93rd Annual Open Exhibition of the Society of Graphic Fine Art - the Drawing Society
Monday 6 - Saturday 18 October

World War 1, the outbreak of which a century ago is being universally acknowledged this year, impacted upon art in many ways and it is perhaps no coincidence that we recall much of it in terms of the grey and khaki of the trenches as recorded by its official war artists. Monochrome art was certainly the objective of the breakaway etching class at the London Central School of Arts in 1919 when they formed the Society of Graphic Art to ‘uphold and maintain the interests of all those forms of art that do not use colour as a form of expression’. In effect they were promoting that skill of drawing which they deemed threatened by the avant-garde art of the period, a cause that had to be replicated again during the lean years of conceptual art in the later 20th century. The SFGA has been prominent in this respect since its first RA-supported exhibitions and the presidency of Sir Frank Brangwyn. This continues down to the present day, though colour, non-figurative drawing and an eclectic mix of other styles and approaches have long been encouraged and celebrated. The Society organises events throughout the year, culminating in DRAW 14, our 93rd Annual Open Exhibition in London.

This year’s exhibition attracted submissions from artists across the UK. 227 works of art by both members and non-members made the final selection. Traditional and contemporary drawing techniques will be on display in a wide range of sizes and media; from egg tempera and aquatint to charcoal and sgraffito. The exhibition has as its optional theme ‘REMEMBRANCE’.

Society members will give free talks and demonstrations during the exhibition.

A Private View will take place on 7 October when the exhibition will be opened by broadcaster, journalist and drawing enthusiast Andrew Marr.

Friday Lates until 8pm
Image: © Rebecca Coleman ASGFA, ‘At Dawn the Ridge Emerges’
MA Photography and Urban Cultures students from Goldsmiths, University of London
Monday 20 - Saturday 25 October

Lower Ground Floor Gallery

Habitus is a photography exhibition showcasing the work of a number of MA Photography and Urban Cultures students from Goldsmiths, University of London. The exhibition is also part of the Urban Photo Fest 2014. The approach and focus of the research varies from in depth exploration of familial histories to the impact of major regeneration projects. It includes subculture studies to techno-waste in Ghana, visual contrast in the city to the fringes of tactile perception and memory. Yet as urban sociologists, the group is brought together by an undying interest in the narratives that underlie the city and our existence in it. The artists adopt multidisciplinary attitudes in their works and draw influences from art practice, philosophy, journalism, sociology, geography and architecture. They bring a diverse point of view and critical eye, through their discovery of everyday life within the urban realm. Through the connection of theory, practice and discussion the participants have engaged in core themes of urban cultures. This exhibition is a visual manifestation of collective dialogue.

The participants:

Heather Agyepong, Kamal Badhey, Yemisi Blake, Carolina Gonzalez Buendia, June Cadogan, Stefano Carnelli, Karolis Civinskas, Andy Day, Judith Fischer, Lizzie Godfrey, Rosanna Goodchild, Christopher Haney, Sally Hart, Yinae Deokwoo Hwang, Jade King, Mattias Malk, Pablo Conejo Pascual, Christina Paugger, Yuanfang Ren, Silvia Andrade Marin Rivade, Hui Simon Song.

Image: © Karolis Civinskas
CPSA / Artists in Public Service Exhibition 2014
Tuesday 21 - Saturday 25 October

Ground Floor Gallery

The Civil and Public Service Artists (CPSA) / Artists in Public Service annual exhibition is a diverse and lively mix of both 2D and 3D work. The exhibition is generously sponsored by the Civil Service Insurance Society (www.csis.co.uk).

Artists using mixed media have come together, to delight your eyes and encourage your imagination. From competent amateurs to those showing work around the galleries, there will be something for everyone: tactile wood sculpture; vibrant contemporary and classical paintings; and beautiful ceramics. This exhibition gives you the opportunity to enjoy and buy original one off pieces, at affordable prices.

The Private View will be held on Tuesday 21 October at 5.30pm.

Friday Lates until 8pm
Image: © Andrew Cooper
Monday 27 October - Saturday 1 November

Ground Floor Gallery

International animal welfare charity FOUR PAWS takes over the ground floor of the Menier Gallery to hold a unique and powerful photographic exhibition, ‘Stray Dogs in Focus’. Showcasing a beautiful collection of photographs by renowned, London-based animal photographer Jo Sax, the exhibition reveals the struggles faced by stray and abandoned dogs across the UK, as well as providing an insight into the situation for strays in Romania.

The exhibition will also highlight the positive adoption stories which can transform the dogs’ lives, and features a variety of well-known celebrity faces photographed with their beloved rescue dogs.

‘Stray Dogs in Focus’ promises to be an absolute must-see exhibition for animal lovers and photography buffs alike.

For more information, please visit - www.four-paws.org.uk or check out the FOUR PAWS Facebook page for regular updates - www.facebook.com/FourPawsUK

Friday Lates until 8pm
Image: © Jo Sax
James Otto Allen
Monday 27 October - Saturday 1 November

Lower Ground Floor Gallery

This exhibition is a presentation of oil paintings and drawings I have been working on for the last 4 years.

In 2010 I travelled though East Asia, the Americas and Europe and was inspired to try and capture each place by producing a series of drawings and paintings.

The notion of identity has always fascinated me. Technical ability I have always regarded as essential. During my time at art school it became clear that my leaning was towards portraits. Revealing the individual through portraiture. Strength of personality, dignity and wealth of character is the essence of every individual, regardless of status. The relationship between artist and subject is a dynamic one and as the layers of defense fade away the self is inevitably exposed. In avoiding the sentimental and paying attention to detail I discovered I could capture these moments of revealed truth.

As my art developed and I began to gain confidence in my technique as a painter, I began to seek inspiration on the theme of identity outside portraiture.

Friday Lates until 8pm
Image: © James Allen