Events Archive

Wednesday 18th April, 7.00pm for 7:15 start


Our next film night will feature excerpts from two documentary films directed by Tristram Powell. Tristram will be introducing the evening along with the renowned art critic Bill Feaver, who also worked with him on I Build My Time.

Marcel Duchamp
Marcel Duchamp
Kurt Schwitters
Kurt Schwitters
at a previous Film Night event
Tristram Powell & Bill Feaver

Rebel Readymade (1966) - Features an interview with Marcel Duchamp and a preview of his exhibition at the Tate in 1966.

This BBC documentary about Marcel Duchamp was made in 1966, two years before Duchamp died. It coincided with the first major exhibition of his work in Europe. You have only to look him up on youtube to see how influential his ideas still are. Damien Hirst and the YBAs, installation art, in fact any contemporary art where the ideas are more important than what Duchamp called the “ retinal appeal” of painted art- he was there first. It’s all in the film, as is his abiding love of chess, which is a strategic battle between two minds, as well as having what he calls its own “ kinetic beauty”.

I Build My Time (1975) - Looks at the work of Kurt Schwitters with particular emphasis on his later period in Cumbria.

This film was also made for BBC-TV. The story is told by William Feaver, who, whilst living in Newcastle, got to know in detail about Schwitters’s wartime exile from Germany, his detention on the Isle of Man as an enemy alien and his final years in the Lake-District. Schwitters already had a reputation as a Dadaist and an inventor of new, and often playful, artistic projects. Like Duchamp he is an acknowledged influence on many contemporary artists, though when he died, in 1948, he was largely forgotten or dismissed. With the help of his nurse and companion Edith Thomas, “ Wantee”, William Feaver rediscovers his strange time in exile and how he made art from it.


Tristram Powell has had an extensive career making BBC arts documentaries. He worked with Melvyn Bragg in the early 70s, persuading many writers unfamiliar with TV to appear on BBC2. He also developed a number of drama docs on lesser known writers, such as Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Nadine Gordimer and Malcolm Lowry. His documentary on the Hollywood Blacklist was the first serious television analysis of the subject and included an interview with Arthur Miller. His feature film American Friends starred and was co-written with Michael Palin.

(His work is feature here -

Bill Feaver is a British art critic, curator, artist and lecturer. From 1975–1998 he was the chief art critic of the Observer, and from 1994 a visiting professor at Nottingham Trent University. His book The Pitmen Painters inspired the play of the same name by Lee Hall. While at Newcastle, Feaver became the art critic of the Newcastle Journal before being appointed successively to the Listener (1971-75) and the Financial Times (1974-75) before being joining the Observer. He won the Art Critic of the Year award in 1983.

(from Wikipedia - here)



Friday 27 April, 2018, 19.00- 20.30pm


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Join artist Lee Johnson to hear about the inspiration behind his exhibition, The Other Side of Paradise, which explores both his Caribbean heritage as well as the universality of the myths and creatures that shape the region’s folklore and carnivals. There will be an opportunity to look at the work together, and to ask questions about it in this informal discussion.

Dates: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November 2018, 12-6pm

Winter Sale

Join us on the last weekend of November to pick up early Christmas presents from studio artists, including Christmas cards, printers proofs and drawings from our browsers. Also available, work from invited local artists and craftspeople. Bring your friends and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie from the hotplate- a studio tradition!

Walking to Herne Hill
Walking to Herne Hill

London: Places & Spaces

An exhibition of work by Liz Bennett

Exhibition dates: Saturday 3 June – Sunday 9 July 2017

Private View: Saturday 3 June 2017, 5.30- 8.30pm

Exhibition Opening Times: Thursday & Friday 10-4pm, other times by arrangement

Closing Party: Sunday 9 July, 3.00- 6.00pm

Liz Bennett has lived and worked in London all her life, and her prints celebrate familiar South London streets, favourite corners of buildings and museums, and the changing Thames skyline. Liz's most recent work explores the shapes and mysterious presence of the 'dolphins' on the River Thames- the moorings and inlets of the river where boats are held. The prints demonstrate the extraordinary range of marks possible in linocut- and the works in this exhibition show how Liz has developed a personal language to describe the sky, the pattern of bricks of a Brixton pub wall, or ripples on the Thames. Asked how and where she chooses what to draw, Liz explains that her inspiration comes from the familiar, that it must be something she knows well. To the viewer, her slightly unusual viewpoints present these places and spaces in new ways. The Dolphin and Moorings series include unique hand- coloured elements making each print completely different.

Private View: Friday 20 April, 6.00- 8.00pm

Closing Party: Saturday 12 May 2018, 3.00- 5.00pm

Exhibition continues to Saturday 12 May 2018, Thursday & Friday 10.00- 4.00pm and other times by arrangement.

Last Friday Talk: Lee Johnson will explore and discuss landscape and memory in relation to the exhibition, 7.00-8.30pm.

The Other Side of Paradise explores the notion of identity through the slowly vanishing folklore and carnival characters of Trinidad and Tobago. In Lee Johnson’s prints, two dimensions of the Caribbean mind are divided - and well removed from the tourist’s blue skies and sunny seas.

Caribbean folklore features strange and fantastical creatures – nightmares really – that inhabit the dense, wet forests of the land. For in much of the Caribbean, so unlike the tamed English countryside, the forests remain a sort of terra incognita. Who would want to go there (or escape there, if you were a slave in search of refuge) and brave the “vague horror/ Inside the unchristened bush”, Derek Walcott. You might run into the “mama glow”, the mother of waters: a creature half woman, half serpent, that snakes herself into the mangroves; be wary of the “Lagahoo”, a chained, headless man who can morph into a werewolf and who wanders the dark, burdened with a coffin on his shoulders; or you might find yourself face-to-face with the faceless “douennes”: undead babies, sweet cherubs that lure children into places from where there is no escape.

These fantasies – a mash-up of African Shango myths and French Catholic dread – haunt the forests of the land, and the forests of the mind.

Johnson’s images explore these forest spaces through intricately cut pattern, and negative and positive space. He says that in making the recent linocuts the technique has helped reveal their real subject matter, and contributed to the dark and complex narrative spaces of the images, that the action of carving and gouging the white spaces became the way into these dark places.

In the Carnival Characters series, Johnson reflects on extraordinary characters that, until recently, wandered the crowded streets during the two days of Carnival. He remains convinced that they were intended to terrify children and remembers that he lived in fear of them as a child. Dressed in costumes derived from traditional European harlequins and Elizabethan morality plays, they are like the jesters and demons of early English theatre. But they were not jesters. They were devils.

Here was another expression of Caribbean syncretism, where the French "diable" was co-opted into the Shango masquerade of local devils: the jab jabs and jab molassies and la jablesses. And when they weren’t direct expressions of the devil, they were bats, in this unique version of hellfire, flagellation and bacchanal.

And all put to a steel-band beat…

“But somewhere in that whirlwind’s radiance A child, rigged like a bat, collapses sobbing” Derek Walcott

Female factory worker from the film "Listen to Britain"

This event is now SOLD OUT


Wednesday 8th November, 7.00pm for 7:15 start

Scenes from the great documentaries of the 30's and 40's which explore the British character at work and play, in war and peace, and attitudes to class and colonialism.

We go from pastoral craft skills to the huge changes created by the industrialisation of Britain, seen through the eyes of socially committed film makers in the period before television. We look at the finest of these documentarians- Humphrey Jennings, whose poetic vision is shown in unforgettably photographed films set during WW2 in London. We also look at Jill Craigie's classic documentary “ Out of Chaos”, which records the role of the arts in wartime.

Film and television director Tristram Powell and Tanya Harrod, who lectures on crafts in Britain and their relation to film, will talk about the films and answer questions.

Grotesques, Sophie Le Bourva

Dates: Friday 3 July- Wednesday 30 September

Opening Times: Thur & Fri, 10- 4pm, or by arrangement

SLAUGHTERHAUS Print Studio member Sophie Le Bourva exhibits her Grotesques series at the studio until the end of September. The prints in this series are influenced by Sophie's scientific education and her extensive travels- they demonstrate her command of printmaking technique, with examples of collograph and etched lino, with surprising results.

Christmas Cards- pack of 5 assorted hand-printed cards by studio artists Michelle Avison, Liz Bennett and Claire Willberg.

Michelle Avison, Sarah Gillett, Sophie Le Bourva, Claire Willberg

Contemporary Art in Editions Fair
Hosted by Christies

LONDON, 16-18 OCTOBER 2015

Multiplied is the UK’s only fair devoted exclusively to contemporary art in editions. Hosted annually by Christie’s South Kensington it takes place during Frieze week and offers a rich programme of talks and workshops for art lovers and connoisseurs alike. The fair encompasses prints, digital art, 3D multiples, artist’s books and photographs, reflecting the whole spectrum of contemporary publishing. With exhibitors ranging from established galleries representing high-profile artists to start-up spaces and artists’ collectives, Multiplied offers an exclusive opportunity to both art lovers beginning a new collection and more established collectors looking for something unique.

PUBLIC VIEWING Oct 16, 9am – 7pm
Oct 17, 11am – 7pm
Oct 18, 11am – 6pm

Admission to Multiplied is free.

VISITING THE FAIR Situated in the heart of London, Multiplied is easily accessible from all the major galleries in Mayfair as well as Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park.

FAIR LOCATION Christie’s South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3LD

HOW TO GET HERE By tube: South Kensington
By bus: 74, 414, 14, 345, C1


Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November 2017, 12-6pm

Come and find well priced cards, small prints and artworks, printers proofs and other Christmas friendly art at our Winter Sale. There will be mulled wine, mince pies- I think I've seen those in the supermarket already (!) and drop in workshops on both Saturday and Sunday.

RKOs First Blockbuster Musical

7th June, 7pm for 7.15pm start

Tickets £12 to include a glass of win or soft drink

Our next Film Night will be a guided tour through the RKO Film Studios of the thirties, forties and fifties.

Featuring interviews and clips from the great movies of iconic stars such as: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Robert Mitchum, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Russell, Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles and others.

We also go behind the scenes and talk to the directors, choreographers and designers, who describe the artistic challenges of an earlier period of cinema, when technology was less sophisticated, but there was freedom to imagine and to invent and try out new kinds of movie-making. Plus all the headaches and pressures of a hard-nosed commercial industry with a wary eye on the bottom line. Often hard to second-guess audience response. Terrible flops could follow huge hits. It’s a roller-coaster ride.

The evening will be presented by Rosemary Wilton and Charles Chabot who spent three years making The RKO Story for BBC-TV.

This event is now sold out

Annual Studio Exhibition

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October 2017, 10.00- 6.00pm as part of Lambeth Open

Opening Party: Friday 5 October 2018

Open Studio Weekend Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 October 2018, 10.00- 6.00pm. Exhibition continues to Friday 26 October, Thursday & Friday 10.00- 4.00pm and other times by arrangement.

The 2018 Annual Studio Exhibition includes a number of invited artists, chosen by the studio members.

Exhibitors include: Michelle Avison, Liz Bennett, Grania Hayes, Alex Le Fevre, Livi Mills, Sarah Praill, Virginia Powell, Tristram Powell, Claire Willberg.


PV: Friday 2 October 2015, 6.30 -8.30pm

Dates: Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 October 2015, 10-6pm

Opening Times: Thursdays & Fridays 10-4pm, other times by arrangement

This year, we will be celebrating five years at SLAUGHTERHAUS with an exhibition of studio members and invited artists’ work on the theme SLAUGHTERHAUS 5.

We hope you can join us for the Private View- everyone welcome- or over the weekend, when you can talk to artists and join in with a print workshop. Watch this space for more details nearer the time.


Wednesday 29 November 2017, 19.00- 21.00pm

Cost: £6 includes a glass of mulled wine.

An evening of performance, storytelling and discussion bringing together three artists and poets working at the intersection of art and language. Sarah Gillett, Sophie Herxheimer and Chris McCabe each present a recent body of work, followed by a participatory conversation drawing together common threads across their practices including history, collage and wordplay.

Sarah Gillett

The Case of the Gold Ring 2017 (25 mins)

Epic story of doomed romance, blind boxing, moon mining, meteorite bombardment, dark matter and interstellar collisions told through the life of a precious gold ring.

Chris McCabe

Reading from his poetry collage book The Affairs of Dylan.

Sophie Herxheimer

Reading from her recent book Velkom to Inklandt (Short Books, 2017)

‘A pitch perfect labour of love, uplifting, funny, heartbreaking - a one-off’ Kate Kellaway, the Observer.

Sophie will also show Your Candle Accompanies the Sun, a book of collage poems made in ghost collaboration with Emily Dickinson and in living collaboration with Henningham Family Press

Introduction to the artists and poets

Sarah Gillett is a visual artist and writer investigating the life of things across space and time. Shaky cardboard monuments, exploded tapestry landscapes and collaged performances play with scale, material and the structures of story-making. Sarah is an artist with the Laboratory of Dark Matters, a creative conversation between particle astrophysicists and artists driven by a shared curiosity of the unknown.

Chris McCabe has published four poetry collections and recorded a CD with the Poetry Archive. He was shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award in 2013 for his collaborative book with Maria Vlotides, Pharmapoetica. With Victoria Bean he is the co-editor of The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayward Publishing, 2015). He blogs at

Sophie Herxheimer is an artist and poet. She’s held many residencies including for for the Southbank Centre, The National Maritime Museum and Transport for London. Exhibitions include The Whitworth, The Poetry Library and The National Portrait Gallery. She has illustrated five fairy tale collections, made several artists’ books, and narrated an episode of BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme from her Pie Days project in Margate. Her poems have been widely published. She won first prize in the Poetry Book Fair Competition. Her new book Velkom to Inklandt is Poetry Book of the Month in the Guardian/Observer. Sophie teaches and collaborates extensively.

Books by Sophie, Sarah and Chris will be available for sale on the evening.


PV: Thursday 10 March, 2016, 6.30 -8.30pm

Closing party Sunday 24 April, 3.00 -6.00pm

Dates: Friday 11 March- Sunday 24 April, 2016

Opening Times: Thursdays & Fridays 10-4pm, other times by arrangement

Local artist Virginia Powell has a love of food, of people, and the places where the two come together. Documenting the life of cafes, shops and special places around Stockwell and Brixton, Powell's work is becoming an important record of change, as small local businesses struggle to survive. Working in stone lithography, itself a dying craft, Virginia Powell explores notions of community, work and the craft of making things. Her acute, but affectionate drawings are a joyful record of her local special places.

A One Day Stone Lithography Workshop will take place on Saturday 23 April to accompany the exhibition. More information here

You can see more of Virginia's work from the exhibition and read more about what motivates her on the Vauxhall History web site

Tristram Powell with Michael Palin (Photo: Mark Williamson)

The_film_clips shown on the night can be found on
Youtube: HERE. Most of the films are available in full on Youtube by searching "Michael Palin" + Andrew Wyeth, Vilhelm Hammershoi, Anne Redpath, The Scottish Colourists or the Cone Sisters.

Paper Cuts, Elizabeth Eger

Dates: Friday 27 November- Sunday 31 January 2016

Opening Times: Thursdays & Fridays 10-4pm, other times by arrangement

Elizabeth Eger makes paper cut works that explore vibrant colour combinations and geometric pattern. We are very pleased to show Elizabeth's own work alongside the next Last Friday Talk on Friday 27 November, when Elizabeth will discuss the paper-cuts of 18th Century artist/ botanist Mary Delany.

All work will be for sale.

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October 2017, 10.00- 6.00pm as part of Lambeth Open

Opening Party: Saturday 7 October 2017

Exhibition continues to Friday 27 October, Thursday & Friday 10.00- 4.00pm and other times by arrangement.

For our 6th Annual Open Studio exhibition, we have chosen the theme No Boundaries.

Inspired by the news, the desire to remain open to ideas and new connections, and and in keeping with the ethos of SLAUGHTERHAUS- to explore and expand print, each exhibiting member has invited another artist writer or musician to join our Annual Exhibition and celebrate making and creating. This show serves as a reminder of arts capacity to open up horizons of possibility beyond the commodified given, in a world that is increasingly homogenised.

Michael Pallin
Michael Palin
Thursday 16 February. Doors open 6.30pm. Film starts 7pm

Michael Palin will be talking to Tristram Powell about his enthusiasm for painting with extracts from the six documentaries he has made for BBC-2 over the years..

The subjects are all totally different: a great female painter of the Renaissance, an iconic 20th century American artist and his family, two adventurous sisters, heirs to a cotton fortune, who collected Matisse long before he was famous, a Danish painter of enigmatic interiors, the Scottish Colourists, who brought vibrant Impressionist colour North of the border, and another Scottish artist with a gift for transforming the simplest of objects into art.

Beautifully directed by Eleanor Yule, and produced by Mhairi McNeill, with fine camerawork from Alexander D’Alessandro, these films are quiet gems of observation, which illustrate Michael’s fascination with the artists, their work and the texture of their lives. .

David Jones
David Jones

Film Night


Thursday 28 July 2016

7.00pm for a 7.15pm start

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David Jones’s work was in the tradition of William Blake. He is a visionary artist of fragile watercolours and oils, a maker of copper engravings, drypoints and highly personal inscriptions. He was a scholar and lover of the ancient history of Wales. As a young man his nerves were shattered in the trenches of France in the Great War. He was a pupil of Eric Gill so the sacred and the craft of making are central to his work. Paul Hills, Emeritus Professor of Art at the Courtauld, curated the recent groundbreaking exhibition of Jones’s work at Pallant House, Chichester. He has studied David Jones for many years and will introduce his work. Tristram Powell will show his film-interview with David Jones made in 1965, a few years before he died. It’s a moving testament from an artist who struggled to combine the spiritual and the modern in his work. This will be a unique evening, a chance to discover or rediscover an unfairly neglected painter and printmaker of genius. THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. Our next Film Night will be Van Gogh on Thursday 27 October.

Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gough

Film Night

VAN GOGH, Lust for Life with Tristram Powell and Martin Gayford

Thursday 27 October 2016

7.00pm for a 7.15pm start

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There are not many print studios that can boast of being just round the corner from the house where Van Gogh lived. So, we have to take advantage of that and with our next film night we will show edited highlights from the film, Lust for Life with Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh! With Martin Gayford, writer of The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles, and film director Tristram Powell.

Friday 27 November, 7.00- 9.00pm


‘Bliss Botanic’: Mary Delany’s art of paper mosaic

Cactus grandiflorus or Melon thistle, 1778. Collage of coloured papers, with water colour on black ink background. Height: 345 mm Width: 242mm

Courtesy of the British Museum

Mary Delany (1700 to 1788) was exceptionally talented in the standard female accomplishments of her time, including needle-work and letter writing. Her vivid correspondence provides reference to the central cultural movements and characters of her day, including George Handel, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson, Fanny Burney and Elizabeth Montagu. Today, Delany is remembered foremost for her astonishing invention, at the age of 72, of ‘mosaic’ or cut paper flowers. Using a range of specialist and coloured papers, she would cut the parts of the flowers she observed, freehand, then place them upon pitch black paper to make bold images that have the character of both science and art. She used the Linnaean system of classifying plants according to their sexual parts; her scientific contemporaries, including Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, relied upon her work as a point of reference. While each image is botanically accurate, it is also a work of design and aesthetic invention, a visual performance that exists in a dimension of its own.

Elizabeth Eger is Reader in English Literature at King’s College London and a paper-cutter.

Ashington Miners
Ashington Miners

Thursday 17 March 2016

7.00- 8.30pm

Cost: £ 10, includes a glass of wine/ soft drink.

Join us for the first meeting of the SLAUGHTERHAUS Film Club. Tristram Powell, director of TV documentaries and dramas, will introduce the art critic William Feaver and their short film about the Ashington Miners’ Art Club , which later became the highly successful stage show “The Pitmen Painters”. There will be a Q and A afterwards and also suggestions for further evenings based around art, film and video. To book a ticket please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michelle Avison
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Lucy Annan's woodcut, Stockwell 3

17-20 November 2016

Artist from Slaughterhaus will be exhibiting and offering their work for sale at this year's Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. The event, which is the largest of its kind in the UK, will feature the work of studio members Lucy Annan, Michelle Avison, Sophie Le Bourva, Jane Joseph, Emmanuelle Loiselle, Amy Mordan, Saori Parry and Claire Willberg.

You can find out more by visiting the official web site: