April 24, 2012 by Rob Powell
NELSON'S Ship in a Bottle has arrived at its new permanent home at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
The piece of contemporary art by Yinka Shonibare MBE was commissioned by the Mayor of London and spent almost two years on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.
A public appeal was started by the Art Fund to raise enough funds to buy the 4.7 metre long bottle containing a scaled down replica of HMS Victory and bring it to Greenwich. The campaign raised over £250,000 and the ArtFund provided a £50,000 grant.
Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said:
"We are delighted that the Art Fund's first fundraising appeal for a contemporary work of art has been successful. It is not an easy environment in which to run a campaign but the campaign's success is testimony to the popularity of Yinka's work."
A Greenwich artist is hosting a free exhibition of her work this weekend.
Rock and Royal is a collection of pieces created by Lorraine Elizabeth Hall - pictured above with her Bichon Frisé, Pippa.
The sixteen pieces will be on display in the magnificent surroundings of her fascinating home - often used for location shots by film crews and photographers - on Crooms Hill from Saturday through to Tuesday.
Rock and Royal is Lorraine's first exhibition since personal setbacks, including a serious arm injury, had threatened her ability to express herself through painting but she was determined to recover. Lorraine explains, "Painting is my life. It’s something I have to do and cannot live without".
Lorraine, a self confessed "rock chick" who has previously worked as a breakfast radio presenter and animator, has captured her vivd thoughts and creativity in a variety of materials for the collection including oils, watercolours and pen and ink.
You can meet Lorraine and view the exhibition at 14 Crooms Hill, next to the Fan Musuem, from Saturday 3rd July to Tuesday 6th July between 10am and 4pm.
April 24, 2009 by Rob Powell
Local artist Edward Hill has had a piece of his work selected by the Royal Photographic Society to be included in their forthcoming International Print Exhibition. The successful piece was a photosphere of an English Oak in Greenwich Park.
Photospheres are "novel circular photo montages developed by Edward Hill which contain everything above, below and around you at a given point – creating a truly 360 degree perspective in a single image".
The exhibition will go on tour from May 19th, starting with a showing at the offices of Allen & Overy, who are also the sponsors. The tour will continue through to January 2010.
Limited edition prints by Edward Hill, who is also one of the finalists in the International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 2009 with images of Greenwich Park, can be seen at the Warwick Leadlay Gallery in Greenwich.
January 19, 2009 by Rob Powell
ARTDOG represents artists in South East London and creates quality exhibitions in accessible places like pubs and hotels. They've got a series of exhibitions at The Duke in Creek Road, which re-opened as a gastro pub last October.
Currently showing is Eleanor Havsteen-Franklin - a Danish born artist who finished her MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts. Eleanor's pieces will be on show until the end of January.
From February 1st to March 29th, pieces by Timothy Sutton will be shown. Tim specialises in contemporary portraits and will there in person for a private viewing on February 7th, between 3.30 and 6.30.
The Duke is at 125 Creek Road and you can find out more about the project by visiting the ARTDOG website.
January 9, 2009 by Rob Powell
According to the information panel, this mosaic was created by Phillippa Threlfall in 1974, after being commissioned by the Department of Health for East Greenwich District Hospital. It was moved to its current local in Glenister Green, in Woolwich Road, in 2007, at which time Phillippa Threlfall was invited back to undertake restoration and minor repairs. If you look in at the panel 2nd from top right in the picture above, you can see Threlfall's "signature". Click on the pictures to see in larger sizes.
The Viewfinder Photography Gallery in Peyton Place is inviting people to submit a photo which will be displayed as part of its Open Salon 2009 project. Every image it receives will be shown between 9th Jan - 1st February.
The photo can be of any subject and its open to anyone to enter, be they professional or amateur snappers. There's a £10 handling fee to support the gallery (which is an exempted charity) and the picture's longest edge must be under 32 inches, and it must be provided ready to hang on the gallery's walls, supplied with any hanging materials required.
Curator Louise Forrester said: "Open Salon 2006 was very exciting. This is a great opportunity for local photographers to show their work, and also for the gallery to raise funds to support future exhibitions."
Photographs can be dropped off until 4pm on 4 January 2009 (sorry meant to post this up earlier!), at the Viewfinder Photography Gallery at Linear House in Peyton Place.
The exhibition itself runs from Saturday 9 January to Sunday 1 February 2009 with free admission.
Find out more about the Viewfinder Gallery website.