SE9 Container Gallery G.C.S.E Exhibition – 2018  June – July

GCSE Private View and Exhibition 2018, Thursday 21st June, 5.30—8pm

Exhibition on 21.06.18—14.07.18

SE9 Container Gallery, St.Thomas More RC Comprehensive School, Footscray Road,, S.E.9 2SU.

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 COMING SOON – G.C.S.E. Art Exhibition 2018!!!

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Coming up in March 2018.

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“The Arts Trio” – New Art Exhibition at SE9 Container Gallery

“The Arts Trio” Exhibition – Opening and Closing Dates

Private View – 22nd March 2018 – 5.30pm-8pm

Open Saturday 24th March 2018 – 11am-3pm

CLosed from Sunday 25th March 2018 – Friday 20th April

Re-opens Saturday 21st April 2018 – 11am-3pm

Open every Saturday from 21st April 2018 (11am-3pm) until closing date of Saturday 26th May



Sam Creasey – “Millennial Fever” Exhibition –
SE9 Container Gallery.
Private View 18th January 2018 – 5.30pm-8pm.
January 13th – February 17th.
Gallery Open Saturdays 11am-3pm
St Thomas More RC Comprehensive,
Footscray Road, Eltham, London SE9 2SU.


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Tamsin Corrigan – Rust and Bone

SE9 Container Gallery
Private View – 30th November 2017, 5pm – 8pm,
Open Saturdays 11am-3pm
St Thomas More RC Comprehensive,
Footscray Road, Eltham, London SE9 2SU.

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“Sacred Spaces”
SE9 Container Gallery,
St Thomas More School.
23rd Sept. P.V. 1.30pm – 4pm
30th Sept. – 28th Oct. (Saturdays 11am – 3pm).

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We have a series of exciting shows coming up in the next academic year
so take a look at the work of our future exhibitors.

23rd Sept – 28th Oct 2017

The SE9 Container Gallery will close for the summer holidays and reopen on Saturday 23rd September with a new exhibition titled Sacred Spaces. Curated by Rosie Jenkins this group show will display a collection of work by Hanna Ten Doornkaat, Rachel Pearcey and Annamarie Dzendrowskyi.

‘For many artists, the ‘creative zone’ is akin to the idea of a place set apart and, in this sense, could be viewed as a holy space… a place of playful exploration.’ Sacred Spaces will explore the idea of an enlightening space and include installation work using both the floor and walls of the gallery.
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11th Nov – 16th Dec 2017

The SE9 Container Gallery will be proud to present a solo show by artist Tamsin Corrigan who cleverly combines chemistry and art. No colour or patterns are applied to her pieces directly; they are actually a result of carefully timed chemical reactions with materials such as metal and wood. Through her own printing process using rust Tamsin creates vivid colours and textures. To see more of her work and the process of making check out Tamsin’s blog.

13th Jan – 17th Feb 2018

A solo show by Sam Creasey will explore our relationship with technology. The talented painter gains inspiration from internet culture and uses unnatural colours to highlight the glow of digital screens. Browse Sam’s impressive online gallery of work here: Sam Creasey

The SE9 Container Gallery will also be involved in the Wall Project organised by Eltham Arts. This vast and exciting community project will include music, theatre, poetry, film and art so find out how you can get involved: The Wall Project

Animation Workshops

To coincide with the exhibition Shadow Play students at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School have taken part in animation workshops led by our Artist in Residence Maria Sams. Throughout the spring and summer terms students have developed skills in paper-cutting and stop motion animation to create several exciting short animations.

These films are made using paper cut-outs placed on an overhead projector. The projections and shadows created by the paper are photographed by a camera that is placed behind the overhead projector. By moving the cut-outs very slightly before taking each photograph the paper appears to move by itself, creating an animation. Working in small teams the pupils planned short stories, created scenes from paper and learnt to animate their creations.

Summer Shop – open until Saturday 15th July

Come and visit our summer shop in The SE9 Container Gallery! To celebrate the work of Year 11 art students at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School we are making prints, flyers and badges with images of their artwork. Collect your favourites at the Year 11 Summer Exhibition open every Saturday from 11-3pm until Saturday 15th July!

Private View – Thursday 22nd June 5-8pm

Join us for our last private view of the academic year revealing the Year 11 Summer Exhibition! All are welcome at this free event featuring the work of all graduating Year 11 Art students at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School.

Included in the exhibition are many of the students’ final pieces from both exam and coursework projects as well as their preparatory drawings. This gives great insight for younger students considering Art as a GCSE subject. We wish all the leaving students success and fulfilment in their future artistic endeavours and hope you enjoy the exhibition.

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Year 11 Summer Exhibition – Group Show

Saturday 17th June – Saturday 15th July 2017

Private View – Thursday 22nd June 5-8pm

The Year 11 Summer Exhibition will feature artwork from all of the talented Year 11 Art students at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School. The exhibition will display highlights from their two years studying GCSE Art reflecting a wide range of techniques including painting, drawing, sculpture and film.

Throughout the course students have gained inspiration from a vast selection of artists, artistic movements and cultural themes. The subjects of their work range from surrealist landscapes to celebrity culture and even moving personal projects.

All are welcome to celebrate their hard work at our private view on Thursday 22nd June from 5-8pm.

James Faure Walker, Artist, Paintings

Precision of Thought – Group Show

Saturday 22nd April – Saturday 27th May 2017


Animation Screening

Saturday 18th March 2-3pm

Free Entry

The SE9 Container Gallery is delighted to host a screening of eight short animated films. The event will showcase the work of talented animators and directors in order to inspire and inform visitors about independent animation. The screening will take place in the SE9 Container Gallery on Saturday 18th March from 2-3pm amongst the exhibition Shadow Play. The films will be introduced by Maria Sams, our Artist in Residence and current exhibitor.

This animation screening will feature the work of award-winning animators and exciting emerging talent.  All are welcome for this free event!

Screening Programme:

Going West – Andersen M Studio                                                                             Commissioned by Colenso BBDO for the New Zealand Books Council, this award-winning stop frame animation brings to life Maurice Gee’s classic New Zealand novel Going West.

We Got Time – David Wilson                                                                                         This mesmerizing music video for Moray McLaren features an animation device from early cinema: the praxinoscope.

White out – Jeffrey Scher      Composed of approximately 2,250 watercolour paintings on paper, this beautiful film depicts a collection of wintry scenes.

New Friends/ Mood Swings – Steph Hope                                                                 Filled with humour and colour, these two short films portray characters in awkward situations. Made from a series of hand drawn images, Steph Hope combines traditional techniques with modern style.

Bubbles – Maria Sams                                                                                                     Made using an overhead projector and paper cut-outs, this innovative animation tells the story of a lonely scientist and her childhood toy.

Next of Kin – Gemma Yin Taylor and Connor Gilhooly                                               This tactile stop-motion music video for Canadian bandAlvvays, combines paint and collage techniques to repurpose found imagery.

Bye Bye Dandelion – Isabel Garret                                                                               Winner of the Best Animation award at ScreenTest’s: National Student Film Festival (2015), this short film uses a mixture of handmade puppetry and CGI animation to reveal a heart-warming narrative about friendship.

Success – Hannah Jacobs and Lara Lee                                                                        A thought provoking animation about the nature of success, created for The School of Life and based on a short piece of writing by Alain de Botton.

Maria Sams – Shadow Play

Saturday 25th February – Saturday 1st April 2017

Private View – Thursday 2nd March 5-8pm

final-spMaria Sams – Shadow PlaySaturday 25th February – Saturday 1st April 2017The SE9 Container Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by our Artist in Residence Maria Sams. Shadow Play exhibits a series of  paper-cuts and animation inspired by the theme of light and shadow. Maria will be screening her latest animation work as well as revealing the process behind her techniques through a collection of photographs, original drawings, sketchbooks and a mechanical animated flip-book.During her BA in Illustration Maria specialised in making her drawings and paper-cuts move, telling playful narratives with intricate visual details. She has since been awarded Best Animation at the National Student Film Festival and became our Artist in Residence from September 2016.

Picture1Animation Screening

Saturday 18th March – 2-3pm – Free Entry

The SE9 Container Gallery is delighted to host a screening of eight short animated films. The event will showcase the work of talented animators and directors in order to inspire and inform visitors about independent animation. The screening will take place in the SE9 Container Gallery on Saturday 18th March from 2-3pm amongst the exhibition Shadow Play. The films will be introduced by Maria Sams, our Artist in Residence and current exhibitor.

This animation screening will feature the work of award-winning animators and exciting emerging talent including Andersen M Studio, David Wilson, Jeffrey Scher, Steph Hope, Maria Sams, Gemma Yin Taylor, Connor Gilhooly, Isabel Garret, Hannah Jacobs and Lara Lee.


Artist’s Talk with Andy Jackson – InsrtSHUTTER (Datum and Insrts)

Saturday 12th November – 2pm – Free Entry

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We are excited to announce that the SE9 Container Gallery will be hosting a talk with Andy Jackson and fellow artist Danny Rolph. Jackson will be discussing his artwork as well as ideas and influences behind the exhibition. Below is a short interview with the artist providing a sneak peak into some of the subjects that will be covered during the talk.

What are your main influences and inspirations?


Emlyn Stevens – Continuous Lines in the Sand

Saturday 27th February – Saturday 19th March 2016

The exhibition consists of a collection of large illustrated silk-screen prints based on collages made from found imagery of the middle east (both figurative and scenic). The conceptual basis of the exhibition is to demonstrate how found imagery has always been put through a number of “filters” or has a certain amount of vested interest attached to it.

‘Influences’ – An exhibition from the Year 11 students at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School

Saturday 6th February 2016 – Saturday 13th February 2016


A year ago, to coincide with the opening of the SE9 Container Gallery, we hosted the ‘Outlaws’ exhibition by the artist Robert Priseman. The exhibition consisted of 35 pencil-drawn portraits of women who had been executed in the USA. The portraits were hung and presented with a brief biography of the subject, giving the viewer an explanation of why the individual had been executed.

As part of the STM Year 11 students’ Identity project, Robert Priseman gave a talk and carried out a workshop giving a rare insight into the unique drawing techniques he uses.

Presented in the ‘Influences’ exhibition are the students’ take on Robert Priseman’s work. As part of their Identity project, the artists have chosen to do portraits of people who have influenced them throughout their lives. The exhibition has been presented in the same manor as Priseman’s ‘Outlaws’ in order to display the direct correlation between the two.

‘An Introduction to Mixed Media Mosaics’ Workshop by Aliyah Gator

Saturday 14th November: 12pm-3pm

The Se9 Container Gallery is hosting a workshop with current exhibitor Illustration and Mosaics Artist, Aliyah Gator. Aliyah will be providing an introduction to her work as well as demonstrations and materials in order to create your own mixed media mosaic.

Aliyah Gator – The Organic World

Saturday 7th November – Saturday 19th December 2015

mosaic3‘The Organic World’ is an exhibition of mixed-media mosaics inspired by the nature reserves and parks of South East London.  Aliyah has lived in Greenwich for the past 6 years, and has family connections with the area stretching back several hundred years. She has a clear passion for natural beauty of Greenwich and has expressed her admiration for the parks, heaths and open spaces, as well as the animals and plant life that inhabit it. The art of mosaic making is one that is rarely exposed to its full potential within a gallery environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to view Aliyah’s skilful and heartfelt response to the organic world in South East London.

“I try to use material wherever possible from a sustainable source: this means recycled glass tiles, broken tiles which have been donated or given to me by tile companies, unwanted tiles from commercial projects, and pebbles and gravel supplied by green companies. Dotted throughout the pieces you will also see mudlarked tiles… these are random pieces of china which I have picked up off the shores of the River Thames. These range in colour from blue delft tiles, to multi-coloured modern ceramic ware, to the greys, greens and browns of 19th century salt glaze pottery from Lambeth. The shores of the River Thames are a never ending source of interesting ceramic finds.”

The Brentwood Stations of the Cross

Saturday 12th September – Saturday 24th October 2015


Artists Include: David Ainley, Freya Purdu, Linda Ingham, Gideon Pain, Andrew Crane, Matthew Krishanu, Pen Dalton, Susie Hamilton, David Sullivan, Ruth Philo, Robert Priseman, Marguerite Horner, Susan Gunn, Alex Hanna, Simon Carter.

This unique exhibition was first shown at Brentwood Cathedral from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday 2015. A group show featuring 15 talented British painters; artists who are critically respected and have exhibited pieces in both major public and private collections.

Each artist was given the title of a different Station together with an identical blank twelve inch square aluminium panel. The artists were completely free to respond to their allocated subject in whatever way they chose.

The artists who created the ‘Stations of the Cross’ artworks have approached this challenge with the same creative openness and intellectual rigour which they would have applied to any other subject; and this project has shown not only that art and faith can find creative ways to talk to one another, but that they have a real moral imperative to do so.

Year 11 Summer Show

Saturday 1st June – Saturday 11th July 2015


An exciting group exhibition featuring all 37 of the talented Year 11 Art students we have here at St Thomas More Catholic School the Year 11 Summer Show showcases and celebrates their many talents. The show features the highlights from the two year art GCSE course.

Throughout the course students have studied different artists, artistic movements and cultural themes. They have practised different techniques in a whole range of media. For the exhibition students have selected their favourite pieces and you will see a wide variety of work. For the students this will be their first exhibition and the first time St Thomas More are opening the art exhibition up for the public to see.

Natalie Ryde – ‘The Way’

Saturday the 18th of April  – Saturday 23rd May 2015

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Natalie Ryde presents a collection of drawings inspired by the route most traveled, an intended direction at the SE9 Container Gallery. It alludes to working methods and ritual, our repeated circuits and circadian rhythms.

We are often shown the way or plot a course before we set out on a journey, looking for reference points to keep ourselves right: landmarks, maps and the tracks of others. Where a map could be seen as an approximation of a larger geography, these drawings each explore a different course of my thinking. Drawings stretch out to the edge of the paper suggesting that what is visible is only a fragment of the whole, while others float over an indeterminate surface, fully formed but open to interpretation.


These works take the form of undulating meshed surfaces, rendered in archival pen, paint and ink, which expand and contract as they develop. The repetition and intensity of working freehand has a meditative effect; these are thinking drawings that untangle and resolve. The patterns in the drawings echo the act of following a familiar course, they explore subtle fluctuations within a repetitive sequence of movements. The physical process of creating the drawings is not dissimilar to that of writing and as I build up lines of markings a complex surface emerges. Without anchorage in language, the compositions act as subliminal stimuli, inviting fresh associations.


Photographs taken by Natalie Ryde.


Contemporary British Abstraction – Group show

Saturday 28th February 2015 – Saturday 11th April 2015

Artists include:
David Ainley, Ralph Anderson, Chris Baker, Dominic Beattie, Andrew Bick, Katrina Blannin, Claudia Boese, Julian Brown, EC, Ben Cove, Clem Crosby, Pen Dalton, Lisa Denyer, Andrew Graves, Terry Greene, Susan Gunn, Alexis Harding, Sue Kennington, Sarah R Key, Phoebe Mitchell, Matthew Macaulay, Ellie MacGarry, Katrin Mäurich, Sarah McNulty, Mali Morris, Andrew Parkinson, Aimee Parrott, Marion Piper, Clare Price, Geoffrey Rigden, Gwennan Thomas, Trevor Sutton, David Webb, Mary Webb, Gary Wragg,

‘Contemporary British Abstraction’ is a group show including thirty-five artists all working in the United Kingdom. Selected by artists Matthew Macaulay and Terry Greene, this exhibition has been brought together to highlight how active and vibrant abstraction is today with multiple lines of enquiry being opened and explored.

New contemporary artists move in and out of abstraction easily, unlike the mid-20th century artists who were forced to take sides between abstraction and representation. The new generation of artists seem increasingly motivated to create work that sustains and creates new dialogue over the non-representational.

The show brings together artists who have been creating abstract work in the United Kingdom over the last two years. This exhibition includes many important works that have been created by painters with different levels of experience ranging from those who are new to the medium to those who are well-seasoned lifers. The exhibition moves radically between innovative use of geometry, intuition, hard-edge and the painterly.

This exhibition is only a glimpse of the current abstract scene and the range of painters who are working in the United Kingdom at this point in time. By hanging these painters it will be interesting to see the structure that holds their difference together and whether it offers the viewer a coherent offering.’

Outlaws – Robert Priseman

Tuesday 6th January 2015 – Saturday 14th February 2015

The SE9 Container Gallery is pleased to announce our first exhibition of 2015 will be Outlaws, a brand new body of work from esteemed artist Robert Priseman.

Outlaws is a series of finely drawn portraits of women. It is not until you read their stories that you realise these women have been executed for murder. Between 1900 and 2005, fifty women were executed in the USA, some as young as 17.  Outlaws reveals to us the story of 36 of them.

A British born artist, Robert Priseman has paintings in many international art collections such as the V&A in London, Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Honolulu Museum of Art, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg.  A recent interview with the artist was included in Michael Peppiatt’s book ‘Interviews with Artists 1966 – 2012′ alongside artists such as Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, Henry Cartier -Bresson, Sonia Delaunay, Frank Auerbach, Balthus and Giacometti.

Between 2012 and 2014 Robert formed the Priseman-Seabrook Collection of 21stCentury British Painting which opens for the first time at Huddersfield Art Gallery on the 1st November, 2014.

The book to accompany the exhibition is now available. Click on the link below to purchase it from Amazon.

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Terri Hawkins – 50 (Artist in Residence)

Wednesday 26th September 2014 – Wednesday 17th December 2014

As part of her residency, Hawkins has researched and archived the school’s 50 year history which is currently being celebrated though her exhibition 50.  Many images have been chosen from the school’s rich history and covers all eras.  The main focus of the exhibition are three cut-outs of group photos which have been reliving their glory days in a journey around the school.  This journey has been documented on film with the cut-outs going through the motions and the pace of a school day. The installations are constructed and displayed in a playful manner, oscillating between two-dimensional and three-dimensional modes.

Cut-outs are often present in Hawkins’ installations.  By highlighting particular objects and characters in this way, the focal point is shifted to a form that can visually make something stand alone from the rest. The prop like stance of the cut-outs helps push the performative nature of Hawkins’ practice. The artist’s presence in the film allows the audience to see the connection that every decision made is through the act of experimentation and the relationship to the materials chosen to play a part in the work.

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