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Open Studio | Antoine Langenieux

Fri 22 April 2016 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Antoine Langenieux has undertaken TFAC residency, a programme that enables TFAC members to realise projects or undertake research otherwise unfeasible in their place of study or work.

Antoine's residency culminates in an Open Studio on Friday 22nd April from 4-8pm at Griffin Gallery, 4th Floor Studio One.

All welcome to enjoy refreshments and view Antoine's work made during TFAC residency.

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Open Studio | Thomas Platt

Thu 30 June 2016 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Thomas Platt has undertaken TFAC residency, a programme that enables TFAC members to realise projects or undertake research otherwise unfeasible in their place of study or work.

Thomas' residency culminates in an Open Studio on Thursday 30th June from 4-8pm at Griffin Gallery, 4th Floor Studio One.

All welcome to enjoy refreshments and view Thomas' work made during TFAC residency.

Bloc | Private View

Wed 17 August 2016 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Zsofia Schweger Griffin Art Prize 2015 winner solo show.

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Open Studio | Odilia Suanzes

Thu 26 May 2016 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Odilia Suanzes has undertaken TFAC residency, a programme that enables TFAC members to realise projects or undertake research otherwise unfeasible in their place of study or work.

Odilia's residency culminates in an Open Studio on Thursday 26th May from 4-8pm at Griffin Gallery, 4th Floor Studio One.

All welcome to enjoy refreshments and view Odilia's work made during TFAC residency.

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UAL Postgraduate Community Pop Up | Artist as Curator

Tue 10 May 2016 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Griffin Gallery invites you to join the UAL Postgraduate Community for an evening exploring the role of artist as curator, against the backdrop of 'Pool', our current exhibition. 

Artist/Curators Rebecca Byrne and Liz Elton will host a tour of the exhibition and talk about the process of curating Pool and several of the artists will be present. Sarah Kate Wilson, Rob Leech and Sarah Jones, all artists in Pool who also curate independent projects, will also speak about their artistic and curatorial practices. There will be a Q&A at the end, over a glass of wine and some light refreshments.

To book your place, please email

Pool explores the expanded field of painting via the device of a constructed landscape, a garden, with works brought together as an immersive experience.

Thirteen artists, all of whom work in and around painting, have been asked to make work that alludes to this theme. As the show has developed, new connections between the works have become apparent, and aims have altered and shifted. The construct of a garden has acted as a frame in itself, with ideas embedded in individual pieces moving in and outside its own boundaries.

Read more about Postgraduate Pop Up Common Rooms at UAL

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Pool Private View

Wed 27 April 2016 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Pool, curated by Rebecca Byrne and Liz Elton, opens on Wednesday 27th April with a private view from 6.30-8.30pm at Griffin Gallery.

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In the End We are All Alone Private View

Wed 16 March 2016 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Griffin Gallery is delighted to announce a group exhibition of six artists, In The End We Are All Alone, curated by Becca Pelly-Fry and Jason Colchin-Carter. The show opens with a private view on Wednesday 16th March from 6.30-8.30pm.

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Be Smart About Art Networking

Fri 22 January 2016 6:30pm – 8:30pm

TICKETS: £10.00 


#besmartaboutart networking is a monthly opportunity (London + New York) to discover spaces, artists, curators and exhibition models, to network with peers - and last, but certainly not least, to learn about networking!

We are delighted to be heading to Griffin Gallery for the Young Gods exhibition, in collaboration with CHARLIE SMITH London. Selected and curated by Zavier Ellis, director of the Shoreditch-based gallery and co-founder of THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, the exhibition will be a multi-disciplinary presentation of London’s most exciting graduates from the summer of 2015.

We look forward to seeing many artists, gallerists, curators, art lovers and other industry professionals there! It will be a complimentary blend of art talk, business and networking - essential ingredients for success.

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Young Gods | Private View

Wed 13 January 2016 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Private view for the 2016 edition of annual exhibition Young Gods, in collaboration with CHARLIE SMITH London.

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Griffin Art Prize 2015 Salon Night

Thu 26 November 2015 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Griffin Gallery Director Becca Pelly-Fry will give a tour of Griffin Art Prize 2015, several of the artists will be present and she will guide an informal conversation with them about their work.

Wine and light refreshments will be served.


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Griffin Art Prize 2015 | Prize Giving

Wed 18 November 2015 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Private view and prize giving for Griffin Art Prize 2015, featuring work by the shortlist of ten artists:

Alastair Gordon
Lewis-John Henderson 
Alice Mendelowitz 
James Metsoja 
Jose-Carlos Naranjo 
Jack Otway 
Thomas Qualmann 
Katrine Roberts 
Zsofia Schweger
Jaeyeon Yoo

Designed to have meaningful impact on the career of one emerging artist, the Griffin Art Prize is an annual residency and exhibition award for UK based artists in painting and drawing. It provides the time, space, materials and support to develop work for a one-person exhibition.

The Griffin Art Prize winner will have unique access to a large studio in London. Materials of choice are provided by the world’s leading fine art brands, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris. The six month residency culminates in a solo exhibition at Griffin Gallery.

During the private view of this showcase exhibition the winner of Griffin Art Prize 2015 will be selected by the judges and announced.

The judges look for innovation in painting and drawing, commitment to practise and for the potential to benefit from the residency.

Each stage of the Griffin Art Prize provides a platform for professional exposure. To make the long list is a considerable achievement; the short-list exhibition is a popular and well attended event that attracts collectors, critics, art world professionals and the general public. The winning artist’s solo exhibition at Griffin Gallery is a high-profile showcase accompanied by a catalogue.

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PaintUnion | Curating Painting | Eliza Gluckman and Marcelle Joseph In Conversation

Tue 10 November 2015 6:30pm – 8:30pm

PaintUnion, a discussion group around ideas in contemporary painting founded by Rebecca Byrne and Liz Elton, returns to Griffin Gallery on Tuesday 10th November at 6.30pm. On this occasion we invited two independent curators who work without designated gallery space to come and discuss curating painting.

We are delighted to welcome Marcelle Joseph of Marcelle Joseph Projects and Eliza Gluckman of Day + Gluckman.  In particular, they will be discussing aspects of contemporary painting that interest them, as well as the challenges and benefits associated with a curation practice that is not gallery based.


Marcelle Joseph Projects was founded by Marcelle Joseph, an independent curator and author based in London, as a roving contemporary art projects company in early 2011. The company stages four to five significant exhibitions each year, highlighting a range of important emerging to established artists working across a variety of media. The company presents works of art in an array of unique spaces and pop-up galleries across the United Kingdom and seeks to tailor the exhibition venue to the specific works on display.  In 2014, Marcelle took her company international, staging exhibitions in Istanbul and Athens.   Marcelle is also the executive editor of Korean Art: The Power of Now (Thames & Hudson, 2013), a survey of Korean contemporary art showcasing 120 artists, museum and gallery directors, curators and collectors from Korea, and Japan Contemporary: Art from the Archipelago, another survey book to be published by Thames & Hudson in October 2016.  She will co-curate her first museum exhibition at the Pera Museum in Istanbul in August/September 2017, showcasing the work of 24 artists who have graduated from the Royal Academy Schools between 2007 and 2017.

Day + Gluckman have a reputation for working with artists with a rigorous approach to practice and context, developing long-term relationships with artists; seeking to initiate opportunities to exhibit, explore, curate and commission.  Over the past 7 years, Day+Gluckman have worked with a variety of organisations and spaces including the V&A, National Trust, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth Arts Centre, Newlyn Art Gallery, Bexley Heritage Trust and the Canal and Rivers Trust. They have programmed Collyer Bristow Gallery since 2008.

Eliza Gluckman originally studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art as part of the University Fine Art MA. Alongside her work with Lucy Day she is also Curator of the New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge, the largest collection of works by women in Europe. 

Wine and light refreshments will be served, compliments of Griffin Gallery.

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Mirrors to Windows | Preview Screening

Wed 28 October 2015 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Griffin Gallery is pleased to announce the sneak preview screening of a film festival cut of ‘Mirrors to Windows’, a film directed by Emmy Award winning American filmmaker Susan Steinberg.  The final cut will debut January 21, 2016 at the National Portrait Gallery; please join us on this occasion to see the film in a working state and participate in a Q&A afterwards with Susan Steinberg.

Mirrors to Windows is a unique film following an international cast of three generations of women from Cairo, France, Germany, Lebanon, the United States and the United Kingdom, who are all forging their careers in the heat of the London art scene. 

The film takes you on an intimate but fast-paced journey, moving the lens between art and life to reveal the dynamic and multi-faceted story of this enigmatic calling.

It's in the negotiation between art and life, that the artist emerges.

Featured artists: Maliheh Afnan, Alice Anderson, Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, Jodie Carey, Susan Collins, Nermine Hammam, Charlotte Hodes, Sarah Lederman, Almuth Tebbenhoff, Rose Wylie RA

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Complimentary drinks and light refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

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Allotment Project Dinner

Wed 23 September 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm

We are very happy to announce that we will be hosting at new event at Griffin Gallery in collaboration with The Allotment Project on Wednesday, September 23, at 6pm.   

The Allotment Project is a programme of interactive dining events, created by Evy Jokhova, which explore the cultural connotations associated with food, ritual and mealtime practices through participatory dinners, discussions and talks.  On this evening, the dinner is being presented with guest contributors that include researcher Viviana Biancini and artist Tessa Alexis. 

Allotment #10 will trace the changes in demographic and general food type availability over the period spanning from 1865-2015 in the Notting Hill area, taking into account changes brought about by war, economy, migration and policy. We are hosting this project during Chudamani Clowes’s solo show, ‘White City’, because the exhibition focuses particularly on stories of displacement and the history of cultural representation in the area around Griffin Gallery.

This will be a ticketed dining experience which is open to the public, and half of the proceeds from our tickets sales will go to Notting Hill Housing.  Notting Hill Housing's purpose is to provide affordable housing for residents of London; they have been doing so since they started as a local voluntary organization in 1963.

We will be announcing a guest speaker and screening a brief film at the start of the evening.  Places are limited for this event so we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.  We very much hope you can join us!

Tickets are £30 and include wine or beer and a three course meal.  You can make your purchase via Eventbrite, please follow the link here to join us.

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White City | In Conversation

Wed 9 September 2015 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Griffin Gallery is delighted to welcome Duncan Smith, Artistic Director of ACAVA, and Griffin Art Prize winner Chudamani Clowes as a part of our ‘In Conversation’ series.

We will spend the evening discussing Clowes’s solo exhibition, ‘White City’, which is the culmination of her six month Griffin Art Prize residency, supported by Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conte a Paris with materials and a purpose built studio space.   ‘White City’ focuses particularly on stories of displacement and the history of cultural differences in the area around Griffin Gallery.  

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West Wednesday | September

Wed 2 September 2015 6:30pm – 8:30pm

On this occasion, we will visit Griffin Gallery, the studio of artist Epoh Beech at ACAVA’s Blechynden Street building, and Lacey Contemporary Gallery, a recent arrival to the neighbourhood having just opened last year.

The evening begins with a tour of Griffin Gallery, led by curator Becca Pelly-Fry, of ‘White City’ by Chudmani Clowes.  Through a wide range of media, encompassing ceramic, print, painting, performance and sculpture, Clowes explores her own cultural and social history in relation to those around her.  A whirlwind of energy, she is fundamentally interested in human stories, particularly those of displacement and cultural differences.  ‘White City’ is open until Ocotber 2, 2015.

We then move on to the studio of Epoh Beech, a fine artist at ACAVA working in drawing, animation and painting. Beech trained as a fine artist at Studio Simi in Florence, Cheltenham College of Art and Chelsea School of Art, with an MA in Art Therapy from Hatfield University.Her work connects to the landscape, literature and music and is concerned with the transformative journey of the unconscious. Beech lives and works in London where she exhibits work regularly. 

Lacey Contemporary Gallery will be the next destination on the tour, hlighting the exhibition ‘Finding Paradise’ with a curator’s tour by Associate Director Tessa Yee.  The exhibition features three exciting, contemporary UK-based painters: Gemma Billington, Orlanda Broom and Ylva Kunze.  Each artist explores their own concept of 'Paradise' using bold vibrant colours and raw, sweeping, brushstrokes to form abstracted worlds and forgotten pasts, taking viewers into a personal and sacred space where they can discover their own Paradise.  ‘Finding Paradise’ is open until September 19, 2015.

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White City | Opening Reception

Thu 27 August 2015 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Procession from 5.30pm

Opening Reception from 6.30pm

White City opens Thursday 27 August, with a public procession led by artist Chudmani Clowes from Griffin Gallery to White City and back.  All are invited to join Clowes on her journey as she physically travels to the place of inspiration for her exhibition and then returns to the gallery for the Opening Reception. White City is the culmination of Clowes’s residency as winner of the Griffin Art Prize, which provided her with studio space and materials to support her practice for the last six months as she created her solo show.

Cocktails will be served and steel drum musicians will perform, with the audience welcome to join the performers.

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Open Art Spaces

Fri 9 October 2015 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Griffin Gallery is delighted to be participating in Open Art Spaces, formerly Kensington & Fulham Open Studios.   Once again, Open Art Spaces will be drawing together and celebrating the broad range of artistic talent within our special “pocket” of London.  Between 9-18th October 2015 artists across the area will welcome visitors to exhibitions in their homes, studios and alternative spaces.  Griffin Gallery is very happy to be hosting a curator’s tour of the exhibition in our space, Perfectionism (part II.), a show that does not seek to be perfect.  Neither does it claim to showcase perfect artists.  Instead, this is an exploration of perfectionism of process.

Image: Installation shot of Perfectionism (part I.)

For more information on Open Art spaces, click here.

Wine and light refreshments will be served.

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Perfectionism (part II.) | Opening Reception

Wed 7 October 2015 6:30pm – 8:30pm

This exhibition does not seek to be perfect.  Neither does it claim to showcase perfect artists.  Instead, this is an exploration of perfectionism of process.

Wine and light refreshments will be served.

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Film Screening | The Colourmen

Tue 18 August 2015 12:30pm – 1:30pm

‘The Colourmen’ outlines the history of Winsor & Newton, demonstrating its methods of manufacturing art materials, including sable brushes and paints, by using methods based on sound historic practices.  Scenes in the Artists Colourmens Room show some of the more unusual pigments used.  The film was intended for art societies, students and shop assistants, highlighting how art materials are made and the use of new technology and processes at the time.

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Griffin Gallery Open | Salon Night

Wed 19 August 2015 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The evening will begin with a walking tour of the exhibition guided by curator Becca Pelly-Fry. 

Many of the exhibiting artists will be present and she will be guiding an informal  conversation about their work during the tour.    

Afterwards, there will be time for guests to ask questions of all of the exhibiting artists directly.

Wine and light refreshments will be served.

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Griffin Gallery Open | Prize Giving

Wed 22 July 2015 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Prize giving for the inaugural Griffin Gallery Open.

  • Winsor & Newton Painting Prize
  • Liquitex Painting Prize
  • Conte a Paris Drawing Prize

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Two Truths | Artists Talk

Tue 26 May 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House,13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle), London,  NW1 4QP

Book your place here.

Griffin Gallery Director Becca Pelly-Fry will be in conversation with the six artists involved in Two Truths at the Daiwa Foundation. The discussion will revolve around curatorial concerns about the impact of cultural displacement on artistic practice.  

Two Truths explores the Buddhist doctrine of the same name that differentiates between two levels of truth: conventional and ultimate (or, relative and absolute). Conventional truth is how we usually see the world; a place full of diverse and distinctive things and beings. Ultimate truth is empty of concrete and inherent characteristics; there are no distinctive things or beings.

The artists in this exhibition represent elements of the world around them, conventional truths if you will, perhaps in an attempt to understand the abstract and indefinable: the ultimate truth.  Arguably this is the journey of all artists, musicians, writers and performers, but how might the relationship to ‘truth’ be affected by cultural displacement?

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‘West’ Artist’s Talk

Wed 13 May 2015 6:00pm – 7:30pm

The Curator of 'West', Duncan Smith, will be in the gallery to introduce the exhibition and present an informal discussion with several of the artists; there will also be an opportunity for questions from the public.  Light refreshments will be served.


The exhibiting artists are: 

 Susan Bazin


 Stephen Carter

 Brian Deighton

 Maire Gartland

 Heather Gordon

 Janey Hagger

 Susan Light

 C. Morey de Morand

 Jane Oldfield

 Brenda Sakoui

 Sanja Stamenic

 Chris Stevens

 Stephen Williams

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In Discussion | José Carlos Naranjo

Mon 27 April 2015 6:30pm – 8:30pm

After an intense six weeks residency at Griffin Gallery, with a great production of new work, Naranjo from Villamartin, Cadiz, presented the work in a solo show in Seville, Spain.

Now, back in London, he will be in conversation with Mathew Gibson, resident artist at Griffin Gallery, talking about his career, the experience of the residency and contextualising his work within Contemporary Andalusian Art.

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Paint Club at Griffin Gallery | The Changing Technologies of Art: Opportunity, Risk and Tradition

Tue 31 March 2015 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Book a free seat via Eventbrite

Paint Club at University of the Arts London, in conjunction with Griffin Gallery, present an evening of discussion on art, research and science, as related to the expanded fields of practice within contemporary painting, drawing and hybrid forms of image and mark-making.

Avant-garde painting through the twentieth century was fuelled both by artists’ embrace of technology, and their urge to innovate and improvise; in some cases rapidly setting aside centuries of accrued knowledge, tradition and craft skills. Pollock’s use of oil-based enamel paints on unprimed cotton and Rothko’s experiments with complex mixtures of emulsions, acrylic and oil leave a difficult forensic trail for conservators and scholars. The life span of many more recent artists’ innovations with synthetic surfaces and materials, sometimes invented for very different purposes, may be difficult to predict; but their very claim to originality, to be genuine ‘research’, may be inextricable from that risk. Is this a Faustian pact?

The issues and challenges will be discussed by a panel including Harriet Pearson and Rachel Barker from the Tate’s Conservation team and contemporary artists Alexis Harding and Alaena Turner. Rachel recently oversaw the complex restoration of the Tate’s vandalised Rothko painting and Alaena hosted Dinner with Picasso, a research workshop examining the relationship between art and food. Their presentations will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

The event will be chaired by Jeffrey Dennis, painter and Course Leader of the BA Fine Art course, Chelsea College of Arts and the discussion will start at 7pm. Following the discussion, there will be an opportunity to meet the panellists and network with other guests over an informal drink.

Paint Club is an informal network open to anyone with an interest in contemporary painting. Painting here is regarded as an expanding field, but still relating to its own specific histories and traditions, as well as to other media and forms of art. Our activities publicly explore and debate what it means to 'research' painting within the context of contemporary art practice.

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Open Studio | José Carlos Naranjo

Wed 4 March 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Winner of Griffin Art Prize Iberia 2014, José Carlos Naranjo receives a six week residency at Griffin Gallery with materials of choice from supporting fine art materials brands. The residency culminates in an Open Studio when the public are invited to view the works made and meet the artist.

From Villamartin, Cadiz, Jose-Carlos graduated MFA from the University of Seville in 2011, his work is also currently on view in Contemporary Visions V at Beers Contemporary, London, until March 7th then in a solo exhibition at Birimbao Contemporary, Seville, Spain from March 10th.

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MAKE / CREATE | Exhibition

Wed 6 May 2015

The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA

Opening Reception | Wednesday 6 May | 6.00 - 8.30 

13 contemporary artists, 13 highly skilled craftsmen, 1 extraordinary collaborative exhibition inspired by the overarching theme of the inaugural London Craft Week; ‘London’s Hidden Craft’, MAKE / CREATE will feature 13 craft scholars from Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) and 13 fine artists, selected by Griffin Gallery, in dialogue with each other.  The spirit of the exhibition lies in the desire to demonstrate the contemporary nature of craft, and the craft involved in contemporary art – changing perceptions of both.

The selected craftsmen and artists were placed in pairs by a judging panel that included Julia Robinson of QEST, Becca Pelly-Fry, Director of Griffin Gallery, Rebecca Byrne, Events Manager of Griffin Gallery, Steve Macleod, photographer and Director of Metro Imaging, and Richard Edwards, Visual Arts and Craft Lead for Arts Council England.

Scott Benefield / Rachel Wickremer

Trevor Cain / Nicola Dale

Carréducker / Rosie Munro Kerr

Steve Cook / Evy Jokhova

Cordaelia Craine / Anneli Holmstrom

Daniel Durnin  / Lucy Dore

Aidan Gray  / Susan Fletcher

Margaret Jones  / Jake Abrams

James Kirby  / Anne Parfitt

Rosanna Martin / Gill Newton

Alan Moore  / Eliza Bennett

Mia Sarosi / Heidi Sincuba

Melissa White  / Chantal Powell 

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Tragedy of Landscape | Collector’s Evening + Artist’s Tour

Tue 24 February 2015 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Antlers Gallery and Griffin Gallery will co-host a collector focused evening at Griffin Gallery’s West London space to celebrate the Antlers curated exhibition The Tragedy of Landscape.

Join us at the gallery to hear direct from the artists in an informal exhibition tour, sample locally distilled gins courtesy of Two Birds Gin and hear an introduction to the Art Council's Own Art Scheme.

Founded in Leicestershire and produced in the quaint market town of Market Harborough, Two Birds Spirits are produced in small batches of 100 bottles at a time. All the Two Birds spirits are produced with care and perfection. Our range of spirits include our double award winning London Dry Gin, Vodka, Absinthe and award winning Cocktail Gin. 

Own Art makes buying art easy and affordable by letting you spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan. With over 250 galleries and thousands of original works of art to choose from, why not start a collection of your own today from as little as £10 per month?

This event is free to attend but places are limited so please rsvp to to secure your space.

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West Wednesday | July

Wed 16 July 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

An art walk Featuring

  • Perfectionism at Griffin Gallery and a tour of ACAVA’s Art Studios
  • Presentations by ACAVA artists Haroob Mullick and Brian Sayers.

Griffin Gallery and ACAVA are happy to announce the launch of the first summer season of West Wednesdays, a walking art tour of the Latimer Road area of London where we are located.  This second evening in the series of walks begins at Griffin Gallery, 21 Evesham Street, London, W11 4AJ.

West Wednesdays are an evening of art and conversation that flows between Griffin Gallery and ACAVA’s Blechynden Street studio building.  The evening will begin at 6:30pm with a curatorial talk by Rebecca Pelly-Fry, director of Griffin Gallery, and a tour of the exhibition ‘Perfectionism’ before proceeding to the ACAVA studio building where we will tour the studios of artists Haroob Mullick and Brian Sayers.

Brian Sayers was born in 1954 in Bromley, Kent and studied at the Slade School of Art. His main interest is the relationships of painted forms/objects to one another and the dramatic possibilities inherent. Sayers lives and works in London and exhibits his paintings in London and abroad; he is included in collections in the UK, Europe and America.  For more information, see

Haroob Mullick is a practicing  painter and artist , based in London, who also develops art lecture/workshops based on the nature of creativity  to university  students and  adults/children with special needs.  For more information, see

For more information about ACAVA, please click here.

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West Wednesday | June

Wed 18 June 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

An art walk Featuring:

  • Drawing Into Sculpture at Griffin Gallery
  • A Tour of Bridget Riley’s ACAVA Studio 
  • Presentations by artists Barbara Nicholls and Epoh Beech

Griffin Gallery and ACAVA are happy to announce the launch of the first summer season of West Wednesdays, a walking art tour of the Latimer Road area of London where we are located.  The evening begins at Griffin Gallery, 21 Evesham Street, London, W11 4AJ.

West Wednesdays are an evening of art and conversation that flows between Griffin Gallery and ACAVA’s Blechynden Street studio building.  The evening will begin at 6:30pm with a curatorial talk by Rebecca Pelly-Fry, director of Griffin Gallery, and a tour of the exhibition ‘Drawing Into Sculpture’ before proceeding to the ACAVA studio building where we will tour several studios, including the studio of celebrated artist Bridget Riley.

We are especially pleased that Bridget Riley’s assistant, Maria Timperi, is welcoming us into Riley’s studio to be the first to see her new work, soon to be exhibited at David Zwirner, London:

‘Maria Timperi is one of Bridget Riley’s assistants, she has worked in Riley’s studio for 25 years, having answered an ad in Time Out. The team, made up of artists and musicians, work through the processes involved in creating work under the direction of Bridget Riley, who at 83, is as busy as ever. Two studio’s at Blechynden St are currently used for the production of work, in addition to a studio in east London, all three spaces are being used to make new work for a major survey ‘Bridget Riley: The Stripe Paintings 1961-2014’ running from June 13 – July 25, 2014 at David Zwirner, Grafton St, London. Maria will invite West Wednesdays into the Blechynden St studio and talk about her experiences of working in Bridget Riley’s studio, she will demonstrate the techniques used in the production of the stripe paintings and discuss the process the team engage in with Bridget Riley in the production of new work before opening the floor up to questions.’

In addition, artists Barbara Nicholls and Epoh Beech will be giving a special presentation of their work in their studios.

Barbara Nicholls. Lives and works in London. Studied at Goldsmiths College BA (hons), University of East London MA and Doctorate. Her exhibitions include Industry Paper Gallery Manchester 2014, Pierogi Gallery New York 2014, Amalgam Tourhaus Rombergpark Dortmund Germany 2013, In Front of Behind ArToll Germany 2012, Specular KARST Plymouth UK 2012, Dok25a Dusseldorf 2012, Projektraum-bahnhof25 Kleve Germany 2012, Turnaround Pavillon am Milchhof Berlin 2011, Borderlines ArToll Germany 2010, Borders, Codes and Crossings APT Gallery London 2008, The Trench, Imperial War Museum London.

Epoh Beech. Lives and works in London.  Studied as a fine artist in Florence, at Cheltenham Art School and Chelsea College of Art. Her recent series in animated drawing explores the relationship between still images, moving images and music. Beech hand draws animations in charcoal on paper using a palimpsest technique, inspired by the animations of William Kentridge. Her exhibitions include solo shos ‘The Marriage of the Thames and the Rhine’, The Gallery in Redchurch Street, London (2010), and film festival screening  ‘Animfest’, Athens International Film Festival, Greece (2011).

For more information about ACAVA, please click here.

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West Wednesday | January

Wed 28 January 2015 6:30pm – 8:30pm

An art walk featuring:

  • Curator's tour of Young Gods 2015 at Griffin Gallery
  • Curator's tour of WANDERLUST  featuring Arthur Lanyon, Sarah Shaw, Sadie Weis & Tahnee Lonsdale at Lacey Contemporary, 8 Clarendon Cross, W11 4AP

Griffin Gallery and Lacey Contemporary are happy to announce the launch of the second season of West Wednesdays, a walking tour of galleries in west London.

West Wednesdays are an evening of art and conversation that flow between Griffin Gallery and the newly opened Lacey Contemporary.  The evening will begin at 6:30pm with a curatorial talk by Rebecca Pelly-Fry, director of Griffin Gallery, and a tour of the exhibition Young Gods 2015. We will then walk to the nearby Lacey Contemporary, which opened in Clarendon Cross in October. 

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Perfectionism | Panel Discussion

Tue 12 August 2014 6:30pm – 1:00am

Panel discussion on the topic of 'perfectionism' featuring 

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Dean Reynolds Open Studio

Wed 12 November 2014 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Winner of Griffin Art Prize North America 2014, Dean Reynolds, will host an open studio after his six week residency at The Studio Building.

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Mr. Turner Panel Discussion

Sun 2 November 2014 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Screening of film followed by panel discussion at The Gate Picturehouse, Notting Hill

Join us for an exclusive screening of Mike Leigh’s Cannes award-winning film, Mr. Turner this Autumn, a portrait of the artist Joseph M. W. Turner played by the luminous Timothy Spall. The film charts the last 25 years of Turner’s life as his work developed into the powerful, atmospheric imagery which came to define him as an artist.

The Gate, Notting Hill, hosts a panel discussion curated by West London’s Griffin Gallery between a group of experts in painting, materials and Turner himself, offering audiences a unique insight into the process and precision of Turner’s work, and a glimpse into the development of this award-winning film.

Panelists include:

  • Rebecca ByrneGriffin Gallery
  • Paul RobinsonWinsor & Newton
  • Tim Wright, painting consultant and tutor to Timothy Spall: Tim worked with Spall over the course of the film’s production, educating him in the history of art and authentic technical virtuosity that earned him a Best Actor award at Cannes this year. Tim Wright is an experienced artist who has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and at The National Portrait Gallery.

For more information about Gate Picturehouse go to:

Gate Picturehouse, 87 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JZ

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Inside Out Festival | Interpreting London Landmarks

Wed 22 October 2014 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Booking essential – please book here.

(An administration fee of £10 will be charged for no shows, or cancellation without 24 hours prior notice)


A free art workshop led by artist Ben Phillips and hosted by Griffin Gallery

The session will use the nearby architectural icon, the Trellick Tower as a focus.  Constructed in 1967 by Modernist architect Erno Goldfinger, the tower is a 31-storey block of flats with a detached lift shaft located in North Kensington. It is a bold building fashioned in a Brutalist style and to this day confronts issues of living in the modern city and is an iconic London landmark.

Ben will guide the participants through a brief history of the Trellick Tower, this will be followed by exploring different ways of working with materials for drawing & painting to construct a personal depiction of the Tower.  In this informal workshop, participants will be invited to use the Pop Art, Cubist or Surrealist styles to interpret the building!  No prior artistic training is expected, although more experienced artists are welcome.


Available Tour (4.00pm- 4.45pm):
Prior to the workshop, a guided tour of the Colart Innovation and Development Laboratory is available; this is a rare opportunity to meet the chemists and see the laboratories where new fine art materials are being created and tested daily.  From artists’ oils to water colours to acrylics, fine art materials are actively being created, refined and improved here, giving artists new methods to explore time-honored materials as well as providing new opportunities for experimentation with the latest new materials that technology can provide.

All art supplies for the event will be supplied by Winsor & Newton, Conte a Paris and Liqitex.

Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

Spaces on the tour are very limited so please do book in advance here.

Tickets can be booked in addition to the workshop or separately.



COMPETITION : How well do you know your London Landmarks?

Griffin Gallery and Colart have donated a luscious goody bag of art supplies for the lucky person who answers this question, and whose name is picked first out of the hat!

Who was the architect of the iconic London landmark, the Trellick Tower?
Please submit your answer in an email headed “London Landmarks Competition” including your full name and contact details to by 5pm 17th October 2014.

The competition will be drawn, and the winner notified during the week of 27th October 2014.

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Space for Creation

Wed 10 December 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Griffin Gallery will be hosting ‘Space for Creation’, a panel discussion about the impact of space on creation and artistic practice.  We are particularly interested in having a conversation about the effect that studio space and residencies have on the artistic process, recognizing that a rural residency in another culture is a very different dynamic to an urban residency or a local opportunity.

This is of particular interest to us since Griffin Gallery offers short term residencies to artists, international and UK based.

Gordon Cheung, one of this year’s Griffin Art Prize judges, Evy Jokhova, a former resident artist at Florence Trust and current GAP shortlisted artist, Alzbeta Jaresova, Griffin Art Prize winner 2012, as well as Luke George and Elizabeth Rose, GAP 2013 winners, are all members of the panel.

TICKETS: £5.00 - buy via EVENTBRITE

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The Role of Expression in Contemporary Art

Tue 4 November 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

In what promises to be a thought provoking event, Ian Rosenfeld, gallery director at Rosenfeld Porcini, art critic and curator Paul Carey-Kent and artist and writer Nick Malone will discuss ‘The Role of Expression in Contemporary Art’. Should we be seeking out the expressive, maximising the emotional charge to draw the viewer in, as Ian Rosenfeld will argue? Or should we, on the contrary, be purging such indulgences to let our analytical and thoughtful sides take the lead, as Paul Carey-Kent will claim? Always assuming that there is such a contrast to be drawn….

Nick Malone will take an alternative path through this debate by explaining how his current work explores the different ways of thinking, feeling and expression in the interaction of text and image. The panel will be chaired by Annie Zamero, founder of The Magma Group who are exhibiting alongside this discussion from 16th October-14th November.  The discussion topic relates to the group ethos of combinig conceptual and expressive qualities in their work.

The background of the speakers is diverse. Ian Rosenfeld was initially a photographer and film director who lived in Florence for many years before founding Rosenfeld Porcini in 2011. Paul Carey-Kent is a former Editor at Large of Art World magazine and now writes catalogues and regularly contributes to a number of periodicals including Art Monthly and Border Crossings. Nick Malone is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has exhibited extensively in London and internationally and was Visiting Professor in Contemporary Literature at the University of Wisconsin.

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Madder | Artistic Process Workshop

Wed 8 October 2014 3:00pm – 8:30pm

Luke George and Elizabeth Rose | Winners of Griffin Art Prize 2013

3.00 – 6.00 pm:

The day will begin with a presentation from George and Rose about the drawing process which underpins their painting practice.

Paticipants will then be invited into the studio to explore various drawing processes, including drawing in response to music, poetry reading and timed observation.

6.30 – 8.30 pm:

Artists’ tour of the exhibition with a viewing of the images and films the artists have made during the course of their preparaion of ‘Madder’, followed by a conversation with the artists.

TICKETS:  £10.00

Can be bought on the door or via EVENTBRITE.

Wine and light refreshments will be served.

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PaintUnion | Kate Hawkins & Sarah Kate Wilson

Tue 30 September 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

PaintUnion are delighted to welcome Kate Hawkins and Sarah Kate Wilson to discuss their practices at the Griffin Gallery.

Sarah Kate Wilson aims to destabilise the tradition of painting, of which a static object hung on a wall is typical. She sidesteps away from ‘finished’ paintings preferring to keep the works in a state of flux and make the passing of time explicit through various strategies, such as asking the audience to physically interact with the work and the use of ephemeral materials such as balloons and mirrored acrylics. Wilson is currently showing in a three person exhibition at The Newlyn Gallery, Penzance and has been nominated for the inaugural ‘2014 New City Prize for the Visual Arts’ in partnership with MK Gallery.  Previous exhibitions include, TORTOISE, WW Gallery, London; PART THREE: Oblique Exchange, 2013, APT Gallery, London, UK; Uncle Vern’s Dog, Gallery North, Newcastle, 2013; Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012, shortlisted (UK touring show). She is currently doing a Practice Based PhD at Leeds University (AHRC funded).


Kate Hawkins recently completed a practice-based PhD at Winchester School of Art on whether painting can be performative without becoming theatrical and what this means for spectatorship. Her work is informed by her previous performance-based background, frequently encouraging the spectator to adopt the role of performer and to actively engage with the work. In 2013/14 she exhibited in New Order II, British Art Today at the Saatchi Gallery, and in Bloomberg New Contemporaries, selected by Chantal Joffe, Ryan Gander, and Nathaniel Mellors. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Escape the Esplanade, Limbo, Margate, 2013; The King of Hearts Has No Moustache, Gallery Vela, London, 2012; and My Brother is a Hairy Man, with James Ferris, at George Polke, London, 2011.


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Madder | Pigment Making Workshop

Wed 24 September 2014 3:00pm – 8:30pm

Luke George and Elizabeth Rose | Winners of Griffin Art Prize 2013

3.00 – 6.00 pm:

The day will begin with a presentation from George and Rose on the pigment Rose Madder and the process which underpins their painting practice.   In particular, the role of madder root in their work will be discussed.

George and Rose will then teach a workshop on how to make pastels and watercolors from Rose Madder.  At the end of the day, participants will leave with the materials that they made.


6.30 – 8.30 pm

Artists’ tour of the exhibition with a viewing of the images and films the artists have made during the course of their preparation of ‘Madder’, followed by a conversation with the artists.


TICKETS:  £10.00

Can be bought on the door or via EVENTBRITE.


Wine and light refreshments will be served.

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During their residency George and Rose were particularly fascinated by the story of Madder, and its historical connection with Winsor & Newton.  By 1804, George Field, an outstanding colourman and chemist, managed to turn the madder extract, which was soluble in water, into a solid pigment that was insoluble. This resulted in what was known as a madder lake. It had a longer-lasting colour and could be used in creating paints.  Field wrote 10 volumes of notes and experiments on how to improve the quality of pigments and these notes were considered so important by William Winsor, the co-founder of Winsor & Newton, that he bought the lot.  It takes about 13 weeks to produce madder pigments for both oil and water colours.  Many other methods old and new have been tried to produce the pigment.  However, none have been found to match the unique properties of the Rose Madder produced following Field’s methods and, since 1835, Winsor & Newton is proud to be part of an age old tradition which produces real madder and not a synthetic version.

George and Rose have experimented with madder pigment development to create a new body of work that captures the physicality and explosive nature of the precipitation process.  Smoothly sanded gesso surfaces collide with violent splashes and drips of pink, red and brown, crystallised into intricate filigree patterns across the surface of the canvas.  George and Rose have allowed the process and the material to dictate the direction of the work, yet taking control of the final product – much in the way Winsor & Newton have developed the unmatched Rose Madder pigment for over a hundred and fifty years.

This body of work is as much an exploration of history and tradition in colourmaking as it is a vision of the future – these two young and extraordinarily committed artists carry the canon of art history on their shoulders, but they wear it lightly, delicately picking their way through the stories of others to create a new vision of their own.  The exhibition will include several drawings and new paintings on canvas, including one very large piece that they will be working on in-situ in the week leading up to the opening night.  The exhibition will pack a punch, and visitors should expect to leave the gallery feeling as if they have been through a physical experience, just as Luke and Lizzie have in creating it.

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Madder Private View

Wed 10 September 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Luke George and Elizabeth Rose | Griffin Art Prize Winners 2013

George and Rose, who are both a couple and united artistic force, present their solo show at Griffin Gallery; the result of six months intense investigation into the particular properties of the madder root and its use as an artists’ pigment.

Open to all.

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Perfectionism | Finnisage

Fri 29 August 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Closing party for our show, Perfectionism. Curator Becca Pelly-Fry will announce some of the artists who will be taking part in PERFECTIONISM (Part II.)

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Drawing Into Sculpture | London Sculpture Workshop Day

Thu 19 June 2014 9:00am – 5:00pm

Griffin Gallery and London Sculpture Workshop, LSW, are happy to announce their collaborative drawing and sculpture workshop on Thursday 19th June.

To coincide with the exhibition at Griffin Gallery, ‘Drawing Into Sculpture’, we will be creating an all day hands-on event that takes the participants from a morning of making drawings at the gallery to an afternoon of creating sculptures at LSW.

The day begins with a tour of the exhibition by the gallery director and co-curator, Rebecca Pelly-Fry, and then will move up into the purpose built studio space above the gallery. There the participants will draw and plan out their ideas for a sculpture which will be made in the afternoon. We will break for lunch and move from the gallery to LSW to begin the second half of the day making sculptures, using materials ranging from wood to ceramics to metal.

The day will end with a group presentation of the work made and a discussion about the experience over a glass of wine and light refreshments.

Tickets are £25 and there are limited spaces, so please RSVP to to reserve your place.

We look forward to having you at Griffin Gallery and LSW!

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Bosse & Baum in discussion with Lauren Kelly

Tue 20 May 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Lana Bountakidou and Alexandra Warder, forming the curatorial collective Bosse & Baum, deliver immersive art installations, exhibitions and experiences of emerging contemporary art and support young art practitioners with their artistic practice.

Bountakidou and Warder will be in the gallery this evening discussing their curatorial practice and highlighting upcoming projects as well as speaking with artist Lauren Kelly. Kelly is featured in Bosse & Baum’s upcoming exhibition Digesting the Devoured: Lauren Kelly, in April 2014.

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Archaeologies | In Conversation

Wed 14 May 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Michelle Lee Medjeral-Thomas, founder and Chief Curator of the Contemporary London, will be here on this evening in conversation with three of the artists from the exhibition she curated at Griffin Gallery, ‘Archaeologies’.

‘Archaeologies’ opens with a Private View on Wednesday, April 23rd, 6:30 – 8:30pm, and is open until May 23rd.


Jess Littlewood

Sourcing digital images from the Internet to create one-off Giclee prints, Jess Littlewood’s meticulous digital collages create somber, ritualistic and sci-fi landscapes that explore ideas of human behavior, belief and utopia.


Susanna Moxhay


Susanne Moxhay’s works moves fluently between real and illusionary space, between the idealized and the dystopian environments. Her latest work features broken down interiors, creating hybrid spaces that merge inside and out, juxtaposing the intimate and the undomesticated and take on the quality of an empty stage set.


Reginald Aloysius


Through the iconography of Sri Lankan and Southern Indian temples Reginald Aloysius explores ideas surrounding globalization, emigration and the destruction of tradition, both directly or indirectly through development and modernisation.


The Contemporary London

The Contemporary London is a pop up gallery and online platform promoting a curated selection of emerging artists. The Contemporary London is in the process of settling up a permanent pop up and collaborative project space in Central West London set to launch at the end of 2014. We recently exhibited at London Art Fair, Arts Projects 2014 showing a solo selection of new works by Vasilis Avramidis entitled Resort Archaeology. Our current group exhibition was curated in collaboration with Resort Archaeology and builds upon the ideas and dialogue created at our London Art Fair solo presentation.


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Luke George & Elizabeth Rose Residency Experience

Tue 6 May 2014 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Winners of GAP 2013, Luke George and Elizabeth Rose will talk about the research they undertook prior to beginning their six month residency in the Studio Building.

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PaintUnion | Cornelia Baltes & Sean Penlington

Tue 29 April 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

PaintUnion is pleased to welcome Sean Penlington and Cornelia Baltes to speak at our next discussion evening. Penlington and Baltes will be giving a talk about their recent work within the context of the expanded field of painting.

Sean Penlington’s work can be found at

Cornelia Baltes’ work can be found at

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Engine ChatChat Open Crit

Wed 9 April 2014 6:30am – 8:30am

Engine ChatChat is a facilitated peer crit where artists can share ideas, ask questions and get feedback from a small group of peers. An informal atmosphere and constructive conversation is encouraged. This is a dedicated space to think about and share your practice.

Inspired by the studio conversations during her studies at Goldsmiths, Elizabeth Murton started a crit group in 2007, Engine ChatChat. It was the studio environment and the informal, helpful conversations she wanted to continue, in contrast to presentation style large convenors. The sessions run regularly at Bow Arts, London as part of the professional development programme, and in 2013 it travelled to arts organisations in Guildford, Exeter, and Leeds University.

In partnership with Griffin Gallery, this critique will be slightly different as the presenting artists are invited. There are opportunities to attend and join the conversation, please contact the gallery to RSVP and join us for the evening. Places for guests wishing to participate in the conversation are limited and will be granted on a first-come basis.

Griffin Gallery and Engine ChatChat are happy to welcome the following artists to this event:

  • Sasha Bowles is currently exhibiting in UAL’s Future Map, at SPACE Gallery.
  • Susan Sluglett is one of the three Jerwood Painting Fellows 2013/14. Her work is currently touring the UK as a part of the Jerwood Painting Fellows Exhibition.
  • Nicholas Feldmeyer was a finalist for the Lumen Prize 2014 and winner of the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s New Sensations 2012.
  • Karen Ay has exhibited at the London Art Fair 2013 and 2014, as well as Flowers Gallery in London.

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Q-Art Open Crit

Sat 29 March 2014

Q-Art is a student/graduate run organisation that aims to break down the barriers to art education and contemporary art. They produce books, videos, workshops, and run a programme of monthly Open Crits across art colleges and gallery spaces in London.

Q-Art crits are open to artists of all backgrounds to meet others and develop and discuss art work in a diverse and constructive environment. At this event a mix of student, graduate, and self-trained artists will present work for discussion and feedback.


The Q-Art Presenting Artists:

Leon Pozniakow

I paint and I draw. Drawing from observation, I investigate any subject, ultimately to make a mutual connection. A connection that is as particular to the nature of drawing as it is unpredictable. Painting is a place where I talk to myself. The formation of an image is a concoction of voices. The Apollonian and the Dionysian combine. Passions are tempered by the Intellect. In this way, the act of painting can be a very sophisticated analytical process. My practice as an artist is dedicated to the exploration of the dual forces within our behaviour and I am interested in the personal interpretation and reaction to my images.

Leon Pozniakow is a graduate of The Princes Drawing School 2013; he currently lives and works in London as a tutor and artist.


Radoslav Ninov

My practice predominantly explores the language of painting and it’s validity today. My point of departure is working from life; pre-designed objects and set-ups which I subject to further manipulation, transformation, in order to bring ‘them’ to a world and nature of my own. Often they progress into more obscure narratives, which manifest into artificial situations and scenes.

Radoslav Ninov is a currently studying for his BA at Goldsmiths, living and working in London.


Olga Waller

I explore different materials and various styles as ways of self-expression. I love sculpture, interior, stage decorations and period costume design. Being born and brought up in St.Petersburg - theatre visits have always been a big part of my life. Now I feel very lucky to live in London and greatly enjoy it’s cultural diversity and the creative bunch of people it shelters. London itself is a stage with lots of characters and stories; I guess this is what captivates me and inspires me everyday.

Olga Walker is a self-taught artist living and working in London.


Beata Kozlowska

Recent work is based in majority on abstract drawings, using black and red pen on paper. The process of creation oscillates between gesture of child-like intuitive doodles, or primodial geometric elements and highly controlled, quasi-architectonic mapping. The intuitive drawings as a process of connecting with the inner energy in the body and the outer, so to speak, orchestration of the universal interconnecting energy, provide the possibility for unlimited re-creation, re-construction of the abstract, non-objectified dimension.

Beata Kozlowska graduated 2010 from The Chelsea College of Arts and Design (MA Fine Art); she currently lives and works in London as a tutor and artist.


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Open Studio | Jonathan Kelly

Wed 5 March 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Jonathan, a graduate of Wimbledon College of Art in London, is the winner of the West London Art Prize 2013, an opportunity organized by FACK! (Forum for Artists in Chelsea and Kensington) and supported by Griffin Gallery, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris.

The prize awarded Jonathan a six week residency in a purpose built artist’s studio provided by Griffin Gallery.

Please come and enjoy some light refreshments, meet the artist in his studio and see the work-in-progress from his residency.

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Alf Löhr + Barbara Nicholls In Conversation

Thu 27 February 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

‘Water + Colour’ artists, Alf Loehr and Barbara Nicholls discuss their work in the context of the current exhibition, in conversation with the Curator and Gallery Director, Becca Pelly-Fry.

Since the early 1990s, Alf Löhr has focussed on producing watercolours, beginning small, his work gained scope and developed into the large-scale works on canvas we see in this exhibition. In his work, Löhr tries to objectively approach emotion, favouring ‘the emotional quality of paint.’ And his titles invite us to react, to think, by doing so, he intends to provoke a state of mind that is open to emotions, to make us alert to the invisible. He believes there is a lot that we experience that we cannot express, and he hopes that his paintings provide an outlet for contemplating and committing to one’s own subconscious, sensitivity and intuition.

Barbara Nicholls’ work operates across a broad range of artistic categories, employing a wide span of processes and techniques to address a number of engaging critical issues: questions of aesthetic form, surface and depth, chance and order, the handmade and the readymade, the archaeological and the cartographic, and the relations between work and play. Her approach, both to the subject matter with which she engages and to its material rendition is allegorical or metaphorical, rather than literal or mimetic. The objects Nicholls produces, be they primarily two dimensional or three dimensional forms, may thus be regarded as translations or complex developments with their own internal logic, structures which have, to a considerable degree, moved away from their original sources whilst nonetheless connecting to them through inference and analogy.

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PaintUnion | Jemima Brown and Juliette Losq

Tue 18 February 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Following on from the successful launch in December 2013, PaintUnion are back with another fantastic installment of their bi-monthly contemporary painting discussions. 

The Griffin Gallery will be showing ‘Water + Colour’, curated by Rebecca Pelly-Fry, in the gallery during this PaintUnion discussion night, so we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to discuss ephemerality and how artists use water based media in their practices now.

PaintUnion is very happy to welcome Jemima Brown and Juliette Losq as speakers for this event.

Jemima uses sculpture, painting, drawing and time based media to create humanoid avatars occupying a zone between the animate and the inanimate. The work explores formal sculptural decision making, suggested narrative and social critique. She was the recipient of the 2010/11 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award, showing new work at Standpoint Gallery in London in September 2011. A Fulbright Scholar at the University of California Los Angeles in 1998 and a Cocheme Fellow at the University of the Arts, Byam Shaw School of Art in London in 2006, Jemima has recently been working on ‘Untitled Picture Profiles’. A selection from this series of watercolour works cataloguing the Facebook profiles of all her contacts will be shown at Paper in Manchester in April-June 2014.

Juliette’s watercolour installations are immersive environments; the sheets of torn paper run down the wall, peel away and layer over each other, ultimately spilling out onto the floor and surrounding the viewer. She often incorporates Victorian furniture, further challenging the ideas of watercolour as being a medium that, traditionally, is to be presented in a frame, on a wall. Her work is typified by fragmented narratives relating mysterious incidents and landscapes that are charged with an imagined threat. Solo shows include: Dans la poussière de cette planète, Galerie Arcturus, Paris, 2013; Lucaria, Theodore Art, New York, 2012; Life of Wood c/o BTAP, Seoul, 2009. She was the winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2005.

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Jonathan Kelly Residency Experience

Tue 11 February 2014 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Jonathan Kelly, who won the West London Art Prize in June 2013, was awarded a two month residency in the Studio Building.

One month in, he will share his experience as a ColArt resident artist discussing how his practice has been developed and informed by experimenting with the materials given by sponsors Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conte a Paris.

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Young Gods 2014 | In Discussion

Wed 22 January 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Zavier Ellis, director of CHARLIE SMITH london and curator of our current exhibition, Young Gods, will give a unique insight into discovering emerging artists, bringing them to market, and curating them into exhibitions. He will discuss the concept and history of Young Gods, and the process of decision making involved in pulling the show together. Zavier will explain what it is that makes an artist and an artwork stand out amongst the hundreds of voices in art schools and other environments, and offer some tips on professional practice.

Virgile Ittah is one of the artists selected for Young Gods. French born, Ittah graduated in the summer of 2013 with her Masters in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art. Working in figurative sculpture and photography, Ittah has also been selected for Saatchi’s New Sensations and Catlin Guide; has been acquired by the Saatchi Gallery; and will feature in the forthcoming Saatchi Gallery exhibition New Order: British Art Today II. Ittah will discuss her practice and experience in creating exhibiting opportunities.

Mr & Mrs Philip Cath graduated this summer with MA’s from Goldsmiths College. This collaborative duo will discuss their painting practice, which involves creating sets or scenes and painting from life. They will also discuss opportunities that have arisen since graduating.

Seminar is free of charge but places are limited so please RSVP by emailing

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The Art Insider | How To Get Ahead In The Art World

Tue 16 September 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The Art Insider and Griffin Gallery are delighted to offer a series of professional development seminars for artists.

TICKETS: £10.00

This seminar has been developed by Trudie Stephenson of The Art Insider  to provide the skills necessary to navigate more effectively in the commercial art world. It will help you to understand your industry, how to find opportunities, make money and how to sustain your practice.


Trudie Stephenson – Director The Art Insider

Areas covered:

  • The range of opportunities available to artists
  • Where to look for sources of information
  • How to create a workable and realistic schedule of activity
  • How to create income streams
  • Identifying the most appropriate gallery/outlet for you and your work

Alys Williams  - Director Vitrine Gallery

Areas covered:

  • How to approach the gallerist and what to present to them
  • What makes a gallery/dealer cherry pick certain artists
  • What a gallery/dealer will offer the artist
  • How a career is developed and sales structure in implemented.
  • Who controls the market and how is it done.



The Art Insider is a forward-thinking company providing bespoke mentoring, group seminars and a comprehensive range of associated services for visual artists. We are a friendly team of practicing visual arts specialists, dedicated to facilitating the professional development of artists and supporting the progression of studio practice.  We provide artists with the knowledge, skills and confidence to navigate more successfully within the fine art industry.

Art industry expert, Trudie Stephenson, founded The Art Insider in 2012.  Trudie possesses more than 20 years professional experience as an exhibiting artist, director and project-manager of major exhibitions, curator and fine-art consultant. She has concurrently mentored both emerging and established artists for over 10 years.  This cumulative experience has engendered a thorough understanding of the nature of working as an artist and provided the expertise required to enable artists to develop and sustain their practice at a commercial level.

The Art Insider exists to bridge the gap between studio practice and successful commercial enterprise.



VITRINE is divided across two locations in Bermondsey; the gallery was founded on Bermondsey Street in September 2012, following the growth of the Bermondsey Square space, since 2010.

VITRINE Bermondsey Street represents a growing stable of international artists and presents solo, two-person and group exhibitions at VITRINE’s main gallery space. Presenting at Art Fairs and through Off-Site exhibitions internationally. Dedicated to working with artists across all media and focusing on cross-disciplinary practices; VITRINE is establishing a strong reputation as a selector and nurturer of new talent in London.

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Alzbeta Jaresova Residency Experience

Tue 10 September 2013 6:30pm – 8:30pm

If you are interested in the Griffin Art Prize (GAP) or Art Residencies in general, join us at the Griffin Gallery on the 10th of September for a Seminar with Alzabeta Jaresova, our 2012 GAP Winner. She will share her experience as an Resident Artist in the Studio Building, how it has informed her practice and what materials she was able to experiment with thanks to the Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conte a Paris sponsorship. She will also briefly touch on the main topics of her practice.

Her first Solo Show “A Catalyst for Remembrance” is the culmination of her 6 months Residency in the Studio above the Griffin Gallery and it will be on from the 6th until the 27th of September.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to discover a highly promising emerging artist.

The Griffin Art Prize offers a work Residency in the Studio Building as well as a free access to the very best Fine Art materials developed in the building. The Residency results in a prestigious Solo Show at the Griffin Gallery. For more info about the prize, see the Griffin Art Prize website.

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