Vital Signs: space, community and mental wellbeing
RealLife photography
Monday 1 - Saturday 6 February

A compelling insight into the contemporary challenges of space and community, documented through creative photography

Photography students from Lambeth College and the Interactive Design Institute exhibit their work exploring themes of Space and Community in the context of wellbeing.

“Personal, tender and challenging – this collection makes you reconsider the world around you and its impact on our mental wellbeing. Don’t miss it”

The assignments were carried out in November 2015 and feature people, places and communities in London, around the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

The collection represents an eclectic and compelling insight into contemporary issues through personal stories and observations, through the lens of upcoming creative talent.

More info and online gallery at: www.reallife.photography
Twitter: @realllife_awards #realllifeLDN

About RealLife photography

RealLife Photography is about documenting contemporary social, cultural and environmental issues, to challenge our perceptions and invite debate.

We work with industry partners and academic institutions to support emerging talent. Our aim is to help students and new professionals hone their creativity and technical skills, and at the same time shine the light on topical issues via public exhibitions throughout the UK and online.

Monday 8 - Saturday 13 February

Loosegroup artists present 'You've Changed' an exhibition which challenges national and international contemporary artists to explore the evocative notion of change- theoretically, literally and in abstract.

An omnipresent force, with divisive outcomes, all life is inescapably gripped by change; whether physical, cultural, intimate - wide ranging or localised, catastrophic or unnoticed.

Through the artistic channels presented here, the works seek to identify and understand its tangible and notional effects.


Laura Ansell
Kimberly Bevan
Cath Gillingham
Kat Hayes
Wayne Keown
Juki Lee
Maureen Jordan
Thomas Lindvig
Tommy Ramsay
Emily Watkins

Francisco J. Jimenez
Monday 15 - Saturday 20 February

In his fourth solo show at the Menier Gallery, Francisco unveils a collection of his best paintings. Francisco’s aim is to immerse the viewer in his world with his characteristically strong style. This is a world of intimate places, imperfections and sensibility which follows the lines of the human body and the aura that surrounds people. Francisco’s paintings have been influenced by a broad range of artists such as; Tàpies, Lucian Freud and the painting traditions of Spain and Britain. Francisco´s work is the hunt of the soul. These works depict the effusive desire to capture the soul and the innocence of the human form through art. Full of feelings and ideas, textures and forms, these works reveal the essence of the human condition.

Monday 22 - Saturday 27 February

12 @ Menier is an exhibition of twelve contemporary artists focusing on notions of representation and abstraction.

Sophie Bayntun, Alice Boggis-Rolfe, Uta Brouet, Camilla Cannon, Susanne du Toit, Roxana Halls, Sarah Jane Moon, Laurence Perratzi, Olha Pryymak, Ilaria Rosselli del Turco, Elizabeth Shields, Adele Wagstaff.

Private View: Tuesday 23rd February 6 - 8.30 pm
making our mark
Sherborne Girls
Monday 7 - Saturday 12 March

Sherborne Girls' much awaited 5 yearly art exhibition is taking place on 7-12 March at the Menier Gallery. The 'making our mark' exhibition will feature a selection of the best painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, textiles and product design produced by the school’s students over the past five years. The display, which will fill both floors of this wonderful gallery space, will include works which reflect a wide range of processes, styles and ideas.

Miss Jenny Newman (Head of Art & Design at Sherborne Girls since 1994) comments, "It will be wonderful to see so many of our former students, many of whom took their art and design beyond school and to view familiar pieces of artwork in such an exciting space."

Sherborne Girls is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 11 to 18. Founded in 1899, it has been at the forefront of girls' education in Britain for over 100 years. The school provides a rich environment for the development of well-educated, confident and caring young women who are committed to making significant and positive contributions to the world in which they live.

Sherborne Girls believes in academic development continuing outside of the classroom, and every girl is encouraged to immerse herself in the broad range of activities on offer. The school is particularly proud of its impressive Art department and is excited to have this opportunity to showcase some of the outstanding work produced by its students.

11.am - 3pm on Saturday 12 March
Desires and Dreams
Tuesday 15 - Saturday 19 March

Desires are not simple, selfish or straightforward, they are in the words of English philosopher Thomas Hobbes “the fundamental motivation of all human action.” Exploring the range of our desires is a rich source of material to draw upon for all creative endeavours. Manifestations of our desires are often the subject matter for many of our dreams. A cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal can be made to seem very 'real' within our dreams. Artists throughout the ages have been deeply interested in interpreting dreams as conduits for unspoken feelings and desires. Art initiated by a desire or a dream stems from an association between images, real or imagined, their meaning within the mind, and ultimately their interpretation through the hand of the artist. In this group exhibition ten artists come together to show the reinforcing power of art as an emotional yet personal relationship. The work spans a wide variety of techniques, concepts, and subject matter through painting, sculpture and more, but all embody an element of that artist's desires and dreams. Participating artists are Maureen Banfield Hamlin, Elaine Coles, Janet Curley Cannon, Gill Hawkins, Jillian McLaren, Rosemary Miller, Forbes Moores, Patricia Sharman, Angelika Steiger and Markus Wanger.

Open Tuesday through Friday 11 to 6 pm / Saturday 11 to 4:30 pm / Private View: 15th March from 6 to 8:30 PM
Image: Red Skies at Night II (Inkjet print) by Elaine Coles