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Wednesday 18th April, 7.00pm for 7:15 start


Our next film night will feature excerpts from two documentary films directed by Tristram Powell. Tristram will be introducing the evening along with the renowned art critic Bill Feaver, who also worked with him on I Build My Time.

Marcel Duchamp
Marcel Duchamp
Kurt Schwitters
Kurt Schwitters
at a previous Film Night event
Tristram Powell & Bill Feaver

Rebel Readymade (1966) - Features an interview with Marcel Duchamp and a preview of his exhibition at the Tate in 1966.

This BBC documentary about Marcel Duchamp was made in 1966, two years before Duchamp died. It coincided with the first major exhibition of his work in Europe. You have only to look him up on youtube to see how influential his ideas still are. Damien Hirst and the YBAs, installation art, in fact any contemporary art where the ideas are more important than what Duchamp called the “ retinal appeal” of painted art- he was there first. It’s all in the film, as is his abiding love of chess, which is a strategic battle between two minds, as well as having what he calls its own “ kinetic beauty”.

I Build My Time (1975) - Looks at the work of Kurt Schwitters with particular emphasis on his later period in Cumbria.

This film was also made for BBC-TV. The story is told by William Feaver, who, whilst living in Newcastle, got to know in detail about Schwitters’s wartime exile from Germany, his detention on the Isle of Man as an enemy alien and his final years in the Lake-District. Schwitters already had a reputation as a Dadaist and an inventor of new, and often playful, artistic projects. Like Duchamp he is an acknowledged influence on many contemporary artists, though when he died, in 1948, he was largely forgotten or dismissed. With the help of his nurse and companion Edith Thomas, “ Wantee”, William Feaver rediscovers his strange time in exile and how he made art from it.


Tristram Powell has had an extensive career making BBC arts documentaries. He worked with Melvyn Bragg in the early 70s, persuading many writers unfamiliar with TV to appear on BBC2. He also developed a number of drama docs on lesser known writers, such as Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Nadine Gordimer and Malcolm Lowry. His documentary on the Hollywood Blacklist was the first serious television analysis of the subject and included an interview with Arthur Miller. His feature film American Friends starred and was co-written with Michael Palin.

(His work is feature here -

Bill Feaver is a British art critic, curator, artist and lecturer. From 1975–1998 he was the chief art critic of the Observer, and from 1994 a visiting professor at Nottingham Trent University. His book The Pitmen Painters inspired the play of the same name by Lee Hall. While at Newcastle, Feaver became the art critic of the Newcastle Journal before being appointed successively to the Listener (1971-75) and the Financial Times (1974-75) before being joining the Observer. He won the Art Critic of the Year award in 1983.

(from Wikipedia - here)



Friday 27 April, 2018, 19.00- 20.30pm


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Join artist Lee Johnson to hear about the inspiration behind his exhibition, The Other Side of Paradise, which explores both his Caribbean heritage as well as the universality of the myths and creatures that shape the region’s folklore and carnivals. There will be an opportunity to look at the work together, and to ask questions about it in this informal discussion.

Female factory worker from the film "Listen to Britain"

This event is now SOLD OUT


Wednesday 8th November, 7.00pm for 7:15 start

Scenes from the great documentaries of the 30's and 40's which explore the British character at work and play, in war and peace, and attitudes to class and colonialism.

We go from pastoral craft skills to the huge changes created by the industrialisation of Britain, seen through the eyes of socially committed film makers in the period before television. We look at the finest of these documentarians- Humphrey Jennings, whose poetic vision is shown in unforgettably photographed films set during WW2 in London. We also look at Jill Craigie's classic documentary “ Out of Chaos”, which records the role of the arts in wartime.

Film and television director Tristram Powell and Tanya Harrod, who lectures on crafts in Britain and their relation to film, will talk about the films and answer questions.


Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November 2017, 12-6pm

Come and find well priced cards, small prints and artworks, printers proofs and other Christmas friendly art at our Winter Sale. There will be mulled wine, mince pies- I think I've seen those in the supermarket already (!) and drop in workshops on both Saturday and Sunday.

RKOs First Blockbuster Musical

7th June, 7pm for 7.15pm start

Tickets £12 to include a glass of win or soft drink

Our next Film Night will be a guided tour through the RKO Film Studios of the thirties, forties and fifties.

Featuring interviews and clips from the great movies of iconic stars such as: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Robert Mitchum, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Russell, Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles and others.

We also go behind the scenes and talk to the directors, choreographers and designers, who describe the artistic challenges of an earlier period of cinema, when technology was less sophisticated, but there was freedom to imagine and to invent and try out new kinds of movie-making. Plus all the headaches and pressures of a hard-nosed commercial industry with a wary eye on the bottom line. Often hard to second-guess audience response. Terrible flops could follow huge hits. It’s a roller-coaster ride.

The evening will be presented by Rosemary Wilton and Charles Chabot who spent three years making The RKO Story for BBC-TV.

This event is now sold out


Wednesday 29 November 2017, 19.00- 21.00pm

Cost: £6 includes a glass of mulled wine.

An evening of performance, storytelling and discussion bringing together three artists and poets working at the intersection of art and language. Sarah Gillett, Sophie Herxheimer and Chris McCabe each present a recent body of work, followed by a participatory conversation drawing together common threads across their practices including history, collage and wordplay.

Sarah Gillett

The Case of the Gold Ring 2017 (25 mins)

Epic story of doomed romance, blind boxing, moon mining, meteorite bombardment, dark matter and interstellar collisions told through the life of a precious gold ring.

Chris McCabe

Reading from his poetry collage book The Affairs of Dylan.

Sophie Herxheimer

Reading from her recent book Velkom to Inklandt (Short Books, 2017)

‘A pitch perfect labour of love, uplifting, funny, heartbreaking - a one-off’ Kate Kellaway, the Observer.

Sophie will also show Your Candle Accompanies the Sun, a book of collage poems made in ghost collaboration with Emily Dickinson and in living collaboration with Henningham Family Press

Introduction to the artists and poets

Sarah Gillett is a visual artist and writer investigating the life of things across space and time. Shaky cardboard monuments, exploded tapestry landscapes and collaged performances play with scale, material and the structures of story-making. Sarah is an artist with the Laboratory of Dark Matters, a creative conversation between particle astrophysicists and artists driven by a shared curiosity of the unknown.

Chris McCabe has published four poetry collections and recorded a CD with the Poetry Archive. He was shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award in 2013 for his collaborative book with Maria Vlotides, Pharmapoetica. With Victoria Bean he is the co-editor of The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayward Publishing, 2015). He blogs at

Sophie Herxheimer is an artist and poet. She’s held many residencies including for for the Southbank Centre, The National Maritime Museum and Transport for London. Exhibitions include The Whitworth, The Poetry Library and The National Portrait Gallery. She has illustrated five fairy tale collections, made several artists’ books, and narrated an episode of BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme from her Pie Days project in Margate. Her poems have been widely published. She won first prize in the Poetry Book Fair Competition. Her new book Velkom to Inklandt is Poetry Book of the Month in the Guardian/Observer. Sophie teaches and collaborates extensively.

Books by Sophie, Sarah and Chris will be available for sale on the evening.

Tristram Powell with Michael Palin (Photo: Mark Williamson)

The_film_clips shown on the night can be found on
Youtube: HERE. Most of the films are available in full on Youtube by searching "Michael Palin" + Andrew Wyeth, Vilhelm Hammershoi, Anne Redpath, The Scottish Colourists or the Cone Sisters.

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October 2017, 10.00- 6.00pm as part of Lambeth Open

Opening Party: Saturday 7 October 2017

Exhibition continues to Friday 27 October, Thursday & Friday 10.00- 4.00pm and other times by arrangement.

For our 6th Annual Open Studio exhibition, we have chosen the theme No Boundaries.

Inspired by the news, the desire to remain open to ideas and new connections, and and in keeping with the ethos of SLAUGHTERHAUS- to explore and expand print, each exhibiting member has invited another artist writer or musician to join our Annual Exhibition and celebrate making and creating. This show serves as a reminder of arts capacity to open up horizons of possibility beyond the commodified given, in a world that is increasingly homogenised.

Michael Pallin
Michael Palin
Thursday 16 February. Doors open 6.30pm. Film starts 7pm

Michael Palin will be talking to Tristram Powell about his enthusiasm for painting with extracts from the six documentaries he has made for BBC-2 over the years..

The subjects are all totally different: a great female painter of the Renaissance, an iconic 20th century American artist and his family, two adventurous sisters, heirs to a cotton fortune, who collected Matisse long before he was famous, a Danish painter of enigmatic interiors, the Scottish Colourists, who brought vibrant Impressionist colour North of the border, and another Scottish artist with a gift for transforming the simplest of objects into art.

Beautifully directed by Eleanor Yule, and produced by Mhairi McNeill, with fine camerawork from Alexander D’Alessandro, these films are quiet gems of observation, which illustrate Michael’s fascination with the artists, their work and the texture of their lives. .

David Jones
David Jones

Film Night


Thursday 28 July 2016

7.00pm for a 7.15pm start

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David Jones’s work was in the tradition of William Blake. He is a visionary artist of fragile watercolours and oils, a maker of copper engravings, drypoints and highly personal inscriptions. He was a scholar and lover of the ancient history of Wales. As a young man his nerves were shattered in the trenches of France in the Great War. He was a pupil of Eric Gill so the sacred and the craft of making are central to his work. Paul Hills, Emeritus Professor of Art at the Courtauld, curated the recent groundbreaking exhibition of Jones’s work at Pallant House, Chichester. He has studied David Jones for many years and will introduce his work. Tristram Powell will show his film-interview with David Jones made in 1965, a few years before he died. It’s a moving testament from an artist who struggled to combine the spiritual and the modern in his work. This will be a unique evening, a chance to discover or rediscover an unfairly neglected painter and printmaker of genius. THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. Our next Film Night will be Van Gogh on Thursday 27 October.

Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gough

Film Night

VAN GOGH, Lust for Life with Tristram Powell and Martin Gayford

Thursday 27 October 2016

7.00pm for a 7.15pm start

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There are not many print studios that can boast of being just round the corner from the house where Van Gogh lived. So, we have to take advantage of that and with our next film night we will show edited highlights from the film, Lust for Life with Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh! With Martin Gayford, writer of The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles, and film director Tristram Powell.

Friday 27 November, 7.00- 9.00pm


‘Bliss Botanic’: Mary Delany’s art of paper mosaic

Cactus grandiflorus or Melon thistle, 1778. Collage of coloured papers, with water colour on black ink background. Height: 345 mm Width: 242mm

Courtesy of the British Museum

Mary Delany (1700 to 1788) was exceptionally talented in the standard female accomplishments of her time, including needle-work and letter writing. Her vivid correspondence provides reference to the central cultural movements and characters of her day, including George Handel, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson, Fanny Burney and Elizabeth Montagu. Today, Delany is remembered foremost for her astonishing invention, at the age of 72, of ‘mosaic’ or cut paper flowers. Using a range of specialist and coloured papers, she would cut the parts of the flowers she observed, freehand, then place them upon pitch black paper to make bold images that have the character of both science and art. She used the Linnaean system of classifying plants according to their sexual parts; her scientific contemporaries, including Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, relied upon her work as a point of reference. While each image is botanically accurate, it is also a work of design and aesthetic invention, a visual performance that exists in a dimension of its own.

Elizabeth Eger is Reader in English Literature at King’s College London and a paper-cutter.

Ashington Miners
Ashington Miners

Thursday 17 March 2016

7.00- 8.30pm

Cost: £ 10, includes a glass of wine/ soft drink.

Join us for the first meeting of the SLAUGHTERHAUS Film Club. Tristram Powell, director of TV documentaries and dramas, will introduce the art critic William Feaver and their short film about the Ashington Miners’ Art Club , which later became the highly successful stage show “The Pitmen Painters”. There will be a Q and A afterwards and also suggestions for further evenings based around art, film and video. To book a ticket please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michelle Avison
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Lucy Annan's woodcut, Stockwell 3

17-20 November 2016

Artist from Slaughterhaus will be exhibiting and offering their work for sale at this year's Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. The event, which is the largest of its kind in the UK, will feature the work of studio members Lucy Annan, Michelle Avison, Sophie Le Bourva, Jane Joseph, Emmanuelle Loiselle, Amy Mordan, Saori Parry and Claire Willberg.

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