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artFORMS: 13 December 2012 – 6 January 2013

The Stone Space community led gallery in Leytonstone is excited to announce its next show, “artFORMS”, which will run from 13 December for four weeks. The gallery invites the people of Leytonstone and beyond to witness and participate in this unique and exciting show.

A range of artistic practitioners were brought together by the theme of “restriction” – be that the limitation of working without words; the human inability to fly; or taking photographs from a wheelchair.

Sarah Carpenter, founder of the artFORMS collective, explained: “It strikes me that through the bleeding of art forms, the mixing of styles and media, (creating hybrids, if you will), you can create multi faceted layers. These layers provide potential for a new sensory language and have the possibility of a huge appeal as they show such variety. This is what we have in artFORMS.”

Writer Sarita Plowman said “I really like the idea of working in collaboration with other artists as writing can be an isolating profession. I also like the idea of bridging the gap between the art and theatrical mediums.” Artist Ashley Davies added “it is always fascinating to see how others have responded to the same idea; artFORMS will be particularly interesting for me as it involves so many different practices and will demonstrate not just how they work together but also enhance the richness of the experience for both artists and the viewing public alike.”

There will be a range of ten activities during the show – from poetry and play reading, to live sculpting – providing an opportunity to meet the artists. The opening party will be on Friday 14 December from 7pm.

artFORMS has its own website, and can be found on twitter as @art_FORMS. The range of events are listed below, and each can be found on Facebook:


Minutiae – a group show

“Minutiae” is a group show of works selected by gallery members in a response to an open call out of the same name. The exhibitors display a broad, interesting and thought provoking variety of works based on the theme. It includes drawing, painting, animation, photography and sculpture and represents the richness and diversity of artists thought and practice.

Minutiae; by definition, precise details, small trifling or trivial matters, in science, biometrics and forensics comparisons in fingerprints e.g.; ridge ending, a single edge that divides into two ridges. Allowing diverse interpretations in scale, mark making and concept. That which is extremely important could be presented on a very small scale, conversely, that which is “trivial” on a large format. The mark making itself could become the focus.

MINUTIAE runs between 15 November – 9 December.

Tumbled House by Emma Jane Spain and Jake Green

Emma Jane Spain and Jake Green are a duo whose practices are combined from different ends of the photographic spectrum, one artistic and one commercial.

The construction of home in popular magazines is a fantasy that is doomed to fail, life can’t compete with this facade of perfection. The Tumbled House turns the idea of the constructed home on its head and embraces failures as if they were triumphs. Combining notations of product photography and ideas of nostalgia, fakery and the damaged. The Tumbled House builds an ugly product for mass consumption.

The Tumbled House runs from 18 October until 11 November.

Stone Space is 1! And our latest call for entries…

On Sunday 14 October an event was held at the Stone Space to celebrate our first birthday! A real achievement. Here are organisers, volunteers and supporters celebrating, on the last day of the TEST show:

Secondly, don’t miss our call for entries to Minutiae! Information is available on our call for entries page and is open until 4 November. It promises to be an exciting group show – join the event on Facebook, and get your entries in!

Ribbon Machine Collective presents TEST

Ribbon Machine Collective presents TEST, 20 September – 14 October

Ribbon Machine Collective are a group of artists living in London, joined together by the work they make, courses they have attended, geography and chance.
They started a small collective about a year ago in hope that they could support each other, work together, share knowledge and talk.

This will be their first exhibition together, titled ‘Test’ due to this fact. They hope to test themselves as a group and as individual artists. Their work varies in the mediums they work with, from film to painting, photography to writing but overall they are all image makers with something to communicate.

They hope this is a ‘Test’ towards progress.

Members of the Collective are:

Diane Bielik
Ella Bryant
Fanny Janssen
Elisa Noguera
Emma Jane Spain
Monica Takvam

Thread’Bare by Sally Hewett and Violet Kesby

Thread’Bare – 30 August – 16 September

Thread’Bare is an exhibition of stitching and embroidery by Sally Hewett and her grandmother, Violet Kesby who died in 1965 and left most of her collection of clothing, embroidery, fabrics, lace and silks to Sally.

The work Sally is showing includes embroidered body parts – the inspiration for which comes from both bodies of people she knows and bodies that she passes in the street or sees in cafes and restaurants – and 3D transcriptions of objects from well known paintings. These include a pair of tiny shoes transcribed from Richard Dadd’s painting The Faerie Fella’s Master Stroke and the hat worn by Albrecht Durer in the painting Self Portrait with Gloves. Violet worked for some of her life as an upholsterer. Her work includes part of her wedding dress, clothing that she made for her children and their dolls, a sampler and some pieces of exquisite lace.

Summer break

Here at The Stone Space we are taking a week’s break. Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!

Our next show is Thread’Bare which opens on Thursday 30 August.