Exhibition: Shared Insight

What: Exhibition, following a four-month collaborative residency
When: May 13 – 27, Private View 12th May
Where: Free Space Gallery, Kentish Town, London

Shared Insight showcases the work of artists Harrison Moore and Terence Wilde.

Harrison is a third year Central Saint Martins Fine Art Student and Terence is an artist associated with the Outside In project at Pallant House Gallery.

The two artists have been part of a four month residency at Kentish Town Health Centre, exploring shared insights of what it means to be artists working in contemporary London.

This exhibition, across two floors, shows their working methods, films, scripts, photographs, modified t-shirts and artworks created during their four months together.

Background to the residency

In 2014 Outside In worked with the University of Chichester to pair an Outside In artist with an MA Fine Art student to see how they could learn from each other in both life and in artistic practice. Such a fruitful relationship occurred that Outside In wanted to replicate it with other university students and Outside In artists.

The Kentish Town Health Centre approached Outside In about the possibility of a residency, and Outside In then approached Central Saint Martins to be part of the collaboration. Proposals were received from both current and alumni students from the Fine Art Department.

Harrison and Terence have got on really well, worked across many new disciplines and have developed their own artistic practice and ways of thinking. It seems that both artists will be leaving the process in a better mind set, but also as friends.

Blog address: www.sharedinsite.wordpress.com

Outside In blog article on the collaboration.

“Please join us to celebrate the work created during this time. Opening this evening, Thursday 12 May 6:30-9pm.”


DRAW! Alternative ways of drawing, Free Space Gallery

What: Drawing workshops, drop-in sessions
When: May 6-27, 2016
Where: Free Space Gallery, KTHC, London, NW5 2BX

Our lead artist, Marie-Louise Plum, is running a series of drawing workshops at Free Space Gallery, Kentish Town Health Centre, from May 6-27 2016. Learn to draw using alternative techniques and unusual materials, including natural objects such as feathers, sticks and material.

These sessions are drop-in, meaning that you can just turn up, but where possible, please book online so we have some idea of numbers. If you can’t make it on the day, that’s okay, just cancel the booking. You can reserve your space at any of the four sessions in May, here.

Sessions run from 2-5pm every Friday during the month of May. No experience necessary, all materials provided. We will have a short break at 3:15pm every week. Refreshments provided.

Installation viewing with added mince pies!

Back in October, in collaboration with Free Space Gallery, Mental Spaghetti and eight contributors* made an outdoor installation. Using plaster of paris, we cast, carved and sculpted our way to making ex-voto style offerings, on plinths, to sit in the front garden of Free Space Gallery.

The collaborative sculptures are now installed in the front garden at Free Space Gallery, Kentish Town Health Centre. Please join us, this Friday 18th December, from 3-5pm at Free Space Gallery. Melissa from Free Space and Marie from Mental Spaghetti will be there, with mince pies and mulled wine, and we hope that you can all make it along to view the installation.

As well as seeing our work in the garden, there’s also an opportunity for you to view the latest Free Space Gallery exhibition – ‘Vulnera’. Hope to see you there!

*If you would like to take part in making something like this artwork, look out for upcoming workshops by following the MS blog.

Spirit Parlour at Free Space Gallery

What: Exhibition and workshops
Where: Free Space Gallery, Kentish Town, London
When:Opening Night: Wednesday 11th November, show runs 2-27/11/15

Artist in residence Philly Hunt showcases her work in progress, ‘Spirit Parlour’, on the theme of ‘safe spaces’, identity, memory and talismans.

The show and workshops are an extension of Philly’s personal experiences. Philly says “I have suffered with chronic anxiety for 7 years, and severe depression at times. Last summer I began a course of hypnotherapy, having tried CBT to no avail. Everything has changed completely for me, and I am overcoming my anxiety and depression very well. Previously, I never dreamed of being able to take on a residency like this, to do a show, and run workshops.”

We’ll be dropping in to see Philly this week, and speak to her about how hypnotherapy has helped to change her life and overcome her problems with anxiety and depression, as well as taking part in her workshop at Free Space Gallery this Friday. For more information about the Talisman workshops, please click this link, and scroll down to Friday 13th November. Philly is running a series of three workshops, starting this Friday.

Free Space Gallery are asking for everyone reading to please “join us for the open evening for a chance to meet the artist Wednesday 11th November 6.30 – 9pm .

We hope to see you there!

World Mental Health Day: Create an outdoor installation with us!

What: Workshops to create an outdoor installation
Where: Freespace Gallery, 2 Bartholomew Road, London, NW5
When: Friday 9th, 16th and 23rd October

In celebration and support of World Mental Health Day 2015 , in collaboration with Free Space Gallery, and in support of the Mental Health Foundation, we will be constructing a plaster of paris outdoor installation which will live in the Well-beeing Garden at Free Space Gallery.

Join us from 2-5pm on the 9th, 16th and 23rd October to design, create and install plaster representations of your memories – good, or bad. Our memories will be cast in the style of ex-voto offerings, a votive offering left at shrines of deities, saints or divinities. In the latin world ex-votos are left in a ‘wishing’ way, perhaps to mend a broken foot, or to ask for the blessing of a child, to cure an unwell heart or even to ask for your local football team to win a game. You can read more about ex-voto offerings here.

We will be casting our memory-related objects, then install them on plinths to display to all visiting Free Space Gallery. The art objects will start life as a small shape, cast from a mould, then carved into either something figurative, such as a body part, or representation of someone dear, or something symbolic, perhaps a shape relating to a special memory. In leaving these offerings, we will either be celebrating a fond memory, representing something or someone special to us, or casting free bad experiences or troubles.

Ex-voto offerings from around the world.

All materials will be provided, but please, if possible, bring an apron or wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty (although nothing will stain!). We will be using the following materials: plaster of paris, water, acrylic paint, craft knives, files, surforms and sandpaper.

Tickets are free, as usual, although you must book your space. To reserve a space on the three workshops, or, if you can’t make all three, a particular workshop, sign up on our events page at Eventbrite. If you have any problems with signing up, send us an email and we can help.

Outing: Romeo & Juliet at ROH, plus drawing!

What: Romeo & Juliet, ballet performance
Where: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
When: Saturday 19th September

Free Space Gallery, based at the Kentish Town Health Centre, London, have informed us about an opportunity to go to a ballet performance at a very keen price. To find out more, and to book your discounted ticket, read on…

“Free Space Gallery are pleased to have teamed up with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to offer discounted tickets to see their production of Romeo & Juliet.

We have secured the whole balcony in the theatre where we will be able to consume our own food and drink, and actively encourage drawing during the performance!

Members from all of our groups will be going along so it will be a lovely crowd, and we hope that you too would like to come along, perhaps with family and friends.

Please spread the word about this opportunity to see Romeo and Juliet from the balcony of the Royal Opera house on Saturday 19th September, 1.30pm performance.”

To book a ticket please get in touch: info@freespacegallery.org / 07950695699
Kentish Town Health Centre
2 Bartholomew Road

Spaghetti & The Yeti at FreeSpace Gallery.

Ever fancied hand-publishing the story of YOU in a multi-fold, one tear only, no staple, no glue book, to the many-layered tunes of potatoes, onions and garden-found Action Men, sweetly strummed, plinked and plonked by the nation’s favourite poet-ato, Mr John Hegley?

Too late. We’ve already gone and done it. But hey, you can read about it here and see what excitements we’ve got coming up next (psst, it’ll be a three-week residency at Studio 3 Arts, Barking).

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week 2015, in support of our favoured charity, the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Spaghetti teamed up with John Hegley and Free Space Gallery at the glorious Kentish Town Health Centre to bring a mixed full-house of a combined 30 mental health service users, people with lived experience of mental health difficulty, and other interested parties, a creative writing and drawing workshop.

Using an old zine technique of a one page fold, to make a six page zine with front and back cover, John guided our participants through a sometimes-sing-a-long creative process of word association, self-expression, poetry and musings on memory, in an alphabet of A-G. Oh, and we also demanded a drawn dromedary AND camel.

Here are some examples of the zines we created:

“Words that rhyme with camel, and… dromedary”

“Now draw the ear of the person next to you, and…flight”

The most rewarding part of the workshop, aside from people making friends and exploring their creative tendencies, was the shared experience of some participants having never set foot in a creative environment before, seeing how their own previously undiscovered capabilities enabled them to draw, read their private thoughts aloud, and even sing a little solo in front of a 30 strong group.

The day was absolutely gorgeous, weather wise, so we took ourselves outside to the Wellbeeing (yes, a bee pun!) Garden to have a paper aeroplane competition. This may seem like a tangent, but it was book related, you see, falling in on the 5th page, F for Flight, as our book was guided by an A-G alphabet, was a paper aeroplane constructed from rather special brown butchers paper.

John manned the target, a bucket, no hole, Liza, and I announced the countdown. Flight was flying with a brown paper aeroplane, and although there were no physical prizes to be had, the jaunt out to fly our planes and see the birds and bees, and have a chat with the resident Wellbeeing Botanist, was gift enough.

Back indoors in our industrious workshop space, we pondered the back cover of our book, an ode to G, and the timely word ‘Goodbye’, the last task of the workshop. If you were wondering what on earth I was on about earlier, potatoes and onions and Action Men, here’s where this comes in. Goodbyes are said, books are shared.

We almost think that might be it. But, no, as with all things Hegley, a goodbye song is to be sung. We don’t know who or what about. We’re making that bit up. ‘Things you find in the garden’ – another G. John strums, asking participants for their things found in the garden. Catterpillar’s, other people’s socks, mouldy apples, bicycle locks. And Action Men. Of course dug up toy Action Men, lost many years ago.

With that, we bade John farewell, but not before one of our participants got him to sign a book they’d loaned out from the Quaker Library in Islington. Hope they were pleased when the book was returned!

Some hearty thank you’s to Flapjacks Café for the delicious sandwiches and cakes, Mel, Director of Free Space Gallery for being absolutely magic, John Hegley for keeping what he was doing a surprise yet delivering exactly what I had in mind, and also to ThinkArts! and the The Richmond Fellowship for bringing their service users in for the day.

Our next event is a three week residency at Studio 3 Arts in Barking. We’ll be exhibiting works from Jan Arden and Marie-Louise Plum, amongst others, and also running workshops in drawing, print and sculpture. Stay tuned for details in our next update.