My Place poster

“A sense of place is the sixth sense, an internal compass and map made by memory and spatial perception together'” Rebecca Solnit

In July 2017 South London Women Artists were been given the opportunity to respond to the theme of My Place. In this exhibition organised by Bula Chakravarty Agbo, Jennifer Merrell and Valerie Lambert, thirty artists came together at Brixton East to explore their sense of place and belonging. Their wide ranging interpretations are as diverse as geographical location, a return to childhood playfulness or the simplicity of a colour. Karen Livesey showed her film 'The Ladies Bridge' at 2pm on Sunday 9thJuly and The Rye Poets performed at the Private View.

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SLWA was established in 2008 to create a supportive community of women artists living and working in the area. Through our exhibitions, performances, educational workshops and publications we aim to raise awareness of our members and women artists generally.


Where's Your Place?

Harris Girl's Academy    Leeson's Primary School    Eltham College




An art exhibition exploring equality and architecture by junior and secondary students from three local schools


Monday 21 March - Friday 15 April 2016

Open Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Stephen Lawrence Centre
 39 Brookmill Road
 SE8 4HU


Rail     St John’s – South Eastern Trains from London Bridge and South East

DLR    Deptford Bridge Station – DLR trains from Bank and Lewisham

Tube   47, 225, 53, 177

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South London Women Artists collaborate with the Women’s Art Library

to create a pop-up women’s art reading lounge


Curated by: Melissa Budasz, Moira Jarvis, Jasmine Pradissitto, Kim Thornton

WAL reading selection: Althea Greenan, Curator of the Women's Art Library

Launch event: Monday 14 March 6.30-9pm

Open: Tuesday 15 March 11am-5pm

Venue: Brixton East Gallery, 100 Barrington Road, London SW9 7JF


Pillow Talk: conversations with women will debut at Brixton East on Monday 14 March 2016 at 6.30pm to celebrate International Women’s Day. South London Women Artists (SLWA) have teamed up with the Women’s Art Library (WAL), based at Goldsmiths University of London, to create a nomadic reading room steeped in the achievements and ambitions, stories and histories of women artists.


The project Pillow Talk: conversations with women is staged in a transparent geodesic dome furnished with art pillows by SLWA artists as seating and a selection of readings, cuttings and ephemera from the WAL collection. Visitors are invited to relax, read the material and to interact by sharing their own inspirations and histories which will become part of the archive. These conversations with women contribute to a collective multi-layered memory of women’s art history and highlight the achievements of women artists.


The pillow artworks feature the work of 60 SLWA artists exploring diverse themes from the environment, science to politics, gender, memory and sex. They are sites of learning, contemplation, discussion and dissent as well as a place to sit. The stable structure of the geodesic dome and its transparency invites the public inside providing the perfect space for open and balanced discussion. Pillow Talk: conversations with women will tour to different locations in the UK throughout 2016 and will feature a colour ISBN catalogue.









You are warmly invited to the private view of TEN showcasing the current practice of ten selected SLWA members at


The Gerald Moore Gallery

Mottingham Lane


London SE9 4QF


Private view  Friday 6 November 2015 4-8pm

Exhibition runs  7 November to 19 December 2015 

Selected by SLWA trustees Rosie Campbell and Martha Lee

Curated by Jackie Brown, Moira Jarvis, Jennie Merrell and Eithne Twomey


The exhibition will be open to the public on Saturdays 12-4pm and at other times by appointment only 020 8857 0448


Exhibiting artists:

Kate Bowe, Jackie Brown, Melissa Budasz, Francesca Centioni, Gill Dove, Marion Jones, Liz Charsley-Jory, Julia de Greff, Beata Kozlowska and Eithne Twomey 



Kate Bowe



Jackie Brown



Melissa Budasz



Francesca Centioni



Gill Dove



 Marion Jones



 Liz Charsley-Jory



Julia de Greff



 Beata Kozlowska



Eithne Twomey



To see the profiles of all exhibiting artists please click on their names above which will give you information on their current practice, exhibitions, events and publications.


Educational Programme 

SLWA artists also run an extensive educational programme alongside our exhibitions and residencies. We are delighted that Doreen Thompson Addo from the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has agreed to talk to students from local primary schools - Harris Girls Academy and Eltham College. The workshops for this project will centre round the work SLCT does to enable young people from all backgrounds to realise their potential.


SLWA Artist talk with Elinor Brass, Director of the Gerald Moore Gallery

Wednesday 25 November, 7-9pm

We would like to thank Elinor Brass, Head of Art at Eltham College and Director of the Gerald Moore Gallery for making TEN possible. If you would like to learn more about the work Elinor Brass does as an educator throughout the country and globally, she will be giving a talk open to all SLWA members at the gallery on 25 November 7-9pm. You can also read a recent article about the TEA Sketchbook Circle in the September issue of the SLWA publication ArtVerve on contemporary female art





TEN : A showcase of 10 South London Women Artists, is part of the Eltham Arts Festival

31 October to 22 November 2015

Enjoy art displayed at a range of places from galleries, shop windows, cafes, a community centre, theatre  and historic buildings . Check for opening times  during the Festival.


Bob Hope Theatre , Wythfield Rd, Eltham SE9 5GT   Open: Wed and Sat 10-12.30pm

A display of costume and poster designs from the Eltham Little Theatre Archives. First time many have been exhibited. There will also be a display of artwork by St Thomas More Secondary School students .

Biscotti's, 5 Pound Place, Eltham SE9 5DN  Open : cafe opening hours 

Art works by local artists Rik Ward, Pragya Kumar. Lana Quigley and Geoff Carlyle. There is also a permanent display of film posters in the cafe.

Beyond the Fringe, 205 Eltham High St, Eltham SE9 1TS Open: Shop opening hours           

A local high street hairdressers hosting art works by local artists Lynn Bennett Usher , Pragya Kumar and Rik Ward

CANE  New Eltham Library New Eltham SE9 3QT  Open : Tues and Thu 10.30-1pm

An exhibition by the U3A Art group together and have a cup of tea 'Tea and Piccies' ! 

Capital Art Gallery 13 Well Hall Parade, Eltham SE9 6SP, Open: Mon to Sat 10-5pm

A commercial art gallery displaying art from local, national and international artists.

Davis Framers  9 The Arcade ,Eltham SE9 1BE  Open: shop window

A resource for local artists . Photo displayed in window by photographer/artists Geoff Carlyle

Demelza, 211 Eltham High St, Eltham SE91TX Open: shop window

A charity shop hosting two paintings by local artist Emily Tyrrell in their window display. 

Eltham Centre Library , 2 Archery Rd Eltham SE9 1HA Open: library opening hours

A cabinet display by the Eltham Society and a display of Creative Eltham; poems, stories and postcard art by adults and children 

Eltham Palace, Court Yard, Eltham SE9 5QE  Open : Sundays 10-4pm

An English Heritage building which is a mediaeval hall and an art deco gem with ceramics and paintings. Half price entry for Royal Greenwich residents

Gerald Moore Gallery , Mottingham Lane , Mottingham SE9 4RW  Open: Sats 12-4  Fri 7 Nov

An art gallery in the grounds of Eltham College and a resource for the school with public entry on some days. On Saturdays 7 Nov to 19 Dec during the festival there is an exhibition by South London Women Artists group. Free. They also have art workshops

Halifax Plc, 165-169 Eltham High Street, Eltham SE9 1TT Open: shop window

The Halifax is displaying art by local artists James Pierce, Himani Weir, Lynn Bennett Usher and Pragya Kumar in its' High Street window

Normans Music. 32 Well Hall Rd. Eltham SE9 6SF. Open : shop window

A music shop which has been in Eltham for over 100 years . Amongst its display of guitars it hosts a fantastic  leatherwork guitar strap by artist Zahira al Zahira

SE9 Container Gallery, St Thomas More R C School, Eltham SE9 2SU. Open: Sats 11 - 3pm

An unusual  gallery in the grounds on St Thomas More Secondary School. From 7 Nov during the festival it has an exhibition 'The Organic World, Mosaic Wall Panels'  by Aliyahgator. Free entry. They also have a mosaics workshop during the Festival

Shoe Care, 196 Eltham High St. Eltham SE9 1BJ       Open : shop window

A High St shoe repairers hosts a small  display of ceramics and glass by local artists Jean Bright and Himani Weir  

Sylvia Stevens  - Open Studio, 52 Glenhouse Rd, Eltham SE9 1JQ Open: Sat 14 , Sun 15 and Sun 22 Nov 10-4pm

On open house by local ceramicist Sylvia Stevens. Displaying her own work and also paintings by George Fanshawe. Free entry

 Tudor Barn , Well Hall Road , Eltham SE9 6SZ. Open: Hotchpotch Exhibition Sun 1 Nov 10-6

An exhibition in the upper floor on the Tudor Barn organised by Hotchpotch. A display of work by artists with different media. Free entry

The White Hart , 2 Eltham High St. Eltham SE9 1DA Open: pub opening hours

A popular High St pub which has local photos and prints hosted by local artists Lana Quigley and Geoff Carlyle together with their permanent collection .

Woodnut Cafe, 116 Westmount Road,  London SE9 1UT. Open: cafe opening hours

The walls of this cafe has a permanent display of artwork 



Directions to the GERALD MOORE GALLERY
The Gerald Moore Gallery is a modern building in the grounds of Eltham College. There is a carpark in front of the school. To find the gallery turn to the right in front of the school and through a courtyard.




By car
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.

By Train 
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.




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Gabriel Fine Art Gallery


Cottage 2 Old Paradise Yard 20 Carlisle Lane Waterloo SE1 7LG
17 April to 1 May 2015 Tuesday to Saturday 10-6pm

Private View Friday 17 April 2015 6.30-9.30pm

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'First of all learn about death, then about other things'

Nichiren Daishonin, 13th Century Japan


Behind St Thomas’ Hospital, and formerly a Buddhist centre, Gabriel Fine Art is situated near an old burial ground and close to the site of the old train station used in 1848 for transporting the bodies of the Cholera epidemic - it is rich with a history associated with death.  

Death as a subject to shout about is provocative, but it walks with us every day. The three curators Melissa BudaszIlinca Cantacuzino and Yolanta Gawlik question what this final taboo may mean, exploring its finality and the fear it engenders. The result is thought provoking and cathartic. You will find a wealth of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, time-based media, performance, poetry, and song during the last two weeks of April.  

The Devil in Shaw’s philosophical play 'Man and Superman' claims ‘This marvellous force of Life of which you boast is a force of Death.  Man measures his strength by his destructiveness’. More than 30 South London Women Artists and friends come together to challenge such a notion by harnessing the force of life, rather than death, through the art process, and question through their work the finality of death. Each artist may have different beliefs and cultural backgrounds but death in the end unites us all.  Confronting ‘the end’ and the darkness of fear or futility can unleash a transition, a liminal state, a courageous leap into something new. 

SLWA is collaborating with Gabriel Fine Art and Southbank Mosaics who are based in the Crypt at St Johns Church Waterloo SE1 where there will be a FREE event on Saturday 25 April 2015 2-4pm showcasing The Rye PoetsBeata Kozlowska who will create a live performative drawing and the duo Sarah Lloyd and Ian Kennedy will sing songs about death. Come join us after for tea and cake as we host a Death Cafe, a forum for discussion, led by Compassionate Funerals.
The closing event at Gabriel Fine Art on Friday 1 May 2015 6.30-8.30pm will also offer poetry and performance. There will be a special SLWA publication for sale for £10.00, a catalogue documenting the artwork, poetry and exhibition.


Exhibiting artists
Anna Arianova
Polly Bagnall
Jacqueline Merry Bernard
Juliet Blake
Kate Bowe
Lisa Brown
Melissa Budasz
Joan Byrne
Ilinca Cantacuzino
Gin Dunscombe
Edori Fertig
Dana Finch
Sheila Fratini
Yolanta Gawlik
Chantal Gillingham
Pia Goddard
Camilla Gray
Moira Jarvis
Beata Kozlowska

Ky Lewis
Wenchi Lucas
Yoke Matze
Jennie Merrell
Marnie Pitts
Jasmine Pradissitto
Kate Redfern
Mary Gordon-Smith
Selena Steele
Kelda Storm
Chrissy Thirlaway
Caroline Underwood
Olivia Urquhart

Kim Winter