Friday, 25 July 2014

Nothingness at Parndon Mill Gallery

Alex McIntyre
Invitation to Nothingness, Parndon Mill Gallery
Forthcoming exhibition: Space2 Gallery, Watford Museum
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You are Warmly invited to

at Parndon Mill 

with Hideki Arichi, Ella Carty, Jo Howe, Alex

 McIntyre and William White

7 August - 14 September 2014

Private View 10 August 2-4pm 

Please join us for the private view on 10 August 2-4 pm.
Guests are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the lawn and
canal at the front of the Mill and local walks nearby. Drinks
and nibbles will be provided.

Parndon Mill, Elizabeth Way, Harlow, Essex CM20 2HP
Tel: 01279 426 042 Email:
Please also save the date for forthcoming exhibition:
Line and Location, Space2 Gallery, Watford Museum
6 September - 25 October with artists Alex McIntyre
and Ross Loveday.
Private View 5 September 6-8pm

Wishing you a wonderful Summer and looking
forward to seeing you at a Private view one day soon!

Alex McIntyre
Fellow, Digswell Arts
Associate Member, Free Painters and Sculptors
'Nothingness' includes the
 work of five artists with links
 to Digswell Arts: Hideki Arichi

Ella Carty, Jo Howe, Alex
McIntyre and William White.
These artists respond to the theme
 of nothingness using a variety of
media: Painting, Printmaking,
Sculpture and Drawing. Originally
inspired by an edition of 'Start the
 Week', a BBC R4 programme in
which the idea of 'nothingness' was
 examined from different perspectives
these artists bring their own creative
insight to the subject.
For Alex McIntyre 'nothingness' is a leap
of faith; the emptiness into which inspiration
 rushes. Nothingness is difficult to comprehend
because the very act of considering it changes
it. It is glimpsed at the periphery of conscious
ness: both before and after, ecstasy and grief.
For this exhibition Alex is producing drawings that question human states of being.
Ella Carty's work is a personal exploration of
 the existential state of 'nothingness'. Her
 paintings of landscapes evoke a sense of
both isolation and stillness. There is a sense
in which these empty and seductive landscapes
 are both intriguing and unsettling. Her use of
 colour and its capacity to entice emotion is
 striking. Ella says 'I wanted to convey a
sense of unreality as well as detachment, to communicate a sense of how it feels to be
in a state of nothingness.'
Jo Howe explores the notion of 'nothingess'
 by exploring emotional responses to 'the
space in-between'. Jo's practice focuses
on the frustrations of human communication
 working with old manuscripts that bear the
 physical imperfections and aromas of past
 human handling and thus retain elements
of their human presence. The book or
page becomes a tool for looking inwards
 to our evolving personal narratives rather
 than the read contents of the book as
William White is a printmaker based in
Cornwall. His take on 'nothingness' is a
study of the satellite dishes at Goonhilly
on the Lizard peninsular in Cornwall, which
are currently in the process of being
recommissioned. Goonhilly is a cluster
of satellite dishes known for receiving
the first ever Trans-Atlantic satellite
TV images, broadcast by Telstar in1962.
 These gigantic structures, seemingly
staring at nothing were perfect inspiration
 for the title 'nothingness'.
Hideki Arichi is a British born Japanese
artist. He is approaching the idea of
'nothingness' by reading Eastern
philosophical interpretations found in Zen
 Buddhism and by identifying personal
reactions and indicators to these. The
 work includes paintings, drawings and

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BAR 30th Birthday Exhibition

Press Release
25 July 2014                                                                                                
BAR 30th Birthday Exhibition
Members Exhibition 2014
9th August – 30th August
Preview Party:  Saturday 9th August 6pm-10pm
Free Entry
BAR Gallery / 4-5 Queens Parade, Walm Lane, NW2 5HT

‘Brent Artists Resource: Supporting artists since 1984’

Brent Artists Resource (BAR) is celebrating its 30th year! As part of the celebrations it will be hosting a special Members Exhibition showcasing the extraordinary talent and breadth of work created by its Members, most of which are local to Brent.

BAR has been supporting local artists, delivering high quality arts and working with the community throughout Brent since 1984. It occupied the popular gallery in the old Willesden Library site for over 12 years and was nominated one of the top community galleries in London by the BBC in 2011.

“This show is a fantastic opportunity to not only celebrate BAR’s 30 year commitment to delivering arts in Brent but to highlight the exceptional creative talent the borough has to offer.” 

Laurie Cesek (Exhibition Curator)

It has had hundreds of members throughout it’s 30 years and has been a supportive body in which artists have been able to connect with other artists, engage with projects in the community, develop their practice and in many cases go on to achieve artistic success.

The BAR Gallery is now housed temporarily as part of the Meanwhile Space initiative on Queens Parade, Willesden. The galley vacated the old library space in April last year to make way for the re-development of the site. The Gallery was able to move into the local Community Creative Hub at Electric House and then into the current temporary space. Brent Council has been exceptional in its longstanding support and commitment to BAR from the 12 years at the old Willesden Library to its more recent project BAR Lab.*

BAR has delivered hundreds of projects and events throughout Brent, being actively involved with the community, schools, other arts organisations and local projects including Queens Park Open Gardens and Studios, Queens Parade, Queens Park Day, Black History Month, Brent Museum, Brent Interfaith Week, Harlesden gallery and Stables in Exile. BAR was awarded Heritage Lottery Funding for the project Testimoniesand more recently received Community First Funding for it’s community portrait project We Are Willesden.**

BAR has had a vast array of volunteers and interns over the years providing community engagement, pathways to employment and opportunities for the public to be involved in creative activities and projects.

This exhibition is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate BAR’s extraordinary 30 year history of delivering arts in Brent. Looking forward, the future is uncertain but we hope BAR will continue growing and providing a valuable creative space in the community.


Notes to Editors

*The Library Lab Scheme, the brainchild of Architecture 00 was piloted at the old Willesden Library Centre and provided the blue print for the current BAR Lab offering workshops and lectures and a pop up co-working space aimed at accelerating local entrepreneurship in the Brent Community

**We Are Willesden builds on the 30 years of artistic and cultural activities of BAR.  BAR has been awarded funding from the Community First Fund to carry out a photographic portrait project based in Willesden. It will be an opportunity for 4 photographers to deliver a body of work that will consist of 4 residencies that will be aimed at attracting a diverse audience. This could include local shopkeepers, young people, older people - in fact anyone who lives, works or plays in Willesden! The project engages local communities through a series of photographic portraits and audio recordings.

Exhibition Curator 
Laurie Cesek is BAR’s Deputy Chief Executive. Previously she has worked as Curator of Arts and Culture for Newham NDP and in Contemporary Exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She obtained her MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths University. Laurie specialises in Arts Programming, Events/Projects and Operations Management.

Chief Executive
Pete Webster has been a director of BAR since 2006 before becoming Chief Executive in 2014. He is a professional photographer with a background in project management and regeneration schemes.

BAR Board Directors

John Blandy (Chair) is a landscape painter trained at the Royal College of Art represented by Francis Kyle Gallery (1983-95) and Cassian de Vere de Cole (2001-3). One of the founding members of Brent Artist Register, and present chair of Brent Artists Resource

Sally Buchanan is a multimedia artist, her recent work reflects and records pathway traces on an intuitive journey in response to unconsciously perceived energy sources.

Clare Gordon is an artist and a designer working on buildings. Her work ranges from the external refurbishment of several housing estates for Brent Housing Partnership to highly detailed interior decoration in residential and commercial properties. She is also an educator and founded the Hampstead School of Art, where she  taught for ten years.

Charles Foster Hall (Treasurer) Studied microbiology and molecular genetics at University of Bristol after which hung up lab coat and went to paint in France. In 1997 moved from Paris to New York where I painted murals, ceiling paintings and worked for New York artist Jeff Koons. Returned to London in 2005 to paint, and travel when the opportunity arises.

Deryck Sealy is Co-Founder and Director of London Business Partnership Ltd a social enterprise, launched in 2012, focused on supporting businesses through funded European Projects. Formerly a business adviser for 3 years at Brent Business Venture and Keeping IT Simple Training working with the Prince's Trust. Prior to this he had a 20 year career in Banking, dealing primarily with small businesses. His last role was as a Commercial Relationship Manager for 3 years.

Michael Speechley is a visual artists working with still and moving images, sculpture and sound.

Gabriel Parfitt is a freelance Exhibitions Manager and Curator, as well as being Director of the Harlesden Gallery and Brent Artist Resource (BAR). He is also the Exhibitions Manager and lead Curator for the Free Painters and Sculptors Group. Gabriel specialises in arts development and project/event management and has an established portfolio of artist and gallery links throughout London and internationally.

Visitor Information
Opening Times: Tuesday – Friday 10am-6pmSaturday 2pm-6pm
Free Entry
BAR Gallery, 4-5 Queens Parade, Walm Lane, NW2 5HT
Nearest Underground Station: Willesden Green

Press Information
For further information please contact
Laurie Cesek, Deputy Chief Executive

Sunday, 20 July 2014

DODO MODERN POETS: Saturday 2 August 2014 7.30pm



Dodo Modern Poets has been presenting top-flight poetry throughout the UK and Ireland for 25 years. Join us as we celebrate our anniversary with an extravaganza of poetic and musical magic at Abbeyfest.

Electro-pop duo Project Adorno present songs & poems from their new Edinburgh Fringe show ´Jarman in Pieces'´

Cornish roots meet urban reality

Wickedly stylish diva of Colliers Wood

Sharp-witted North-London satirist

Soulful verse from gifted poet

Poetry and passion from Dodo founder

Saturday 2 August 2014 7.30pm
Colour House Theatre, Watermill way, Merton, SW19 2RD
£ 9 /8 concessions BOX OFFICE: 01303 243868

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