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Feast Bazaar 1 June

Once again it is the West Norwood Feast time… yes it’s the 1st of june this weekend.. doesn’t the time fly! We will be putting on another of our popular Bazaars. You will be aware that the West Norwood Feast was featured in Time Out a few weeks ago so we expect the Feast may well be busier than ever.

Our doors open at 11am and we are open all day. We have Artists, Makers and Chocolate creators all with very reasonably priced lovingly made wares for your purchase… plenty of great gift ideas…


If you would like a stall please get in touch as it is hugely popular. Do get in touch soon to avoid disappointment….


See you all this Sunday, or Friday evening for our free film screening!





The Artist Open House has now finished. We had a fantastic time and are now looking forward to our next large group exhibition which will be held for the Lambeth Open on 4th & 5th of October. If you would like to show with use then please get in contact.

Below is the list of artists who showed with us at The Dulwich Open, please check out their work.

Thank you for showing your work with us, and if you came to visit the show, thank you for coming – it was very much a success. Pictures of the event below.


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Andy Parker

Aneta Srodon

Anna Jackson

Elena Hall

Sylvia Batycka

Carol Edgar

Wilf Frost

Linda Samson

Karlina Veras

Steve Owen

Sally Ward

Joyce Treasure

Emma Fenelon

Sarah Lovett


Eileen Siley

Tom Stevens

Francesca Brecciaroli

Nelly Papas

Chrissy Thirlaway

Arisa Tabaku

We will continue to add artists daily.



The Painting of the Sea Side Novelty

So, people of the internet, you have reached Portico. And here you see the creation of ‘The Sea Side Novelty’ ….What, I hear you ask, is ‘The Sea Side Novelty’? Well, if you have passed through the doors of Portico in the last couple of weeks, you may have seen it – standing in the corridor awaiting your heads. Yes, friends, that is correct, your heads. However before we carved those holes out the three edwardian holiday makers did indeed have faces! …And here, for the first time we reveal to you, the internet perusing public, their rather happy little faces.


Of course this is all beside the point. What, you ask, is the point? …Well the point is this: SEA SIDE MUSIC HALL IS ON ITS WAY. Yes lucky lucky people of London, once again the Portico Picture Palace Hosts an evening of music hall entertainment, this time with a salty theme and candy floss in its hair. On the last weekend in May we will whisk you away to the sunny sea side for a spectacular evening of music hall tunes…. did you know this old place, the building itself, used to be a Music Hall? So this is not some museum piece kept behind glass. No this is real West End stars doing real music hall songs in a real music hall. Right here in the Great North Wood*.


Do come, get tickets via phone, email or just turn up and we will sell you one.

For more info see the music hall page.


*Not the new (and truly fantastic) Pub, just the old name for West Norwood….

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So on the 8th of May 2014  The open works team held there first Suppper No.1. We assume it was called that as there are many more to come, indeed we do think it went very very well indeed. There was some lovely food, lovely people and lovely flowers. Tessy and Laura gave a great talk about the aims of the project and it was good to meet up with some members who have signed up. It seems there is a grown swell of people in and around West Norwood who want to make a difference to the way the systems operate, will he Open Works be responsible for instigating a change? We hope so!

The Portico Gallery is very involved with this project and we are housing a co-working space up in the mezzanine which has tea tables and wi-fi access.

So we do hope that this project continues to grow and thrive and change the systems that it aims to, and we here at Portico will help in any way we can.


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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


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.


Folk Of The Wood


THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE THIS FRIDAY 21ST  OF MARCH …have you got your tickets?  It’s going to be great, visit the Folk of the Woods web page to buy tickets.

Indeed we have some news regarding this event, the Lovely people from Riverford Organic  are providing some food for the event and a box offer on the night. Pop over to their website to check out all the amazing organic things they have to offer.

And of course with “London’s finest folk dance band” -Evening Standard,  the wonderful Ceilidh Tree, performing with their caller Chris to show you all the moves, you’re in for a really great evening.






Job Fair

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busy day at job fair.
busy day at job fair.

On the 4th of March 2014 we hosted a Job Fair in the main hall. This event was put on by Lambeth Council and seemed to be very successful.  With the versatility of the main hall and its unique ‘walls on wheels’ we can quickly go from an empty space for Yoga and the like to a completely functional event room.

Throughout the day the Portico Gallery was visited by various councillors as well as hosting representatives from local employers including the soon to be finished new sports and leisure centre.