAC website. You can also see photographs of the studios.

"In 2010 KCAC established Nepal’s first International Contemporary Arts Centre hosting exhibitions, workshops and symposia and giving bursaries to emerging Nepali artists. Our art reference library is the largest of its kind in Nepal, with more than 5,000 books thanks to major gifts from Tate Britain and many private donors.

In 2011 KCAC was invited to move to the Patan Museum and we moved into a building in their garden and officially opened in March 2012 with two important international exhibitions.  Pepon Osorio’s, ‘Resting Stops’, supported by the Bronx Museum, and Antonio Nodar’s ...from portrait to self-portrait...  supported by the Elsa Peretti Foundation."

Thursday 22 May 2014

East London Painting Prize Exhibition

Ben Nathan (pictured), Anna Ilsley and Grant Foster have works in the shortlist exhibition of the East London Painting Prize.

Do join them for the private view and the announcement of the winner on Tuesday 27 May, 6-8pm.
The exhibition continues 21 May - 1 June 2014. 11am-6pm daily, exclusing Bank Holiday Monday. Strand East,  1 Sugar House Lane, London, E15 2QS (just off Stratford High Street)

"43 artists from across east London have been shortlisted for the inaugural East London Painting Prize. One winner will be chosen from the selected group to receive a life changing £10,000 prize and a prominent solo show at East London’s Nunnery Gallery later this year.
 The shortlisted artists comprise both established and emerging names from the east London boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Barking & Dagenham and Redbridge."

Friday 16 May 2014

Shoreditch Lecture Series

As ever, term-time Wednesday evenings in Shoreditch are when our Lecture Series takes place. The full listings of this term's lectures can be found at

Upcoming Wednesdays at 6.45pm:
21 May, Tony Benn: Do Paintings Bite?
28 May, Julian Bell: Mean Realism
4 June, Emma Talbot in conversation with William Feaver
11 June, Andrew Brown: Can Artists Change the World?
18 June, Julian Bell: Realism in Twenty-First-Century Painting
25 June, Mali Morris in conversation with William Feaver

Thursday 15 May 2014

Carol Peace solo exhibition

Carol is having a solo exhibition at Woolff Gallery, of work from her recent six month residency in Barcelona. Carol is a patron of the RWA and co-founder of the Bristol School of Drawing. 
29 May to 5 July, Private View Thursday 29 May 6-9pm. Woolff Gallery, 89 Charlotte St, London, W1T 4PU 
“These are the sculptures of my imagination, set free by Catalonia.”
"It's all about trying to see, drawing enables that, but it’s with clay that I am able to communicate.’"

Clara Drummond Exhibition Tomorrow

Clara hopes you can join her tomorrow, when she will be showing recent drawings in her exhibition, 'The Paper Museum'. This is the culmination of Clara's drawing residency at Two Temple Place, in the 'Discoveries Exhibition from The Museums of Cambridge'. Clara's exhibition will be open all day Friday 16th May 10am - 4pm.

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Grant Foster solo exhibition

Grant is exhibiting new paintings and sculptures at Chandelier. We hope you can join him for the opening of Holy Island
Studio 16, Victor House, 282a Richmond Road, Hackney, London E83QS
Private View Friday 30 May, 6.30 - 9pm. Thereafter open by appointment only.

Chloe Le Tissier in The Crisis Commission exhibition

Chloe currently has a painting on display in The Crisis Commission exhibition. The Bermondsey Project, Willow Walk, SE1 5SF, 9 – 23 May, 1 – 6pm daily.

'Major new works by leading contemporary artists including Martin Creed, Mark Wallinger, Gavin Turk, George Shaw, Bill Woodrow and Richard Long are to be exhibited as part of the Crisis Commission.
Exhibited alongside these celebrated artists will be works from people who have experienced homelessness – clients of homelessness charity Crisis – to create a unique combined reflection on the theme of 'Home' in the Crisis Commission art exhibition.'

Here is an article about a visit Chloe made to one of the Crisis centres and the painting she made for the exhibition.

Friday 9 May 2014

Draw a Furniture Collection

Paid Opportunity:
"Ivar Furniture are a small London-based company producing high quality furniture. They are urgently looking for an artist to produce drawings of each of the pieces in their furniture collection (approximately 15 pieces). The drawings will need to be consistent in style, and help to portray the furniture in an attractive and desirable manner."
If you are interested, or would like further information, contact Ignacio Manzanares at

Tuesday 6 May 2014

Bainbridge Print Prize Exhibition

Sam Marshall and Constanza Dessain have work in the Bainbridge Print Prize Exhibition this week. Please join them for the PV which is this Wendesday 7 May at the Embassy Tea Gallery, 195 Union Street, SE1 OLN.