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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


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.

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.

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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

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.



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….