Sunday, 27 March 2016



Wednesday 6 April 2016, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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Hosted by Katherine Lockton

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

“Ann Kopka: Moving On Up Down Escalators”

Art Exhibition Title:  “Ann Kopka: Moving On Up Down Escalators”
Artist: Ann Kopka      Curator: Ann Kopka
Venue: Cavendish Conference Centre 22 Duchess Mews London W1G 9DT
Dates: 1 February – 27 May 2016
Viewing by appointment only. To view contact Jenny Hullock 020 7706 7700
Free admission
Nearest underground station: Oxford Circus, Great Portland Street  

A solo art exhibition of more than twenty vibrant acrylic paintings, at the award winning Cavendish Conference Centre in central London, informed by Ann Kopka’s fascination with the interaction of geometry, design and architecture in the urban environment.

Ann Kopka’s paintings in essence lean towards abstraction although deliberately hover between the representation of recognisable images and the non-traditional formal repetition of shapes and structures prevalent in abstract art.  There is a visual emphasis on exploring the relationships between structure and scale, colour and light, repetition and pattern. And the processes of deconstructing and reconstructing subject matter to articulate concepts of space produces images, which taken out of their original context, verge towards a perception of abstraction.

Translating her own altered digital images on to large canvases requires precise measurements and calculations, and is an intensive and time consuming operation. The paintings ‘grow’ through the subtle application of multiple layers of vivid acrylic colour. Colour is employed not to be representational but to convey energy, emphasise the circulation of movement and bind the network of structures together into a coherent picture. The slow development of vibrant saturated surfaces results in paintings that have an illusion of depth sometimes with distinctive three dimensional qualities contradicting the defining flatness of abstract art and yet in art historical terms allude to analytical cubism, constructivism, op-art and geometric abstraction.

Ann Kopka studied Fine Art at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and the City Lit. She has studied The Practices and Debates of Modern Art and graduated with a First Class Honours degree from The Open University. She has also studied Museum Curating at Tate Modern. Ann has exhibited in London, the UK and USA. Her work is held in private collections in France, Spain, UK, USA and Australia.


Join us  on Friday 15th April  for a sparkling show at the Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden. Expect stellar performance poetry from a strong and varied bill.  
 Cornish roots meet urban edge in finely crafted verse    
 TED SMITH-ORR        
 Croydon bard from 'Poets Anonymous'  steps into the limelight   
  Passionate & original work from dynamic Torriano organiser        
 Fab favourites and new gems from Folkestone's finest                
Friday 15th April  2016  8pm
The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, WC2H 9BX
£ 8 &7 concessions.
Info: 01303 243868;
Covent Garden/Leicester Square tube.

dodo modern poets letting fly with words

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Lucia Gomez studio party

Disenchanted Forest, 2015, oil on canvas, 30x25cm

Hello everyone!

I will be moving to Dundee next month. For the occasion, I am organizing a studio party and everybody is invited to come to my studio in NW10 on the 1st of April at 6:30pm

Other reasons to celebrate are that I am finalist for the Lynn Painter - Stainers Prize 2016 (for the ones that missed the exhibition at the Mall Galleries, there will be another one from the prize in Guildford next June - for details click here) and two of my paintings have been shortlisted for the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.

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Sunday, 13 March 2016

art problem for Brent?

Former teacher calls for valuable art to be returned for pupils
Paintings by Mary Fedden, worth up to £40,000, were removed by council during financial scandal and handed to a gallery

see full story at


Saturday, 5 March 2016

Gallery 106 is delighted to announce the exhibition CLOSE UP: Towards Midnight of Cary & Webb

Caroline Cary, Concerto I, acrylic on canvas, 220x125cm
Where: Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi

Address: Cannaregio 4132, 30121 Venice
Private View: Tuesday 22 March 2016 from 18:30 – 21:30
When: Wednesday 23 March – Saturday 2 April 2016
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 12:00-18:00 also by appointment

 Gallery 106 is delighted to announce the exhibition CLOSE UP: Towards Midnight of Cary & Webb organised in collaboration with Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi in Venice, Italy.

CLOSE UP: Towards Midnight hints at the conflict between the hope of a dawning day and the darkness of night and impossibility of not to be aware of the suffering of the world we live in. This, as Caroline Cary expresses “emerges regardless, from the subconscious, in the form of pictures expressing a certain conflict between the joy of life and the shadow of pain”. A good example of this is picture “After Paris” Cary painted just after attack on Paris in November 2015. This exhibition is an installation that combines the traditional art of painting with the modern technology of laser lights expertly applied by Jim Webb. The gallery space filled with light, colour and smoke suggests and conveys a contemporary view of the spiritual and ethereal, reminiscent of the sunlight pouring through the stained glass of a cathedral window.

Caroline Cary and Jim Webb have joined forces to produce innovative installations, combining the traditional medium of painting with the technological advances in the use of laser light.

Cary&Webb are creating a world of light and colour, a lake and waterfalls of deep blue, to immerse yourself in, fashioned from lasers. Swirling smoke drifts in and out of a sculptural construction of painted Perspex. The all-encompassing sight and sound is a mind expanding and emotionally moving experience. The experiments with the lasers is an attempt to use light as a three dimensional tool, using light as another way of exploring pictorial space. Cary paints the pictures and carefully plans the layout which is then all brought to life with Jim’s skillful use of laser lights adding an extra dimension to the installation.

Cary&Webb have been collaborating for many years; CLOSE UP: Towards Midnight is is an exhibition that will for first time going to show their technological and artistic partnership in Venice. They produced a highly successful installation, Horizon, in Docklands in 2009, Cloudy River in Gallery 106, 2012 and Castles in the Air in 2013, which is now to be followed by another, unusual and exciting installation for Gallery 106 that will be exhibited at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi in Venice, Italy. The installation is designed to open our sensibilities to a whole new area of visual awareness, appealing to all manner and ages.

Caroline Cary is an international artist. She lives and works in London and Southern Spain has been showing her work professionally in both solo and group shows since the 1970 ́s in, London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Nairobi, Granada, Marbella. She works in many different mediums, having begun her career in landscapes and figures, she has moved towards abstraction and to experimental work on Perspex.

Caroline Cary is a lifetime member of Free Painters and Sculptors with whom she shows regularly. She has been represented at most of London’s Art Fairs. Recent solo shows (2014- 2015) includes Artist in Residence with the Symphony Orchestra of Granada, Spain. OCG. Solo Show December & January Manuel de Falla, Concert hall, Granada, Spain. Gallery exhibitions include the Jonathon Poole Gallery, Sue Rankin Gallery, Austin Desmond Gallery, Christopher Hull Gallery, Gordon Hepworth Gallery, Studio 106 Art Gallery, The New Grafton Gallery and The Piers Feetham Gallery to name but a few, and in Spain, Gran Capitan Granada, and in various other Spanish venues and galleries. Studio106 Art Gallery, at the Center for Contemporary Art, Montenegro. (Paintings Caroline Cary and an Installation in collaboration with Jim Webb’s Laser Lights) in October 2013. In 2012, Solo Show, Studio 106 Art Gallery London, Sculptural Construction in collaboration with Jim Webb’s laser lights February 2012.

Recent group shows include Free Painters and Sculptors Summer & Christmas Shows Menier Gallery 2012 - 2015. Gallery Artists Show, Gallery106 in June 2012. Art Festival SalobreƱa in Spain, July 2012. Work In Public Collections include: The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel. The permanent collection of the Museum of Center Contemporary Art Montenegro. Manuel de Falla. Jim Webb is a well known laser performer who lives and works primarily in London.

Webb’s current work consists of redefining the public visual perception of lasers by use of techniques never used before and producing a visual experience which combines a fresh wonder of laser light with interactive elements that allow the viewer to modify their experience. He has exhibited globally from the late seventies, until today. He was responsible for setting up Holographic Studios at the Liverpool College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. He has worked in television worldwide, including BBC Horizon, QED and various SciFi Series, as well as educational programs and game shows. He has created a variety of installations in many environments ranging from galleries to forests. He has also been influential within the development of innovative control and display techniques for use with lasers. Gallery 106 is a Not-for-profit organisation that provides a platform to explore, create and present contemporary art and new forms of expression.

 Curators: Andrea Chinellato (Ca’ Zanardi) and Dusanka Marsenic (Gallery106) In collaboration with MarMar

Friday, 4 March 2016

*Show Culture Some Love conference* *Saturday 12 March 2016*

*Show Culture Some Love conference* *Saturday 12 March 2016* *Venue: Trade
Union Congress (TUC)* *Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell St, London WC1B

This is an event organised under the banner of the Show Culture Some Love
campaign by the Southern & Eastern Region of the TUC’s Creative & Leisure
Industries Committee (CLIC) and the PCS union Culture Group.
Accessibility details can be found here:

If you have other access requirements, can you please email
SVolunteer@TUC.ORG.UK and will try to plan accordingly. Note that
unfortunately we are unable to provide signlanguage interpretor due to the
lack of budget.
Draft Programme

*(1) **Opening Session – 11.30-13.00*

It’s been claimed that George Osborne’s recent budget has “solved all our
problems” in the arts & culture sector. What’s the reality?"

Speakers: Sonia Boyce, (Professor of Fine Arts, Middlesex University) –

Maria Eagle, (Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport) –

Dr. David Fleming, (President of the Museums Association) – confirmed;

Clara Paillard, (President of PCS Culture Sector) – confirmed.

Chair: Nicola Hawkins, (Chair, CLIC)

-      *Lunch break & performances 13.00-14.00 -*

*(2) Workshops sessions 1 – 14.00-15.30*

* (a) Campaigns *

 Speakers: Chris Jury, (WGGB/CLIC), “BBC: Love it or Lose it” campaign;

Christina Paine, (UCU/CLIC), “Save the Cass” campaign;

Candy Udwin, (PCS/CLIC), PCS National Gallery dispute

Equity speaker , English National Opera

 Chair: Tom Taylor, (Secretary, CLIC).

* (b) Equalities*

Speakers: Giovanni Bienne, Chair of the Equity LGBT Committee

Antonietta Torsiello, artist

Dave O’Brien, Goldsmiths University and lead “Panic” survey - equalities in
the culture sector

Mike Jackson, Lesbians &; Gays Support the Miners

Chaired by Zita Holbourne, (artist, PCS NEC / Black Activists Rising
Against Cuts BARAC).

 *(c) Art &; Protest: Art as a weapon*

This session will look at how art &; creativity can be used in political and
campaigning activities and reflect how the Show Culture Some Love campaign
can learn from those experiences.

Invited speakers:

Jess Worth &; Danny Chivers, Art Not Oil

Ellen Clifford, Disabled People Against Cuts

Bob &; Roberta Smith, artist

Samia Malik, artist

Chair: Hayley Hare, Artist Union England

*(d) Defend the arts: No to cuts, closures & privatisation*

This workshop will look at the growing crisis developing in relation to the
reduction in arts spending and its impact on cuts to local art programmes,
closures of cultural venues and the increasing involvement of the private

Speakers: Greg Childs, (Children’s Media Foundation)

Jamie Pullman, Organiser for the Musicians' Union

Rob Waters, PCS rep at V&A Museum

Julie Ward, MEP, Labour Party

Chair: Jane Perry, BECTU president

*(3) Closing Session – 15.30-17.00*

This will receive feedback & proposals from the workshops and provide a
summary of the day – including taking forward the Show Culture Some Love

Chair: Tony Lennon, (SERTUC/CLIC)

*Following the conclusion of the conference, there will be a social
event. **(further
details to follow)*
When Saturday, 12 March 2016 from 11:00 to 17:00 (GMT) - Add to Calendar
Where Congress House - 23-28 Great Russell Street, City of London WC1B 3LS,
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