Category Archives: Strand Gallery

The Strand Gallery presents Face Value

The Strand Gallery is delighted to be hosting Face Value in conjunction with the Katie Piper Foundation from 14th to 20th December 2016. With all proceeds going directly to the foundation, this unique exhibition will host some of the UK’s most renowned artists in collaboration with artist Gary Mansfield, who has curated the exhibition in support of the foundation’s ethos of creating ‘a world where scars do not limit a person’s function, social inclusion or sense of well being’.

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Mansfield has, by his own admission, suffered a form of social exclusion himself as a former prison inmate and, inspired by this experience, has curated an exhibition with the aim of “exploring how society approaches the concept of identity, and the parts of a person’s life that contributes to this, including their physical appearance”. Following this aim, each artist will be donating a single piece of work that will then be manipulated by a third-party, altering the visual identity and therefore reflecting the spirit of the Katie Piper Foundation.

The exhibition boasts the names and work of the likes of Gavin Turk, Martin Creed, and the Chapman Brothers among many, including a donation by YBA Sarah Lucas of her piece ‘Tit-Bricks.’ The original donated works are all featured on the Face Value KPF website with their original value (ranging from £10 to £18,000), however once altered, the works will be up for auction, leaving it up to art enthusiasts and critics alike to decide whether the value is affected. Featured artist Jessica Albarn sums up the power of license given to the viewer: “Gary’s idea to re-work the art in a way that challenges our need to control the image, while simultaneously releasing you of the final judgement of its worth, is incredibly meaningful. And weirdly liberating. Whether the change is something viewers can live with will only be discovered once the artwork is unveiled”.

The prevalence of ‘image’ within the collection is made all the more relevant – not just to the foundation – but also to the culture of hyper self-awareness that surrounds us today, as a result of the increase in social media and the pressure to conform to what we see on our screens. This exhibition is not only hugely important in breaking the stigma surrounding how people with scars are viewed and accepted within our society, but the concepts explored apply to the lives of everyone living in this digital age. A truly worthwhile and rewarding experience, do not miss your chance to see the collection of works at the Strand Gallery, opening Wednesday 14th December.

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Ensemb7e presents Hidden Layers

From 10 – 14 November 2016, The Strand Gallery was delighted to host ‘Hidden Layers’ by Ensemb7e. Staged by MA by Project Artists, the exhibition served as a metaphor for the outcomes encountered on the path of the search; allowing visitors an insight into a group of artists’ take on this metaphor. Works took the form of jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, painting and installation to bring together a truly original and imaginative collection.

The exhibition served to not only observe the artists’ exploratory journeys, but also succeeded in raising questions in the viewers’ own minds, with works canvassing a range of provocative themes: the subverted notions of home as a safe haven; nature’s life-giving decay; past depictions and the future of womankind; surrealist ideology and sensory forms exploring skin damage; objects informed by the Tao and the power of water.

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Artist Chris Christodoulou’s installations and memory objects explore his search for ‘home’ and the concept of what ‘home’ is beneath the veneer. Informed by memory and loss, Christodoulou’s work is a poignant exploration of the concept of what it means to belong.

Esther Fidlin’s ceramic work replicates the damage wrought by skin disorders. The tangible format of the pieces invokes a feeling of discomfort in the viewer, reflecting the feelings of those who inspired her work.

Siobhan Harkin’s use of sensual colours and broad, brash brushstrokes draws the viewer into her large-scale paintings featuring dynamic and emotive figures.

Haunting and lingering landscapes are created in Gareth Jone’s watercolour paintings by his use of soft, blended tones, endearing the viewer to a nostalgic mood.

Nora Loh explores the path to achieving balance through her jewellery, reminding us of the presence of nature and importance of water.

Also inspired by nature, Loveness Li’s work draws directly on natural resources, using both organic and man-made pieces for her jewellery. Her work centres on the sustainable nature of the natural world; new life thrives on decay, lending a purpose to decaying matter.

Within Sophie O’Neill’s ceramic work, the status of womankind is explored, both in the past and present, as well as the future.

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About Ensemb7e:                                                                                                                        “Ensemb7e are a group of postgraduate artists researching diverse areas of fine art practices that draw on common concerns. We work in the mediums of Jewellery, Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting, Installation, and Photography.”

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FILM DISTRIBUTORS’ ASSOCIATION ‘STATE OF THE ART CINEMA 2016’

July 18th-August 18th 2016

The Strand Gallery: 32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP

Over the summer holidays The Strand Gallery was host to a unique exhibition: “State of the Art Cinema 2016”, where visitors could admire the new releases of movie posters, original film costumes and behind the scene photographs of film sets, in other words, they were in for a real treat.

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From the busy opening night we knew we had a superb exhibition. Hosted by presenter Alex Zane, actress Kara Tointon and joined by film lovers alike. There is something for everyone, with an unseen look inside film sets, their costumes and eye catching poster designs. If you can’t make it down today let Alex Zane give you a peek inside with this wonderful tour. http://www.launchingfilms.com/sotac-alex-zane

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The organiser’s behind this fantastic exhibition are the Film Distributors’ Association, which is the trade body for theatrical film distributors in the UK. The FDA works to increase and broaden the UK cinema audience across the board. This important institution has recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, despite the surge of modern streaming services, it is still going strong. If you want to learn more take a look at their website. http://www.launchingfilms.com/

Whilst the cinema and television industry have always been prominent in the UK economy, in recent years it has seen an exponential increase of importance on an international level. Companies such as Disney Studios (both the Marvel and the Star Wars branch) opting to shoot their multi-million franchises on the relatively small isle and British television shows snatching awards across the pond has booted the UK film industry. The demand for British actors is at an all-time high being seen as more versatile than their American counterparts. Suffice to say, that the most American character of them all, Superman, is played by a British born actor.

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So why would you hold an exhibition which reveals exclusive material? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the impact movie posters have, in most cases they are the first introduction we have to a new release. A good poster brings in viewers; raises interest in the movie and can also gain a following (for example Pulp Fiction). Additionally they can also hold a special place in our hearts. From a young age most of us have had our bedroom walls covered in posters of our favourite movie or movie star. The same goes for movie props, fans of all ages hoard just to have the possibility to get a glimpse of memorabilia from their favourite movie either when it resurfaces or when it’s shown before a new release.

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The exhibition is free and open to everyone; why not come down and immerse yourself in the world of film and television, see exclusive highlights of what the FDA have in store for our screens. There will be plenty of families having a blast on Wednesday afternoon when activities and games are set up to entertain the young ones during the holidays. Grab this opportunity to spend a lovely afternoon in company of your loved ones and get inspired!

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The Strand Gallery was pleased and honoured to host the Film Distributors’ Association ‘State of the Art Cinema 2016’ exhibition. The show turned out to be a great success and we hope to welcome them back for years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Mail ‘Great British Wildlife Photography Challenge’

11th-16th April 2016  

The Strand Gallery: 32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP

The Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine hosted its very own competition to celebrate amateur wildlife photographers across the UK. After last year’s success and floods of fantastic submissions, they decided to exhibit some of the lucky entries right here at The Strand Gallery in April.

The Strand judged by Bill Odie, Ellie Harrison, Ben Fogle, Philippa Forrester, Martin Hughes-Games, Simon Stafford, and Gray Levet. The aim of the competition was to provide a platform for wildlife photographers across the nation to commend and observe each other’s work, while enjoying the surrounding wildlife in the UK.

The competition was split into five categories – Mammals, Birds, Insects, Fish, Reptiles, Molluscs and Amphibians, plus a Juniors category for under-18s. Each of the five celebrity judges were assigned one. Immerse yourself in the stunning nature captured by some of Britain’s best amateur photographers and check out the winners for some of the categories:

Mammal Winner, Ketan Shah is a 55 retired shopkeeper from Northampton who was judged by Philippa Forrester. “This image is so arresting, none of us could resist it. The photographer has captured such a magical moment, such a moment of calm. We all agreed we’d have this hanging on a wall at home.” said Philippa.

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In the Juniors category was Isabella Synek-Herd a 14-year-old from Seaton in Devon, who impressed the judges with this stunning jelly fish image.

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Although most of us are not massive fans of Insects, we have to appreciate this shot by Trevor Davenport a 72-year-old from Liverpool, the winner or the insects category, is quite impressive.

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“The markings are caught in microscopic detail, but it’s the forked tongue that makes the picture so striking.” said judge Ben Fogle about this snake image winner of the Reptiles category. Shot by 55-year-old Gary Cox a council groundsman in Cirencester.

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Des Lloyd who came late to wildlife photography, only taking it up when he retired at the age of 60 won not only the Bird category prize but was the overall winner for the competition. Well done Des!

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His winning shot was taken in the village of Walkerith, about a mile from where he lives on a September day around 7:30 at night. His fantastic image had the judges completely stunned. Bill Oddie, the judge, said ‘This is something very special. Look at the waves of the tree cascading down to the stump which almost echoes the underside of a big bird’s tail. The colours of the birds and the wood are as one. A worthy winner.’ This fantastic image shot by 63-year-old retired steelworks engineer, demonstrates the power and beauty of nature. It shows how clever nature is with its camouflaged tones and how impressive a photograph can be when you find the perfect composition, the right amount of everything, colour, subjects and so on.

British Wildlife is proof that you don’t have to travel miles to exotic locations like the Amazon Rainforest to look at a diverse range of fascinating creatures. These images by amateur photographers are evidence that without doubt we have the richest of sceneries right in our own back garden, any wild life enthusiast would agree!

The Strand Gallery was pleased and honoured to host the Daily Mails weekend magazine’s “Great British Wildlife Photography Challenge” exhibition. The show turned out to be a success and we hope to welcome them back in years to come, for more images, follow this link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2804839/You-naturals-Earlier-year-launched-amateur-wildlife-photography-contest-received-10-000-stunning-entries-announce-winners.html

 

 

The Strand Gallery:                                                                                                                                         32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP                                                                                       Opening Times:                                                                                                                                          Monday – Friday: 11am – 6pm

 

 

 

 

The Regency Gallery: Fine Art

The Regency Gallery London Launch Exhibition
15 – 21 February 2016
The Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam St, London


The Regency Gallery is delighted to be showing the work of some of the most exciting and renowned artists working in Britain today. “For centuries Britain has been at the forefront of creative endeavour and the Arts continue to flourish as one of our country’s greatest industries.  This exhibition celebrates the invention and visual creativity of some of Britain’s finest contemporary artists” said Thomas Plunkett PRWS, who has founded the Regency Gallery, together with Victoria Savvides.

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Among more than a dozen acclaimed artists that the RG will be showing at London’s fashionable Strand Gallery are the highly acclaimed watercolour painter Ronald Maddox, newly elected Royal West of England Academician Malcolm Ashman, Francis Bowyer of the famous Bowyer Artistic Dynasty. Husband and wife creative legends Jill Leman and Martin Leman whose works featuring still life and cats are highly sought after throughout the world. John Renshaw a quiet but influential artistic force hails from the creative powerhouse of North West England. Denis Ryan’s highly collectable work features sublime photo-realism and each work is a creative tour de force.

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Other names to be conjured with in the exhibition are Wendy Jacob, whose beautiful use of colour is well known. Football fans with be in for a half term treat with works by Thomas Plunkett and Mick Davies. Robin Hazlewood’s paintings seem to float and dance before your eyes in a symphony of colour and movement. James Willis, painter of architecture extraordinaire, will feature with breathtaking large scale panoramic paintings of London seen from vantage points only achievable from the London Eye or the top of The Shard.

Strong, bold colour and a bold sense of style are the hallmarks of painting by Krysia Michna-Nowak which will radiate warmth and a zest for life. The colour palette of the works of Julie D Cooper reward and delight the viewer with echoes of Cornwall and St Ives, where she has a sun filled studio. The intricate and patterned jewel like works of Meg Dutton will no doubt captivate the view in seemingly endless and enchanting world of towers and domed roofs and fascinating architecture.

If abstraction is more your thing then the paintings of John Crossley are mesmerising in their use of colour with seem to move and shimmer before your eyes.

Gabriella Shutz will also feature in the show and her highly collectable works juxtapose ideas as diverse as romanticism and consumerism.

Roger Dellar is fascinated by people and working in plein air, recording the world around through a masterful use of colour and composition.

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Mike Bernard’s paintings are virtuosic in their creation, employing layers of colour and visual meaning.

Andy Wood PRI works are beautifully representation and his paintings in both acrylic and watercolour are highly collectable throughout the world from London to Shenzhen, China many other places in between.

The work of highly acclaimed painter Richard Sorrell will be feature in the show and bring much needed colour and light and as he often says himself..”People Doing things”.

What better thing could you be doing this February than make a visit to this wonderful exhibition, just a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery?

This is the launch exhibition of the Regency Gallery which will host exhibitions and events both in London and throughout the gallery’s fine art network overseas.

For more information please contact:

Thomas Plunkett PRWS
The Regency Gallery
Tel: 07801 702640

British Airways High Life Awards

British Airways’ High Life seeks out new rising stars in travel photography, journalism & film with competition to win an assignment with the magazine

As part of the celebrations for British Airways’ milestone 500th issue of High Life this month, the New Talent Awards launches to find and celebrate the best young* writers, photographers and filmmakers in the UK. The winners will be offered their first international commission for High Life magazine which reaches 3.3 million readers.

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The theme of the competition is ‘cities’ – writers entering the awards will be asked to submit an original 500-word travel feature about a city of their choice. Photographers should submit up to three images that capture the essence of their chosen city, in a way that is imaginative. Filmmakers are required to submit an evocative film about their city that is up to three minutes long, demonstrating both technical and creative ability.

The judging panel will include BBC world affairs editor John Simpson, renowned photographer, Rankin and director, scriptwriter and punk pioneer, Viv Albertine. Since its debut in 1973, High Life has commissioned some of the best talent in British journalism and exceptional contributors in its 42-year history, from Will Self to Jane Hilton.

Commenting on the competition High Life editor Kerry Smith said, ‘As we celebrate the last 42 years of High Life’s history we’re also very much looking forward to the future and the new talent that is yet to be discovered. We’re excited to weave the next ‘generation curious’ into a new chapter in High Life’s journey.’

On 3 February 2016, finalists will be invited to an exclusive exhibition opening at the Strand Gallery, in association with Proud Galleries, where their work will be showcased and the winners will be revealed. The winners will also be announced in High Life magazine and on highlife.ba.com. The competition will close at 23:59 GMT on 3 January 2016. See highlife.ba.com for details on how to enter and full terms and conditions.

The Strand Gallery:
32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP
Opening Times:
Monday – Friday: 11am – 6pm

Urban Intimacy

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The Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam St, London.
Opening: Wednesday 2 December, 6 – 8.00 pm

Cromoflix is pleased to present Urban Intimacy, a group exhibition showcasing the works of four international artists who are part of Cromoflix online community.

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Dark and seductive portraits of individuals and the city disclose dreamlike glimpses of intimate moments. Winsome and powerful, the figures staring out at the viewer open into our innermost space, whilst urban views dissolve the city into intangible memory traces – that become our own. Encompassing introspection and language, travel exploration and self discovery, these works explore the constant friction between an individual and their surroundings in defining identity and a sense of belonging.

Construction sites, factories and garbage dumps are the main settings portrayed in Anna Capolupo’s works. By tracing the skeleton of the suburbs on paper she revives the old world of the outskirts through bright and vivid lashings of colour. The artist defines these urban fields as non-places in every city but belonging to none. Losing their referential meaning, these portraits become the transient memory trace of a living being, inhabiting the rough architecture of the city landscape. As in the nude series, the details of a vision get dispelled into the evocation of a remembered atmosphere.

Taida Jaserevic’s artistic production is strongly fascinated by the changeable nature of water, which makes everything it covers seem impalpable, elusive and out of our grasp. In the series We’re all made of stars, pearl-like drops of water decorate the skin of her black and white portraits, conveying a sense of transient fragility. Ancient Bosnian Cyrillic scripts emerge from this illusive atmosphere, like an effigy of a universal beauty transcending the time and ephemerality of life.

Surreal and gothic at times, the expressive yet evanescent drawings by Noumeda Carbone are black and white portraits of eclectic women, provoking the viewer with their seductive confident solitude. In Portrait 32 the six long fingers on the hand holding a cigarette suggest a charming, beckoning movement as to be encouraged to get closer. Carbone’s abstract landscapes are a maze of twisted pulsing branches with splashes of vivid colours amongst their black thorns. Nests of bursting bubbles and lush leaves, curving and branching vegetal forms flourish lively on paper, rich in details.

Yasmine Dainelli’s thematic exploration leads the viewer to a journey through glimpses of the city suburbs. By means of instinctive drawings and big black spots, the urban landscape is presented as a photographic negative. Swirling dark strokes seem to scratch the outlines of the buildings, enhancing the geometric shape of the metropolitan boroughs. Rich in gesture and texture, these realistic portraits embody the roughness and the veracity of city life, framed by the artist into intimate yet vivid souvenirs.

About the artists:
Anna Capolupo was born in Lamezia Terme (Italy) in 1983. She lives and works between Turin and Florence. In 2009 she gained a degree in painting at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence. She won the International Art Prize Limen 2015. Recently, she had her first solo show in a public art institution, the MACA Museum of Contemporary Art Acri.

Noumeda Carbone is a Florence based award winning artist with a portfolio spanning the world of fashion, street art, illustration, sculpture and painting. Her work has been commissioned internationally and featured in 200 Best Illustrators worldwide 09/10, Juxtapoz Magazine and Hi-Fructose. Her clients include Vogue Trends Italia, Leo Burnett, Pitti Immagine and The Guardian, among others.

Yasmine Dainelli was born in Livorno in 1987. She currently lives in London and works between Italy and the UK. In 2012, she finished her studies in Painting from L’Accademia di Belle Arti and in Printmaking at ‘Il Bisonte’, in Florence. She has taken part in several International exhibitions including Interfaces at the Barbican Centre, London in 2015.

Taida Jasarevic Hefford was born in Sarajevo. She gained a PhD in Fine Arts at Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan in 2010. She is a member of The Committee of University of Art for Print Studies in Japan (2009). Since 2002 her works have been exhibited internationally also receiving awards from the Japan Print Association, Guanlan Print Biennial, and Krakow Print Triennial, among others.

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About Cromoflix:
Cromoflix is an on-line gallery displaying and selling original artworks and connecting artists with art lovers. An innovative art community where artists can upload and showcase their work as easily as it is for art lovers to browse through them.

www.cromoflix.com
The Strand Gallery:
32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP
Opening Times:
Monday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm
For additional information please contact:
info@cromoflix.com

‘Happiness’ – BHA Photography Competition Exhibition

Wednesday 25th – Monday 30th November
Open 11am-6pm Daily (free admission)

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Happiness… it’s kind of a big deal, isn’t it?

Whatever our background, wherever we come from, we all know what ‘happiness’ is. But for each of us, happiness means something different. That makes sense, doesn’t it? After all, we are all unique.

How often do you really stop to think…’What does happiness mean to me?’

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Happy Human symbol, the British Humanist Association launched a Photography Competition Exhibition on the theme of ‘Happiness’. The celebration of happiness and sharing what it means to us is one small way in which we can build mutual understanding and identify common ground amongst people of differing backgrounds.

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It is 50 years since the British Humanist Association (BHA) held a competition to design a new symbol that would encapsulate what it means to strive for a fulfilling existence in a world of our own making. The competition was won by Dennis Barrington, and his Happy Human icon is now recognised across the globe for its capacity to convey humanist values. It states with directness and simplicity that humanity’s agency is a gift, and the only licence needed to find joy in the one life we have.

Since the symbol was designed half a century ago, far more people have embraced a humanist worldview and come to find great purpose in experiencing the world with only their fellow human beings and the natural world as their guide.

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The Strand Gallery:
32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP
Opening Times:
Monday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Inscape by Emily Thornton

INSCAPE
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noun literary
noun: inscape; plural noun: inscapes
The unique inner nature of a place

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Having left her nine to five job to return to painting, Emily Thornton’s first solo show INSCAPE sets out to create a visual sense of escapism through the depiction of anonymous physical and inner landscapes. She plays with the liberating concept that by viewing nameless yet individual landscapes, the viewer can begin to ascribe their own inner referent to what they physically see: the liberation of viewing the anonymous yet simultaneously familiar landscape.

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Emotionally drawn to coastal scenes, her work is concerned with capturing the sea’s ever-changing light, energy and atmosphere. Drawn to the stark juxtaposition between its routine tidal nature and its ephemeral temperament, she pushes her painted landscapes to the edge of abstraction. Central to Emily’s first body of work is her interest in how art can penetrate  individuals’ memory. Through viewing the painted landscapes, she wants the viewer to escape the present moment and delve into their own inner landscapes. The physical layering of her paint serves as a metaphor to the way mankind’s memory becomes obscured over time due to the repetitive nature of human life. Her work also explores the very sensation of painting itself, as an artist primarily engaging with the process of creating form, colour and composition.

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“One single second, one single landscape, in which what happens activates and deactivates what has already happened in endless chain reactions…” Karl Ove Knausgård, ‘A Time for Everything’

The Strand Gallery:
32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP
Opening Times:
Monday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

NORTH LONDON ARTIST NETWORK GROUP SHOW 2015

NORTH LONDON ARTIST NETWORK GROUP SHOW 2015
Tuesday 10th – Sunday 15th November
Open 11am-6pm Daily
Private View  10th November 4pm-8pm RSVP info@nlan.info

The North London Artist Network (NLAN) is a group of professional artists who regularly exhibit in some of London’s top galleries. Their annual exhibition provides an exciting opportunity to see some of the best artwork being created by North London artists today.

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35 members of NLAN will be showcasing their latest original work which will be for sale at affordable prices. Each day a number of the artists will be available to discuss the art on display.

NLAN is very pleased to announce that BBC Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner OBE, has kindly agreed to open the Private View of NLAN’s annual show on Tuesday 10 November (4-8pm). A new portrait of Mr. Gardner, painted by NLAN member Richard Greaves, will be on display for the first time. If you would like to attend the Private View please contact NLAN for an invitation: info@nlan.info

The Strand Gallery:
32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP
Opening Times:
Monday – Friday: 11am – 6pm
More information can be found at: http://nlan.info/