Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Love Is Enough? An exhibition inspired by William Morris's poem

The Friends of the William Morris Gallery together
 with The Mill, the new community centre at 
7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HA 
( the old James Street library) present:
Love Is Enough? An exhibition inspired by 
Morris's poem of the same name,
 and open to artists to submit work

Morris wrote Love is Enough in 1872, a play that 
draws inspiration from an ancient Welsh saga, 
The Mabinogion. It tells of a king who gives up 
his kingdom for the love of a commoner and was 
described at the time as a "fantastic little book, 
chiefly lyrical". Love is enough is better known 
as a poem from the book
Love is enough
LOVE is enough: though the World be a-waning,
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover
The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder,
And this day draw a veil over all deeds pass'd over,
Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.
Without wishing you read the whole book, 
but bearing its theme in mind, we are using 
the poem Love is enough to base an exhibition 
around. The book and poem should give 
sufficient scope to anyone concerned about love,
 society and the environment to submit an entry, 
so it does not have to be all hearts and flowers, 
please note the question mark in the exhibition title.

Events during the exhibition
There will be a grand meet the artists night on 
14 February, 6-9pm,
 a printmaking workshop on Saturday 18 February,
 and a discussion with speakers Wednesday 
23 February,
 "Is Love Enough?" William Morris and the struggle
 for a better world",
 6.30-8pm. All are free to attend.
How to enter
Entries will be accepted for members of 
The Friends of the William Morris Gallery 
and people living in the area around The Mill. 
The exhibition will run from Tuesday 
7 February to Saturday 3 March. 
The Mill is open 10am-8pm, Tuesday, 
Wednesday, Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday 
and Saturday, and 11am-2pm Sunday.  
Any media is acceptable, a painting a print
 a sculpture or a poem, but there is a size limit
 of 1m in any dimension and a submission fee 
of £2.50 per entry. Any work sold during the 
exhibition will attract a 20% commission in 
favour of The Mill. We will attempt to exhibit 
all the entries, space permitting, but some
 selection may take place. 
All work must be delivered to The Mill,
 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, 
E17 7HA. Thursday 2 February, 10am-7pm, 
Friday 3 and Saturday 4 February, 10am-6pm. 
And picked up from The Mill after the exhibition on 
Sunday 4 March 11am-2pm.
Please contact Martin Adams for an entry form. 

Monday, 19 December 2011


Cultivate Vyner Street

21 December 2011 - 3 January 2012

Opening Christmas party private view: Tuesday 20th December 2011, 6-9pm

Our famous Art Is For Life slogan was created by Clarissa Baldwin, Chief Executive, in 1978 but is still as relevant today.

The longstanding campaign aims to raise awareness of the consequences of treating art as gifts or toys. Every year hundreds of thousands of children plead for the latest fad or top toy on the market, only to discard them a few weeks after Christmas when the novelty wears off. Unfortunately, the same perception is also apparent with art. We are continually seeking to change this.

While everyone else is busy flogging art for Christmas, we're carrying straight on through to the new year with a group show, with the Cultivate Christmas party and lots more.


Remember now, "Art is for life, not just for Christmas".

Cultivate, Vyner Street
Corner of Vyner Street & Mowlem Street
London E2 9HE
Open:  Thursday - Sunday: 11.30am - 6.00pm, or by appointment

Harlesden Gallery Artist Group Exhibition @ The Tricycle - Kilburn

Harlesden Gallery Artist Group Exhibition @ The Tricycle - Kilburn

January 9th – February 4th 2012 | Private View – 12th January 2012 - 6.30 - 9pm

Harlesden Gallery presents: A Graphically Illustrative Concept…

The Harlesden Gallery artists are back at the Tricycle with an exhibition of digital, illustrative and graphic art.
This exciting exhibition will feature works ranging from the conceptual and iconic to the ironic and bizarre.
The show combines the dreamlike illustrations of Alex Stewart, Cos Ahmet and Stuart Alexander with the
iconic imagery of Ben Oakley and the digital composites of urban artist ‘PIKY’. Meanwhile the humorous
subtlety of Gabriel Parfitt and Will Parker’s pieces are a non-confrontational poke at the ordinary and

Harlesden gallery was borne out of a project called the Harlesden Town Charter, compiled by local residents
as a means to deliver regeneration of the area with funding from various sources. The charter identifies the
absence of cultural space. So, as there is no actual gallery, we've created a virtual one instead, resulting in
the recruitment of a group of talented artists that wish to promote Harlesden and the NW10 area.
Harlesden Gallery represents a talented mix of artists, both from NW10 and elsewhere, creating a fascinating
network of talented individuals, and providing a comprehensive artist resource, using the combined
knowledge, links and contacts of those featured to promote the group under the 'Harlesden Gallery' banner.
Our aim is to exhibit all over the London area and beyond, creating a commercially successful art group while
also being a great benefit for the Harlesden locality and community. Harlesden Gallery serves the purpose of
creating an interest and awareness of the area, and our aim is to secure the funding for a cultural space that
Harlesden so desperately needs and deserves.

Gabriel Parfitt: Gallery creator and coordinator

Featured Harlesden Gallery Artists:

Cos Ahmet: | Stuart Alexander: |
Alex Stewart: | Will Parker: | Piky: |
Ben Oakley: | Gabriel Parfitt (Curator):

Contacts and Links:
Curator: Gabriel Parfitt | | 077 8686 5356
Venue: The Tricycle Theatre | 269 Kilburn High Road | London NW6 7JR | 020 7372 6611 |

Friday, 9 December 2011

Cos Ahmet:One-Man exhibition 'Self Seeing' on at the moment at The Stone Space in East London,


My name is Cos Ahmet, I'm one of the new FPS members. I have my One-Man exhibition 'Self Seeing' on at the moment at The Stone Space in East London, and although it comes to an end on Sunday 11 December, I wondered whether it is not too late to add it to the blog???

Please let me know and I can send further details, such as jpegs etc. I will be at the gallery this afternoon, so if you do happen to get this email, I can assist before I have to leave at around 1pm.

In the meantime, here are some links to my exhibition:

Hope to hear from you soon.

Kind regards,


FPS committee and BBC2 Art Series Call Out

Dear FPS members 

2011 was a successful year for FPS. We explored taking a smaller group of members to the Untitled Chelsea Art fair in June and then ran a larger exhibition in a prestigious gallery 'La Galleria' on Pall Mall in November. Next year we will be focusing on our 60th anniversary which promises to be a really exciting year so watch this space!

Please find the committee members as voted in at the AGM on the 27th November:

Chair: Loretta Windsor- MacKenzie
Secretary & Blog : Pete Murry 
Treasurer: Grace Kimble
Membership: Secretary Gabriel Parfitt ( Exhibitions tbc)
Creative Design: Mike Garland
Special Events: Flora Helmke
Marketing: Press Bruni Schilling (Newsletter and Press)
Sculpture Trustee: Malcolm Franklin 

Below is a brilliant opportunity which is open to all FPS members please let me know if you enter.

Thank you Loretta Windsor-MacKenzie
Director Chair FPS Free Painters- Printmakers and Sculptors

Creative Skills
Creative Skills would like to make everyone aware of this exciting opportunity...

We are making a brand new series of 'Show Me the Monet' for BBC Two, the first series transmitted earlier this year in May.

As before, our Hanging Committee of three art experts is looking for great art - painting, drawing, photography, prints, sculpture, textile art (as hangings not textile design or fashion) - to put into their prestigious exhibition in London where members of the public together with the great and the good of the art world can view and buy the work that is on display.

We are looking for both amateur and professional artists from across the nation to apply.

Applications are to be made on line at our website and will open during the week of Monday 12th December 2011 and will close when we have received 3,000 applications or on Sunday  8th January 2012at midnight (whichever is sooner).

To apply:Visit our website:  Please keep checking back to the website for further details.

Please note that we are only accepting the first 3,000 applications for the series and any applications received after this cut off point cannot be considered.

You can follow us on Facebook at: on Twitter @MonetTV

To view a clipfrom the last series:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me and many thanks for your time.

Many Thanks

Kay Green
t. 0203 189 3313 

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Monday, 21 November 2011

AGM 2011 Agenda and Venue

Dear FPS members

Please see below the Agenda below for the 2011 FPS AGM in london this Sunday the 27th.
If there is anything vital that you feel is missing from the agenda please contact me.

The venue for the meeting is: 2 Audley Square London W1K 1DB 

All are very welcome but please confirm your attendance by replying to this email. All the Best Loretta

AGM 27th November 2011 FPS Free Painters-Printmakers and Sculptors

Held at The Womans University Club Mayfair 

2 Audley square London W1K 1DB

The Library 2-4pm

Tube Green Park

Welcome and apologies  (Chair)

1/ Minutes of AGM 2010 accuracy and arising minutes signed by Chair if agreed.

2/ Accounts signed by Treasurer if agreed.

3/ Review of year by Chair

4 / Election/Re-election  of officers

Sculpture Trustee 
Printmaking Trustee
Painting Trustee
Financial Trustee
President ( long standing FPS member)

5/ Preparations for 60th Anniversary 2012

- Date
- Duration
- Location
- Curator
- Selection criteria
- Open submission
- Showcase important past members eg Henry Moore
- Sponsorship
- Publication (Book)
- Exhibition sub committee 

6/ FPS Vision

7/ Committee voting rights

8/ Membership selection and Associate and Full members

9/ Dates of next meeting and location ( arts club)


Saturday, 19 November 2011

Tuesday, 23 August 2011


This organisation has been in existence for 160 years, having been founded by members of the Royal Academy, still with trustees from the Academy. It provides much needed help to artists who fall on hard times, paying grocery bills, utilities and rates. When illness strikes it can hit hard in the middle of one's career.

Over the past five years I have raised money for the AGBI, on behalf of the FPS by going on sponsored walks. I have done the Pilgrims' Way, Owain Glyndwr Trail, Hadrian and Antonine Walls and last year I tackled Offa's Dyke. This year I was all set to do the Pennine Way - 100 miles of it. But, a fortnight before setting out I suddenly developed hip pain and could hardly put one foot in front of the other. So I had to cancel all idea of doing the sponsored walk.

But, having booked up my accomodation at the beginning and end of the trip and paid for my rail fare, my wife took the decision to do the whole distance by bus. My hip had improved a bit and I did manage the first 100 yards of the Way. After that though, we used our OAP bus passes to visit Buxton, Holmfirth and Skipton. it was an enjoyable holiday, not at all adventurous as on my previous trips.

Illness and the economic crisis can hit artists hard and the AGBI is still needed to provide help when needed.

So althugh I haven't done a sponsored walk, can you give generously to this charity which the FPS has always supported,by making out cheques to the AGBI and if you pay tax to sign a paper with your address stating that you are a British Tax payer, address Burlington House,
Piccadilly, London WC1.

PS my leg is alot better now and hope to restart my walking. Owen Legg

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Winter show in November 2011 entitled 'Conflict and Resolution'

Hi everyone, here is all the information for our Winter show in November entitled 'Conflict and Resolution' which I hope you will agree is a very open ended working title.  The exhibition will be held at La Galleria, an established contemporary venue in Pall Mall.

The space is much larger than our recent exhibition venues so it will be great opportunity to showcase some of your larger work or groups of small work, this is why we have adjusted our hanging costs.

You will also notice in the information below that this exhibition will need to be invigilated by ourselves so any volunteers will be gratefully received, we have also been encouraged by the gallery owner to stay open as late as we can due to the central location, so we will need evening invigilators as well.

I would like to give each artist an A5 plaque with a brief Biog/Statement next to their work, which I will design, but can we make sure that all of us provide our own business cards/postcards etc

I know November is a while off but I thought this would give everyone a chance to create work that is applicable to the exhibition title, I am also conscious that this is our penultimate show before FPS's 60th Birthday! so I consider this a great build up to perhaps an even bigger show next year!

Don't forget to visit our website, blog and facebook sites for more information and also please do add to our Facebook page or send Peter Murry or myself any information on your upcoming exhibitions external of FPS and any other information that you think will interest the FPS members. We can no longer do a postal version of a newsletter as I think Pete's Blog and Facebook are very affective tools.
Please give me shout if you have any questions, and don't forget your membership fee's.



Sunday, 22 May 2011