‘New Moon’: Good Friday, 30 March, 12-4.30pm, Half Moon Putney 93 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1 EU. Free entry.
The Half Moon Putney will be marking its 55th year with ‘New Moon’ – a free one-day exhibition of artworks completed by its Resident Artist, and Lots Road Group member Stella Tooth, on Good Friday, 30 March from 12 -4.30pm.
Throughout 2017 Stella has been busy capturing the creative energy of some of the venue’s best-loved bands – and will be continuing to document the special events planned with legends of the 60s to the 00s throughout 2018.
The images so far – and the story behind them – are contained in ‘New Moon’ an online catalogue which it’s hoped will whet your appetite to see them in the frame.
A proportion of the money raised from their sale will go to Teenage Cancer Trust, whose Honorary Patron is Roger Daltry, in a drive to raise £55k for the charity, celebrating 55 years of live music at The Half Moon.
Visitors to the exhibition will enjoy a complimentary Gin & Tonic from Sipsmith on arrival. Closest tube: Putney Bridge.
Some Lots Road Group artists – including Hero Johnson and Sarah Jane Moon will have work on display in the annual The Heatherley School Of Fine Art Staff Exhibition which is taking place again next month at the Bankside Gallery.
This is Heatherley’s fifth excursion to the Bankside Gallery and always proves a diverse and interesting show and opportunity for friends and students of the school to get together.
The exhibition runs from Thursday 25th January to Sunday 28th January 11am-6pm.
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Two portraits by Lots Road Group member Katherine Firth: of Dr Chris Dobson and his late wife Ann, were recently unveiled at Selwyn College, Cambridge.
The portraits were commissioned to mark the generosity of Dr and Mrs Dobson, whose major contribution has enabled the building of two wings of Ann Court at the College.
If you haven’t yet seen the Art of Reading exhibition that opened at Waterstones in Bloomsbury last year, and toured to the Cambridge Literary Festival, you can catch it as it completes its tour at The Heatherley School of Fine Art at the end of this month.
Artist Katherine Firth portrayed Dame Gillian Beer DBE, ex-President of Clare Hall and King Edward Vii Professor of English Literature and a distinguished author and literary critic.
If you would like to learn more about her reading habits – and those of others portrayed – go to http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/7438580-the-art-of-reading to find The Art of Reading Catalogue.
Lots Road Group member Alla Broeksmit has gained her MFA from the New York Studio of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture.
At her thesis exhibition earlier this year, Alla said, “Memories are central to how I create images. In this new series of paintings, I am referring to incidents from my past as a mean to dissect my own identity as an immigrant. I was among the ones who have lost everything, the disinherited, the poor, the abandoned. Forty years ago, I escaped the repression and totalitarianism of the Soviet Union. I left my people behind, members of my family, my friends.
“Before I paint, I keep my eyes closed and they appear again, as clear as it was when I was lost in Vienna, my child in my arms. These images are behind each stroke of paint. I utilise this particular psychological content and emotion, embedded in my origins, to feed me and to develop — visually — my new iconography within the layers of paint in my paintings.”
As Laurence’s portrait of Biljana Sykes has joined us mid tour, it was not included in The Art of Reading catalogue, which can be found on Blurb.
As The Lots Road Group’s motto is Our Portrait, Your Story, words that accompany our work is equally as important as the portraits themselves.
Here is what Laurence had to say about her sitter, and what she, in turn, has to say about reading.
I have painted my friend Biljana Sykes who is a yoga teacher and she is reading her father’s first novel, published last year. She’s originally from Macedonia but has lived in London since 2000. Biljana is currently working on her biography which is about how her life has evolved since her divorce and the discovery that she had cancer. She reassessed her life, she changed career, and with the help of many people she met on her journey, she is now happy and in remission.
Biljana Skyes on reading
In Laurence’s painting I am reading my father’s novel which has been published in his native Macedonian: Life: thoughts and wisdom. I like to read at home on my sofa, and occasionally on the plane – in fact, whenever I have a spare moment. I enjoy a mix of fiction and non-fiction, and if I had to choose a Desert Island book I would select Paolo Coelho’s ALEPH.
I like it because I can relate to both his voyage of self-discovery and his discovery of the world, which is relevant to the writing of my own biography. For me, reading means travelling into another person’s reality – their world.
Based in West Ealing, Laurence has a BA from Oxford Brookes University, studied portraiture at Heatherley’s and continuing studies at The Chelsea College of Art. She has exhibited locally twice with the Ealing Art Group and twice in the Ealing Open Exhibition at the PM Gallery. Her latest group exhibition was at the London Oratory School. She also takes commissions.
Lots Road Group members Hilary Puxley, Mark Stevenson and Katherine Firth (and her daughter) selflessly turned their backs on the glorious Spring sunshine yesterday to set up our latest exhibition The Art of Reading at the Cambridge Literary Festival.
Festival Organiser, Anna Millward, said, “We are delighted to be supporting Lots Road Group The Art of Reading Exhibition. The portraits are exquisite and will make a lovely contribution to the festival vibe.”
And we’re just thrilled to be at such a festival, which runs from today until 23 April and celebrates the subject of our show.
The exhibition, created in association with BookTrust, celebrates the pleasure of reading. It is exhibited in the hub of the Festival, The Old Divinity School, St Johns College, where book signings and sales will take place, and where visitors can relax and socialise.
The portraits depict readers from two to ninety, some of whom are well known authors and academics, including Dame Gillian Beer, Honorary Patron of the Festival. Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear and Caroline Dawnay, doyenne of Literary Agents are amongst the sitters, as are other authors, students, friends and family members of the artists and children taking their first steps as readers.