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.
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!
'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
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 www.brentartistsresource.org.uk
‘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-6pm, Saturday 2pm-6pm Free Entry BAR Gallery, 4-5 Queens Parade, Walm Lane, NW2 5HT Nearest Underground Station: Willesden Green brentartistsresource.org.uk
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
Free Painters and Sculptors came into existence in the early 1950's as a splinter group from the Institute of Contemporary Arts. It was initially a group of painters who wished to break free of the stereotype that the ICA wished to impose on its members, it attracted other members and became organised as on a charity and corporate basis.
FPS has always maintained high standards with strict selection procedures for its exhibitions at a variety of fine venues including the Mall Galleries, the Barbican, Bankside Gallery and many others.
In the 1970's FPS gained support from The Society for Protection of Animals Abroad which leased part of its premises to FPS for admin and exhibition purposes.
Applications for membership, subject to selection , are welcome. we are looking for new members who are practising artists, or people who are interested in art who would like to help support FPS through admin, organising and publicising exhibitions etc.
We provide exhibition opportunities annually for members at various venues, mostly around London, we also provide a website where members work can be shown and sold, a blog and a regular newsletter which both publish articles from members.