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Image courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ London


 Marvin Gaye Chetwynd talks about her work




Thursday 24 April 2014 from 7-9pm


 We are very pleased to announce this exclusive talk to SLWA members only by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, best known as 2012 Turner Prize nominee Spartacus Chetwynd at Studio Voltaire in Clapham.

Born in London 1973, Chetwynd first studied Anthropology at UCL before studying fine art at the Slade and Royal College of Art. Building an international profile exhibiting and performing in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, the UK and USA she is represented in London by Sadie Coles HQ. Her improvised peformances are reworkings of iconic moments from cultural history.


Chetwynd is currently showing at :


Sadie Coles HQ

69 South Audley Street

London W1


7 March to 26 April 2014



Projects and Commissions

2013 Hermitos Children - Episode 1, commission by Bloomberg and Studio Voltaire,
2012 Special commission by CNES (Centre National d'Études Spatiales) filmed at Le
Consortium, Dijon, France 1- 5 April
Illustrations for The Canterbury Tales for ‘Four Corners Familiars’ (London: Four Corners Books, 2012)


2014 Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia
2013 Monteverdi, Tuscany, Italy
2012 R OPEN, Rogaland, Norway
2010 Villa Arson, Nice, France
2007 The British School in Rome, Abbey Fellowship
2007 Artspace, Sydney 2007
2006 The Call of the Wild, One Mile Program, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

Public Collections

Arts Council Collection, England
Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland
Tate Collection, London


This talk is a ticketed event only, invited to all SLWA members through Eventbrite




Welcome to the first edition of SLWA's bi-annual newsletter. We want to develop and share inspiring multi-disciplinary content.

WHAT'S ON (and been on) - Artist Gallery Reviews
The Psychotropic House - XAP
Sunbury House
10-30 January 2014

Jody Gilby, who made the SLWA film of 'A Pubic Airing', was involved in a project of her own which we were keen to support. SLWA donated £100 towards this XAP project which was on for the month of January 2014 at Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects space at Sunbury House in London E8. XAP are all graduates of Central St Martin's and had taken over the space as artists in residence. Their ambitious, experimental project, ‘The Psychotropic House’, is an evolving, interactive and multi-sensory art installation, inspired by the futuristic writings of J G Ballard. The bizarrely playful Psychotropic House combines traditional art media with interactive technology to create the interior of a house that responds to your presence.

A responsive Lounge reacts to touch; a Twitter feed provokes the Lounge; audio installations create sound-showers in the Whispering Gallery and the screaming Attic. Drifting walls make barriers insubstantial; a projected stairwell burrows into the floor; 2D paintings become mobile in live painting performances. The sensory installations invite engagement, involvement, bewilderment. Through ‘The Psychotropic House’, XAP explore the influences of art and technology, and how we affect the spaces we inhabit.

To read Laura Moreton-Griffith's review of XAP's Symposium held on 16 January, please click on the link here XAP SYMPOSIUM

OUT OF ICE - Elizabeth Ogilvie
Ambika 3 Gallery

17 January to 9 February 2014

Attached to the University of Westminster, Ambika P3 Gallery in Marylebone is a 1960's concrete block of 14,000 sq ft - an enormous space to fill! This dramatic and impressive space is used to host a range of architectural and environmental activities and multi-media, art and design events and shows. On entering the building there were a series of projected documentary films from the scientific expedition from Antarctica and interviews with local people and documenting their daily life. What really grabbed my attention taking a few steps down into a much darker space, Elizabeth Ogilvie uses the lower ground floor to maximum effect with two expansive pools of water into which sculptural ice forms slowly dissolve from above, breaking the still surfaces, huge meditative panoramic real time projections magnify the transitions from ice to water. Luminous pieces of ice hang as if in mid-air, and a film projection of ice wall strata appears motionless with only an occasional snowflake drifting by. There was no way of knowing how deep the water was as you walked around the edges in total darkness which added to the feeling of being in awe of the projected and real elements that surrounded you.

Described as one of the most significant artists of her generation in Scotland, Elizabeth Ogilvie has a strong track record in realising large scale projects which challenge conventions. Her work is a fusion of art, architecture and science, with water and ice as the main focus for her practice.

Written by Melissa Budasz

Traces - Ana Mendieta
Haywood Gallery
24 September - 15 December 2013

I managed to catch the exhibition of Ana Mendieta’s work at the Hayward Gallery before it closed just before Christmas. How had I nearly missed this stunning exhibition? As soon as I walked into the first room I was instantly drawn in to the way Mendieta had used her own body together with elemental materials such as earth, water, blood and fire. Her bodily traces were inscribed in blood, drawn on leaves, shrouded in the landscape with a palpable and urgent need to explore her relationship with place.The Siluetas (Silhouettes) are considered the core of her practice. As an exile from Cuba, in the wake of the Cuban Revolution, Ana Mendieta found solace in Mexico. There she created earth-body works that drew inspiration from customs and traditions concerning death and rebirth. These were essentially private works that she described as “a search to find my place, my context in nature”. Mendieta recorded her physical presence in outdoor locations using her own body but later replaced her actual body with its imprint. Mendieta died in tragic circumstances but her legacy lives on in work by many contemporary artists. In a recent exhibition, Home: Contemporary Female Masters at Sofia Gallery, Bulgarian Embassy London 11-19 October 2013, seven international artists explored how the rupture of cultural displacement fuels their work. Their ideas are best summed up by Lucy Lippard in 1997

 “The relationship of multicenteredness to identity is less acknowledged than that of either rootedness or placelessness. We come to a sense of belonging in a place by any number of different roads.”

Written by Moira Jarvis

SLWA Artist Crit - Lucy Soni's studio, Acme, SE15
4 December 2013 was the date of our Christmas Social at the Peckham Pelican and it was good to see current and new members celebrate together - thank you! Prior to our drinks, we organised an artist crit session at Lucy Soni's studio round the corner at ACME studios. Here are a few words from Lucy:

I felt it was a great success with a really good turn out and it was fantastic to hear people talk about their new work and generally about their practice. It was incredibly insightful and really allowed us to learn more about the artists' process, but also allowed the artists to ask the rest of the group for their opinions and advice.  I think the studio crit, on this occasion, had a spirit of real interest and encouragement from the SLWA members who came to listen and learn about their fellow SLWA members work. 

Written by Lucy Soni

BOOK CLUB - Caitlin Moran's 'How To Be a Woman'
Hosted by Moira Jarvis, 10 members came to the first SLWA book club and we discussed how Moran’s ideas were related to artists who deal with the body ie Jemima Stelhi. The discussion was lively with lots of agreement and disagreement, and has led to an on-going debate about the impact of the lack of recognition and documentation of women artists throughout history. Next Book Club date is Wednesday 23 April 2014 and we will be reviewing three books:

Old Mistresses by Rozsika Parker & Griselda Pollock – led by Louise Townsend
The Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft – led by Moira Jarvis and Laura Moreton Griffiths
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys – led by Melissa Budasz
We have 20 members on our book club mailing list - if you are interested in joining please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Before I picked up the book ‘How to be a woman’ by Caitlin Moran, I have to confess I had never heard of her before, shameful for a woman who studied media I know. I began to read this book on the busy train home from the SLWArtists first book club and judging from the discussion about the book from the book club members, I have to admit that I couldn’t wait to start devouring it. The book is like a memoir of some of the more unforgettable, memorable (or in some instances) the most cringey moments of Ms Morans life. It opens on her thirteenth birthday, she is being chased by a group of local boys wilding stones, while she is desperately trying hard to run away in her NHS glasses, wellington boots, her dad's oversized army coat with a few extra pounds of puppy fat.

The book had me in hysterics most of the time, but there was also things that I didn’t feel I needed to know or was particularly comfortable with reading, especially her teen discovery/obsession for self-masturbation, after reading that chapter the thought of handing over this book to my young teenage daughter to read when I had finished became a NO NO! Maybe that’s just the prude in me. 
I loved the feminist aspect of the book and the fact that she isn’t afraid to not only use the word ‘feminist,’ but is proud to admit that she is one.

The word ‘feminist’ seems to conjure up some kind of unease in many women and it’s almost like the plague when mentioned in front of some. I think that Caitlin Moran is right, more women should be proud to label themselves as feminists. In fact after reading the fourth chapter in the book entitled ‘I Am A Feminist’ I too stood on a chair and declared loud and proud to an invisible audience that “I am a feminist” .. It was great personal therapy. 

The book is very cleverley written, and touches upon her personal struggle with adolescence, siblings, puberty, self-loathing, fashion, happy times, sad times, self-destructive times, her career and the heart break from the perils of being in destructive relationships. Her love for her husband and children that she writes of in this book really warmed my heart and her brutally honest experience with her own abortion and what lead her to make the heart breaking decision brought tears to my eyes. 

I don’t think that I have read a book that has brought about so many different emotions in me from start to finish, it definitely had me asking and emailing all my female friends “have you read this book yet..?” It has definitely made it into my top 10 list of favourite books and although I don’t think I have learned anything new on how to be a woman, one thing I do know is, being a woman is damn good fun..!

Written by Louise Townsend

Upcoming Events, Shows & Talks

Dr Alison Green talk on Carolee Schneemann at the ICA on 25th February - Alison gave a talk for SLWA on Carolee Schneemann in April last year at Hide Gallery, if you couldn't make it then, pen this event in your diary

APublicAiring - dates of our next flash-mob performance will be tweeted over the weekend 8/9 March

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd talk  (best known as 2012 Turner Prize nominee Spartacus Chetwynd) - 24 April 2014 (venue tbc)

Colourswatch - Espacio Gallery 5-17 June 2014, Private View Thursday 5 June 7-9pm

SLWA AGM - July 2014 (date & venue tbc)

Conway Hall Group show - Red Lion Square, Holborn - November 2014 (details to be confirmed shortly)

SLWA Symposium - look out for details of SLWA's 1st Symposium in our next Newsletter in September.

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5-17 JUNE 2014


 Curated by Reema Dreaming, Pat Keay & Chrissy Thirlaway


Many of us use colour as a key element in our work. We are inviting interest from members who may handle it expressively, employ it scientifically, address it from a political perspective or use it symbolically. With the response we are anticipating, this promises to be an exciting and vibrant show!

We are looking for 40 artists to create work in response to a colour, selected blind, at an event at the Espacio Gallery sometime in February. The work can be in any medium, and in 2 or 3 dimensions.

Please submit an expression of interest, in less than 100 words, by 31 January 2014 , stating why the challenge of responding to a given colour, which may not be in your usual palette or studio practice, excites you.

Send emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. including Colourswatch in the title.

Also please attach a jpeg of one piece of art work to identify your genre, no bigger than 8 cm square at 300 dpi.

The show, in the prestigious Espacio Gallery in Shoreditch, runs for 2 weeks and the fees are as follows:


Work less than a metre square £60

Work over a metre square £90

No commission charge


There is also floor space for sculpture, a film room and an area for display in front of the large window. Please see for further details.

The Private View evening will be on Thursday 5 June 2014.


‘ Colour is a human need like water and fire. It is a raw material indispensable to life.’

Fernand Leger


6 easy steps to Social Networking Success

Step 6: Take the long-term view, measure success, stay positive and have fun.

by Susan Mumford

This is the final post in a 6-part series on social networking written for South London Women Artists. Today, we find out how taking the long-term view, measuring success, being positive and having fun are all essential components for social media success.

Think about how networking works. It’s an activity that goes in both directions; you help others, and they help you. 


Take the long-term view

If you were to only post self-promotional updates, people wouldn’t be very interested in following you, let alone actively helping you. On the other hand, if you have made an effort to repost, retweet, and otherwise broadcast the details for other people’s exhibitions and opportunities, they will be minded to return the favour. I consider the desire to return favours to be a natural human compulsion. The activity of engaging with others (as covered in this previous blog) is how you build an online community – and it takes time to achieve. As tempting as it is to only be active when you have an opportunity or upcoming event, it simply doesn’t work.

By spending just 10 minutes a day on whichever social media platforms you have decided to use (remembering the importance of focusing on two platforms and doing them well) and ensuring that you build trust, you will find that when you start to promote events, your peers help too. Taking this long-term perspective is vital. 


How do you know if social media is working, anyway?

You can easily monitor the impact of social media campaigns, which is something that too few people do. I’ve heard many artists say, “I do social media, but don’t know if it has any impact.”

By checking website analytics (you can use Google analytics, a smartphone app such as fast analytics and others), you can see how many visitors have come from the various social networking sites. This enables you to see what is working - and what isn’t.

You can also set up an account with which provides shortened links for sharing blogs, emails and other links in social media updates. You can then monitor the analytics of each link shared. For instance, I can see that in a recent link I created, it was clicked and retweeted on Twitter, clicked on Facebook, clicked in emails, and that those clicks came from four different countries, with 90% being the UK.

It can also be as easy as watching the number of page views on a newly published blog. I have personally witnessed page views treble within minutes of posting a link on Twitter and Facebook.


What impact does attitude have on social media?

A lot. I have heard people discuss this point at events, and have read articles and social media updates about it.

While it is important provide genuine content, remember that what you post is public and will make an impact on the people who read what you say. If you are negative in attitude and messages, it will result in people doubting your professionalism and not being so interested in following your updates. Accordingly, it is best to keep negativity as private information, and share the fun stuff with followers. Moreover, positivity helps you enjoy social networking all the more, too.


What now?

Enjoy investing a little time most days on social media. Building your online presence and community is a great step towards achieving your long-term career in the arts.


Susan on red sofa at One Alfred Place 2011 - low res

Susan Mumford is an entrepreneur in the art world. As Founder of Be Smart About Art, she is passionate about helping art professionals enjoy a successful career doing what they love. Based in London, she works with artists, gallerists and art professionals from all over the world.

“Art is your life. Make it your living.”

6 easy steps to Social Networking Success

Step 5: Engage with others who share your values, and everyone benefits.

by Susan Mumford

This is the fifth post in a 6-part blog series on social networking, written for South London Women Artists (SLWA). Today, we look at how growing your art practice with social media is not a solitary activity, but one that you develop in collaboration with online peers. 



How does engaging with others work in principle?

Say for example that you send a tweet or create a post on your Facebook page. A limited number of people, who are by and large your dedicated, existing followers, will see the message. A small number of those individuals will take action and click the link.

Consider what happens when someone likes or shares the message on their personal or professional page…

On Facebook, posts on professional pages that contain a link or image have restricted visibility unless you pay to promote them – that is, unless they are ‘liked’ and/or ‘shared’. Recently on Be Smart About Art’s Facebook page, which is ‘liked’ by 1,763 people, a post of an article had 1 ‘like’ and was seen only 39 times. That works out to only 2.2% of the people who ‘like’ the page actually seeing the post. Whereas, an article that was ‘liked’ by 4 people and was ‘shared’ once was seen an astounding 658 times.

Significantly, the latter post had 17 times the amount of visibility of the former. Furthermore, the additional 619 views would have been largely to new individuals, as such views are by and large the friends and fans of the people and organisations who liked and shared the post. In other words, the vast majority of additional views are people who haven’t yet ‘liked’ your page – who might do so once they see the interesting article you shared.

And as for Twitter, retweeting quality posts makes your own shared content more interesting to existing followers, individuals and organisations whose posts you retweet take notice of you being an active supporter (they will be keen to return the favour) and you and fellow tweeps significantly generally increase one another’s visibility by sharing each other’s messages.

What other ways can you engage with social media peers?

There are many ways to publicly thank the efforts of social networking buddies, an act that further raises their visibility to your existing audience. On Twitter, consider sending a #ff Follow Friday message. This is a popular weekly event in which you #ff tweeps who you recommend others follow. For example:

#ff @SLWArtists @besmartaboutart

Not only will this likely get those recommended tweeps new followers, they will often retweet the message. And this further raises your noticeability to their followers.

With Pinterest, you can link to fellow pinners’ websites and boards. On Facebook, liking other Pages as your Professional Page will display those pages on your own profile – giving your stamp of credibility and sharing the love for your social media buddies.

How on earth is it possible to keep up to date with social media peers?

Once you get to know and like the posts of certain individuals and organisations, you’ll want to keep an eye out for their new posts. An effective way to not miss messages on Twitter is to put individuals and organisations whose messages you want to see in ‘lists’.  My general rule of thumb is that if I follow someone, I immediately add them to one of my lists. 

Pinterest enables you to follow pinners’ individual boards (rather than just the pinner as a whole), so you can keep up to date with the boards that are of interest and relevance.

And in general, you can utilise mobile apps to check various social media platforms when you are out and about and have a few minutes to spare.

What to do now?

Start making an active effort to promote and follow the activities of social media peers. Remember that everyone wins, and everyone’s practices gain visibility and grow as a result. It’s a win-win situation that makes all the difference in social networking. 


Susan on red sofa at One Alfred Place 2011 - low res

Susan Mumford is an entrepreneur in the art world. As Founder of Be Smart About Art, she is passionate about helping art professionals enjoy a successful career doing what they love. Based in London, she works with artists, gallerists and art professionals from all over the world.

“Art is your life. Make it your living.”