No Brainer by Nicole Harris is a new show that is what it says! Come and join us on Thursday 5 August for a wonderful evening’s entertainment.

Thursday 5 August

6.30pm – 19.10

FREE entry and pay what you want bucket at the end of the performance. (All proceeds go directly to the comedian.)

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Come along and enjoy the unique humour of award winning comedian, Nicole Harris. She will entertain you as though you are a guest in her own home AND she will be the perfect host!

The best thing about live comedy is you never know what will happen and Nicole will exploit this as she improvises material by reacting to what’s happening in the room but also bringing her finely tuned gags to the performance. This is a No Brainer in every sense of the word.

Nicole Harris is A Force of Nature

Arthur Smith

Book Now to see No Brainer by Nicole Harris – click here

About Healing Comedy Club

Every Thursday we hold a weekly open mic comedy night; all things and Covid-19 prevailing. It’s a great evening which aims to make you feel good. You get to see comedians at all stages of their careers, hear varied material and have a good laugh.

The venue is large and airy, yet has an intimate feel. The flexible seating means that we can arrange chairs in household bubbles and ensure everyone has a great view. We sanitise the venue before you come in, monitor the numbers in the room during the show and do our best to keep you safe.

Rudy Ilyas established Healing Comedy Club in 2018. They do most of their contact via Facebook. To keep up to date with their gigs like and follow their page https://www.facebook.com/groups/healingcomedyclub/

If you are an act and want to perform, please email Rudy healingcomedyclub@gmail.com

Join Nick Pearson in virtual ‘gallery tours’ of London’s permanent art collections, as well as selected, special exhibitions you might have missed. Of course, this can never substitute for the real thing, but you do get to view an exhibition from the comfort of your own home!

The price for the two-hour virtual tour and notes is £20 per person. If two of you join the tour and share a computer screen, the price is £30 for you both. You can pay Nick via bank transfer or cheque. He will send you the details.

Email Nick directly to book your place on these virtual tours – connie.spark@btopenworld.com

Virtual Tours in August

Wednesday 4 August : 10.30am : Revel in the delight of Monet’s water lilies and Guillaume-Walter’s collection of French modern art in the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris.

Wednesday 4 August : 2.30pm : National Gallery: Artemisia (Exhibition: Oct 2020–Jan 2021) 

Friday 6 August : 10.30am : Revisit the Dora Maar exhibition which was at Tate Modern Nov 2019–Mar 2020.

Saturday 7 August : 11am : Another opportunity to visit the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris with Nick.

Tuesday 10 August : 1.30pm :  Delight in Turner’s Bequest at Tate Britain.

Thursday 12 August : 3.00pm :  Join Nick for another opportunity to view his highlights from the Permanent Collection at Tate Modern
(Part I) 

Untitled (for Francis) 1985 Antony Gormley born 1950 Purchased 1987 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T05004

Tuesday 17 August : 7.00pm : Enjoy the highlights of the National Gallery’s extensive collection of Renaissance Art.

Wednesday 18 August : 10.30am : Join Nick as he takes you on a tour of more of his highlights from Tate Modern’s Permanent Collection
(Part II) 

Wednesday 18 August : 2.00 pm : Join us on a tour of the National Gallery’s French Neo-Classicism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism paintings.

Tuesday 24 August : 1.30pm : A review of Rembrandt’s Light Exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2019/2020.

Tuesday 24 August : 7.00pm : Tate Modern: Frank Bowling (Exhibition: 31 May–26 Aug 2019) 

Thursday 26 August : 10.30am : Enjoy the work of Modigliani. The Tate Modern had a popular exhibition of his work in 2017/2018)

Tuesday 31 August : 7.00 pm : Van Gogh loved Britain and this exhibition by Tate Britain in 2019 celebrates his work.

Join the virtual gallery tours via Zoom. If you have not used Zoom before, Nick can show you how to download and use the program.

Support Notes

When you have booked your place, Nick sends you a handout with high resolution images. You can refer to this handout during the lecture and see the images clearly. He projects the images on his studio wall and uses them to point things out as he speaks. After the tour Nick sends you his lecture notes.

Email Nick directly to book your place on this virtual tour – connie.spark@btopenworld.com

About the Tutor

Nick is an internationally exhibited artist and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has a passion for art of all period and teaches at various levels in schools, colleges, universities and adult learning centres; including

  • London College of Contemporary Art
  • Richmond Art School
  • OPEN Ealing
  • University of Oxford
  • Northampton University
  • Bradford College of Art

His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. His simple interventions and appropriations of the familiar things that surround us are made uncanny by way of his approach and working practices. They deal with the language, the possible associations and the status of ‘ordinary’ objects. For more information on his work and exhibitions visit his website: https://www.nickpearsonartist.com/

To book special, private tours (for birthdays, corporate events, etc) please email him: connie.spark@btopenworld.com

Painting with Pastels is a short four week course led by Andrea Tierney during which time you learn how to use this versatile medium.

Fridays

10am – 1pm

6 – 27 August inclusive

Course Fees : Full £75 ; Retired £65 ; Concession £50

Pay As You Go Rates : Full £25 ; Retired £20 ; Concession £15

Pastel is a most versatile medium: from the subtle to the dynamic, from controlled observation to subjective expression, working with pastels makes it possible to great effect. Artists throughout history have used pastels to achieve that quality impossible to render in oils, watercolours or acrylics.

Workshop 1 – we discuss the materials and techniques we use and what paper is the best to use:

  • Ingres paper
  • Watercolour paper
  • Velour paper
  • Sand-grain paper

During the session we look at blending techniques and use of white. To fix artwork we use fixative (or hairspray). We create a floral still life.

Workshop 2 – this week we create a seascape (water and sky) from sketch to finished painting. We learn about the pressure of stroke and rubbing techniques.

Workshop 3 – using a range of household objects as subject matter we aim to create the illusion of transparency as well as volume and density.

Final Workshop – we examine portraits and people. We study the colour of skin and hair; how to build up tone and how to refine a portrait.

Materials

You will need to provide your own materials for Painting with Pastels.

  • Pastel paper
  • A range of pastels. They can be hard or soft. Choose what you prefer.
  • Kneaded eraser (putty rubber)
  • A blending stump (you can make it yourself from blotting paper)
  • A soft brush for blending
  • A soft cloth
  • Apron or old shirt

About the Tutor

Andrea Tierney is a practising artist with a training in Fine Art, Digital media and Textile Design. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and worked in artist residencies in Italy, the Czech Republic and Austria.
For 15 years she worked as art teacher in High Schools and as visiting artist in Primary and High Schools as well as taught Life Drawing and Drawing and Painting in Adult Education.

www.andreatierneydesign.com

www.andreatierney.webeden.co.uk

Join us for a wonderful evening of poetry and performances with the poets of Poem Brut #19.

Saturday 14 August

7pm – 9.30pm

Free

This is the nineteenth Poem Brut event and the latest in their summer programme. We are in for a treat. Not only do we hear a preview of the new Seen as Read anthology, we have new performances and readings from several poets.

“Seen as Read” is the latest anthology edited by SJ Fowler and is due for release in November 2021. In it he celebrates contemporary visual, conceptual and innovative poetry. Learn more about it, click on the link www.poembrut.com/seenasreadanthology

During the evening we have the pleasure of hearing over a dozen brilliant poets perform in the Poem Brut tradition. They’ll all be investigating what is possible in live literature and poetry.

Poets and Performers:

  • Mikael Buck
  • Chris Kerr
  • Beverley Frydman
  • Susie Campbell
  • Paul Hawkins
  • Vicki Kaye
  • Lynette Willoughby
  • Richard Marshall
  • Bob Bright
  • Simon Tyrrell
  • Evalyn Lee
  • Kayleigh Cassidy
  • S J Fowler

About Poem Brut

Poem Brut celebrates artistic creative writing and genuine authentic originality in poetry. Through over a dozen live events, nearly 100 commissions, exhibitions at The Poetry Society and Rich Mix, a series of new books and online publications on 3am magazine, Poem Brut has offered an alternative understanding of 21st century literature since 2017 and has formed a quiet movement in British, and global, poetry.

To find out more about Poem Brut visit their website

Book your seat for Poem Brut #19 – we look forward to seeing you. It’s free to attend and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments.

Join us for life drawing on Wednesday during the summer. It is a fabulous way to spend an evening; in the company of life minded artists who enjoy drawing the human form

Wednesdays

7 – 9pm

4, 11, 18, 25 August

£15 Adults / £12.50 Concessions per session

Limited to 10 artists per session

Life Drawing on Wednesday is a facilitated session for artists who have some experience of life drawing, or those who like developing their style and increasing their line miles under their own steam. The Wednesday life drawing session is OPEN’s longest running class.

We work with a number of professional life models who strike a series of short and long poses. Although we have a different model every week, if you are building a portfolio using a particular model, rest assured they will return!

Our 10 life drawing artists will be socially distanced with some paper provided (A2 size sugar paper of assorted colours – always, white, black, buff and grey). We provide some refreshments, but please bring all other materials you want to use with you.

Materials

Add block

We provide:

  • Drawing Boards
  • Clips
  • A2 sized paper – 170gsm cartridge and grey recycled sugar paper
  • Refreshments!

Please bring your drawing materials and any other paper you need with you.

If you like life drawing, why not try Drawing Movement with us? We’re collaborating with Stephanie Osztreicher, a movement director, teacher, performer and life model. She trained at CSSD, Ballarat Arts Academy and Lecoq in Paris and works across film, visual arts and music. It’s a weekly online session with different performance models and a specific topic. For more details head over to our page

About the Tutor

Jack Jones graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 2010 with a BA in painting. He is a founder member of OPEN Ealing and is a driver in our creative direction. Jack curates our exhibitions and is well known for being able to “make things happen”.

Instagram: Jack Jones Art

Join us for a new course “Linocut meets Painting” led by experienced print maker and artist, Jessica Rose. Painting and printmaking don’t often come together but in this weekend course we shall be melding two completely different disciplines with stunning results.

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 August

10am – 4pm both days

Course Fee: £100 Adult (£85 Concessions)

Linocut meets Painting is a must for anyone who’s wondered how to take their skills in linocut further. During the short course you will

  • hand-colour your linocuts using watercolour or acrylic to create “varied edition” prints
  • learn how to create bold, expressive images by carving into a lino block and printing it in rich oil-based ink
  • and then learn how to take it a stage further by adding paint to your prints

Materials

You will be provided with basic materials, such as ink, proofing paper and two lino blocks (20cm x 15cm), but please also bring: 

  • Pencils and rubber
  • Paint (of your choice – it can be watercolour and/or acrylic), brushes and suitable paper for it. 
  • Source material, such as your own photographs and sketches, to help you create an image to print
  • Apron
  • Box/packet of latex gloves (to help you keep your hands clean when you’re inking up and printing)
  • Linocutting tools. If you do not have any you can buy a set from OPEN Ealing for £14 each. If you want to buy a set of tools from us make sure you contact us least two weeks before the course starts so they can be ordered in time. 

We are going to use some very unusual, semi-transparent Japanese paper for our final prints and we will put them in window mounts. The cost of these additional materials is £10 each, payable to your tutor on the day. 

We shall provide light refreshments throughout the day; however we do not provide lunch. Please bring your own lunch, or make the most of all that Dickens Yard has to offer.

About the Tutor

Jessica is a painter, print maker and art teacher. Based in Ealing, she does a lot of work to commission and her clients include the historic stately home Syon Park. Jessica has exhibited with the Society of Women Artists, Chelsea Art Society and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.  In 2018 she was chosen from 1,600 applicants to compete in TV competition Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year.

Website: jessicaroseartist.co.uk

Facebook: /JessicaRoseArtist

Twitter & Instagram: @JessRoseArtist

Join us for a weekend linocut workshop with local artist, Jessica Rose. In this short course you will work with a highly experienced printmaker and will quickly be able to create bold, expressive images using linocut techniques. 

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 August

10am – 4pm both days

Workshop Fee: £100 Adult (£85 Concessions)

Linocut is one of the most accessible forms of printmaking, used by many famous artists including Matisse and Picasso. This weekend workshop is suitable for all skill levels. Whether you’ve done drawing and printmaking before or whether you’re a complete beginner – Jessica will guide you through the whole process and give you plenty of help and support. 

We shall provide light refreshments throughout the day; however we do not provide lunch. Please bring your own lunch, or make the most of all that Dickens Yard has to offer.

SKILLS/TECHNIQUES COVERED during this weekend linocut workshop

  • Planning and designing an effective image, thinking creatively within the boundaries of the process
  • Cutting lino safely and effectively using a variety of tools
  • Printing by inking up a lino block and hand burnishing it or printing it on a table top press
  • How to print in colour, using reduction and key block techniques
  • Your tutor will be available to work with you individually so you can either start from scratch or build on your knowledge by finding out about new and unusual techniques. 

MATERIALS REQUIRED

You will be provided with basic materials, such as ink, proofing paper, three lino blocks (20cm x 15cm) but please also bring: 

  • Pencils and rubber
  • Source material, such as your own photographs and sketches, to help you create an image to print
  • Apron
  • Box/packet of latex gloves (to help you keep your hands clean when you’re inking up and printing)
  • Linocutting tools. If you do not have any you can buy a set from OPEN Ealing for £14 each. If you want to buy a set of tools from us make sure you contact us least two weeks before the course starts so they can be ordered in time. 
  • You can buy additional blocks from us and you are also welcome to bring your own if you prefer to work on bigger designs. 

IMPORTANT NOTES

Linocutting can be quite hard on the hands so please bear this in mind if you have any problems with your joints. You may need to rest your hands regularly.

We will be working with oil-based inks. You can take your prints home at the end of the sessions, or leave them in the drying rack in the classroom. If you are taking your prints home, you may find it easier to transport them by car.

Please be aware we will be using white spirit, which has a strong smell, to clean lino blocks and perspex sheets. 

We’ve limited this class to 10 people. Book now!

About the Tutor

Jessica is a painter, print maker and art teacher. Based in Ealing, she does a lot of work to commission and her clients include the historic stately home Syon Park. Jessica has exhibited with the Society of Women Artists, Chelsea Art Society and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.  In 2018 she was chosen from 1,600 applicants to compete in TV competition Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year.

Website: jessicaroseartist.co.uk

Facebook: /JessicaRoseArtist

Twitter & Instagram: @JessRoseArtist

Drawing Movement is an online drawing session led by Stephanie Osztreicher. These workshops are an opportunity for you to explore the fundamentals of movement in life drawing.

Tuesdays

7 – 8.30pm

3 August

£10 per session

Join us for the final session in this series of drawing movement. Over the past five weeks we have examined different movement principles and become familiar with drawing movement.

During the session the professional model or dancer will embody various movements and strike a mix of long and short poses which the tutor will explain. This week we focus on Movement in Stillness.

The great thing about an online drawing movement class is that the models we work with can be based anywhere in the world. They are all professional movement performers and dancers and will strike a mix of short and medium length poses. The models will demonstrate a movement so that artists are able to understand it. After the demonstration, the models will suspend the movement so the artists can sketch it. Each movement includes detailed explanations.

Occasionally there will be moving poses. We’ll also explore how you can find movement in a static pose.

By joining drawing movement with Stephanie, you will be able to explore movement both technically and expressively. It will add to your in person life drawing sessions

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening.

ABOUT THE TUTOR

Stephanie Osztreicher is a movement director, teacher, performer and life model.

She trained at CSSD, Ballarat Arts Academy and Lecoq in Paris and works across film, visual arts and music. Her work also includes interdisciplinary performance with the main interest being the potential of creative, social and cultural exchanges movement can provide.  As a life model, she has worked with high profile art institutions, individual artists and on a range of performance art events.

www.sosztreicher.wixsite.com/performance

Night on the Galactic Railroad is a classic Japanese fantasy novel by Kenji Miyazawa. Join us for a brand new adaptation of the play by A Wonderful Adventure.

Saturday 25 September

Two shows: 3pm and 6pm

Tickets: £10 Children (£7 Adults) includes all workshop materials

Giovanni is a young boy, whose father is away at sea, while his mother is ill at home. He is forced to work odd jobs, in order to buy food for his poor family. He has no time to study and his classmates make fun of him for being behind in his schoolwork. Only his friend Campanella is there for him. But one day Giovanni is whisked away on galactic train that takes him across the universe and beyond imagination itself! Join us for this wonderful adventure through the stars!

Fun for the whole family Night on the Galactic Railroad is performed by theatre company, A Wonderful Adventure. They specialise in the fantastical, magical and historical.

The Cast

George C Francis trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2007 with a distinction in acting. He has performed in and directed a wide variety of productions. He recently played Jamie in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at the Other Palace, Toad in “The Wind in the Willows”, Father in “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and Dickon in “The Secret Garden”. Other roles include the title character in “Macbeth”, Ganya in “The Idiot”, Leontes in “The Winter’s Tale”, Ivan in “Ward no. 6” Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing”, Bob in Cutlery Wars”, Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet”, Beast in “Beauty and The Beast”, and Scrooge in “Grumpy Old Scrooge”. He has led and facilitated several workshops for young people, and people with special needs.

Halie Darling graduated from LJMU with a first-class BA Hons in drama. She has performed and produced in the West End, One of the performances she worked on won a West End Talks Award. Halie has performed in many productions as an actor, as well as directing and producing. Recent credits include The Witch in “Room on the Broom”, Mel in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at The Other Palace, Mrs Fletcher in “Cold Delivery”, Ratty in “The Wind in the Willows”, Mary Lennox in “The Secret Garden”, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and Amelia in “Amelia Earhart at the Edge of the Stars”, Halie starred in “Alien: Escape” aside the legendary monster from the Alien franchise. She played Mrs Lovett from Sweeney Todd on Strictly Come Dancing, ITV. She has led and facilitated workshops for adults and children and people with special needs.