Category Archives: Past exhibitions

The Bitter Season – Shikyba Azizi

THE BITTER SEASON by Shikyba Azizi

Prisoner inside the veil by shikyba azizi

11 January to 11 February 2011

Shikyba Azizi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She lives and works in London.She says: “Through my work, I try to reflect events experienced in war torn Afghanistan my homeland. Personal experiences of war where death, destruction, hunger are commonplace in extreme context to my life in the west where I live in exile. My work attempts to address issues relating to the tyranny of war and can be seen as a metaphor for eternal conflict and resistance.
Through a process of abstraction and the use of metaphor my works engage the viewer in a dialogues that attempt to more beyond the specific in an attempt to come to terms with the complexity of the situation. I use monochromatic materials as main material for my work. My current sculpture works are concerned with using black fabric and wire in a symbolic way. By cutting, pulling and dissecting the materials, I explore a sudden intense feeling of fear into the space.”
We would like to thank the British Afghan Women’s Society and the Afghan Association Paiwand for their generosity in sponsoring this exhibition.
Shikyba Azizi


Stuck on the Wall

Stuck on the Wall

11 January to 11 February 2011

The Stuckists are one of the most dynamic and interesting groups in the UK nowadays, they need no introduction.  Although The Stuckists  exhibited at the Walker Gallery in 2004 and in Mayfair in 2010 Chris Yates says that, for him, BAR  is his favourite ‘gig’ because of the ‘inclusive’ nature of the venue and the diversity of culture that the work is exposed to .
Artists exhibiting:    Ella Guru, Charles Thomson, Joe Machine, Wolf Howard, Mark D, Chris Yates Sky, Lucy Doo, Alice Marrinan, Dan Belton, Jasmine Maddock, David Wilson, Hamed Lapsking Dehnavi, Jacqueline Jones, Kyla Bullows, Paddy Cartwright and Jane Kelly
Chris Yates

Ceramics by Mariwan Jalal

Mariwan Jalal : Ceramics

December 2010

My work takes inspiration from geometrical Islamic design of Muslim Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq), which has been home to some of the oldest major civilizations. Since the rise of the first cities in southern Mesopotamia 5300BCE Mesopotamia has been under Hellenistic, Persian, Mongol and Turkic rule, which have all left their mark on their rich cultural heritage?  My work is hand built with ceramic tiles, ceramics reliefs and wall pieces.  I have created form from soft slabs of clay. I have wanted to build an abstract form but one that is evocative, displaying an organic and sensual quality. Clay surfaces decorative with screen-print, slip colouring and different layering that make the surfaces of my work rich with density. The quality of the clay surface adds a new and sensual dimension to my work. The pieces become tactile that reach out with those that view them as deep within are pictures aiming to merge colour and form.        

Brent Art Fair 2010

The Birth of an Idea by Ida,    The Writers by Marion Hack ,   Korea by Salesh Kapur

Selected by the BBC as one of the best events in and around London.  Selected by the Guardian as one of their top ten picks.

16 November – 17 December 2010

The exhibition will showcase some of Brent’s wealth of artistic talent, featuring work from emerging talent as well as established local artists. The  Brent Art Fair will give visitors the opportunity to view a wide range of work, including painting, sculpture to photography, prints…etc. Many pieces will have a price tag of under £100, making this the perfect  chance to purchase an original and unique piece from a talented artist. This is a opportunity to explore the hidden art of one of London’s most vibrant and culturally diverse communities.
Our thanks to the following organizations for providing the prizes for the Best in Brent: Ace Cafe London,    Cock Tavern Theatre,     Lexi Cinema,     Wembley Plaza Hotel,   Tricycle Theatre  and   Brent Council.

Brent Inter Faith Week

Brent Inter Faith Week

16th of November – 17th of December 2010

Curated by Monna Rizvi

 Its aims are:    to strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels;
  • to increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society; and
  • to increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious belief.
The Inter Faith Network for the UK, working with its member bodies, is leading the week. Participatory events will be community-led, with local people and groups of different backgrounds holding their own events and highlighting work going on to promote understanding between people of different faiths and beliefs. For more information go to:
Artists exhibiting: Ann Kopka, Val Gleave, Ida and Raymond Daley

Solo Show by Gisela Shuett

Penguins by Gisela Shuett

Solo Show by Gisela Shuett

19 October to 12 November 2010

Gisela is mainly self-taught, because she says she is too wilful to accept and integrate any suggestions or rules. Every painting is a try not a mastery. She likes simplicity and magic. Her main theme is animals, because animals are both. Through them she paints little stories, or just expresses feelings or emotions of a simple life. But more and more she is drawn towards the mythological, mystic and dreamlike, where Angels do exist and Archetypes do emerge. She prefers oil on board and mixed media because she likes to experiment. 020 85531 519

Favourite Things

The Falls by Sarah Baker

Favourite Things

Group Exhibition     19 October to 12 November 2010

“These are a few of my favourite things”.  Everyone knows the song from the Sound of Music and we all have our “favourite things”.  Among these could be an object such as a  memento from a holiday, a gift from a loved one or a picture.  It could be an aspect of nature such as a particular flower, tree or landscape or a certain type of weather.  It could be a certain kind of food of drink. A favourite thing could also be something more intangible such as friendship, family life, certain qualities we value in people such as integrity, warmth or humour.  Lastly, it could be a certain system of beliefs or moral values, which guide our lives.
Featuring art works by:  Sarah Baker, Nadia Burns, Andrew Moore, Tigz Rice, Lorenz Widmaier, Yasmine Boulestin, Constance Slaughter, Charles McLaren, Dave Corcoran, Michelle Theodotou, Sally Shephar, Mary Pritchard and Leila Bibizadeh.
Curated by Sarah Harris: