Thursday, 24 October 2019

The London Ultra

The London Ultra
  @ Bargehouse, 

OxoTower Wharf,
 Bargehouse St, 

Bankside SE1 9PH

31st October – 10th November 2019 | 
Open daily 11am - 6pm

Preview Party: Thursday 31 October 6pm I 
Open theme Fancy Dress
With Live Performances throughout the evening

 I 7.30pm Prize Giving

The Free Painters and Sculptors Collective 
are delighted to invite you to the London Ultra 2019

Back for its second year, The London Ultra is a unique exhibition
format that brings together artists and performers from a multitude
 of disciplines in an art extravaganza at London's iconic Bargehouse.

Visitors are invited to discover a multi-sensory spectacular of over 
one hundred artists, showcasing styles ranging from traditional to 
eccentric, conceptual to accidental and from minimalist compositions
 to opulent installations and intriguing abstractions. Providing a take 
home piece to suit every visitor.

Paintings, sculpture, installations and photography are carefully 
grouped in curated sections, including The Artist's Garden,
 Gaia’s Room and The Luminism Room, deliberately breaking 
conventional definitions and themes.

West London Galleries Bus Tour

West London Galleries 

Bus Tour

Saturday | 2 November 2019 | 2-6pm

meet at the corner of Portobello Road and Oxford Gardens
The Muse Gallery | 269 Portobello Road | London W11 1LR
The art bus is on the road again for an extended route
 from North to South Kensington and back again for an
after party under the Westway.

All are welcome on the vintage double decker bus with
 live onboard commentary, interviews, opinions and music
courtesy of Portobello Radio.

All aboard!

Monday, 14 October 2019


1985.” Eds. Steve Lobb and Carol Kenna
Published by Greenwich Mural Workshop isbn 9781870100076

Floyd Rd Mural by Greenwich Mural Workshop 1976

Art, culture and politics have long existed in a complex and fascinating interrelation. This is the territory that “FOR WALLS WITH TONGUES” explores as it happened in regard to the creation of public murals in Britain in the late twentieth century. 

FWWT mainly concentrates on formally trained artists who sought, in various styles, to make accessible art by painting large murals in places such as street walls and gable ends, where their work was freely viewable.

The work of thirty-one muralists is included both through striking and beautiful illustrations, and via transcripts of interviews, supplemented with five essays about artists, on their motivations, as well as the techniques, problems and influences that contributed to their artistic creations.

During the time covered by the book most such work was often funded by local and national state bodies, for instance the Arts Council, and the Greater London Council. This is discussed in an introductory essay by the editors.

The economic, cultural and political contexts of the time often led to works which were in some senses ‘against’ dominant cultures and structures Some works explicitly depicted and promoted causes and movements such as nuclear disarmament, anti-racism and feminism. Also, many of the more figurative murals drew on artistic traditions of depicting workers, or local residents of working class areas, as deserving of as much attention and celebration as that customarily accorded to high status powerful individuals in artworks. Arguably, even an abstract mural in a working class neighborhood is a political act, as it has taken art out of museums and galleries, where it might only be viewed by the relatively privileged.

An essay by Professor Bill Rolston about murals in Northern Ireland, includes a place where there was, and is, a different mural tradition, not coming from formal art education, but related to political and physical conflict between republican and unionist communities.

Macey House Mural by Greenwich Mural Workshop 1976

Could a similar movement to the muralists covered in FWWT exist in contemporary Britain? Surely the emergence of climate change as a mainstream political issue must provide muralists with a fantastic wealth of subject matter. However, the drastic cutbacks made to public funding of art, and to almost every other area of society, probably means that we won’t see the like of this public art movement, at least in England, until the stranglehold of neo-liberal economics over public life is broken.

Murals and other public in the spirit of the works presented in FWWT still are being made but in a less friendly climate and new creations may be made in ways which involve different interactions between trained and untrained art workers. Whatever the increasingly uncertain future holds, the work shown and described in FWWT provides an example of the great potential of genuinely accessible public art. Steve Lobb and Carol Kenna have done an excellent job in presenting this.                                       P.Murry 9/2019

Alexandra Harley sculptures on line

I crave forgiveness for another email hard on the heels of the last, I don't send many overall and the frequency is erratic. This missive highlights a written contribution by yours truly, to an online portal so no galleries to visit or trekking out in gloomy winter evenings -:

Highly flattered I was, to be asked to contribute to the online forum  a website devoted to abstract art, examining and debating the diverse forms of art practise. I am indebted to the incredible patience and skills of the editors John Bunker and Matt Dennis. As I had chosen to write about a visit I had made to an open studio event many years ago (and it was a very very long time ago!!), we had some interesting discussions about the subsequent changes in the art world once I had submitted my first draft. This whole project has been challenging as well as food for thought for me certainly, and extremely rewarding. I hope you enjoy my foray into the past

My sculpture Lledr is top, a small ceramic sculpture and with kind permission of Tony Smart, Stirrup 3, below. .

Monday, 23 September 2019

Sharon Drew – Immersion

Sharon Drew
 – Immersion

23 September - 27 November 2019
Private View: Thursday 26 September 6-8.30pm


William Road Gallery
 @ John McAslan &;; Partners
7-9 William Road, London NW1 3ER

Sharon Drew has been invited to exhibit her abstract
 paintings  at William Road Gallery. By recreating the
sensation of light, colour, rhythm and movement 
Drew finds in landscape, her work
 brings a visceral element to the gallery setting.

This new series includes large-scale paintings 
and captures the essence of visits to urban and 
coastal shorelines. Building up opaque and 
translucent layers with repetitive and rhythmic 
gestures she emulates the constant fluctuations
 of nature.

In contrast to the measured and calculated
 methods of the  architects whose practice houses
 the gallery, Drew's works  result from a process of
 only just controlling the paint, of  letting the material
 lead the way. The desire is to be spontaneous
 and completely in the moment, and to share this
 sense of  immersion with the viewer.

"Being immersed in a particular landscape can create a sense of connection that I try to rediscover in the studio. I travel to places such as the Thames foreshore and coasts of Cornwall and Kent and revel in exposure to weather, expansive skies, tides and turbulent water.  I am trying to find a visual metaphor for the sensation of momentum and shifting light, rather than depict a particular place."
Sharon Drew
Sharon Drew lives and works in Waltham Forest and has recently been selected Artist-in-Residence at the first ever London Borough of Culture. She has exhibited widely and her work is held in private collections throughout the UK. She holds an MA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins where she is now a mentor to Fine Art MA and degree students. 
William Road Gallery is hosted by John McAslan + Partners, an award winning architectural and design practice whose portfolio includes the De La Warr Pavilion, the Roundhouse and the transformation of King’s Cross Station.
Past exhibitions at the gallery included work by Paula Rego, Anish Kapoor and Sarah Lucas.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019


Thursday, 22 August 2019

Mehrak Davoudi | The Illumination of the Soul

Mehrak Davoudi | The Illumination of the Soul

19 September - 6 October 2019
Private View: Thursday 19 September 6.30 - 9pm

The Muse Gallery | 269 Portobello Road | London W11 1LR
Mehrak Davoudi last exhibited at the Muse as part of
 the gallery's residency program competition last year
 and returns with a solo show of new works this Autumn.

Manipulatied to reveal and obscure, to turn the inside
 out, Davoudi's sculptures invite contemplation on the
 memories and emotions hidden within the folds of
 these contorted objects. The works' reflective surface
simultaneously mirrors the artist's personal experience
 that informed the work, and the viewer's reflection
upon it.

The Illumination of the Soul is a contemporary
interpretation of ancient philosophies and invites light
 to blend the tangible with the sub-conscious.
Mehrak Davoudi is a London-based artist of Iranian origin who works in sculpture, painting, installation and performance. Themes of exile, identity and transformation are at the core of her practice. Her work has been exhibited widely and is included in prestigious collections.
The Muse was established in 2003 as an artist-run gallery and studio with a programme centred around a residency program for recent graduates. The Muse not only provides exhibition and studio space but supports affiliated beyond their residency with professional development as well as introductions to clients and industry connections. 

Thursday, 8 August 2019

London Ultra 2019 Callout

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THE VENUE: Central London’s most iconic &
 atmospheric industrial space :
The Bargehouse @ Oxo Tower Wharf,
Bargehouse St, Bankside, London, SE1 9PH.

SHOW DATES: Thursday 31st October
- Sunday 10th November 2019
 Open daily 11.00 - 18.00


: Thursday 31st October 18.30 - 21.30  By invitation only
The Roy Rasmussen Award £1000
The London Ultra Art Prize £1000
Ultra Under 30 Prize £750

 23rd September 

APPLICATIONS via  FPS website :


Friday, 19 July 2019

Alexandra Harley sculpture news July 2019

Royal Society of Sculptors summer exhibition
'Vinculum' has been selected by Greville Worthington
of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the summer exhibition
 at the Royal Society of Sculptors.

  I hope you are able to join me at the private view
 Wednesday 24th July 6pm-8pm
22nd July - 14th September 2019

Royal Society of Sculptors,
108 Old Brompton Road,
South Kensington,
 London, SW7 3RA

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Alexandra Harley: Great new exhibitions for the summer

Great new exhibitions for the summer

I am delighted to be letting you all know about my new exhibitions for the summer. The hot news is the Royal Society of Sculptors summer exhibition. 'Vinculum' was selected by Greville Worthington, the chair of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I shall be sending out further details shortly.
I hope that I shall bump into you at one of the shows and that we keep in touch!
Three drawings have been selected for exhibition at the Lightbox Gallery in Woking and will be on show until

25th August This exhibtion asked sculptors to respond to a sculpture in the Ingrams Collection. The image above is in response to  'Ghost Ship' by John Behan

Finally, Semwaiko Blue (bronze) has been selected for a group exhibition in the Muse Gallery with the Free Painters and Sculptors.

Monday, 8 July 2019

FPS at the Muse 2019

FPS at the Muse 2019
Free Painters and Sculptors Summer Exhibition 2019
Muse Gallery |16 - 21 July | Open Daily: 12-6pm
Private view: Tuesday 16 July 6-9pm
269 Portobello Rd, London W11 1LR
The Free Painters and Sculptors are back again at the Muse Gallery for their annual Summer Exhibition.
FPS at the Muse 2019 will feature ethereal landscapes from Alex McIntyre and Leila Godden and portraiture from Ben Wilson. Illustrative and abstract paintings will come from Michael Hempstead, George Antoni, Gosia Lapsa-Malawska and guest artist Bina Shah. Louisa Crispin will be showcasing some delicate and intricate drawings and there will be a variety of striking and thought provoking printmaking and photography from Mark Welland, Tim Major and Gabriel and John Parfitt.
Sculpture as always plays a prominent role and this year will feature abstract works from Alex Harley, Henryk Terpilowski, Sarah Choi, Simon Probyn and Richard Farrington whilst also featuring a particularly topical piece by Kevin Vincenzo…

Friday, 14 June 2019

The Muse Residency Program End of Residency Exhibition 2019

The Muse Residency Program

End of Residency Exhibition 


27 June to 14 July 2019
Private View: Thursday 27 June 2010,
 6.30 - 9.00 pm

The Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road,
 London W11 1LR
Yambe Tam and Yuichiro Kikuma have been working alongside
each other for their six-month residency at the Muse. Despite not
 always using the studio at the same time, a certain symbiosis
between their resulting works is evident.

Yuichiro has developed a series of work that tests the limits of
painting as a medium. He likens his process to weaving as he
applies a semi-automatic method to painting. The resulting patterns
combine systematic and repetitive actions to a unique whole defined
 by the marks' unique irregularities

Yambe's practice is not limited to a particular discipline or medium
The paintings and objects she created during her time at the Muse
form part of an ongoing project that combines ancient materials with
contemporary processes, with the ultimate aim of recreating an
experience of transcendence.

With the Barbican Arts Trust and Tate Modern already on their
respective CVs, Yambe Tam and Yuichiro Kikuma are rapidly emerging
onto the London and international art scenes.

The exhibition is part of the Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend 
celebrating the borough's rich heritage from 28 to 30 June.

Yambe Tam creates multi-layered and experiential installations as outcomes of a research based practice that exmaines ancient thinking and modern theories, traditional materials and digital processes.
Yuichiro Kikuma is a painter whose work is based on systematic processes and pre-determined methods that are informed by the studio environment and the characteristics of materials and tools.