Just A Card Thunderclap

The JUST A CARD campaign aims to encourage people to buy from Designer/Makers and Independent Galleries and Shops by reinforcing the message that all purchases, however small, even ‘just a card’ are so vital to the prosperity and survival of small businesses.

The campaign came about when Artist & Designer SARAHHAMILTON saw the quote “If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card’ we’d still be open” by store keepers who’d recently closed their gallery. This prompted a call to action! Designer/Makers and independent shops and galleries need a voice. People seldom realise the considerable costs involved in exhibiting at design shows or keeping a shop open. Stand fees, power, materials, wages etc need to be met before even a penny of profit can be realised. Running a shop is often a labour of love. Without dedication and passion, and crucially sales, it would be another boarded up eyesore.

What is Thunderclap? It’s a platform that allows people to pledge a tweet or Facebook message, with us all posting this at the same time.


Please support the cause by pledging a tweet or a Facebook post here

Use the hashtag #justacard on your social media

You can read more about Just A Card here


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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!

Static Motion – New exhibition

Static Motion is an exhibition that takes Orso Major into the territory of abstract art where it has little ventured to date. Our new exhibition presents Frances Bloomfield, Tony Blackmore and Gill Smith.  They bring their work to Orso Major for the first time and all have the theme of illusion and motion running through their work.

We are delighted that our first foray in to abstract art is with some very talented artists. Frances Bloomfield who is a sought after artist, producing boxes with ‘improbable’ scenarios using wood, paper and other material.  Her work plays with the idea of scale and illusion. She shows around the UK and internationally and was recently commissioned for GTV at Salon del Mobile in Milan.

Tony Blackmore produces paper sculpture through a process of drawing and folding that creates 3-d reliefs with regimented precision.  His work plays with light as it passes over the surface of his artwork, giving movement to static forms. The paper folds create waves and illusions, and are set in relief in box frames.

Inspired by the shapes of the Art Deco period, Gill Smith uses embossing and debossing in her work to create relief against the flatness of the screen print.  Her work creates visual illusions that suggest motion.  She says “I am fascinated by visual perception – how the eye and the brain can work together either in harmony or tension. Much of my current work questions this relationship, and our understanding of reality and illusion”.

The exhibition runs from 28th July to 16th August 2015. A private view for the exhibition will take place on Tuesday 28th July at the gallery from 5.30 to 7.30pm. We would love for you to join us and hope you can make it!

You can see art from the exhibition here



Meet the Artist, 16th June 2015; Aiming for Eternity

Janet Brooke’s exhibition Aiming for Eternity continues at Gallery 101 at 101 Janet Brooke Aiming for EternityQueen Victoria St, London, EC4V  until 19th June 2015.

On Tuesday 16th June you can head over to the exhibition and meet the artist who will be available to talk about her work, her process and her inspiration.  Janet will be at the site from 11am so dont miss this chance to meet the artist.

Entry is free.

Aiming for Eternity – Lino prints by Janet Brooke RE

The full series of lino prints of Wren churches are to be shown together in a new exhibition by Orso Major hosted by the Salvation Army HQ at Gallery 101, 101 Queen Victoria Street, London.  The site sits in the shadow of numerous Wren churches including his masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral.

The exhibition, Aiming for Eternity, takes place from 18th May to 19th June 2015.

The Private View for the exhibition will take place on the evening of Wednesday 20th May from 6pm to 8.30pm.  Please email info@orsomajor.com to RSVP.

The exhibition takes place just yards from both St Nicholas Cole Abbey and St Mary Somerset and is the perfect backdrop to a body of work that has taken nearly a decade to complete.

The art works shown are all available at Orso Major Gallery, and are priced at £225 unframed.

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Orso Major at Daily Goods #CAFXmas2014

As part of Camberwell Arts Open Studios Winter 2014, Orso Major is exhibiting at Daily Goods coffee shop at 36 Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5.  Here we are displaying a selection of work from the gallery including works by Maria Rivans, John Duffin and Julia McKenzie.

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