Monthly Archives: March 2014

Screening: SEA SHELL / TREE OF LIFE

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Kinsi Abdulleh presents award-winning shorts by prominent Somali film director and writer Abdulkadir Ahmed Said. Sea Shell (1990) and Tree of Life (1988) reflect on the impact of modernisation and industrialisation on the environment, lives and culture of Somalia. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with Abdulkadir live from South Africa.

Sea Shell (25 min): A woman artist on a beach picks up a beautiful shell. She places it to her ear and listens, she hears the painful story about a young girl’s trauma in the nearby coastal village. She begins to understand the pain of the young girl – the pain caused by reckless actions of multinational corporations and its impact on the lives of a fishing village. This is a film dedicated to “all the victims of humanity’s lack of conscience”.

Tree of Life (24 min): Somewhere in Africa there is a Tree that regulates life, if it is destroyed then all life as we know it comes to an end. Xassan (Cilmi-Qori Sabriye) walks through his beautiful native forest in Somalia, selects a tree and begins to chop it down. Suddenly he finds himself in a desert. A previous winner of Best Film, International Short Film Competition category, at the Torino International Festival of Young Cinema, this film is an impassioned plea for conservation awareness in Africa.

Kinsi Abdulleh is a visual artist, editor and educator. She is the founder of NUMBI Arts, a London based non-profit Art Bureau – (Somali Film Arts & Culture -an open archive and ongoing forum for shared desporic experience), and the editor of bespoke literary arts magazine SCARF. Her work as an artist educator focuses on social justice, histories and women’s voices.

All films with English subtitles.

2 APRIL 2014, 7.30PM BOOK TICKETS

The Mosaic Rooms
Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road
London SW5 0SW
Telephone:
020 7370 9990
 

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Urban Winemaking with London Cru

Posted by Caroline Lofts

Sometimes it can feel as if the ‘First Evers!’ in London are strictly reserved for those trendy East Enders, but today I bring you something entirely unique to this city that is right in our hood.

London Cru is the first ever Central London Winery. That’s right, they are actually making wine next door to you. Not only that, but they’ll let you get in on the action if you so choose.

First things first though. Shall I say first again? These guys aren’t messing around, and though they might well be a novelty, there’s nothing throw away here. Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera are all on the menu and some of the finest regional grapes are being imported from specially sourced growers.

Notwithstanding the possibility of coiffing some excellent plonk, which hasn’t had to suffer the indignity of travelling any distance before it hits your lips, you can also have a direct hand in making your very own case. How awesome is that? It’s very, very awesome.

So, without further ado I shall now list two of their many events that you should immediately mark in your calendar. Do it. Do it now.

WEDNESDAY 2ND APRIL @ 7PM – Winery: Meet the Cru Tour         £15  BOOK TICKET

SATURDAY 12TH APRIL @11AM – Winery: Winemaker for a Day    £125  BOOK TICKET

London Cru
21-27 Seagrave Rd, London SW6 1RP
020 7381 7871

 

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Get Your Kicks at Gallery 286

Posted by Caroline Lofts

A rather rare thing to behold these days is an art gallery housed entirely in someone’s private home. Run meticulously by Jonathan Ross and his wife painter/sculptor Camilla Shivarg, they spent a year and a half converting the townhouse into a space which now serves as their home (the first floor and above) and two large gallery spaces (the ground and lower ground).

The whole house serves as a living and evolving piece of art and on occasion it has been opened up in its entirety for viewings. On most days you can find a dedicated collection of holographic art as well as Camilla’s own sculptures and every now and again the gallery will feature outside artists in one of their exhibitions.

In fact, if you hurry you can catch the last few days of their current exhibition featuring painter LARISA DAVATZ and photographer MARCO SANGES.

Larisa Davatz was born in Tientsin, China. When she was 10 her family moved to the USSR. At the prestigious Moscow Art School and later at the Surikov Art Institute she proved to be a precocious talent. In her late twenties her travels took her to Tashkent, Uzbekistan where the culture and climate greatly influenced her artistic vision, providing a warm colour palette, romantic style and metaphorical content. Many of her works are in museum collections including the Tashkent and Samarkand Art Museums and the Tretiakov Art Gallery in Moscow.

Marco Sanges is an imaginative and innovative photographer who has exhibited worldwide.

Previous exhibitions include: THAN New York Academy of Art, Da End Gallery Paris, At Home with Art in aid of the Prince’s Trust London, Art Warehouse Rotterdam, Proud Gallery London, Eduard Planting Fine Art Photographs Amsterdam , Art and Design London, Gosh Art Auction London curated by Tamara Eccleston, Edward James Foundation West Dean, Espai Barcelona, Hay Hill Gallery, Cork Street, London, Hackney Empire, London, Windsor Arts Centre, GG Gallery, wanted gallery, NY Academy of Arts curated by Eileen Guggenheim,‘Savile Row’ at B-Store, ’Purity’ at Cobden Club, ‘Hidden Light’ at ICI and ‘Enigma’ at Arte Fiera, Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, British Art Fair, Art London

Awards include The Best Experimental Art Film at the Open Cinema Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia 2009 and Best Art Film at the Portobello Film Festival London, UK, 2008 for the short Circumstances.

Marco’s work is in the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts USA

The show runs until the 31st March. Details below:

Private views will be held on:
Tuesday March 11th, 6.30 -.8.30pm
Thursday March 13th, 6.30 – 8.30pm
And Sunday March 16th, 12.00 – 3.00pm
 
Open days on:
Wednesday 26th March12.00-3.00pm
 
Viewing by appointment at other times.
For further information contact
Jonathan Ross
by e-mail or phone 020 7370 2239.
 
Gallery 286
286 Earls Court Road, SW5 9AS

 

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INTERVENING SPACE: FROM THE INTIMATE TO THE WORLD

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The Mosaic Rooms’ latest exhibition, Intervening Space: Between The World & The Intimate, is a group show of six contemporary Algerian artists showing from 16.05.14 – 28.06.14.

The exhibition is a curatorial collaboration between The Mosaic Rooms and aria (artist residency in Algiers), and will feature newly-commissioned and reimagined works from Fayçal Baghriche, Amina Menia, Atef Berredjem, Hanan Benammar, Massinissa Selmani and Sadek Rahim. All have shown internationally; for many this is their first exhibition in London.

The artists, selected from aria’s network, represent the exciting artistic practices emerging from Algeria. aria was founded by the award-winning Algerian artist Zineb Sedira who runs the programme with London based freelance curator Yasmina Reggad. aria’s overall aim is to develop art practices within Algeria and to increase Algerian visibility in contemporary art internationally.

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The Mosaic Rooms
Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road
London SW5 0SW
020 7370 9990

 

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Theatre: The Last Laundress of Queensway

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The Drayton Arms is putting on yet another musical extravaganza for your enjoyment:

In 1949 a lone laundress established Britain’s first ever self-service Laundrette on London’s Queensway. She thought she’d seen it all: scrubbed smalls, bright whites and all the stains that colour a life well-lived…until an encounter with a clotheless man of no-fixed-abode puts her in a spin.

Fully calibrated and coin operated, take a tumble into a show crammed full of good humour, live music and bold images. Between lathering up the drab and dirty, and rinsing away the glitz and greasepaint, the last laundrette finds herself asking whether clothes really are what maketh the man, and whether all spots and spoils come out in the wash…

Wednesday 26 March 2014 until Saturday 29th March

Book your tickets NOW

The Drayton Theatre
153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ
020 7835 2301

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