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15 - 21 May 2013
Opening times: 11am - 6pm (11am- 4pm on 21st May)
Artists - Chris Spencer, Helen Wilson, Marian Murphy, Miriam Weaver, Janette Bright,
When six artists decided to join together for an exhibition at the Crypt Gallery of St Pancras Church, they turned to the architecture of the building for inspiration. Built in the Greek revival style in the early nineteenth century, one of the church's most iconic features is the caryatids that are set above the entrance to the burial vault on the side of the facade. The caryatids are often thought to symbolise the goddess Artemis, and from this the title of the exhibition Seeking Artemis was born.
Chris Spencer has set off on a search to explore the symbolic connections between the female and the sea. Using felt and mixed media she has created hangings and three dimensional works to explore the roles that women take on throughout their lives, combining this with natural imagery and innate awareness of symbolism the individual often has hidden deep within.
For Miriam Weaver it was the idea of strong women that inspired her. There are many women throughout history and into the present day whose strength is seen in a supporting role much as the caryatids support the fabric of the church. Using modern quilting techniques she has created a set of images to honour such women.
Prompted by the architecture of the church Marian Murphy, was inspired by the fact that the crypt is still populated. She was particularly moved by the idea that these souls are now "putting down their burdens" to lie beneath the church and her mixed media images of figures are seen both appearing and disappearing into plaster walls.
Artemis as the huntress combined with modern ideas about body image has been the inspiration behind the work of photographer Rebecca Herbert. Staged in the natural setting of the hunter, images combine woodland with fashionable objects of desire.
For Helen Wilson it was the inspiration of one woman, Angela Burdett-Coutts, who has been her starting point. As a wealthy, philanthropist Burdett-Coutts was behind many charitable schemes. She was known as the 'Queen of the Poor'. Her charitable giving extended to numerous and varied causes, including education, housing and the setting up of animal charities. A friend of Florence Nightingale and Charles Dickens, many aspects of her life have been translated into pieces that combine watercolour, print, stitch and collage.
The Foundling Hospital and the lives of those who used its services two hundred years ago has been a theme of research behind the work of Janette Bright for many years. In her installation she has concentrated on the mother's role exploring some of the reasons why the Foundling Hospital became a place of safety for their children in a world very different from our own.
The six artists have come together in the hope that this dynamic exhibition shows how from the same starting point many facets of life, (and even death), can be discovered.
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23 - 29 May 2013
Opening times: 12noon - 7pm (last day - 29th - open until 4pm)
A group exhibition by twenty-five London-based artists:
Jaye Cook, Andrew Wyatt, Chris Browne, Maria Christoforatou,
Gerald Mcaree, Rose Cleary, Iwona Cislo,
Maria Juchnowska, Sabrina Kaici, Lewis Jones, Dave Keeping, Catherine Harrison, Elizabeth Wheeler,
Emma Donnelly, Myura Amaranath, Pawel Jaskulski,
Ludmila Bebjakova, Zohra Lopez Milian, Paula Hillis, Amber Black, Max Reeves,
Alexey Moskvin, Pandora Ryan, Ilana Levine and Ignacio Miranda.
Alongside the pursuit of our own creative practices, ranging from sculpture to photography, from painting to film, as well as other forms, we all work for the internationally-known, Tate Modern and Tate Britain galleries.
The exhibition will showcase the outcomes of our explorations and interpretations of the theme flesh in relation to our own practice. The result is an exciting mix of work that will challenge and excite the audience. An eclectic, cornucopia of personal responses to flesh, unified by the exhibition space.
7 - 26 June 2013
Tuesday - Friday 11 - 6pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 - 4pm
Media private view: Thursday 6 June 2013, 4pm - 6pm
Britain's most seductive sculpture exhibition comes to London for the first time.
onform sculpture, which began life in the Cotswolds in 2002 and has since grown into one of Britain's most acclaimed stone sculpture exhibitions, comes to the capital for the first time this June. The atmospheric setting for onform london is the Crypt Gallery, a subterranean art space underneath St Pancras Church, Euston. It is a place of ancient stone and shadowy recesses, a perfect setting to stumble across artistic treasure.
Showcasing both established and new sculpting talent, onform london is exhibiting more than fifty sculptures using stone sourced from all over the world. Sizes range from small desk-top pieces to much larger outdoor works. All sculptures are for sale and prices start at £500. Admission is free.
Unusually, the exhibition encourages visitors to touch the sculptures, allowing them to enjoy the shape and texture of the work with their hands as well as their eyes. In another onform touch, several of the sculptors will be in the Crypt each day allowing visitors the chance to talk to them about their work.
This is the first time that onform has exhibited in London but it comes with impeccable credentials. Since the summer of 2002, it has taken place every two years at Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire and is curated by Rosie Pearson and Anna Greenacre. Following its extraordinarily successful run there during the summer of 2012 where it defied both weather and recession, Anna Greenacre decided the time was right for onform to explore a more urban setting as well.
onform london was inspired by the success of onform sculpture which began in 2002 and takes place biennially at Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire. The next onform at Asthall Manor will take place from June to July 2014.
Peter Brooke-Ball, Katusha Bull, Aly Brown, Frederic Chevarin, Luke Dickinson,
Simon Hitchens, Jonathan Loxley, Bridget McCrum, William Peers,
Peter Randall-Page, Jordi Raga Frances, Julian Rena, Rachel Schwalm, Sarah Smith, Guy Stevens, Anthony Turner Lucy Unwin, Paul Vanstone, Dominic Welch
Types of stone
The sculptors carve their work using a rich variety of stone including dark grey Kilkenny limestone, honey coloured calcite, Italian blue alabaster, red sandstone, grey-white Carrara marble, granite, perodite, chlorite, lotus, onyx, travertine and other stone sourced from all over the world.
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2 - 6 July 2013
Opening times: 10am - 7pm
Private view: Thursday 4 July, 6-9pm
Breaking Bounds brings together diverse work from sixteen artists from the City Lit Sculpture Course: Catherine Borowski, Norman Brown, Peter Brown, Angela Hodkinson, John Withers, Suzan Keen,
Sarah Heenan, Aleksandra Calka, Kate Theodore, David Taylor, Roz Evans Flagg, Suzanne Bridgewater, Emerald Mosley, Peter Abrahams, Diane Hurd. Hilda Ellis.
Each artist has 'broken bounds' in their individual practice in the sense of exploring and inventing through their practice. Ideas are generated and reworked, exchanged and reformed. The term Sculpture is explored to its fullest.
Work ranges from the kinetic and 'tongue in cheek' to the deeply personal and emotive. From the structural and abstract, to explorations of the figure; personal and political themes intertwine.
The exhibition will present one large group work: 'Breaking Bounds', as well as individual works in multiple media, plaster and steel, cardboard, paper and found materials, plastics and cloth.
The emphasis is on exploration and a group commitment to a meaningful sculpture practice.
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