Art Update

EventsThe 23rd annual Teddington Artists exhibition will be taking place on the weekend of the 12-13th of May 2012 (10am-6pm) in the NPL atrium.

On show and for sale in this elegant and spacious venue will be a variety of paintings, original prints, botanical subjects, jewellery, ceramics, sculpture as well as cards and prints from local talented artists.

Ten regular members of this professional group will this year be joined by four invited guest artists. All fourteen exhibit widely elsewhere, often in national and international exhibitions. Each artist will show work marked by distinctive personal vision. All items will be for sale and all the artists will be in attendance and pleased to discuss their work with visitors.

Admission will be on the basis of donation, with a suggested amount of £3 per person or family group. A proportion of the proceeds will be donated to charity. There will this year be two local beneficiaries: Friends of Teddington Memorial Hospital and Shooting Star CHASE.

The spring exhibition at The Architects Gallery is “Tread Softly” and features paintings, drawings and prints by eight artists from Britain, Spain, Russia and Estonia.

At Mackenzie Gallery, as always, there is a wide variety of works for sale including a charming print of Teddington town in art form by Lisa Tolley and pretty embroidered works by Priscilla Jones.

Also don’t forget that the Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society Annual Exhibition at the Landmark Arts Centre starts this Wednesday 4th April and as well as the usual mixture of inspired photography, will also include rare photos of the Queen taken by Joan Williams.

Video Update

The first in a new series of ITV’s House Gift that aired yesterday featured sites from in and around Teddington.

Local couple Bev and Ash had three ‘housegift’ items pitched to them to compete for the chosen item and help them escape from a “bombardment of boring beige“. These were picked from a series of local shops and artists including some in “Teddington: a cosmopolitan bustling suburb“.

Presenters Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Danielle Proud and Gillian Anderson Price looked for inspiration in Teddington, Strawberry Hill, Eel Pie Island, Hampton Court, Richmond and Kew.

The Architects Gallery (Powder Rooms), The Attic in Hampton Hill and an artist’s studio on Eel Pie Island all feature on the program.

If you missed it, you can catch the program using ITVplayer.

A new TV campaign for the new hybrid luxury car by Lexus (“Join the Quiet Revolution”) features a surreal scene filmed in Bushy Park (Lime Avenue) that the deer probably weren’t too keen on.

The advert sees groups of famous drummers filmed in various locations around London distracting poor Kylie (filmed separately) driving her quiet car.

The drummers themselves include Pauli Stanley McKenzie from Gorillaz, ex-Smiths sticks man Mike Joyce, Joji Hirota and the Taiko Drummers, and big band aficionado Vince Dunn.

Video Update

Phil Tufnell recently visited the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) for a piece on the One Show about the metric system.

He had a rare visited to the NPL archives to see a highly guarded artefact of the change-over to the metric system – the metre bar that the UK received when it signed the metre convention in 1875.

Teddington Rugby was featured on Sky Sports News on Sunday for their unprecedented 52 consecutive wins – quite an achievement!

If you want to see more Tedders on TV then set your recorders for Tuesday February 22nd 2-3pm in ITV & ITV HD. The home interior-decor experts from House Gift help a resident to overcome their fear of colour by choosing items for their house from in and around Teddington, particularly from the Architects Gallery and Eel Pie Island.

Elsewhere recent filming at Teddington Studios has recently included a new series of Alan Carr’s Chatty Man.

“British Isles” exhibition at the Architects Gallery

EventsThe Architects Gallery recently celebrated it’s first year in business and proudly bringing art courses and exhibitions into the heart of the community.

Their latest exhibition runs until 10th April – etchings, drawings and paintings of the British Isles through the eyes of three artists Norman Ackroyd, Jason Hicklin and Alistair Tucker.

Artists details from the exhibition poster:

Norman Ackroyd was born in Leeds, his love of landscape was nurtured on long boyhood bicycle rides in the Yorkshire Dales. His work is exhibited in most major art galleries and Institutions today together with many private commissions, one of his latest being at the British Embassy in Moscow.

Jason Hicklin’s drawings and etchings are horizontal explorations of landscape in black and white, and in an infinite vocabulary of greys. From 2004 to 2008 Hicklin walked the isolated coasts of Donegal and Islay. Jason has produced a set of 15 etchings following a visit to Islay in December 2007. The prints are made from zinc plates etched with nitric acid and printed on Somerset hand-made paper in his studio

Alistair Tucker’s work is based upon the British landscape, its shape, form, and the effects of the weather and light upon it. Alistair says of his own work:
“I always find it extremely difficult to talk about my pictures and find it easier to illustrate what I am aiming at by making parallels with other things.

Christmas Lights Up: Success

This year saw another successful and thankfully rain-free Christmas Lights Up event. Sarah Lancashire joined Mayor Celia Hodges to switch on the lights and encourage residents to shop locally to support local businesses in these hard economic times.

The Mayor then went on to the Powder Rooms Art Gallery to wish them a happy first birthday, then on to sample mezes at Diner’s Delight before walking through the Causeway meeting Santa and the reindeers and finally ending her tour with a glass of pink champagne at Mela Mela.

Despite having to send two of their three ponies home due to noise and balloon issues, Park Lane Stables still managed to raise £170 for Help for Heroes with their popular reindeer rides. Starbucks kept shoppers warm by handing out their toffee and gingerbread-man flavoured coffees!

La Casa Del Habano held a popular kids treasure hunt where items were donated from participating shops to create 30 goodie bag prizes. Quite a few of these have yet to be claimed so check your email for winner notifications!

Alan Benns has put together this excellent montage of the evenings events. Click on the YouTube link to view the larger/HD version.

New exhibition at the Powder Rooms

EventsFriday 24th April: 6-10pm. New exhibition invite from Sam Kamleh at The Powder Rooms:

We are delighted to invite you to the private view preceding our forthcoming exhibition “Fragile Landscape”

The exhibition will feature abstract and semi abstract works by Sue Knight, Sandy Dooley, Alistair Tucker, Alexander Johnson, Jane Bolden and Charlotte Swann.

Suchi Chidambaram will also be showing some of her latest landscape works. We will also be showing sculpture by Miles Bodimeade.

We’d be delighted if you can join us. We look forward to seeing you.

Sam Kamleh