Exhibitions
Artists in the Public Service
Tuesday 17 - Saturday 21 October

Come and join us at the Menier Gallery to enjoy artists work showcasing a wide range of styles in watercolour, acrylic and oil. The artists in public service return for a fifth year at the Menier. Popular affordable and attractive art on sale to members of the public and it is free to enter.

We are a group of serving and ex serving public servants who are friendly and unpretentious exhibiting a wide range of styles from experienced art school students to the talented amateur and original art at prices that you don't find often in a central London gallery.

And we hope to inspire you and your friends and families. The club is open to all comers (you don't need to be a public servant) and we welcome new members, styles and approaches.

Come along - people always enjoy our friendly exhibition in a great setting.

The Male Perspective
Tuesday 17 - Saturday 21 October

Painting is both physical and imaginative and a vehicle for exploration. It invites us to inquire and search for the male physical form. The shared exploration amongst these artists expose individual experiences and observations of looking at men. The work presented in this exhibition challenges our preconceptions about the male form in our society, including masculinity, strength and vulnerability. The jouney artists explore convey more than just a representation and provides a platform for ongoing dialogue between artist, subject and viewer. The work in this exhibition covers a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, photography, and x-ray.

The artists involved in this exhibition include: Axel Bottenberg, Martin Ireland, Brad Kenny, Chrissy Thirlaway, Rupert Record, George Mey-er-Wiel.

RedHed
Catherine Williams
Monday 23 - Saturday 28 October

Catherine Williams presents a previously unexhibited selection of oils and sketches, focusing on her larger-scale nudes and landscape works. Please note that some of the pieces in the exhibition are on loan from private collections, but the 2017 works will be available for sale during the exhibition.

Hidden Messages
Anita Ford and Alfred Huckett
Tuesday 24 October - Friday 3 November

This autumn Anita Ford and Alfred Huckett will be exhibiting together for the first time. Focussing on miscommunications, undisclosed secrets and a quiet monster, they have put together a powerful show of mixed media work including large scale canvasses, installation, print and talisman, which though often dark are not without a sense of humour.

Ford has spent most of her working life as a successful printmaker, selling her work to the corporate sector. Five years ago she decided to shift direction embracing mixed media processes to create work based on highly personal experiences related to hearing loss and cancer, unfortunately part of her life. She confronts her misfortunes head-on, challenging her situation with a mixture of displeasure, indignation and a large dose of grim humour.

Huckett is primarily known as an artist concerned with the portrayal of music, having been artist in residence at the York Early Music Festival on three occasions. He is now looking back to his early training in theatre design at Central St Martins with a collection of unshorn work made in the 90s, together with recent large scale canvasses confronting and exploring his feelings and experiences as a transvestite.

Proof of Work
David Rees
Monday 6 - Saturday 11 November

This is David Rees's first exhibition in over ten years. The show consists of two sequences of pictures which have resulted directly from his experience with atrial fibrillation, a condition where the atria of the heart fail to beat properly, resulting in a chaotic and abnormal heartbeat.

DR: "The large drawings reflect that arrhythmia and the visual scotoma auras that seem to be a benign and intriguing side effect of the anticoagulant drugs that mitigate the condition. The start points for these range from Bernini and Sesshu Toyo to Transport for London and the Scintillating Interplanetary Array.

The small paintings on unstretched canvas are imaginary angiogram doodles, sedative-fuelled pareidolia of the blood vessel network on bloody dressings. The half-defined scenes and subjects are historical or allegorical, sometimes battlefields or heavens; the participants are gods and generals and casualties and bystanders. The related list of titles does not refer directly to specific pieces; they are there as suggestions to the viewer as to what may be going on in the pictures."

Luke Hannam
Tuesday 7 - Saturday 11 November

Probably for all art dealers the "holy grail" moment is when you find a new artist who stops you in your tracks, Luke Hannam's work did just that.

Colour, energy and craft all combine to make Luke Hannam a hugely exciting and collectable artist. There is a rare individuality in his work. Obsessive, dedicated and constantly creative, Hannam excites with every stroke of his brush.

After graduation from art college, Hannam made a career in music; writing, playing and producing, while all the time continuing to paint and draw. His band Gramme's first album was described by The Guardian as "An influence on every record you'd ever want to dance to in a sweaty room above a pub, this record deserves your attention"

He has now returned to his first love of painting but the musicality and innovation of his previous career shines through on the canvas. It s provocative, sometimes challenging always intriguing and we are thrilled to be giving Luke the first London solo show of his career - it won't be the last.

GFEST 2017 - Arts Protest
Monday 13 - Saturday 18 November

"Arts Protest" GFEST 2017 visual arts exhibition GFEST 2017 visual artists explore the theme of "Arts Protest" LGBTQI identities and articulation in their works.

Presenting artwork by Alice Boland-Rhodes, Gokhan Tanriover, Heather Carol, Jason Carr, Marta Kochanek, Mike Bliss, Peter A Leigh, Reggie Blennerhassett, Sarah Jane Moon and Simon Croft.

Past GFEST artists, performers and filmmakers over the last 10 years present a "Wall of Protest" - selfies or portraits of some participants from the year 2007 onwards. Curated by GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar.

To Be Continued
Tuesday 14 - Saturday 18 November

To be continued showcases recent work from a group of emerging artists based in London. Currently studying at the Art Academy in Southwark, their art practices display a wide range of traditional and contemporary approaches to printmaking, sculpture, photography, animation and installation alongside innovative painting and mixed media techniques.

The work on show confronts themes as various as cultural dissonance, our experiences of nature and the city, taboo and feminism, contemporary approaches to portraiture and capturing the human form, and responding to critical social, environmental and political discourses.

Exhibiting artists are Manon Aquilina, Scarlett Blackwell, Gustavo Fernandes, Angel Kennett, Sam King, Terry Matthews, Shankar Nielsen, Jackie Smith, Sonia Stanbury and Felicity Whitehead. This show at the Menier Gallery provides an insight into exciting new work from these artists who have recently had work exhibited in London and internationally.

New Ground: Discoveries in Landscape
Wendy Brooke-Smith
Tuesday 21 - Saturday 25 November

Exploration is the central theme of Wendy Brooke-Smith's third major solo exhibition of paintings and drawings.

All the works explore new territory for the artist, whether from personal travels and walking, or a newly accessible view of her favourite subject, the Thames. As well as her trademark urban landscapes, this wide ranging show includes paintings of France, New Zealand and the ancient route of the Ridgeway.

The London paintings bear witness to the chaotic transience of the city's jostling skyline, whereas Brooke-Smith's striking mountainscapes and earthy Ridgeway works remind us of the essential permanence and continuity of the landscape beneath our feet: a reassuring counterbalance to our shrill and shifting times.

Wendy Brooke-Smith summarises: "All landscape can be seen as a metaphor for our ideas and emotions. As an artist - and an optimist - I recognise the importance of innovation and renewal, while daring to hope that the most important things in life will stand their ground".

Image: Ridgeway Walking the Chalk, Downhill Stretch, 2017, acrylic on canvas
Panoptic
Shannon Donnan, Jessica Gale, Carrie Jean Goldsmith, Lucy Heath
Monday 27 November - Saturday 2 December

Four artists, four sets of eyes, four styles, four different views

For this exhibition Shannon, Jessica, Carrie Jean and Lucy (all alumni of The Heatherley School of Fine Art, in Chelsea) bring together their collective works to illustrate the varied and different ways the world around us can be seen. This is their individual interpretation of it - socially, geographically, psychologically, and of course emotionally.

The remarkable outcome of this exhibition illustrates how differently their own personal journeys have influenced their work.

This exhibition is a chance to view their work panoptically - everything in a single view - and to appreciate the artists' individual styles, techniques and approach to their subject matter. It is also an opportunity to see how they are inspired, influenced and encouraged by one another.

Memory Metamorphosis: An Exhibition on Palestinian Memory
War on Want
Tuesday 5 - Saturday 9 December

War on Want presents an exhibition inspired by interviews with Palestinians in the diaspora about their memories of home. Through painting, photography, music, video, and collage, the exhibition explores the connections between personal and collective past, heritage and history, and gives shape to identity that has been fragmented by displacement.

The exhibition features emerging and established artists from Gaza, Jerusalem, and New York, including: Mohammed Al Hawajri, Marguerite Dabaie, Rula Halawani, Omnia Hegazy, Suhel Nafar, Dina Matar and Jacqueline Reem Salloum.

There are over 9 million Palestinians living in diaspora worldwide. When a people's history, culture and existence are being altered or erased, holding onto their memories and passing them down can be seen as an act of resistance.

War on Want campaigns for justice for Palestinians by running hard hitting campaigns to combat the root causes of poverty and human rights abuse in Palestine.