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Shilpa Bilimoria

Shilpa Bilimoria

Passed down from her ancestors, Shilpa Bilimoria the designer and founder of House of Bilimoria's love of tailoring grew from an early age. Immersed and surrounded by textures, haberdashery and...

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Hannah Cushion

Hannah Cushion

My work is concerned with issues of preservation and archiving, using traditional methods of preservation in unconventional ways such as shirts ‘preserved’ in salt and photographs ‘preserved’ in wax....

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Site Visit for SFSA at Anthology Deptford Foundry

It was an exciting time last week for SFSA Director, Nichole Herbert Wood who was visiting the construction site of Anthology’s Deptford Foundry 316 unit development scheme, Arklow Road, Lewisham, and home to Second Floor Studios new 80 + purpose built studios due to open late autumn 2018.

no format Gallery Past Exhibitions - 2016 & 17

End of year show - SFSA Painting Open 2017

list of participating artists

Places, Faces, Things as a premise willingly generalises the notion of *subject* (the great vessel of meaning; i.e.: what's it about?) playfully undermining their promise of significance in order to focus instead on the poetics of making, not making, remaking and revisiting, being too busy, doing what you can; the vitality of the daily practice that can sometimes seem to play a risky game of undoing between the heady demands of *ideas*.

Uncommon Ground

A group of 7 graduates from Plymouth College of Art will be exhibiting their award winning work from their final year degree show 

A group of 7 graduates from Plymouth College of Art will be exhibiting their award winning work from their final year degree show between 9th November to 12th November 2017 at No Format Gallery, Deptford. 

The graduates studied a BA Hons programme in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Plymouth College of Art, which is one of only two independent art colleges in the UK. The College is playing an increasingly important part in showcasing Plymouth as a centre for art and culture, not only in the South West, but also nationally and internationally. This new BA programme which has only been running for four years, is one of the few courses in this country that offer a materials based and process-driven education, leading to graduates that are not only academically qualified, but also practically experienced. Through this dynamic programme of study of both materials and techniques the students are encouraged to develop professional practice that includes specialist technical and critical study across a wide range of painting, drawing and printmaking.

The BA Programme culminates in a final year degree show that celebrates three years hard work and showcases the emerging talent to the wider art world. The graduate show took place at Plymouth College of Art 9th-22nd June this year and will be coming to Deptford in November, with the long-term aim of forming new collaborations and future project exchanges between artists in London and the South West.

Exhibiting Artists: Marie Taylor / Amelia Webster / Jane Pine / Alex Lee / Michelle Burns / Natalie Rawling / Terry Channell

Jenny Wiggins

Land Marks 3rd to 5th November 12 to 6pm
Preview Thursday 2nd November

Land Marks

The focus of my work has long been the ‘land’ both in terms of its representation in maps and more recently the evidence left on it by living forms such as snails, plants and insects.  

no format Gallery has given me the opportunity to experiment with themes that have been running through my work for some time.

This particular show is about the changes we make, and the marks we leave on the environment around us.

Duart Bel Silva
12th- 22nd October.
Preview 12th October 6-9pm
Open 12-6pm all dates except 16th and 17th when by appointment.

Above: Detail-Serpentine #1 & 3.

:and Repeat. Line and colour. Duart Bel Silva

Exhibition of mixed media and acrylic works, exploring  line, placed in colour, and the relationship between them that marks out sensation and animates the picture plane.

[ALLOY] Supposedly Predictable Phenomena
Wed–Sun 12.00–18.00 
Opening Event: Thu 21 Sep 18.00–21.00 
SLAM Fri 29 Sep: open late

New work from a shifting collective of artists with overlapping concerns. Supposedly Predictable Phenomena looks at themes of sequence and consequence. Apparently linear processes; geological, psychological and physical, that are rendered unpredictable and essentially chaotic due to their inherent and entangled sensitivity.


Haus Konstructiv
Works by Rosalind Davis
Opening night: Tuesday 12th Sept 6-8.30pm 

Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th September. General Opening times, 1-6.30pm or by appointment 

Saturday 16th September: Special event = Artists talk and in conversation with independent curator and former gallerist and Writer Laurent DeLaye, 5.30-6.30pm, followed with a buffet and drinks to 8pm. 

Rosalind Davis is an artist whose central concern is the transformation of space through the disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. 

For her solo show at no format Gallery, Davis will create a series of flexible spatial architectural installations; reconfiguring and re constructing modular steel forms, creating a multi-dimensional material built environments incorporating thread, luminous perspex sheets and painted canvases. Playing with the modular nature of the work and the temporal aspects of transformation the installations create illusions within the space which the viewer can both navigate and compose for themselves.

Rosalind Davis graduated from The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). Davis has exhibited nationally and internationally in a wide range of galleries and has had a number of solo shows in London: the Bruce Castle Museum (2013); John Jones Project Space; Julian Hartnoll Gallery (2009); The Residence Gallery (2007) and The Stephen Lawrence Centre. Selected group exhibitions have been at the Courtauld Institute; Arthouse1; Standpoint Gallery; Transition Gallery; The Roundhouse; Phoenix Brighton; APT Gallery; the Lion and Lamb Gallery; The ING Discerning Eye; the Lynn Painters Stainers Prize. Her work is held in a number of private and public collections.

Davis is the Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery and has co-directed and developed two innovative arts organizations; Zeitgeist Arts Projects (ZAP 2012-15) and Core Gallery (2009-11,) based in South East London.  Previous co-curatorial projects have been at Standpoint Gallery, Arthouse1, Geddes Gallery and with ZAP at Bond House Gallery (ASC).  Davis is co-author of ‘What they didn’t teach you at art school’ commissioned by Octopus Books which is internationally distributed and she lectures at universities, galleries and organisations across the country. 

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Nicholas Dietrich 
It’s like trying to describe an elephant by only looking at its tail

12 - 22 July 2017

Wednesday - Saturday 12:00 - 6:00pm

Private View Sat 15 July, 6:00 - 8:00pm

500 word stream of consciousness philosophy written on a train.  

I am not interested in theory or intellectual self-indulgence.  I am interested in my experience of the world and the thinking that arises from it:  hope, expectations, failure, winning, never feeling that you have arrived, neurosis, dissatisfaction, the feeling of sun on your body, walking through the forest, riding a motorbike, love, feeling others’ pain, aches and pains, delicious pleasures, jealousy, feeling hopeless, feeling confident, restricted, free, not wanting anyone near you, wanting people near you, not wanting an online presence, wanting to work, but only exactly how you want to.  Every real thought, feeling and emotion that is happening all the time, right now.

How can an artwork embody everything at once?  It can’t, it can only reflect back, maybe that’s why there are so many mirrors in art.  As soon as something specific is presented, it vastly narrows down possible interpretations, unless the forms you use are signs for something else.  If it’s about everything, it’s probably about nothing and that’s ok.  Something universal, like the colour green.

The man-made form is a symbol for production, for striving and purpose giving.  Endeavour not only to literally keep you alive, but providing a reason to be.  Dedicating yourself wholly to something has a positive and negative side.  You have justification, but you’re missing out on everything else, like the classical musician or the surgeon are totally consumed by their practice.

For me, the mechanical form is the best example of a man-made form: extracted from the ground, the material re-shaped for a specific purpose.  Designed, experimented upon, built on other people’s achievements, one mechanism upon another, like a watch.  A production line is built up on incredible scale, working in harmony to produce, just like we do, to produce everything we have, everything we use.  For me it represents the process, not the end product as the significant part, as that is daily life, running forward, for better or worse.  The end product is too static, too limited and ordinary - our usual experience of an object.  I want objects that change, I want motion, to capture something in mid-process; it’s more poetic, transitional, free, floating, ungraspable.  That’s why I draw it from video.

I first became interested in industrial buildings in Hull, carcasses of what once was.  Exploring, photographing, experiencing, no paintings needed to be made (the moment was enough), but I didn’t know that then.  Old industry that got us to where we are now, I don’t care about the specifics of it, only how it can be experienced now.  I don’t care about technology now, as I use it every day, I don’t need to know what’s inside a laptop, it’s a tool, you don’t think about it once you have the right tool.

Because I’m interested in process, I need to keep changing what I’m doing, the subject matter must be different every time, the emphasis different every time, the mood, energy.

As a painter you are constantly wrestling with nothingness and inevitably end up getting pulled toward the ether.

It’s like trying to describe an elephant by only looking at its tail.

Nicholas Dietrich  May 2017

Drawing Connections

Daniela White

Derval Tubridy
Adjacency [the quality or state of being adjacent, or of lying near, bordering]

What are the implications of a Hard Border for Northern Ireland? How will increased border controls affect the peace process? Adjacency takes materials from the Saville Inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday 1972 to examine contested spaces in the context of ‘adjacency’ understood as ‘lying near, bordering’.

In a series of paintings and mixed media works Adjacency examines the uncertain relation between topography and cartography, between narrative and the event, within contested boundaries and identities destabilised by an uncertain Brexit.

 Joseph & Mariela

December 2016 

Nov 2016

November 2016 no format Gallery relocates to Arch 29, Rolt Street, Deptford. Thanks to Anthology for sponsoring the space.

June 2016

White Bird Flew to Blue
Caroline Hands

Modern Makers IV: Sculpture
Celebrating the diversity of contemporary makers based at Second Floor Studios & Arts, Harrington Way, Woolwich.

Alongside the Open Studios event - Anonymous postcard charity fundraiser. run by ArtPlatform. In support of two local charities and one national.
Image credit: Warren King Photography.

May 2016
The Metics
Chris Hawtin

April 2016
Ben Barbour, Sara Byers, J. Yuen Ling Chiu

March 2016
The Anticlone X - Sade English

Far and Few [Between]
Curator - Lisa Chang Lee
Le Guo, Haili Sun, Lisa Chang Lee, Mu Tian, Yiman Lee, Jeremy Lin, Yingsheng Yang
Explores Identity from the perspective of Chinese expats now living in the UK. Considering geographical, cultural and political boundaries.

February 2016
University of East London BA Fine Art
2nd year Mid-Year Review Show

January 2016
Far beyond me
Stephen Stockbridge & Robin Stratton

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New no format Gallery 
Casting House, Arklow Road (Moulding Lane)
Deptford, SE14 6BN

Anthology Deptford Foundry
Anthology Deptford Foundry

SFSA acquired 250 year leasehold for 80 new purpose built artists' and craft and designer maker studio workspaces at Anthology Deptford Foundry

Wembley Park Studios
Wembley Park Studios

Providing 26 new affordable self-containted studio spaces at Wembley Park. Opening 1st Feb 2018