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Desperate Artwives

Learning from our previous ‘takeover’ model we would like to extend the concept and 

build on that experience. We are offering a new opportunity to performing artists to be part of the East End Gallery Trail. 

The event will be taking place on Saturday 24th of June coinciding with the fall of 

midsummer time. We are asking applicants to send us proposals that work ties up with the concept of Midsummer Madness. 


Midsummer Madness is an uncertain term evoking and blending divergent sentiments such as pleasure and dejection, fun and chaos.  Midsummer itself elicits a kind of 

madness in us all, where days are long and nights are short and hot. Where images of full ripe fruits come to mind, plump and ready to burst like a woman's pregnant belly.  Madness throughout history has gone hand in hand with female identity, from the 

burning of witches to the locking up in asylums of women who didn't fit the patriarchal prototype. Furthermore motherhood can bring with it ambivalent feelings, happiness, depression, overwhelming pressure and exhaustion, intense love, mind numbing boredom. Motherhood itself plunges you into a kind of madness.  

Midsummer Madness with the Desperate Artwives looks to reflect upon and tease out these important and frequently dismissed conversations, giving voice to these concerns with a feminist commitment. Mother Artists will use their experiences as raw materials, blurring boundaries between Art and Activism, presenting alternative approaches of artistic production by focusing on personal experience as a legitimate and valid creative subject matter. 

Please send your proposal to 



Curated by Amy Dignam and Adriana Cerne.


SALT | Ellis & Nakamura private view




A two-person exhibition featuring Leyden Gallery artists Hilary Ellis & Atsuko Nakamura
An exhibition focused on processes and interventions in mark making.

The PV for SALT coincides with The Whitechapel Gallery First Thursdays on 1st June​

​The ​exhibition continues until 17th June​

Atsuko Nakamura has recently exhibited in a solo show in Japan & through her residency in New York. We welcome her back to Leyden Gallery for the exhibition SALT as she brings her new salt sculpture In Between the Beginning and End, to be shown alongside earlier sculptures and works on paper; all of which were made in the shadow of the aftermath of the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Nakamura’s latest work, which engage cloud, rain and waterfalls in the practice of mark-making are considered by her as a process of collaboration and are exhibited here for the first time.

Since Hilary Ellis's previous solo exhibition at Leyden Gallery, 'Pale Significance' (2015), she has been working intensely at her Kent studio on a vast body of work dealing with repetition and its dynamic relation to structure and chaos, and the encounter in mark-making. For Ellis the process is not determined by any logical stopping point and often does not coincide with the finishing of the work but is determined by a casual choice. These ideas are explored in an on-going practice that has spanned several decades since Ellis started working as an artist.

ArtGeminiPrize 2017


ArtGeminiPrize 2017 5th Edition : PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY, SCULPTURE

£5000 cash prizes plus Exhibition at Asia House, London

Call For Entries

To enter visit

Fee Detail: 

Young Masters Art Prize: shortlist announced




Shortlist announced for Young Masters Art Prize and Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize

The shortlist for the Young Masters Art Prize is announced. Eighteen artists from across the globe will compete for this coveted international prize, which celebrates contemporary artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past. An exhibition of their work will be held at Gallery 8 in the heart of London’s St James’s from 19 to 24 June. The winner will be announced on 21 June.

The shortlist includes Ghanaian-British multi-media artist Amartey Golding whose film Chainmail throws light over cultural behaviours towards race, gender and sexuality, while channelling the darkness of El Greco and Goya; Dutch fine art photographer Isabelle van Zeijl who blends the techniques and idioms of the Old Masters with present-day aesthetics to create striking self-portraits; British print-maker John Phillips whose eerie still lifes are created from over 1,000 separate photographs; and American painter Lucy Beecher Nelson who reinvents 15th century Italian marriage portraits. 

Ten artists have also been shortlisted for the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize, a strand of the Young Masters Art Prize that was launched in 2014 to give a separate platform for ceramics and highlight the creative and innovative potential of this artistic medium. The shortlist includes British artist Katie Spragg who creates miniature worlds modelled in porcelain, and Danish artist Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, whose figurative and narrative pieces have been influenced by the 15th century potter Bernard Palissy.

The Young Masters Art Prize was established in 2009 by gallerist Cynthia Corbett. 2017 marks the fourth edition of the prize and is being judged by art historian Godfrey Barker (Chair) with Melanie Gerlis, Art Market Columnist at the Financial Times and Editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper; Daisy McMullan, Curator;  Hannah Rothschild, writer, filmmaker and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery, London; Charles Saumarez Smith, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts and Jean Wainwright, Art Historian, Critic and Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at the University for the Creative Arts.  On 21 June they will award three prizes: an overall prize of £2,000 and two Highly Commended Prizes of £500 each courtesy of the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS). A new ‘Be Smart About Art’ award worth £500 will be inaugurated with this edition of the prize.

The judging panel for the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize comprises Janice Blackburn, former Curator of Arts and Crafts at Sotheby’s; collector Preston Fitzgerald; collector and philanthropist, Maylis Grand and the Crafts Council’s Daniella Wells. A main Ceramics Prize of £1,500 and a Highly Commended Prize of £500 will be awarded.

For the first time in 2017, a new strand of the Young Masters Art Prize will be launched to profile and reward the work of an emerging female artist.  The winner of the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize will be selected from all the Young Masters Art Prize and Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize entries.  The judging panel for the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize comprises: Beth Colocci, Chairman of the Trustees of UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Sylvie Gormezano, Chair of the Association of Women Art Dealers; award-winning designer and art collector Ronnette Riley, FAIA and Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Executive Board, Head of Corporate Branding and Communications and Chairperson of the Swarovski Foundation. They will present the winner with an award of £1,000 and a runner-up with a Highly Commended Prize of £250, which have been made possible thanks to Dr Chris Blatchley. 

The Young Masters Art Prize shortlist:

Tamara Al-Mashouk        Liron Kroll               Lars Reiffers                            

Lucy Beecher Nelson      Liane Lang             Asya Reznikov

Sasha Bowles                 Azita Moradkhani   Sheila Rock     

Carole Freeman             Yuehan Pan            Antoine Schneck         

Amartey Golding              John Phillips          Stephen Snoddy         

Laura Hospes                  David Piddock       Isabelle van Zeijl


The Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize shortlist:

Grant Aston                              Lucille Lewin

Andrew Casto                           Lauren Nauman

Tessa Eastman                         Irina Razumovskaya

Antonie Eikemans                     Katie Spragg

Malene Hartmann Rasmussen  Amber Zuber   

For 2017, the Young Masters Art Prize is delighted to welcome multi-media artist Gordon Cheung as its guest artist.  His work will be part of the Young Masters Art Prize exhibition.

The Young Masters Art Prize and Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize shortlist exhibition will be held at Gallery 8 in the heart of London’s St James’s from 19 to 24 June 2017.  A selection of shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at the Royal Overseas League from 28 June to 8 September 2017 and at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery from 2 to 14 October 2017 during Frieze week.


Sunday Times Watercolour Competition - Call for Entries



Rewarding excellence and originality in contemporary watercolour painting

Deadline: 26 June 2017, 5pm.

Enter online:

Now in its 30th year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. Whether it be through abstract or figurative, contemporary or traditional, the competition aims to celebrate and redefine the beauty and diversity of watercolour and water-based media.

Open to all UK-based artists, the competition offers a diverse and generous range of prizes including a First Prize of £10,000, the Jackson’s Young Artist Award worth £500 and the St Cuthberts Mill Prize for an outstanding work on paper.

Approximately one hundred works which are deemed to reflect the true breadth of the medium, will be selected by a panel of leading figures from the art world. The 2017 judging panel includes Sarah Long, Director of Long and Ryle Gallery; Kathryn Maple, artist and 2016 First Prize Winner; Louis Wise, critic and writer for The Sunday Times and Andrew Wilton, Visiting Research Fellow at Tate Britain.

The shortlisted works will be shown at the Mall Galleries, London from 18 - 24 September 2017, before going on tour to venues across the UK. The Winners will be announced in the Culture section of The Sunday Times.

Artists are invited to submit up to four works in any water-based medium by 26 June 2017, 5pm. Entry is £15 per work. For more information and to apply online, please visit:

For further details please contact Parker Harris:

T. 01372 462190

Brighton Puppetry School Summer Intensive



BPS Summer School scene 2016

“A brilliant, bonkers week packed with world-class teaching and a well-rounded curriculum covering all we needed and more, resulting in a proper, touching show. Highly recommended.”

Brighton Puppetry's School's annual Summer School Intensive brings together in one place all three core strands of our training – puppetry performance, puppet making and devising your own work – the BPS Summer School is a unique immersion in the art of puppetry. 

Over 6 days (July 15 - 20), the Summer School will create a Puppetry Training Company who work with our tutors to develop a wide range of core skills in the art and craft of puppet theatre. Together, we put these skills to the test to develop an original performance using a variety of puppetry forms and performance styles, culminating in a celebratory public production at the end of the week’s work.

This rich week will offer a mixture of group training and opportunities for personal areas of focus on making, staging, devising and performance including multi-operator, solo work and work on puppetry and voice.

“I also learned so much from the other participants due to the range of skills that you invited in, so picked up even more new knowledge/confidence.”

Sessions during the week will be led by all three of BPS’s core team, whose practices span extensive theatre work, large scale events and live art, and will also include opportunities to eat together and explore Brighton’s brilliant theatre scene.

Days will run 10am-6pm with some additional evenings for making and practising. We will be based for the second year in the inspiring creation spaces at The Spire in East Brighton.

This is an unrivalled opportunity for intensive hands-on training in every aspect of making brilliant puppetry theatre happen and is suitable for all those with a commitment to puppetry, and with some practical experience of either making or performing with puppets.  It is suitable for artsits and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who want to explore puppetry including visual artists, deisgners, musical performers, teachers, physical theatre performers and, of course, budding puppetry specialists.

“Thanks for such a great week. It’s given me so much fuel.”



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