Sarah Bird at Artsdepot Open 2017

Artsdepot is an award winning cultural hub focused in presenting work, encouraging artistic innovation and supporting artist development. Artsdepot’s annual free exhibition is a celebration of art and artists. The exhibition features work by both emerging and established artists. An expert panel selects the works from an open submission process and the result is a diverse and vibrant exhibition. Many of the artworks selected for this exhibition are available to purchase at affordable prices.

The exhibition will run until the 1st September 2017.

Venue: Apthorp Gallery, 5 Nether Street Tally Ho Corner North Finchley London N12 0GA.

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Alpine Islands Exhibition at Open Space Arts Centre in Feutersoey, Switzerland

Open Spaces is a new Arts centre in the old school house of the Alpine village of Feutersoey, Switzerland. Established in March 2017, Open Spaces hosts long term studios for artists and makers living locally, as well as a residency programme that invites swiss and international artists to the region. The program invites two artists at a time from around the world to work during three months in Feutersoey, providing a high-visibility cultural centre-point for the village and for the region.
Apline Islands is an exhibition opening on the 19th of August at the Open Space Arts Centre that will feature the current artists in residency Cordelia Cembrowicz and Jane Ward, both from London, UK. Permanent studio holders Iris Aroussi, Cenamaximale, and Jessica von Schroder will also be part of the exhibition. The exhibition will run until the 29th of August 2017.

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ArtGemini Prize 2017

The ArtGemini Prize is a celebration to promote international contemporary art for emerging and established artists around the world. It is an independent competition, open to all artists aged 18 or over from anywhere in the world.

The winners will be announced at an exhibition of the finalists’ works in London.

Th ArtGemini Prize aims to promote creativity and excellence by exhibiting a wide range of challenging works, to help the artists exhibit and sell their works in London, to give the public access to quality and exciting works at affordable prices and, last but not least, to support a selected charity each year.

This year’s 5th edition Judging Panel is formed by Jo Baring, Director/Curator Ingram Collection; Cristina Cellini Antonini, Founder & Co-Director Artrooms; Pamela Kember-Tong, Head of Arts & Learning, Asia House; Sajid Rizvi, Founder & publisher of EAP Group International Media; Dr. Vanessa Champion, Creative Director PhotoX, photo journalist and owner of ARGENTA; Isabel H Langtry, Principal at Hampstead School of Art & Sculpture Artist.

Tom Cartmill is one of 37 artists to have been selected from over 900 entrants worldwide, together with last Artrooms’ edition selected artists Ilsa Brittain and Jasmine Pradissitto.

The ArtGemini Prize 2017 exhibition will be at Asia House, London from the 19th – 22nd September.


Karolina Albricht at 31° Celsius Exhibition – ASC Gallery

The second ASC Studios summer open exhibition at the ASC Gallery, following last year’s successful exhibition called “30 Celsius” also at ASC Gallery, will open this Friday evening, the 4th of August.

This year’s successful entries were selected by Paul Carey Kent, arts writer and curator.

Selected artists:
Michael Ajerman, Karolina Albricht, Fabio Almeida, Roas Barker, Agnieszka Katz Barlow, Lucie Bennett, Amanda Bracken, Henry Byrne, Jade Chorkularb, Rosalind Davis, Corinna Dean, Dexter Dymoke, Lorraine Fossi, Nigel Grimmer, Caroline Jane Harris, Ann Hulland, Hitomi Kammai, Vicky Kim & Karen Bosy, Silvia Lerin, Rebecca Meanley, Florence Mytum, Sylwia Narbutt, Michaela Nettel, Christina Niederberger, Cheryl Papasian, Monika Jenowein Patyczek, Daniel Rapley, Ana Ruepp, Lucy Smallbone, B Stuven, David Sullivan.

The ASC prize will offer a chosen artist a show in the gallery i 2018. Additional prizes will kindly be supplied by art materials company Pebeo and Atlantis art shop.

Private View: Friday 04 August 2017 6-9pm

Monday 07 August until Wednesday 23 August 2017

Open hours Monday – Friday 10am until 5pm.

ASC Gallery, The Chaplin Centre, Taplow House, Thurlow Street, London, SE17 2DG


Patrick Altes at the 4th Oran Biennale of Contemporary Arts

ORAN – The 4th edition of the Mediterranean Biennial of Modern Art opened Sunday evening the 2nd of July  in Oran, with the participation of 50 Algerian and foreign painters.
This event, which coincides with the celebration of the 55th anniversary of the independance, was held at the Museum of Modern Art in Oran (MAMO), located in downtown Oran. In addition to the painters from different regions of the country, twenty other artists representing Tunisia, Spain, France, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and the United States, are participating to this event said the curator of the biennial, and artist Toufik Ali Chaouche.
This edition, organized under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and the wilaya, was arranged by the association “Civ-oeil” of Oran.
Works by artists who were not able to travel to Oran are also exhibited within the framework of this biennale. They were artists from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Greece, Italy and Thailand, said Toufik Ali Chaouche.

Three Algerian artists participated as guests of honor. They are Zineb Sedira, who came from London, Mustapha Nedjai from Algiers and Mustapha Ghedjtati from Sétif.
This edition, which will ran until th 31st July, will allow participants to meet the public and to encourage exchanges of information and experience among professionals of modern art.
The exhibits included paintings, watercolors, sculptures, artistic montages, photographs, video productions and design works, all of which dealt with the theme “Exile and exodus”, which was the theme of this edition. The curator of the biennial explained that the theme chosen was topical because it is linked to wars, conflicts, natural disasters and other reasons that push men to collective migrations sometimes at the cost of their lives. In parallel with the exhibition, conferences were scheduled by specialists dealing with contemporary art disciplines.

SPOTLIGHT: Zuzanna Andrysewicz

As a teenager, I studied acting for 6 years. While researching my much-loved Russian literature for interesting monologues, I fell in love with novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoyevsky explores human psychology, and as for an actor, his work was perfect for role preparation. I didn’t know then that this exploration of psychology and character drive the way I approach print design and illustration.

When I started studying Textile Design at Central Saint Martins, I instinctively knew that Print would be pathway of my choice. Freedom of expression and immediate transition between hand and paper were qualities I was drawn to. There was just one small problem. I had never been taught how to draw. In order to move forward, I started to draw couple hours a day, every day. I quickly realized that instead of being interested in drawing the common print motifs of flowers or objects, I was particularly drawn to portraiture. I spent most of my degree researching old archives, photographs and exhibitions showcasing human’s stories and characters. I started to study people and psychologically analyse them just like I would analyse literature for role preparation. The only difference was that the outcome now was expressed on paper.

I then realised that main focus of my work would always remain in emotions, especially difficult and hidden ones. As a print designer, I needed to explore more design possibilities like repeat pattern making, but I still wasn’t interested in traditional approach. I decided instead to take apart my portraits, and use selected elements, like the patterns of garments people in my portraits were wearing, to achieve a repeated print. Even these repeated patterns must remain expressive.

Initially I was confused whether I was a print designer or artist because of the uncontrolled nature of my work. I started to wonder how I could translate my illustrations into print design. I looked up vintage prints of Finnish company Marimekko. Their bold and big conversational prints with loose and free print placement inspired me to produce my longest screen-printed sample using stencils and 9 different screens. Though at the end of this process I still returned to screen-printing portraits. Through this experience, I found my print designer approach: visual representation of characters/portraits mixed with patterns designed in a storytelling way. I developed deeper into the possibilities of emotional portraits with a visual exploration of my personal dreams and nightmares in my graduate print project: ‘Still Life Nightmares’. My dream journal offered an unfolding self portrait that inspired paintings and related 3D models. The 3D elements combined to create a ‘dream set.’ In this project, patterns mixed with portraits and figurative drawings. High contrast materials such as matte neoprene and hyper shiny glitter and foil expressed the vividness of my dreams. As the portrait expanded into a dream landscape, textile design gave way to set design. The influences of my practices came together.

I realized that the way I approach print design is not necessarily the same way as commercial textile industry does. In fast fashion, most of the print can feel homogeneous with the digital editing of Photoshop and Illustrator. It sometimes feels like there is not much difference between graphic designers and print designers. I started to wonder where would I see myself in that reality. Mainly through Instagram I found freelance illustrators like Donald Robertson or Alina Zamanova who illustrate with hand drawn qualities, which are then mass printed, on the clothes and other commercial items. I realized that this approach could be suitable for me as it allows maintaining the originality and emotional integrity of artwork but translating this to product; letting my work evolve in the personal and unique ways that are most fitting to me.

I stay open minded about future possibilities of my creative practice like set design. After graduation, I assisted with set design for Vogue Italia and CR Fashion Book. Looking up set designers who are also illustrators like Gary Card gave me confidence to think about myself as multidisciplinary artist and designer. Freelance print and illustration is something I want to definitely explore next.

Miguel Sopena on show at the Lovely Gallery Open 2017 Exhibition

Miguel Sopena’s painting ‘The Valencia Series: The Old Town I’ (acrylic on linen, 92x73cm) has been selected to feature at the Lovely Gallery Open 2017 group exhibition. The Valencia series is inspired by Miguel’s home town of Valencia, in Eastern Spain. Miguel has explained that the series is ‘a free interpretation (rather than a literal translation) of the sights, sounds and textures of the town’ and that he only works on the series when he is physically in the city, since, as he explains, ‘the connection between the source material and the work suffers when I am back in my usual working environment in London’.

Miguel is a theoretical physicist who changed direction to train as a classically trained figurative painter but has recently developed an abstract and semi-abstract strand of work inspired by themes such as memory, identity, a response to the immediate environment, and a dialogue with the painting materials themselves. Miguel grew up in Valencia but is now based in London. His work, CV and contact and other information can be found on his website, The Lovely Gallery ( is located at 140 Sydenham Road, SE26 5JZ in South London and exhibition hours are Thursday-Sunday 12-6pm. The Open 2017 exhibition runs 6-16 July.

Birth of a Cyborg

Hallidonto was recently invited to take part in a technical demonstration of Googletilt, an innovative virtual reality drawing software package.
By using his continuous line technique, he created a visual representation of a cyborg which was then transformed into a sculpture using the latest 3D printing technology. Hallidonto is in talks to bring my upcoming “Birth of a Cyborg” project in collaboration with Virtual Futures and Hobs Studio’s . Hob’s studios is the largest 3D printing bureau in the UK, Hob’s are proud to continue their tradition of collaborating with innovative artists, having previously worked with Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley. Virtual Futures Salon, a loose collective of artists, writers, cultural theorists, technological entrepreneurs, philosophers and filmmakers who meet at regular events to share their work and insights through a techno -philosophical lens

Hallidonto is presenting this project brief on Thursday 13th July at the Austrian Cultural Center. As I am looking for funding and potential gallery collaborators for the project. The image is the first the prototype Drawing-sculpture I did for a tech demo at Hobs Studios, this piece was featured at my recent solo exhibition at Joseph Fine Art. The links below are Hallidonto in action using Google tilt and Hob’s Studio.

My upcoming VR project:

My Hob’s studio tec demo and VR drawing into 3D print:

Dubai based Michelle Angela Jenkins celebrating Art Dubai

Raffiné Beauty Salon and Dubai based Canadian Artist collaborate to celebrate Art Dubai
– salon creates nail art inspired by Artist Michelle Angela Jenkins-

13th March 2014, Dubai – UAE – Raffine Beauty Salon has collaborated with Dubai-based Canadian artist Michelle Angle Jenkins to mark the upcoming Art Dubai 2014. Recently launched in Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Raffiné Beauty Salon will interpret Michelle Angela Jenkins work titled JOY, into nail art. Working closely with Michelle, Raffine’s nail artists have created artwork to celebrate the art season allowing art lovers an opportunity to wear art throughout March and April and view some of Michelle Angela Jenkins artwork at the salon.

A graduate from the University of Toronto’s Teachers College (OISE), Canadian Artist Michelle Angela Jenkins lives and works in Dubai. She has exhibited her works in over seven countries, including Dubai where she has showcased at several locations over the years. Art has been a focus and passion for Michelle throughout her studies and as an undergraduate at the University of Windsor, she had the opportunity to use different mediums such as metals and clay however painting with acrylic has proven to be her preferred medium. The collaboration with Raffine Beauty Salon is the first for Michelle – the translation of her artwork into nail art is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy her art.

“ This is an exciting project for me; I have never had an opportunity to work with nail artists. Unraveling the emotional of my creation onto this form of art piece is incredible. Working with the Raffine artist allowed me to understand the challenge of small space like the nail. The experience of inviting someone into the interpretation of my work was very personal. From your hand to my heart may we continue to connect our dreams and cultures through art” said Michelle Angela Jenkins.

“The Dubai art scene is thriving and as the Art Dubai is celebrated we wanted to bring this new age idea of interpreting art of artist into nail art. Our nail artist has been working closely with Michelle to ensure that every emotion and true passion is reflected on the final product. This is a great opportunity for art lovers to wear art and we are looking forward to welcoming them to Raffine” said Cheryl Vaughn, Director of Raffiné

Throughout March and April, visit Raffine Beauty Salon, Sofitel Palm Jumeirah, to view Michelle Angela Jenkins’ exhibition and have your own personal nail art done to celebrate Art Dubai. For booking call 044556636. Enjoy Raffine Beauty Salon.

About Raffiné Bauty Salon
Raffiné Beauty Salon, located at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, The Palm provides quality and professional care for customers who they lavish with an array of treatments to fulfill one’s heart desires. The beauty salon offers services ranging from Hair styling, Extensions, Coloring and Highlights, Hair Nourishing, Botox and Keratin Treatments, Art nails, Manicures and Pedicures, Hottest Makeup Styles , Galvanic Spa II collagen rejuvenation for hands and face, Waxing and threading.
Fourteen years of experience and continuous effort in the field of hairdressing and beauty around the world were really enough to make Raffine Beauty Salon, the fruit of devotion ready for customers to experience.

Photo House “On a Journey”

Le Dame Art Gallery is proud to announce the first edition of its Photo House Photography Competition. We are excited about opening the doors to the most popular form of visual media, photography. The aim of this international competition is to extend our art gallery collection to include a brand new photography section. Having been scouting emerging artists over the past  four years, our Contemporary Art Gallery in London, wishes to offer all talented photographers the chance to show their unique vision of communicating ways of seeing the world.The Photo House Photography Competition gives all participants the opportunity to have their work judged by a jury of experts; win prizes and be included in the London exhibition. The first 15 pictures shortlisted by the jurors will be showcased in our London gallery from the 1st of November to the 2nd of December 2017. “A photograph is worth a 1000 words” as we know, and we believe Photography is Fine Art. Be part of this competition and share your vision. It will be a great honor to include your contribution.

‘On a journey’ is the theme for the PHOTO HOUSE 2017.

Once in a lifetime, we have all embarked on a journey, an exotic trip or holiday. An adventurous expedition, as a necessity, a means of escape or the only way out. There is also our daily commute alone, in a car, or on a crowded train. Travelling is the dimension of movement triggered by the unstoppable search for something new, or unusual. It also represents self-exploration of our inner thoughts and hopes, which may be faced with both excitement and fear. Photographers are invited to capture the emotions which go beyond the immediate experience of travelling, to include the diverse worlds which conflict and coexist simultaneously in modern life. All visual interpretations of these concepts are welcomed. Documentary and conceptual, as well as storytelling and abstract.

The Competition is curated by Lichena Bertinato and organised by the Board. Images will be selected by the Judging Panel.

15 artists will be selected to be part of the Photo House Collective Exhibition at Le Dame Art Gallery. Read more…