What’s Next

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


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

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.


Artwork by Year 11 student Katherine Duffy

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 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.

Precision of Thought

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.

Shadow Play

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.


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


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.


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.


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/