96% Visible
Mixed Media Group Exhibition
Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 May

96% Visible brings together a rich variety of artwork from a group of 11 artists who have been exhibiting together for six years, most recently at the Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London. Working together over a number of years has meant the artists have come to have an in-depth knowledge of each-others work and this familiarity has enabled them to create a collection of works that both compliment and enhance each-others. The group continue to exhibit together as they share a desire to express themselves through their work; to respond creatively to what they see around them.
Included in the exhibition is: work that combines lo-fi materials, such as brass, lead and bronze with paper and wax; a study of our enduring fascination and the continuing relevance of myths and traditional tales; a colourful display of delicate embroidery on silk suspended in a folding frame of polished metal; work that focuses on the distant past and the fragmented memories that are embedded within individual thoughts and feelings; and a reflection on British cultural identity in response to the state of flux of those communities.

London South Bank University
Thursday 2 - Saturday 4 June

The graduating students have been working with a variety of media that address the spectrum of possibilities within contemporary photographic practice. in.Flux explores a range of themes and ideas that underline the artists’ concerns and relationships to society, social media, new technologies, as well as personal and political conflicts.

We would be delighted for you to join us at our Private View on June 1st, where there will be the opportunity to meet the artists and explore the work.

On June 2nd there will be a symposium convened by in.Flux exhibitor and LSBU student Trix Carver, titled Privacy Lust; addressing themes of dating, relationships, the curation of online profiles and experiences of digital harassment, the symposium will see the opening of The Museum of Sexual Harassment. Visitors to the gallery and symposium are encouraged to bring artefacts relating to their own online experiences, please see website below for more information and to book.

To follow the development of our individual projects during the lead up to the final exhibition make sure to visit our website: www.in-flux.co.uk

The Emily Kirby Tanzania Collection
Art Exhibition in aid of Livingstone Tanzania Trust
Tuesday 7 - Saturday 11 June

Emily Kirby was born into a family of artists in Zambia in the early eighties. Although young when she moved to the UK these roots have always had a deep impact on her painting. Emily now regularly returns to travel, paint and exhibit in Africa.

The majority of Emily’s work has drawn on the study of people and wildlife, using the figure as the central object for interpretation. In the past Emily was interested in tribal identities but more recently she has become primarily concerned with exploring methods of painting that allow her to celebrate raw emotion, movement and expression. Bold brush work and a loose expressive technique have become a defining aspect of Kirby’s work, however an investigation into colour and form lay at the heart of her practice.

Emily has exhibited internationally and in 2012 was awarded The Chairman’s Ngoma Award for Visual Artist in the Diaspora.

Emily’s Tanzania Collection was inspired by a visit to Babati, Tanzania with the award winning community development charity Livingstone Tanzania Trust. The rawness of the place and the vibrancy of the people is captured in this beautiful collection.

Highlights from the Paintings in Hospitals Collection
Wednesday 15 - Saturday 18 June

This summer Showcase returns with an exhibition highlighting key artworks from the Paintings in Hospitals collection. Carefully selected from over 4,000 works, the exhibition reveals how this 57-year-old charity continues to challenge ideas about the kind of art deemed suitable for health and social care environments with a variety of contemporary pieces from leading artists.

Showcase features a range of printed, painted, drawn, sculptural, and digital works, and will also comprise a programme of talks, tours, and events. Visit the Showcase page for an up-to-date listing of what’s happening and follow Paintings in Hospitals on Twitter to be the first to know about newly-added events.

The Showcase exhibition is free for everyone.

Open daily: 11:00am - 6:00pm

Two Years In
Art Academy Diploma Artists
Monday 20 - Saturday 25 June

Year two diploma artists at The Art Academy, London Bridge, present a vibrant group show to share their inspiration and artwork, here, in the world’s most cosmopolitan city.

The collection of paintings, small sculpture and paper based works on display teem with vigour and freshness, and bring together an exciting range of skills and interests from the individuals behind them.

These sure-footed early-career artists range in age from their 20s to their 60s, and have been drawn to The Art Academy from around the world and a kaleidoscope of backgrounds. Two Years In reflects their many cultural and artistic influences, and celebrates their artistic journey together so far.

Keith Michell 'A Life in the Arts' Retrospective
Wednesday 22 June - Friday 1 July

Born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1926, Keith pursued a career in the fine arts before the offer of a place at the legendary Old Vic Theatre School led to a life changing move to London and the start of an extraordinary career treading the boards. His work as an actor, singer, designer and director spanned six decades - including critically acclaimed Shakespearean roles with Sir Laurence Olivier’s Old Vic Theatre Company, and starring roles in hit musicals Robert & Elizabeth, Man of La Mancha, La Cage aux Folles and Irma La Douce in the West End and on Broadway - and set the bar for a whole generation of performers. He will of course forever be associated with his iconic portrayal of the king in The Six Wives of Henry VIII, the seminal 1970s television series, and Keith chose his self-portrait as Henry VIII to be the centrepiece of this retrospective exhibition. Many of the paintings, lithographs, drawings and artist proofs included are for sale, and Keith (who died November last year), was delighted that the work would be shown at the Menier Gallery in support of ‘Paintings in Hospitals’.

National Society of Painters Sculptors & Printmakers 83rd Annual Exhibition
Monday 4 - Saturday 16 July

This year will be our 83rd Annual Exhibition and our 10th at the Menier Gallery.

The NS is unique in its outlook and attracts some of the most exciting successful and creative artists around. The earliest catalogue in existence is of the Society's third exhibition in 1932. The introduction which follows has been used ever since:

"The formation of the National Society was the natural fruition of a growing desire among artists of every creed and outlook for an annual exhibition which could represent all aspects under one roof without prejudice, or favour to anyone".

This 83rd exhibition of over 350 works is no exception representing approx 65 Members and Associate Members from across the UK, coming together for two weeks at the Menier.

From traditional art to pure abstraction there is a wide variety of work to browse and enjoy and this exhibition provides a great opportunity to buy direct from the artist.

Works inspired by Frida Kahlo
The Artists Pool
Wednesday 3 - Wednesday 31 August

"Works inspired by Frida Kahlo", an intense and reflective selection of artworks by artists who have align their creativity by gaining inspiration from artist Frida Kahlo. Her rich and varied lust for life provides many artistic seeds for this multi-media show.