SLAUGHTERHAUS run a series of studio events throughout the year - including artists’ talks, exhibitions, open studio weekends and community workshops. Each year, we choose a theme, and this gives a focus to our talks and Taster Classes. Over the last year we looked at and discussed how artists have used plants and nature as inspiration for their work. Events included:

  • a talk on the Banks’ Florilegium engravings, with the opportunity to see a large number of the original engravings, and to question master printer Gordon W. Robertson about his role reprinting them in the 1980’s

  • studio members Sophie Le Bourva, Blaze Cyan and Sarah Gillett’s informative and in-depth presentations of their work and the place of nature as inspiration

    From September our theme is Paper. The first Last Friday Talk in the Autumn series forges a link between our previous talks, as it examines the life and work of Mary Delany, who was a contemporary of Joseph Banks and made botanically correct and incredibly beautiful paper cuts.


    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.

    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.

    Our very successful Last Friday Talks take place bi-monthly on the Last Friday of the month. Details will be posted here as soon as they are available.

    Four SLAUGHTERHAUS artists will be showing work at this year's Multiplied Art Fair. Preview and more information here.

    Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 November 2015

    12.00- 6.00pm

    Join us for another opportunity to see prints by the four MULTIPLIED artists, Michelle Avison, Sarah Gillett, Sophie Le Bourva and Claire Willberg, plus reasonably priced prints and proofs at Christmas gift friendly prices by SLAUGHTERHAUS studio members. Print editions, printing proofs, drawings, photographs, paintings and artists' books for sale, plus mulled wine and mince pies. Come and browse whilst the kids make a pop up christmas card, and find the perfect present.