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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Open Call To All Artists: Shape Open Exhibition 2012


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CreativeHappen London 2012

Shape, in association with Westway Development Trust and sponsors HSBC, invites applications for the Shape Open Exhibition 2012 from artists who have work that comments or makes reference to issues surrounding disability.

This is an open call to all artists!!!

 The exhibition will feature work of disabled and non-disabled people chosen by the selection panel and will exhibit at the Portobello Gallery, Notting Hill.

The Shape Open Prize of £500 will be given to the artist with the best works in show as selected by the selection committee. The People’s Choice Award of £250 will go to the artist whose work has been most voted for by visitors to the exhibition.Tony Heaton, Shape Chief Executive, said “The word disability holds so many connotations, this exhibition is ‘open’ in every sense of the word in that the word, disability, is open to interpretation and the exhibition is open to both disabled and non-disabled artists, as a result we expect to see some very interesting work.”

Submission Fee: £10 for up to 2 pieces.

Deadline: Monday 19th March 2012

Submission: Deliver to the gallery or email a digital format to

Full instructions on how to apply can be found here

Thursday, 16 February 2012


Artist: Michael Mapp

London based Photographer, Artist and Graphic Designer Michael Mapp, has been dedicated to his photography for a number of years, and has consistently produced strong imagery across multiple genres which includes fashion, landscape, music and portraiture. You will be familiar with Michael's work on this blog, his imagery conveys the some of the best of London's culture and our ever-growing active Creative Capital. Therefore I thought it would be a good idea to promote some in-house creative activity. Roots and Wings: International Photography Exhibition 13-24th February 2012 In Crawley, features artists from the UK and Caribbean Michael Mapp being one of them, celebrating the presence of the Barbados, Bahamas,Grenada and Dominica Olympic team in Crawley (further exhibition information below).

Artist Feature: An interview with Michael Mapp:

When did you start your career in Photography?

13 years ago after being handed my first SLR camera by my stepfather while studying art in 1999. I was about 17 years old at the time.

How would you describe your work?

Powercloud Vicinity Collection,
Through the lens:
a new black perspective of British Iconic Landmarks (2004) 
 As a science having learnt photography traditionally with the chemicals, it was a very scientific and hands-on vocation when I began my involvement in the discipline, my love of science inherited from my grand-uncle the late Dr. Esmond Mapp a ground breaking scientist in America, is reflected heavily in my work, in the way I try to use light and metering which is evident in my a collection produced using film with no computer manipulation what so ever. This collection has been highly praised and has been exhibited in London and more recently at the Bargehouse South Bank.

What is your biggest motivator?

My family, their support and encouragement has been what has motivated me over the years. Although they believe my projects are a bit wild, they know how passionate I am. Not forgetting my daughter!

What are your biggest influences?

My biggest influences? that is a vast question, and the initial answer I would give is life and the world around me, I'm an observant type of person so differing environments and scenarios be it political, social, fiscal etc.. They all provide some sort of influence along with, those figures that have gone before producing work by which the standard had been set, people by the likes Nan Golding, Barbara Kruger, Martin Parr, Nick Knight, Glenn Loachford, Testino, Bailey, Newton and Cartier-Bresson to name a few. As photography as a discipline is very vast my influences are too broad.

How can the themes of your work best be defined?

I have become known for my representation of classic beauty, challenging norms and traditional conventions. I have recently become a little more political than before, highlighting Nationalism and Immigration in the UK through my works. I am a Trinidadian who has lived in the UK for almost 25 years now, so now producing strong imagery highlighting belonging and acceptance as an ethnic minority in Britain is what I would say is best known of me at this point.

What projects are you working on?

A Modern portrait of Britain
 from the Can you hear me Britain? Collection
 Well in early 2009, I was elated to produce a new collection of work alongside fellow Trinidadian Haiden Medina from which Can You Hear me Britain? (2009) was derived. This landmark project was to become iconic, first exhibited at the Bargehouse South bank, the first Black conglomerate of Black African and Caribbean artists together and supported by the British Design Council 2011.The complete Can You Hear me Britain? (2009) collection is yet to be exhibited and I am keen to complete the full Nationalism/immigration project internationally in 2012/13.

How important is the Roots and Wings exhibition to you?

Like all exhibitions they all have equal importance, however this one provides me with Caribbean exposure, I am open to new territories.

Apart from photography what else do you enjoy?

Eating lol, any Trinidadian delicacies send my way please! I love aggressive skating, I'm currently teaching my daughter to inline skate. I also enjoy restoring and up-cycling furniture and my work of course.

Find the Michael Mapp here

12 - 24 February 2012
Roots and Wings -International Photography Exhibition

celebrates the forthcoming presence of Barbados, Bahamas and Dominican Olympic teams that will be training in Crawley for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games. The exhibition will be  launching the arts programme which aims to connect artists and communities across traditional, cultural and social and geographical divides.

Roots and Wings is virtually linked to partner exhibitions in Trinidad and Barbados. Michael Mapp's Iconic work from the collection Can you hear me Britain? is  featured in this exciting and vibrant cross-cultural project represents artists from the UK and Caribbean.

This Landmark project by Urban Flo Creative Consultancy in collaboration with the Brighton Photo Finge, Crawley Borough Council and Barbados Commission for Pan African Affair, is a great way to celebrate creative culture here in the UK whilst welcoming Olympic 2012 teams.

Venue: The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 6YZ
Free Entry
further information here:

David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture

21 January - 9 April 2012
In the Main Galleries

David Hockney
The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate,
East Yorkshire in 2011
Copyright David Hockney
Photo credit: Jonathan Wilkinson

Hailled as the must see exhibition of the year! 
The Royal Academy of Arts presents the first major exhibition in the UK to showcase David Hockney’s landscape work. Vivid paintings inspired by the Yorkshire countryside, are shown alongside related drawings and digital video. Over 150 works are on display, the majority of which have been created in the last eight years. The exhibition also includes a selection of works dating as far back as 1956, which are displayed on multiple screens. This exhibition takes you on a visual journey through the eyes of David Hockney.

Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Tickets can be purchased in person from the box office throughout the day from 10am onwards
Adults £14
Children under 7 Free

Hajj: Journey to the heart of Islam

Until 15 April 2012

The Ka’ba in Mecca shown as the centre of the world.
 Illustration from Tarih-i Hind-i Garbi. Turkey, 1650
© Leiden University Library
Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam will be the first major exhibition dedicated to the Hajj; the pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is central to the Muslim faith. The exhibition which has been organised in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Public Library Riyadh will examine three key strands: the pilgrim’s journey with an emphasis on the major routes used across time (from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East); the Hajj today, its associated rituals and what the experience means to the pilgrim; and Mecca, the destination of Hajj, its origins and importance. The exhibition will bring together a wealth of objects from a number of different collections including important historic pieces as well as new contemporary art works which reveal the enduring impact of Hajj across the globe and across the centuries.

Opening hours 10.00-17.30 Saturday to Thursday, 10.00-20.30 Fridays. The exhibition runs between 26 January – 15 April 2012 Admission charge £12, children under 16 and Members free plus a range of concessions including group rates. Tickets are available to book through the box office by calling 020 7323 8181 or online at
British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG

Friday, 10 February 2012

Valentines Day 2012

Image: Helen Lang-Illustrator
The Loveliness of lettering-craft exhibition Sprout Arts
Tooting (See event listing below) 

We have hand-picked 5 events in London for you to enjoy with your loved ones during the Valentines period. We have been keen to include a mix of events, from an award winning dance show to valentine's themed exhibitions, providing you with options for the perfect gift. We hope you find our 2012 guide useful.

Photo Eric Simon
courtesy of sadlerswells

1. Ujoma-Until 19th Feb 2012
UMOJA is a musical celebration of South African song and dance. UMOJA, meaning ‘togetherness’ in Zulu, has won critical plaudits and collected multiple awards since its premiere in 2000. From the potent rhythms of tribal music to the intricate steps of gumboot dancing, the jazz of Sophiatown, the joy of gospel and the pounding energy of contemporary kwaito, UMOJA unites 30 singers, dancers, drummers, marimba players and musicians, who represent the best of South Africa’s young performers“Enough energy to light up London. I defy anyone to leave this hit dance musical feeling anything less than elated” Daily Telegraph Performances: Tue - Sun at 7.30pm, Sat & Sun mats at 2.30pm
Tickets: £15 - £42
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4322
Peacock Theatre
Portugal Street, WC2A 2HT

2. The Loveliness of Lettering 6th -19th Feb 2012
A Valentines themed exhibition by local creatives and designers working in and around Tooting. Local creatives and designers will be showcasing unique products and crafts that include pottery, gorgeous limited edition prints, jewellery, candles and fabulous fabric and textile creations. With so many beautiful gifts available you’ll be sure to find something perfect for this special day.
Free entry
Tues-Sat 11-5pm
Sprout Arts,
74 Moyser Road, Furzedown, SW16 6SQ

3. Die Freche Muse Valentines Special- Saturday 11th February 2012
Baron Von Sanderson invites you to decadent Cabaret, burlesque and dance event. Music policy Swing and Cabaret. Dress Code: 1900's - 1940's. Do dress fabulously and in the spirit of the night, this is a dressed-up event and the dress code is important! Absolutely no jeans or trainers
The George Tavern-373 Commercial Road, London E1 0LA
Time 9pm - 3am.Advance Tickets £15 then £20 on the door

‘My other half’ brooch by Jennie Hancox.
Image courtesy of CAA

 4. Target the Heart- Contemporary Applied Arts- until Feb 25th
In collaboration with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and to coincide with the run up to Valentine’s Day, Contemporary Applied Art (CAA)  is staging a spectacular selling exhibition to spotlight the BHF ‘Mending Broken Hearts Appeal’. thirty of CAA’s diverse and gifted applied artists have come together to present a collaborative show with ‘mending broken hearts’ at its core. Representing fields ranging from furniture, glass, and jewellery making to basketry, ceramics, metalwork, silversmithing and textile design, each artist has applied his or her own highly individual skill to create pieces that are at once, collectable, evocative and beautiful. Every piece in the show will be available for sale, with prices ranging from around £50 to £5,000. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the BHF's 'Mending Broken Hearts Appeal'.
Free admission
Mon-Sat 10-6pm
Contemporary Applied Arts
2 Percy Street, London, W1T 1DD

5. Canary Wharf Ice Rink
Located in the magnificent setting of Canada square, enjoy a skate with a loved-one this Valentines whilst taking in the sights.
Monday-Saturday 9.45-11.00pm (last session begins at 10pm)
Sunday 9.45am-7.30pm (last session begins at 6.30pm)
Adults non peak £10
Adults peak £12

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Creative London: Celebrating London and Multicultralism

Monday 13th February 2012

Lumenis Theatre Company presents Celebrating London and Multiculturalism
Tristan Bates Theatre 7:30 PM
1A Tower St, Covent Garden

A free event presenting new work by emerging and established practitioners including drama, dance and performance art, followed by a panel of experts (Kumiko Mendl Artistic Director Yellow Earth among others) and networking possibility.

With the approaching of London Olympics a debate on multiculturalism cannot be more relevant. This is the first in a series of events on multiculturalism and focuses on how London perceives itself and other cultures in terms of confrontation and dialogue.

The answers to following questions will be addressed in both an artistic and practical nature:

Have you ever thought about touring a show to China?

Do you want to hear about China, Multicultural theatre?

Do you want to discuss with a panel of experts about what the Olympics mean to you as an artist and as a Londoner?

Do you want to attend a good quality event that combines drama, dance and live performance?

There will be also the opportunity to talk to David Ahlbrecht ACE Orange UK and US Representative on bringing a show to China. ACE Orange is one of the biggest Chinese promoter and is seeking theatrical productions that can be easily translated to a Chinese audience (in particular but not limited to musical theatre, dance, opera). You will be able to talk to a panel of experts and other artists and theatre practitioners.
This is a free event but advanced booking is essential.
Contact to book.
For more information e-mail:

Creative London: Theatre shows to add to your diary this Feb!

Until Mar 17 2012
Danielle Tarento presents The Pitch Fork Disney.
by Philip Ridley.
21 years after it came kicking and screaming into the world, The Pitchfork Disney has come of age... Presley and Haley are confronted with the scariest of all…what exactly happened to their parents? Director Edward Dick takes on this contemporary classic and reveals that Ridley's dark and glittering vision looks today more like breathtaking prophecy..
Venue: Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL

2nd, 3rd, 4th February 2012 
Play Things.
A Festival of Staged Readings from Nine New Directors.
Nine playful directors are proud to be showcasing their work at the Albany in Deptford this February. Trained by some of the most pioneering theatre practitioners in the industry, they will be offering a smorgasbord of short plays by established playwrights and new writers.
The Festival is the culmination of the Director Traineeship run by StoneCrabs Theatre Company and will be comprised of three staged readings each night and will run from the 2nd until the 4th of February.
Tickets £5
Time 7.30pm.
Venue:The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG

9 Feb - 1 April 2012
Proliferation 5 Short Plays.
Featuring new works by internationally acclaimed playwrights, these five short plays traverse the period from the 1940s, when two Jewish immigrants in Birmingham make a world changing calculation, right through to 1989, when the collapse of the Soviet Union leaves entire nations in disarray - and the world on the brink of disaster.Plays by: Zinnie Harris, Ron Hutchinson, Lee Blessing, Amit Gupta and John Donnelly
Venue:Tricycle Theatre, 259 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR

11th February-17th March 2012
FILTER presents-A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
By William Shakespeare.
Directed by Sean Holmes and Designed by Linbury Prize Winner Hyemi Shin.
Expect a sonically surprising, visually arresting and respectfully mischievous version of Shakespeare’s classic.
Suitable for ages 11+
Tickets £12.50-£35
Venue:Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King St, W6 0QL

16th February -21st April 2012
Polka Theatre presents Michael Morpurgo’s Twist of Gold. Adapted by Simon Reade.
With Famine gripping in Ireland, Sean and Annie have just one chance at survival-they must find their father. Leaving their dying mother behind, they travel across the rough seas to America. Will Annie’s gold torc necklace be able to protect them? Will they ever be reunited with their family?
Suitable for ages 9+
Tickets from £10
Venue:Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB

Friday 17-Saturday 18th February
Seabright Productions present Indian Takeaway with Hardeep Singh Kohli.
Everyone loves a curry- after all, it is Britain’s national dish! Broadcaster, writer and Celebrity Master chef Hardeep Singh Kohli is on a mission to find the best Indian takeaway in the UK.
an interactive show with audience participation, Hardeep will race against time to prepare a scrumptious feast before the takeaway arrives. Along the way, he’ll be sharing tips, anecdotes and wonderful stories of his Scottish and Indian heritage. Lucky audience members coming on stage will have a chance to sample both meals.
Time 7:30
Tickets £11.50
Venue:Tara Theatre,356 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4ES

23rd February 2012
Nick Makoha in association with Mac Birmingham and Pippa Frith presents:My Father and other Superheroes.
 Directed by Benji Reid.
The day Nick Makoha realised he was going to become a father, he also realised he had no idea how to be one...follow Nick's journey as he discovers what it takes for a man to become a hero, and how a hero can be just a man.
Time 7.30pm
Tickets £8
Venue: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford. SE8 4AG

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Body/Head Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) & Bill Nace

Wednesday 22nd February 2012

Body/Head- Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) and Bill Nace

Sold Out

Café OTO
18-22 Ashwin Street,
London, E8 3DL
£10 ADV/£12 Door

Founding member of Sonic Youth Kim Gordon bass player, guitarist and vocalist and Boston's favourite free-noise guitarist Bill Nace return to London in a one date show. As a duo they've put forth a limited cassette only blast via Ecstatic Peace. This should be a great performance!