Year 11 Summer 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 surrealistic 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. For the first time the SE9 Container Gallery will be selling posters, postcards and badges of student’s work!

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Precision of Thought – Group Show

Saturday 22nd April – Saturday 27th May 2017

James Elkins in correspondence with John Berger wrote that drawing is the ‘invaluable record of the encounter of a moving, thinking hand with the mesmerising space of potential forms that it simply called a “blank sheet of paper”.’ Drawing was once considered in the Western academic tradition, to be the foundation of art education, and the mother of all the arts. The importance placed on drawing has been abandoned by most art schools as an irrelevant activity of a time past. John Elderfield in 1982 described drawing as the most resistant of all the modern arts to define. This exhibition takes its focus from the way in which eight painters individually approach drawing.

John Berger in his essay Life-Drawing (1960) wrote that ‘drawing is discovery’, for Gary Wragg often drawing is used in a way that opens new discoveries. Bryan Robertson stated in 1979 that in ‘his best paintings art seems to take images from his inner life by surprise, and it is Wragg’s strength as an artist that he transforms the elusive event into a rich visual celebration’. James Faure Walker works digitally and with water based paint on a loose sensual level, concentrating on what the paint and colour is doing and trying to discover a kind of unity within the artwork. For Walker and Wragg, there is an intention for the works to be deliberately ambivalent and open for interpretation, structured so they can be pieced together by the spectator’s imagination in several ways. The structures and figures in Andrew Graves work hover over off-white grounds, there is often a suggestion of an interpretation, a collapsed or dismantled box, an architectural model, a building, but it also suggests and engages with the speed or slowness of its making, provisional attempts at structure, and a reflection on colour theory.

In Anthony Whishaw’s work there seems to be a constant ‘knife edge’ between figuration and abstraction, the works offer ‘a parallel experience to reality rather than a description of it’. This parallel experience can be seen in the two drawings on show, they offer up to the viewer’s eye several readings. The works on show seems to conjure up a kind of architectural space, such as doors, corridors and windows. These created spaces animate the surface and direct the eye in and out of the surface of the paper. Louise Chambers has also been using drawing as a means of discovery. Drawing’s role has started to be a catalyst for the development of new areas of investigation. Her latest works on paper have been produced from a series of temporary sculptures that she has drawn from. These initial drawings became water based paintings, in the transformation between the drawing and painting a synthesis happens on the card that makes the art work something completely surprising and new. In the English language, the word draw comes from the old Saxon word dragan which means to drag. Lisa Denyer articulates the surface and space within her works by dragging elements such as card or painted paper across the surface into place. Denyer does not have any initial idea sketched out, she builds the painting up through improvisatory acts.

In his 1857 book The Elements of Drawing John Ruskin wrote, ‘everything that you see, in the world around you, presents itself to your eyes only as an arrangement of patches of different colours, variously shaded.’ Trevor Sutton has been working on paintings lately that are like breaths of colour. He creates small working drawings, and then delicately works on the final painting improvising and making changes as he proceeds. Chris Daniels makes small drawings in paint that act as peremptory sketches for some of the more designed paintings, these concentrate on the arrangement of marks and the colour interaction. The drawings in the exhibition by Jonathan Waller come from a body of work called ‘The Seven Ages of Man’. Both pieces in the exhibition are on paper, and have some level of painting involved within their process. Many preparatory drawing are made to formulate an idea and through this research an idea for a final image is arrived at. Waller starts by working in charcoal, creating an initial composition of the figure, he then uses a water based paint to create the beginning of the areas of colour. This obliterates the charcoal drawing until only a fraction of it is left. He then builds up the drawing with fine pastels, gradually refining the drawing.

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 band Alvvays, 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.

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Maria Sams – Shadow Play

Saturday 25th February – Saturday 1st April 2017

Private View – Thursday 2nd March 5-8pmfinal-spwebThe 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.

 

Andy Jackson

Andy Jackson – InsrtSHUTTER

Saturday 5th November – Saturday 17th December 2016

Private View – Thursday 10th November 2016

The SE9 Container Gallery is pleased to present InsrtSHUTTER, a solo exhibition by Andy Jackson. The exhibition features an impressive new collection of abstract paintings by an exciting emerging artist. Since leaving Goldsmiths College in 2006 with an MFA Jackson has exhibited in the John Moores’ Painting Prize 2014 and Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2006 along with his solo exhibition, Incarnation (possibilities of datum) at Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol.

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InsrtSHUTTER comprises a new series of paintings developed from observations of subtle interruptions within the urban environment. In a process-driven practice, Jackson manipulates his surfaces to ask how painting is constructed, creating an array of abstract marks that function as a trigger for experiences of images that may or may not be familiar.’ – Tim Davies

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The SE9 Container Gallery will be to hosting an Artist’s Talk by Andy Jackson and Danny Rolph discussing his practice and current exhibition on Saturday 12th November at 2pm, free entry. For more information about Andy Jackson’s work please visit http://www.andy-jackson.org.uk/

Morgan Tipping

Morgan Tipping – No Fixed Abode

Saturday September 17th – Saturday October 22nd 2016

Private View – Thursday 22nd September 5-8pm

No Fixed Abode presents the work of Morgan Tipping, a London born artist whose artwork explores social and political issues through humour, film, performance, photography and sculpture. Passionately committed to community development Tipping has undertaken an artist residency at MildMay Park care home in Dalston, London.  As well as being an educator and visual activist Tipping has recently volunteered within various refugee camps in Europe.

Tipping’s work focuses on the themes of housing, community and a sense of belonging whilst making it clear that failure is a vital part of being creative. Central to her practice is the idea of using comedy to explore deeper social issues.

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The artwork exhibited in No Fixed Abode is informed by working with residents in a care home, students from London schools, students of diaspora in London colleges and displaced people within refugee camps in Europe. Exploring the theme displacement it draws together work made over the past two years showing the unique stories of these individuals and groups.

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No Fixed Abode showcases two films ‘Outsiders’ and ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat.’ It will also feature artwork created by the STM Year 11 students in a collage workshop provided by the artist. For more information on Morgan Tipping please visit http://www.morgantipping.co.uk/

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News

Year 11 Summer Show 2016

The graduating art students of St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School

Saturday 18th June 2016 – Saturday 9th July 2016

Private View – Thursday 16th June, 5-8pm

To celebrate the graduation of the GCSE art students at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School, the SE9 Container Gallery presents ‘The 2016 Year 11 Summer Show’.
 
With work collated from a range of projects and artistic experimentation, the exhibition showcases a diverse selection of skill and techniques from 33 young artists. Every art student from Year 11 at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School is represented in the exhibition; giving them an important opportunity to display their work to the general public at a young age, and understand a little more about what it takes to create, plan, and carry out engaging art shows.

 

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The students’ projects as a whole have been motivated and driven by their own personal experiences and knowledge of the world at a relatively young age. As artists, our creative development is strongly influenced by our peers; working in tight knit groups over a period of 2 years has allowed the GCSE students to reflect, improve, and learn from each other in order to progress with their expertise and understanding of art.
We wish all the leaving students success and fulfilment in their future artistic endeavours, and hope that their time studying the practice of fine art at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School can be an early step in a lifelong pursuit of the creative arts, in either a professional or recreational environment.
 
We hope you can make it to the Private View, and look forward to welcoming you at the gallery.

Nathan Eastwood

Laptop and Chips

16th April 2016 – 28th May 2016

Private View – Thursday 21st April, 5-8pm

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The SE9 Container Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition of emerging British artist and winner of the East London Painting Prize 2014, Nathan Eastwood.

His series of paintings are based on photos taken with a smart phone and meticulously made using enamel paint on board. This painting practice started in 2011 after a period of time spent thinking about his potential development as an artist. Eastwood selected a simple photographic picture of his staircase in his house and made a painting based on this motif. Since then he has produced many paintings with the same intentions.

Recently, Eastwood has reintroduced colour back into his paintings; representational of the artist’s interests in social content rather than formalist conclusions.

“My painting practice has become specifically allegorical of day to day existence. My previous paintings I suppose were minimal and maintained a link between the monochromatic grey scale, monochromatic and social derived content; but now the paintings are moving away into colour allowing the social content to take priority; this is where my focus should be. Now my paintings are allegorical of everyday life.”

Eastwood occupies a special place in the art world that believes painting still has the power to reflect ones social relations and the proletariat. This proposition corresponds clearly to Eastwood’s interests in the works of writers such as Allan Bennett, Robert Tressell, and Alan Sillitoe.

The paintings featured in Laptop and Chips are mostly small scale works, made on a table in the artist’s kitchen. Eastwood works into the early hours of the morning whilst listening to music or with the TV on. The motifs are painted with an obsessive, brooding intensity with a melancholic atmosphere; he often paints solitarily. Emphasis has been placed on making art within the domestic space, allowing the integration of real life into his paintings.

Eastwood does not think of his paintings as realist but painted constructs functioning as fictional dialogues like a monologue between painted content and observer. In contrast with photographs, which act as mechanisms to reveal the truth to reality, Eastwood views the paintings as subjective constructs. Where photos are used as a truth procedure, the paintings can be viewed as open ended.

 


 

Only two more Saturdays left to see our new exhibition is ‘Continuous Lines in the Sand’ by our Artist in Residence Emlyn Stevens. The exhibition will finish on Saturday 19th March. 

 

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INFLUENCES EXHIBITION 

Thanks to all who attended the Private Viewing of our new student exhibition ‘Influences’.

There’s still time to see the exhibition if you haven’t already. Its here until Saturday 13th February 2016!

 

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‘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.


Emlyn Stevens at The Bob Hope Theatre

During the Eltham Arts Winter Festival (31st Oct – 22nd Nov 2015), our very own Artist in Residence, Emlyn Stevens, will be exhibiting some new prints he has produced as a collaboration with the theatre’s archives exhibition. Some of the archives date back to the ’50s, and Emlyn’s prints have been designed to act as a contemporary comment on the classic illustrations. You can view the work at The Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road, Eltham, London, SE9 5TG.


‘An Introduction to Mixed Media Mosaics’ – A workshop with Illustration and Mosaics Artist, Aliyah Gator – 14th November 2015

Aliyah Gater will be hosting a Saturday workshop to coincide with her upcoming exhibition at SE9 Container Gallery. Gater’s eagerly anticipated exhibition will be running alongside Eltham Arts Trail, and after viewing the exhibition you now have the opportunity to take part in a workshop with the artist!

Booking Essential: Call 020 8850 6700 Extension 252

Places on the course cost £30 and are limited to 12 people so don’t miss out!


‘Stations of the Cross’ Private View tonight 5.30pm-8.30pm – all are welcome!


‘An Introduction to Mixed Media Mosaics’ – A workshop with Illustration and Mosaics Artist, Aliyah Gator

Aliyah Gater will be hosting a Saturday workshop to coincide with her upcoming exhibition at SE9 Container Gallery. Gater’s eagerly anticipated exhibition will be running alongside Eltham Arts Trail, and after viewing the exhibition you now have the opportunity to take part in a workshop with the artist!

The workshop will be taking place on 14th November between 12pm-3pm. Places on the workshop cost £30 and will be limited to 12 people.

Keep an eye out for more information on the workshop and exhibition over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime you can see some of Aliyah’s fantastic work on her website: http://www.aliyahgator.com/


Stations of the Cross – Group Show

Saturday 12th September – Saturday 24th October

Private View: Thursday 17th September 5.30pm to 8.30pm

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.

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The SE9 Container Gallery and St Thomas More Catholic School are proud to present the opening of a new exhibition beginning on 12th September 2015 –

Stations of the Cross: Fifteen Stations of the Cross by fifteen contemporary painters

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.

Please join us for the private viewing of ‘Stations of the Cross’ on the evening of Thursday 17th September. Otherwise, don’t miss out on viewing the exhibition which ends on Saturday 24th October 2015.


Emlyn Stevens has been appointed as our new Artist in Residence for the 2015/2016 academic year. His residency will be based at the SE9 Container Gallery at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School in Eltham.

Stevens’ current practice involves a combination of abstract collage and illustration with silkscreen printing. He will be taking charge of the SE9 Container Gallery over the next year, organising some exciting exhibitions and workshops for students as well as the wider community. Watch out for a solo exhibition from Emlyn later in the year.

You’ll find examples of some of Stevens’ recent work below:

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Last chance to see the Year 11 Summer Show on Saturday 11th July


Grand Opening

We had the privilege of being officially opened on Tuesday November 18th 2014 by portrait artist Kelvin Okafor. Many of Eltham’s creative community came to support the new gallery located in the grounds of St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School. Earlier in the day Kelvin gave a master class to Year 10 and 11 students in how to draw in a photorealist style and signed copies of his latest book for the students.

About Us

The SE9 Container Gallery is an award-winning art gallery made from converted shipping containers. Situated in the school grounds of St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School in Eltham, this modern art facility exhibits the latest in contemporary art.

There is an on-going programme of exhibitions, talks and creative workshops for all to enjoy.  Part of our aim is to be a platform to connect the local community with contemporary art investigating a number of different of disciplines, as well as providing a space for students to display their work.

We had the privilege of being officially opened on Tuesday November 18th 2014 by portrait artist Kelvin Okafor. Many of Eltham’s creative community came to support the new gallery located in the grounds of St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School.  Earlier in the day Kelvin gave a master class to Year 10 and 11 students in how to draw in a photorealist style and signed copies of his latest book for the students.

Opening hours are 11am to 3pm on Saturday’s during term time. Entry is Free. Car parking is also available on site. Please check the Exhibitions and Events page to see our latest displays, activities and workshops.

Alternatively you can follow us on twitter: @se9container

Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/se9containergallery

And follow us on Instagram @se9containergallery

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final-spMaria Sams – Shadow PlaySaturday 25th February – Saturday 1st April 2017

The 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.

www.mariasams.com


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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.


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

Saturday 12th November – 2pm – Free Entry

We are excited to announce that the SE9 Container Gallery will be hosting a talk by artist Andy Jackson. In conversation with fellow artist Danny Rolph, Jackson will be discussing his work as well as ideas and influences behind his current exhibition (InsrtSHUTTER).


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Andy Jackson – InsrtSHUTTER

Saturday 5th November – Saturday 17th December 2016

This solo exhibition brings together a series of abstract paintings by artist Andy Jackson. ‘InsrtSHUTTER comprises a new series of paintings developed from observations of subtle interruptions within the urban environment. In a process-driven practice, Jackson manipulates his surfaces to ask how painting is constructed, creating an array of abstract marks that function as a trigger for experiences of images that may or may not be familiar.’ – Tim Davies

http://www.andy-jackson.org.uk/


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Morgan Tipping – No Fixed Abode

Saturday 17th September – Saturday 22nd October 2016

Featuring film, performance and photographic works Tipping explores the themes of housing, community and a sense of belonging. Inspired by working with residents in a care home, students and people within refugee camps the exhibition displays work made over the past two years as well as a collaboration with STM Year 11 students.

http://www.morgantipping.co.uk/


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Nathan Eastwood – Laptop and Chips

Saturday 16th April – Saturday 28th May 2016

The paintings features in Laptop and Chips are mostly small scale works, made on a table in the artist’s kitchen. Eastwood works into the early hours of the morning whilst listening to music or with the TV on. The motifs are painted with an obsessive, brooding intensity with a melancholic atmosphere; he often paints solitarily. Emphasis has been placed on making art within the domestic space, allowing the integration of real life into his paintings.

http://neastwood.com/


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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 –SE9 Container Gallery – One Year On

Saturday 30th January – Saturday 13th February 2016

A group exhibition from the Year 11 students at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School, celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of The SE9 Container Gallery.


‘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.”

http://www.aliyahgator.com/


The Brentwood Stations of the Cross

Saturday 12th September – Saturday 24th October 2015

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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

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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.

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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.

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Photographs taken by Natalie Ryde.

http://natalieryde.com/


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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.

http://www.robert-priseman.com/

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

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Outlaws-Art-Project-Robert-Priseman/dp/150549222X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418987091&sr=1-1&keywords=robert+priseman+outlaws


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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.

http://terrihawkins.com/

Welcome

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Welcome to the SE9 Container Gallery an award-winning Art gallery made from converted shipping containers. Situated in the school grounds of St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School in Eltham, we are open on Saturdays during term time from 11am-3pm. There is free entry and lots of free parking.

Our Latest Exhibition

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Precision of Thought – Group Show

Saturday 22nd April – Saturday 27th May 2017