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Music Hall 25th May 2014

This event has now occurred. Watch this space for news of the next Music Hall event.


Come Josephine In My Flying Machine

Click the link above for a taste of songs to come!

For our next Music Hall and Illusion Emporium, we will be bringing the West End to West Norwood – AND the Pier to the Portico!  Sail along with our Seaside theme, and sing along with sunny abandon.  That’s the way to do it!

Sun, 25th May 2014 – doors open at 7pm.  Join Auntie Rose and her vintage Victrolas, West End Singers Gentleman Jim and Lovely Lara,  Comedienne Charmian, Illustrious Illusioneer Barrie, our own Miss Gypsy Hill and all our lovely others…and if you’re good, very, very good, you may be visited by Fairy Snowdrop.

Our Music Hall evening last December was the first such performance in one hundred years on the original West Norwood Public Hall Music Hall stage.  Come and join us as the bring the spirits of Music Halls past back to glorious, if not rude, health.

Tickets may be reserved by phone (put gallery number), and may be paid for at the Portico Gallery between 3 and 7pm each day, or before 7.15pm on Sunday 25th May


2nd FEAST BAZAAR 4th MAY 2014

So we are rapidly approaching the second West Norwood Feast event! Are you ready? is West Norwood ready? … Well we at the Portico Gallery are nearly ready, and, there’s still a week to go!

We will once again be hosting a bazaar here, indeed if you are a maker a doer a baker or a painter there is always a room for you to have a stall with us. This comes with rain free  100% Guarantee rain, music (of your choice, if the DJ shows up) and super friendly happy warm smiling pixies* to help with your every requirement!

Okay, so what if you are not interested in a  stall but would like to peruse  high quality fair priced goodies?

Well, Portico is the place to be! …take a look at some of the stall holders we had at our first event. Painters, chocolatiers, makers and creators. And we also had last month amazing work by Chido Bueno   a fantastic local author Chirstopher Bowden

It’s really going to be a May time winner, especially as it follows on from our Cultural event of a free film screening. Do come along, we’ve plenty of place to park your buggies, sit and drink your tea (yes I hear talk of a pop up Cafe in there this month) browse stuff, buy stuff.

We Will see you there…

*no real Pixies will be involved in this event

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‘The Devil Rides Out’ Free Screening Event

NEWS UPDATE: Having had a practice screening of the film we can confirm this will be a full Cinema experience, our 16 foot purpose built high quality screen is in place. We will screen the ORIGINAL film , not the touched up blu-ray. This of course means the soundtrack is also original, which in our opinion is no bad thing. It’s going to be quite a show.

Our first screening of the year will be on the 2nd of May, the Friday before the second Feast of this year. The film will be the 1968 Hammer classic ‘The Devil Rides Out’. Set in 1929 and featuring Christopher Lee playing a good guy for a change, and Charles Gray (Blofeld from ‘Diamonds Are Forever’), this brilliant slice of British cinema is darkly fantastical and brimming with 60’s style scares.

As this our first film screening event of the year it will be free entry (aren’t we good to you). However, do bring lots of money to spend at our bar as we will have plenty of popcorn and hot dogs!

Viewer discretion is advised as the film is classed as a 15.

There will be a talk beforehand from renowned Horror film critic Dr Karen Oughton  who knows way more about this film than a sane person should!

As well as this there will be a licensed bar and further guests to be announced.

Now, having looked into the sunset times, we are thinking: doors open 7pm, talks start about 8pm, the film itself is one and a half hours long, exact times will be posted here closer to the day.

Come along and get spooked by this brilliant  cult gem!




Music Hall Sing Along

Our next Music Hall Sing Along night will be 15th May – once more we’ll be singing songs of days gone by, crowd pleasers such as  ‘I do like to be Beside the Seaside’, and tongue teasers like ‘What I Want is a Proper Cup of Coffee’, so ‘Don’t Dilly Dally!’ Join us from 7.45 to 8.45 pm, doors open 7.15 to share drinks and chat. Raise your voice and lift your spirits, and get in the mood for our Music Hall event on the 25th May.

First Bazaar of 2014

Wow, what an amazing day. What started as a grey, rainy morning soon turned into a fantastic and very busy first Feast and Bazaar of the year. We had some great stalls in Portico Gallery including some regulars as well as some new faces. everything from designer hand made shoes to luxury chocolates. There were handbags and lovely cushions as well as imported mexican ephemera, there really was something for everyone. In the front corridor we had Sarah Lovett showing examples of her work,  as well as giving demonstrations which really drew in the crowds. Some examples of her weaved rushes can be seen in the slide show below.

We did manage to get out and about as well and enjoyed the Feast very much. Although the weather was over cast there were a lot of people out enjoying themselves, indeed the queues for the food at lunch time were huge!


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It was all in all a lovely day and nice to meet plenty of West Norwood people as well as people from further afield. If you would like a stall at our next Bazaar, taking place on the first Sunday of next month, do get in touch.


Our sewing tutor: AngelajHartley



AngelajHartley interior, fashion accessories, and gift items are designed and made by Angela the Portico Gallery sewing tutor using traditional crafts and skills, in a modern and contemporary way, to create wonderful individual pieces, full of style with a touch of humour for all ages. Inspired by colour, fabrics, textile crafts and vintage sewing and knitting patterns, where possible Angela likes to source the fabric, yarn, buttons etc. locally from charity stores, fabric shops, haberdasheries, yarn stores and independent designers to support the local community, services and businesses in South East London.



Fabric at the first Bazaar this Sunday



The lovely People at Archie Mac will have a stall at this weekends first Bazaar, yes it’s this Sunday!

Here are a few words about them;
At Archie Mac London we’re all about telling stories. Our fabrics are heavily inspired by childhood and if you look closely at any of our fabrics you’ll find characters from childhood spinning amongst a kaleidoscope of colour. All our products are 100% made in the UK- fabric are printed in Manchester and everything’s lovingly handmade in Brixton.

Sharon Wymarks Chocolates

Box of 12 Truffles



Now if this doesn’t make your mouth water and want to rush up here for our Bazaar this Sunday the 6th, you obviously haven’t tried the fantastic Meltzer chocolate before!

Here is some info on our stall holder Sharon Wymark and Meltzer Truffles:

Meltzer Truffles are made by Sharon Wymark using high quality cocoa beans from Ecuador where there are some of the oldest varieties of cocoa trees in the world. Like fine wine the characteristics of Ecuador’s cocoa is complex and distinctive and is now highly sought after.

Each Meltzer truffle is made by hand using fresh and where possible, seasonal ingredients.

Sharon is also an artist and the truffle tag is from an original artwork called the ‘Meltzer Family’, hence the company name!

featured Artist: Angelique Hartigan



Angelique Hartigan is a well respected local artist and and the 3rd to feature in our ongoing project to showcase artists and makers who will be at the first Bazaar of 2014. It will be this weekend the 6th of April.

Here is an interview where she speaks about here work;

What is your background? I have a degree in 3D Design from Brighton, but came to painting as I enjoy the immediacy and happy accidents one gets in the process of painting

How would you describe the work you produce?  Energetic and vibrant celebrations of streets and seasons.

Who inspired you to be an artist?  My mother is artistic and I’ve always been encouraged by both my parents, so it just came naturally.  On returning to my home town of London some years ago I decided to make a real commitment to painting, setting up my studio after studying 3D design at Brighton.

What inspires you?

My wanderings. I love London and especially this little corner of it (Crystal Palace), where I have a studio. It’s like a village here and there’s a real community spirit and people know each other to say hello to. I feel a real sense of belonging.

This is why I like to celebrate the places in and around London. I spend a lot of time in Crystal Palace park, which is full of beautiful trees and go walking and/or running with my springer spaniel – Humphrey.

The park is a great inspiration changing colours with each season and weather front reflected in my work which is a mixture of local landmarks as well as the wider locality of my home town of London that tends to draw me in. Often I like to work on images where the sun is shining, cutting into buildings or melting trees or dark corners next to a splash of sunshine.  See “Shadows and Circles, South Bank, London”.

With such a vibrant city I will never run out of inspiration, just time in which to make the many images I want to make.

How has the experience of being an artist most benefited you?  I have benefited in so many ways apart from the obvious one of having my dream job. It has also given me independence and although extremely busy, but time is my own.  I have made some fantastic friendships through my work while my work seems to give so much joy to those who buy from me.

What is the best surprise you have had from the experience?  I feel a great sense of happiness when I paint and my clients often say my work makes them happy.  I am always surprised when people show great enthusiasm for what I do.  It makes all the hard work of late and all night studio sessions as well as the sacrifices I’ve made to be a working artist worthwhile.

What is it that you are trying to achieve with your art?  I approach each image in the same way –hoping to instill the very feeling of being somewhere.  To transport the viewer emotionally into a space.

What compliment would make you feel the happiest at this point in your life?  Sometimes I hear viewers saying they have never seen this technique before or say that it is unique.  This makes me happy.  The best compliment is always when somebody chooses my work for their wall.

If you were asked, what one piece of life advice would you give others? If you know what it is you want to be or do – surround yourself with sound advice and support for what you are doing and enjoy the process.  It will take time, but be determind, you will get there.

As an artist each piece of work you make becomes a stepping stone to the next one and a reference point. Enjoy the happy accident in your work and be fearless. It doesn’t matter if you make a mistake, you can change it. I’m still enjoying learning what works and doesn’t work, developing my language – just keep going.

I left a well-paid job and lifestyle for a much more challenging life, but the rewards personally and professionally have been worth the risk. I love my work and feel very lucky to have had the chance to change my career in a place with a vibrant arts scene.

What medium do you prefer to work in and why?  I work in acrylics as they have the right properties I need to for the technique I have developed.


What would you paint for yourself?  An absolutely huge painting, but I would need a much larger space.  Because of my background in 3D design and making I was able to design and build a bespoke studio space and drying rack that in my studioso I would enjoy inventing a way of painting a very large piece as I paint on the floor, throwing and spilling.

A big broad question, what is Art worth (in society/our culture)?  That’s a big question, but my first thoughts are how freedom is important to me so I see it as an essential way of a society expressing themselves and should be encouraged and supported.  Art is everywhere.

Is there anything else you would like to say?…..perhaps is your work featured in any major collections,  has anyone famous bought work from you?

No one famous has bought my work, yet, but I a few weeks ago Dulwich on View and Dulwich Picture Gallery ran a competition alongside the Whistler and the Thames: An American in London exhibition. I was delighted that my work was chosen by Ian Dejardin, The Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, as the winner of the Directors Prize category.  Part of my prize was an invitation to Hockney The Printmakers Private View – which was a real privilege as he is one of my art heroes.




Local Artist: Rosemary Clarke

Our second featured Artist is Rosemary Clark, showing on the 6th of April at our first Bazaar


“My name is Rosemary Clark and my stall at the Portico Bazaar is called South London Scenes. I sell greetings cards and prints of my ink and watercolour drawings of local scenes. The cards are 6″ x 4″, include an envelope and are blank inside.

As a local West Norwood resident for the past 30 years, I wanted to record some of the special features of the place, so I started with some iconic shops and buildings, such as the Old Library, Strowger’s ironmongers, Floral Hall and Beamish and McGlue, amongst others. More are in production.

These proved so popular that I have broadened the scope to include other south London places such as the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton and Dulwich Park cafe.I also do commissions for house portraits in oils or watercolour.Here are a couple of examples of the greetings cards.”

Our next featured Artist can be found here 



Strowger's ironmongers, West Norwood St Luke's Church, West Norwood Ritzy Cinema, Brixton