Meet the very talented and original Sarah Hill ,one of our prize winning artists of a free studio space provided by the amazing sponsors Icehouse Quarter in collaboration with Roof Property LLP.
Sarah`s practice focuses on drawing and performance.
Her unusual mode of performing captivated us and provoked huge curiosity among our visitors .
Here is our interview with her:
What was your opinion of the exhibition? It was upbeat, positive, well curated and diverse. I liked seeing and hearing the artists personally speak about their works at the Artist Talks event which happened on Saturday 9th September 2017.
What did the prize mean to you? I was very happy to be chosen, and this opportunity was a privilege. I kept a small separate sketchbook of my time in the studio space from the beginning to the end of the experience, so I could record what happened each day.
How did you use the opportunity? I have been drawing, writing and thinking a lot inside the space, on every possible day that I could come to the studio.
What did you like most about the space? I enjoyed the river views, the location which is near the town centre of Barking, the size of the studio space and the high amount of natural light in the space. It was also very quiet and I could concentrate fully. Occasionally I saw some of the other business occupants in the building and they were very friendly.
What have you created in the space? I have been working on two large scale drawings, which I would definitely not have had the space to work on in my bedroom where I live. One drawing I completed is 120cm x 180cm, and the roll of paper I am working on at the moment is 1.5m x 10m.
What is your work about? My drawings are quite obsessive, monochrome, detailed and include text. Any performance work I do is an extension of, or influenced by, my drawings.
What are your plans for the future? I will shortly be moving into a shared studio space in north London, and will be continuing with the work I have been focusing on at The Malthouse. Also, since we are nearing the end of the year, I am going to self reflect on what has happened this year with my artwork, and then plan for next year.
How this experience helped your career? This is the first time that I have used a studio space as a graduate, as I have previously only used studio spaces in a Higher Education context as a student. So this experience will help me transition to my next studio space, and has gave me the chance to think about what I can use a studio space for, and which ways I work best.
Is anything else you would like to say? Thank you very much to Laura and Rooff Ltd for this opportunity. I have really enjoyed my time in the Malthouse (Studio 7), and it was nice to be only a stone's throw away from Laura's gallery too.
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Picture it; you step into reception and see a garden art mural. What does this tell you about the company?Daring,adventurous,authentic ,relaxed ,confident, exciting, revolutionary perhaps? Or instead there’s a piece of vibrant and colourful modern art on the wall. Are they now upbeat, energised, cutting edge? How about a unique perspective on the surrounding area - established, a part of the community? It’s for this reason that more and more companies, both big and small, have turned to art to create an encouraging, exciting workplace, fuel their creativity and express their individual personality and values.
Sparked partly by the need to create and express a recognisable brand that customers, clients and employees alike can relate to, art has now become an extension of business - acting as an explanation, introduction and motivator that also enhances the workspace, all in a way that requires no lengthy descriptions and which anyone can understand. With the right approach, walking into a meeting suddenly becomes exciting. For the client meanwhile, leaving that meeting becomes an affirming experience – underlining that they are indeed doing business with the right people.
The list of companies using art to express, encourage and promote their brand shows just how seriously it’s being taken – including HSBC, Panasonic, IBM, UBS and Deutsche Bank to name just a few, whilst Google has said, “Our mission is to create amazing work environments that help our people perform at their very best each and every day.” Despite the potential rewards however, many companies still fear investing in art, seeing it as a risky move, or perhaps worried about tackling a subject they know little or nothing about.
This is why using an art gallery to begin your collection or improve and enhance your space can really pay off. By bringing years of experience and a trained eye to play on your behalf, they can help select work that expresses who you are, encouraging and promoting your brand in a way that demonstrates what you stand for and how you want to be perceived by clients, customers and employees alike, as well as improving your cultural reputation in the community and creating a meaningful work environment.
Laura I. Gallery assists clients by offering a multitude of solutions and finding the option that suits you best - from trade sales, to art rental schemes or dressing individual spaces.
Art works on many levels - make it work for you.
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The young Laura I. Gallery once again takes the lead in the art business and reserves a place in the finalist’s table at the prestigious Thames Gateway Business Awards. The announcement follows a demanding judging process in which the judges will be visiting our gallery to see for themselves the quality of our work we represent and hear more about our visions to make a change in the community and beyond.
Laura Iosifescu said: “It is wonderful to have been recognised by the judges in this way. This is a great endorsement of the efforts and commitment we put in every single project we run in the gallery.”
This nomination is a statement that success follows passion in spite of challenges and it is a privilege and hopefully an inspiration for thousands of people that wish to pursue their dreams.
We are now all looking forward to welcoming the judges to our gallery, so that we can show them the difference we make in people's lives with our creative work.
The winners of the Thames Gateway Awards will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf on 27 October 2017.
Now That`s What I Call Art -Private View
All the credits for the photos goes to the talented :Daura Alytiene .https://www.dauragasiunaite.
We are so pleased to invite you to our special exhibition “Now That's What I Call Art” on September 7th 2017.
Over 40 different artists will be celebrated for their talent, commitment and passion for art.
Our amazing sponsors Icehouse Quarter in collaboration with Roof Property LLP and Barking Enterprise Centre will be selecting our winners on the night. The prizes include free studio spaces and free mentoring sessions to three artists. These generous sponsors will be there to assist the winners and help them along the way.
With a lovely speech from Laura Iosifescu about the event and live performance from special guests, music and drinks the evening is guaranteed to be the gem in our community.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there and discovering the coolest pioneering artists of today. This is also a great chance to add new art to your existing collection or to build a new one.
As for the artists, this is your chance to be acknowledged for your talent, effort, devotion and sacrifice. Because the passion for art changes people’s heart and that is the first step to revolutionize the world.
Please book your free ticket to ensure we’re able to cater for everyone who wants to attend.
List of Participating Artists:
Cherish Marie Marshall
Hye young, Yoon
Krum Petkov Sharankov
Barry Lee Amey
Jane Rosemary Ostler-Barnett
Veronica Umoetuk t/a Tehila Designs
Laura H. Elliott
Madeleine RETIF ZWEIFEL
Laura Ana Maria Iosifescu
We look forward to seeing you on September 7th, 2017.
The question all artists are asking themselves is simple:
How can I increase my chances of being selected in art exhibitions, calls, and other art competitions?
To answer that, it’s important to understand that the discipline require to create art is no different than what it takes to market, sell, and showcase it to potential buyers and art lovers.
Before you apply for any such opportunity, ask yourself why you need to be a part of a particular exhibition. In other words, make an effort to understand how it could affect your career prospects.
Before you can answer that, make sure you know what you want:
· Do you want to sell your work?
· Do you want to inspire the world with your art and showcase it?
· Could their prizes help your practice progress?
In this article, we would like to help you answer these questions and help you take the right decision.
It’s a known fact that it only takes a person to change your life completely. So, it’s important that you do showcase your art as much as possible anywhere you can, within the boundaries of your financial capabilities.
Being featured in any exhibition or display affords you better chances to be discovered; hiding your work in a studio space does not.
Being part of an exhibition can help you meet people and open new doors for you: new collaborations with artists, networking with professionals, friendships with art lovers.
While not everyone you meet will have an interest in purchasing your work, their support will still be an asset along the way. Feedback is the most priceless gift you can get.
The power of word-of-mouth should not be underestimated. A fine word of encouragement along with a recommendation to a friend or manager could potentially create a chance to make a name for your practice.
It could also increase the chances of selling your art and creating even more opportunities for your art to be seen in other exhibitions and showcases.
Showcasing your art at all times is very important. Displaying it in a coffee shop is fine, but featuring it in a gallery will open up a lot more doors.
The gallery is one of the official professional voices in the art world. Collectors expect that a gallery has a fair knowledge of the art world and will act accordingly. Which means that if a gallery is willing to take a risk on an artist and agree to dedicate their resources in helping that artist, then they must be extraordinary.
In turn, everyone will be drawn to the artist and their work. We know for a fact that some of our artists – who previously had never had the chance to be exhibited in a gallery like ours – attracted a lot more interest after art professionals recognized their talents.
Now that we have established that it’s important to showcase your work anywhere, let’s see how you can increase your chances of having your work exhibited.
First of all, read their terms and conditions. We have had artists who submitted work in sizes bigger than we had requested. Despite the fact that their art was really good, we could not accommodate their work in our gallery.
In addition to that, make sure that the work is framed properly, if suitable. We have had work where the glass came off the frame, which resulted in damage to the frame.
As an artist, you are trying to leave behind a legacy. To accomplish that, you also need to make sure that the quality of your materials is exceptional. When you are trying to sell your work, you are expecting someone to treasure it for years to come; your materials must accommodate that and be in great condition.
If you want somebody to love your work as much as you do, then you must really show you love your work by presenting it in the best way possible.
Think of it like having a job interview and dressing in casual clothing, showing up at the meeting and expecting that everyone will love you for who you are. In an interview, you must present yourself at your best, as a professional.
That kind of selection has nothing to do with what you are actually capable of doing and what ideas are running in your head. Instead, it has everything to do with showing respect towards your art as well as to the people around you.
Take good pictures of your art when you submit it for consideration for an exhibition. Good quality pictures not only show your work in its best light but also show that you care about what you do.
It tells buyers and collectors that you take your career very seriously. Nobody wants to work with an artist who doesn’t show commitment and shows signs that they may give up in the future.
You must then be willing to be a part of a great show. You must show dedication and commitment to the event that you are applying for. Sharing a nice message about how important it is to be selected in the exhibition is going to take you a long way.
Your own job does not end the moment you bring your art in the art space. In fact, that’s only the beginning of the journey.
Think of how you are going to use that opportunity and start building connections, supporting others, and sharing each other’s work. All of those factors will define the success of your show, construct a profile of the type of artist you are, and demonstrate your visions and aspirations.
Don’t be dissuaded if you have already done all this and haven’t made it to an exhibition of your choice. You should keep trying because dedication is appreciated.
If your work fits our criteria for this exhibition, please apply now and get your work out there for people to see and recognize.
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Laura I.Gallery is throwing its doors open to host a series of innovative painting workshops to unleash the creative flames of the people of London. Sitting in the heart of Barking, Laura I.Gallery is making its mark on the art world with inspirational exhibitions such as 'Codes of Faith', an exhibition from over 30 artists celebrating diversity and promoting world peace. With visits from Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, and Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, the gallery is already attracting critical acclaim. These forward-looking and exciting workshops will inspire, connect and build confidence in the community to transform the lives of local residents.
Laura Iosifescu, the artist behind 'Blossom Escape', the first wearable art to be created from paint, hopes that these workshops will bring the Barking and Dagenham community together in a creative environment to explore place and identity, to develop an initiative to change the spirit of the local community through art. Where creativity may have been hidden, Laura aims to enable the local community to create, express and build self-esteem through the power of art.
Running twice a week, the workshops provide the backdrop for the community to express feelings, change attitudes and develop personal goals and skills through the process of painting. Under the watchful eye of Laura, a critically renowned professional artist, the local community will have the opportunity to come together to celebrate the diversity of Barking and Dagenham, with an exhibition planned at the end of the year to showcase the work of the community. Whether you are ready to pursue a degree, or a complete newbie who just wants to try out a new hobby, these workshops offer the opportunity for participants to explore their creativity and develop their own personal adventure whilst bringing the community together.
As part of the workshop program Laura will be running outdoor painting classes in the nearby nature reserve by the River Roding and Barking Abbey church to further bring the community together to appreciate the natural and urban environment in which they live.
With limited places of only 10 we would advise budding artists to book up early to avoid disappointment. For those booking for 3 months or more Laura I.Gallery will be offering special VIP deals that are too good to miss out on. These workshops offer an insight into Barking and Dagenham life that will continue to unfold long after the workshops have finished.
As the warm rays of the early spring sunshine begin to fall, energising and inspiring us, we have some exciting news to share with you!
From May the 3rd 2017, our gallery will be hosting a series of painting workshops for adults who want to unleash their creativity.
The focus of these workshops will be split between those dealing with individual creativity and those dealing with developing artistic techniques.
In the workshops, designed to help you explore your inner creativity, there will be no critiquing, no analysis, no judgment – and no comparison with others. This is an opportunity for you to express yourself, and to create beautiful works of art!
The skills-focused workshops will allow you to develop your more technical skills and learn about a vast range of exciting painting techniques.
The Painting Experience is a great opportunity for you to explore your individuality and creativity and embark on a wonderful artistic adventure of self-discovery.
Then again, the open and unfettered nature of our creative workshops means that they also lend themselves to a collaborative experience – so why not embrace the opportunity to explore your collective creativity by bringing along your friends and family?
Why not come along to our taster session to see what we have to offer? The session will be held Saturday the 8th of April between 12 noon and 2pm – at the very special price of only £10 per person!
During the workshop, you will get the opportunity to draw creative inspiration from the natural world in our nearby nature reserve – home to a wide range of bird species. You will be able to observe the beauty of the natural world – experiencing the world of painting outdoors – before finishing the workshop in our gallery space.
Please note that the event will be filmed for promotional purposes, so you will need to be ok with possibly appearing in our adverts.
To enable people to fully and freely explore their creativity in a suitable environment, we are limiting the number of participants to 10. Of course, this select number of places, linked with the low price, means that the workshop will fill very quickly. So, don't delay and risk the chance of losing the opportunity to take your creativity to another level – book your place today!
We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery, but remember – if you want a place on The Painting Experience, you will have to act quickly, as once those 10 places at £10 each are gone ... that's it!
Book now – and come along to explore your creativity – and to be inspired by the beauty of painting the way Laura does!
"Codes Of Faith "Exhibition moved at Barking Learning Center in collaboration with University of East London
Following the success of the "Codes of Faith" exhibition at our gallery in the IceHouse Quarter, Barking the exhibition is now being shown at the Barking Learning Centre, in this unique collaboration with the University of East London.
The exhibition runs until the 17th of February 2017 and the work is available for sale.
photos @copyright belongs to UEL
Dorothea Returns to Barking
Review by Dr. Keith G. Bowden adapted from the original article which is going to be published soon.
2017 will see the long awaited release of the sequel to Ridley Scott’s highly lauded 1982 Science Fiction film Blade Runner. The original film was loosely based on metaphysical SF author Philip K Dick’s much gentler 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The book’s plot is woven around a complex invented religion called Mercerism in which adherents telepathically commune with Mercer as he climbs a mountain, toiling upwards against various obstacles, but the metaphysical side of the novel is largely censored from the film, except for some casual asides (such as the origami mythical animals). Dick’s darkly surreal 1970 Maze of Death involves the gradual writing off – by death – of most of the main protagonists, against a background of another highly structured invented religion involving deities with well-defined roles, such as the Intercessor, the Mentufactor and the Form Destroyer. Deities can be addressed directly via a series of prayer amplifiers and transmitters (but they may not like it!) Each character perceives aspects of their environment – an off world human colony - in a quite different way.
In the earlier 1965 The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Dick’s protagonists again live in a drab, off world human colony, this time on Mars. In order to alleviate their harsh existence they commune via their “Perky Pat layouts”, using a drug to help them translate into the humdrum, 1950’s middle class American, sexually inept, pseudo-utopian world of Perky Pat and Walt. They spend large sums on Perky Pat accessories. Pat and Walt (clearly Barbie and Ken) are two children’s dolls. Those adherents who argue vociferously that their experience as Pat and Walt in the layouts is real, believe that the translation is a true religious experience.
Myriam Gross-Mall’s installation, Into the Museum, now showing at the new Laura I. Gallery in the Ice House Quarter in Barking, Essex, was the first time since Dick’s Three Stigmata that I have seen Barbie used in such a religious metaphor (although I have since learned that there are others). Seven naked Barbie dolls stand, some upright, some inverted, head down, feet up, in seven sealed jars filled with distilled water and a preservative. Other materials are added, jewellery, leaves, tools, body parts. Each doll represents a virgin martyr, including Dorothea of Casarea, Appolonia of Alexandria and Agatha of Catania. At first sight it seems that there might be sexual overtones to some of the exhibits. In one, a decapitated Ken’s head floats between an inverted Barbie’s knees. In another a brunette Barbie squats suggestively upon a rusting anchor. And in another a naked, golden haired Barbie with bright blue eyes and matching eye makeup and pink lipstick stares alluringly through a floating mass of pearl necklace. At the same time the installation is reminiscent of those Sci-Fi films (pastiched so well by Steve Martin) where a mad scientists keeps human brains, or perhaps shrunken bodies, preserved in Formaldehyde in glass bottles.
Mr.Cllr.Darren Rodwell ,the leader of Barking the Dagenham Borough talking about Myriam`s work
But on closer examination, there is a more serious and deeper historical context here. In Dorothea von Catharea, Barbie floats next to leaves and flowers. In Agatha von Catania, Barbie stands bent over, squashed between two falsie artificial breasts and a candle. In Apollonia of Alexandria she floats upside down under the weight of a rather industrial looking pair of red pliers. The full installation consists of twelve such jars, although only seven have currently made their way to Barking. Interpretation is partly left to the viewer but there are strong historical references and some knowledge of the legends may help. There is also, however a feminist quality to this installation that Ursula le Guin, who famously criticised Dick for his literary misogyny, would have appreciated. (As a response Dick created the wonderful Angel Archer, one of his most real and well characterised female protagonists.)
According to Wikipedia, having dedicated her virginity to God, the fifteen-year-old Agatha of Catania, from a rich and noble family, rejected the amorous advances of the low-born Roman prefect Quintianus, who then persecuted her for her Christian faith. He sent Agatha to Aphrodisia, the keeper of a brothel. The madam finding her intractable, Quintianus sent for her, argued, threatened, and finally had her put in prison. Amongst the tortures she underwent was the cutting off of her breasts with pincers. After further dramatic confrontations with Quintianus, Agatha was then sentenced to be burnt at the stake, but an earthquake saved her from that fate; instead, she was sent to prison where she died in 253AD. Saint Apollonia of Alexandria was one of a group of virgin martyrs who suffered in Alexandria during a local uprising against the Christians prior to the persecution of Decius. According to legend, her torture included having all of her teeth violently pulled out or shattered. For this reason, she is popularly regarded as the patroness of dentistry and those suffering from toothache or other dental problems. The references in Myriam’s installation are clear.
Saint Dorothy of Casarea was a 4th-century virgin martyr who was executed at Caesarea Mazaca. Evidence for her actual historical existence is very sparse. She and Theophilus are mentioned in the Roman Martyrology as martyrs of Caesarea in Cappadocia, with a feast day on the 6th of February. She is thus officially recognized as a saint, but because there is scarcely any non-legendary knowledge about her, she is no longer (since 1969) included in the General Roman Calendar. Virgin and martyr, she suffered during the persecution of Diocletian, 6 February, 311, at Caesarea in Cappadocia. She was brought before the prefect Sapricius, tried, tortured, and sentenced to death. On her way to the place of execution the pagan lawyer Theophilus said to her in mockery: "Bride of Christ, send me some fruits from your bridegroom's garden." Before she was executed, she sent him, by a six-year-old boy, her headdress which was found to be filled with a heavenly fragrance of roses and fruits. Theophilus at once confessed himself a Christian, was put on the rack, and suffered death. This, the oldest known version of the legend is Aldhelm's De laudibus virginitatis, addressed to Abbess Hildelitha of the now largely ruined Barking Abbey (AD666) on Abbey Road, Barking in Essex, perhaps five minutes walk from the Laura I.Gallery where the installation is on display. Dorothea has come back home.
Gross-Mall’s Into the Museum is part of a new exhibition curated by gallery owner Laura Iosifescu and entitled "Codes of Faith". Over thirty artists are represented. Like Dick’s novels, each work takes a different approach to religion. “Works may be representative or narrative”, says Laura, “depicting personal beliefs.Laura sees the exhibition as the continuation of an evolving dialog between religion and art (and science) that has gone on for millennia.
The first exhibit you see on entering the gallery from Abbey Road, Give me the Child by Seamus Moran, is a large wooden crucifix adorned with Victorian style decoupage, in largely religious themes, affixed to which is a mousetrap with a Jelly Baby as bait. The inference is clear. The artist is questioning the baiting of children into religion. The exhibition is, as intended, a balance of such relatively strong statements, casual or historical observations and artwork exhibiting deeply held religious or spiritual beliefs. On the left is a large oil and acrylic work in a vivid Rastafarian colour scheme (with a smattering of blue) by Laura herself entitled Exploring the Frequencies of Essence. Next is the beautiful Saviour by Ivan Djijev, an iconographic Byzantine mosaic portrait of Jesus. Further on is Worry Beads by Lorraine Clarke. A long string of worry beads made of “symbolically rich human hair” hangs from a human hand protruding from a closable wooden box.
Further on into the Gallery are a series of oil or acrylic on canvas works with some mixed media representing or addressing various aspects of spirituality, faith, places of worship and believers, celebrating iconography and calligraphy (which are themselves codes of faith) and questioning the nature of reality. Particularly striking is Keith Loker’s My Mother’s Thoughts. This ink stippled portrait, maybe of the artist’s mother, reflected in a window, was created in the artist’s cell whilst he was waiting in Death Row in San Quentin prison. The mother is lost in thought, perhaps remembering how things used to be with her son. Both share a strong faith which help them to survive the situation and even have hope for the future.
This is Laura’s second exhibition at the gallery. The first showcased her own work. She is to be admired for envisaging and assembling this exhibition, single handedly commissioning, curating and displaying the works so soon after acquiring the premises, whilst continuing with her own work as an artist.
Quote of the day
"An artwork is a prophecy of possibilities"Laura Iosifescu