Tuesday 11 September 2018

Hello everyone,

Tomorrow and every Wednesday morning for the next several weeks, from 11am - 1pm, at Union Chapel in Islington, I'll be running a willow weaving workshop for Open Wednesday's Culture Cafe. Come and join us making weird and wonderful shapes and surprises, for display at the Carols by Candlelight concert in December.
More information can be found here:

On Thursday evening, from 7.30 - 9.30pm, I'll be running an art workshop exploring abstraction at one of the Wave Cafe's fun, exciting, inclusive and unique creative sessions in North London.
Join me for some imaginative, vibrant and expressive fun.
To find out more and book a session go here: https://www.wavecafe.org/whats-on

On Monday, September 17th, it's the first in a series of 6 freestyle life drawing sessions at Little Nan's in Deptford. Little Nan's is a wonderful bar, where they serve cocktails in teapots and an array of other fine beverages. The sessions are free, easy and relaxed, with poses set to music and the bar open throughout.
It's all happening in the luxurious tropical paradise that is Granddad's Shed, Arches 13-15, Deptford Market Yard, SE8 4BX. The cost is £10 per session, first come first served, so arrive early for a prompt start!

And for a very different kind of Life Drawing experience, come to Union Chapel on September 23rd, where I'll be delivering Five Alive, Drawing Stories. A life drawing class with a difference! Join me and storyteller Giles Abbot for a unique three hour life drawing class upstairs in the Bar at Union Chapel.

With three models acting to the dramatic unfolding of a fantastic, eerie and sensational story. With pauses to music throughout, for you to draw different poses, working up to a long pose.

This promises to be a unique, theatrical and very dramatic life drawing session. Giles Abbott – UK’s only blind professional storyteller, is well known for his strong voice, language and stage presence. Giles is also a voice teacher and poet.
I'll be giving hints and tips on how to capture movement, emotion and drama in a figure drawing.

We will have 3 models acting to Giles’s story, and holding the poses to music for you to draw at intervals throughout the night, with regular breaks for refreshment from the bar.
With a series of short poses working up to a long pose, free art materials and drinks available for purchase from the bar throughout the night, this is sure to be a very interesting, engaging and magical evening.

Bring your own drawing board or use our tables. All levels of ability are welcome, so if you’re a fresh young amateur or a life drawing regular master, come along to drink and draw!
Suitable for over 18s only.

Go here to book tickets: https://www.unionchapel.org.uk/event/20180923-five-alive-life-drawing-at-the-chapel/?spektrix_bounce=true

And finally, on the last weekend in September between 11am and 6pm, come and find some amazing, unique, weird, wonderful and delightful work on the Nunhead Art Trail. For more information go here: http://www.nunheadarttrail.co.uk/index.html

My paintings "Self Portrait with Foliage" and "About Peckham Number 1, with Lanternier"  are already on display at
Beaumonts Greengrocers, 121 Evelina Road, SE15 3HB, along with some lovely pastel paintings by artist Dick Graham.

I hope to see you soon, with love and best wishes, toodlepip! - Joanna

Friday 7 September 2018


If you are free tonight - Friday September 7th - please do pop along to KI Europe, where I'll be collecting my painting "Croc Monsieur". You'll be able to view the exhibition "Animalia" curated by Tiziana Maggio, which finishes today. I'll be there at 5.30pm for an hour or two, so please do come and say hello.

Empire II, curated by artist Vanya Balogh, is currently part of Coastal Currents festival in Hastings. See my film "Singing Ghost" on the showreel. Screenings this weekend! Hastings is really lovely, and the weather forecast is excellent.

On Saturday you can find me at Bermondsey Folk Festival, where artist, poet, comedian and musician Frog Morris and I will be on hand to help you make some flowery folk costumes:
And this Monday - September 10th - come along to Deptford's most fun LIFE DRAWING class ever! At the wonderful Little Nan's Bar in Deptford Arches, where they serve cocktails in teapots and an array of other fine beverages, I will be presenting "Nudey Nan" in the tropical paradise that is Granddad's Shed, with Hawaiian music and plenty of breaks to recharge your tea cups. 7-9pm. First come first served. £10 cash or card on the door. Bring your own art materials and please arrive early - doors close at 7pm for a prompt start.


That's it for now - keep your eyes peeled for more info about exciting happenings next week and beyond, coming soon!

With love and best wishes - Joanna