Wednesday, 11 February 2015

MISBEHAVIOUR Art Exhibition & workshops: 14-22nd Feb, 11-7pm most days

The Exhibition will have a number of events and workshops, with stuff  being added all the time, so check their website to keep up-to-date and for more information about the exhibition.

Twitching Fri 13 February 2015, 8pm
An opera happening by Catherine Kontz
The performance is a free aspect of the exhibition opening.

The Book Thieves Sat 14 and Sun 15 February, 2–4pm both days
Paper cutting workshops by artist Caroline Misselbrook. Books and craft knives will be provided for you to create literary mischief, cutting words and illustrations into pages and changing meaning and context.
This creative and mischievous workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those wanting to brush up their skills. All tuition, tools and materials are included in the contribution.

£5 per person

Mischief-Makers and Furry Dogs Tue 17 February, 1–3pm
A practical workshop afternoon with Arteast, a public art and enterprise group based at Bromley by Bow Centre run by people with learning disabilities together with artist Frank Creber. 
Arteast look forward to meeting you and involving you in their Papier Mache workshop, where you will design a misbehaving creature and learn the basic skills enabling you to realise your design in 3D. Suitable for families and children 5+. 
This event is free but voluntary donations to support the work of Arteast are gratefully received.
Booking and information

Where’s My Boozer Gone 2–4pm
Conversational afternoon with The Geezers, a group of senior gentlemen who are running a project about the disappearance of pubs in the local area together with artist Lucy Schofield.
The Geezers look forward to meeting you and sharing their stories, and their findings of how the disappearance of social focal points affects the Bow and Mile area – as well as many others.
This event is free but voluntary donations to support the work of The Geezers are gratefully received.

Screenprint Your Very Own Misbehaved Friend
Sat 21 and Sun 22 February, 11am–2pm and 3–6pm both days

Screenprinting and collage workshop by Jairo Zaldua and Nicola Green.
Join Jairo and Nicola to create your very own wild and whacky misbehaved characters.  A creative and imaginative workshop that combines screenprinting and collage and is also suitable for beginners.
All materials and tools are provided as well as the opportunity to complete and take home your eye catching creations.

£8 per adult, £5 per child
Booking and information

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Najma Akter : Songs From The Abyss

A collection of abstract artist Najma Akter's work entitled "Songs from the Abyss" opens the Art Pavilion's 2015 season this weekend.

Najma is a modern artist from Bangladesh and is one of only a few whose forte is abstract painting. The diverse and energetic body of work on display at the Art Pavilion is a testament to the skills she has acquired along with a wide range of influences from the key figures in 20th Century art from across the globe. She completed an B.F.A (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and M.F.A. in the Oriental Arts Department of Institute of Fine Arts at Dhaka University, the city where she still lives.
Her early training allowed her to master a variety of techniques including water colour washes which have fed into her later works in terms of layering and transparency and though she has developed her oeuvre from the figurative to the abstract while always utilising the lyrical fluidity which is not only central to Oriental Arts but reflects the monsoon climate which is typical of Bangladesh. 

The power of nature as exemplified by the rainy season ties in with her love of landscape and the watery liminal spaces inhabited by marshland and rivers which were the outdoor backdrop to her childhood. Indeed nature, memory, and emotional states of being are all prevalent themes which are reflected though her use of textures and colours which range from evocative but dark and sombre palettes to more vibrant and joyful hues which sometimes allude to the earth or sky and are sometimes more obviously rooted in the urban environment. 

In addition to having attended workshops, symposia and artists residency programmes in a number of countries, her international stature is growing through solo exhibitions in Kolkata (India), Agartala (India) Penang (Malayasia) and Berlin. This is her first exhibition in London. Most of her work is acrylic on paper or canvas
The exhibition runs from Sat 7 Feb 15 - Mon 9 Feb 15 at The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, 12.30 -9.30PM

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Some Titbits of news

Palm Oil
"The Palm Tree. Regent's Canal" London. 8"x10" oil on canvas. "Painted in the rain and cold but so worth it." @josedejuanart  

First off, sorry it's been so long - I can't believe the last posting was Halloween. Here's a wonderful oil painting of the Palm Tree which I hope makes up for my silence.

Fingers crossed 2015 will be a good year for the park. Usually this time of year we are busy applying for grants, and whilst we are still doing that we are also trying our hardest to find a sponsor for our annual Park Life event (yep that's the Dog Show to you and me). We are also trying to get some funding from the Bow community ward forums (they have a combined pot of £20,000 to distribute to suitable causes operating in the Bow East and Bow West wards).

In December we applied for funding for a series of guided walks in the park, and whilst we were unsuccessful with that application, we have another on the go -fingers crossed we will get it.

In just a few days time the Art Pavilion starts to host some art exhibitions for what I think is only the second exhibition in almost a year. I'll be posting about this exhibition and the programme of shows shortly. Let's hope the venue returns to its former glory.

Finally, if you would like to get more involved in helping our Friends group then please do drop us an email: We only meet around three times a year for at most a couple of hours each time.