EAC art sale at St John’s, Palmers Green

There’s a great opportunity to buy original art from local artists on Saturday 25 November, when EAC artists will be exhibiting and selling their work at St John’s church hall in Palmers Green.

The sale is on from 10.30am to 5pm in the small hall at the rear of St John’s Church, 1 Bourne Hill, Palmers Green, N13 4DA.

Mickos at Arbeit Studios

An exhibition of paintings by EAC member Mickos opens on Friday 24 November at Arbeit Studios in Palmers Green.

‘Searching 2023’ explores the artist’s interests in the physical qualities of oil paint and the effects of light on natural and man-made forms. From still life to landscape, Mickos’ work sits at the boundary between figurative and abstract, shading towards the flatness of modern art.

Admission is free to the exhibition, which opens from 6pm to 10pm on Friday 24 November at Arbeit Studios, at the rear of 310 Green Lanes, N13 5TT.

The exhibition is then open at weekends, from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays, 24 and 25 November, and 2, 3, 9 and 10 December. The last day is Saturday 16 December, 10am to 6pm.


Painting auction to benefit Friends of Grovelands Park

Local artist and EAC member Mary Horsfield has given this beautiful painting of Grovelands Park for auction to support the much-needed upkeep of the park.

The painting, which is currently on display at Agha Home on Wades Hill in Winchmore Hill, captures the stunning lake area in Grovelands. It is in acrylic on canvas and measures 60x76cm.

Bids for the painting, starting at £75, are invited by 10pm on Friday 17 November via the ‘Get in touch’ box on the Friends of Grovelands website.

Commission for new Enfield artworks

Enfield Council is commissioning two new artworks for an arts trail inspired by the town centre’s literary and industrial heritage, and reflecting its connection to water and nature.

Proposals are invited for two interpretative art and design works that will complement and enrich the wider development of Little Park Gardens in Enfield Town, as part of the Liveable Neighbourhood programme. More opportunities will be announced in the coming months.

For further information about these commissions and how to apply, visit Lets Talk Enfield

The deadline for proposals is midnight on Friday 6th October.


Artist residency in Palmers Green

Arbeit Studios are launching a new artist residency programme, High Street Happenings Residency 23-25 in Palmers Green.

This will be a three-month rolling programme of free studio space from this October through to July 2025 for an artist or collective to work on their practice and create a piece of work to exhibit in response to the theme High Street Happenings.

Organisers are keen to hear from artists whose work is already inspired by Palmers Green high street, or high streets in general.

Applications open on Monday 25th September. For more information visit the Arbeit Studios website

Exhibition visitors pick their top three

Camargue Horses by Pam Riley was the runaway winner of the visitors’ choice vote in this year’s annual exhibition, with 34 votes.

This was followed by Pymmes Park: Bench by Mona Ascott, which netted 20 votes and Lockdown 2021 by Val Gudge, with 16 votes.

Almost 450 visitors voted during the fortnight that the exhibition was open at Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield, in early August.

Although the exhibition has now closed, many of the works are still available to view and buy online. See the exhibition here

EAC member exhibits at Mall Galleries

Congratulations to EAC member Mary Horsfield, who has had her work accepted for exhibition at London’s prestigious Mall Galleries later in the summer.

‘Mismatched’, in acrylic on stretched canvas, will be shown as part of the show, Through the Looking Glass, curated by Swanfall Art, which runs from 28 August to 2 September.

Sketching with Chesterfield Primary School

Enfield Art Circle members spent a fun afternoon at Chesterfield Primary School at the end of June, working with children in Years 5 and 6 to explore the ways that sketchbooks can be used by artists.

Each artist spoke to a different class about the variety of ways that sketching can help an artist to develop ideas, followed by a practical session where the children tried things out for themselves.

Debbie Peaty said: ‘The children were making their own sketchbooks and the class I visited had already made theirs. We started by looking at the concept of doodling – what this was and how it could be a useful way of formulating ideas, practising using mediums and so on. I showed some quite varied examples from my own sketchbooks, then it was their turn to do their own doodles. They were enthusiastic and really engaged with the task with some very interesting results. We looked at using sketchbooks as preparatory work for eventual paintings, experimenting with shading to give things solidity, which they then tried for themselves, once again with some interesting results. We finished up by looking at sketchbooks as diaries of places we had been, people we had met, etc.  I think they enjoyed it and I certainly did. It was a very new experience for me – although I have run training sessions for adults I have never been faced by a class of nine and 10 year-olds before!’

Dolores Kitchener said: ‘Like Debbie, I’d not had any experience with the primary classroom situation and was a bit nervous, to be honest! But the children were really attentive and inquisitive. I decided to have a bit of fun with two-handed exercises, with the children drawing each other – this raised some giggles between them. Then they did drawing of whatever was in front of them, with a continuous single line. Some of them produced really interesting pages. Finally we went into the playground to draw a part of the building with the same technique. Even the teacher had a go!’

Sheila Burbidge said: ‘I spent a delightful afternoon with year 6 pupils talking about my sketchbooks and helping them make their own. Their teacher had devised a series of short exercises about sketching and we spent the rest of the time filling their books with doodles, quick drawings of each other, moving objects and animals, and finishing up with a collage. By the end of the afternoon they had little sketchbooks full of ideas. It was a very worthwhile time, being creative and having fun.’

Bill Simpson said: ‘I talked about how one would progress to draw and eventually paint, presenting my own sketchbook as a demonstration. The children were very responsive and interested inwhy I should spend my time drawing and painting. After that the children were instructed how to collect some paper, with decorative wallpaper for covers, and make a simple sketchbook, then draw in it, and they all set about the task with enthusiasm. The afternoon was a useful and formative interaction. To what extent it will be a lasting memory to the children, one can never know, but I like to think that there will be some that do recall our visit and follow up on some interest stimulated by it.’