Exhibitions
Force of Nature
The Artists Pool
Monday 3 - Saturday 29 August

A form of universal energy pulsates through the natural world - seen and unseen, sensual and sexual, subtle and dramatic, creative and destructive, calming and terrifying - it shapes the world as we know it. From birth to death, every living thing is animated and moulded by the forces of nature.

Sounds of Africa
Michael Tubi
Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 August

Documentary Photographer Michael Tubi aka (Michael Tubes) has created "Sounds of Africa", a multimedia exhibition that will allow you to experience different genres from across the African continent.

This exciting multi-media exhibition was created to promote African music by showcasing the best African artists to greater understand and appreciate their artistry. Genres such as Afrobeat, Hi-life, Fuji, Makossa, Kwaito, Coupe -Decale make African music the intriguing mix that it is today, I feel there is a lack of exhibitions or platforms that showcase a range artists representing Africa.

This will allow the audience to access numerous talents that have taken the African music scene by storm.

#PiHShop: Launch Night
Paintings in Hospitals
Thursday 3 - Saturday 5 September

From 18:00 on 03 September, we will launch a brand new kind of online charity shop in collaboration with Sara Melin, co-founder of The Poundshop*.

In addition to raising funds in support of people in health and social care, we aim to make great contemporary design more accessible to everyone.

Products from both emerging and established independent designers, ranging from notebooks and colouring books to cards and pillow cases. Together, we have selected this thrilling new range and we hope you like it as much as we do.

Join us for the launch and exclusively purchase in our first ever pop up shop at the Menier Gallery!

*Founded in 2010 by George Wu and Sara Melin, in 2013 the Poundshop was named as one of Selfridges’ Bright Young Things and also as one of the top five creative entrepreneurs on the h. Club 100 list. The Poundshop have curated and created pop up shops in places such as Selfridges, Science Museum, Somerset House and Loft Japan.

Headspaces
Guy Burch, with friendship works by Robert Taylor and David Jaramillo Klinkert
Monday 7 - Saturday 19 September

As a founder member of the Gay and Lesbian Artists group at Brixton Art Gallery in 1983 Guy Burch recorded the night life of 1980s gay liberation and the painful epoch of loss during the AIDS crisis. He recently curated a project to document the group in the Tate Gallery Archive. The era of heady politics and the virus gave his work, seen via four solo exhibitions (Nightlife, Unstill Lives, Headstrong & Telling Tales and Sex & Dancing), a compelling urgency.

This exhibition, including sculpture, paintings and photography, begins with ‘Trophonius Oracle’, an installation of twenty boxed figures made over time to commemorate 25 people he knew who died of AIDS. A private piece, an attempt to hold on to memory, they are displayed together publicly here for only the third time. People represented include the artists Derek Jarman, Mario Dubsky and Robert Mapplethorpe but also ordinary guys who died before their time. Made as a kind of private promise to remember, they are a point of departure for the journey to recovery delineated in works that follow.

Focusing on head shaped sculptures, in many cases literally looking inside the artists own headspace, the visitor is invited on a journey of interior retreat and reinvention. Something new from something old emerges, ending in something blue – not sadness but the wings of iridescent butterflies.

The Friendship Works
Recovery as a process does not succeed by only internalising. Within the exhibition are ‘friendship’ works by the photographers Robert Taylor (www.taylor-photo.co.uk) and David Klinkert (www.ensynapsis.com). Both were invited by the artist to include work that, whilst being autonomous creations, symbolised for the artist the benefits of reaching out.

Image: ‘Psycho House’ © Guy Burch
The 109th Annual Art Exhibition
The Post Office and BT Art Club
Tuesday 22 September - Saturday 3 October

Our artists extend a welcome to all who visit our 109th Annual Art Exhibition that is provided by the members of the Post Office and BT Art Club. The club was founded in 1906 and has continued to display work of the highest quality and indeed, many members have had their works accepted by the Royal Academy for their Summer Exhibition. The group has close associations with well known supporters of the arts including; former Patron the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Lady Mary Donaldson, Anne the Duchess of Norfolk, Dame Vera Lynn, Sam Wannamaker, Sir Ian Valence, David Shepherd and Bill Bryson.

This year the exhibition is being opened by Geoffrey Hunt, the Vice President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. Geoffrey has chosen the “AGBI” (Artists General Benevolent Institution) which provides so much support to Artists and their families, and we are pleased to support their worthy cause.

Image: 'Somerset House' by Andrew Jackson
Art Gemini Prize 2015
Art Gemini
Tuesday 22 - Saturday 26 September

Founded in 2011 in London, the ArtGeminiPrize is a celebration to promote international contemporary art for emerging and established artists around the world. It is an independent and non-profit competition and supports a selected charity annually at the finalists’ exhibition.

The 2015 edition attracted 956 entries from 34 countries and the finalists’ exhibition will be held at The Menier Gallery, London.

Draw 15
94th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Graphic Fine Art
Monday 5 - Saturday 17 October

The Society of Graphic Fine Art – The Drawing Society is the only national art society dedicated exclusively to drawing. Founded in 1919 in the etching class of the Central School of Arts and Crafts and boasting such alumni as Ronald Searle, Frank Brangwyn and Dame Laura Knight, today the Society promotes fine drawing skills in both traditional and contemporary media. Each year an open exhibition is held at the Menier Gallery in Southwark, and this year the 94th one, DRAW 15, with optional theme ‘Time and Space’ will run from October 5-17, with a Private View on Tuesday October 6.

98 professional artists working across all drawing and printmaking media will show 251 works ranging from figurative to non-figurative, colour to monochrome, and from etching to collage. Dr Sumi Perera RE , whose work is in Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ashmolean, and the Yale Centre for British Art, is strongly featured, as is Fred Cuming RA – the youngest-ever member to be elected to the Royal Academy in 1974, and one of Britain’s best-known contemporary landscape painters. Professor Ken Howard, OBE RA, and Maz Jackson, the internationally-renowned tempera artist, will also exhibit.

The exhibition will be opened and the prizes awarded by John Huddy, owner and founder of illustration cupboard – a unique central London Art Gallery representing the most distinguished contemporary book illustrators from around the world. They will be selected by Martin Short is, a tutor at the Royal Drawing School.