The 8th Parallax Art Fair returns to Chelsea Town Hall this October

On the 18th and 19th October, the eighth Parallax Art Fair in three years will be returning to its usual home of Chelsea Town Hall on King’s Road. With over 200 exhibitors from all over the world, Parallax is the largest art fair of its kind – one where all exhibitors show their work commission-free, meaning that both new and established artists can exhibit side by side without great expense, allowing them to experiment in exhibiting new forms and concepts.

Parallax Art Fair - Angela Britton
Angela Britton

The Parallax Art Fair was conceived by art historian and theorist Dr Chris Barlow in 2010, having previously curated an international exhibition with the same name. About the fair, Dr Barlow says:

“Parallax is a unique experience. It is the first event of its kind based on deconstruction theory. The objects on display are considered as possibly not “containing” meaning as such; it is the viewer that imparts meaning to the objects.”

Parallax aims to make art more accessible to everyone – both physically and intellectually – and to reach a broader audience. By “demystifying” art, Parallax hopes to allow a great opportunity for those outside the art world to enter it without pressure or prejudice. Indeed, Dr Barlow goes on to say:

“Art is for everyone. There is a myth that it must be “understood” – but who is to say what’s right? It can be an investment of course, but it can also simply be a Christmas present, or even just an enjoyable experience. It also doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are so many misconceptions about art – I genuinely hope that Parallax will help to start addressing some of them, and encouraging people to think about what art actually is.”

Parallax Art Fair - Chris Bell
Chris Bell

A very wide variety of artistic works will be showcased at Parallax, including items of sculpture, crafts, textiles, jewellery, bags, clothing and much more. With over 3,000 visitors expected over the two-day event, Parallax is a fair that will interest both the keen art collector and the casual browser – as well as many a Christmas shopper! As both established and new artists will be exhibiting, there will be artworks available for all budgets – “It’s a wonderful opportunity for Christmas shoppers to obtain very special, unique gifts, and for collectors to indulge in some exceptional and unusual art, often very affordably,” says Dr Barlow.

Parallax Art Fair

More on the Parallax Art Fair can be found at Entry to the fair is free, and you can register for tickets online at – this enters you into the prize draw to win a return flight to Miami!

Parallax Art Fair
1pm – 8pm, Friday 18th October 2013
11am – 5pm, Saturday 19th October 2013
Chelsea Town Hall
King’s Road

Parallax Art Fair at Chelsea Town Hall, 1st & 2nd June

We’ve covered previous editions of the Parallax Art Fair – or rather, the non-art fair – on this blog, and news reaches us that the next instalment will be returning to Chelsea Town Hall once again, taking place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June. This time round, Parallax will feature over 100 international artists – some from as far afield as Ethiopia, Mexico, Australia, Japan and Turkey – and over 2000 pieces, and entry will once again be free.

Parallax Art Fair - Bjorn Sjoling
“NoBody Care About Life II” Bjorn Sjoling

One of the most unusual and eclectic pieces to be shown at Parallax this time around – or indeed, perhaps at any previous event – is a full-size skeleton with foetus (shown above) by Dorset artist Bjorn Sjoling, part of a series of hand-crafted skeletons that the artist refers to as “NoBodys”. Taking him a full year to complete the project, often slaving away in the hours after his full time job, Sjoling used x-rays, anatomy books and real bones to help him mould, shape and polish all of the 208 bones that make up a skeleton, before casting them and assembling them into human form. What was the artist’s rationale behind this project? He says:

“For whatever reason, my mind thrives on the challenge of understanding intricate detail. I am driven to represent that beauty in sculptural form. My ambition as an artist is to share the wonders of the world we live in by revealing the often overlooked examples of harmony and complexity which are around us.”

Some of the other artworks on display at Parallax are Stephen Nelson’s vispo works (shown below); SP Prescott’s deconstructed ‘paintings’; Kate Hopkins-Searle’s ceramic wearable objects; Zerihun Seyoum’s Ethiopian scenes; and Jack Sawbridge’s interactive glass vessels, which measure the deteriorating flexibility of a ballet dancer’s joints.

Parallax - Stephen Nelson
Stephen Nelson

To add to the excitement of the show, all visitors will also be entered into a free prize draw to win a return flight to New York in November!

For more details, please see or follow Parallax on Twitter: @ParallaxAF.

Parallax Art Fair
7.30pm – 9.30pm, Friday 31st May (Private View)
11am – 5pm, Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June
Chelsea Town Hall
King’s Road

Free entry

Parallax returns to Chelsea Old Town Hall this month

The sixth edition of the Parallax Art Fair returns to Chelsea Old Town Hall on King’s Road this month (22nd – 23rd February 2013), featuring works by over two hundred artists.

Parallax AF February 2013

The leading artist-led-non-art-fair will have a number of highlights this time round, including young artist Echo Morgan, a current student at the Royal College of Art. Her work Born China; Bone China sees her transform the surface of her entire body into a Ming vase.

Dutch artist Robert Lambermont will be presenting his Face of Time which will be one of the first kinetic objects to be displayed at Parallax. Silvia Anguelova from France will exhibit photographs from her Eternal Feminine series, whilst Britain’s own Eve Brinkley-Wittington uses glitter and paint to create idiomatic landscapes of her native Essex. British illustrator and artists David Axtell will also be showcasing his work.

The Fair is free to attend, although donations at the door are welcome which go towards the PAF Benevolent Fund for the children of artists. Free day tickets can be obtained online.

Parallax Art Fair
VIP Private View – 7.30pm, Thursday 21st February 2013
11am – 5pm, Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd February 2013
Chelsea Old Town Hall
King’s Road

More details online at or check out Parallax AF on Twitter.

Kensington Mums events in November!

If you’re a local resident and a local mum (and especially if you’re very active on the web!) I’m sure you must have come across the excellent local blog Kensington Mums! The voluntary online support network provides invaluable advice on being a mum, parent or carer in the area, as well as providing plenty of news on events and other items of interest, and a great platform for discussion via their Twitter and Facebook pages. Best of all, Kensington Mums’ incredibly detailed weekly newsletter provides a great round-up of much of this information, so make sure you subscribe!

Kensington Mums

The site has also recently been nominated as “The Super Blogger” for the MumsClub Award 2012, placing in the top 100 winners, and is also a MumsClub London Ambassador.

Kensington Mums are hosting a couple of great events this month, that will certainly be of interest to mums and parents out there.

Kensington Mums 1st BirthdayFirst up,  Kensington Mums are celebrating their first birthday on Thursday 15th November! At a surprise location, the evening will include dinner, bubbly and a fun atmosphere – plus a great way of meeting local, like-minded mums. Tickets cost £30 – see for more details.

On Friday 23rd November, the Kensington Mums Baby/Toddler Outing to the Saatchi Gallery returns by popular demand! The visit will include a tour of ‘Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union: Art from Russia’, the first exhibition of contemporary Russian art at the Saatchi Gallery. More details at

Kensington Mums would love to see at the above events!

“Apped to the Max” exhibition at Kensington & Chelsea College, 5th – 11th November

From 5th to 11th November, Kensington & Chelsea College are due to host an exhibition of images from the UK’s first iPhoneography course at the College’s Chelsea Centre Gallery.

iPhoneography - Apped to the Max Exhibition

The recent ‘iPhoneography: An Introduction to Photography with the iPhone’ course taught students skills and techniques for capturing and creating beautiful yet edgy images with only their iPhone camera and certain apps. The course also helped introduce students to vibrant mobile photography communities where their work could be shared with like minded enthusiasts.

Since its launch the course has received an overwhelming amount of interest, with course tutor Richard Gray now working with leading businesses to deliver iPhoneography masterclasses and workshops.

Mr Gray, who is also the exhibition’s curator, said:
“iPhoneography has moved on from being simple point-and-shoot photography to both a sophisticated art form and an engaging hobby for millions. The iPhone camera has unleashed amazing creativity in the students and we are very proud to present their work in a traditional photography format.
“Many people are unaware of the creative potential of iPhoneography and we hope this exhibition goes some way to changing that perception. We would like to thank our exclusive sponsors, The Print Space, for their generous support for the exhibition.”

iPhoneography student Shirley Hunter said:
“I always had an interest in photography but I didn’t realise how much more room I had to grow. I look at my pictures now and I’m amazed at what I’ve achieved in five weeks. There is so much more to this course than it being fun. It really is a great introduction into photography that teaches just as much about editing as it does about photography. I’d love to take my new found skills further with a more advanced course.”

The hundred best images from the course will make their debut in the “Apped to the Max” exhibition, with a selection of images also available to view online at Exhibition guests will also be able to purchase some of the images.

Kensington & Chelsea College run hundreds of flexible, full-time and part-time courses at their three main centres throughout West London and are holding an Open Day at its Wornington Centre on Thursday 8th November (4pm to 7pm), where you can find out more about their courses, including those that lead to professional qualifications and a career in photography. More details about the Open Day can be found here. The College is committed to providing affordable education, and to this end has set up a number of fee discounts and money saving schemes to help support enrolling students – see for more details.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

Apped to the Max Exhibition
5th – 11th November 2012 (open 9am to 7pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm on Friday)
Chelsea Centre Gallery
Hortensia Road
SW10 0QS

Bellerby & Co. exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington

Globemakers Bellerby & Co., and supported by The Elephant Family charity, will be hosting an inaugural exhibition of handmade globes at the Royal Geographical Society from 29th September to 12th October 2012, showcasing a fantastic collection of globe models, interesting maps, globemaking ephemera and also exhibiting a globemaking studio that visitors can wander around in!

Geographical Blueprint: The Art of the Handcrafted Globe

Highlights of the Geographical Blueprint: The Art of the Handcrafted Globe exhibition include the magnificent rotating Churchill globe, which stands over 1.5m tall; revolutionary free spinning Mini Desk Globes; and a selection of freestyle creative pieces that show the talents of local artists who have been selected to adorn the orbs in their own unique style. All the globes on show have been made and handpainted in London, and this wonderful exhibition will surely interest artists, collectors, geographers and all purveyors of fine items. The exhibition provides a wonderful chance to experience the forgotten world of globemaking, as well as offering a great introduction to this antiquated art.

Entry to the exhibition is free, and it will be open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday.

More about the exhibition can be found at

Geographical Blueprint: The Art of the Handcrafted Globe
Saturday 29th September – Friday 12th October 2012
Royal Geographical Society (Pavillion Space)
1 Kensington Gore

Henry Moore’s The Arch returns to Kensington Gardens

Henry Moore’s striking sculpture The Arch has returned to its original site in Kensington Gardens, and is well worth a visit. Having originally been sited (as a gift to the nation from the sculptor) in 1980, the piece had to be disassembled and removed in 1996 when it was found to be structurally unsafe. The intervening time period from then until only a few years ago saw the question raised of whether sculpture could return at all, let alone in its original place, but luckily for Kensington Gardens visitors, it has.

Read more about The Arch and its return from The Royal Parks website (which features an superb time-lapse video of the restoration of The Arch) and from The Evening Standard.

Henry Moore's The Arch

InTRANSIT Performance Arts Festival returns this July

The 6th edition of the performing arts festival InTRANSIT returns to the wonderful streets, unusual hidden spaces and leafy parks of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea this July. Since its launch in 2006 with a programme of artist-led walking tours around the area, InTRANSIT has grown year on year and next month over 25 arts events will take place during the Festival’s run (13th to 27th July), with almost all events FREE to attend.

2012’s InTRANSIT will see a number of wonderful performances and events take place. These include the Portobello Road Arts Day on 14th July, when this iconic and famous West London road will be transformed into a celebration of street theatre that will include puppet shows, cabaret, dance performances and story-tellers…not to mention unusual circuses and dragons! Famous 3D street artist Edgar Mueller will also have been on site from 9th July, transforming Portobello Square and Tavistock Road, with his creations being unveiled on 14th July as well.

Sandpit at Holland Park on 15th July will be an afternoon of new games (for adults and families alike) – based around the ideas of spectacle and movement – that have been designed by artists musicians, writers and more.

If you’ve ever wanted to experiencer Parkour in the area, try RBKC Parkour on 21st July at the Portobello Pop-Up Cinema on Acklam Road, W10. This film art installation will be an interactive first-person game that features film material shot over the rooftops of Kensington and Chelsea by freerunner Karen Palmer.

I’ve mentioned before on this blog Bikeminded’s Summer Cycling Tour Programme, and their Alice in Wonderland-themed tour (18th – 22nd July), for which they’ve teamed up with the Exquisite Folly Theatre.

Councillor Nick Paget-Brown, Cabinet  Member with responsibility for the arts, said:

“This year’s InTRANSIT Festival provides fresh experiences and encounters with some of the Royal Borough’s most recognised and hidden spaces through the work of local and international artists and performers.  The Festival is an integral part of the Borough’s on-going culture service programme and our commitment to the role arts and culture have to play in making Kensington & Chelsea one of the best places to live, work and visit.”

The Festival is programmed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in association with leading arts organisations such as Chelsea Theatre, Hide&Seek and ReThinking Cities.

The full line-up of InTRANSIT and details of how to register for tickets (where required) can be found on the official website at

4th Parallax International Art Fair in Chelsea, 16th – 18th May 2012

Hot on the heels of the last Parallax Art Fair in February, seek the fourth edition of the fair comes to Chelsea this month, once again taking place at Chelsea Old Town Hall.

From 16th to 18th May 2012, the Parallax international contemporary art fair will feature over 2000 works from over 200 artists, both emerging and well-established, that hail from over thirty countries from across the globe – from India to Tunisia, Morocco to Costa Rica. This makes Parallax the largest “curated” international artist art fair in Europe and whilst many of the artists featured may have a strong following in their home country, they are yet to be known internationally.

Feel - Hysterical Minds

Feel by Hysterical Minds

The fair will feature some diverse pieces, from surrealist-like paintings and sculpture, quirky pieces of fish and even blades of grass. One of the highlights is a 10-foot high anti-war memorial with sculpted bronze dogs and skulls; another is a video piece about child brides by young British Asian artist, Shammi Begum. Catriona Robertson will be displaying her ceramics encased in bubble wrap – these reflect the various issues of exhibiting works of art, as well as referencing her earlier experiences at fairs when her pieces were precariously displayed, leading to breakages.

Tickets for Parallax cost £2, with 50% of this being donated to A21 charity. More on the Fair can be found at

Parallax AF
11am – 7pm, Wednesday 16th May
11am – 8pm, Thursday 17th May (jazz nite: 6pm – 8pm)
11am – 5pm, Friday 18th May

Chelsea Old Town Hall
King’s Road

Nearest tube: Sloane Square

Trinity House paintings at the BADA Fair, Chelsea, 21st – 27th March 2012

The 20th anniversary of The BADA Antiques and Fine Art Fair in Chelsea (21st to 27th March 2012) will see the international art dealership Trinity House exhibit two important works by Seago and Boudin – Gondolas by the Salute by English artist Edward Seago and Evening Étretat by Eugène Boudin.

Gondolas by the Salute, Edward Seago
Gondolas by the Salute by Edward Seago
Evening Étretat, Eugene Boudin
Evening Étretat by Eugène Boudin

Edward Seago painted from a young age, inspired by the 19th century Norwich painters. As his reputation grew, so did his “celebrity”, with his work often famed to attract crowds. Eugène Boudin, meanwhile, was influenced by the 17th century Dutch masters and was encouraged to paint outdoors (en plein air) after meeting Dutch painter Johan Jongkind. It was in 1857 that Boudin met Claude Monet who spent several months working in Boudin’s studio; they remained lifelong friends and Monet paid tribute to Boudin’s early influence.

Director of Trinity House, Simon Shore, says:

“Both of these works by Seago and Boudin, are perfectly suited to the wonderfully elegant and relaxed atmosphere created at the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair. Trinity House is delighted to be part of the fair again which promises high quality art and antiques for buyers and browsers from the UK’s leading experts.”

Trinity House is an international art dealership, specialising in Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern British and 19th century works that is based in London, New York and Gloucestershire. More information can be found at

The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair will allow visitors to purchase top quality art and antiques from the UK’s leading experts. The two Trinity House paintings can be viewed at stand B20.

BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair
21st – 27th March 2012
The Duke of York Square,