6 Days Goodbye Poems of Ophelia

One of the highlights of my First Thursdays shenannigans last week, was an opening surreal performance of JoWonder And The Psychic Tea Leaves,held in a church belfry in uber cool Bethnal Green.

The interactive performance added a new dimension to the Ophelia story, with audience participation required to take part in a ritual with “eye” props & psychic tea readings & ridding bad spirits with a series of chants.

Animated bacterial paintings are projected on the walls depicting  Ophelia which were filmed in time lapse over six days. In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet Ophelia drowns and is suspected of suicide. This Ophelia finds her true self in a place between life and death receiving messages across time and space on an electronic answer phone.

At the end of the animation a telephone number is displayed for the viewer to leave a “message” for Ophelia which provides a fun element.

A definate one to catch if you can, along with the stunning architecture of this grade one-listed church, provides an appropriate site to show this piece.

Bacterial research funded by The Wellcome Trust in collaboration with Dr Simon Park more information: www.jowonder.com

Exhibition is on until 6th June 2012.

 St John on Bethnal Green is a grade one-listed church designed by Sir John Soane and opened in 1828. The church owns and permanently exhibits Chris Gollon’s ’14 Stations of the Cross’, commissioned in 2000 and installed in 2009. St John’s regularly holds exhibitions, music events and film screenings. The Belfry hosts contemporary art exhibitions and is a free gallery space allowing artists to respond to the architecture and ambience of its location, within the context of the building, the local community and geography.

200 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA 020 8980 1742 saintjohnon.bethnalgreen@virgin.net www.stjohnonbethnalgreen.org


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WW Gallery opens new space in Hatton Garden

Early April saw WW Gallery gallerists/curators Chiara   Williams & Debra Wilson launch a new absolutely stunning gallery space in jewel belt Hatton Garden EC2, in addition to the space they currently have in Hackney Downs.

The inaugural solo exhibition titled “Frightening Albert” by Phil Illingworth shows an  eclectic mix of works. The title  is inspired by and takes its name from, the notorious Watson experiments of 1920 surrounding stimulus response and conditioning.

The work is about painting – yet it is everything but paint on canvas. Rejecting the idea of a single image plane, Illingworth begins with notions of painting in 3-D, and then starts to explore.

Illingworth uses different material sources including found objects, such as a mattress that has been used as a canvas,  mounted and hung in a way a painting would but oozes conceptuality in the process (see image below).


Exhibition is showing until 5th May. Open Weds-Fridays 11am-6pm. Sats 11am-4pm.

See http://wilsonwilliamsgallery.com/ also for information about residency opportunities and Patio Projects commissions.

Sadie Lee review – Feb 2012

Sadie Lee review – Feb 2012

Kirsty Tinkler review – Feb 2012

Kirsty Tinkler review – Feb 2012

Adobe Inspired Media – Thursday 18th February 2010

Adobe Inspired Media is a monthly networking event for creatives who work and / or teach in film, video, animation, post-production and interactive media.

February’s guest speaker is Monica Laita, freelance Illustrator, Animator and Painter based in London.

Born in Italy, as a child, Monica dreamed of opening an ice cream shop, but after carrying off the top prize in a drawing competition aged 6, her aspirations soon moved towards a more creative career. She grew up in Paris where she first studied Fashion Design at Studio Bercot and then went on to study Graphic Design and Animation at Central Saint Martins in London.

She is now represented by New Division in London, Vapeurs in Paris and Aareps in New York. She has worked for corporate and editorial clients around the world including British Telecom, Garnier, Kiss FM, MTV-Ice Breakers, Virgin, Marks&Spencer, Penguin Books and magazines such as Vogue Publications, FHM, Cosmopolitan UK-NY, Cosmo Girl NY, Elle Girls, MarieClaire, New Woman, Time Out, J17 and Company.

Monica still finds it difficult to stop her passion to change the mundane into her vision of glamour and she will be sharing her creative inspiration as well as demonstrating how she uses Adobe software in her work. This will include collage and re-touching techniques in Photoshop and how to integrate Photoshop with Flash to produce animatics and rich, textural backgrounds.

To attend this event pre-registration is required as seats are limited, please go to  http://www.adobe.co.uk/inspiredmedia
In addition, search for our  ‘Inspired Media London’ page on Facebook and become a ‘fan’ of Inspired Media London for regular updates. 

NB: WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Please contact us in advance to organise wheelchair access or for any other access requirements on inspiredmedianetwork@gmail.com

“Crypt-mas” Artist call for submission

Illumini presents: Crypt-mas

Dead line: January 15th 2010

Applications are invited from artists of all disciplines, working in illumination. If your work glows or lights up in any way, we want to here from you. The theme is alternative Christmas; this can be broadly investigated and is left wide open for your creativity and imagination.

Crypt-mas will be a free alternative Christmas art experience, in December 2010, for all ages, created inside a subterranean labyrinth. The venue is a dark underground church crypt, with alcoves and arched ceilings, the fantastic setting and atmosphere, for an alternative Christmas grotto. Including children’s workshops and Illumini’s very own futuristic Santa (art Installation)

Illumini Event, Sep 2008, attracted over 3,000 people on its opening night and 7,145 guests during its two weeks. Artist’s from professionals-students gained commissions, sales and major press coverage and interviews through Illumini. We take promotion very seriously and have a great track record with our featured artists. Illumini promotes artist from any background and at any stage of their career.

For further details on how to submit please visit the submission page at www.illuminievent.co.uk