From September 2014 to February, the Stone Space teamed up with CreativeBloc to host a series of exhibitions, mainly of solo work by CreativeBloc members. This very productive partnership finishes with the group show ‘Incognito’ focusing on the artists’ response to the meaning of this word full of mystery. The artists taking part include Elliott Ashton (who co-founded CreativeBloc with Sadie Medhurst in July 2013), Carne Griffiths, BENIGN SAMUEL , Hilary Douse, Mary Knight, Sarah Lowe and Natalie Blooms.
CreativeBloc’s mission is to bring together creative folk across a multitude of disciplines to tame the elusive inspiration and together use her force to inspire and create, accessible art for all. CreativeBloc meet weekly in cafes in Leytonstone, bringing together artists from around the area. For more information have a look at CreativeBloc’s facebook page.
Incognito opens on Thursday 5 February and ends on 1 March 2015. The private view is on 5 February from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
Happy New Year!
Our new show is Debitum Naturae by Elliott Ashton, one of the founders of CreativeBloc.
Debitum Naturae is a show of photographs of adventures, digitally manipulated to the point of abstraction alongside original pen and ink drawings of a re-imagined Leytonstone.
“Life is a journey, and every journey is a story worth telling, are you the hero or the villain of your story? (some stories are a work of fiction)”
The exhibition will run from Thursday 15 January to Sunday 1 February to be followed by CreativeBloc group show open from Thursday 5 February to Sunday 1 March.
Our next show is ‘Take your Time’ by Perpendicular, a collaborative partnership between artists Kim Norton and Alexandra Mazur-Knyazeva.
Perpendicular’s installation is a secluded space filled with the sounds and scent that people often associate with gardens or woodlands. The collection of fabric cones hanging within the gallery at varying heights create an illusion of elevation and suspension.
The show opens Thursday 4 December and will run until 11 January 2015. From the 15 December and over the festive season the gallery will be closed and so the show will be for viewing from the street only.
The private view is on Thursday 4 December at 6.30pm.
We have only just been told that the gallery needs to close from 1 to 24 November 2014 due to works in the library building to remove asbestos. As a result the two CreativeBloc shows scheduled for November have been postponed.
Mark Halliley’s show will stay open until 30 October. Opening hours are as follows:
…with one new show and two events:
CreativeBloc show no.3 – ‘CreativeBloc presents Mark Halliley’ – is opening on Thursday 16 October.
“I put my trust in the materials that confront me because they put me in touch with the unknown” (Robert Rauschenberg)
The private view for Mark’s show is on 16 October, from 6.30 to 8.30pm
Meeting on Sunday 19 October (11.00 to 12.00 noon, at Montmatre Cafe, corner of Harrington Road and Church Lane E11)
We have more information from the council about how the library refurbishment will affect the Stone Space. All Stone Space volunteers and supporters are welcome to come to the organisers’ meeting to discuss how we will work in the near future.
“Each square represents a pixel of my mind; each pixel has been extracted from my journals; each journal contains a majority of the ideas I have not been able to pursue; each idea I share with you.”
During this residency, Devyani will be mute. She would like the gallery visitors and passersby to decide and work out what she is doing,
This autumn, the Stone Space gallery has teamed up with CreativeBloc and will host a series of exhibitions by CreativeBloc members. These shows will be curated by Sadie Jane Smedhurst under the banner ‘CreativeBloc presents…’
CreativeBloc is a collective of local artists founded by Elliott Ashton and Sadie Jane Smedhurst. Its mission is “to bring together creative folk across a multitude of disciplines to tame the elusive inspiration and together use her force to inspire and create, accessible art for all”. Earlier this year they organised a very successful group show Hibernacula, in association with Transport for London at their abandoned premises Mind The Gap at Leystonstone underground station. They also used the same premises during the Leytonstone Arts Trail.
The first CreativeBloc show in the ‘CreativeBloc presents…’ series is by Sarah Lowe and runs from 18 September to 2 October 2014.
Sarah is a local artist who has lived in the fringes of the East End for the last 20 years. She loves both the suburban and more edgy urban mix that comes from living on the outskirts of a city like London and much of her work has become a reflection of these contrasts. She has sold work both locally and internationally and over the last 10 years has taken on commissions for large abstract canvasses. This is her first solo show in Leytonstone.
The private view is on Thursday 25 September from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
This is the 6th exhibition in the highly successful series of art exhibitions features work inspired by the Star Wars universe.
The work on display will be an eclectic and wide reaching mix of 2D drawings, paintings, prints together with 3D sculptures and creations which range from photoreal to abstract. Artists involved, include Carne Griffiths, Jim Vision, Maria Slovakova, Sarah Carpenter, Pauli Bates, Charlotte Cooper, dARTh, Benign Samuel and Jeff Cox. The show will also include four other venues to enable live ‘mural’ spraying, a series of talks, theatre performance, talks and due to popular request…a Star Wars themed ‘pub quiz’ in the Luna Lounge on Saturday 6th September.
Originally created by Elliott Ashton to honour his childhood inspiration, Stuart Freeborn (creator of Chewbacca, Yoda, and a whole world of Star Wars characters) who was born in Leytonstone.