Amelia’s Magazine | Ellie Foreman-Peck Solo Show

Category: Art

Ellie Foreman-Peck show flyer
Ellie Foreman-Peck will be showcasing a series of limited edition prints that focus on Japan's influence on advertising art in Western Europe during the 19th Century. Azuri-E is the term given to Japanese prints predominantly printed in blue.

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Ellie Foreman-Peck works as an illustrator from her studio in East London creating portraits and editorials for a wide range of clients including GQ, The Telegraph and CBBC. To see more of her work please go to

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Opening times: 8:00 am – 12:00 am. Private View: 24th July from 6pm.

Amelia’s Magazine | Horace Panter: Nostalgia (ain’t what it used to be)

Category: Art

Pete McKee has invited Horace Panter to exhibit at his gallery A Month of Sundays in Sheffield. Given that a lot of his new work, especially the cassette series, plays on nostalgia and memory, he came up with the title Nostalgia (ain't what it used to be). History moves forward!

Born in Croydon in 1953, Horace got his accrediation in Fine Art from Coventry's Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) in 1975. It was whilst there that he met up with Jerry Dammers and they formed The Specials, a defining band on the British music scene. However, he never dropped his art roots, using his time on tour to visit galleries/exhibitions throughout the UK, Europe and America. Before embarking on a career as a professional artist in 2008, he spent 10 years as Head of Art in a secondary school. He says that teaching art made him reevaluate his own relationship to art and when The Specials reformed in that year he found he had the time to explore his art practice.

His work is a juxtaposition between religious/political iconography and Pop Art. While exploring the ideas of elevation in both iconography and Pop Art, his aim is to question the narrative of the iconic subject; he chooses to portray objects/places/people that are considered ordinary or mundane and to elevate their status to icon, thereby realising the Pop Art trope of 'elevating the mundane' (Andy Warhol). The cassette paintings are particularly evocative of time and place; as well as having a strong historical context, they are imbued with meaning in terms of analogue recording studios and the humble 'demo-tape'. His work is full of colour and vitality and is as much about what is left out; the composition is often minimal so that the focus is on the central subject, like an icon.

This exhibition will feature some of the Cassette Series as well as some colourful collages which celebrate his relationship to music and his own musical icons. There will also be a selection of his very latest series on Americana. Horace says “I have to thank the highly efficient and very friendly McKee Organisation (PLC) for giving me the opportunity to show my work to the good people of Sheffield … can't wait!Pete McKee says: “To have Horace Panter, one of my heroes, exhibit at my gallery is a massive honour. His culturally astute paintings have a great resonance with anyone who, like me, was brought up to love music.”

Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm

Amelia’s Magazine | Garudio Studiage presents BESTIARY LAGOON at Lik + Neon

Category: Art

This August Lik + Neon invite Garudio Studiage to launch their new range of screen printed products with a 3D window installation. This is exhibition No.4 in the Lik + Neon Summer Series 2014 in collaboration with People's Park Tavern, an exciting new pub and brewery on the edge of Victoria Park, East London.

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New screen printed products include cushions, acrylic bracelets & brooches, and bespoke stationary all with the theme of the 'Bestiary Lagoon'- a tropical aquatic world of whales, parrots, pelicans, palms, tortoises, monkeys and brightly coloured sea weed. Bestiary Lagoon sees the L + N window and light box transformed into a life-size 3D aquarium! The installation is on view 24/7 between the dates listed above, but will be lit up during shop opening hours only.

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Garudio Studio presents BESTIARY LAGOON tortoise and crab brooches
Garudio Studio presents BESTIARY LAGOON sea cushion covers
Garudio Studiage is an exciting design collective based in the South London creative hub of Peckham. Founded in 2003 by Chris Ratcliffe, Laura Cave, Anna Walsh and Hannah Havana, each artist specialises in a variety of skills such as screen printing, jewellery and painting. Setting to work in a space literally defined as a 'Studio Garage' the collective, with their sharp minds and clever wit came up with a spoonerism to great effect – thus the mighty Garudio Studiage was born!

Garudio Studio presents BESTIARY LAGOON whale bracelet
The collective also work together and with friends, taking part in a wonderfully bizarre array of exhibitions and events as well as making props, displays and products all with a good dose of British wit and wry humour. As part of the London Design Festival 2013 the team took over the L + N windows with the famed 'Lik + Neon Cats on Tour' installation to celebrate the launch of a Lik + Neon commission of bespoke 'Flat Pet' cats. In addition to the 4 founding members, the installation and new products for Bestiary Lagoon were made with Molly Lattin.

Other projects include 'Lucky Skip' where a life-size rubbish skip constructed by Garudio Studiage is moved about to various locations inviting people to 'dive in' and rummage through an array of prizes ranging from high art to low humour, shop windows for Paul Smith in Covent Garden & Sloane Avenue, and participation in the V&A fete 2009 and V&A Friday Lates 'Peckham Takeover' in 2013, the list goes on!….

Opening times: Mon – Sat 11am – 7pm, Sun 11am – 6.30pm
Private view: Thursday 7th August, 6-9pm

Amelia’s Magazine | AOI Illustration Awards 2014 Exhibition

Category: Art

AOI Illustration awards flyer
The AOI Illustration Awards 2014 Exhibition showcases work by category winning illustrators and highlights from this year's shortlist. The show includes emerging and established talent from across the globe. Two overall winners, The AOI New Talent Award 2014 and The AOI Professional Award 2014, will be announced at the private view and awards ceremony. After the show at Somerset House, the exhibition will continue on its tour across the UK. Some of the winners are profiled below, to find out more about their individual projects click on their names:

William Grill, the New Talent winner for the Children’s Book category, with his first book Shackleton’s Journey, which he started as a third year project whilst at university.

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Andy Ward won the Professional award for the Advertising and Design category. His winning entry formed part of a mental health awareness campaign for the University Of California's Santa Cruz campus.

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David Doran’s illustration for The New York Times Book Review won the New Talent category winner award. The piece titled ‘Going Home Again’ accompanied an article reviewing Dennis Bock’s novel. The story follows a man that spends a strange year at home, in Canada, after separating from his wife in Madrid.
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Laurindo Feliciano is the Professional Editorial category winner. Flaunt Magazine commissioned the winning entry ‘Fabricating Art’, to accompany an article based on Laurindo’s answers to questions set by art director Jim Turner, on the topic of his work process.

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Thoke Maer’s self initiated project ‘It’s No Biggie’ won the New Talent award in this category. The project is an ongoing series of animated GIF’s based on moments that are all too familiar and perhaps even nostalgic.

Opening times: 10am – 6pm

Amelia’s Magazine | Fashion Illustration Gallery Summer Show 2014

Category: Art

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Stevie Wonder by Richard Bernstein for Interview, June 1986. Photo (Albert Watson), pastel, pencil, airbrush and collage on foam board.

As part of the FIG Summer Show the Fashion Illustration Gallery presents a collection of works created by artist illustrator Richard Bernstein (1939 – 2002) for the cover of Andy Warhol's infamous Interview magazine.

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Aretha Franklin by Richard Bernstein for Interview, December 1986. Photo (Albert Watson), charcoal, pastel, pencil, airbrush and collage on foam board.

Bernstein made the up-and-coming celebrities of the 70s and 80s such as Sylvester Stallone, Mick Jagger, Diane Lane, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Susan Sarandon et al, look sleek, sexy, glamorous and forever young. The covers were designed in such a way that people would think that Andy Warhol had made them because Andy’s signature was printed above the masthead. Interview became iconic and Warhol would autograph the covers of fans’ copies, never disabusing them of the notion he had done the covers himself but Richard never signed a cover and Andy never made one himself.

It is estimated that Bernstein made 120 actual portrait painting covers for Interview (starting 1972) and very few are outside the control of the estate. The group at FIG are brilliant examples including portraits of Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger and Stevie Wonder.

Opening times: 11am – 6pm. (Closed Sunday 10th & 17th)

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Mick Jagger by Richard Bernstein for Interview, February 1985. Photo (Albert Watson), pastel, pencil, airbrush and collage on foam board.

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Diane Keaton by Richard Bernstein for Interview, January 1987. Photo (Herb Ritts), pastel, pencil, airbrush and collage on foam board.

Amelia’s Magazine | Hidden Folk: A Scandinavian Folklore exhibition at Fika

Category: Art

Look closely, can you spot the gnomes having coffee and cake? Or the mermaid, mountain trolls and the huldra – a beautiful woman with a cow’s tail? Can you see the clusters of mushrooms and flowers and birds? It’s all there.

The whole of Fika will be transformed to an urban forest where you can go Hidden Folk spotting. Illustrations by Emma Farrarons will be dotted around all the walls with captivating detail. For those who are not well versed in Scandinavian geography, a playful map will help you find your bearings. It would come as no surprise that even the Scandi gnomes have style! You are invited to peer inside the home of a Scandinavian gnome – The cross-section view of the tree trunk apartment is obviously furnished with iconic and minimalist Nordic designs.

Here’s a sneaky peek of the illustrator at work. She's also a contributor to Amelia's Magazine, aren't we lucky?!


Fika has been inspired by Emma’s work and thus the menu for Hidden Folk has been designed to ‘trick and tease’ the mind. You will have the chance to try black truffle potatoes, purple carrots, elk burgers and magical cocktails with dill and smoke. A visit to Fika this summer will be a sensory explosion, so why not drop in next time you are in Brick Lane?

Opening times: 12.00-23.00 (Mon-Thursday), 12 – 00 (Friday), 10 – 00 (Saturday), 10 – 23 (Sunday)

Twitter: @EmmaFarrarons @Fika_london #Hiddenfolk

Amelia’s Magazine | Around The Block at Well Hung Gallery

Category: Art

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Two intriguing urban artists showcase their new work at the Well Hung Gallery in Hoxton.

Tom Bingle, aka Inkie has emerged as one of the most prolific graffiti writers in the the UK and has painted with some of the most notorious artists on the scene including Banksy, Nick Walker and Massive Attack’s 3D. Inkie’s art is characterised by a unique collaboration of graffiti and figurative imagery. His style ‘Ink Nouveau’ draws on art nouveau influences with an urban twist. Portraits of woman are usually accompanied by poignant words or phrases; faces are understated, almost anime and are framed with his iconic, stylised flowing hair.

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Otto Schade or ‘Osch’ is a Chilean-German artist, architect and urban sculptor has been influenced by abstract and surrealist art. The themes behind his compositions use iconic symbolism, with a sharp, ironic touch. Otto’s paintings are characterised by ribbons, which are painted meticulously in layers to produce his imagery. Otto has exhibited his work around the world (Chile, Berlin, Moscow, New York, Amsterdam & London). You can see also see his work on the streets Shoreditch.

*** STOP PRESS*** The exhibition has been extended and you are invited to the closing party on Thursday 7th August when the gallery will be offering free prints for the first 10 people through the doors and great deals on any remaining work on show. There will also be Limited edition prints of the Otto Schade 'Golden Steam' print on sale at half price for only £45.

Opening times: Mon-Fri: 9.30am-6pm, Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun: Closed
Private view: Thursday 3rd July 6-9pm, please RSVP to

Amelia’s Magazine | Call Me! Kingston University Illustration Animation Exhibition 2014

Category: Art

Call me flyer
Call Me is a degree show exhibiting the work of the 2014 Illustration Animation graduates of Kingston University. ‘We want to meet everyone, and treat everyone to our eclectic spread of visual, sculptural and interactive solutions.’ Kingston always put on a particularly strong display when the graduate shows come around (read some of my previous reviews here) so I'm really looking forward to this one… and you could be there too! Here's a taster:

Call Me- Kingston University Illustration Animation Degree Show from Chloe Winn on Vimeo.

Roofless, Jessica Tickle
'Roofless' Jessica Tickle

'Soporific Tips to Enhance Smile Goo' Jack Smith
'Soporific Tips to Enhance Smile Goo' Jack Smith

'Pick a Pen' Carmel Attia
'Pick a Pen' Carmel Attia

This show is the culmination of a three year course, in which, through making, critiquing and resolving, the students have tackled industry briefs, competed in national and international competitions, woven narratives and explored new concepts and ideas.

'One Hundred Years of Solitude' Jooyoung Ryu
'One Hundred Years of Solitude' Jooyoung Ryu

'My Darling' a film by Matt King and Imogen Woolley
'My Darling' a film by Matt King and Imogen Woolley

Under the banner of Illustration Animation, the Call Me is comprised of prints, paintings, graphic novels, children’s books, zines, apps, contraptions, animations, cartoons, games, reportage, furniture, music videos, crockery, concertinas, lampshades, flipbooks, puppets, packaging, portfolios and much much more. The walls of Dalston Department Store in Hackney will be filled with all of these, and a cinema will showcase the best of the course’s animation.

'King of the Jungle' a film by Jac Clinch
'King of the Jungle' a film by Jac Clinch

'Jungle Tumble' Nicola Kinnear
'Jungle Tumble' Nicola Kinnear

Call Me is an important opportunity for the students to both reveal their work to the public, but also to make contact and forge connections with professionals and future colleagues, hence the rather cheeky name.

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'Disconnect' a film by Doug Hindson
'Disconnect' a film by Doug Hindson

There really is something for everyone, so whatever you do, whoever you are, it's not one to miss!

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Private view: Thursday 12th June, 6.30pm
Public View: Friday 13th June – Sunday 15th June
Opening times: 11am- 7pm

Amelia’s Magazine | Black and Blue Gallery: Illuminations

Category: Art

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Illuminations is an exhibition of textual art showcasing the work of 21 international artists at the Black and Blue Gallery. Initially inspired by the poetry and illustrations of William Blake, the exhibition explores the volatile boundary between image and text and the haunting quality of their interplay.

JULIUS KALAMARZ Philosophy of the Revolution
JULIUS KALAMARZ: Philosophy of the Revolution

Headlining the show are the artists Robert Montgomery and Julius Kalamarz. Perhaps best known for his public billboards and light pieces, Robert’s work engages with 21st century consumerism through romantic and political poetry. The proactive and engaging quality of his words has gained considerable social media exposure, with messages such as The People You Love Become Ghosts Inside Of You And Like This You Keep Them Alive. Julius works primarily in mixed media and cultivates an experimental, tactile and open-hearted style. He seeks to ‘make strange’ the content of everyday language and imagery through its de-contectualization. This often culminates in collage-like pieces which bring up a new or enhanced meaning from within the fractures and fissures of the original message.

EVELIN KASIKOV Exuberance Is Beauty
EVELIN KASIKOV: Exuberance Is Beauty.

The labyrinthine Crypt Gallery acts as the ideal setting for an exhibition that takes the viewer on a journey through photography, painting, sculpture, paper-cuts and textiles among others. A different understanding and exposition of the interaction between text and image awaits around every corner.

KERRY O'CONNOR: Weekend Wife.

Accompanying the work of the 21 artists are pieces by six UK based typographers who have created typographical works directly inspired by Blake’s poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, a modern homage to his groundbreaking visual spirit.


Opening Times: Thursday 6pm-9pm (Private View, All Welcome), Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-6pm

Amelia’s Magazine | The Intrigue Emporium Summer Show 2014

Category: Art

Intrigue Emporium Summer Show
The Intrigue Emporium team invites Amelia's Magazine readers to the launch of a brand new seasonal designer maker craft showcase at Shoreditch Town Hall on Sunday 22nd of June. There will be fun for all with around 50 hand selected British designers and makers showing their outrageously creative wares; funky photobooths; a cupcake bar and many other fantastic surprises. If you can't wait for the day, check out some of the designers exhibiting below.

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Esoteric London

Intrigue Emporium Summer Show Madame Chalet
Madame Chalet.

Intrigue Emporium Summer Show Ruby Bazaar
Ruby Bazaar.

Intrigue Emporium Summer Show Rodology

Intrigue Emporium Summer Show Future Heirlooms
The Future Heirlooms Boutique.

Intrigue Emporium Summer Show Remy Dubibe
Remy Dubibe.

Intrigue Emporium Summer Show My Rosie Lee
My Rosie Lee.

For more information visit or join the Facebook event here.

Opening times: 11.30am – 5.30pm
Free entry (donations welcome) Open to all ages