Exhibitions
GFEST - Gaywise FESTival
Monday 10 - Saturday 22 November

Lower Ground Floor Gallery

GFEST - Gaywise FESTival is recognised as London’s eclectic annual LGBT cross art fest since 2007. GFEST 2014 visual arts exhibition is to showcase established and emerging talent – presenting the best of LGBT art in London. This year’s exhibition explores the theme ‘Urban Myths’. GFEST 2014 artists present their own take on iconic mythological art works together with contemporary interpretations of urban myths.

Newly commissioned works presented alongside the curated art works are key features of the exhibition. Challenging art works from established artists like Sadie Lee and Matthew Stradling will lead the showcase. Enzo Marra will show his Francis Bacon series along with art works of Berlin and London based artist Mathias Vef and Joao Trindade’s new digital images. The exhibition also includes ‘mythical’ interpretations from younger artists like Gökhan Tanriöver and Jenny Welton.

An ideal opportunity for students of queer arts, a free entry panel discussion looking at LGBT Myths in art will be chaired by Prof Johnny Golding and will take place on Fri 21 Nov.

Friday Lates until 8pm
Image: © Gökhan Tanriöver
10 - JOURNEY OF EXPERIENCE
Monday 17 - Saturday 29 November

Ground Floor Gallery

10 - Journey of Experience is a reflection of a group of 10 artists, banding together to showcase their work under one roof.

Each artist puts forward a very different proposition and focal point, expressing their own individuality, but although a clear diversity is evident, there is also a unifying theme, a commonality: every artist makes things as a response to the world around them.

On the surface this may seem obvious, but they felt this collectivising thread sets them apart. It provides a platform of separate ideas coalesced into a singular ideal.

This is art that exists, art to look at, and art to respond to; to mould, to paint, to draw, to experience.

All 10 exhibitors consider themselves contemporary artists, engaging and reacting to the modern world and most importantly, celebrating it. 10 - Journey of Experience, at the Menier Gallery, is a reflection of this positivity.

Just as the individuals in the group looked at the world and how they were inspired by it, they now invite you to respond as they did: to visit and experience, a journey.

Friday Lates until 8pm
THE DOGS OF WAR UNLEASHED: SATIRICAL & PROPAGANDA MAPS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
Roderick M. Barron
Wednesday 26 - Saturday 29 November

Lower Ground Floor Gallery

Showcasing several dozen rare & sought-after satirical and propaganda maps and posters of the First World War, this Exhibition provides a unique opportunity to understand & appreciate the range and diversity of this distinctive genre of comic cartography & propagandist map art. With its origins in the military & political upheavals of mid & late 19th Century Europe, it flourished with renewed vigour during the War, satirical maps especially so in the period between 1914 & 1916.

Featuring maps & posters from all regions of the World, including the United States, Poland, Portugal, Russia and Japan, these powerful propagandist symbols offer a fascinating insight into particular historical events of the War itself as well as into the printers & publishers and official organisations & institutions who originally commissioned them. They also frequently reveal something of the lives & characters of their original designers & authors, mainly civilian artists & illustrators, whose skills & talents were now harnessed to the patriotic wartime cause.

The Exhibition also includes a small selection of map-related ephemera, including wartime games, puzzles and jigsaws which demonstrate the manner in which cartographic symbols & map propaganda permeated popular culture of the wartime period.

Friday Lates until 8pm
Image: © Johnson, Riddle & Co.