Project Space

Once More with Feeling(s)

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October 23rd 6 – 9pm

Once More with Feeling(s) is an evening of artist’s performance and video, focusing on cover versions.

The cover version opts for rhythm over algorithm, coarse over smooth. By refreshing dormant tracks with renewed urgency (be it political, emotional or otherwise) the cover becomes a vehicle, delivering ideas through a familiar (if corrupted) form. Whether a pastiche or homage, the tangible authenticity of the cover version resides in the merging of art and life, consumer and producer, audience and author. The dissolution of these binaries opens up formerly homeostatic systems. They become permeable – susceptible to new ideas, new interpretations and new mistakes. This permeability can even retrospectively change the original.

Whilst contemporary pop produces track after track of homogenous hits, the cover is an opportunity for subversion. It is a chance to riff on and compartmentalise the perfection of pop – a chance to dent or scuff surfaces buffed with too much polish. Instead of proliferating imagery that warps how onlookers believe that they should look and engage with each other, the cover sidelines flashy golden grills, abdominal augmentations and swollen silicon buttocks.

It becomes a means for messing with systemic issues, acting as a form through which people can express themselves more fully and in a plethora of ways, which the culture industry fails to accommodate for. Instead of a singular way of existing being pushed or embossed on the mind, there is a redux. The cover is an answer or repost that resists unidirectionality. To cover is to create a dialogue – a feedback loop that resists being told what to think and how to behave. It is a radical rupture, which asserts that there is more than one way to be, to sing and to feel.

So let’s have it…once more with feeling(s).

Curated by Chris Alton and Rachel Hill

Cave Paintings: Phil Ashcroft

3 Cave paintings Phil Ashcroft

30th October – 1st November

A pop-up weekend presentation of new and recent paintings by Lewisham Arthouse studio artist Phil Ashcroft.
Combining influences from abstract expressionism, British landscape painting, Japanese woodcuts, and graphic street art, Ashcroft integrates gestural, emotive abstraction with flattened out ‘80s style art deco and graffiti influences to present a vision of environmental, financial and political threat, a world of semi-surreal settings, cartoon-like motifs and the detritus of the modernist ideals of the past.
The Cave Paintings series of works developed in the artist’s London studio following a speedboat trip around Ramsey Island in Pembrokeshire, Wales in 2014.

Preview: Friday 30 October 2015, 18.00 – late
Preview sounds from DJ Monkphat (Gamma Proforma)

For further information email

The Lewisham Arthouse Winter Fair


Saturday 12th December 11am -6pm

We’re hosting our poplar Winter Fair again, featuring an array of original artworks, hand made crafts and seasonal gifts. There’ll be something to fit all sizes of pocket, whether you’re a discerning Christmas shopper or art lover.

We’ll be featuring lots of local talent including our studio artists, producers of Mosaic, felted goods, linocut prints, ceramics and much more.

Come join in the yuletide joyousness, warm your cockles with a seasonal beverage and a mince pie! And if that isn’t enough jingle all the way to the vibrations of our resident DJ.
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The Lewisham Arthouse Winter Fair
December 12th 11.00 am – 6.00 pm

Lewisham Arthouse Open Studios 2015

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We’re open again with a bumper selection of ocular delights…

Wander around a warren of studios, buy artwork from source, window shop or simply enjoy the grandeur of a beautiful Edwardian building. Artists will be exploring the touchy-feely side of architecture in group exhibition Caesura et Vide Supra. Intrigued? Feel welcome to stimulate your cerebral bits, by participating in the related discussion. Add a dollop of family fun activities – a pop-up café by GCDA providing scrumptious handmade sweets and savouries + bar and DJ’s on opening night…

Friday 2 October 6-10pm
Saturday 3 October 12-6pm
Sunday 4 October 12-6pm

A Public Discussion: Haptic Thinking and Architecture
Saturday 3rd October from 4pm

Part of Deptford X and ArtLicks Weekend Festival 

Caesura et Vide Supra

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Lewis Betts, Jolanta Rejs, Anna Salamon, Frank Kent, Stephen Cooper and Bernice Donszelmann
A group show exploring haptic thinking in relation to the architecture of Lewisham ArtHouse.

Sept 25 – Oct 11, 2015
Private View Thur Oct 1st, 6pm-9pm

Opening Times:
Fri 25th 6-9pm (SLAM Fridays)
11am-6pm 26-29 Sept, 2-4 Oct and 7-11 Oct


Imprints is an exhibition of prints by participants in the Printing without a Press workshop at Lewisham Arthouse. With a focus on monoprinting, but including other forms of relief printing, press free printing encourages great creativity and a remarkable diversity in the work produced.

The exhibition includes experienced artists as well as beginners, some who have been attending the workshop since it began nearly 15 years ago and others who have just started but all the prints demonstrate the exciting possibilities of press-free printing. The work in the exhibition includes a range of printmaking media including monoprints, lino, woodcuts and relief printing but all have been printed by hand.
Artists include: Emma Jo Bairstow, Andrew Cieciala, Lucy Cooper, Hadjira Elkadi, Dick Graham, Anita Gwynn, Craig Hilton, Michelle James, John Jukes Johnson, Joanna Lewis, Rachel Pank, Sarah Perkins, Rosey Prince, Victoria Smart, Heather Steed, Reuben Thurnhill, Eleanor Watson, Robin Stannard, Florence Youngs, Milly Youngs

For more info about the exhibition and Printing without Press workshops please contact
Rosey Prince


Luke Burton – Singspiel


Lewisham Arthouse presents Singspiel, a solo exhibition by Luke Burton that is the culmination of his year-long residency. 
Singspiel will present a rabble of sculptures and drawings, corralled together amidst a sonic landscape, which in turn acts as a stage infused with songs and enunciations. The sound work for the exhibition will develop Burton’s ongoing interest in voice- as an embodied form of direct expression through abstract sound; as used in communication, language and and poetics; as a musical instrument.

Traditionally, a singspiel was a German-language musical play that often had comic and folk elements. It was characterized by having a light tone and containing dialogue interspersed with popular songs, exemplified in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and later developing into the dominant form of German Romantic opera. Taking the singspiel’s historical slide in form from folk, to classical, to Romantic modes as an exhibitionary thematic, the congregated works seek to productively collapse song and play in its broadest conceptions, with a lightness of touch befitting its form, but in all seriousness.

Luke Burton lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include Linking, Linking Arms, National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Filigree Endings, Bosse and Baum, London (both 2015); Tenderpixel’s Tenderflix, ICA, London; Athens Video Art Festival, Technopolis Musuem, Athens (both 2014); The Uneventful Day, Carroll/Fletcher, London, A Dense Glitter of Alternatives, Vitrine, London and Love/Architecture, Turner Contemporary, Margate (all 2013).

Lynda Laird: Urban Beekeeping


The next pop up exhibition, to be held at the Peckham Pelican from 2 to 8 March, will showcase Lewisham Arthouse member, Lynda Laird’s  2014 series of photographs, Urban Beekeeping.

Primarily a documentary photographer Laird’s work is concerned with the environment and our connection to it. Her photographs have been published in a number of newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, and she also works with NGOs around the world.

Born in Orkney, Scotland, her fascination with nature is innate, ‘I grew up surrounded by farming and fishing, with people who had a deep understanding of how nature works, what the seasons mean and how to work with, instead of against, our environment.’

Urban Beekeeping follows the work of Camilla Goddard, a full time beekeeper for Capital Bee in South London. She first started keeping bees eight years ago and now has hives all over the city: in parks, churchyards, primary schools and on the roofs of hotels. She collects swarms from people’s attics, holds talks and about beekeeping and sells honey at her local shop.
The Honey Bee population has declined massively in recent years. In 2008, a million honeybee colonies in the United States mysteriously perished – a third of all their hives. This phenomenon was happening all over the world and became known as colony collapse disorder. The reasons behind it still remain unclear but links have been made to GM crops, habitat degradation – including the loss of flowering plant species that provide food for bees – and the increasing use of pesticides. Bees pollinate over 30% of our food and 90% of our wild plants.  Without bees to spread seeds, many plants, including food crops, would die out.

In response to the bee crisis, there has been a huge increase in the number of people taking up bee keeping, especially in cities.  Since 2008, the British Beekeepers Association’s membership has more than doubled to over 22,000.  Thanks to the lack of pesticides in the air, the diversity of our cities’ green spaces and people like Camilla, bees are now thriving in urban environments. We hope this exhibition of stunning images of Camilla and her colonies will inspire new generations of beekeepers as well as raising awareness of this important environmental issue.

Urban Beekeeping marks the first pop up exhibition in Telegram’s 2015 residency at the Peckham Pelican. A vibrant bar and gallery space, the Pelican is a keen supporter of emerging artists. Summer and Autumn exhibitions will follow including a showcase of portraits by Telegram artist Hayley Nia Thomas in June.

Monday 2 March – Sunday 8 March
Private View
Thursday 5 March 6.30pm – 11pm
The Peckham Pelican
92 Peckham Rd, London SE15 5PY

Two studio sub-lets for rent

We have two new studio rent opportunities!

Studio 1: 
£86.60 p.m. (£1039.20 per annum) 
160 sq ft
Sublet for 1 year- commencing 1st September 2015- August 31st 2016


Studio 2:
£73 p.m. (£876 per annum) 
135 sq ft
Sublet for 6 months commencing 1st August 2015- Jan 31st 2016


Application procedure: 
If you are interested in applying for either of these sub-let opportunities, please follow the guidance below and send the following:

* A statement (no more than 500 words) outlining your practice and areas of interest and an indication of how you wish to use this opportunity. This may involve responding to our organisation, the community or the locality.
* CV (no more than 2 sides of A4)
* A filled out equal opportunities form – click to download here (word .doc)
* CD with up to ten images or for time-based work DVD (video work should be no longer than 5 minutes).
* Corresponding list of titles, media and dimensions should be included (please do not send originals).
* One reference

Application guidance:
We accept postal or hand delivery of application forms ONLY. We cannot return CDs, or DVDs. 
Please send your completed application form to: 

PLEASE NOTE: These are studio sub-lets only and as such, the successful applicant will not be part of the membership.
DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS: 3rd July 2015 Allocations, Lewisham Arthouse, 140 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6PD