Thursday 26 March 2015

Jessie Makinson Denis Mahon Exhibition

Jessie Makinson was awarded the Denis Mahon bursary last year and now the Drawing School have the pleasure of exhibiting the work she’s made in this time. Please find the invitation attached. The exhibition opens before Easter on Wednesday 1 April and runs until Friday 17 April in the gallery at Charlotte Road. The Private View is Tuesday 14 April 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm, hopefully see you there.

The Drawing Year cemented drawing in my practice as a way of thinking. I draw intuitively to feel around spaces, to remember and to translate thoughts into something physical.

I am interested in listless figures that are waiting for something to happen. A rising hysteria born from big shapes tumbling into the small details of hands and the emotions of feet. Clusters of information and space that starts to fall apart and dissolve into shape and colour. A recent interest in shrill, kitsch, decadent high 
colour 70’s films has led to the relationships between women as subject matter.

The Sir Denis Mohan Award has provided me with a sustained period of painting and the time and freedom to develop a new body of work concerning the reciprocal nature of narrative and space. The Award was a well timed opportunity to focus and develop aspects of my practice further, whilst working towards the show at the end of the year.

Over the year my work has developed in terms of subject matter, content and the application of paint. The opportunity was an invaluable one that provided significant support outside of education, helping me to consider, accept and reflect upon the outcome of my paintings and where they will lead me next.

Jessie Makinson, March 2015

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Claerwen James at Flowers Gallery and in the Guardian

Claerwen James is exhibiting new work at Flowers Gallery. With a catalogue and foreword by New Yorker critic Adam Gopnik. 

'Claerwen James is known for her painted portraits of young female subjects, which explore the private moments captured by photographic snapshots. By painting directly from photographs, James keeps a deliberate distance between herself and the sitter, in order to observe more closely what may be simultaneously revealed and withheld within the frozen moment in time.'

19 March - 18 April.
Monday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm

Flowers Gallery
21 Cork Street

There is also an article in the Guardian and gallery feature:

Guardian article
Guardian picture gallery

Thursday 19 March 2015

Meg Buick Awarded RBA Rome Scholarship

Meg Buick has been awarded the RBA Rome Scholarship 2015. She will be spending a month in at the British School Rome, awarded on the basis of 'a high standard of draughtsmanship'.

Mary Millner and Daisy Millner at London Morgan

Mary Millner and her daughter Daisy Millner are having an exhibition, Legends, at London Morgan. 

London Morgan, 6 Astwood Mews, London, SW7 4DE

Exhibition open to the public at London Morgan
Friday 17 April 2015 – Friday 1 May 
(May Day tea party tba)
9 am to 5.30 pm Mon-Fri and Sat 10 am -12.30 pm and by arrangement

'They are exhibiting together for the first time. The works are inspired by ancient & modern themes including transformation and magic.

Mary and Daisy Millner have produced a series of paintings, carvings and sculptures that explore the theme of ‘Legend’, named after Man Ray’s exhibition. Large and small scale works will be for sale.

After a residency at Dumfries House in Scotland, Mary’s work is particularly interested in the fairy tale legend. She uses mythical tales as a way into her surreal landscapes which take the form of epic, boldly painted canvases and delicate pencil drawings.

Daisy focuses on the illusion of legends, drawing on the natural and physical world. Waterfalls, sleeping figures, lovers and a disbanded horseman figure are motifs in these decorative carvings and cut out drawings.'

David Caldwell shortlisted for Conversations Prize

Melissa Scott-Miller
David Caldwell has been shortlisted for the Seven Investments Management 'Conversations' Prize worth £15,000 at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters' annual exhibition. The prize is for a portrait of more than one person. The shortlist also includes RDS tutor Melissa Scott-Miller. The winner will be announced at the Private View.

The Mall Galleries

16 April - 1 May
10am to 5pm
Late nights on Tuesday (7pm)
Closed for the day on Sunday 26th April – London Marathon

Hannah Murgatroyd, Dan MacCarthy and Olivia Kemp in Drawn 2015, Bristol

Hannah Murgatroyd, Dan MacCarthy and Olivia Kemp are exhibiting in Drawn 2015 at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
21 March - 7 June.
Find out more

Hannah recommends this could also be an opportunity to see 'Drawing On', a survey of drawing in Modern British Art from the Ingram collection, including Edward Burra, Keith Vaughn and Stanley Spencer.
Find out more

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm 
Sunday: 11am – 5pm 
Galleries and cafĂ© Closed Mondays   
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Before travelling, please call ahead to check opening hours as they occasionally close for special events. 

Admission prices
Ticket includes admission to all concurrent exhibitions
Adults: £5.00
(includes a 50p donation)
Concessions: £3.50
(includes a 40p donation)
Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE
Art Fund card holders: By donation - suggested minimum £2

Fabia Claris in Pop-Up Group Show

Fabia Claris is taking part in a pop-up show in South Kensington. Refuse, Reuse, 'artists repurposing with purpose'. 

46 Thurloe Street, South Kensington.

18 - 22 March. Daily 10 am - 6 pm

Special Events:

Artists in Conversation | Wed 18th March, 7-9 p.m. FREE
Family Collage Workshops | Thurs 19th March, 4-5pm
Panel Talk - Why Pop-Up? | Thurs 19th March, 7-8.30 pm FREE
Spoken Word and DJ night | Fri 20th March, 7-9 pm
Film screening and picnic |Sat 21st March, 7-9 pm
Family Collage Workshops | Sun 22nd March, 3-4pm

Tuesday 17 March 2015

George Colley Solo Exhibition at Mercer Chance

George Colley is exhibiting drawings of London at Mercer Chance Studio Gallery. 'State of Flux'.

“Architecture is the simplest means of articulating time and space, of modulating reality, of engendering dreams” - Ivan Chtcheglov

Private View: Friday 20 March 7 - 10 pm

Exhibition Continues until Sunday 29 March
11 am - 6 pm Saturdays and Sundays
Monday to Friday by appointment only

Mercer Chance Studio Gallery
253 Hoxton Street
N1 5LG

Adrian Dutton solo exhibition at Roman Road Art Cafe

Adrian Dutton is showing recent work in his exhibition Close To The Water, showing now.
Roman Road Art Cafe
357 Roman Road
Bethnal Green
E3 5QR

6 March - 7 April 2015 

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Jevan Watkins Jones Facing - Recovering tours to House of Commons

Installation view from First Site
Jevan Watkins Jones led the creation of Facing - Recovering, an exhibition of work made with and by veterans with PTSD and injured soldiers in Colchester. The work has been exhibited at First Site, the Royal Armouries, and is now on display at the House of Commons, before touring internationally.

Johanna Zhang at The Gallery Cafe

Cao Shunli (1961 - 2014)
Johanna Zhang has a solo exhibition at The Gallery Cafe, titled Mute as They Are.

'Taking a selfie, holding a banner, women activists in China subvert the state surveillance by making themselves looked at.'

6 - 31 March 2015, 7 - 9 pm

Private View Thursday 5 March 7 - 9 pm

The Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL

Merlin Ramos Solo Show at Lacey Contemporary

Merlin Ramos is having a solo exhibition at Lacey Contemporary Gallery.

'In his latest works for MEMORY LANDS surreal landscapes laced with architectural references and nostalgia are a preoccupation.'

18 March - 4 April
Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturdays 11 am - 5 pm
Sunday and Monday by appointment

Private View Wednesday 18 March, 6 - 9 pm
The catalogue can be viewed online here.

Further details

David Caldwell Solo Show Hamstead School of Art Gallery

David Caldwell is having a solo exhibition at Hampstead School of Art's gallery this spring.

9 March - 9 May
Monday - Thursday 9 am - 9.30 pm
Fridays 12 noon - 5 pm
Saturdays 9 am - 5 pm
Sundays by appointment

Private View Tuesday 10 March, 6.30 - 9 pm

HSoA Gallery, 19 - 21 Kidderpore Avenue, London, NW3 7ST