Stardust Ruins, The Ruins of Kasch, 2008. Aerogel and rosin on mirror in Perspex case. Photograph: © Liliane Lijn


We are proud to announce artist Liliane Lijn will be giving a lecture on her artistic practice and influences on Monday 22 February 2016 from 7.00pm at Conway Hall in The Brockway Room, Holborn, as part of our yearly lecture series which highlights and celebrates women artists of importance.


Lijn is an internationally acclaimed artist who has had a very active and prolific career spanning over 50 years. Working across media - kinetic sculpture, film, performance and collage - to explore language, mythology and the relationship between light and matter. In 2005, Lijn was ACE NASA, Leonardo Network artist in residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2013, Lijn was one of the six artists short-listed to produce a sculpture for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Public commissions include Solar Beacon, a solar installation in collaboration with astrophysicist, John Vallerga on the two towers of the Golden Gate Bridge and Light Pyramid, a beacon for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Milton Keynes. Lijn took part in a recent panel discussion at Tate Modern called The Power of Light with Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, which explored how light helps us understand space and time. 


All welcome, £5.00 full price, £3.50 concessions (students/seniors).


Please book early to ensure entry by clicking this link Eventbrite


Invitation to all SLWA Members

Artist talk & sketchbook workshop with Elinor Brass


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Gerald Moore Gallery

Eltham College Grove Park Road London SE9 4QF

Wednesday 25 November 2015 7-9pm


We are delighted that Elinor Brass will give a talk about her work and the founding of the TEA Sketchbook Circle with a sketchbook workshop for SLWA artists - please bring your sketchbook for this special evening!

Elinor Brass is an artist, Head of Art at Eltham College and Director of the Gerald Moore Gallery and is currently studying for a doctorate at the Institute of Education.  Working with photography, drawing, collage, printmaking, sculpture and installation, her work plays with the juxtaposition of objects and textures to create painterly responses to environments.

Elinor has established a national sketchbook circle, where artists are working using a book to collaborate with other practitioners exchanging ideas monthly.  The circle has been set up in association with the NSEAD and Campaign for Drawing to support art teachers in continuing their own artistic practice.

Read more about Elinor and the TEA Sketchbook Circle in the current edition of ArtVerve

Sketchbook Circle

Sketchbook Circle 2015






The Gerald Moore Gallery is a modern building in the grounds of Eltham College. There is a car park in front of the school. Turn to the right in front of the school and through a courtyard, following the sign to the Gallery.





From the A205 South Circular Once on the South Circular follow signs towards Woolwich and the A20. Leave the South Circular, at Eltham via the roundabout, and join the A20, Sidcup Road (signposted Sidcup, Swanley). After approximately 1 mile turn right onto the A208, Court Road and at the T junction turn right onto the B226 Grove Park Road. Travel straight across two roundabouts and the entrance to Eltham College will be seen immediately on the right-hand side. On Arrival: Car Parking is limited adjacent to the Main Entrance, but more space is available by the Eric Liddell Sports Centre entrance from Mottingham Lane.



Via Mottingham Station

10 minute walk

On the line from Dartford via Sidcup and from Charing Cross/Cannon Street via Lewisham. Trains run every 30 minutes off-peak.

Via Grove Park Station

20 minute walk

On the line from Charing Cross to Sevenoaks via Chislehurst, Orpington and Chelsfield.


 SLWA have had many celebrations over the last few weeks that we would like to share with you.


Back, CEO of Conway Hall Dr Jim Walsh, Moira Jarvis, Melissa Budasz. Front, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Chrissy Thirlaway, Jackie Brown



 The Big Draw Awards, Painters' Hall, City of London

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On 18 May 2015 we collected The Big Draw Award runners-up prize at Painters' Hall, home to the Worshipful Painter-Stainers in the City of London for our collaborative drawing Hidden Narratives Dangerous Erasions. The artist Jessica Voorsanger created a live drawing installation and there were presentations from the artist Bob and Roberta Smith and the film director Mike Leigh, both advocating the need for drawing in education and throughout our lives. The Big Draw 2014 had over 1800 participating groups, individuals, schools and other institutions who had entered the competition from all over the world. The project, devised by Melissa Budasz and Laura Moreton-Griffiths comprised of 18 storyboards referencing over 30 female artists from neolithic cave paintings to current time - some well known artists, others less well known, connected to and operating at times of influence. Thank you to all the SLWA artists that took part as we drew with sharpie pens over 10 days on our hands and knees in the foyer of the Albany Theatre, Deptford. This project was part of the 2014 Deptford X Festival.

Participating artists: Julie Bennett, Gillian Best-Powell, Jackie Brown, Melissa Budasz, Liz Charsley-Jory, Robina Doxi, Chantal Gillingham, Margaret Higginson, Moira Jarvis, Beata Kozlowska, Jennie Merrell, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Lesley O'Mara, Marnie Pitts, Selena Steele, Paula Stevens-Hoare, Chrissy Thirlaway, Mary Thomas-Rodriguez, Eithne Twomey


The SAF Awards, Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge 

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On 25 June Southwark Arts Forum hosted the SAF Awards at the Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge. SLWA's Finders Keepers Losers Weepers residency, art-trail, symposium and educational workshops were nominated in two categories - the Community Arts Project Award and the Visual Arts Award. We were honoured to be there, having won the Visual Arts Award the previous year for I'm Inside Ring the Bell, we were shortlisted for the Visual Arts Award once again, but missed out on the award this time. 

Participating artists: Maria Beddoes, Julie Bennett, Gillian Best-Powell, Kate Bowe, Jackie Brown, Lisa Brown, Melissa Budasz, Bula Chakravarty AgboLiz Charsley-Jory, Leonie Cronin, Karin Dahlbacka, Reema Dreaming, Gin Dunscombe, Edori Fertig, Chantal Gillingham, Pia Goddard, Jane Higginbottom, Moira Jarvis, Pat Keay, Beata Kozlowska, Christine Landreth, Jennie Merrell, Paola Minekov, Carol Mish, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Jasmine Pradissitto, Marnie Pitts, Lucy Soni, Chrissy Thirlaway, Kim Thornton, Eithne Twomey, Caroline Underwood, Susan Wood


Conway Hall Time Capsule Installation, Holborn

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Finders Keepers Losers Weepers marked an exceptional time for SLWA. 34 selected members explored abstract notions around being, knowing, time and space and not only responded to the theme - the archaeology of mind and memory, but also the history and physical space of Conway Hall itself. The exhibition ran around the entire building from the roof to the basement, in walkways, corridors and windows, offering a unique experience to visitors and staff.

The five curators Jackie Brown, Melissa Budasz, Moira Jarvis, Laura Moreton-Griffiths and Chrissy Thirlaway returned to Conway Hall on 23 June 2015 to install a time capsule that commemorates the four months South London Women Artists artworks occupied Conway Hall and the symposium and educational workshops that took place. The time capsule contains fragments from the exhibition itself which have been placed in a special archive room for future generations to find. 


Conway Hall time capsule selected contributions:



Kate Bowe an Angel card from Slight of Hand installation

Jackie Brown  human hair, Pia's lasting to the end of time, holding profound knowledge of its identity. Used to weave Hair Brain-Pia

Melissa Budasz study fragment for States of Consciousness series - collage of wax, milkweed, human hair, textured paper used for Sex My Brain circular painting

Joan Byrne poem Curating the Laundry read at Symposium Archaeology of mind and memory 20 November 2014

Pia Goddard made to accompany the large photographic piece Rocking Horse which was part of the Finders Keepers Losers Weepers show, this little rocking horse is the dream come true, and, therefore, broken

Moira Jarvis study for Composting and Natural Patterns of Thought, small sewn canvas with wire and willow

Laura Moreton-Griffiths A Hyena in a Petticoat archival pigment print of original drawing of Mary Wollstonecraft, radical, proto-feminist, writer and philosopher

Eithne Twomey section of print on vinyl taken from Traces of No 41 Under seat No 12

Chrissie Thirlaway ivory cow from Consequences installation

A5 exhibition/symposium flyer Finders Keepers Losers Weepers

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Paper Time Capsule created by a child from an Educational School workshop held at Conway Hall on 27 February 2015



Celebrating 7 years of SLWA

Wednesday 8 July 2015  7.00-9.45pm

Brixton East 100 Barrington Road Brixton London SW9 7JF


Come along to find out what SLWA have been up to over the last year, plans for the future and to have your say. This is also a great opportunity to meet new members and say hello to old members, to talk about what you have been up to and to get enthusiastic for the next SLWA year ahead.


We would like to introduce the new Trustees that have volunteered to help advise SLWA on governance and support us as we move forward.  We would like to welcome them to SLWA, you will be able to meet them at the AGM. Here is a little about them below:


Rosie CampbellRosie Campbell is a South London local art enthusiast, with a Fine Art degree.  A working life spent in qualitative market research and business psychology (now semi-retired) means she brings valuable marketing and communication experience to her Trustee role at SLWA. Rosie has a MSc in Systemic Psychology and ILM Certified Business Coach. Chaired the AQR (2007-2010) 35+ years as co-proprietor of Campbell Keegan Ltd, a qualitative market and social research company; has specialised in many women’s markets and conducted over 150 research projects related to cultural and social policy strands. Rosie’s Clients include (commercial) WeightWatchers, L’Oreal, P&G, Unilever, M&S and (Government Departments) Sports Council, Arts Council, Cabinet Office, NHS, HEA, FSA, DWP. Fellow of the Market Research Society and RSA and one of the founders of Demos, the centre-left think tank. She is also a Samaritan Listening Volunteer and Marketing Support for LGS Samaritans.


Charlotte ChungCharlotte Chung works in policy, research and campaigns, with an expertise in social enterprise and small business. Having worked for the national body, Social Enterprise UK, for the best part of five years, she has a particular interest in social investment and sustainable business eco-systems. She is a firm advocate in businesses’ ability to be natural drivers in building better, more equal, societies; producing social value in tandem with profit. Charlotte moved on to join the global policy team for ACCA – the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – as a Senior Policy Advisor, specialising in SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises).  At ACCA, she oversaw research initiatives covering a diverse range of topics from alternative finance to high-growth businesses. Most recently though, no longer content to watch from the side-lines, she took the plunge to get involved in the 2015 general election,  joining a Liberal Democrat’s campaign team. The best decision she has made in a long time…despite the outcome!


Martha LeeMartha Lee is the Exhibitions Programmer at Conway Hall. For the last four years she has organized and curated a variety of exhibitions, ranging from art by established artists to artists who are looking to hold their first London exhibition. Martha’s previous experience includes organising an annual art exhibition as part of Refugee Week entitled ‘Art in Exile’, a collaboration of refugee artists whose art interpreted their experiences of exile. Martha also comes from a family of artists and working on art exhibitions has been part of everyday life from a young age. She has been a keen follower of South London Women Artists for several years and had the opportunity to work more closely with us during our four month residency Finders Keepers at Conway Hall between Nov 2014 and Feb 2015. She believes SLWA are doing valuable work in promoting and enabling women in what has historically been a male domain and that women need that space in order to develop and grow as artists.  She is looking forward to becoming more involved with SLWA in her role as a Trustee.


Penny McLeanPenny McLean is Campaigns and Events Officer at the House of Commons, where she works to inspire and connect people with Parliament and democracy. Before this, Penny worked at the Refugee Council supporting refugee communities across England in the key areas of effective communication, campaigning and organisational development. Prior to working in the voluntary and public sector, she worked in the media/arts industry for a number of years in a variety of creative roles at Films of Record, BBC Radio Times, the Film Council and London Comedy Festival. Born in Scotland, Penny has a Postgraduate Diploma in Television Production from Bournemouth University media school and a BA Hons in French and Linguistics from York St John University. Penny is also Vice Chair of Migrant Voice and is passionately committed to enabling migrants to positively influence issues that affect the quality of their lives and to positively influence the polarised debate on immigration.

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Space-Time Continuum, Finders Keepers Losers Weepers

at Conway Hall


Tuesday, February 17, 2015 10am-12pm
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 1-3pm

What will we find in the future? What will we want to keep from today? What would you like to lose? Free, fun family art workshops, aimed at families with children between 7 and 11 during the February half term holidays. The workshops will offer the opportunity for parents and children to participate in a joint activity.


Finders Keepers Losers Weepers is the title of a residency by South London Women Artists Collaborative at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC2, 4 November 2014 to 28 February 2015. The residency responds to the history of this fascinating institution, Conway Hall is a landmark institution of London's independent intellectual, political and cultural life.


The artist led workshops called SPACE-TIME CONTINUUM will focus on visions of the future. Together, families will:


* Follow the Art Trail and discover how its ideas have informed the exhibition
* Talk to the artists about their work
* Make individual time capsules that will become part of the exhibition


2 hour session workshops will take place on Tuesday 17th February 2015 between 10.00-12.00pm and 1-3pm

For more information please email Jackie Brown and Moira Jarvis at 
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To book your workshop time-slot please click here Eventbrite

Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London, England WC1R 4RL
Time Capsules Project
Finders Keepers Losers Weepers Educational Workshops
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In preparation for South London Women Artists residency at Conway Hall 4 November 2014 - 28 February 2015 SLWA artists Jackie Brown and Moira Jarvis visited UCL Academy to run a workshop prior to the students' visit in November. Focussing on the ideas and theme behind the site-specific exhibition, Finders Keepers Losers Weepers: archaeology of mind and memory, the workshop kicked off with a collaborative mind map to explore student’s ideas on the concepts of possession, loss, time, space. A wide range of ideas emerged and these were developed into paper time capsules.
The time capsules will be exhibited in the Brockway Room at Conway Hall from 4 November to 5 December 2014 to communicate with visitors how the students feel about the concept of time. The capsules will also be sealed in a box in Conway Hall to be opened in the future - a students' collaborative time capsule.
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