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Process and Preparation – 4 to 28 February 2016

Process and Preparation is intended to offer a tantalising glimpse of the wealth of work that will be on show around Leytonstone in July as part of the Leytonstone Arts Trail and provide an insight into the working methods of the artists taking part. The exhibition, which will include photography, animation, film, painting, printmaking and drawing, will present preparatory work alongside finished pieces to offer visitors the chance to view the varied techniques of experimentation and refinement employed by artists.

Section of Julie Caves's pallete

Section of Julie Caves’s palette

Exhibiting artists are: Abbie Cairns, Basia Zieniewicz, Brett Banks, David Farnham, Ed Firth, Imogen Perkin, Jake Green, Jaspal Bhogal, Julie Caves, Linda Forbes, Mark Hudson, Miguel Souto, Nomi Rana, Rose Pearson, Rupert Whale, Sarah Barnes & Sarah Duffield-Harding, Tamara Dubnyckyj and Willie Nash.

The private view will take place on Thursday 4 February from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Sculptor Brett Banks will be carving in the gallery on Saturday 6 and 13 February as part of the exhibition.

Sculpture by Brett Banks

Sculpture by Brett Banks

This year the Leytonstone Arts Trail will take place from 2 to 10 July. This annual arts festival invites artists to display their artwork locally in businesses, community centres, homes, galleries and outdoors. Artist studios and workshops also often open their doors for exclusive viewings. You can find out more and register an exhibition for this year’s trail on the Leytonstone Arts Trail website. The deadline to register is 10 April.logo muted 2016

Reworked Perceptions by Mike Cox – 7 to 31 January 2016

The acrylic paintings by Mike Cox are of heads, nudes, figures, landscapes and religious or political subjects. Most attempt to investigate what is actually perceived compared with what is formatted into recognized memories. Others simply illustrate historical events that raise concerns, in a relatively conventional manner. No formal training in painting can be blamed.

MikeCox1Mike retired from affordable housing provision after his architectural career, studying and qualifying in Canterbury. He entered architecture following support for his artistic work in Queen’s College in Guyana, South America. He produced the first watercolour bought for the Guyana National Collection, and has completed several exhibitions with his wife Genevieve, who did embroideries relating to her Amerindian heritage in Guyana.

Influences on his approach to painting are very typical – Francis Bacon and Hockney (his photographs mainly). He admires their attempt to put together tiny visual points we actually see into snapshot summary perceptions.  MikeCox2

Contours & Connections – 3 to 20 December 2015

Contours & Connections is an exciting and thought-provoking exhibition responding to our impact on the environment and how changing environs impact on our lives.

DesireLines II by Diana Burch

DesireLines II by Diana Burch

The exhibitions brings Diana Burch and Louise Scillitoe-Brown’s work and ideas together for the first time as a visual conversation. Their work debates organic and man made change in our environment and reveals how one can mirror the other. We are reminded that, whilst our modernity profoundly impacts our world, our existence and influence is, ultimately, fragile.

“A key part of my practice is by immersive engagement with a location by frequently walking personally significant landscapes […] I regard myself not just as a maker, but an observer” – Diana Burch

“I fashion forms from recycled building materials that hold pockets of physical colour and project zones of reflected coloured light […] My practice is powered by a fascination with colour” –  Louise Scillitoe-Brown

The private view is on Friday 4 December, from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

The artists will be resident in the gallery on 11 and 12 December, making new work in response to each other’s practice and the space.

Re-Purpose by LSBrown

Re-Purpose by LSBrown






Space between – 5 to 29 November 2015

The next exhibition at The Stone Space is titled ‘Space between’ and will run from 5 to 29 November 2015 with a private view on Friday 6 November 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

Selected from an open call, the work on display goes beyond figuration and inhabits the space between perceived reality and abstraction.

The exhibition, curated by El Bedlow, Carne Griffiths and Gillian Swan. includes works by: Sarah Arriagada, Hester Berry, Declan Driver, Susan Eyre, Robert William Jackson, Maria Kokkonen, Sam Mattacott, Alex McIntyre, Susan Petticrew, Julia Schewalie, Luke Walder, Jane Walker and Deborah Westmancoat

Artists’ talk and closing event

Sunday 29 November, 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

This is an unique opportunity to speak to the exhibiting artists and hear them talk about their work. Participating artists are: Julie Schewalie, Sarah Arriagada, Alex McIntyre, Robert William Jackson, Sam Mattacott, Susan Eyre and Susan Petticrew. We hope to see you there.

December, Deborah Westmancoat

December, Deborah Westmancoat




“SAMUEL NOT SAM!” – 8 October to 1 November 2015

“The lens is my paintbrush.” –B9.SAMUELSAMUEL NOT SAM!

BENIGN SAMUEL: A London based British artist/fine art photographer of Ghanaian descent. “BENIGN” as in ‘kindness of disposition, pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence’; “SAMUEL” as in ‘heard of God’/’God has heard’; SAMUEL not Sam! In rabbinical literature, Samuel is considered the last of the Hebrew Judges and the first of the major prophets—placing him at the cusp of two eras. His work occupies the cusp of what is traditionally considered ‪art and photography, challenging the artistic sensibilities of the observer.

Is photography art? “SAMUEL NOT SAM!” sets out to answer that question. You be the judge.

Private view on Friday 9 October 2015 from 6.30 to 8.30pm.


Sally Moore: You Never Can Tell – 10 September to 4 October 2015

The Stone Space will re-open slightly earlier than planned.

After being closed for over a month due to refurbishment at Leytonstone Library, we are delighted to re-open with an exhibition by Sally Moore called ‘You Never Can Tell’.

Sally Moore is originally from Wales but has been living and working in East London since the 1980s. She trained at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, and subsequently won a scholarship to study at the British School in Rome.  Sally’s paintings have won awards at the National Eisteddfod and at the 1996 Discerning Eye Exhibition in London, where William Packer awarded her the critics’ prize.  In 2005 she won the Welsh Artist of the Year Award. She has also had her work exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery for the BP Portrait Award in 2014.

Fish Out of Water

Fish Out of Water

Sally’s show at the Stone Space will open on Thursday 10 September and will run until Sunday 4 October 2015. The private view will take place on Friday 11 September 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

‘Sally’s work displays an interest in,and a deep knowledge of, three visual art traditions, the Narrative, the Surreal and the Symbolic, marrying all together through her use of highly personal imagery. Her paintings are icons of magical realism. A story is being told that cleverly weaves the imagined with the real, the known with the mysterious. In making art she is making sense of the world and we, in viewing the work become part of the process, part of the drama.’ Keith Bayliss, Artist

For more information on Sally’s works, please visit her website –



Puppet Space – 25 June to 12 July 2015

This exhibition shows a diversity of puppets made by professional puppet makers and by people who attended a puppet makers course at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington. It is curated by Alice Stanley who is a member of local art collective CreativeBloc.

Artists on display are Raven Kaliana, Judith Hope, Catherine Thomas, Mary Clare Klaber, Stella Salumaa, Wendy as well as Alice Stanley herself.

Puppets include:

  • The Big Friendly Giant (Mary Clare Klaber, 2014) from the Roahl Dahl story.
  • Malcolm (Raven Kaliana, 2006) created for productions of Macbeth.
  • Teethy One (Stella Salumaa, 2014) used for a music video.
  • Orange Monkey (Alice Stanley, 2015) inspired by the logo of Alice’s company.

“Some puppets in the show will be nice and smiley, some bizarre, even scary or freaky, as some say – so just leave your puppet fears from childhood behind and get ready for another journey into the world of imagination”.

The show is part of the Leytonstone Arts Trail.


Town Lands by Adrian Eckersley

‘Town Lands’ is about cities, particularly this city where we are living right now, often lost in the detail, often too wired-in to look around us. What does our city say about where we’re going, where we come from, who we are? Adrian’s oil and watercolour paintings are part of making the spaces of the city less familiar, seeking its lost strangeness, celebrating its beauty and its triviality, its wonder and  terror. Adrian often works from photographs, and many of his photographs are taken at night or in other low-light situations, when the city loses its familiarity and steps into strangeness.

antwerpnight‘Town Lands’ is Adrian’s fourth solo show in London; he has also exhibited locally and in central London, has contributed to many group shows, and won prizes, most notably so far in the Eastern Open.

The show runs from Thursday 28 May to Sunday 21 June 2015. The opening event is on 28 May, from 6.30pm  to 8.30pm.

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