Friday, 22 September 2017

​Hello everyone,

Just to remind you to pop along to Nunhead and follow the Art Trail, open from 11am - 6pm on Saturday and Sunday this weekend...Nunhead is a very special place, a wonderful village in South East London, with a thriving unspoilt 1950's style high street. They still have a butcher, a baker, a greengrocer and a fishmonger, all nestled around the lovely village green with community centre and gastro pub attached. Recent additions to the high street include lots of lovely eateries, a craft beer shop, a delicatessen and vintage craft and furniture shops. The map includes the tranquil wilderness of Nunhead Cemetry, one of the most beautiful and wild green spots in London.


More info and a map here:​


I'm number 69 in the brochure, 68 on the map, and as well as having a painting at Tracey Francis's homage to The Nunhead Open at 156 Hollydale Road - number 15 - I'll be exhibiting with artists Dick Graham and Frances Greville at 57 Athenlay Road SE15 3EN, where I'll have plenty of interesting work on show, including small affordable pieces, as well as my newly reworked musical mushroom sculpture "Conical Wax Cap":




and my new series of oil paintings, last seen at Cafe Gallery Projects in Southwark Park.
The oil painting “HMS Impregnable” is part of a series of paintings which are an exploration of the wonder and fascination for floral motifs in our history, and a metaphorical description of the power of flowers to uplift and revive the spirit in times of adversity. 

Blue roses stretch across the canvas, surrounded by blue sky above and green sea below. The blue rose is a flower of the genus Rosa (family Rosaceae) that presents blue to violet pigmentation. In literature and art it is a symbol of love and prosperity. The impossible or the unattainable.

Since the blue rose is a rarity in nature, it stands for something that is hardly within one's grasp, an object(ive) that seems too difficult to achieve. Thus, the blue rose is admired and revered as an unachievable dream. It also expresses love at first sight, royal majesty and splendour.

In this painting, vibrant blue roses dance across the canvas, sharing space with motifs such as butterflies, sailors and mermaids. Included are smaller floral patterns described using stencils of William Morris designs, sourced from the domestic architecture at Union Chapel, and Darwin’s famous ship HMS Beagle, being chased by a sea monster, with quotes from his writings found in the Penguin book “It Was Snowing Butterflies”. One of the Little Black Classics series, the book contains a selection of Darwin’s extraordinary adventures during the voyage of the Beagle from December 1831 to February 1832.

Within the paintings can be found 83 names, painted on white strips, emerging from the pebbles at the bottom of the sea. These are names of some of the people tragically affected by the government’s changes to disability living allowance, and the bedroom tax, as documented in Ken Loach’s film “I, Daniel Craig”. For example, Colin Traynor who suffered from epilepsy, denied disability living allowance and found fit for work: 5 weeks after his death his family found out that he had won his appeal. His father is quoted as saying “ I firmly believe – 100% believe – that the system this government introduced has killed my son.” Stephen Hill, who died of a heart attack while awaiting heart surgery, one month after being found fit for work. And Cecilia Burns, found fit for work while undergoing treatment for breast cancer, she died a few weeks after winning her appeal.

These elements are painted in oil on canvas, with vibrant colours, using a broad range of techniques. From free scumbling translucent brushwork, to intensely fine lined detail drawn in paint onto flat colours across the canvas, and stencilling using hand made stencils.

The roses represent the difficulty in achieving a balance between the intense beauty of wild nature and the urban landscape. The source for the roses comes from The 1990s, when my art expressed itself through installations, using furniture, found objects, embroidery and taxidermy. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher rolled out Care in the Community. Hospitals and institutions closed. I attended an auction of furniture and equipment and found a hospital screen. The poignancy of its chintz rose pattern inspired me to start painting again. The patina on the fabric, rich with emotional resonance. Sanderson Chelsea. 1950s style retro. English beauty, wonder, fascination. Floral motifs, history. Domestic architecture. I started drawing and painting as an experiment. Describing and capturing process, a description of flowers. Since then I have regularly used this motif in my paintings, and still do to this day.

Here's a link to the live art singing interaction, "Full Fathom Five", that complemented the painting on September 3rd. Filmed by artist Calum F. Kerr:


And here I am with the lovely Caroline Gregory who also performed on that day:



With love and best wishes - Joanna

Friday, 1 September 2017

Hello everyone,
This is a busy month for me! CGP gallery's show ends on Sunday with a finnissage, I'm exhibiting a painting for By The Sea in Whitstable, curated by Harry Pye, other artists include Peter Doig, Sarah Sparkes and Geraldine Swayne. Empire II is travelling to Kendal in the beautiful Lake District. My project with Union Chapel continues to thrive, and my classes at Thomas Calton Centre will begin again on September 18th, more info at www.southwark.gov.uk/adultlearning. And on the weekend of September 23rd and 24th I will be taking part in The Nunhead Art Trail.
Please continue to read for more details and photos from last month's endeavours...

This Sunday afternoon you will find me in Southwark Park, for a walking tour and the finnissage party at Cafe Gallery Projects. I will be delivering my live art interaction Full Fathom Five, to complement my painting HMS Impregnable, being exhibited as part of the Common and Garden exhibition, if you missed the opening come along and enjoy the exhibition on Sunday!

If you haven't had a chance to see the Bermondsey Artist Group exhibition at CGP Gallery - save some time on afternoon 3rd September when they'll be a last chance to see the work, meet other artists and interact with a number of performances including:

The 21C Beautification Committee Forage & Walking Tour:
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Price £6 Meeting at Garden entrance of CGPGallery
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM BST
Inspired by Ada Salter’s establishment of the Beautification Committee in Southwark in the 1920s, the Gallery exhibition and walk delves into aspects of togetherness, thinking of art and nature as a communitarian, aesthetic project; cultivating and nurturing new forms of representation; the common, with its flowerbeds, weeds and non-native plants, a field of pollen and scent permeates our everyday city routine. In the ‘lungs of London’*, our vital green spaces, we reach towards a state of peace and equilibrium while championing the population of street trees and plants.
Come and join the walk to learn how to identify native and non-native trees, explore the 'beauty' of Bermondsey and share in some foraged fruits from the areas abundance of plants. The walk includes a guided tour of the area and the exhibition by artist Charlie Fox.
Proceeds from the walk help support the work of the Gallery and InspiralLondon Project. Tickets available here  

3pm - 5pm For BAG artists will be providing a number of services and exchanges on the themes of beautification, gentrification and transformation.
Encounter Caroline Gregory's silent tribute in the Ada Salter Garden. Meditations and conversations on nature, health and transformation; working from the inside outwards.
In the Gallery you might exchange some local earth with Sarah Sparkes' Dirt Bags Relocation Services or enjoy “Full Fathom Five” as Joanna McCormick, manifest as Flora, Roman Goddess of flowers, hands out “Butterfollies”. Or delve into the depths of the park by witnessing Gail Dickerson's core investigations.

Plus the opportunity to pick up and discuss copies of the new Beautification Committee poster.

Refreshments provided. All events free.


BY THE SEA is an exhibition at Gallery 64a, 64 Oxford Street, Whitstable, CT5 1DG - featuring work by; Harry Adams, Martin Brown, Gordon Beswick, Billy Childish, Jackie Clark, Emma Coleman, Beverley Daniels, Charlie Day, Peter Doig, August Kunnapu, Lee Maelzer, Joanna McCormick, Mark McGowan, Paul, Sakoilsky, Sarah Sparkes, Tom Shedden, Geraldine Swayne, Sandra Turnbull, Julian Wakeling, and Agnieszka Zapala. “By The Sea” is an exhibition of drawings, paintings, prints, collages and photographs of boats, beaches, coastlines, sea creatures, and a few surprises. Curator Harry Pye selected 20 artists to take part in the show and has hung their work salon-style. There are contributions from a wide range of artists some you’ll probably know already and some you won’t have heard of. Why not come and see if there's any work that connects with you?"

The show runs from the 6th of September until the 27th of September. For more info about visiting times please contact Rob Mumby via: info@gallery64a.co.uk, or visit

http://therebelmagazine.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/by-sea-exhibition-at-gallery-64a.html
EMPIRE II  will be showing at Provincial Project Space in Kendal, opening on September 15th, 2pm - 10pm.


Provincial Project Space is an occasional exhibition arena set up by artists Rebecca Scott and Mark Woods in 2017,

The building is a redundant Kendal Mint Cake Works situated in the historic Kirkland area of Kendal.

Part of the factory will be transformed into a contemporary exhibition space to provide the opportunity to display a diverse range and eclectic selection of art.

The intention is to bring contemporary art to Kendal and create a dialogue with the local community.

Heterodox:might describe our philosophy of curating

which resonates with the way we have been working with Vanya Balogh over the recent years in various venues in London and the Venice Biennale.


The Inaugural show will be Empire 2 , in immersive film show curated by Vanya Balogh concurrently running in The 57th Venice Biennale.

Rebecca Scott and Mark Woods live and work in Cumbria and London.
SHRINE TO THE SEASONS continues to develop at Union Chapel in Islington. Pop in on Wednesday September 13th, anytime between 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm. Join our friendly group and learn new art techniques on a summer theme. We will be starting work on the second icon, for display at the chapel next year.
THOMAS CALTON CENTRE is a friendly community college in Peckham, South East London. Running a variety of different courses for adults, from ESOL and fitness to ceramics and music. My 15 week Life Drawing Monday evening classes and 10 week Still Life Tuesday morning classes will start on September 18th and 19th. Book early to avoid disappointment! Call 0207 358 2100 or visit www.southwark.gov.uk/adultlearning for more details.

Or drop in for a Watercolour taster session with me between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday September 12th.

TCC is on Choumert Road, just off Rye Lane in Peckham, SE15 4NX. Nearest station Peckham Rye. Classes are suitable for all levels of ability.
THE NUNHEAD ART TRAIL On September 23rd and 24th from 11am to 6pm each day, you are invited to come along and explore the quaint and unique South East London village of Nunhead, and discover some hidden treasures of contemporary art at the same time.

My work can be found at 156 Hollydale Road SE15 2TQ
, where Tracey Francis will be hosting a homage to The Nunhead Open series of exhibitions, organised by The Surgery art group, over several years across different venues in Nunhead.

I'll also be creating a mini installation at 57 Athenlay Road SE15 3EN
, sharing space with artists Dick Graham and Frances Greville.

More information can be found at:
http://www.nunheadarttrail.co.uk/index.html

And here are some photos from last month's Grove Park Carnival, curated by Frog Morris, photos by Victoria Morris and Calum F. Kerr:


 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Hello everyone,

I am delighted to be taking part in two exciting events next weekend:

Saturday August 12th Grove Park Carnival:
http://groveparkcarnival.co.uk/how-to-find-us/
 
Grove Park Carnival Parade
Come and join the Grove Park Carnival Parade. The route will wind its way through the streets of Grove Park to Chinbrook Meadows on Saturday 12th August. We welcome everyone who wants to take part and there’s also a prize for the best costume! The last Parade was over 30 years ago, so it’s high time for a comeback. Meet at 11am at St Augustine's Church, Baring Road.

Calum F Kerr - Amulet Reunited (after E. Nesbit)
A new interactive live art work inspired by the fantastical adventure tales of local author E. Nesbit, devised especially for Grove Park Carnival
 
Joanna McCormick - Chalkhill Blue Butterfly
Meet the Chalkhill Blue Butterfly in the Carnival Parade and make your own butterfly masks!
 
Sarah Sparkes, Sarah Doyle, Miyuki Kasahara, Rebecca Feiner -
Chutney Preserves River Dance
The Chutney Preserves are a combination of village fete and art exhibition, they create one day public art works which visitors can interact with and immerse themselves in. Inspired by the River Quaggy, the Chutney Preserves  will be emerging from the waters with puppets, masks and costumes. 
 
Grove Park's Got Talent
Hosted by Mzz Kimberly 
Singers, dancers, rappers and poets! Watch Grove Parks most talented residents compete for a trophy and  £100 cash prize! A panel of guest judges will select their favourite acts. 
Have you got talent? Whether you’re a rock band, a choir, a performance poet, a fortune teller or a lion tamer, we’d love to see you on stage.  http://www.groveparksgottalent.co.uk/
 
Uncle Tacko's Flea Circus
Uncle Tacko is itching to show you his international troupe of personally trained fleas… gasp in amazement as mighty Hercu-Fleas pulls a golden chariot around the circus ring, gaze in wonder at Madam Flea-Flea’s daring leaps on her flying trapeze and watch out for the smouldering sensuality of the Russian acrobat – Olga Ivanitch, plus many more tiny feats of astonishment.
Performances 1pm,  2.30pm and 3.30pm
 
Leah Kirkby - Circus Skills Workshop
Learn to hulahoop and perform acrobatic tricks with circus star Leah Kirby
 
 
 


And on Sunday August 13th, between 3 and 6pm -  I will be presenting "Full Fathom Five" my live art singing interaction, to complement my oil painting "HMS Impregnable" at Cafe Gallery Projects, on show for the Bermondsey Artists' Group Exhibition "Common & Garden"


CGP London manages The Gallery and Dilston Grove in Southwark Park, Bermondsey, London SE16. Southwark Park is approximately 7 minutes walk from Canada Water station which is on the Jubilee and Overground (Highbury & Islington to Croydon) Lines. Buses travelling to Canada Water: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, 395, P12, C10.

Visit Us



 
 
JONATHAN HOOD, FAIRIES MAKING CAKES (2017) DETAIL. COURTESY THE ARTIST.
PREVIEW: SUNDAY 13 AUGUST // 3-6PM
16 AUGUST - 3 SEPTEMBER // THE GALLERY
WEDNESDAY - SUNDAY // 11AM-5PM

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE PREVIEW OF COMMON & GARDEN, THIS YEAR'S EXHIBITION BY THE BERMONDSEY ARTISTS' GROUP, CONSISTING OF WORKS SELECTED BY ANNA BARRIBALL AND ANNE BEAN.

THE EXHIBITION EXPLORES CORRESPONDENCES WITHIN THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT, BETWEEN PUBLIC SPACE AND MORE PRIVATE GREEN SPACES, WHILST RESONATING WITH CGP LONDON'S UNIQUE PARK LOCATION. KEY IS THE EXHIBITION'S SUB-THEME OF BEAUTIFICATION, DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM THE ORIGINAL SOUTHWARK 'BEAUTIFICATION' PROJECTS LAUNCHED BY ADA SALTER IN 1920.

CASPAR BELOW // CECILIA BENTLEY BORTOLUZZI // JANE COLLING // JANE DEAKIN // GAIL DICKERSON // CHARLIE FOX // MICHÈLE FUIRER // CAROLINE GREGORY // VIVIEN HARLAND // JONATHAN HOOD // SOPHIE HORTON // DALE INGLIS // JOANNA MCCORMICK // ANNE ROBINSON // HARALD SMYKLA // SARAH SPARKES // KAY WALSH

And finally...

My friends over at James Ross Hunter Youth Support - http://jamesrosshunteryouthsupport.blogspot.co.uk/ - have extended the deadline for their poster competition. The brief is to create a poster for peace, to raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime in our community. There is prize money to be won, selected designs will be exhibited at their venue in Sydenham, and the winning poster will be displayed at bus stops throughout Lewisham. The competition is open to all, works should be A3 size, in any medium. Send your entry clearly marked on the reverse with your name, address, email and phone number, to: POSTER COMPETITION, James Ross Hunter Youth Support, TNG Youth and Community Centre, 111 Wells Park Road, SE26 6AD. The deadline is September 30th 2017, good luck!​
With love and best wishes - Joanna

Thursday, 6 July 2017


​Dear everyone,
I will be running a three day watercolour summer course at Thomas Calton Centre, for Southwark Adult Learning Services, in Peckham SE15, nearest station Peckham Rye.

It starts on Monday July 17th at 10am and runs from 10am til 4pm Monday17th, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th.

Suitable for all levels of learner, we will explore the rich vibrant medium of watercolour, what it is, how to use it and the different fascinating effects that can be created using different types of paper and brushes.

Booking is now open, and enrollment closes this Monday July 10th, so please hurry to secure your place!

More details below.

And online here: www.​southwark.gov.uk/adultlearning
or call the centre on 0207 358 2100
 
 
And on Wednesday next week - July 12th - I will be running Shrine to the Seasons at Union Chapel in Islington N1, nearest station Highbury and Islington.

This is an all day art drop in session, from 11am til 6pm. We will be completing the Persephone spring wooden panel icon and making artworks for the second panel, exploring themes of summer and trying out painting techniques, decoupage and gilding.

In the afternoon from 4.30pm, you can book an individual or small group session with me by emailing church@unionchapel.org.uk
Finally, here is a picture of Moon Moon Sing Sing. I was very fortunate to be invited to sing a song with Kamura Obscura, at the Montague Arms last month.
 
 



Enjoy the sunshine! With love and best wishes - Joanna

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Hello everyone,
If you are in Venice at the weekend pop into the book launch for Empire II - an immersive artist led film hub project devised by Vanya Balogh for the 57th Venice Biennale. 

The book launch is this Saturday May 27th, at Castello 1610/A, Riva Dei Sette Martiri from 6-8pm BST.
Age of Anxiety is a 260 page full colour bespoke publication, designed, produced and printed by Victor Hotz Studio in Switzerland - www.studiovictorhotz.com
 
The book features selected work by 115 participating artists - observations on Anxiety and Empire.
There will be an event panel talk at 7pm, to explore and discuss the influence of capital, social media and technology on the Venice Biennale and contemporary art. Attending guest speakers are Negin Vaziri, Mark Woods, Andrea Morucchio and Vanya Balogh.
Entry is free and drinks and refreshments will be served. More info at www.empire2.infowww.empire2.info
Here's a pic of Sooz Belnavis and me at the opening in May, taken by Ashley Scott Fitzgerald:






If you're not in Italy, come and meet this cheeky octopus in Sydenham:


 where I will be running an art stall at TNG's James Ross Hunter Youth Support & Youth First Event from midday at TNG youth centre, 111 Wells Park Road, London SE26 6AD.
There will be cards, prints, watercolours, T shirts, posters and paintings by myself and artists Dick Graham, Caroline Gregory, Tracey Howard, Amber Sibley, Frog Morris and Polixenia Anastasiou. 

Come and grab a bargain and have fun playing Splat The Rat and eating cakes!

JRHYS Community fundraising event "2017" in memory of James Ross JamesRoss Hunter

FREE buffet, raffle, auction, face painting, art, DJ, rock climbing, table tennis tournament and live performances.
Free entry for all!


DONATIONS will go towards JRHYS Community Projects at "TNG Youth and Community Centre".


Starting in June places are available on my new 5 week courses at Thomas Calton Centre on Choumert Road in Peckham, SE15 4NX.

Choose from:

Learn the Art of Facepainting on Monday mornings 10am - 1pm

 
Still Life Art Practical on Tuesday mornings 10am - 1pm
 or
Exploring Creativity on Fridays 10am - 2.30pm.
 Prices start from £80 for 5 weeks.

For more information visit www.southwark.gov.uk/adultlearning
Don't delay! Book a place today!

Also in June you will find me at Union Chapel. 

Drop in on Wednesday June 14th, from 11am - 1pm and take part in my Shrine to the Seasons mini residency project: https://store.unionchapel.org.uk/events/2017-06-14-open-wednesday-union-chapelhttps://store.unionchapel.org.uk/events/2017-06-14-open-wednesday-union-chapel
Or come and make a paper fan or bow tie with me at the Union Chapel Summer Fete, this year with a Victorian theme -  on Sunday June 25th, from midday.

That's all for now, best wishes and I hope to see you soon!
- Joanna

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Dear everyone,

Please find below details of the show Empire II The Age of Anxiety, curated by Vanya Balogh, for the 57th Venice Biennale. 


My short film "Singing Ghost" will be playing on the show reel.

The 1990s. My art: installations. Furniture, found objects, taxidermy.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher rolled out Care in the Community. Hospitals and institutions closed. An auction of furniture and equipment. A hospital screen. The poignancy of its chintz rose pattern. The patina on the fabric, rich with emotional resonance. Sanderson Chelsea. 1950s style retro. English beauty, wonder, fascination. Floral motifs, history. Domestic architecture. I started drawing. Painting again. An experiment. Describing and capturing process. I paint. A description of flowers to uplift and revive the spirit in times of adversity.

In November 2016 I put the last of the remaining original flower drawings from the first “Screen Flowers” series outside in the elements, to document the process of decay, filming and photographing snatches of the drawing encased in ice and snow. Bringing these fragments together, my film is a representation of live art interaction Singing Ghost - an exploration of our collective anxiety regarding mortality, an examination of the context and meaning of song lyrics, and an interpretation of mythology surrounding hauntings.

The opening party - vernissage - takes place next week on Wednesday the 12th of May, and the show continues throughout the Biennale with artist talks and an evolving portal. There is a book launch scheduled for May 27th, and there will be Cinema of the Mind in the afternoon on May 14th.





I will be attending the opening party next week, so I hope to see you there!


Follow this link for an article in Artylist magazine:

http://www.artlyst.com/features/uk-ireland-showing-2017-venice-biennale/


​And here we are on the map:

Finally, here are some pictures taken by Ansell Cizic, of some of the paintings from my last exhibition, Floral Anthology, at Westminster Reference Library. While working on these paintings I realised that I was born to paint! And so expect more paintings from me soon..






With love and best wishes - Joanna

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Hello everyone!

The free drop in art session for my Shrine to the Seasons project at Union Chapel open Wednesdays will be taking place tomorrow - May 3rd 2017, this month, instead of the following week as listed.

Please come along and make some art to be developed over the coming year for exhibition and display at the chapel.


We will be looking at the different meanings of May Day, traditions of the rites of spring, and exploring decoupage and wildlife collage.
 
Do drop in tomorrow between 11am and 1pm. The art takes place in the main church, at Compton Terrace, Islington, London N1 2UN. Nearest station Highbury and Islington.


If you can't make it tomorrow then do come along another time, or book a one to one or group art session with me at one of the all dayers.
All sessions are free and materials are provided.

Here are some pictures of my new oil paintings from my recent exhibition Floral Anthology, at Westminster Reference Library, flowers by Carol Campbell:

 Thanks to Alice Saga for this lovely photographic detail of "Burnt Norton".

 And I am very pleased and excited to be taking part in the Venice Biennale this year, as part of Vanya Balogh's Empire II. More details to follow soon!
With love and best wishes - Joanna

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Dear everyone,
Please do come along to the opening party for my new exhibition "Floral Anthology" at Westminster Reference Library, behind The National Gallery  - 35 Saint Martins Street WC2H 7HP... It's this Tuesday March 28th, from 6 - 9pm. I will also be there during the day on Wednesday March 29th.

For Spring! For Roma​n​ce! For Art! For Love!

4 days only! Closing at the end of the day on March 31st. Opening hours 10am - 8pm

The exhibition Floral Anthology is an exploration of ​the wonder and fascination of floral motifs in our history and a metaphorical description of the power of flowers to uplift and revive the spirit in times of adversity ​

Paintings by Joanna McCormick and Harry Pye. Flowers by Carol Campbell. Poetry by Sooz Belnavis.

In an explosion of colour and vibrancy​,​ the subject is examined through different mediums of paint, floristry and three dimensional objects.

The opening party takes place on Tuesday March 28th, 7-9pm and will include Joanna McCormick's live art interaction ​"​My Ex The Narcissist​"​, poetry from Sooz Belnavis, flower themed cocktails and an edible Cake Smash cake.

​Joanna McCormick is an interdisciplinary artist who has exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad. She has worked as artist in residence for organisations such as Westminster Arts, The Holly Lodge Centre at The Royal Parks in Richmond and for the National Trust. She has shown work at various venues across the UK and abroad, The Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, The Fashion and Textile Museum and Cass Art’s art spaces throughout London. Joanna is a regular contributor to artist and curator Vanya Balogh's projects and has also devised and delivered many live art interactions. For example, with Sarah Sparkes for Chutney Preserves and Frog Morris for The Royal Academy of Arts. Joanna paints and draws in oils, watercolour, pastel, pen, pencil and charcoal. She takes photographs and film footage that is often obscure and abstract, examining the structures and colours of the world around us and drawing attention to minutiae and the luscious beauty that can be found within the everyday. She also makes sculptural objects linked to her live art practice. Joanna's work snatches inspiration from retro imagery and texts from poetry and song lyrics. Victorian scrap books and medieval chap books, wallpaper and textile designs. William Morris and Sanderson. Old photographs, such as those found in "We are the people" - Tom Phillips' exhibition of postcards at the V&A, and botanical illustrations, such as those by Maria Sybilla Merian – found in The Royal Collection, London. Weaving historical and political narratives into a wonderland fairytale world, that viewers are encouraged to freely interpret, and create their own story from. Joanna teaches art classes at The Thomas Calton Centre in Peckham, for Southwark Adult Learning, and runs a regular art drop in session at Union Chapel in Islington, every second Wednesday of the month. More info on Jo and her art at: www.joart.info.

Harry Pye is the London-based "master of lo-fi British art", according to The Guardian newspaper. He won first prize in a competition to paint a portrait of Tony Blair, judged by Gilbert & George. He edits The Rebel art webzine and has had exhibitions of his work in London, Denmark, Australia and Brazil. Collaborations with filmmaker Gordon Beswick have been screened at Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London.

​Carol Campbell: My life is like a flower. I am at that time of life, mature in age, ‘over the hill’, knowing that it’s all downhill from now on, so reflecting on ‘the has been’.
Plant materials are my medium. The love of them is embedded within me. I have used flowers commercially and recreationally, from a florist shop owner to a flower arranger.
The love for my garden; it’s like a stage with weird and wonderful plants, among crazy artefacts. I head a contemporary flower group where we dissect plant material and recreate different forms. I teach Floristry at Lewisham Southwark College to the new breed of enthusiastic florists breaking new boundaries. This is alongside teaching my grandchildren how to grow seeds and loving nature.
ROUNDROUNDROUNDROUND...........
Is a reflection of my life. Frozen in time, with the introduction of wax. Growing from darkness into light, appreciating all stages of growth from birth to death, bulb to flower to bulb.

Sooz Belnavis is a multidisciplinary artist. Belnavis’ formal interest lies in mark making, using the gesture to create effects both dramatic & visceral. This physicality manifests itself in abstract expressionist paintings, the nude, ‘kinetic’ paintings, site specific performance and art installations.

Belnavis’ poetry adds another dimension to her practice. In her performance The Red Line Belnavis combines poetry, opera, and the gesture, in a dramatic setting in the crypt of a Catholic Church. In this the gesture is the emotional charged climax to the performance.

”For me my poetry is like a broad brush stroke, it has the ability to touch everyone in the room simultaneously!"

Friday, 6 January 2017


Hello everyone.

Please come to the celebration party for my exhibition with Neil Ellis's Brilliant Neon at Cass Arts, this Thursday:

“NEON PINGS”

Cass Arts Islington Art Space, January 5th - February 4th 2017 

Opening party January 12th, 6-8pm.

For this exhibition at Cass Arts Islington store, 66-67 Colebrooke Row, London, N1 8AB, interdisciplinary artist Joanna McCormick shows her paintings alongside Neil Ellis's Brilliant Neon, to create an installation that shines with vibrant colour and light.

The show connects personal and political impulses and transgresses boundaries to create an innovative and collaborative, bright and evocative installation.

Vibrant neon lights shine out with intricate, varied and vivid motifs that dance across the walls. Sharing space with butterflies, sea monsters, sailors and mermaids, elements that are painted in oil on canvas or cardboard, and in watercolour on paper or card, with a bright palette and a broad range of techniques, including free scumbling translucent brushwork, blended strokes working wet into wet, handmade stencils and impasto and intensely fine lined detail drawn in paint onto flat colours.

The anchor, the lobster, hearts, birds, words and rainbows. The works blend and complement each other to create a unique and eclectic experience for the viewer.

The exhibition is an experiment with spatial variations, and sits between disciplines. Exploring notions of materiality, repetition and how motifs and themes relate and interact across formats.

​And​
 in the evening on Sunday January 29th I will be performing Moon Moon Sing Sing at Vinyl Deptford, with a great line up of experimental noisenicks:




Here are some photographs of the Cosmic Dogs and Spacestronaughts from my most recent exhibition Space 2016, curated by Vanya Balogh:



Thanks to Phillip Raymond Goodman for the pics.
​ The big and very beautiful photographs behind my work are by the artist Stacie McCormick​.
Best wishes for a happy and hearty 2017! - Joanna