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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.

Unshown main pic


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:

City of The Living Dead film screening

On the Thursday the 18th of this month (December) we have let our resident artist loose with a film of his choosing. Unfortunately he seems to have chosen some obscure Italian ‘Video Nasty’ entitled “City Of The Living Dead“. This is the first in the great Lucio Fulci trilogy known as ‘The Gates of Hell’ trilogy.


Words from our resident artist, Doomtube:

“Hello there, this film really should add a bit of a spooky strange atmosphere to your festive period. I first came across it around the age of 12ish, although for years was unaware of quite what I’d seen. I spent the  summer holidays with my cousins who were a few years older than me and the local video rental shop was a regular haunt.  This was the mid 80s, a time of the tabloid witch hunt against all things ‘Video Nasty’. A time when the only way you picked a film to watch was judging it by the lurid cover. We watched a lot of films. I remember specifically Mad Max by title and also The Exorcist . To be honest I do not recall titles of many others, however I do remember specific scenes. This film, very early on contains one such scene. Now I’ll not spoil it for you but the scene does involve a priest and a tree.

I’ve always been drawn to horror. Horror films, horror novels, horror comics, anything horror really… but for years many of those films I saw those summers eluded me. The internet didn’t really exist and I had more important things to do in my teens than trawl dusty comic shops for horror fanzines gathering info on films that I couldn’t watch because  the ‘1984 Video Recordings act’ banned or cut heavily them. It was indeed not until my mid 20s, when I returned to formal education, that my horror film passion was rekindled and I took up the search again for these strange non-Hollywood masterpieces.

Finding ‘The City of The Living Dead’ was an accident. I saw ‘The Beyond‘ first, and researching the director I discovered that film was the second in a trilogy, the first being the film to be screened on the 18th. I watched it and nearly fell off my chair as I realised I’d stumbled aross the obscure film I’d seen as a small innocent child!

I’ll not say anything more about the film here, come watch it to learn about the director, his expulsion from Italy for pissing off the Catholic church, the whole Video Nasty hysteria of the early 80s… you’ll love it. Some of the ‘Centre for Ritual Occult Studies’ extremely strange films known as ‘Video Thought Transmissions’, will also be shown.NOTE: The C.R.O.S Short films contain strobing effects.

So along with all the other festive events occurring here and the Folk of The Wood on the following day it’s shaping up to be a fantastic Festive season here.

Do be aware this film is shocking – both script and acting as well as the gore. It will be a truly wicked alternative festive event.

CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD - silverferox design (13)


Music Hall & Illusion Emporium

On the 14th of December 2014, the fantastical Music Hall returns to the Portico.

NEWS: This event is sponsored by the fantastic people at the Great North Wood,  who are offering a special Music Hall pre-theatre set menu on the night – 2 courses for £12.50. To book a table call the Great North Wood on 0208 766 0351 and quote “Portico Music Hall”.




Ladies and Gentlemen, Ladles and Gravyboats!!

Your own, your very own winter Music Hall is coming, Sunday 14th December – and it will be our biggest extravaganza yet! There will be music, there will be magic, and look, it’s behind you! There will be madcap comedy galore. Silver Bells are summoning Music Hall spirits of the Great Northern Wood, so be prepared for hi jinks, mischief and seasonal merry making – with Edwardian spirits of the bottled variety at hand.

Mssrs Price & Pinn, F. Snowdrop & Company

Prepare for magic, mystery and mayhem! What we do know though is that it is sure to be a magical evening crammed with West end stars and singing sensations.

music hall TGNW

Tea Dance Returns

Christmas Tea Dance 10th December

Featuring live music from:

The Portico Singers

The South London Songbirds

The Piano Man


Seated dancing session


Christmas song singalong

On the 10th of October the Portico gallery in association with Just Sing hosted an Intergenerational Tea Dance aimed at uniting our elderly population of West Norwood and surrounding areas with some younger contemporaries with a focus on it being a Dementia Friendly Event.

We had lots of delicious cake, some stunning dancing, and live music performed by associates of the gallery. It was run entirely by volunteers who felt that an event like this was needed locally. We hope to run one monthly starting in January.

Our next Tea Dance has been awarded funding from AGE UK as part of their Warm and Well Scheme! This means we can provide TWO minibuses to collect people and take them home afterwards. We …will also have representatives from Age UK and other local services to advise our elderly population on ways to stay Warm and keep Well throughout the winter months.

Also do have a read of this fantastic report

Film Double Bill

So the 13th of December is looking like a rather grand day in West Norwood isn’t it!

First off here at the gallery we the Feast Film Nights will be screening an afternoon film, Elf, a comic masterpiece for all the family! Indeed kids get in for a pound…if they is on the floor! Then in the evening we will see the Winter lights event down at Saint Lukes… but that is not the end! Indeed after this special evening display we have a screening of BAD SANTA … and all this is for you. You lucky lucky people!

So do come along and watch films with the children in the afternoon then watch a film without the kids and have a christmas drink….






Mambista – Jan 2015

Friday 23rd of January 2015

It’s this Friday! Hurry and get your ticket, they are going fast!

We’re up and running! Thanks to one and all for coming out for the launch night of Mambista – we really enjoyed it and it looked as though everyone else did too.
Tell your friends, family and neighbours; we’re back on the fourth Friday of November – the 28th – with live South African Jazz, by way of East Dulwich, courtesy of Adam Glasser Quartet; and the evening kicks off with our salsa dance class led by Newton Brown (aka, The Bomb) at 7.
The fourth Friday in December falls on Boxing Day so we won’t be around as most people have other – if not better – things to do, but we’ll be back on 23 January 2015!!! with your post-Xmas, pre-Brazil Carnaval, Samba and Pagode Party featuring Grupo So Kem Eh. Caipirinhas at the ready!
Doors: 19.00-23.00
Salsa class: 19.00-20.00. £7 (includes free club entry)
Mambista in session: 20.00-23.00
Fantastic Food, bodacious bar and all round niceness guaranteed
Entrance: £7 on the night
Advance tickets: £5  CLICK HERE TO GO BUY THEM! 
Info: 020 8761 7612
FB: Mambista
Twitter: Mambista1
NB. The week before us our friends at Folk of the Wood are back at the Portico Gallery for their regular 3rd Friday of the month session on November 21st with the Pirate Ceilidh special featuring The Salts, the Sea Shanty Choir and Ceilidh Tree live and guest Pirate caller, Louise Wells. For more info/tickets: Do-si-do your partner!

more info to follow….here is the poster… BUY TICKETS HERE or click the TICKET button at the top of the screen.unnamed

Christmas Ceilidh

Friday 19th December is going to be so festive you will be inclined to dance your socks off!

Folk of the Wood return for their final Ceilidh of 2014 and we are sure if the last one was anything to go by this thing will raise the roof…

Maz O’connor plays, she’s a rising star in the folk world and has had nothing but outstanding reviews from the likes of the Guardian, Q magazine and The Independent. A big big name on the folk scene.

The Northwood Morris will be with us to perform their wondrous dancings!

There will be food by the great people down at Beamish and McGlue, mulled wine, carols and many festive surprises.

Get your tickets from FOLK OF THE WOOD website NOW! … the last one sold out weeks before the event so do buy them soon to avoid missing out on this ‘riotous’ Ceildh, we think it is the best in London, but then we are a little biased…

Folk Of The Wood December 2014