Combat Art – Personal Reflections from Afghanistan
Art Kits
Wednesday 25 March - Wednesday 1 April

'Reflections from Afghanistan' documents the final tour of duty by 40 Commando Royal Marines. This groundbreaking exhibition provides a unique perspective on that conflict and the thoughts of the men who fought in it. For the first time they had access to an extra piece of equipment – the Combat Art Kit.

The specially designed camouflaged kits, distributed to Royal Marines from all ranks, contain high quality art materials and fit neatly into a combat trouser pocket, enabling their use in any location. The kits acted as a vehicle for personal expression, initiating the creation of open, honest and contemplative responses - a snap-shot of experience as it happened.

The resulting exhibition showcases the usually unseen creativity of Royal Marines whilst on active service. A number of the Royal Marines have generously chosen to share their personal reflections with the public. These drawings and paintings are complemented by works including photography, objects, designs, and film, all made in the field.

As the benefits of using creativity and art to support physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing are becoming more widely recognised the project provides an insight in to this process. The positive feedback from the project is contributing to this body of evidence and we hope art can become a regular and accepted form of expression within the military and that ultimately these kits will become readily available to those in combat zones.

The Combat Art Kit is the creative idea of Anita St John Gray, whose late husband served in the Royal Marines, who together with curator Tim Martin, artist Jon England and arts educator Stuart Rosamond developed the project. A variety of people from the Royal Marines including the former Commanding Officers at 40 Commando, Col M.J.A Jackson DSO, RM Lt Gen Gordon Messenger DSO and Bar, OBE, RM and Col Alan Hooper RM, have advised on the project.

The initial project could not have gone ahead without funding from the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, Go Commando, Pardoes Solicitors, Brewin Dolphin Investment Management and recently CQC

Friday Lates until 8pm
Curious, Critical & Creative: Art makes teachers powerful
UCL IOE PGCE art and design
Tuesday 7 - Saturday 11 April

Bob and Roberta Smith’s recent statement that “Art makes Children powerful” argues for greater value in cultural learning. We believe it is as important for teachers as it is for children.
Artist teachers should have the freedom to challenge and inspire young people, and to draw on their subject knowledge and experiences to translate and extend understanding of art and design in the classroom.
This show has been organised by current PGCE art and design students studying at UCL Institute of Education. UCL IOE is ranked number one in the world for education (2014 QS world University rankings). The artist teachers exhibiting represent a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds in the arts.

Friday Lates until 8pm
Journey Elsewhere
Ira Hoffecker and Abbie Phillips
Monday 20 - Saturday 25 April

Ira Hoffecker is a German artist, who lives and paints in Victoria, Canada since 2004. She will gain her B.A. (hons) in Fine Art from the University of Gloucestershire, England in June 2015. Six galleries in Canada and the US are representing Ira’s work. Her paintings are informed by the different identities cities take on over a period of time. Ira is interested in how different societies transform and change city spaces over the course of the centuries and her work examines the relationships between people and cities by responding to constant change, reconstruction and restoration in the urban landscape.

Abbie Phillips graduated from the University Of Gloucestershire in 2014 with a First Class BA Hons Degree in Fine Art Painting And Drawing. Her work is a personal response to the mind, body, and spirit. In observing her own psychological patterns, emotional sensations, and the visceral connection between them and corporeal behaviour; drawing becomes a mode to decode and translate these intangible experiences into encrypted visual records. An exploratory journey of this primary resource often leads to drawings that resemble maps, cosmic realms, banks of data, and unidentified organisms.

Friday Lates until 8pm
Tark Butler Paintings and Prints
Tark Butler
Monday 27 April - Saturday 2 May

Most of the work here has been inspired by a recent trip to Venice, and annual train journeys to the South of France which took us through the Camargue.

I think an aspect of this work is trying to pay homage to those artists and architects whom I’ve studied over the years.

With the Venice paintings I feel I am searching more for the poetry than the overall splendour covered by so many artists: by this I mean the arches, domes, canal posts, all of which hover between cliché and mystery.

At the same time I am trying, with all my work, to pay respects to the great painters of the last century, all of whom I lectured on in my capacity as art historian.

Friday Lates until 8pm
Treasures of Vietnam
Hanoi Art House UK
Tuesday 5 - Saturday 9 May

Hanoi Art House UK is proud to introduce “TREASURES OF VIETNAM” exhibition to unveil some of the finest artworks from Vietnam.
This is the first time ever that works from leading figures of Vietnamese Contemporary Art come under one roof to showcase to British art lovers. Artists featured in the Exhibition include:

Vietnamese artists paint to celebrate life, their love for people and nature. Their paintings are a symphony of nature, full of life, colour and movement. They are steeped in romance, serenity and grace. There is a fusion of East (traditional) and West (modern) thus making them both familiar and mysterious at the same time.

Artworks displayed in “Treasures of Vietnam” exhibition are carefully chosen and curated by Hanoi Art House UK, coming out to shine from the land of hidden charm.

Hanoi Art House UK

Friday Lates until 8pm
UK Coloured Pencil Society Annual Open Exhibition
The UK Coloured Pencil Society
Tuesday 5 - Saturday 16 May

The UKCPS is committed to the promotion of excellence in the use of coloured pencil within comtemporary fine art.

The annual open exhibition is a showcase of the best work in the versatile medium, featuring both established and emerging artists.

The exhibition will include love demonstrations by leading artists in the coloured pencil field.

Friday Lates until 8pm
Image: Vela Martin, Molto Moto