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Carne Griffith shows at Slate

We are very happy to welcome Carne Griffiths’s return to Slate. He installed his work for the latest 6 week exhibition over the weekend of 23/24 February.

Carne draws with a fountain pen, then paints over the top in tea and other liquids, which have a unique effect on each work. He has a strong interest in floral imagery as well as a talent for drawing people – real and imagined. Please do take the time as you pass Slate to consider Carne’s paintings.

Carne affixing one of his pieces onto the Slate boards

Carne says “I’m thrilled to be showing a representation of my work in Slate, the pieces displayed are limited edition prints of original work created in ink and tea over the last 2 and a half years. They include a triptych of work printed in collaboration with fine art publishers Harwood King. They are layered screenprints over giclee base with precious metal leaf hand worked details.

“In addition to the triptych there are 3 brand new editions, Beautiful Decay, Unity and Bauhinia, all are currently showing, in their original form, at Above Second gallery in Hong Kong as part of an exhibition curated by the fantastic Coates and Scarry, the work is showing alongside works by Pure Evil, Nigel Cox, Nick Waler, Angela Lizon, Carlo Cane and many other exciting names in contemporary art – I am delighted to be a part of this and equally delighted to show the same work in my home town.”

There is a lovely write-up in the local paper about Carne’s techniques and practises – click here to read the article.


Neil Benjamin’s exhibition

The first exhibition of 2013 is by local artist Neil Benjamin. He has a couple of large canvases as well as several of “The Little People in my Head”. If you like his work, there are sets of postcards for sale at the Stone Space during opening hours.

Go and have a look at Neil’s show, and then post your guesses here as to how many faces there are in the biggest canvas… look carefully!

Neil’s exhibition runs until 2 March.

“Splash” by Ayşegül Thornett

Running until 8 Dec is an exciting show at Slate – “Splash” by Ayşegül Thornett, an artist who was born in Turkey and currently lives in Sheffield.

Her work explores emotionally surviving in life, which for her is an illusion that can be lived in a dream state of pain or ecstacy.

The media she chooses to paint on and with is the reflection of this chosen psychological state.

Media used at this exhibition: Oil, pastel and acrylic on used-lived cardboard. Each cardboard carries a life memory.

Here’s a teaser, but do get along to see the work in person.

Last week of Manholes!

Have you passed Slate recently? Since 8 September there have been 13 large photos, half a metre square. They are close up views of manhole covers – the world that goes unnoticed under your feet.

The pictures are by Flash Bristow – Slate Co-ordinator – and will be coming down on 20 October so see them soon! Her past work features topics such as the North Circular Road, and Pylons, and can be seen here, on her photography site.

Flash hopes to be outside Slate at around 3pm on Sunday 14th so if you’d like to meet the artist and ask any questions, why not pop along then?

Here are a couple of the pieces on show:

Manholes might not strike you as an obvious subject, but do have a look as you pass by, and be inspired!

Linda Fox’s exhibition: Hospital

Today a new exhibition begun at Slate – a selection of prints from a series called “Hospital”, through which Linda Fox has explored the story of hospital admission after an overdose. Her more recent works are bright and vibrant, which indicates that life can get better!

Have a look – Linda’s work is on display until 8 September.

Leytonstone Arts Trail is here!

Between 7 and 28 July, Slate is showing information about Leytonstone Arts Trail (which runs from 12 to 22 July).

The organisers say: “This year we are please to have Slate as a round the clock information point with listings of venues and events. A display of photographs from last year’s Let’s Fill Leytonstone with Art project also shows off the work of residents. We hope that everyone will join us on the trail this year and help fill Leytonstone with Art.”

Information about the exhibitions in this year’s Trail

Information about Let’s Fill Leytonstone With Art

To find out more about the Arts Trail, or learn how you can join in by putting artwork in your front window, visit Slate at any time of day or night (underneath the library, at the top of Church Lane).

Davies Lane School exhibition

On 2 June an exhibition was installed at Slate featuring the work of pupils at Davies Lane Primary School. Pupils from years 3 and 4 (ages 7-9) have used Leytonstone as their inspiration for paintings on canvas. Bright and eye catching, their artwork is well worth seeing!

As you can see, besides the colourful paintings on show, there are displays from sketchbooks on the topic of different viewpoints, showing what inspired their work.

It is well worth coming to see the exhibition, as these quick snaps do not capture the vibrancy and interest of the paintings. They will remain on show until 7 July.

Diana Furlong’s exhibition

On Saturday 21 April the latest show was installed at Slate, an exhibition of work by Diana Furlong. Mainly calligraphic, her pieces are a mixture of monochrome and bright colour.

Here is a shot of Diana installing her work on the Slate boards:

And here is a shot of the finished exhibition. Diana’s work is beautiful and needs to be read, so do go along and have a look.

Diana’s website is at

Call for artists

Slate, a window display space in Leytonstone, is calling for artists for 6 week shows during 2012. This is an opportunity for new and established artists to exhibit their work in a central location just a couple of minutes from the tube station. Slate focuses on community arts and welcomes proposals from community groups as well as individuals.

Any “flat art” is suitable, as it would be displayed on boards just inside the windows. One window is 2.4m wide, the other two are 1.8m wide. There is a token cost of just £10 to exhibit. More information is available in the exhibition guidelines (on the About page, at

To apply, email with a description of your art and details of how you would use the space. Please attach photographs or link to a website with images of your work. If there are any dates in 2012 when you are not available to exhibit, let us know that too.

You don’t need to have exhibited before but you do need a vision of how you will use the display space. Share that vision with us and we could see your art at Slate.

Flash Bristow, Co-Ordinator

Come and explore EDEN

A new show went up on 12 March – EDEN by Carne Griffiths. In the preceding two weeks, Carne had been based in the Stone Space where he created the drawings, inspired by plants brought in by members of the public. EDEN is drawn in calligraphy ink and then painted in tea, Carne’s distinctive style.

The finished work is now on display in Slate until 21 April

The photo doesn’t do it justice – EDEN is a beautiful, intricate work. Come and have a look, and why not pop into the Stone Space next door, to check out their latest exhibition, if you come on a Thursday to Sunday?