Saturday 23 December 2017

Hello everyone!

Are you looking for a unique last minute Christmas gift?

Why not give the gift of art?

My 15 week life drawing evening class starts in February - 7-9pm, on Mondays, at Thomas Calton Centre in Peckham SE15.

Also in Peckham, my Still Life Artists course will start on Tuesday January 9th, with a free drop in on January 2nd.

These classes run from 10am - 1pm, and each week we will explore a still life artist in depth.

Then we will try out different practical art techniques, working from an arrangement inspired by the artist explored.

We will be looking at contemporary as well as more traditional artists - from Cezanne to Patrick Caulfield - there is sure to be something interesting for you!

For more information go here:

And last but not least, my Five Alive life drawing session at Union Chapel Bar in Islington will happen again on Sunday March 4th, from 6-9pm. With five models, music, and drinks available to purchase from the bar, it's a snip at £20!

Thursday 7 December 2017


Tomorrow evening, Friday December 8th, it would be lovely to see you at The Golden Anchor pub in Nunhead, for Mind Your Head. A magical evening of art, music and film, curated by Caroline Gregory and Calum F. Kerr:

I'll be singing at 8, so don't be late!

Then on Sunday, come and find some festive treats on my table, at Barnado's The Triangle Craft Fair:

I'll be sharing a table with artist Dick Graham.

And next Sunday - December 17th - the artwork Shrine to the Seasons will be on display at Union Chapel in Islington, N1 2UN, for Carols by Candlelight.

These 5 contemporary icons are the culmination of a year's work at the Open Wednesday sessions at the Chapel, where I have been working with members of the public, making art on the theme of the seasons.

Doors open at 6pm. The event is very popular, so be sure to get there early! For more information follow this link:

​I look forward to seeing you! With love and best wishes - Joanna.

Monday 30 October 2017

Hello everyone,

Lots of life drawing to choose from this November!

Marathon Life Drawing is a two day course taking place on two consecutive Saturdays at The Thomas Calton Centre in Peckham SE15, on Nov 4th and 11th:

The course runs all day from 10am to 4pm on both Saturdays Nov. 4th and November 11th, and is priced very reasonably at only £40 standard, £20 concessions.
You must bring your own paper and whatever mediums you want to use. We provide the drawing boards and easels. There will be a mixture of poses, both short and longer ones, and the opportunity to learn different exercises and techniques. I will be teaching the class on Nov. 4th, and my colleague Rebecca Allen will be teaching it on Nov. 11th, so it's a great opportunity to experience different teaching styles!

You can email me if you have any questions:

Or phone the centre on 0207358 2100

There is also a £5 registration fee for taking courses at the centre. 

My Monday evening class at the Thomas Calton Centre also has places available. It runs from 7-9pm on Mondays. There are 11 weeks still left to run. We try out different mediums and exercises for short and long poses each week. Come along and enrol! If you want to start this evening, we are having a special Halloween theme, with hints and tips for drawing circles and spheres and learning how to tackle "negative space".​ There will be pumpkins!

On Sunday November 19th, from 6-9pm I will be running a very special one off session in the bar at Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington N1. Called Five Alive!

There will be five models, acrobatic and yoga poses, feats of strength, music, paper and charcoal provided, and drinks available for purchase from the bar. The cost is £20. For more info and to book tickets go here:


This month you will also find me at Union Chapel running my Shrine to the Seasons session, all day on Wednesday November 8th. Drop in between 11am and 1pm or 2pm and 6pm to join me in making a contemporary icon wooden panel, on the theme of winter and the moon. The sessions are free, and all materials are provided, as well as tea, coffee and biscuits! The panels will be going on display at the chapel for Christmas, and will find a permanent home there next year.

And on Saturday November 25th from 6-9pm, I will be at the Hill Trader's annual Christmas Market, selling homemade bath salts, cards, watercolours and oil paintings. Come along to find an unusual Christmas gift, drink some mulled wine, eat a pie, or just have a look and a mingle. The Hill Trader cafe is situated on Kitto Road, at the top of Telegraph Hill, near the lovely Telegraph Hill Park, SE14 5TW.

And finally, here is a picture of one of my Boudieware Cake Smash Crash cakes that was on show at Vanya Balogh's Q Park car park exhibition The Crash, that took place during Frieze week, earlier this month. Thanks to Vanja Karas for the photo:

And thanks to Sarah Sparkes for this pic. of me with the cakes:


The cake shapes are cast in plaster from plastic food packaging, and decorated with broken toys, glass, crockery, beads, edible glitter and ephemera, discarded, found or salvaged from everyday life. The work was inspired by Boudieware - a little known eighteenth century craft technique and form of upcycling, from the North East of England. The sculptures reference environmental concerns, waste and value, indulgence, decorative aesthetics and beauty, the links between cooking and art, our English heritage and lost crafts. They are a development from my live art interaction "Cake Smash" and my Nippy Maid Vox Chocs work.

​Happy Halloween!!!

With love and best wishes - Joanna

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Dear Everyone,

I'm very pleased and excited to be taking part in THE CRASH, curated by Vanya Balogh, in association with Geoffrey Leong and Q Park. You are warmly invited along to the opening party, this Friday October 6th from 6pm - 10pm on floor -3, Q Park car park, Cavendish Square W1G OPN, here:

More info can be found at Artylist here:

I'll be showing my new sculptures "Boudieware Cake Smash Crash", which are a development from my Cake Smash live art interaction. The sculptures are based on Boudieware, a type of "upcycling" amateur home craft from North East England, popular in the 1800s. I first saw items of Boudieware at Tate Britain's Folk Art exhibition, more info on that here: 

Next week, do please come along to Shrine to the Seasons, taking place at Union Chapel, on Compton Terrace in London, N1 2UN, nearest station Highbury and Islington. The session takes place on Wednesday, October 11th. Drop in anytime between 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm. Join me in making the third contemporary icon panel for display at the chapel next year, on the theme of Autumn and the harvest.​ All art materials are provided and participation is free.

Empire II goes to Berlin! There will be a special screening of the Empire II film showreel in Berlin on October 15th from 7pm - 11pm at Burnerstrasse 12 12047. More info at:

And finally, thanks to everyone who attended the Nunhead Art Trail, it was a lovely weekend and the weather was super! Here's a link to a little video of the display at number 57, Athenlay Road:

With love and best wishes , Joanna

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 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:, or visit
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 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:

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:
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.
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.

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And finally...

My friends over at James Ross Hunter Youth Support - - 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.​
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
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 -
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
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
Exploring Creativity on Fridays 10am - 2.30pm.
 Prices start from £80 for 5 weeks.

For more information visit
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:
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