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Ceilidh night 21st November


Our next Ceilidh put on by ‘Folk of the Woods‘ will occur on the eve of Friday 21st November.

You know the score by now, and if you don’t you should come and find out the score as the score is that it is a truly fantastic family occasion! (doe’s that all make sense?)

But yes, local food, local beer, amazing music and a guaranteed  amazing night out.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

Pirate Ceilidh November web

Bazaar & Resident Artist event

This weekend sees the return of our Bazaar that coincides with the West Norwood Feast.

If you would like a stall please contact us via on 0208761 7612.

If you have never been to a Baazar before then you are in for a treat. We have local makers and creators selling all kinds of interesting gift ideas. In the past we’ve had writers, chocolates, mexican tin toys, cushions, paintings, prints, pottery and much more!


As well as the Stalls our artist in residence, Doomtube, (a.k.a Phil Beeken) to concede with Samhain/all saints day/Halloween/Winter Nights/Thesmophoria etc  will open The ongoing art installation project ‘The Centre For Ritual Occult Studies’ to the public. This acclaimed installation will feature new film works as well as a few extras.


So this weekend at the Gallery looks to be shaping up to a good couple of days..

what are you doing for halloween? 


Fabulous Portico Bazaar
Sunday 2nd November
All things Christmassy
Not to be missed
Something for all the family.
The bazaars are open on the same day as West Norwood’s fabulous Feast,
so there are bound to be lots of people in the town and lots of visitors to
the bazaar.
Come early to grab the best.
The Portico Gallery bazaars are Indoors, warm, dry, comfortable and with plenty of room for everyone.
This bazaar there will be live piano music.

Come along on Sunday between 10am and 4pm and join the fun.

Gifts and treats
Something for everyone.
From original artworks and prints to jewellery, sweet treats and toys.

Lots of ambience
Warm and inviting:
Lots to see, lots to buy. Music, refreshments and entertainment.

Folk of the Wood

Friday 17th October Here with us…

October’s ceilidh event is set to be a corker as we’ll be welcoming back americana band No Coward Soul starring Alaskan frontman Brad Schmauss and showcasing legendary morris dance side Northwood Morris.

There will also be three lively ceilidh dancing sets courtesy of fab folk dance band Ceilidh Tree with blazing fiddles, melodeon, foot stomping scottish and irish folk tunes for dancing and our masterful caller to show you the moves – details at

Support comes from youth folk troupe the Green Ravens and there’ll be a fully licensed bar with craft ale, scrumpy, wine, and, we’re excited to announce fab local deli Beamish & McGlue will be laying on a mix of delicious vege, meat and gluten free soup, stews and cakes!

Full details and tickets at Earlybird tickets before 12th October – £6 adults, £4 concession, £3 under 12s then £7 / £4.50 and £8 / £5 on the door.

The Dude abides


Portico Picture Palace in conjunction with Feast Film nights will screen the stone cold classic that is “The Big Lebowski”.

£4 on the door.

(possible reduction if you wear fancy dress-depending on how good it is.)

Doors open 7:30pm


White Russians. Dressing gowns. Bowling. Toes. Nihilists. Rugs…. need we say more?


Well we will, but a bit closer to to the time. Do though, watch this space for more information on an entire season of bi-weekly screenings here with us in conjunction with West Norwood Feast

We now have a fully licensed bar that will be serving the famous ‘white russian’ throughout the evening, as well as cinema style snacks. Fancy dress? -of course yes! and there may even be a Lebowski themed prize for best fancy dressed Dude, or Dudess. We are pretty excited about this one so get down here for a fantastic night and watch a great film on the big screen!


A Big Thank you!

Just a quick post. Thank you all for coming to our hosting of the Lambeth Open here over the weekend. You made it truly a fantastic event.

We will update here, more details of the Charity Auction as we get them.

If you bought art thank you. If you showed art, thank you even more, we could not do it with out you!

Please do feel free to leave any comments you have on  the event below.

We have a busy month ahead, so do check back here for info on:

Film screenings,

Tea dances,

Music Hall events,

Folk nights,

And of course our new  Mambista night hosted by: DJ: Gerry Lyseight
(Mambo Inn, Mango Landin’, Planet Mambo / BBC London 94.9)
Spinning a superior selection of Latin, African and Jazz from far and wide.


Picture kindly provided by  @WISE16 from the twitter world…






Lambeth Open 2014



The Portico Gallery is hosting many local artists for the Lambeth Open Studios event on the 4th and 5th of October. Below are details of some of the artists that will be showing with us over the 4th and 5th October.


To read/download the Press Release for the Lambeth Open click this link  



PHIL BEEKEN After graduating from Fine Art Printmaking at the Royal College of Art, Phil embarked on an extended period of research into the occult. This research now manifests itself in psychogeographical films, collage and the experimental group ‘The Centre For Ritual Occult Studies’. Music also plays a part in the Work.


BEV JONES Crowds out shopping, busy markets, commuters travelling to and from work, people working, watching sports or playing sports these are some of the subjects tackled by Bev Jones in her bright acrylic paintings. Starting from the premise that’ the people make the place’ Bev focuses on interactions, relationships and moments of inspiration between individuals and small groups to bring the city to life in all its bright, lively, busy confusion.crowds-on-surrey-street-lo


ABENA ADDO is an artist whose work has a bold African quality. Influenced by her Ghanaian roots & Black British identity, her images are informed by the gritty Streets of London, by the international struggles of people, and by the happenings around her. Mainly figurative, Abena’s work seeks to acknowledge the inherent beauty and lushness of art, whilst paying homage to the idea of a positive message within art. Abena is a qualified Teacher of Art and graduate of Central St.Martin’s School of Art






KIMBERLEY ANDERSON is a published travel, landscape and abstract photographer based in London. Her visual style is vibrant – creating original and engaging imagery with great colour, contrast and texture. As a dedicated traveller and curious adventurer, she’s unfaithful to a single style of photography, flirting with travel imagery and landscape photography, exploring architectural details and juxtaposing cityscapes and street photography with abstracts. Mobile: 0777 546 4839.



RICK PINN Having worked as a graphic designer and advertising agency company director for forty years Rick now shares his time between co-directing The Portico Gallery, renovating the house he shares with his lovely wife, growing and caring for his bonsai trees and painting. All which and whom he loves dearly!



ANGELIQUE HARTIGAN is an obsessed and obsessive painter, driven by a desire to capture an emotional rather than a simply topographical sense of place. Living in London it is not surprising that her places are mostly urban and her paintings are invariably populated by people engaged in ordinary urban pursuits. But it is the memory of these pursuits and their locations that we are left with rather than specific details and time. Her urgent and expressive mark-making capture not just the pace of city lives but of the backdrop of the fleeting seasons.



ALAN EMSDEN After studying Painting at Wimbledon School of Art, I trained as an art teacher at Goldsmiths College. My work currently involves various themes; some of them recurring, such as the play of light and movement on water. I have recently created a series of embossed images which explore the use of the paper surface and how ideas can be communicated using the minimum of formal elements.


MARTIN GROVER Since leaving The Royal Academy Schools in 1987 Martin has exhibited work in France, USA, Australia, Holland, Belgium and Hong-Kong as well as at numerous galleries, art fairs and other venues in the UK. He has screen prints in the collections of The Victoria and Albert Museum, The House of Commons and University College Hospital, London. His work has been selected for The Royal Academy Summer Show on numerous occasions. Twice his paintings have been chosen for the prestigious John Moore’s Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; the second time as a Prize-winner.



GILL HICKMAN is inspired by textures, patterns and layers that surround her and their emotional landscapes. Her daily meditation practice often informs the creative process and she tends to use basic shapes and forms to create pieces which appear simple yet can be extremely powerful. She insists on using quality materials; fine hand-made papers; gold & silver leaf to create the textured pieces which include; blind embossed prints, embossed & embellished collages, mixed media on canvas and recycled glass with LEDs.



CAROLINE MACEY specialises in lino-prints, yet they are finely executed, more akin to woodcuts in their delicacy and detail. You will find them genuinely unusual and unique. Much of her work is large, taking months or even years to create. Others are small and intimate. The narrative behind her work pulls you in and sets you on a journey into an engrossing world loaded with revelation. Her work has recently been exhibited in New York, Kyoto, Hong Kong and at London’s Affordable Art Fair. In 2013 she won the East West Art Award Grand Prize and currently has two pieces in the Dulwich Picture Gallery Members Show.


STEVE OWEN Starting points for paintings are often small collages made from the faded graphics in 50’smagazines or a chance set of marks found on an old wall. Each element in the paintings is carefully examined and may be subject to a process of chance and change throughout the period of its creation, with mark making, initial shapes and ancient collage material lying half concealed under washes of colour – half eroded and scratched away. What may appear spontaneous in the work often requires extended effort followed by subsequent obliteration and reworking.


TIMOTHY SUTTON specialises in portrait work using traditional oil on canvas techniques to create stunningly realistic pictures. He believes the secret of a good painting is not to just capture the likeness, but also the character be it flesh or fur. Timothy has exhibited at the Mall Galleries, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, various solo and group shows and is a regular exhibitor at national Art Fairs. Mobile: 07803 206 204.


DAVID TAYLOR is a professional contemporary landscape artist and has exhibited in both the UK and overseas in Singapore and Canada. His work focuses on the dramatic use of light and its effect on the landscape creating a mood rather than realism. Davids work described by many as thought provoking, spiritual, ethereal has a calming effect which draws the viewer into the work. He lives and continues to work from his studio in Dulwich and work hangs in private collections in Europe, Asia and the USA.


CHRISSY THIRLAWAY is a contemporary figurative artist working in oil, acrylic, pastel and coloured pencil. She exhibits extensively in the UK, the States and Brazil and is represented in private collections across Europe, the Middle East and Far East. She is also active in the promotion of art and artists in London and curates exhibitions with the Portico Gallery and South London Women Artists. She has collaborated with film and theatre production and teaches art at Putney School of Art and The Portico Gallery.


KEVIN WREFORD sculpts figures poised at the point of action, exploring the sensuality of emotions from love to lust, strength to submission, trust to betrayal. He combines the heritage of classical
figurative sculpture and understanding of the body to create objects both precious and observed that embrace personal and eternal obsessions. Kevin has taught sculpture and ceramics and worked as a commercial model maker and carpenter. Creating pieces in clay which are transformed into cold cast bronzes, his delicate, small scale works recapture the exuberance of the renaissance and baroque fused with contemporary frankness.


KASIA JUKRIEWICZ was born in Poland and educated at the Katowice Fine Art College.She moved to the UK in 1988 and after a career specialising in alternative therapies resumed her love of painting. She paints to inspirational music or to Buddist chanting.Each musical note has its own vibration, colour, scent and taste. In her work as a healer she is learning to “see” the healing glow and,as an artist conveys what she sees onto the canvas.If an observer relates to any specific painting it is their inner self that resonates with the vibration of colour and shapes.Colours are absorbed through retina from where they travel through neurons to expand observer’s concousness.


EITETSU NOZAWA studied first at the Sir John Cass School of Art in White Chapel and then at the London College of Printing specialising in Graphic Design and Typography. Since graduating with a BA (Hons) degree, has worked for many agencies and large city companies. He is now a freelance designer and concentrating much of time on his own painting and image-making. These current work looks at relationships between prismatic colours, dreams, artefacts and nature.


VIVIEN PHELAN Following a long and good nursing career I turned to my first love which is art. I went to the Buckinghamshire and Chiltern University College and obtained a degree in Ceramic and Glass. My work is varied but I enjoy the challenge of working on the potters wheel and manipulating the clay to transform it mostly into figures based on the English language or animals.


JAN TOZER As a painter Jan is interested in natural form and pattern and the relationship between the two. Natural form has always been important to her work and can often stand alone. She likes to give a group of irises, for example, a certain importance or stature and paints them in a way so that nothing interferes. However, she is equally intrigued when any natural form is brought together, plant or beast, hidden in the pattern of a rug or textile.


JOYCE TREASURE translate concepts relating to identity working with body forms. She uses mixed media, collage and various substrates, working within layers. For the past two years Joyce has worked as a street artist, using the tag name Joy2see. She also uses fragments of history to create her own narratives… This is placed within the content of material or sometimes sits outside content to invite the reader to examine identity and its structure.


CATE WITHACY works commercially as a scenic artist and an expert in special paint and plaster finishes for interior design projects. Cate returned to producing her own works about four years ago. Cate’s paintings reflect her passion for textures and varying surfaces, also her love of humour in art and the surreal. Objects become shadows, shadows become solid, animals become human and humans objects. Cate’s paintings are bold, colourful and graphic.