Exhibitions Archive

Walking to Herne Hill
Walking to Herne Hill

London: Places & Spaces

An exhibition of work by Liz Bennett

Exhibition dates: Saturday 3 June – Sunday 9 July 2017

Private View: Saturday 3 June 2017, 5.30- 8.30pm

Exhibition Opening Times: Thursday & Friday 10-4pm, other times by arrangement

Closing Party: Sunday 9 July, 3.00- 6.00pm

Liz Bennett has lived and worked in London all her life, and her prints celebrate familiar South London streets, favourite corners of buildings and museums, and the changing Thames skyline. Liz's most recent work explores the shapes and mysterious presence of the 'dolphins' on the River Thames- the moorings and inlets of the river where boats are held. The prints demonstrate the extraordinary range of marks possible in linocut- and the works in this exhibition show how Liz has developed a personal language to describe the sky, the pattern of bricks of a Brixton pub wall, or ripples on the Thames. Asked how and where she chooses what to draw, Liz explains that her inspiration comes from the familiar, that it must be something she knows well. To the viewer, her slightly unusual viewpoints present these places and spaces in new ways. The Dolphin and Moorings series include unique hand- coloured elements making each print completely different.

Private View: Friday 20 April, 6.00- 8.00pm

Closing Party: Saturday 12 May 2018, 3.00- 5.00pm

Exhibition continues to Saturday 12 May 2018, Thursday & Friday 10.00- 4.00pm and other times by arrangement.

Last Friday Talk: Lee Johnson will explore and discuss landscape and memory in relation to the exhibition, 7.00-8.30pm.

The Other Side of Paradise explores the notion of identity through the slowly vanishing folklore and carnival characters of Trinidad and Tobago. In Lee Johnson’s prints, two dimensions of the Caribbean mind are divided - and well removed from the tourist’s blue skies and sunny seas.

Caribbean folklore features strange and fantastical creatures – nightmares really – that inhabit the dense, wet forests of the land. For in much of the Caribbean, so unlike the tamed English countryside, the forests remain a sort of terra incognita. Who would want to go there (or escape there, if you were a slave in search of refuge) and brave the “vague horror/ Inside the unchristened bush”, Derek Walcott. You might run into the “mama glow”, the mother of waters: a creature half woman, half serpent, that snakes herself into the mangroves; be wary of the “Lagahoo”, a chained, headless man who can morph into a werewolf and who wanders the dark, burdened with a coffin on his shoulders; or you might find yourself face-to-face with the faceless “douennes”: undead babies, sweet cherubs that lure children into places from where there is no escape.

These fantasies – a mash-up of African Shango myths and French Catholic dread – haunt the forests of the land, and the forests of the mind.

Johnson’s images explore these forest spaces through intricately cut pattern, and negative and positive space. He says that in making the recent linocuts the technique has helped reveal their real subject matter, and contributed to the dark and complex narrative spaces of the images, that the action of carving and gouging the white spaces became the way into these dark places.

In the Carnival Characters series, Johnson reflects on extraordinary characters that, until recently, wandered the crowded streets during the two days of Carnival. He remains convinced that they were intended to terrify children and remembers that he lived in fear of them as a child. Dressed in costumes derived from traditional European harlequins and Elizabethan morality plays, they are like the jesters and demons of early English theatre. But they were not jesters. They were devils.

Here was another expression of Caribbean syncretism, where the French "diable" was co-opted into the Shango masquerade of local devils: the jab jabs and jab molassies and la jablesses. And when they weren’t direct expressions of the devil, they were bats, in this unique version of hellfire, flagellation and bacchanal.

And all put to a steel-band beat…

“But somewhere in that whirlwind’s radiance A child, rigged like a bat, collapses sobbing” Derek Walcott

Grotesques, Sophie Le Bourva

Dates: Friday 3 July- Wednesday 30 September

Opening Times: Thur & Fri, 10- 4pm, or by arrangement

SLAUGHTERHAUS Print Studio member Sophie Le Bourva exhibits her Grotesques series at the studio until the end of September. The prints in this series are influenced by Sophie's scientific education and her extensive travels- they demonstrate her command of printmaking technique, with examples of collograph and etched lino, with surprising results.

An exhibition of prints by Laura Bianchi, Natalia Gonzales Martin & Matthew Young

Private View: Thursday 28 June 2018, 7.00- 9.00pm

Exhibition continues to Saturday 7 July 2018. Opening times: Friday 29 June, Thursday 4 & 5 July, 10.00- 4.00pm, Saturday 7 July 10.00- 4.00pm and other times by arrangement.

Rock, Paper, Scissors explores the work of three up and coming artist printmakers who work at SLAUGHTERHAUS Print Studio.

Laura Bianchi's practice springs from a personal and intimate narrative, in which the relation to the medium is as important as the references she draws upon.The human figure is a recurring subject of the research and practice. Laura's approach to the body is often sentimental, focussing upon aspects concerning mortality and fragility, with a nostalgic look. Laura is inspired by a multitude of sources - readings, images, daily life - which come to inhabit the imagination prior to becoming new visual narratives. Allegory – understood as a non-literal form – has always been a valuable source in her research. Through the work, she strives to evoke rather than to describe. Drawing, at the core of her practice, allows Laura to develop her work fluidly, mark after mark, in a repeated initiation, staged within the arena of the paper.

Natalia Gonzalez Martin’s multi-disciplinary practice questions the assumptions of mankind’s physical history through the examination of found artefacts. Working from objects in museums and more recently, photographs found online, Gonzalez Martin’s installations, paintings and works on paper distort the vessels, rocks and figurative sculptures that she has studied so that – in her words – ‘you can barely tell where they came from’. Born in Spain, Gonzalez Martin now lives and works in London.

For Matthew Young the opposition between grease and water is a simple starting point to examine the incredible complexity of the world. The sometimes mysterious nature of lithography has opened up a new world of exploration and kinship into mark making that was beyond his imagination. Embedded in the stone is the memory of decisions made that have led to this point. Then something emerges from the wreckage, when cold hard stone turns to water. This is when something comes together that couldn’t be arrived at any other way or by any other means.

Laura Bianchi and Natalia Gonzales Martin are current SLAUGHTERHAUS Print Prize Winners. The SLAUGHTERHAUS Print Prize is chosen by SLAUGHTERHAUS director Michelle Avison and other members of the studio each year at the MA and BA degree shows at Camberwell College of Art and City & Guilds School of Art. It allows the chosen artist access to the studio, presses and equipment for one year, and to benefit from support, technical advice and mentoring opportunities. Previous prizewinners include Saori Parry, Louise Pallister and Inma Berrocal.

Michelle Avison, Sarah Gillett, Sophie Le Bourva, Claire Willberg

Contemporary Art in Editions Fair
Hosted by Christies

LONDON, 16-18 OCTOBER 2015

Multiplied is the UK’s only fair devoted exclusively to contemporary art in editions. Hosted annually by Christie’s South Kensington it takes place during Frieze week and offers a rich programme of talks and workshops for art lovers and connoisseurs alike. The fair encompasses prints, digital art, 3D multiples, artist’s books and photographs, reflecting the whole spectrum of contemporary publishing. With exhibitors ranging from established galleries representing high-profile artists to start-up spaces and artists’ collectives, Multiplied offers an exclusive opportunity to both art lovers beginning a new collection and more established collectors looking for something unique.

PUBLIC VIEWING Oct 16, 9am – 7pm
Oct 17, 11am – 7pm
Oct 18, 11am – 6pm

Admission to Multiplied is free.

VISITING THE FAIR Situated in the heart of London, Multiplied is easily accessible from all the major galleries in Mayfair as well as Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park.

FAIR LOCATION Christie’s South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3LD

HOW TO GET HERE By tube: South Kensington
By bus: 74, 414, 14, 345, C1

Annual Studio Exhibition

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

Opening Party: Friday 5 October 2018

Open Studio Weekend Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 October 2018, 10.00- 6.00pm. Exhibition continues to Friday 26 October, Thursday & Friday 10.00- 4.00pm and other times by arrangement.

The 2018 Annual Studio Exhibition includes a number of invited artists, chosen by the studio members.

Exhibitors include: Michelle Avison, Liz Bennett, Grania Hayes, Alex Le Fevre, Livi Mills, Sarah Praill, Virginia Powell, Tristram Powell, Claire Willberg.


PV: Friday 2 October 2015, 6.30 -8.30pm

Dates: Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 October 2015, 10-6pm

Opening Times: Thursdays & Fridays 10-4pm, other times by arrangement

This year, we will be celebrating five years at SLAUGHTERHAUS with an exhibition of studio members and invited artists’ work on the theme SLAUGHTERHAUS 5.

We hope you can join us for the Private View- everyone welcome- or over the weekend, when you can talk to artists and join in with a print workshop. Watch this space for more details nearer the time.


PV: Thursday 10 March, 2016, 6.30 -8.30pm

Closing party Sunday 24 April, 3.00 -6.00pm

Dates: Friday 11 March- Sunday 24 April, 2016

Opening Times: Thursdays & Fridays 10-4pm, other times by arrangement

Local artist Virginia Powell has a love of food, of people, and the places where the two come together. Documenting the life of cafes, shops and special places around Stockwell and Brixton, Powell's work is becoming an important record of change, as small local businesses struggle to survive. Working in stone lithography, itself a dying craft, Virginia Powell explores notions of community, work and the craft of making things. Her acute, but affectionate drawings are a joyful record of her local special places.

A One Day Stone Lithography Workshop will take place on Saturday 23 April to accompany the exhibition. More information here http://www.slaughterhaus.net/index.php/courses/115-article-template-2.

You can see more of Virginia's work from the exhibition and read more about what motivates her on the Vauxhall History web site

Paper Cuts, Elizabeth Eger

Dates: Friday 27 November- Sunday 31 January 2016

Opening Times: Thursdays & Fridays 10-4pm, other times by arrangement

Elizabeth Eger makes paper cut works that explore vibrant colour combinations and geometric pattern. We are very pleased to show Elizabeth's own work alongside the next Last Friday Talk on Friday 27 November, when Elizabeth will discuss the paper-cuts of 18th Century artist/ botanist Mary Delany.

All work will be for sale.