Last night, Highbury Grove School and Samuel Rhodes School celebrated their fifth annual Art Exhibition.

This event started five years ago, with the introduction of the Currell Art Award. This award is for GCSE level students to assist with their ‘aim high’ standards. The top three winners received £100, £50, and £25 worth of art vouchers.

1st prize winner from Highbury Grove, Aamnah Nehim, with her work

Last year, Cowling & Wilcox, local art suppliers based on Holloway Road, stepped in to support the schools and to provide a large art prize for the top winner.

Three years ago, Samuel Rhodes School, a special needs school adjacent to Highbury Grove, also got involved. James Neilson, the manager at our Islington branch, said:

“Currell are now in the fifth year and the standard of artwork just seems to get better and better each year. It is a pleasure to see the pupils cuddling the trophy and the big smiles.

The standard of the work was certainly very high – we were very impressed, and wish all the pupils the best of luck with their future projects.

The winners from Samuel Rhodes School

2nd place winner Poppy Rawlings’ striking piece

3rd place winner Alfie Gunter accepting his prize

London has topped a survey by Post Office Travel Money for the most expensive city for cultural exploits in Europe. Out of 12 major cities surveyed, Londoners may not be surprised to learn that their hometown won the title of most expensive.

According to the survey however, we Londoners believe we get good value for money and are incredibly proud of the cultural gems this great city has on offer. And rightly so…London is packed full of things to do and see…so get out there this bank holiday and discover them!

London is host to three of the top ten museums in the world, over 850 art galleries, 170 museums and 11 National museums, including the National Gallery which is the 4th most visited museum in the world and packed full with 2,300 paintings.

National Gallery in Trafalgar Square

National Gallery in Trafalgar Square

London also plays host to over 250 festivals every year, a figure which continues to grow. This coming weekend, on Sunday and Monday, is Notting Hill carnival, which attracts over one million people and music acts from around the world, making it Europe’s biggest street festival.

If you are keen for a giggle London is the perfect place. It is native to more live comedy than anywhere across the globe. Whether you are seeing big name headliners at the 02 or enjoying the comedy nights at the Camden Head in Islington, there is always plenty of choice

If comedy isn’t your thing but film is, you’re in luck as London has over 790 cinema screen dotted around its boroughs; the most cinema screens per mile than any other part of the UK.

Wilton’s Music Hall is the world’s oldest surviving music hall it was built in 1743 and is an operational piece of musical history. It still hosts gigs, shows film and stand-up comedy.  The bar area is also a great venue for a cosy date night.

More of a book worm? Why not visit the British Library, home of the Magna Carta. London has more than 800 bookshops and over 380 public libraries, so there is no excuse!

And lets not forget all the Royal landmarks where you might just meet your very own prince.

Whatever you do this weekend…get out there and discover what our amazing city has to offer.

This week a new collection of stunning artwork by artist Jennifer Wilson, has arrived into our Battersea office.

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All the work is for sale and anyone is welcome to come in to our office at 205 Lavender Hill Battersea and take a look.

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Jennifer herself tells us what it is that inspires her work:

“In the studio I spend a long time looking. I observe the objects, spaces and imagery around me and mentally dissect, rework and invent. Drawing takes place as much in my head as on paper. Shapes and forms are multiplied, reworked and refined mentally. The work evolves around the activity of painting, where intuition plays a large role.

I view the paintings as both abstract and figurative, using basic, but indefinable, shapes and marks. I imagine the images of other artists; considering the tensions between figure and ground present in Raoul De Keyser’s work and Blinky Palermo’s experimental approach to form. It is the combination of these environmental and cultural elements that feed my imagination and enable my experimental investigation of visual Language”.

Prices range from £1000 – £2000 but please ask in branch for the full price list.

If you are interested in the art work or want to find out more info please phone the office on 0203 6681000

If you happen to be walking past our office at 321 Upper Street this August make sure you check out the fantastic art project ‘People’s Museum’ in our window, courtesy of the talented artists of Highbury Grove School.

People's Museum

People’s Museum

The project was initially managed by a Year Eight specialist school of students. Towards the end of term they were collecting objects and photographing their environment to show alternative viewpoints, to document their day to day lives and their immediate surroundings. This visual research will form the basis of two exhibits by the group; US and HERE.

People's Museum brightening up the window at 321 Upper Street

People’s Museum brightening up the window at 321 Upper Street

The composite image in our window, inspired by Peter Blake, represents the variety of information gathered and the techniques used. Thank you to all the pupils who took part in producing this amazing display for us, make sure you pop down and pay us a visit!