JOIN THE LONDON ARTS CAFE
London Arts Cafe no longer exists and the
information included here is only for interest.
The London Arts Café
is a forum for viewing, expressing and discovering all forms of contemporary
urban art. Its aim is to highlight urban artistic developments in the
capital, in the United Kingdom and all over the world. Its mission is
to encourage a reflection on cities through urban art. (read
more about it)
Your membership (£20 individuals, £25 joint, £40 organisations)
entitles you to:
- receive Art and Cities, the London Arts Cafe magazine.
Recent issues have included: 'Arts and Regeneration' (over two issues,
one dealing with the built environment, the other with people), '11th
September' (with contributions from American artists), 'Cities of
Hell, Cities of Happiness', and an illustrated catalogue of 'Taking
on London', the December 2004 show of our 'Artists' Residencies.'
- attend London Arts Cafe activities free of charge or
at reduced rates.
- submit work to our programme of exhibitions.
- your membership will support the London Arts Cafe initiatives such
as 'Artists' Residencies'.
Programme 2007 July-Sept
Activities ended in December 2007 and the charitable company was
dissolved in Nov/Dec 2008. The promised 2007 July-Sept programme never
made it to the web site, though we had some closing activities
Events not to miss include the City People Show (and
Below you can see what you missed in the first half of 2006
ROOTS TO RECKONING
The photography of Armet Francis, Neil Kenlock and Charlie Phillips
Museum of London, Wednesday 15 Feb - 4.45
Mike Seaborne, the curator of this major exhibition and
Curator of Historic Photographs at the Museum of London, will lead a tour
of this exhibition which bears witness to the story of London's black
communities from the 1960s to today. See images of iconic events from
Black Panther demonstrations to Bob Marley's visits to Britain. Admire
portraits of international stars, such as Muhammad Ali and Peter Tosh
alongside scenes of everyday life in London, from the streets of Brixton
to the pubs of Notting Hill.
£3 to members, £5 to non members.
WHY IS LONDON THE WAY IT IS?
The Gallery, 77 Cowcross St, London EC!
Thursday 23 March, 6.00pm
Reception 6.00pm followed by a brief AGM at 6.30
After the AGM, Peter Murray, Chairman of Wordsearch,
specialists in architectural communications, Director of the London Architecture
Biennale and Exhibitions Director of New London Architecture (NLA) will
give an illustrated talk.
His position is that we must understand the past in order to plan and
build appropriately for the future. Since the early days of the City of
London, planning has been driven by commerce, thus London is a city of
accretion rather tha of grand plans. The London Plan will work because
it is drawn upon the palimpsest of previous builders. Events like the
'cow drive' at the London Architecture Biennale are organised to reinforce
the fact that the streets of Clerkenwell are the way they are because
of the drovers who came down from the north for 800 years.
Free to members and their friends, but
WAPPING AND THE WAPPING PROJECT
Wapping Underground Station Saturday 22
April 2.00 pm
Wapping Project, a former hydraulic power station in E1, has been
transformed into a £4 million arts centre by Jules Wright, a
leading theatre director, arts practioner and thinker. Our afternoon
starts with an exploration of Wapping, passing warehouses, pubs and
churches, finishing at the Project, where we will view the current
Members £3. Non-members £5
VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE WALK
Start from the Portico, St Paul's Church
Covent Garden, Saturday 20 May 10.30 am
The distinguished architectural historian John Newman,
former Deputy Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art, who worked with
Pevsner and has recently completed several new volumes of The Buildings
of England has very kindly consented to take us on a Victorian Architecture
walk around Covent Garden.
The area retains an exceptional array of Victorian buildings in many styles
with excellent examples of characteristic building types; clubhouses,
and parsonages, schools and stained glass workshops, not to mention Covent
Garden Market and Theatre, the jewels in the crown. Today one can still
sense the varied and vibrat character which this part of central London
must have had in mid-Victorian times, thanks in no small part to the campaign
in the early 1970s to preserve it from wholesale redevelopment.
Members £3. Non-members £5
STUDIO VISITS - MICHAEL HEINDORFF &
The Juggler cafe, 5 Hoxton Market, N1.
Saturday 3 June - 12.00 noon.
Michael Heindorff is
an artist with a long-standing interest in cities as a subject for drawing.
In 2001 the London Arts Cafe helped secure him a residency in the City
of London which enabled him to make a series of panoramas from inside
the top floors of church steeples and corporate tower blocks. The body
of work was exhibited at the Guildhall Art Gallery in 2002. In 2004 a
set of his work became the first solo online
show on this site.
Sarah Medway is an outstanding colourist who portrays an intimate understanding
of paint, using both palette and brush to create a surface of depth and
texture. She has exhibited widely throughout the UK, in the USA, Germany,
Italy and Hong Kong. Her work features in both private and corporate collections
including Linklaters & Alliance.
Members only. £3. Book early as places
London Arts Café members with
artist Tim Hyman (in blue shirt) on a studio visit ©Peter Marshall,
Museum of London. Tuesday 11 July
Mark Bills, Exhibition Curator and Curator of
Paintings, Prints and Drawings at the Museum of London will lead a tour
of this exhibition which imaginatively explores over 300 years of the
visual humour of London. The development of the satirical print trade
in London is examined in the display which in cludes a reconstruction
of Mrs Humphrey's famous print shop in St James's.
London provided more than just a backdrop for satire's human comedy; its
areas and their associations were as familiar to its audience as the city
gent or the chimney sweep. Just as satire mocked the strata of society,
it also created a satirical topography of the city. Dangerous streets,
fashionable haunts and the marginal areas of entertainment where wealth
and poverty collieded were depicted by satirists who provided a comic
and moral map of London.
Members £3. Non-members £5
2005 MEMBERS EXHIBITION
Café Life as seen by members of London Arts
Paul Baldesare • Caroline Bray &
Myles Wickham • Janet Brooke • Mark Cazalet
Townly Cooke • Nelly Dimitranova • Martin Fidler • Chris
Francis • Fion Gunn
Yiannis Hayiannis • Michael Heindorff • Chris Hill •
Mary King • Judith King
Sophie Levi • Peter Marshall • Camilla Newbegin • Jiro
Imogen Perkin • Virginia Powell • Hilary Rosen • Kay
Sexton • Brian Yale
The Exhibition at 'The Juggler', Hoxton
Market, N1 from 3-28 October, 2005
went well, and a number of pictures were sold. You can still see work
The exhibition was accompanied by a 16 page illustrated catalogue, still
Previous exhibitions online:
CITIES OF WALLS, CITIES
Photographs of a number of past events are on various web sites,
including Peter Marshall's 'My London
These include pictures from the following 2005 events:
THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE ARTIST: Tour of Tom Phillips’s Peckham
GARDENS: Guided London Private Gardens
WORKSHOP (LIMEHOUSE): Photographing the urban landscape - Peter Marshall
A provocative Exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery
CITY OF HEAVEN CITY OF HELL
16 January – 9 April 2006
Exhibition curated by the London Arts Café
Timothy HYMAN, The Gandhian Ark (detail), oil on canvas, 1987-2002. Collection
of the artist
In 'The Ghandian Ark', London, sin-city, is burning in the background. After
the punishment by fire comes the deluge. The artist and his soul mates,
led by Gandhi and St Francis escape the scenes of devastations in 'The Ecological
Ark' (the original title) and head towards the Promised Land on the right.
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