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The London Group Open 2017

The UK's longest-running and most prestigious artists' collective, The London Group, is delighted to announce its 83rd Open Exhibition. In recognition of today's increasingly diversified art scene, The London Group Open welcomes innovative, challenging works in any medium, including painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, digital, audio, mixed media, installation, video and performance. Successful entrants to this year's Open will see their work hung in one of two exhibitions staged during November and December 2017 at The Cello Factory.

Prizes - which collectively total over £7000 - will be awarded to non-members and include

All non-members will be eligible for prizes.

There is a £20 entry fee for one submission, £35 for two submissions, and £45 for three submissions, to be paid online with the application. Artists can submit up to three works, which must have been produced since 2015. Submissions for The Open should be made online.


DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES - Tues 29th August 2017, 5pm

The London Group Open 2017 offers a wonderful opportunity for emerging and established artists to raise their profile, win cash and material prizes, and exhibit their work alongside the Group's esteemed members.

The London Group and Friend's Sculpture Trail

This is a completely new and ambitious departure for The London Group with over 70 artists exhibiting in 35 gardens. There will be an extensive variety of work ranging from sculpture in metal and stone to ephemeral, interactive work and performance. The Trail will be particularly unusual in the number of works that will be site-specific. Shoreham village in the idyllic Darenth Valley has hosted many biennial garden safaris and is eager to be involved in this substantial project. Shoreham, a gem on the edge of London, is a beautiful place to visit just for itself and in June the gardens of all sizes, many on the river, will be at their best - visitors couldn't wish for more perfect surroundings in which to view sculpture. Many of the invited sculptors are London-based and others are from as far afield as Scotland and Wales. Most will be present to meet visitors during the trail and many will be giving talks. The Trail is curated by London Group President Susan Haire.

Shoreham Village, Kent
17 and 18 June, 11am-5pm
Just an hour from central London by car or train, a four-minute walk from the station.

The Sculpture Trail is in aid of The Shoreham Church Extension Fund. The church is a medieval Grade 1 listed building with no toilets, no disabled access or other modern facilities.

Tickets £10 per person a day or £15 for both days (£11.21 / £16.52 on Eventbrite), with one catalogue included per couple. Under 15s free. Group discounts available. Refreshments on sale in various gardens. Ample parking.

The Mesh

A small group exhibition by The London Group at the Watermans Art Centre New Media Gallery

Several members use computers as an important part of their practice. Although only one of the artists in this show describes themselves as 'digital', all of them mix digital and analogue techniques. At each step of the way from idea to rendered object, the use of computer hardware and software threads its way through the creative process. The final objects may be physical, but their expression is necessarily digital.

From the algorithmic chain mail in Angela Eames' work to the physical web shot through with electricity by Cadi Froehlich, the network of 3D polygons used by Bryan Benge and David Theobald, to the drawn matrices of James Faure Walker and Erika Winstone, there are meshes throughout the show. The full range of digital techniques are on display from copy 'n paste to algorithmic design and mathematical rendering - techniques which weave under and over each other in the exhibition and which reflect upon the multi-layered history of the group. Indeed, The London Group itself, and its century of cooperation among artists, can be seen as a tightly knit group; a polychromatic tapestry of people, styles and technologies - a mesh.

Participating artists : Bryan Benge, Angela Eames, James Faure Walker, Cadi Froehlich, Eric Fong, Genetic Moo, Judith Jones, Amanda Loomes, Peter Lowe, Ian Parker, Victoria Rance, Paul Tecklenberg, David Theobald, & Erika Winstone.

17 March - 21 May 2017
Daily 10am - 9pm, FREE
Private View : Friday 17th March 6 - 9pm
Watermans Art Centre
40 High St, Brentford, TW8 0DS

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