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Rhonda Whitehead’s “Beneath the Surface”

Rhonda Whitehead’s series of large abstract paintings are a rich layering of textures and colour which bring to mind the arbitrary landscapes made up of imaginary stories and real histories depicted on wall surfaces of weathered buildings... These are sharply contrasted by the harsh geometry of her later paintings. 

Independence Arts Achievement award for Althea

On 8 September 2012 H.E. Garvin Nicholas, High Commissioner for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, presented Althea McNish with an award for Achievement in the Arts as part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, at a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Royal Garden Hotel, London.

May Ayres "Ceramic Pictures"

May Ayres studied Illustration at the RCA during the early 1970s. For a number of years she has transposed her illustrators skills to ceramics. At the same time both the strength and fragilityof the fired material lends itself to the subject matter she has pursued - the human condition in extreme situations - not natural conditions but cruel situations - ones manufactured by tyrants and oppressors: war - torture. May acknowledges that some of the works in this exhibition are horrible - that is about horrible subjects.

Doreen's doing sterling stuff in Kent to save the council's 'family silver'

A 17th Century painting of 'Judith with the head of Holofernes' by Gerad Seqhers has for many years adorned the yellow painted walls of Tenterden's local town hall - until now.
In these days of cuts and cash crises local councillors have decided to 'flog it' along with another painting to raise dosh for a new heating system. There is a lot of coverage about how the vital public services are affected by budget cuts but the arts are often the first to feel the squeeze.

John Kaine - "Lexicart: word as object"

The exhibition 'Lexicart...' opened at the end of a week which saw the hottest April day on record. John Kaine's word art 'presented in the form of dry cleaning' at the AND "eventSpace" venue in east London drew together, throughout the evening, a broad mix of around eighty people. As with most RCA Society collaborative events there was plenty of time to socialise - eat delicious food and have a glass or two.

Paintings by Five

One of our members, Saleem Arif Quadri (MBE) (http://www.saleem-arif-quadri.co.uk) (http://www.rcasociety.net/search/1368?firstname=Saleem), is showing his works with four other artist in an exhibition entitled 'Paintings by FIVE'. The exhibition is curated by Shanti Panchal.

Raju Mondhe, Shanti Panchal, Ritu Sood, Dilip Sur and Saleem Arif Quadri MBE.

Private View (RSVP: curator@bhavan.net)
Thursday 4 November - 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition - 4-18 November, 11am - 7pm
Bhavan Centre,
4a Castletown Road,
West Kensington
London W14 9HE
tel: 020 7381 4608

The Spirit of Place and Cultural Diversity - Photographic Award

Accademia Apulia UK is proud to present Genius Loci, the international Photographic Prize aimed at promoting emerging photographers of all nationalities based in the United Kingdom and in Italy. The prize aims to foster stronger cultural links between the two countries through the Arts.

London Design Week - Sunbury Workshops

In the city fringe areas of Shoreditch the Design and media industries are thriving - so it is good to see a pocket of RCA graduates setting up shop in Sunbury Workshops located in the Boundary Estate which straddles the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets . The Boundary, a result of a radical social programme which demolished the east end slums of the infamous “Jago”, is now home to new “designer-makers”. Web and ‘ap’ architects, hi-fashion jewellers, and chic interior designers...

Bruce Lacey and Ken Campbell - 2 movies by Ian Johnson

A large audience gathered in London's east end Toynbee Hall theatre space, Whitechapel, to see two films by "director extraordinaire" Ian Johnson. The first film to be shown was "Bruce Lacey: The Original Performance Artist" (56mins) a film documenting the work of 60's robotics and performance artist Bruce Lacey. Ian's second film "No Problem..." (33mins), was a tense documentary film about actor, writer and man of notorious and experimental theatre, Ken Campbell.

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