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Jerry Dammers – Once again brings his favourite music to The Portico. Friday May 24

Birthday (Dine and) Dance (and the 40th anniversary of 2 Tone and The Specials)

The founder of The Specials and 2Tone goes back to his roots with his own Salvage Sound System.
He’ll be playing his favourite Ska, Doo Wop, Rhythm & Blues, Rocksteady, Reggae, New Orleans, Funk and Roots.

£10 on the door or £8 in advance (only 100 tickets available)

For an extra £10 there is either a Jamaican or New Orleans meal by the award winning chef Andrew McIntosh

PLUS! Special Guest DJ sets from The Pepperpot DJ  The Big Fella (Matt) and Lascelles (Wag Club)

Come early and relax for the Doo Wop hours with Mellow Sounds, dominoes and chess.

To book in advance click the button below.

Tickets will be held for you on the door on the night.
The Portico Gallery
0208 761 7612

Mambista Friday May 3rd

Friday 3rd May – Another fantastic Mambista night
Hot Summer Nights and fabulous grooves at The Portico Gallery!

With live music from The Gary Baldwin Quartet featuring Roger Beaujolais
Serious Hammond and vibes led Acid Jazz

Mambista 8pm – 1am with THE GARY BALDWIN QUARTET

Plus! DJ Gerry Lyseight spins his superior selection of Latin, African and Jazz

Click the button above to pay £8 in advance – it’s £10 on the door.

The next Mambista is on June 7th

FB: Mambista Twitter: mambista1 The Portico Gallery, 23a Knight’s Hill, West Norwood, SE27 0HS. Tel: 020 8761 7612

Yoga, Fitness & Wellbeing at Portico


The Portico Gallery hosts a series of sessions, including yoga, qi-gong, animalistic training, BJJ MMA.  Classes run across a flexible schedule, from Monday to Saturday, and are offered by a diverse team of motivated and inspirational individuals.  All relevant information is detailed on the website; take a look, find a session, and jump straight in!  Classes are designed to be accessible for the wider community and all all priced at £5 unless stated otherwise.


A mixed-level yogasana class, open to all abilities.  Classes vary in focus, working on developing strength, balance and flexibility; whilst allowing scope for self-practice and refining particular asana and inversions.  Classes are physically challenging, but also allow for cultivation of yogic mind and spirit, nurturing a sense of peace and promoting a culture of acceptance and equanimity.

Classes take place every morning and evening, with a variety of teachers, see schedule for details.

£5 per session or £60 for unlimited monthly membership

Teacher Profiles:

Internationally renowned yoga teacher, Felix Price, has over twelve years of teaching experience in yoga and mixed spiritual arts.  Felix leads fun, flowing sessions, open to all levels. Classes are structured around stretching, strengthening, breath-work and meditation, with a strong focus on overall healing, well-being and relaxation.

Alongside his partner Diahann, Felix is the founder of Urban Avatars, for more information visit or

Contact Felix at or on 07545548018


Certified yoga teacher and massage therapist, Amy, has been involved in bodywork for almost a decade.  Amy loves to integrate elements of Thai massage with healing touch and her yoga classes involve lots of creative sequences, playfulness and hands-on adjustment. Classes involve lots of sweat-inducing strengthening, but also aim to be refreshing and help clear the mind, inspiring one to live each moment mindfully!

Contact Amy on or 07909777249


Yogini Claire, has been practicing yoga for close to fifteen years, trying out many styles before establishing Astanga spoke to her on a deeper level, and undertaking her 200-hour YTT in this style. Claire’s strong, mature, feminine energy brings a flowing class with spirituality at the core.  Claire provides sensitive guidance and encouraging instruction to all her students, making her class a great option from basic beginners to those more advanced.

Contact Claire on or 07702241711

Damian has been practicing yoga since 2014, experimenting with various styles from Hatha to Astanga Vinyasa, and completed his 200 hour YTT in India, the spiritual homeland. Through exploring pranayama and breath-work, alongside practicing asana, Damian began to experience the myriad of health benefits associated with the practice and is passionate about sharing this with fellow yogis and yoginis. Damian’s teaching focuses on endurance, mobility and deep stretching, whilst connecting with the breath and increasing the body’s vital energy, and he is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and experiences.

Contact Damien at or 07950739662

Pete was deeply inspired to teach yoga after seeing his life change through his daily practice. As mind, body and spirit evolved, through practicing a life centred around the eight limbs of yoga, Pete embarked on his yoga teaching journey and is full of heart-felt gratitude to share it with others and inspire each and everyone to be the best version of themselves they can possibly be.

Pete’s classes aim to promote a connection with the spirit of the Earth and help all to realise what a beautiful, abundant space this is to exist in!

Contact Pete on  or 07585 662 030

A gentle, meditative session, with a focus on visualisation, breath-work and movement. Qi-gong aims to bring about a sense of inner calm and facilitate a connection with the body’s vital energy.  Classes vary with the most prominent focus being on healing and wellness.  All are welcome, no experience necessary, come along and experience the simple, safe, yet highly effective practices from the East.

Classes take place every morning and evening, see schedule for details.

£5 per session

Contact Jamie on || 07947 738 218

Teacher Profile

Jamie founded Qi Tribe with the intention of promoting health, happiness and abundance in the community. Jamie studied under the lineage of Zhineng Qigong, created by Dr. Pang Ming, a Doctor of Chinese medicine, in 1979. Zhineng Qigong was developed as a powerful method for individual healing and Jamie is eager and enthusiastic to share this will all involved.

Animalistic Training

A very fun, challenging and unique class, designed to improve your health, fitness and energy levels in a way which also cultivates a connection with nature and the body.  The class is high-intensity, utilising the body’s physicality in order to optimise fitness and build mental strength. A diverse, range of dynamic exercises and floor-based drills, designed to stimulate the central nervous system, flushing the body of toxins and help clear energetic blockages; ‘Animalistic training’ encourages you to dig deep, train hard and sweat by the bucket load!

£5 per session.

Contact Mark on or 07340301676

For help achieving more specific training goals, to book a one-to-one personal training session, or a free consultation, please do not hesitate to contact Mark.

Teacher Profile

Mark is passionate about encouraging a holistic attitude to fitness, health, and well-being, encompassing all the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects. After turning his life around, through a combined approach to physical, mental and emotional mastery, Mark is now dedicated to helping others break-away from limiting and destructive lifestyles, ideologies and behavioural patterns.


An intense work-out, focused heavily on technique and skill, the boxing sessions aim at getting all participants fighting fit! Classes involve lots of cardio, pad-work and a theme of real-life application lies at the core of the training. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome, and there is the scope to reach white collar / amateur boxing level if desired. All equipment provided, all are welcome!

Classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursday, see the schedule for details.

£7 per session.

Contact Josh on or 07427465658


Teacher Profile

Josh has been practicing martial arts since his teens, and and has always been motivated by the discipline and physical demands of the sport.  He has been teaching and facilitating boxing training sessions for four years now and is interested in using the sport to nurture a community-minded connection.  Josh spent some time in the refugee camps in Calais and founded Calais Jungle Boxing Club, giving him first hand experience of how the sport can help people transcend negative mind-sets, and cultivate a sense of being grounded.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defence system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Sessions are taught by exceptional black-belt, many times champion and experienced teacher, Leo Nagoe.  Leo practices and teaches BJJ for self-defence and his style is based around the application of pressure, not giving the opponent space to recover.  He is the master of escapes and defence, and his guard passing is designed for reality.  Leo has the skill and experience to hold a safe, unintimidating space to share his craft and at the same time help others build fitness and spirit.

Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, both at lunchtime and in the evening, see the schedule for details.

£10 per session.

Contact Leo on

Teacher Profile

Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, Leo received his BJJ black belt 19 years ago, after initially starting practicing the sport in 1990.  He is many times Brazil’s state and national champion.  Regarded as an exceptional grappler, Leo has trained extensively with many of the greats of BJJ and his Jiu-Jitsu is on another level!




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

Can't draw

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


Teacher Profile

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.

Tea Dance

Wednesday 14th January was the first Tea Dance of 2015. The Portico Singers were there to entertain as well as soloists, the singer was Kirsty Bennet (actress, singer, director and Teacher!), a pianist (Andrew Chadney, a professional Musical Director) and a saxophone player (Nick Onley). Great entertainment, great dancing and great company.
The next Tea Dance will be a Valentines special on the 11th Feb at 1430 – 1630

Art Installation


From December 5th The Portico Gallery will be exhibiting a string installation in the main hall by Louisa Loizeau.

A word from the artist:

“My pieces are influenced by the surrounding architecture; therefore I have generally tried to findas varied and unusual locations as possible. I am interested in the effect that light and location have on the material and the effect that the material has on light and location. I employ string as a medium because of its delicacy. It allows me to make work that takes of an ephemeral and transient quality that reflects the space in which it is situated. The work can appear solid but in fact it is the transparency that allows me to make pieces on a grand scale without them ever dominating or imposing. ”


The gallery will be open to the public for viewing of this new art installation from Tuesday to Thursday 10am-5pm from December the 5th and late viewing on Thursday until 9pm.