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Russell Frost – traditional letterpress printing

The latest show at Slate, running from 30 March – 17 May 2014, is an exhibition of Russell Frost’s letterpress creations. Russell runs Hooksmith Press, working with traditional printing methods (no computers!) He is showing a selection of his work, and every item has a story behind it, be it from the Prohibition era, or with a fishing theme (his passion).

You can also find Russell at the E11 Pop-Up craft market on Saturdays during April, in the room behind Slate – so if you like what you see, pop in and buy some!

Russell installing his work on the Slate boards

For more information on Russell’s work, see Hooksmith website.


Illustrations by Jack Simpson

Jack Simpson is a local Leytonstone artist, who is showing a selection of his illustrations in Slate until 29 March. He says “They depict the various sights I see on my travels in London and around the UK. I love finding interesting looking people and enjoy the challenge of trying to capture their look and form with a simple line drawing and sparse uses of colour.”

Each of the Slate windows has a different theme: People; animals; vehicles.

The A4 prints are for sale at just £20 each – for more information have a look in the Slate windows. Jack also has a wider selection of his work on his website at

The photo below shows Jack deciding how to lay out his work on the Slate boards.

Eleanor Bedlow, Drawings – 4 Jan to 15 Feb 2014

Eleanor Bedlow recently spent 2 months in Delhi on an artist’s residency – teaching at the International Institute of Fine Arts in Modinagar as well as travelling to Manali on the tip of the Himalayas. Here at Slate, she has been showing some of the works triggered by this experience of India.

From the tombs, ruins and temples of Delhi, to building sites and crumbling structures; from the mountainous landscape of Manali to a site which had been taken over by monkeys, Eleanor was inspired to create these wonderful drawings.

The photo below shows her installing work in Slate.

In Between – a sculpture exhibition by Eirini Dermitzaki

Sculpture comes to Slate! Have you noticed the little metal people, fashioned from wire, hanging around in our windows? They are the creation of Eirini Dermitzaki, and explore the concept of fitting in and community – what it means to come from one place but live in another, to belong but not quite, to be “In Between”.

These eyecatching sculptures each have their own tale to tell, so have a close look as you pass. The show ends on 4 January 2014, so be quick!

Here’s Eirini installing her work:

Coming soon, and Last chance to see…

Sarah Carpenter’s Stone Space show, “London Today: The Naked Truth” opened this week and runs until the end of October. However, her Slate show finishes next weekend, so if you haven’t yet seen her series of portraits then do make time to pass by before Saturday. If you visit on Thursday or Friday afternoon you’ll be able to see both the Stone Space and Slate shows – which were also featured as part of the Art Licks programme this weekend.

Next week, Shawn Morrel’s series of paintings “Urban Moment” will be installed in Slate.

After this, taking us to the end of 2013, will be Eirini Dermitzaki’s sculptures – wire people, focussing on how it feels to be “In Between”. She has created posters to promote her show, which you can download here.

London Today: portraits by Sarah Carpenter

London Today is the current show in Slate, hung on 1 September and running until 12 October.

Sarah Carpenter’s series of beautiful photographic portraits were taken specifically for the space, and lead into her show at Stone Space in October where she will expand on the theme.

Sarah Carpenter hangs her portraits at Slate
Sarah hangs her portraits at Slate

She describes the Slate show as “a series investigating living, studying and working in the city; drawing influence from some of the artists/movements that I have been introduced to along the way.

“This collection is a continuation of my body of work
‘London Today; The Naked Truth’, which can be seen in The Stone Space gallery 3rd-27th October 2013 as part of the Art Licks Weekend.”

We hope you enjoy it.

The Paint Place’s Cycle Spin Paintings

The current show at Slate is from Forest Recycling Project’s “The Paint Place”. They are exhibiting a variety of attractive paintings produced by bicycle power and made from recycled or reclaimed materials. The wooden disks were donated as surplus from a light fitting company and the paint was collected from re-use and recycling centres and commercial companies across London.

Here you can see Nicole from the project installing the Slate exhibition, aided by one of our volunteers:

The project sells reclaimed paint to communities at just £1 per litre. Last year they re-distributed around 36,800 litres of paint.

Best of all, you can own one of these works of art for just £5 – simply contact the project via

Have a look as you pass Slate – and maybe snap up some art for your home!

The exhibition is on until 31 August.

Leytonstone Arts Trail is on!

The latest show at Slate gives information about the annual Leytonstone Arts Trail. In particular it provides details of workshops.

For example, there’s a wonderful Drawing Marathon…

or Family Crafts…

or Puppets…

And that’s just for starters!

You can learn more about all the wonderful and colourful events at Leytonstone Arts Trail at – it runs from 6 – 14 July 2013 and there are a wide range of exhibitions to explore, literally something for everyone.

If you find the LAT website inaccessible on your browser / device, then have a look at the listings in calendar form at thanks to Apex Arts.

Whatever you do, make sure you see some of the fantastic exhibitions and workshops!

The Long Memory – 18 May to 29 June 2013

The latest artwork at Slate is a group show, entitled “The Long Memory”. This is a collaboration between three artists – Benjamin Fox, Richard King and James Self – and leads up to a show at The Stone Space, where you’ll be able to see more between 13-30 June.

They describe their work as follows:

“Painting, sculpture and photography from three East London artists. Taking the 1952 film The Long Memory as a starting point for this collaboration, the work responds to the ever-changing habitat and industry of the capital, fuelled by urban wanderings and perambulations. With a shared interest in the history and development of London and its environs, the artists seek to invoke the city’s past lives, while responding to its modern existence.”

Each artist has taken one of the windows at Slate to provide a teaser of their work for the Stone Space show. James displays paintings of urban settings such as Hackney Marsh and West Ham Station; Richard exhibits sculptures of shapes inspired by V&A patterns, blown up large; and Ben has created sculptures from material he has found on the shoreline. Real variety, arising from a common theme.

The artists also have a website:

Have a look as you pass Church Lane! Contact details for the artists are provided next to their work.

Flux, by Aliyah Rawat

The latest show at Slate exhibits bold drawings by 18 year old student Aliyah Rawat.

She says: “Flux is a constant change: an instability. It’s this feeling that motivates me to find some form of stability in art. My work is inspired by the changes and differences in people, with each piece related to a different temperament. I try to express these various feelings and moods in the collection of portraits on display, done in differing distinctive styles using a combination of inks and watercolours, and drawing pens and markers.”

The show focusses on A4 and A5 portraits of women. Here’s Aliyah mounting some of her A5 pieces:

Do come by, and leave a comment below to let Aliyah know what you thought of her work. The exhibition runs until 18 May.