Nicholas Vaughan in his studio

We went to meet Nicholas Vaughan, an artist based at Joiners Arms Yard on Denmark Hill in Camberwell.

You can see the video we made for him as part of Camberwell Arts Open Studios.

He is currently producing a body of work inspired by a recent research trip to Poland where he came across the work of Zofia Rydet, a photographer who worked across Poland during the communist era.

Nicholas will be opening his studios to the public during the weekend of 17-18 June 2017

Janet Brooke at the Museum of London

Janet Brooke’s screen prints of east end shop fronts is currently on display at the Museum of London till 7th July 2017.

She says “I moved to Bow in the mid-seventies after a stint of squatting in Whitechapel and Leytonstone. I was teaching printmaking at East Ham Technical College, which became Newham Community College and then Newham College of Education before closing the Art Department in 2006. Yet, thankfully, I did manage to buy their beautiful Imperial Press made in Curtain Rd in 1832 that I used to print my linocuts. While I was teaching, I also made my own prints and in 1980, armed with a new camera, I started taking photographs and decided to use the results as inspiration for my work. So I started with a set of screenprints of the shops in Ropery St, where I lived and which I used every day.’

Cafe by Janet Brooke

Cafe, Roman Road, London

Billy's Snack Bar by Janet Brooke

BILLY’S SNACK BAR  was on the corner of Pritchards Rd and Emma St. “It stayed the same for years and, of all the shops I have made prints of, is still there with the same name but different signage.”

Micks, by Janet Brooke

MICK’S GENT’S LONG HAIR STYLIST  was on the next block along Hamlets Way, on the corner of Mossford St.  Brooke says “I remember taking my son there as a small boy, he sat on a plank balanced across the arms of the barber’s chair and always chose one of the Italian styles pictured on the wall, maybe a Tony Curtis.  He looked stylish afterwards but his hair soon reverted to its more usual Dennis the Menace look. Mick’s is still a barber’s shop.”

The Dive by Janet Brooke

THE DIVE The Crystal Tavern  was on the other side of Hamlets Way on the corner of Burdett Rd. The sign was worn away, so it was more often referred to as ‘the dive’.

A selection of Janet Brooke’s prints are on display at the Museum of London til 7th July 2017.

Studio Visit – Warrior Studios, Loughborough Junction, London

Loughborough Junction is a little known territory on Coldharbour Lane between Brixton and Camberwell. Largely residential, with little else of note, it is home to creative clusters of artists who have their studios under the railway arches.

At Arch 264 is Warrior Studios; a creative space for 12 artists who work in a variety of disciplines from analogue light and sound installations to mixed media.

Tucked away off the main road it would be easy to miss, yet this little known space opens twice a year to the public during Camberwell Arts Open Studios. The next one is 17-18 June 2017.

Duncan McAfee trained as a painter at Chelsea College of Arts and now produces collage based work, which incorporate painting and drawing.

Duncan McAfee image

Phil Dobson uses lettering as the basis for his work, adapting and reconfiguring the shapes to produce new forms. His paintings are built from layers of paint, which sit proud on the board surface which he then sands away and builds up with a new layer. The results are bright, considered and draw in the viewer as they seek to understand the new forms that are presented.

Phil Dobson paintings

Hugh Gilmour’s work is the result of asking the question “what happens when nature meets modern materials like plastic”. He produces sculptures in mixed media which are both beautiful and disturbing at the same time. His bird sculptures wear gas masks and have their feet embellished with trails of beading as he creates new a futuristic species. Gilmour uses a combination of found objects such as clock parts or shells in his work and results are captivating.

Gilmour bird

A visit to the studio reveals the collegial atmosphere the artists have created. They support one anothers work and seek out opportunities to exhibit together . Several of them are showing at OVADA in Oxford this spring.

Building on this they have established Warrior Press where they produce a limited edition about twice a year. The limited editions have previously comprised of a box of prints to which each artist contributes, and a story book which was developed into a dvd.

The artists are currently preparing for Camberwell Arts Open Studios.

During open studios visitors can buy directly from the artists and learn about their processes and inspiration. You can visit the studios during the weekend of 17-18 June 2017, where they open their studios to the public and welcome visitors.

Christmas Emporium

This season we have stocked the gallery with some non-fine art offerings such as hand poured candles by Clement and Claude, Cushions by Made by Mrs M, Jewellery by Gabriela Szulman and stationery by Sarah Hamilton.

Thursday 26th November sees our second birthday at the gallery and we will be open late to celebrate and launch the new works for Christmas.  The gallery will be open til 8pm.

Art at the gallery includes the new prints by Maria Rivans, Paintings by Roo Waterhouse, the new pieces by Simone Truong and the Kaleidoscope series by Joe Silcott.


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New Screen Prints by Janet Brooke arrive at the gallery

New Screen Prints by Janet Brooke arrive at the gallery this September.  Some of the prints previously shown last autumn return along with new pieces that present the forgotten urban landscape in all it’s gritty glory.


In contrast to her recently shown work highlighting the beauty of London’s architecture with a focus on the churches designed by Sir Christopher Wren, these new prints highlight the gritty urban environment of East London.  Many of the scenes shown in these work no longer exist and therefore in some case, present a snap shot in time into East London’s past. Others highlight the contrasting nature of the urban landscape such as “The House by the Gas Works” which shows the contrast of domestic living with the inescapable industrial features of the city such as the gas works. Of this print, Janet Brooke says she was “always fascinated by gas works”

Brooke was inspired to capture these neglected aspects of our urban environment, recognising that soon they would be gone, and the memory of them would fade much like the paint on the fascia. In her work “Shop Local”, Janet has used complex screen printing techniques to produce a vibrant display of East London life. It features a Bangladeshi store, highlighting the diverse nature to this area and the multitude of products available in the window make you want to explore the shop!  Visit Orso Major to see these fantastic prints!

Orso Major is voted Independent Retailer of Waterloo 2015

We’re delighted so many of you voted for us to Independent Retailer of Waterloo 2015.

You can read about the competition and the gallery in this post by We Are Waterloo.  We Are Waterloo

Thanks so much for all your support and we look forward to seeing at the gallery soon!

Aiming for Eternity – Janet Brooke’s Wren Church linocuts

Aiming for Eternity; a series of lino prints of the Wren churches of London by Janet Brooke

In 2005 Janet Brooke produced a print of St Brides Church which she didn’t realize at the time would become the first of a series of Wren Churches of London.

The series was completed in spring 2015 bringing the total number of prints to 33. Aiming for Eternity is the exhibition of these prints that are shown together for the first time.  These sophisticated lino prints are inspired by the Japanese woodblock tradition where you can see the tonal changes across a surface.

Brooke captures little known vistas of these old spires, many of which are dwarfed by the neighbouring tower blocks of modern London. Often set against contemporary construction cranes and street furniture, the artist creates a tension with the use of red traffic lights, bollards restricting access and one way street signs. The historic churches, often overlooked by many busy pedestrians, are presented with all the paraphanalia of the square mile.

The exhibition title takes it’s name from a quote by Sir Christopher Wren who wrote ‘Architecture aims at eternity’; quite apt given these churches stand proud some 300 years after being rebuilt.

Aiming for Eternity is on display at Gallery 101 at the Salvation Army HQ at 101 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4EH from Monday 18th May to Friday 19th June 2015.

The exhibition is free entry.

The opening times are 0830 to 1615 Monday to Friday. Closed weekends.

The prints in the exhibition are available to buy through Orso Major.