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A Snapshot at the Arts Gallery celebrates the work of Sarah Greenwood, an internationally respected production designer, and one of the few women nominated for the Academy Award for Art Direction in the last years. Greenwood has created the silver screen worlds inhabited in Pride and Prejudice, Hanna, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, Starter For Ten, The Soloist, Atonement and Sherlock Holmes 1 and 2. Sarah Greenwood graduated from Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London, before embarking on her hugely successful career in art direction.A Snapshot reveals a cross section of the epic process of designing a feature film, illustrating the complexity and collaboration that go into creating an entire fictional universe. This exhibition will take visitors on an insiders’ journey into the heart of Sherlock Holmes 2, with its mysterious Victorian London setting.

Heavens to Murgatroyd!
Multidisciplinary mysticism

12 May – 1 July 2011.
Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London, 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EY
Monday – Friday 11am – 6pm. Nearest tube Holborn

As England counts down to the ancient pagan celebration of the summer solstice, the Arts Gallery presents Heavens to Murgatroyd!, an exhibition that delves into shamanism cosmology, mysticism and the occult in an endeavour to investigate the unknown. Mike Ballard, Lindsey Bull, Bompas & Parr, Jess Littlewood and Joey Ryken invite you to explore an alternative interpretation of the universe through collage, painting, performance, video, sound and sculpture.

An exercise in fun, futility and fine art

17 March - 30 April 2011
Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London, 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EY
Monday – Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 12 – 4pm. Nearest tube Holborn

Turning the art world topsy turvy, Purple Nurples & Peekaboos inverts contemporary artistic strivings and goes in pursuit of absurdity. Opening at the Arts Gallery on 17 March, Purple Nurples & Peekaboos presents five international artists who take a wry look at futility and laugh with equal measure at sense and nonsense.


This month D&AD New Blood Award winner Sroop Sunar brings a punchy new show to the Arts Gallery, pitching the great British boozer as an unlikely design icon. In time for new year’s detox resolutions to falter, Sroop invites you to explore a visual history of inebriated England through a show which reimagines the traditional pub sign.

Influenced by the graphics of everyday Asian consumer goods, Sroop explores her dual Indian and English ancestry, retelling the visual history of her two cultures with idiosyncratic visual wit.

Pub signs and names authority David Roe will lead an in-conversation event with Sroop on 21 February, 6.30 -8.30pm, at the Arts Gallery. Free event with booking required via

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16 September - 29 October
An idyllic Edwardian parlour is transplanted into a twenty-first century gallery space and opened up to the street, exposing the enchanting interior to the passing crowds. This London Design Festival, studioXAG and University of the Arts London invite you to step in to the new Arts Gallery, remodelled as a fantastical shoebox house. The doors open on 16 September.


The epic exhibition, Mike Ballard’s The All of Everything, explodes into
the Arts Gallery. Bringing a vision of 21st century cave painting to the
West End, Ballard will turn the entire gallery into an all-encompassing
installation featuring the artist’s flamboyant vision of art history.

Mike Ballard - The All of Everything runs 10 December - 20 Feburary 2010

Imagined portraits of unknown people
22 January – 20 February

Coinciding with the historic Japan UK 150 celebrations, the Arts Gallery is proud to announce John Doe, a solo show by emerging Japanese artist Yuko Nasu. Opening on 22 January at the Arts Gallery in Mayfair, John Doe presents a series of imaginary portraits capturing a unique personal vision that fuses Nasu’s native Japanese culture with a contemporary British lifestyle. Nasu’s work explores issues of identity, perception and recognition.


A selection of works from The Shandy Collection 9 October - 7 December 2009

The Arts Gallery is proud to present the first major gallery exhibition of works from an unorthodox and intriguing private collection. The Shandy Show reveals an eclectic set of artworks amassed by an anonymous London-based collector over the last decade; uniquely, the majority of the works were accrued through an exchange of his skilled labour for art. Opening on 9 October, The Shandy Show will feature over twenty works by artists including Sarah Lucas, Mark Titchner, Andrew Grassie and Lisa Milroy among others, specially selected with a focus on alumni of University of the Arts London.

New sculpture curated by Nick Aikens
20 November – 23 December 2008

The Arts Gallery is proud to announce the first major solo show of new works by Alexander Hoda. Opening on 20 November, this show will present a challenging, controversial and unique body of work exploring fraternal relationships and how they can be understood through sex, violence, jealousy and the grotesque.

Mike Cooter, Graham Hudson, Mathew Sawyer, Barry Sykes, WITH ( curated by Beth Greenacre
14 October – 11 November 2008

This autumn the Arts Gallery brings together a group of London based artists whose practices can be considered within a framework of cultural and social exchange. The artists in EXCHANGE challenge traditional models of production and consumption, placing value on varied and unpredictable exchanges and collaborations between artist, viewer, curator and owner amongst others.

EXCHANGE Curator Beth Greenacre brings together Mike Cooter, Graham Hudson, Mathew Sawyer, Barry Sykes and WITH ( to examine the theme of exchange . Greenacre places this theme within a history of theoretical texts from Marx, through to Bourriaud and Lazzarato, and art historical precedents such as Duchamp’s Readymade, which introduced objects or commodities into the realm of art alongside the role of chance.

Spin: The Art of Record Design
Dylan Jones, Faris Rotter and Peter Saville select iconic album artwork
3 September – 3 October 2008, Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm, Arts Gallery, 65 Davies Street, W1K 5DA. Admission free. Private view 10 September, 6 – 8pm, music selected by Welson Creep (Shook Mag)
GQ Editor Dylan Jones, The Horrors’ Faris Rotter and designer Peter Saville have selected some of the most iconic cover art of the last four decades to appear in Spin, the forthcoming exhibition at the Arts Gallery. A unique examination of the art of the record cover, Spin will open up an often forgotten side of the music industry, to explore the fascinating relationship between art, design and music.

From Dusk Till Dawn
Darkness, dreams and drama
9 July – 15 August 2008, Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm, Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London, 65 Davies Street, W1K 5DA. Admission free.

The Arts Gallery is pleased to present From Dusk Till Dawn, a dark and alluring exhibition. Featuring recent acquisitions from Arts London’s permanent collection, the works delve into the beauty and stillness of the nocturnal world. From dreams and nightmares, to desolate landscapes and abandoned buildings, this exhibition is a playful examination of what happens after dark.

Throughout history myths, legends and folklore have evolved around the danger, debauchery, and magic of the twilight hour. From Dusk till Dawn explores these clandestine activities alongside the quiet beauty of night, through photography, painting and film.

From Dusk Till Dawn reveals works by twenty four of the best emerging artists to have graduated in the last five years, which have been purchased for Arts London’s growing collection.

Featured artists include Rut Blees Luxemburg , Dan Holdsworth, Mark Titchner, Poppy de Villenueve, and Oliver Perkins.

A fresh fusion of raw talent

2 – 28 May, the Arts Gallery, 65 Davies Street, W1K 5DA
Private view 1 May, 6 - 8pm. Open Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 6.30pm. Nearest Tube Bond Street. Admission free.
World renowned artist Yinka Shonibare has selected 41 of the most controversial and exciting new art and design talents from University of the Arts London for a fresh, eclectic exhibition opening at the Arts Gallery on 2 May.

Joining Turner Prize-nominated artist Yinka Shonibare on the selection panel were Transition Gallery director Cathy Lomax and Moving Brands co-founder James Bull.

In its eleventh year, XHIBIT is a unique annual exhibition featuring artists in perhaps their most experimental and confrontational creative phase. The selection for XHIBIT 08 brings together sound design, film, ceramics, photography, drawing, illustration, product and graphic design, painting, sculpture, animation, and costume design.

Working Space
A laboratory for spatial experiment
18 March - 18 April 2008
An exploratory exhibition exploring the experiential nature of architecture and art.

"…same as it ever was"
Two decades of painting

24 January – 22 February 2008, The Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London, 65 Davies Street, W1K. Open Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 6.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm. Nearest Tube Bond Street. Admission free. Also at Chelsea FutureSpace and Chelsea Triangle Space, see: for full details

The Arts Gallery is pleased to present ...same as it ever was featuring modern painting luminaries including Chris Ofili, Peter Doig, Dexter Dalwood, Alexis Harding, Chantal Joffe, Peter Peri, Martin Westwood, Neal Tait and Martin Creed it is a unique survey show that examines the impact that Chelsea College of Art and Design tutor Clyde Hopkins had on some of the most important contemporary painters of the past two decades.

An exhibition demonstrating the influence of one man on the discipline of painting, this epic show, encompassing almost fifty artists across three galleries, is a celebration of Clyde Hopkins’ twenty years as head of the hugely influential painting courses at Chelsea.

This show premiers the first UK showing of new works by Chris Ofili, Peter Doig and Chantal Joffe.

8 February – 7 March 2007
A glimpse behind fashion's façade

Xhibit 2007: 15 March – 13 April 2007
A fresh fusion of raw talent

Tom Hunter has selected 36 of the freshest art and design talents emerging from University of the Arts London for an exciting, eclectic exhibition at The Arts Gallery. In it’s tenth year, Xhibit is a unique annual exhibition featuring artists before they leave art school. The work represents artists at any stage in their studies, from foundation to PhD, from a range of disciplines: fashion to etching; industrial design to photojournalism; fine art to costume.

Young at Art Awards 2007: 26 April – 18 May 2007
Young talent blossoms in Greater London

Ninth annual exhibition highlighting innovative work produced in secondary schools throughout Greater London in conjunction with University of the Arts London’s Young At Art team. The exhibition will be complemented by a series of events for school groups, and gallery workshops to tie in with Museums and Galleries Month in May.

The Strangers: Poppy de Villenueve: 1 – 29 June 2007
Challenging portraits from within state prison walls

"I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice"
Abraham Lincoln, 1865
Exploring the complexities of justice and the disturbing morality of the world’s most powerful super nation, The Strangers features intimate portraits of inmates from the USA’s maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary. Opening on 1 June, photographer Poppy de Villeneuve’s challenging and emotive portrait and landscape photography will be on display.

The influence of the fashionistas featured in Name_____, an exhibition by London College of Fashion graduates at the Arts Gallery in the West End, goes far beyond the reach of the catwalk. Coinciding with London Fashion Week, Name_____, explores every facet of the fashion scene, from film and photography to catwalk and theatre.

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