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Alvin Kofi - Lost But Not Forgotten
Open Studio Weekend Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March 2009

LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - Open Studio Exhibition Weekend  

Step into the word of artist Alvin Kofi and see his latest series unfold. Meet and greet this popular artist in the privacy of his studio.

Many of you will have purchased or received a greeting card or limited edition print by popular UK based artist Alvin Kofi. Alvin has been a practising artist and illustrator for almost 20 years and his unique style makes his work instantly recognisable.

Alvin is currently working on a new series entitled Lost but not forgotten and to celebrate its launch Alexandra Galleries is collaborating with Alvin to host a viewing at his private studio. During the weekend of 28 -29th March 2009 we will be inviting you to step into the heart of Kofi's creative world and see his work in the privacy of his studio.

This is an exclusive invitation and a unique opportunity so mark your diaries and watch out for further details

To see a selection of Alvin's current work click here

Calling Africa
Mon 9th - Sat 21st March 2009 - extended until 26th March

Calling Africa celebrates the work of artist Jerry Blankson.

The exhibition features recent paintings and drawings by Blankson that capture the rich drumming and dance traditions of the Ga people of Ghana, West Africa.

The centre of old Accra, is known as Ga Mashie the land of the Ga people founded in the 1500's as a trading port and is now a tourist destination for those wishing to see the remnants of Accra's colonial past.

Growing up in Jamestown, a district in Accra, Blankson immersed himself in the festivals and celebrations that are a hallmark of the region. This exhibition shows how the influences of his childhood have inspired his work today.

As well as the stunning use of colour in his canvas paintings, Blankson uses the ancient tradition of Adinkra symbols to express the spiritual and sacred meanings behind traditional Ghanaian ceremonies. These stunning motifs were developed by the Asante people of Ghana.

His paintings demonstrate the shared experience of musician and dancer through song and dance and are living examples of the strength of African performance arts.

In 2007 Blankson exhibited as part of the V&A’s celebration of Ghana’s 50th year of Independence and was also a resident artist at Lancaster Maritime Museum’s Anti-Slavery exhibition to mark the bi-centenary of the abolition of the slave trade in Britain.

Diverse Gallery
62 Atlantic Road

Mon – Sat 10.30 – 6.30

Photographs from the preview night >>>

Our True legacy - Helen Wilson
1st Sept - 2nd Nov 2009

"The greatest gift she brings to these paintings is humanity" Fergal Keane - from "Making sense of Rwandan story"' catalogue.

Bernie Grant Art Centre
Town Hall Approach Road
London N15 4RX
Tel: 020 8365 5450
9.00am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday

Soft Lights and Sweet Music: Photographs of Elisabeth Welch
5th March - 25th October 2009

Elisabeth Welch was an important figure in the world of popular song. In 1923 she launched the Charleston, and throughout the Jazz Age she worked on stage with some of the great names of the Harlem Renaissance, including Josephine Baker and Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson. On Broadway she popularised Cole Porter’s scandalous “Love for Sale, and in 1933 she introduced “Stormy Weather” to British audiences. That year, with Cole Porter’s Nymph Errant, Elisabeth began her sixty-year love affair with English musical theatre.

National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE

10 – 6pm
Open until 9pm (Thurs and Fri)

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Multicultural Resources Exhibition 2009
21 September 2009

Teachers and educators looking for multicultural resources why not visit our stand at Croydon’s Multicultural Resources Exhibition 2009 and see a wide range of art, books, musical instruments, toys and much more. There will also be activities including a steer band and Bollywood dancing. Delicious Caribbean food and drinks on sale. Admission free.

Rockmount Primary School
Chevening Road
Upper Norwood
London SE19 3ST

For more information contact Nalini Wood
Tel: 020 8726 7373

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Black History Month Exhibitions
1st - 30th Ocotber 2009

Alexandra Galleries and Haringey Council

The Journey: Cultural Expressions

Internationally acclaimed visual artist, Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy (MBE), is the featured artist at this year’s Black History Month celebrations in the London Borough of Haringey. Chukwuogo-Roy, who painted the official Golden Jubilee portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, heads a list of African Caribbean artist’s exhibiting at 8 libraries and galleries throughout the borough.

Jointly organised by Clem Richards of Alexandra Galleries: The Journey: Cultural Expressions highlights the transient nature of people from the African Continent, their values and cultural expressions. Visitors to the exhibitions will experience the many influences Africa has had on the work of each artist. See below for details of all the exhibitions.

The Journey: Cultural Expressions
An exhibition of work by internationally acclaimed artists Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy (MBE), Alvin Kofi and Jerry Blankson. Cultural Expressions highlights the transient nature of people from the African continent, their traditional values and their cultural expressions.

The Original Gallery
Hornsey Library
N8 9JA

Monday to Friday 1 to 7pm Saturday & Sunday 12 to 4pm

Admission free

Private View: Friday 2nd October, 7 to 9pm
Photos from preview night >

Yellow Fishing Boat by Chukwuogo-Roy

Mbuyisa Maphalala
Born in Soweto, South Africa, but raised in the neighbouring Kingdom of Swaziland in the seventies. Maphalala studied commercial art but left to study fine art with a group that was self-taught. He has been in the UK for 5 years.

The effect of Mbuyisa’s art is at once both traditional and current, combining ancient and modern techniques and images often in juxtaposition to explore questions of our time.

Stroud Green Library
Quernmore Road
N4 4QR

Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm Saturday 9am to 5pm

Admission free

Private View & Artist Talk: Thursday 15th October, 6.30 to 8.30pm

Face III by Mbuyisa A Maphalala

The Journey: Lithographic Prints
In celebration of Black History Month 2009 an exhibition of lithographic prints will be on display, showcasing the works of international black artists.

The Gallery
Wood Green Library
N22 6XD

Admission free

The gallery is a multiuse space so please call the library to check that the gallery will be open for viewings before arriving on 020 8489 2761

Links and Lineage by Paul Goodnight

Carol John
Artist, Carol John, a painter inspired by Africa’s vibrant, warm and luminous landscape

Marcus Garvey Library
1 Phillip Lane
N15 4JA

Monday to Friday - 9am to 7pm
Saturday - 9am to 5pm
Sunday - 12 to 4pm

Admission free

Private View & Artist talk: Wednesday 14th October, 6.00 to 8.00pm

Untitled by Carol John

Ayesha Ogunlabi
Ayesha Ogunlabi (nee Feisal) is an artist of African and Lebanese origin. Her art is an inspired mix of African culture and personal experiences. Spanning all artistic disciplines - painting, printmaking and photography - her art is a fusion not only of techniques but also inspiration.

Alexandra Park Library
Alexandra Park Road
N22 7UJ

Monday to Friday - 9am to 7pm
Saturday - 9 to 5pm

Admission free

Private View & Artist talk: Tuesday 20th October, 6.30 to 8.30pm

Ami by Ayesha Ogunlabi

Christopher Lakony
Christopher Lakony is a Ugandan born artist, poet and musician who fled from his beloved motherland due to the war of genocide against his people -the Acoli (of Northern Uganda) in 1986 and has lived in the UK ever since. His work reflects the intensity and, in stark contrast, the tranquillity of his life and the world, as he sees it.

St. Ann’s Library
Cissbury Road
N15 5PU

Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm
Saturday - 9am to 5pm

Admission free

Private View: Thursday 8th October, 6.30 to 8.30pm

Richard Russell
Richard Russell, amateur photographer, explores the diversity of London and Londoners.

From Speaker’s Corner to Oxford Street, every gritty corner is captured. A young boy lying on the road in the middle of Oxford Street to the silence of an office worker working late into the night –Richard has captured the mania and serenity that makes London the magnificent city that it is.

Jacksons Lane
269a Archway Rd
N6 5AA

Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

Admission free

Private View & Artist talk: Thursday 1st October, 6.30 to 9pm

15th October 2009

There’s a thin line between love and the Black Arts
In association with The Journey: Cultural Expressions Exhibition

Join in this lively discussion on issues facing emerging black artists and those wishing to pursue a career in the fine arts. The debate follows a presentation by artist collective Colour and Movement, in association with Alexandra Galleries, and will be headed by a panel of distinguished black artist’s and art practitioners.

The Original Gallery
Haringey Park
Hornsey Library
N8 9JA

7 – 9pm

Admission free
Photos from preview night >

6th - 12th November 2009

An exciting new exhibition of contemporary African artworks, presenting a number of young gifted artists who depict their own afro centric styles through a range of mediums. The week long event brings together a diverse mix of works from artists whose styles are very evocative, yet contemporary...

Red Gate Gallery
209a Coldharbour Lane
London. SW9 8RU

Fri, Sat, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs: 2.30 pm - 6.30 pm

Admission free

Gloria Ojulari Sule exhibition
Thu 6 May - Sun 6 June 2010

Born in the UK and based at Spike Island artist studios in Bristol, Gloria Ojulari Sule’s work includes drawing, painting, mixed media installation and video. She is interested in creating work which dispels stereotypes and draws on themes of race, identity and culture.

Her art reflects her own experiences of being a woman of dual heritage and seeks to reclaim references to her African descent.

 Rich Mix
 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road
 E1 6LA
 Tel: 020 7613 7498

 Admission Free
Gloria Ojulari Sule exhibition

Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa
Thu 4 Mar - Sun 6 June

The Kingdom of Ife (pronounced ee-feh) was a powerful, cosmopolitan and wealthy city-state in West Africa (in what is now modern south-west Nigeria). Ife flourished as a political, spiritual, cultural and economic centre in the 12th–15th centuries AD, and was an influential hub of local and long-distance trade networks. The exhibition features superb pieces of Ife sculpture, drawn almost entirely from the magnificent collections of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria.

 British Museum
 Great Russell Street

 British Museum Website

 Adults £8
 Consessions £7
 Free Under 16's
Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa

Message in a Bottle: Debating Multiculturalism and the Arts
Tuesday 25 May 2010, 18.30–20.00

To mark the Fourth Plinth Commission, Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, by Anglo-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, this panel discussion will explore the legacy and impact of multiculturalism in the context of the arts in Britain today. Yinka Shonibare says his piece will reflect the story of multiculturalism in London “honouring the many cultures and ethnicities that are still breathing precious wind into the sails of the United Kingdom”. Multiculturalism and its many legacies is a contested concept.

The panel will consider questions about the legacies of multiculturalism within the field of art and culture.
Chaired by Kwame Kwei-Armah (Playwright, broadcaster, actor)
Distinguished panelists include: Yinka Shonibare MBE (artist), Munira Mirza (Mayor's Director of Arts and Cultural Policy for London), Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Columnist, writer and cultural commentator) and Matthew Taylor (Director of Royal Society of Arts).

 Tate Britain
 Clore Auditorium

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 Fourth Plinth

30 September 2010 – 16 January 2011

Be prepared for stunning impressionism, brilliant symbolism, inventive sculpture and pioneering ceramics'
- The Sunday Times

Book your tickets now for the must-see exhibition of 2010.

Gauguin is one of the world's most famous and best-loved artists from the early 20th century. For the first time in the UK in over 50 years, Tate Modern presents an exhibition dedicated to this master French Post-Impressionist, featuring paintings and drawings from around the world. His sumptuous, colourful images of women in Tahiti and beautiful landscape images of Brittany in France are some of the most popular images in Modern art.

Gauguin was the ultimate global traveller, sailing the South Seas, and living in Peru, Martinique, and Paris among other places. This exhibition explores the role of the myths around the man - Gauguin as storyteller, painting himself as a Christ-like figure or even a demon in his own paintings, religious and mythical symbols in his work, and the manipulation of his own artistic identity. It features many of his iconic paintings, including those showing daily village life from the artist's colony of Pont-Aven in Brittany, nude bathers and haystacks in the Breton landscape, and decorative works such as the carved wooden door panels around Gauguin's hut in the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. More...

 SE1 9TG
 Tel: 020 7887 8888


Afro Hair & Beauty Live
30 – 31 May 2010

Once again Alexandra Galleries will be exhibiting at 2010 Afro Hair & Beauty Live at its new venue, the stylish Business Design Centre, situated in fashionable Islington N1.

Be first to see our latest collection of contemporary art by international illustrators and graphic designers.

Afro Hair & Beauty Live celebrates 29 years of showcasing the very best brands and suppliers of hair and beauty products. The show is designed to help and guide you through a complete hair, beauty, lifestyle and health regime. See and learn from the experts, watch hair and fashion shows from new and established designers, get a makeover or simply buy products at great prices.

 Afro Hair & Beauty Live
 Business Design Centre
 London N1
 Tel: 020 7498 1795

For tickets click here

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Sisters in Spirit
1 – 31 October 2010
Exhibition coordinated by Alexandra Galleries

Celebrating Black History Month an exhibition of work by 11 female artists based in the UK. Themes such as the unity of the Black family, Black male-female relationships, contemporary social conditions, and African traditions are central to their artistic explorations.

Each artist is active in bringing art to the community and using it as a tool of awareness. Sisters in Spirit include; Soheila Keyani, Paulette Robinson, Melanie "Shay" LaRocque, Carol Ann Edwards (aka 'Cezanne'), Michaela Lavine Lewin, Lorna Graham, Carol John, Mary Osinibi, Munirah Olton, Dionne Ible and Jennifer Lewis.

Private viewing Thursday 30 September 2010, 6.30pm - 9pm

 The Original Gallery
 First floor
 Hornsey Library
 Haringey Park
 London N8 9JA
 020 8249 5807

 Exhibition Times:
 Monday to Friday 1pm to 7pm
 Saturday & Sunday 12pm to 4pm
 Admission Free

Sisters in Spirit
Mosaic Art by Dionne Ible

Sister Talk
Thursday 21st October 2010

An evening of art, poetry and spoken word by artists and guest performers. Expect a truly creative evening and another chance to see the Sisters in Spirit exhibition.

 The Original Gallery
 Hornsey Library
 Haringey Park
 London N8 9JA
 020 8249 5807

 7pm - 9pm

Alexandra Galleries Framing Clinic
Saturday 5 March 2011

Spring is in the air and at a time when house clearance and spring cleaning is top of most people’s to-do list Alexandra Galleries is offering to frame all those prints still rolled up in postal tubes and languishing on top of the wardrobe, and help get them on the wall where they belong... more »

Evolution / Revolution - Ben Jones
13 January – 24 February 2011

Ben Jones' large paintings, lively dynamic drawings, mixed-media works implore viewers to seek and attain higher consciousness, awareness, and idealism.

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Evolution / Revolution - Ben Jones

Inspirations - Dionne Ible, Melanie LaRocque, Carol John, Paulette Robinson, Mary Osinibi Soheila Keyani, Munirah Olton
7 - 26 March 2011

A group show by 7 Women Artists featuring paintings, mosaics, photography, textile art and some of the personally inspirational words, poems, stories & songs, by or about Women, that have empowered each artist to connect with and creatively express her individuality. Download invitation

Putney Library
5 - 7 Disreali Road
London, SW15 2DW

Open: Mon – Fri 9am - 8pm,
Sat 9am – 5pm,
Sun 1pm –5pm
Admission free

International Women’s Day Centenary 2011
Celebration & Private View
Thurs 10 March 2011, 6 – 8 pm


The Black & White Series - Mayowa Ajagunna
19 – 26 March 2011

As a new and emerging talent on the London art scene, Hackney born Mayowa Ajagunna will be holding his first ever solo art exhibition on Saturday 19thMarch 2011. This exhibition will feature a series of black and white paintings and installations. Each artwork produced will reflect upon a provoked thought, an encounter experienced and common issues and events that have occurred within, or affecting our society. More...

The East Gallery
214 Brick Lane
London E1 6SA

Opening reception Sat 19 March 2011, 18.00 – 22.00

Bob Marley & the Golden Age of Reggae
7 April – 15 May 2011

Proud Camden presents Bob Marley & the Golden Age of Reggae, an exhibition of photographs by celebrated photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker. This exhibition is a stunning visual record of the ‘golden age of reggae’ to mark the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s death this May. Read more...

The Horse Hospital
Stables Market
Chalk Farm Road
London, NW1 8AH

11am to 5.30pm Mon – Sun
Admission free

A Better than Good event
Cultural & Spiritual Expression /
A master class in African cultural expression
Saturday 14 May 2011, 12.00 – 4.00pm

This art workshop explores the ideology behind African symbolism. Participants will be challenged to create and express themselves through 3D construction and the process of design. Sculptor, ‘Fowokan George Kelly’ gives a rare insight into the mystical world presented in African art.

Workshop Facilitators: Fowokan George Kelly, Alvin Kofi and Ken McCalla. This is a rare chance for students and artist to work with three leading Black artist and discuss their works. Download event flyer
London South Bank University
Abbey Conference Suite
100-116 London Road, SE1 6LN

Admission Free
Booking essential

Talk Series
Figure Black Adornment Movement
Thursday 29 March 2012

Following its successful launch in 2011, Better than Good (BTG) will be hosting a series of talks where guest artists will be invited to explore the subject of the human figure and demonstrate how it is used in their artistic discipline to express and promote their people and its values.

To launch this inspiring series jewellery maker and designer, Ehwunah, and dance/choreographer, H Patten, will make the first presentations... Read more »

 Veranda Restaurant Cocktail Bar & Art Gallery
 30 Acre Lane
 SW2 5SG

 Ticket price £25.00 (Includes dinner)
 For tickets call Clem 07802486191 or Kofi on 07943437619.
 Spaces are limited.