|Madam Lillie’s By Helen Griffith
People who are more observant than I will probably already be well aware of the existence of Madame Lillie’s, but for the uninitiated it’s an exhibition space and artists’ collective on Cazenove Road.
Seven full-time artists live at Madame Lillie’s and hold regular exhibitions in the gallery: usually around four times a year. The building has been used in this context for the past ﬁfteen years, showcasing a variety of artistic endeavours from sculpture installations in the garden to ﬁlm screenings, and is still a mainstay of the local artistic community. The recent private view of Prosthesis was incredibly well attended, with people spilling out onto the street on a balmy summer evening. Prosthesis is a diverse show including the sketches, sculpture, paintings and ﬁlm installation of some of the artists in residence; Kate McMorrine, Ivan Lewis, Hester Bennett and Andrew James Jones. The gallery is a great space framed by the huge, industrial-looking crane which forms an arc across the room. Sadly Prosthesis will be about to conclude its run as we go to press but a ﬁlm and photographic exhibition is scheduled to open in October. As well as continuing to exhibit their work, Kate McMorrine explained that they hope to start a ﬁlm night in the gallery to utilise the space on a regular basis. Along with Campbell Works on Belfast Road, Madame Lillie’s is a valuable resource for local artists and a vital space to maintain the vibrancy of the local area; so support it.
Check the N16 website for regular updates of forthcoming exhibitions in local galleries.
Madame Lillie’s, 10 Cazenove Road, N16
If you haven’t already heard of Stammtisch, now is your chance to engage in an exciting and challenging series of discussions on 20th century and contemporary art and culture that combine the conceptual depth of a university with the relaxed and friendly environment of a pub. The aim of Stammtisch is to provide a lively, accessible and engaging environment where new ideas can be freely introduced and talked over. It costs nothing and is attended by people from a wide variety of backgrounds. This series of free, informal lectures and discussions are largely centred around the visual arts, but the discussions range across all aspects of contemporary culture.
This season, the program of speakers includes artists and writers invited from the following institutions: University College London, the University of the West of England, the Slade School of Fine Art, and Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. The current run will take place every Tuesday night from 17 October to 5 December 2006. Visit www.stammtischforum.org for details
Doors open at 8pm, a lecture is given at about 8.30, lasting between 45 minutes and an hour. There is a break for a drink and it then resumes for questions and discussion. The discussion generally continues until closing time.
The Lion, 132 Church Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 0JX