Author: Su McLaughlin

Lambeth Open – 7th & 8th Oct 2017

On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 2017, Artists and Makers will be exhibiting their work to the public via the Lambeth Open. And
The Portico Gallery will be hosting this fabulous event as the main venue in West Norwood.

And as a bonus, Sunday 8th October will also be FEAST day in West Norwood – so even more reason to visit to The Portico Gallery and discover the creative talents living and working in our neighbourhood.
Sat 7th and Sun 8th October – 10am-6pm
Admission FREE
Licensed bar


Charity Auction
As part of the Lambeth Open event at Portico we will be holding a charity auction.  We have invited a variety of local artists to produce a small artwork for sale in the auction to try and raise in excess of £800 for our local Mental Health Charity, Southside Rehabilitation Association (SRA).

Members of the public can bid for and buy a canvas(ses) of their choice and all proceeds will go to SRA.

As a continuum of inter-community support, SRA will be offering some of the funds raised from the auction towards our up-coming SHOWN/UNSHOWN exhibition.

SHOWN/UNSHOWN – will run from Fri 9th-Fri 16th October and will exhibit work produced by members of the community for their own therapeutic and personal artistic expression.


For more details of any of the above information, please contact
The Portico Gallery on 0208 761 7612 or email us at:

Shown/Unshown Art & Photography

An exhibition of local therapeutic art – plus photography by Sabine Thoele.

Fri 9th October – Private View from 3pm-9pm.
The exhibition runs until Fri 16th October inclusive (see viewing times below).

Therapeutic Art
The exhibition will show work by people who use art as part of their therapeutic expression.  Mental health centres, care homes and individuals are invited to contribute work which may not usually have an opportunity to be shown.

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Sabine Thoele photographic exhibition
Running alongside a collection of therapeutic art from a variety of organisations involved in mental well-being will be an exclusive exhibition of Sabine Thoele’s work….beautiful photography to mark the first anniversary of the West Norwood Tea Dance.


Exhibition viewing times:
Fri 9th Oct – Private View – 3pm to 9pm
Sat 10th Oct – 11am to 4pm.  There will then be a FEAST Film screening of Twin Peaks (PG) so the exhibition will open again from 7.30pm until 11pm closing time.
Sun 11th Oct -11am to 4pm
Mon 12th Oct – viewing by appt only – call 0208 761 7612.
Tues 13th, Weds 14th, Thurs 15th Oct – open from 11am to 3pm
Fri 16th Oct – open 7pm to 11pm.

(The final evening we will also hosting our first Ceilidh/Folk of the Wood evening since June – a hugely popular event – for tickets in advance you can visit or pay on the door.)

More information about Sabine Thoele:  Sabine’s background lies in Street Photography, capturing fleeting moments that can tell a whole story. Through her involvement as a dementia befriender, she became aware of the Tea Dance Project and has been documenting the event since its beginning in October 2014.
For more details contact:

Qi Gong – not currently available

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We are currently not holding Qi Gong classes at the Portico

Chi Gong exercises are callisthenic rather than aerobic, focusing on developing strength in the lower body and lightness and grace in the upper body. They are suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and are similar to Tai-chi without the need for years of training

£10 per session

Can’t Draw

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There are currently no classes planned for Can’t Draw.  If you would like to partake in a future Can’t Draw class please contact us via: or on 0208 761 7612.

Otherwise contact our tutor Chrissy Thirlaway on 07967018514  

Previous details about Can’t Draw classes:
Drawing – at your finger-tips Drawing is the fundamental skill for all fine art and the skills to draw accurately and realistically can be developed by everyone able to see well enough to drive and to write their name. The Can’t Draw course is structured and progressively develops and builds specific drawing skills, allowing students to draw accurately and realistically with fine motor control. I will be teaching the Can’t Draw! Course at The Portico Gallery in West Norwood on Saturday mornings over six weeks.  Dates starting February 2015 to be confirmed.  Details for classes below. What: A 30 hour radical drawing course specifically designed for adults who consider themselves beginners as well as artists wishing to develop their skills and creativity. When: Saturdays 9:30-3:00,  dates to follow asap Where: The Portico Gallery, 23a Knights Hill, West Norwood, SE27 0HS How much: £200 (£50 deposit to secure a place and £150 payable prior to start) I need the commitment of 10 students to run the course.  Places can be reserved by the payment of the deposit of £50 (refundable in full if enrolment does not meet minimum numbers). I will also be running a Taster Evening – dates to follow asap.  Once dates are confirmed and you’d like to come along, please book your place by email and pay the £10 fee using the details below. Bank details: C. THIRLAWAY.  60-05-34.  22284680.  Please put your name as reference. You can also find details on Does this answer your questions? Do get back with anything else you need to know. I look forward to your joining us. Best wishes Chrissy 07967018514  

The West Norwood Community Choir

West Norwood Community Choir

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A joyous union of hearts and voices, coming together each week in glorious harmony.  Taking on fun and easy melodies, as well as more extensive, complex works, the community choir is always welcoming new members. Developing one’s musicality and range of voice, or picking up a new hobby and meeting new people, all are welcome here!

West Norwood Community Choir meet every Thursday, from 7:30pm – 9:00pm, at the Portico Gallery (during term time).

Each session costs…..

Drop-in, turn up, get involved!

For more information, you can contact the Portico Gallery at or 0208 761 7612


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Picturehouse Cinema for West Norwood….

Picturehouse Cinemas and Lambeth Council present the proposal for a new joint public library and cinema on the site of Nettlefold Hall, West Norwood.

Please come along to our informal exhibition at The Portico Gallery, 23a Knights Hill, SE27 0HS
on Thurs 23 April, 6-9pm and Sat 25 April 9.30am-3.30pm

We are now working on the detail of the planning application, and we would love to share our ideas with you.  This joint venture is possibly the first of its kind in the country, and we look forward to seeing you on one of the dates above!

In the meantime, if you have any questions do email them to:

Twitter: @WestNorwoodPH
Facebook: /WestNorwoodPH

Postcards at Portico

POSTCARDWALL is excited to announce its second pop-up exhibition of 2015, plus the launch event of the Year of the Postcard.  365 postcards, one for every day of the year, will line the entrance, corridor and stairs to welcome visitors to The Portico Gallery, Knights Hall, 23a Knights Hill, West Norwood SE27 0HS until end of March. 

Tues-Thurs from 25th Feb to Tues 31st Mar 2015*

Private View: Fri 6th Mar from 6-9pm

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Sophie Hill, an Art Gallery project manager and founder and writer of POSTCARDWALL has been collecting exhibition postcards for ten years and her reasons for including the cards in her collection accompany each one.

The reasons are as fascinating as the cards themselves. Visitors will be able to pause for a moment of contemplation and inspiration at one or many postcards. Sophie grew up just down the road from The Portico Gallery. This exhibition marks an important journey for the postcards, symbolising the collection coming home.

Private view: The private view of Postcards at Portico on Friday March 6th, 6 – 9pm will celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Postcard. With all 365 postcards on exhibition for the first time, this event will mark the exciting year to come for POSTCARDWALL and its collection. On the 65th postcard of the postcard-a-day campaign, please join us to raise a glass just up the road from where it all began.

* Exhibition open Tues to Thurs 10am – 4pm, during events or by appointment.  Contact us to ensure the gallery is manned at the time you want to visit – 0208 761 7612.

Read more about the year of the postcard at


Chinese Culture Hour

We will be hosting a Chinese cultural workshop on Weds 11th March, straight after our Tea Dance.

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A captivating and interactive hour of fun where you can get an intro to Mahjong and celebrate Chinese New Year! Learn  how to say “Happy New Year” in Mandarin and find out what the new Year of the Sheep has in store for us all.

4.30-5.30pm – Weds 11th March.  Suggested donation only – £3.00.

Dulwich Open – Sat&Sun 9th/10th and 16th/17th May

Come and be inspired at The Portico Gallery.  As part of the Dulwich Festival, we are proud to be hosting the Dulwich Open House over both weekends,  Sat 9th/Sun 10th May and  Sat 16th/Sun 17th May.

The Portico Gallery has welcomed artists of all disciplines to exhibit for the past 4 years and 2015 is no exception.  Local artists will be displaying and selling their work in the awesome space that is The Portico Gallery.  Painters, print makers, sculptors will each put their talent on show for your pleasure.  So come and be inspired.

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Felix Price                                                     Mary Thomas
Two of the artists presenting their work here during The Portico Gallery’s Dulwich Open House – don’t miss it.

The Gallery will be open on each of the four days from 11am until 6pm.  There will be a café bar and plenty to see for all the family.

Email or call 0208 761 7612 to request further information.  Alternatively you can get in touch via our Contact Us page.