Small Commissioning Program Exhibition
Mar
31
Apr 18

Small Commissioning Program Exhibition

  • Hotel Elephant

Six New Artworks Commissioned from Emerging Graduate Artists

Hotel Elephant Small Commissioning Program

Private View: Thursday 30th March, 6pm - 9pm 

Open: Monday - Sunday 10am - 6pm

Events: 6th, 13th & 20th April, 7pm onwards

Free entry

Please RSVP to Private View 

Hotel Elephant is pleased to announce the winners of our first Small Commissioning Program. This program has commissioned six new pieces of work to be made by recent graduate artists; Anthi Kougia, Mafalda Jacinto, Jules Varnedoe, Karolina Magnusson, Leon Platt, Tanya Fryer, Tim Alexander and Valerie Savchits. These new works will be exhibited at Hotel Elephant’s Spare Street gallery and public space between 30th March and 20th April 2017.

Hotel Elephant’s Small Commissioning Program has been funded through Southwark Council’s Arts Grants scheme and forms part of Hotel Elephant’s wider Creative Enterprise Program. The Small Commissioning Program was open to artists who have graduated in last three years and the successful applicants will receive £500 towards creating the new work, along with an exhibition at Hotel Elephant.

Emily Woodhouse, Director and Curator at Hotel Elephant said “We are delighted with the response to our first small commissioning program for recent graduates. We received over 40 applications spanning a vast selection of practices, all were of a very high standard! This really underline for us that not only is there a wealth of talent graduating from Universities each year, but that opportunities such as this play a vital role in helping to establish artist careers”

The exhibition will showcase a vast array of works featuring textile, video, sculpture, neon, abstract painting, performative and participatory events:

Anthi Kougia and Mafalda Miranda Jacinto will produce a performative event: TRAGEDY on the evening of the 6th April. Playing with the idea of being storage containers by setting an unexpected and absurd environment - not really knowing if it is theatre or if it is magic. They would say: always both!

Jules Varnedoe has a research – based practice and will be creating a video installation and accompanying event on the 13th April. Using computer - game creation software, he draws connections between cross generational objects found in the worlds longest archaeological site (the Thames riverbed) and fossilised organisms along the Jurassic coast, Dorset.

Karolina Magnusson and Leon Platt’s process is socially engaged, bordering on democratic. On the 20th April, Karolina and Leon will produce a site-specific screening event, 'A work in progress with the title "Where does the art lie?" which considers the historical and conceptual significance of the Café/Salon environment. Their aim is that participants in the work will be listed as collaborators and receive a version of the final work to own.

Tanya Fryer is a topographical painter and textile artist. She will be translating her yearlong study of the Thames, as seen from Southbank onto fabric, using screen print and hand embroidery.

City dweller and artist Tim Alexander tries to make sense of the complex relationship we have with our built urban environment. His piece: Beyond the White Noise, is a site-specific piece taking the Draper estate as his source of inquiry.  The Draper estate was the first to be built in the Elephant & Castle area as part of the post war regeneration programme of the late 1950’s – the same area which, in 2017 is undergoing another huge regeneration program.

Born to a Russian-speaking family near the Baltic Sea in Latvia, Valerie Savchits uses a wide array of materials and techniques - from oil paintings and graffiti to neon installations and spray painted sculptures. Her work explores ideas of identity and reversed aesthetics as well as issues and struggles of a post-soviet generation.

The exhibition and accompanying events are free to attend, but booking may be required for some events. Please visit our website for more details.

 

BAM BAM LAM
Mar
31
6:00 pm18:00

BAM BAM LAM

  • Hotel Elephant

Friday 31st March, 6pm - 11pm 

Free Entry!

Natty Bo returns to Hotel Elephant 

BAM BA LAM CLUB 

Artist & Regular DJ at Gazs Rockin Blues International Singer frontman of Mighty Ska band.... 

The Top Cats ,

Harlem Swing band....... 

Natty Congeroo & The Flames of Rhythm, 

World renown .. Ska Cubano 

& The Yiddish Twist Orchestra

Natty Bo is playing in person spinning a ton of classic & rare records on a musical rhythm excursion to get you dancing   Jumpin & Jivin Rockin Swingin Lindy hoppin to the bar while  Twistin & Shakin.. do the James brown ..Do the Ska ..Do the Reggae...The funky chicken the Wild Watusi  let your self go to Rhythm & Rockin Blues  Soul  Tropical sounds from Jamaica Colombia Cuba & Trinidad New Orleans Funk New Breed , Popcorn Gospel stomp touch of Dancehall Exotica

Well Alreet !!! 

TRAGEDY
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

TRAGEDY

  • Hotel Elephant

Thursday 6th April, 7pm onwards

Free, Please RSVP 

Join us at Spare Street as Anthi Kougia & Mafalda Miranda Jacinto present TRAGEDY. This performance piece has been commissioned through Hotel Elephant's Small Commissioning Program, with funding from Southwark Council's Arts Grant Fund.

Synopsis: 

A TRAGICOMEDY IN TWO ACTS. ONE TRAGIC AND ONE COMIC. 

‘’We are the latest grandchildren. We are sperm. We are old. Not just old; we are ancient. A fart. We are Soviet dictators. We are the 7 Wonders. We are innumerable graves. We are the keepers’’, A shouted in a dramatic tone. 

‘’We are the throwers. We are cleaning brooms. We are brothers. Big Brothers .We are Ulysses. We possess nothing and thus not fear its loss. We need not destroy the past; it is gone’’, B shouted in an even more dramatic tone. 

WE ARE MOVING THEATRES. NON-SENSE. PURE MAGIC.
We claim territories and we invade spaces. WE ARE MOTHERS. WE ARE MOTHER FUCKERS.
WE ARE THE MOST PURE, FUNNY, ABSURD, ANCIENT, and TRAGIC TRAGEDY 

Project Description:

This performance piece is the second project on which Athi & Mafalda work together as a company. The creation of the piece is mainly based on the act of CARRYING and RELOCATION, or rather the idea of claiming/invading TERRITORIES. What do we carry within us when we relocate ourselves in space? How do we establish our own new territory? 

As territories are being outlined through the “space”, the belongingness fades and the boundaries tremble when intermission, interruption and invasion start to create conflict, contradictions and tensions between the two creatures. 

Through this project, they intend to explore the idea of themselves being storage containers. Using spherical costumes, they will introduce two creatures on stage - reminiscent of mythological creatures like Atlas, spaceships, planets or even some sort of animals like turtles or snails, which always carry their homes with/on them. But what do these creatures have to reveal on stage? ‘’THE OBJECTS AS THE KEEPERS’’. 

By setting an unexpected and absurd environment, they play between the realm of theatre, reality and magic, not really knowing if it is theatre or if it is magic. They would say: always both. 

About The Artists:

Anthi Kougia is a greek artist. Her practice is based on an effort to understand the reasons behind the cruel socio-political surrealism around her, by using absurdity, humour and tragedy. She is interested in a ‘’ theatre of capacity” and thus, interested in creating a ‘’popular language’’ based on ordinary familiar objects. By placing the object in the centre of her performance practice she tries to explore its transformative power in order to reach unexpected territories and dimensions. In September 2016, Anthi finished her MA in Performance Making by the Goldsmiths University of London. 

Mafalda Miranda Jacinto is an artist based in Lisbon and London. As a visually oriented creator, she enjoys creating a fantasy world on stage through a variety of media, by using moving images to explore the surreal in reality. Like Anthi, Mafalda attended a one-year MA program in Performance Making, at Goldsmiths University of London. She is also member of the artistic collective Rabbit Hole, since December 2013 and she has also worked for two years as a producer with the dance collective Bomba Suicida. 

An evening in discussion with Jules Varnedoe
Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

An evening in discussion with Jules Varnedoe

  • Hotel Elephant

Thursday 13th April, 7pm onwards

Free, Please RSVP

Join us at Spare Street for an evening of discussion and readings offering a deeper perspective on Jules Varnedoe's video piece commission through Hotel Elephant's Small Commissiong Prorgam. This program has been funded through Southwark Council's Arts Grant Fund. 

Jules Varnedoe has a research – based practice and will be creating a video installation and accompanying event on the 13th April. Using computer - game creation software, he draws connections between cross generational objects found in the worlds longest archaeological site (the Thames riverbed) and fossilised organisms along the Jurassic coast, Dorset.

The live event will be an evening of food and drink, poetry reading and group discussion.The reading will offer a different and deeper perspective on the video piece, allowing Jules to engage the audience in a group discussion around the research he is working on.   

The work is influenced by Mark and Diana McMenamin’s theory of Hypersea (an alternative paleontological description of the movement of early life from the oceans onto land), museum archaeological collections (particularly the Natural History Museum), and the practice of mud larking (which is finding objects in riverbeds, in this case the Thames, and building histories from these objects).  This follows on-going research looking at life and objects within waterways, and what we can learn about our evolutionary history and contemporary society through examining these spaces.

Jules Varnedoe is research-based artist working between London and Cornwall, UK

A work in progress with the title "Where does the art lie?"
Apr
20
7:00 pm19:00

A work in progress with the title "Where does the art lie?"

  • Hotel Elephant

Thursday 20th April, 7pm onwards

Free

Please RSVP

Please join us at Spare Street for ‘A work in progress with the title “where does the art lie?”’ an interactive screening event produced by Karolina Magnusson Murray and Leon Platt. ‘A work in progress with the title “where does the art lie?’’’ has been commissioned through Hotel Elephant's Small Commissioning Program, funded through Southwark Councils Arts Grant Fund.

About the work:

Karolina Magnusson and Leon Platt’s process is socially engaged and collaborative. On the 20th April, Karolina and Leon will produce a site-specific screening event, ‘A work in progress with the title “where does the art lie?’’’ which considers the historical and conceptual significance of the Café/Salon environment. Their aim is that participants in the work will be listed as collaborators and receive a version of the final work to own.

Their shared interests and points of reference include, intentionality; intellectual property; collaboration; recursion; closed systems, criticism and institutional critique. They are particularly interested in the underlying processes that shape artistic practice including the conceptual frameworks of artistic dialogue.

Karolina & Leon work on a project-to-project basis; they work in any medium that is in line with their intentions and concepts for that specific project, as well as aiming to include other collaborators and participants if the work demands it.

This particular project is collaborative and inclusive through its interactive framework. It uses a socially engaged environment (Café/Salon), to question implicit and overlooked levels of contribution and responsibly between artists and audiences. The work is going to be made in real time during the event, therefore, anyone attending will be listed as a collaborator and will receive a version of the final work to own. Collaborators so far include William Colley, Karolina Magnusson Murray, Alicia Matthews, and Leon Platt.

About the artists: 

Karolina and Leon are based in London and graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2015. Their practice is collaborative and works through a range mediums, inquiring into underlying processes of art practice and the institutional structures within which they reside.

Their collaborative work was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016. Collectively and apart they have been shortlisted for the, 2016 Solo Award, long listed for Celeste Prize 2016, shortlisted for the 2016 Kim Fielding Award and won; The 2015 Ingram Collection of Modern British & Contemporary Art Purchase Prize. They have participated in various shows including; Christian Marclay, Fluxus Reenactments, White Cube, London, 2015; Beyond Becoming. Pierogi (The Boiler), New York. 2015; Supermarket Art Fair 2015. Stockholm. 2015; Friktioner International Performance Art Festival. Uppsala, Sweden 2014; Guangzhoulive 5, Guandong, China. 2014; Performance Platform Lublin 2014, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin; Waldon Affairs, Zuidwal 52, The Hague, 2014; A Month of Performance Art Festival – Berlin; Sluice Art Fair London 2013.

Photo Scratch
Apr
24
6:00 pm18:00

Photo Scratch

  • Hotel Elephant

A night for new ideas, Photo Scratch is an opportunity for documentary photographers to understand how their work is perceived and gain valuable insight into how to take their work further with the benefit of other people’s outside eye. For spectators this is an opportunity to preview projects, offer feedback, and engage in conversations about photography.

The format of the night involves a group of six to eight photographers previewing a project in an incomplete state. These photographers are selected in advance based on informal applications. Each photographer is given a wall space to display their work in any way they see fit (rough prints, contact sheets, annotations, captions, text, projection etc.). The audience comprised of other photographers and people within the industry are then welcome to discuss the work and leave written feedback for each project. This valuable written feedback is then kept by each photographer for future reference. The night is free for all to attend, but booking is required. There is a bar in the gallery.

April's Edition will feature work-in-progress from:

Joanne Coates

Andreea-Mihaela Andrei

Stephanie Smith

Bekky Lonsdale

Theo McInnes

Simon Martin

Elena Kollatou & Leonidas Toumpanos

Plus a special area of dummy/mock photo books.

Book to guarantee entry!


Micro Acts
Mar
23
6:00 pm18:00

Micro Acts

  • Hotel Elephant

...short stories...small rebellions...mini manifestos... ...personal fables...snippets of memory...

MICROACTS is a program of short films, 5 minutes or less, exploring concentrated storytelling through moving image. From bold political expression to delicate per- sonal memories to abstract experimental collages; MICROACTS aims to create a thought-provoking, informative and diverse evening of film.

Curated by Liberty Antonia Sadler 

Free Entry

Staying Motivation as a Creative Entrepreneur - with Gemma McGrath
Feb
21
7:00 pm19:00

Staying Motivation as a Creative Entrepreneur - with Gemma McGrath

  • Hotel Elephant

'Staying Motivated as a Creative Entrepreneur' 

This talk offers a chance to reflect on what energies you as a creative entrepreneur and how to best channel that energy towards your goals. It explores the importance of staying connected, seeking support and creating helpful habits that ensure your motivation pays off into concrete results. The talk will include some workshop elements, so come with pen and notebook and an open mind ready to meet other creative entrepreneurs and gain new ways of thinking about taking your work from strength to strength. The evening is ideal for those just starting out or for those who are more established. 

About Gemma Mills McGrath

Gemma brings a unique perspective to the topic of creative entrepreneurship - she is both an academic and consultant in strategy and management studies, as well as an award-winning writer. She also teaches yoga and is particularly interested in well-being and managing our energy to nourish ourselves both physically, mentally and in spirit. She is co-founder of a writers' group she set up nine years ago which meets regularly. She is passionate about turning motivation into concrete habits that create results and sharing what has worked for her own practice.

You can find out more about her at www.organisational-development-works.com and www.gemmamillsmcgrath.co.uk

7-7:30pm Registration

7:30pm – 8:30pm Talk & Q&A

8:30pm onwards networking 

Tickets: £5 + booking fee

or

Buy 5 talk pass for £20 + booking fee (five talks for price of four!)

Other Talks in the series:

17th Jan - Launching a business from a market stall – Sinead Koehler 

24th Jan - How To Place Your Work in a Museum - with Jenny Judova 

31st Jan - Fund Raising for Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs - with Carolyn McDonald

7th Feb - Raising Your Profile Socila Media & Pr - with Rosalind Davis

 

Raising Your Profile, Social Media & PR - with Rosalind Davis
Feb
7
7:00 pm19:00

Raising Your Profile, Social Media & PR - with Rosalind Davis

  • Hotel Elephant

Rosalind Davis will be our guest speaker, who will be sharing her knowledge on ‘Raising your profile, Social Media and PR’.

About Rosalind:

Rosalind Davis is an artist-curator and a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003) and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Davis has been appointed as permanent Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery (begins October 2016) and her exhibition; Complicity. Artifice and Illusion was reviewed by Art Top 10 here ‘Cracking Show. Superb Artists. Brilliantly curated.’ Previous curatorial projects have been at Standpoint Gallery, Geddes Gallery and with ZAP at Bond House Gallery (ASC). Davis has previously co-directed and developed two innovative artists eductaionl, membership and exhibition organisations; Zeitgeist Arts Projects (ZAP 2012-16) and Core Gallery (2009-11,) based in London.

Davis also lectures for universities, galleries and art organisations across the country including the Royal College of Art, the ICA, Camden Arts Centre. University of the Arts and ArtQuest and teaches creative workshops across the country as well as short courses in social media marketing and arts management at UAL. As a creative consultant Davis has worked for arts organisations, charities and independents as well as corporations such as BBC4 and E4.

Davis is a Published writer for a variety of publications and co-author of ‘What they didn’t teach you at art school’ commissioned by Octopus Books which will be internationally distributed at the end of 2016. Davis has contributed to The Guardian, a-n, Artlicks and Jotta. As a creative consultant Davis has worked for arts organisations, charities,independants as well as corporations such as E4.In 2013 Davis was featured on a BBC4 documentary Tales of Winter, the Art of Snow and Ice.’ 

Schedule:

7-7:30pm: Arrivals & Registration

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Talk & Q&A

8:30pm onwards: Drinks & Networking 

Tickets £5 + VAT & booking fee 

Buy 5 talk pass for £20 + booking fee (five talks for price of four!)

Other Talks in the series:

17th Jan - Launching A Business From A Market Stall - with Sinead Koehler 

24th Jan - How To Place Your Work in a Museum - with Jenny Judova 

31st Jan - hat Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs Need to Know to Fund Raise Successfully – Caroline McDonald

21st Feb - Staying Motivated as a Creative Entrepreneur - with Gemma McGrath 

 

What Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs Need to Know to Fund Raise Successfully – Caroline McDonald
Jan
31
7:00 pm19:00

What Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs Need to Know to Fund Raise Successfully – Caroline McDonald

  • Hotel Elephant

Carolyn McDonald has 20 plus years of supporting organisations and individuals to communicate the purpose they are passionate about.  I have worked with organisations within huge health tenders and cultural organisations and individuals to create the environment they need to materialize their dreams.  I have extensive experience of raising funds from the £1 million to £500.  I work to bring clarity to each person’s vision, the money raising options and the ability to realize them.  Our talk at Hotel Elephant will include traditional funding options, ACE and newer platforms such as kick starter and crowd funding.

7-7:30pm Registration

7:30pm – 8:30pm Talk & Q&A

8:30pm onwards networking

Tickets: £5 + Booking Fee

Buy 5 talk pass for £20 + booking fee (five talks for price of four!)

Other Talks in the series:

17th Jan - Launching A Business From A Market Stall - with Sinead Koehler 

24th Jan - How To Place Your Work in a Museum - with Jenny Judova

7th Feb - Raising Your Profile Socila Media & Pr - with Rosalind Davis  

21st Feb - Staying Motivated as a Creative Entrepreneur - with Gemma McGrath 

 

How To Place Your Work In A Museum - Jenny Judova
Jan
24
6:00 pm18:00

How To Place Your Work In A Museum - Jenny Judova

  • Hotel Elephant

Jenny started her career in the London Art Scene was the founder of Art Map and a journalist exploring the grassroots artist’s projects and the relationships within the art market. After being involved with Tom’s Etching Studio and Clarion List, she has published two books about the art world dynamics: ‘How to Approach a Gallery?’ and ‘Who to Know in London?’. Currently she works with museums as a travelling exhibitions manager for Vastari and runs a museums professionals network as well as monthly Art Talks.

Schedule: 

7-7:30pm: Registration

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Talk & Q&A

8:30pm onwards: Drinks & Networking 

Tickets: £5 + Booking Fee

Buy 5 talk pass for £20 + booking fee (five talks for price of four!)

Other Talks in the series:

17th Jan - Launching A Business From A Market Stall - with Sinead Koehler 

31st Jan - hat Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs Need to Know to Fund Raise Successfully – Caroline McDonald

7th Feb - Raising Your Profile Socila Media & Pr - with Rosalind Davis  

21st Feb - Staying Motivated as a Creative Entrepreneur - with Gemma McGrath 

 

Launching A Business From A Market Stall - with Sinead Koehler
Jan
17
7:00 pm19:00

Launching A Business From A Market Stall - with Sinead Koehler

  • Hotel Elephant

 

Thinking of starting your own Creative Business? A market stall is a good place to start! We are kicking off the New Year with an inspiring talk from Sinead Koehler from Crafty Fox Market.

Crafty Fox Markets take place seasonally across London and beyond, showcasing a curated selection of contemporary craft sellers. Sinead Koehler started Crafty Fox Market in 2010.  With a background in event management and with a side-line in handmade jewellery, the aim was to shake up the traditional craft fair and provide opportunities for independent makers. The ethos of Crafty Fox is to support and promote designer-makers by connecting them directly with customers. The team also host regular meetups and business development talks.

7-7:30pm: Registration

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Talk & Q&A

8:30pm onwards: Drinks & Networking 

Tickets: £5 + booking fee

Buy 5 talk pass for £20 + booking fee (five talks for price of four!)

Other Talks in the series:

24th Jan - How To Place Your Work in a Museum - with Jenny Judova 

31st Jan - What Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs Need to Know to Fund Raise Successfully – Caroline McDonald

7th Feb - Raising Your Profile Socila Media & Pr - with Rosalind Davis  

21st Feb - Staying Motivated as a Creative Entrepreneur - with Gemma McGrath 

 

 

Photo Scratch
Jan
16
6:00 pm18:00

Photo Scratch

  • Hotel Elephant

FREE

A night for new ideas, Photo Scratch is an opportunity for documentary photographers to understand how their work is perceived and gain valuable insight into how to take their work further with the benefit of other people’s outside eye. For spectators this is an opportunity to preview projects, offer feedback, and engage in conversations about photography.

The format of the night involves a group of six to eight photographers previewing a project in an incomplete state. These photographers are selected in advance based on informal applications. Each photographer is given a wall space to display their work in any way they see fit (rough prints, contact sheets, annotations, captions, text, projection etc.). The audience comprised of other photographers and people within the industry are then welcome to discuss the work and leave written feedback for each project. This valuable written feedback is then kept by each photographer for future reference. The night is free for all to attend, but booking is required. There is a bar in the gallery.

The ethos of the night is to continue the peer-review approach nurtured at the London College of Communication on the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course. It is a chance for photographers at many different stages of their careers to meet, discuss and have open dialogues about their practice in a supportive environment, in order to make meaningful connections, and stronger work.


FEATURING WORK IN PROGRESS FROM:
Philip Ammon

Fiona Bailey
Hugh Cunningham
Elanor Marielle
Kevin Percival
Graeme Weston

The Elephant in a Room
Dec
9
Dec 11

The Elephant in a Room

  • Hotel Elephant

Friday 9th December: 8am - 11pm 

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11th: 9am - 6pm

Third-year BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies (now BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures) students at London College of Communication present an exhibition of photography and video exploring the huge changes taking place in the College's Elephant and Castle neighbourhood.

LCC is at the heart of the area as it undergoes a three billion pound regeneration project. The students featured in this exhibition felt it was important to capture the losses and gains of the Elephant before the completion of the Southwark Regeneration Scheme.

In association with the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, University of the Arts London, the students are exhibiting their interpretations of the Elephant through photography and video, offering their individual perspectives on the current surfaces, buildings and public spaces of this area, with the hope that the exhibition will bring locals and students together to reflect on the changes. You are invited to come and experience their visual and sonic exploration of the Elephant, share your stories and celebrate what was and is yet to come. 

All pieces in the exhibition will be going into The Elephant Vanishes archive in the Photography and the Archive Research Centre based at LCC.

Also featured in the show is Collective, a creative writing magazine created by other students on the course. Conceived, edited, designed and printed by students and featuring a variety of writing formats, Collective engages with popular culture, music, relationships and travel.

XMAS @ Spare Street
Dec
2
Dec 4

XMAS @ Spare Street

  • Hotel Elephant

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th December 2016

Café & Bar Open: Friday 8am – 11pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 6pm

Exhibition & Stalls: Friday 6:30pm – 9:30pm Saturday & Sunday 11am – 6pm

Sunday at 4pm: Miracle On 34th Street (1947) U

Free Entry

Hotel Elephant would like to invite you to celebrate Christmas at Spare Street – Southwark’s newest street dedicated to Creative Enterprise. Sip a mug of mulled cider as you browse the diverse selection of original artworks, artist prints, illustrations, jewellery, millinery and photography (to mention just a few) which have been created by the talented artists and makers with studios at Hotel Elephant. There will be ample opportunity to buy that unique Christmas gift!

Throughout the weekend our Café & Bar will be open serving tasty toasted sourdough sandwiches, sweet pastries & tarts, a wide selection of craft cider and cocktails! On Friday evening we will have a DJ playing music to get us into the festive spirit and to round the weekend of nicely we will be screening the Christmas classic 1947 film, Miracle On 34th Street from 4pm on Sunday 4th December.

When a nice old man, employed as a department store Santa Claus, is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

 

BAM BA LAM with DJ Natty BO!
Nov
18
6:00 pm18:00

BAM BA LAM with DJ Natty BO!

  • Hotel Elephant

BAM BA LAM !
Friday 18th Nov. 
6pm - 11pm
Free

We enjoyed ourselves so much last time, we’ve invited DJ Natty BO back to spin his amazing selection of 45’s! R&B, Jive, Ska, Soul, Cumbia, Funk & Reggae
Plus £5 Espresso Martini's all night! 


...Come throw some Shapes ..Dig some nice tunes..Hang loose have a drink ...Ohhh man Expresso Martinis now your sqwakin ..Alllllreeeet!!!

Happy Hour! 6pm - 7pm 2 Cocktails for £10!
£5 Espresso Martini's all night!
Local Craft Beer from Orbit Brewery
Specilaity Cider
Fine liqour!

Dj Natty Bo! 

Dj Natty Bo! 

Photo Scratch #6
Nov
14
6:00 pm18:00

Photo Scratch #6

  • Hotel Elephant

A night for new ideas, Photo Scratch is an opportunity for photographers (mainly from a documentary background) to understand how their work is perceived and gain valuable insight into how to take their work further with the benefit of other people’s outside eye. For spectators this is an opportunity to preview projects, offer feedback, and engage in conversations about photography.

The format of the night involves a group of approximately six photographers previewing a project in an incomplete state. These photographers are selected in advanced based on informal applications. Each photographer is given a wall space to display their work in any way they see fit (rough prints, contact sheets, annotations, text, projection etc.). An audience of other photographers and people within the industry are then welcome to discuss the work and leave written feedback for each project. This valuable written feedback is then kept by each photographer for future reference. The night is free for all to attend, but booking is required.

Photographers showing work at this edition will include:

Chris Bethell

Eleanor de Bonneval

Nina Gusway

Sophie Knittel

Daniel Kallberg

José Sarmento de Matos

 

www.photoscratch.org

Twitter: @Photo_Scratch

Free to attend - booking required!

Where to work - A Graduates Guide to Workspace @ LCC
Nov
14
12:00 pm12:00

Where to work - A Graduates Guide to Workspace @ LCC

  • London College of Comunication

FREE

Your workspace has a big influence on how you work, so it should reflect your attitude and values. What does your ideal workspace look like, and how will it benefit your business or career? What practical matters will you need to take into consideration when choosing a space?

Join Emily Woodhouse, Co-director of Hotel Elephant, for an introduction to the different types of workspaces that they have available, from studio space to co-working and hotdesk space.

This talks is being deliver as part of UAL's Creative Enterprise Week and is open to UAL students, alumni and staff. 

Address:

Room W309, LCC, St George's Rd , London, SE1 6SB,United Kingdom

How To Sell Your Art - with Jenny Judova
Nov
1
7:00 pm19:00

How To Sell Your Art - with Jenny Judova

  • Hotel Elephant

The third in our series of Talks & Networiking events - with Jenny Judova.

Jenny started her career in the London Art Scene was the founder of Art Map and a journalist exploring the grassroots artist’s projects and the relationships within the art market. After being involved with Tom’s Etching Studio and Clarion List, she has published two books about the art world dynamics: ‘How to Approach a Gallery?’ and ‘Who to Know in London?’. Currently she works with museums as a travelling exhibitions manager for Vastari and runs a museums professionals network as well as monthly Art Talks.

Schedule:

7-7:30pm: Arrivals & Registration

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Talk & Q&A

8:30pm onwards: Drinks & Networking 

Tickets: £5 + VAT & booking fee!

 

IP Quest - Learn How IP Rights Can Help You, By Playing A Game!
Oct
25
7:00 pm19:00

IP Quest - Learn How IP Rights Can Help You, By Playing A Game!

  • Hotel Elephant

The second in our Talks & Networking event series - IP Quest with Ben Williams. Learn how intellectual property rights can help you, by playing a game! 

In this interactive workshop you will learn about the fundamental building blocks of the Intellectual Property (IP) system and how the can be used in the creative industries.  Facilitated by an IP expert, this game-based approach puts you in control.  By running a fictional business you will learn about the six main intellectual property rights and as you meet various challenges along the way you will discover when IP rights are helpful and when they are not. 

The aim of the workshop is to:

  •           Understand all types of intellectual property rights and their cost.

  •           Learn about the strategic use of IP.

  •           Be able to recognise what is protectable.

  •           Know where to look for further help.

Schedule: 

  • 7pm - 7:25pm Arrivals & registration

  • 7:30pm - 9pm IP Quest 

  • 9pm onwards drinks & informal networking

Tickets: £5 + VAT & Booking Fee

For limited time only use promo code: IPQUEST to get a free ticket!

 

An Introduction To Entrepreneurship with Alan Hopley
Oct
18
7:00 pm19:00

An Introduction To Entrepreneurship with Alan Hopley

  • Hotel Elephant

Please join us for the first in our series of Talks & Networking events as part of our Creative Enterprise Program,  

Alan Hopley will be introducing of some of the concepts that support entrepreneurship. What common characteristics entrepreneurs have, and some methods for turning ideas into businesses.

Alan Hopley is an independent business consultant, personal coach, and educator with over 15 years of management experience. He has a wealth of experience managing, troubleshooting and improving business operations across a variety of industry sectors. He holds an MBA from Warwick Business School, where he continues to provide support as an ambassador, assisting students with their orientation. 

Alan also provides personal coaching to a broad range of individuals, in different positions and industries; and mentors for leadership, career development and education.

Running Order: 

7pm - 7:25pm: Arrivals & Registration

7:25pm: Introduction from Hotel Elephant

7:30pm - 8:30pm: Talk & Q&A 

8:30pm onwards: Drinks & Informal Networking 

Limited No. of FREE tickets available!

Usual Ticket Price: £5 + VAT & booking fee

 

Assuming Too Much - Artist Talk
Oct
9
3:00 pm15:00

Assuming Too Much - Artist Talk

  • Hotel Elephant

3pm

FREE

Please join Amy, Greygory, and Felix for a talk about Amy Pennington's recent artist residency at Open Barbers. The talk will take place at Hotel Elephant where their exhibition 'Assuming too much' is showing. Some of the subjects we would like to touch upon are gender, drawing, socially engaged practice, community, and working with people. We will be taking questions early on as we want conversations to be audience led as much as possible. 

‘Assuming Too Much’ is the culmination of Amy Pennington’s 5-month residency at LGBTQ friendly Open Barbers, the UK’s first transgender – led hair salon. Going to the hairdresser’s is never just as simple as getting your hair cut – you come to be styled as yourself – within the confines, of course, of the kind of ‘self’ the world allows you to be.

In this solo exhibition, Amy will be exhibiting a large selection of hair portraits – no face shape, no facial features, no model’s pose – these portraits trace the sitters’ hair only. Amy’s approach is to focus on the personal connection that goes into making an image, she sees this as a ‘conversation’ and asks the sitters to give their portraits a title. These drawings will be complied into a Look Book for Open Barbers – a catalogue of hair style ideas that clients can choose from, without limiting associations of gender, age or attractiveness that hairdresser’s images normally impose. The Look Book will be available to buy as a limited edition during the exhibition at Hotel Elephant. 

There are 40 places available, and the event is free. There will be a bar where you can buy refreshments.

Assuming Too Much
Sep
30
Oct 14

Assuming Too Much

  • Hotel Elephant

30th Sept. - 14th Oct

Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm

Private View: 29th Sept. 6pm - 9pm

Artist's Talk: 9th October 3pm

FREE

 

Going to the hairdresser’s is never just as simple as getting your hair cut – you come to be styled as yourself – within the confines, of course, of the kind of ‘self’ the world allows you to be. Open Barbers is a social enterprise which offers a personalised haircutting experience with a queer and trans friendly attitude. Led by Greygory Vass and Felix Lane.

In this solo exhibition, Amy will be exhibiting a large selection of hair portraits – no face shape, no facial features, no model’s pose – these portraits trace the sitters’ hair only. Amy’s approach is to focus on the personal connection that goes into making an image, she sees this as a ‘conversation’ and asks the sitters to give their portraits a title. These drawings will be complied into a Look Book for Open Barbers – a catalogue of hair style ideas that clients can choose from, without limiting associations of gender, age or attractiveness that hairdresser’s images normally impose. Her pictures point beyond the realm of appearance: they are the catalyst for a relationship, and a document of what takes place.

This approach is typical of Amy’s work, which encompasses installation, sculpture, performance and socially engaged practice but always begins, Amy says, with a pen in her hand. A former care-worker educated at the radical, free art academy of Islington Mill, Amy often works in social settings she creates close relationships with the people she works with, who are simultaneously co-collaborators, participants and audiences for her work.

In the context of Open Barbers, which is particularly concerned with gender identity, this intervention into the relationship between image and self represents the freedom Open Barbers’ clients exercise in the salon. “Having documentation of our haircuts is really useful and important to us,” Greygory and Felix say. But a traditional Look Book is filled with models conforming to narrow stereotypes of gender and beauty. This one celebrates the hair itself, with none of these limiting associations. “We feel it’s important that clients feel in charge of their own image,” say Greygory and Felix, “and the way Amy approached the drawing process is another way of taking back the means of representation, out of the hands of society that tries to erase so many gender identities and presentations.”

The Look Book will be available to buy as a limited edition during the exhibition at Hotel Elephant.

Photo Scratch
Sep
12
6:00 pm18:00

Photo Scratch

  • Hotel Elephant

Free to attend but booking advisable to guarantee entry!

Free to participate in, and free to attend, Photo Scratch is a night for new ideas and discussions, where in each edition six documentary photographers and artists working within the realm of documentary, show work-in-progress projects. Each participant is allocated a few meters of wall space. Spectators are then invited to give written feedback for each project which is then left for each photographer. It has the feel of a private view, but also an informal networking event. It’s specifically for professional photographers to have an opportunity to gain valuable insight into how their work is perceived, and have genuinely helpful conversations about their work whilst it is in development. It is also an opportunity for photographers to experiment with the form in a safe and supportive setting. Photo Scratch takes place at Hotel Elephant’s new Spare Street venue just a few minutes walk from Elephant and Castle underground. 

Social Media for Artists with Bhavani Esapathi
Aug
9
7:00 pm19:00

Social Media for Artists with Bhavani Esapathi

Tickets: £5

Twitter or Facebook, Instagram or Periscope? Social media is no longer just a procrastination tool, it’s a sophisticated marketing and audience generation tool. So to figure out how to use it we got in touch with the best digital+art specialist – Bhavani Esapathi!

About Bhavani Esapathi
Bhavani Esapathi specialises in social media for artists and creatives she is also the founder of Chronically Driven and has worked with V&A, The British Council, The Somerset House, and was one of the mentors at Goethe Institute Managing the Arts course.

Crafty Fox Talks: Copycat Design - What to do if it happens to you.
Jul
19
6:30 pm18:30

Crafty Fox Talks: Copycat Design - What to do if it happens to you.

  • Hotel Elephant

Tickets: £13.85

This month's Crafty Fox Talk will cover a tricky and regularly requested topic: IP protection. Illustrator Alice Tams (Birds in Hats) has had her fair share of experience with the subject and will recount her experiences with businesses small and big thus far, sharing the many lessons she has learnt along the way. Lawyer Gavin Llewellyn (Senior Associate with Stone King and ACID Partner), who represented Alice against Sainsbury's throughout 2015, will be on hand to explain the legal intricacies of creative IP, when to act and what you can do to try and prevent it happening to you.

 

About Gavin:
Gavin Llewellyn is an intellectual property lawyer at Stone King LLP in London specialising in design law and brands. He is the President of the Intellectual Property Commission of the international lawyers’ association the ‘UIA’ (‘Union Internationale des Avocats’) and a Legal Affiliate of ACID (Anti Copying in Design).

About Alice:
Alice Tams is an illustrator best known for her ever expanding project 'Birds in Hats'. From her messy studio in Bermondsey she sells her illustrated stationery and giftware in shops throughout the UK, Europe & Australia, online and at events around London.

The talk will take place at Hotel Elephant's new artist's studio's and creative space on Spare St, close to Elephant & Castle station. The bar will be open for refreshments. Registration is from 6.30pm and the talks will begin at 7pm. 

On running an independent Gallery, with William Lunn (Copperfield Gallery, London)
Jul
12
7:00 pm19:00

On running an independent Gallery, with William Lunn (Copperfield Gallery, London)

  • Hotel Elephant

Tickets: £5

Will Lunn will talk about the the realities of running an independant contemporary art gallery in London. About successes and failures, unwritten rules, trends and survival. He will discuss the pros and cons of commercial funding vs applying for funding and the increasing prominence of art fairs.

About Will Lunn

Lunn started working with a pop-up model in 2009, and co-directed his first gallery in 2011 at 22 years old. Leaving the partnership and closing the gallery in 2013 he opened Copperfield in 2014. Copperfield represents living artists from around the world and regularly attends international art fairs, placing work with museums, foundations and private collections. 

Photo Scratch
Jul
11
6:00 pm18:00

Photo Scratch

  • Hotel Elephant

Tickets: Free - booking required

A night for new ideas, Photo Scratch is an opportunity for photographers (mainly from a documentary background) to understand how their work is perceived and gain valuable insight into how to take their work further with the benefit of other people’s outside eye. For spectators this is an opportunity to preview projects, offer feedback, and engage in conversations about photography.

The format of the night involves a group of approximately seven photographers previewing a project in an incomplete state. These photographers are selected in advanced based on informal applications. Each photographer is given a wall space to display their work in any way they see fit (rough prints, contact sheets, annotations, text, projection etc.). An invited audience of other photographers and people within the industry are then welcome to discuss the work and leave written feedback for each project. This valuable written feedback is then kept by each photographer for future reference. The night is free for all to attend, but booking is required.

The July 2016 Photo Scratch features the work of:

Caro Hutchings

Jamie Clark

Clare Hewitt

Betty Zappata

Jonathan Turner

Kevin Percival

Giovanna Del Sarto

Daniel Kallberg

(Photo credit: Celine Marchbank)

 

XXL
May
21
May 22

XXL

  • Hotel Elephant

Exhibition of work from 1st & 2nd Yr MA Sculpture Students from the Slade School of Art.

Dreaming In Colour
Apr
28
Apr 30

Dreaming In Colour

  • Hotel Elepahant Gallery & Studios

The most important tool the artist fashions through constant practice is faith in the ability to produce miracles – Mark Rothko

Hotel Elephant Gallery is pleased to present their first show exclusively dedicated to the paintings of the artist Marcia Scott, graduate of St Martin’s, who has recently shown in New York at Berry Campbell and who lives and works in Southwark.

In her abstract paintings Scott explores the versatility of gloss enamel paint, to create vibrant and dynamic works that have been likened to musical scores in their interplay between pigment and texture. The saturated backgrounds are prepared with pure colour and then worked on in a process-based technique of pouring and dripping to create flowing shapes reflective of her tutelage under her step-father Frank Bowling. Scott declares her subject to be creativity itself; being alive, connecting with the spiritual, and thereby embarks on action painting; volatile, intense and libidinous.

For Scott, her paintings are like prayers; a show of faith in the sacred, in which she anoints her paintings with materials as diverse as olive oil and whisky. She feels her paintings can bring change in the world; building an order based on creativity, community and love. Scott champions abstraction as a medium of liberation; releasing the individual from external controls.

Having recently had shows in New York and Louisiana, the exhibition includes three paintings from the University of Louisiana’s solo show ‘We Are All Related’. The exhibition also includes canvases of varying sizes, the largest being ‘Blue Dragon,’ an unseen painting at 14 foot wide. Each individual piece demonstrates the artist’s distinctive visual approach, in which the viewer is invited to explore the build up of glossy, sensuous surfaces.

Cutting Corners
Apr
20
6:00 pm18:00

Cutting Corners

  • Hotel Elephant Gallery & Studios

For one night only!

An exhibition of work created on site by 2nd Year BA Drawing Students from Camberwell College of Art. The exhibition will include a mixture of Drawing, Sculpture, Painting and Installation based works.

An Evening with Calvin & Steph
Apr
15
6:30 pm18:30

An Evening with Calvin & Steph

Join us on the 15 April, for the first in a series of events that intends to dig deep into a collective body of work created by Calvin Laing, Stephanie Mann and Polly Wright.

Join us for a drinks from 6.30pm and stay for a number of videos and performances that will start from 7.45pm.

Calvin Laing

Calvin Laing currently lives and works in London. Selected group shows include: Alone with Other People, Chisenhale, London 2016; Pitcairn Hall, London, 2015; House Project | Sculptural Object, London, 2015 and Linking, Linking Arms, The Pig Rock Bothy, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh 2015. Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2011, working with video and performance, Laing has work in public collections including the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art.

Stephanie Mann

Stephanie Mann lives and works in Edinburgh. Working with video, print and performance, selected group shows include: Alone with Other People, Chisenhale, London 2016, The transparent tortoise shell and the un-ripe umbrella, curated by Louise Briggs, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, 2016; Pitcairn Hall, London 2015, SIMSTIMGlasgow Open House, Glasgow 2015 and Linking, Linking Arms, The Pig Rock Bothy, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh 2015.

Polly Wright

Polly Wright lives and works in London. Independent curatorial projects include Pitcairn Hall, London, 2015; Global Internet Talks, London, 2014 and Smash Lab, London, 2014.

Line Two: Foreign Bodies
Mar
18
Mar 28

Line Two: Foreign Bodies

A group show curated by Pipeline (Flynn Murray, Heloise Reynolds and James Tabbush)

Foreign Bodies revolves around the idea of the totem and of the cultic image, parts of the human body which are separated from the whole and which become strange to us. Featuring video, painting, drawing and sculpture, the show evokes religions both ancient and imagined, bodies both familiar and alien.

Photo Scratch
Mar
14
6:00 pm18:00

Photo Scratch

A night for new ideas, Photo Scratch is an opportunity for photographers to understand how their work is perceived and gain valuable insight into how to take their work further with the benefit of other people’s outside eye. For spectators this is an opportunity to preview projects, offer feedback, and engage in conversations about photography.

Photo Scratch forms part of Hotel Elephant’s public program which has been supported through Southwark Council’s Arts & Culture Grant Scheme.