Exhibitions
Visual Music
Felix Anaut
Monday 19 September - Saturday 1 October

Spanish Abstract Expressionist, Felix Anaut has developed a unique painting style he calls "Visual Music". This exhibition includes his latest series of works, and also some on which he collaborated with poet, Lemn Sissay.

Felix Anaut invited Lemn Sissay to his studio in France last year: They found they had a common bond and were able to jointly express their thoughts with images and words respectively.

Alongside the paintings, visitors will also see large scale ceramics by Felix Anaut in collaboration with the Raimundo Abio in Spain.

SEEDS+SOUL
Monday 19 - Saturday 24 September

The exhibition SEED+SSOUL brings together nine international female artists from the Middle East, the Balkans, Turkey, United States of America, and the United Kingdom. The exhibition features works that transcend a strong connection on feminism and art and it questions current forms of social agitation, and ways in which cultural perceptions and differences are transforming, through today's feminist art. The works of art explore challenges through very raw and sincere course of exchange. They expose the vital issues affecting female members of societies and portray them through different layers of artistic and cultural investigation. SEEDS+SOUL artists use different forms of media, including their own bodies and personifications to serve as artistic statements. Aware of blooming social media and exposure that was hard to anticipate in the 1970's, when feminist art first broke through, cultural perceptions are merging around the globe. Thus women artists from the Middle East, the United States and Europe are offering an ongoing and relentless cultural exchange highlighting on how their experiences flow into their works of art along with cultural and social influence.

Participating artists: Inaya Fanis Hodeib (Lebanon), Zake Prelvukaj (Kosovo), Summer Yates (USA), Fatima Mortada (Lebanon), Marya Mohd AlQassimi (Sharjah), Annie Kourkdijan (Lebanon), Lala Meredith-Vula (UK), Ayca Koseogullari (Turkey), Jessa Leff (UK)

Curator: Nora Weller, Director of ARTUM, an internationally focused platform on Art and Cultural Heritage and founder of NW Gallery (www.nwgallery.com).

Seeing the World Through Empty Stares
Hector Frank
Tuesday 27 September - Saturday 1 October

The London debut of Internationally recognised Cuban artist Hector Frank.

The exhibition will feature works from Hector Frank's 'Portrait Series', in which he seeks to capture the hidden feelings behind empty stares. His portraits display solid outlines of human figures that are filled with striking designs in vibrant colours. He uses collage techniques to place pieces of paper on painted canvas like a jigsaw puzzle. The result is an expression that appears like several faces merging into one, representing the duality of both the inner being and the one that is shared with the world. The faces he paints reveal the collective fears and struggles of individuals who are internalising challenges as a way to survive.

Society of Graphic Fine Art
The Drawing Society
Monday 3 - Saturday 15 October

Was it the word in the beginning, or the mark? In our species, where the visual sense is so dominant, could it be that the mark began the growth of sophistication in communications. A deer drawn upon a cave wall, but where is written "Ugh was 'ere". Still questions, yet undoubtedly drawing underpinned visual art from the beginning.

Graphic - to describe vividly, accurately - can refer to words as well as drawing, a common root, but whereas the word became everyone's, drawing remained with the few and in modern times has even been dismissed as an inhibition to free visual expression. The Society of Graphic Fine Art was founded in 1919 by major artists to encourage the skill of drawing and today it continues to promote drawing for all, as an art to admire and to practice.

This exhibition highlights the best work of current members and of artists selected from the wider public. You can see works, both figurative and abstract, that show the elegant use of line, the manipulation of shade and the use colour to enhance the underlying drawing. At the Exhibition you can also see our artists giving demonstrations.

Artists in the Public Service
Tuesday 18 - Saturday 22 October

Come and join us at the Menier Gallery to enjoy artists work showcasing a wide range of styles in watercolour, acrylic and oil. The artists in public service return for a fourth year at the Menier. Popular affordable and attractive art on sale to members of the public and it is free to enter.

We are a group of serving and ex-serving public servants who are friendly and unpretentious exhibiting a wide range of styles from experienced art school students to the talented amateur and original art at prices that you don't find often in a central London gallery.

And we hope to inspire you and your friends and families. The club is open to all comers (you don't need to be a public servant) and we welcome new members, styles and approaches.

Come along - people always enjoy our friendly exhibition in a great setting.

Onstage and Backstage: The Art of a Theatre Fan
Christine Jimenez
Wednesday 19 - Saturday 22 October

A watercolour collection of caricatures by Christine Jimenez. This exhibition features the actors from Doctor Faustus, The Spoils, A View From The Bridge, Hamlet, Made In Dagenham, The Ruling Class, Kinky Boots, Book of Mormon, Urinetown, Guys and Dolls, Aladdin, Funny Girl, Miss Saigon and Les Miserables.

Jimenez has been creating artworks (mostly for the various casts of Les Miserables) for almost 14 years. She began creating portraits before the original Broadway company closed and later for the London company. A dream show from one theatre fan to another.

Resilience
Xersa
Monday 24 - Saturday 29 October

Extraordinarily this is one of few exhibitions where no artwork is for sale. Instead, the doors are thrown open for viewing and discussion with the artist about drawing. Xersa is Australian; her name was changed from Christine Limb when her textile design business, "Xersa Designs" became popular. Xersa has exhibited internationally and in major galleries and is ardent of supporting organizations such as Paintings in Hospitals that are focused upon personal development and environmental improvements. A thirty two page hand bound, autographed, catalogue is available at the Gallery by making a donation to Paintings in Hospitals.

"Resilience" relates to world-wide natural and non-natural events and health issues that affect us, reflecting positively on our own strength and determination to win. Xersa strips back drawing to the Zen of saying much with less. Each mark placed reveals how the artist is at that moment, adding a dimension persona to the artworks.

These figurative works on archival quality papers utilize charcoal, a medium used since ancient times augmenting references from much research into ancient art history and mythology. Charcoal has beautiful qualities looking as respectfully as finished art.

Erotic Massacre
Ena Ban
Monday 31 October - Saturday 5 November

In her works the artist depicts everyday images transformed by media, projected onto the individual eye of each beholder. From the beginning she has found a balance of kitsch, recognition and false re-assurance, but mainly knowledge of the world as it really is.

Using classic collage - a postmodern technique adapted to be temperamentally the artist's own - these works take us back to the period before the digital revolution, disconnected from the virtual world of capitalism. It is in this harking back to youthful black-and-white themes through colour composition formed in a period of visual smog that the artist establishes the basic paradox of life - a unique ideal form, the virtual world which is located within each of us.

From the first drop of paint, symbol of the primal world, cascading onto the fibres of handmade paper, Ena Ban traverses a wide spectrum of artistic creation and life experiences. The artist's struggle with her own identity has led to the composition of unique works, where the finished whole demonstrates the underlying cohesion of the work and its importance in the continuous discovery of variants of meditation and the power of primal elements and approaches.

Beyond Margins
GFEST 2016
Monday 7 - Saturday 12 November

GFEST - Gaywise FESTival 2016 visual arts exhibition London's annual LGBTQI art festival returns to Menier Gallery with "Beyond Margins". At GFEST 2016 art exhibition 8 visual artists explore the theme of marginalised and 'out and proud' LGBTQI identities in complimenting or contrasting views in their works.

Featuring: Ajamu X and Khalil West, Jason Carr, Jose Gomez, Niranjan Kamatkar, Sarah Jane Moon, Simon Croft, Veronica Slater.

Once Upon a Time
Tuesday 8 - Saturday 12 November

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away - When fashion photographers tell stories.

The curator Carlie Chang is pleased to present works of two young and talent fashion photographers - Chen Chen and Shu Yu this November in Menier Gallery. In this exhibition, we are going to explore not only the power of the young generation photographers but also to define the independent significance of fashion photography. Both of the photographers' style are very dramatic, and each of their series is unfolded around a central story. We'd like to invite you to our exhibition and read the stories through your eyes and from your understandings.


Chen Chen

Currently, study the master degree at the University of Art London. Chen uses both digital and Polaroid to explore photography within fashion media. As an Image-maker, Chen utilises her abilities as both a photographer and art director. Her work uses extraordinary sensitivity with colour and composition, focusing on capturing the emotion behind the piece.

Shu Yu

Shu Yu was born in Sichuan, China. He is studying at London College of Fashion BA Fashion Photography. He established his photo studio during his four-year university life. His work has published on 1626, photo Vogue, CNU, and has collaborated with numbers of talented fashion designers. He also used to work for fashion brands such as MINNANHUI, The autonomous collection.