What better place to hang a Cafe Art exhibition than in an institution that's sole purpose is to train people to create art seven days a week? Cafe Art is very grateful to be invited to showcase our artists paintings in an exhibition at the Hampstead School of Art this month. Closing on Sunday 1 February, the exhibition features 16 artists, including 11 representing art groups run by homelessness-sector organisations (see list of charities and artists below). The private view at the school was a huge success, attracting most of the artists and many friends on a chilly winter's evening last week. Isabel Langtry, the principal of HSoA, hosted the event and welcomed artists introducing them to staff, a highlight being the artist in residence Derek Ogbourne who showed several interested artists his studio.
The Hampstead School of Art exhibition opening. Silas, Mateus, Zin Vaitiekanus, James Gray, HSoA principal Isabel, HSoA artist in residence Derek Ogbourne, Mark Jennings and Agata Fic.
The Hampstead School of Art was founded in the 1950s as a community art education charity by Janette Jackson and Bernard Gay with the patronage of Henry Moore, Lord Cottersloe, Oswald Milne Esq FRIBA and Sir Kenneth Clark. Their vision was the establishment of a centre where the appreciation and enjoyment of art could be shared by people, whatever their age, background and ability. Nine of the paintings are online here. The art groups represented and the artists shown in the exhibition are:
1. St Mungo's Broadway: Barry Morrisey
2. 240 Project: Rene Robbins
3. Wyntham Hall: James Gray
4. Crisis: Mark Jennings
5. SHP: Collective of Artists
6. Art Fitzrovia - Ray of Light
7. BCHA: Stuart Bleasdale
8. One Support - Mateus
9. Arlington - Agata Fic
10. The Connection at St Martins in the Fields: Beth Lee
11. St Mungo's Broadway: Daniel Bruce Independents Reinhard Schleining Tagzee Zin Vaitiekanus Chris Wilson David Tovey