Part One: 8 - 17 November 2017
Part Two: 22 November - 1 December 2017
The Cello Factory 33-34 Cornwall Road, London SE1 8TJ
“We are very excited to have had a send-in that is truly international with artists from 27 countries. The Selection Committee had a very rewarding time viewing all the works and they are proud that the resulting exhibition will present an enticing breadth of work, including a good number of videos, in all, promising to be thoroughly lively and challenging.” Susan Haire, President
In recognition of today’s increasingly diversified art scene, the exhibition will feature works in a large range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, digital, mixed media, installation, video and an audio artwork. From a wide range of submissions, The London Group Selection Committee – which consists of existing members – carefully selected 79 artists to each exhibit a work across two exhibitions at The Cello Factory, London from 8 – 17 November 2017 and 22 November – 1 December 2017.
Video works by the following artists will be shown in both exhibitions: Sandra Crisp Annie Cunningham Samantha Heydt Emma Liebeskind Gloria Merritt Dominic Negus Micheál O'Connell aka MOCKSIM Nikita Russi Katy Shepherd
"A vital strand of artistic diversity and free-thinking in an art-world increasingly dominated by market forces and curatorial conformity." Galleries Magazine
The London Group was formed in 1913 by thirty-two artists from The Camden Town Group and English Vorticists, including Jacob Epstein, Wyndham Lewis, and Walter Sickert, with the aim of creating an independent artist-led exhibiting body to counterbalance the power of institutions such as the Royal Academy. Since its foundation, the organisation has been an integral force in the growing and supporting of diverse and emerging artistic talent across Britain. The group’s mentoring and exhibiting programme has gone on to support the careers of many of Britain’s best-known artists. Frank Auerbach, Frank Bowling, Mary Fedden, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland are among those who have benefitted from membership to The London Group throughout their careers. www.thelondongroup.com
The London Group Today
The London Group is a thriving democratic artists' collective practicing in all disciplines, from painting and sculpture to moving image, digital and performance, with a full annual events programme in London and beyond.
The Group’s written constitution requires it "to advance public awareness of contemporary visual art by holding exhibitions annually." Operating in the interstices between existing art institutions, the Group’s focus today is on self-generated exhibitions. Curated and managed by its artist members, these events aim to offer a serious and alternative perspective to contemporary visual arts in Britain.
"What The London Group seeks to show is that art's inner strength (and thus its outer weakness) lies in the co-operative multiplication of differences." Mike Phillipson, The London Group
The London Group holds a prestigious biennial Open Exhibition where artists, at all stages of their careers, are invited to submit work to exhibit alongside members’, with at least half the exhibitors being non-members.
Membership currently stands at just under ninety and criteria for membership are the quality of a maker's emerging vision and commitment to the Group's activities. As a co-operative the Group finds its strength in its encouragement of diversity. Indeed the Group's very identity and long-term viability is vested in its embrace of the differences of vision displayed in its members' work.
Existing members are eligible to nominate new members for election based on submission of their current work. The membership selection committee sits once a year.
The London Group currently holds many of its events at The Cello Factory, Waterloo, London.