Irena Iris Willard at Paratissima

Contemporary, dynamic and eclectic: after the edition of Bologna, Paratissima Art Fair landed in Milan, a national and international point of reference for culture and artistic avant-gardes. From June 6th to 10th, the Turin art fair proposed its consolidated format in the Lombard capital: a concept and an exhibition project involving selected artists and art galleries, for 5 days of Art and events.

The Artists are invited to interpret the hallucinations and futuristic projections of Through the Black Mirror, theme and title of the Milan edition. Particular attention was also paid to photographic projects, celebrated by the Milan Photo Week, with a dedicated section, the Ph.ocus.

Irena Iris Willard, one of Artrooms Fair London 2018 selected artists, took part in Paratissima.

BASE Milano hosted the energy and creativity of Paratissima emerging talents, with a project of innovation and cultural contamination between Art, Creativity, Business, Technology and Welfare in the heart of Zona Tortona, one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in Milan.

BASE Milano is a project of innovation and cultural contamination between Art, Creativity, Enterprise, Technology and Welfare. 6,000 square meters of Burò, laboratories, exhibitions, shows, workshops, lectures: a dense schedule of meetings, workshops, exhibitions, performances, exchanges and connections.

Between Via Bergognone and Via Tortona, Base Milano offers a landing place for ideas from all over the world aiming to contaminate the Milan area. And from here its objective is to bring to the world projects, products, services, reflections and research for the cities of the XXI century.

Their compass is the Culture, a common good and an engine of socio-economic progress, both individual and collective. Only through the repositioning of its role, as an enzyme of transformations, can nourish the change, towards a society that guarantees contemporary responses to old and new needs.

Sara Jayne Harris exhibiting at RA Summer Exhibition

Each summer the Royal Academy of Arts‘ galleries are jam-packed with contemporary art made by internationally renowned artists and exciting new talent. This year, Grayson Perry RA and his committee of fellow artists have handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums.

There’s a monumental sculpture by Anish Kapoor RA in the courtyard, and within the galleries you’ll find vast new works by David Hockney RA and Joana Vasconcelos. Artists Mona Hatoum and Tal R are shown alongside Royal Academicians including Wolfgang Tillmans, Mike Nelson, Tracey Emin and Rose Wylie, and Honorary Academicians Bruce Nauman and Ed Ruscha.

The exhibition extends across the newly-expanded cultural campus, with prints on display in The Sackler Wing of Galleries and a “room of humour” in the new Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery featuring David Shrigley and Martin Parr. The art extravaganza even spills out into the streets of London’s West End, with an installation of over 200 flags designed by Royal Academicians.

On show at this year’s 250th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts is an evocative drypoint etching named Blue Mother by Sara Jayne Harris, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicants. On inheriting her grandmother’s upright piano she discovered a pile of old sheet music chaotically stashed in the upholstered piano stool. The sight and smell of this vintage sheet music together with traces of watermarks and scratches on the dark wood instrument instantly evoked memories of ancestors passed. The drypoint etching is like a visual fragment pieced together from sepia toned records and the artist’s imagination. The music creates a contemplative reflection but is also a celebration of the lives intertwined with our personal histories. Blue Mother is a reflection of lov, hope and above all, the human side of life.

The exhibition will run from the 12th June – 19th August 2018

Royal Academy of Arts,
Burlington House entrance, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Opening Hours:
Daily 10am – 6pm
Fridays 10am – 10pm
6 Burlington Gardens entrance, London W1S 3ET
Opening Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8am – 7pm
Fridays 8am – 10pm
Saturdays 8am – 7pm
Sundays 10am – 6pm

RBSA Prize Exhibition

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) stages an annual ‘Prize’ exhibition as part of its charitable work to support artists, providing an opportunity for a wide variety of artists to show their artwork and be rewarded for their talents. Artworks from a wide range of media – such as jewellery, ceramics, textiles, drawing, painting, and printmaking – are all welcome.

To help reduce some of the common barriers to exhibiting – such as limited budgets and time to make work – work exhibited at the RBSA in the last 5 years may be entered and artists aged 35 and under receive a 50% discount on entry fees.
The selection was by digital image of the original artwork only. All artworks entered went through the same selection process. The selection was based on the assessment of thequality and interest of each work. This year’s exhibition was selected by Zoë Lippett, Exhibitions and Artists’ Projects Curator at The New Art Gallery Walsall.

The majority of artworks on display are for sale. Don’t miss Ann Hackett’s demonstration on Saturday 9 June and Gabrielle Roberts-Dalton’s demonstration on Saturday 23 June.

Exhibiting artists include Claire Lycett, Zoe Petrie, Emma Safe, Hannah Parkes, Peter Davis, Jill Campbell, Conor Collins, Kate Bentley, Paul Gray, Jude Hanly, Frederick Jones, Amanda Wearing and Adam De Ville, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicant.

The prizes will be selected by Zoë Lippett or, where applicable, the prize donor. All prizes will be awarded at the exhibition.
Prizes include: GMC First Prize – £1,000 cash; Alec Morison Second Prize – £500 cash; GMC Third Prize – £250 cash; The Artist Magazine Prize – 2-year subscription (RRP £114); Tim Dabson Consulting Ltd Prize for 3D work – £100 cash; Up to 6 Highly Commended certificates will also be awarded.

Closing Party on Friday 22 June, 6 – 8pm. The Closing Party
Speaker will be Paul Anderson, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank Birmingham.

RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Street, Birmingham, B3 1SA
Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 10:30am – 5:00pm
Saturdays 10:30am – 5:00pm
Sundays 1pm – 5:00pm
Admission Free

When You Die You Will Not Be Scared To Die by Lindsay Tunkl

Parallax Press is excited to announce the publication of a series of poetic lists about the liberating aspect of death by Oakland-based conceptual artist, Lindsay Tunkl, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicants. When You Die You Will Not Be Scared To Die is a series of concise observations that tackle fear of death as it relates to contemporary human life.

Lindsay Tunkl is an award-winning interdisciplinary conceptual artist who addresses themes of death, fear, and human connection in her artistic practice. Based on the artist’s own fear of the apocalypse, she began a performance art series conducting free pre-apocalypse counseling sessions with strangers to discuss their fear around the end of the world. After more than 100 sessions, Tunkl’s understanding of modern day death anxiety or thanatophobia lead her to create a book that embodies both her conceptual and performance art, and features her writing of simple, direct and comforting meditations about the good things that might come from personal death.

This alternative view comes at a complex moment in history where political tensions, climate change, violence and disease are counterbalanced by the information age, where enough data to solve so many problems might exist, but isn’t utilized. Consensus around mortality itself is polarizing: opposing camps are mobilizing toward an open embrace of death, and many others are trying to deny death through life extension science and therapies. The meditations of When You Die You Will Not Be Scared To Die remind us that fear and death are both fundamental to the human experience–we may find connection and solace in remembering that the one thing that all of humanity has in common is our collective mortality.

When You Die You Will Not Be Scared To Die is a companion piece to the previously published Origins & Endings, a unique book and card deck that turns anxiety and fear about death into an opportunity for contemplation, exploration, and growth. Origins & Endings combines the Rorschach test with apocalyptic scenarios to offer a new tool for understanding yourself and how to respond to an uncertain world. The artist’s original, startling inkblots are paired with unique meditations inspired by psychoanalysis, psychology, meditation, and popular culture. Together, they give readers infinite options for knowing themselves and understanding their fears.

Available to purchase here.

International Biennial Symposium and Exhibition on Textile Art Scythia

The International Biennial Symposium and Exhibition on Textile Art Scythia is the only one prestigious international textile symposium and exhibition in Ukraine on European level, which includes artists, educational, fashion and cultural heritage groups and educational and professional workshops. Zuzana Lalikova, Artrooms Fair Roma 2018 selected artist and Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicant, will be part of it.

This event is biennial. It is Ludmila Egorova’s and Andrew Schneider’s private initiative and it does not depend upon any state cultural institutions. It is the first in Ukraine privately organized international art event, which is free from any kind of pressure.

This biennial was presented at the different international textile art events in Russia in 1995, at the Forum of Cultural Networks of the Council of Europe in France in 1995, at “Convergence” in USA in 1996, in Spain in 1998, in Moldova in 1998, in Great Britain in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2010, Austria in 2001, Greece in 2004, in Turkey in 2005, 2011, Lithuania in 2011, as at the initial stage the first task was to present this biennial as wide as possible at the international level. The organizers’ main aim was the co-operation of the cultural regions of the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea, with a specific focus on the textile and that’s why first of all specialists from this countries were invited. Since the First International Symposium and Exhibition on Textile Art Scythia (1996) the Black Sea textile region has awaken. Old textile events (triennials and biennials) were renewed and new events have appeared all over Europe due to participants, who took part in Scythia. The organizers are happy to know more and more colleagues and to see them and their art works at the “Scythia” Symposium and Exhibition as representatives of the Mediterranean and Black Sea textile regions. But of course it does not mean that only countries from these regions can participate. Textile artists and specialists from all over the world are welcome to this symposium, exhibition and workshops. Since 1996 textile specialists from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Island, Japan, Malaysia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA took an active part in symposiums and exhibitions.

The international exhibition includes tapestry, batik, quilt, patch, shibori, felt, beads, embroidery, applique, paper, three dimensional textile. Three best art works were awarded with medals. The exhibition helps to introduce new artists and helps the public to be informed about national and international trends. The symposium gives chance to know more about new textile events all over the world.

The International Biennial Symposium and Exhibition on Textile Art Scythia will run from the 29th May – 15th June at Sq. Sheptyts’kogo 8, Str. Halyst’ka 4A and Str. Nezalezhnosti 53 in Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine.

IAF Summer Salon 2018

IAF Summer Salon 2018
Private View 8th June 6.30 – 9.30pm
8th – 29th June 2018

This exhibition brings together the work of ninety emerging and established artists including Ruth Batham, one of the Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicants. The exhibition showcases local talent in drawing, paint, print and photography. Now in its eleventh year, the Summer Salon at Islington Arts Factory is inspired by the 18th Century French Salons, with floor to ceiling hanging, the Salon seeks to represent the broad variety of work happening today in Islington and beyond.
Ruth Batham’s selected pieces explore the connections between her and her sister through different media. From glass to pencil to paint, she aims to merge sibling identity and blur the lines of ourselves and others.

The Summer Salon embodies Islington Arts Factory’s ethos of creating an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome to participate, providing a launch pad for local and emerging talent,” says Eleanor Pearce, IAF’s Art Director. “The idea for the show grew from French salons where people would meet to discuss the arts and exchange ideas.

Islington Arts Factory London N7 0SF

Opening Times:

10am – 11pm Mon – Weds
10am – 10pm Thurs
10am – 7pm Fri
10am – 5.30pm Sat
11am – 5.30 pm Sun


ARTLAB MUNICH is a project launched by the new Galerie Benjamin Eck in order to indicate the introduction into the gallery business to talented creative minds. 20 aspiring artists are given the opportunity to present their artworks in a professional art gallery in Munich for one night. The next event run this Saturday, 2nd June in two gallery spaces: Galerie Benjamin Eck & Galerie Benjamin Eck II. Artists from all over the world will be exhibiting, including Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicant Anne Petersen-Landwehr.

ARTLAB MUNICH aims to promote sales of  original primary market artwork with a minimum price of  500€. Participating artists may enter into a commission agreement with Galerie Benjamin Eck II. This is however not a prerequisite for participation.

2nd June 2018
Galerie Benjamin Eck, Pestalozzistr. 14, 80469 München, Germany – open from 3pm to 3am
Galerie Benjamin Eck II, Zieblandstraße 19, 80799 München, Germany – open from 3pm to 9pm



Trevor Jones involved in Art in Healthcare charity fundraiser

Art in Healthcare values the positive health and wellbeing impact of the visual arts and has been lending artworks to hospitals and other healthcare organisations in Scotland since 1991. AiH employs visual artist to improve and humanise the healthcare environment. Additionally, the charity provides art workshops led by professional artists for patients and care home residents.

The charity fundraiser annual exhibition will be held at the Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh 1 – 4 June 2018 with profits helping AiH to continue its work.

After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008, Trevor Jones, Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicant, took on the role of Assistant Director of AiH and then the position of Executive Director from 2011 – 2015. The work of the charity is dear to him and although he is now a full-time artist he continues to support the organisation however he can. Trevor is submitting two of his music inspired “synaethesia” paintings into this exhibition along with 17 other artists. The event is sponsored by law firm BTO Solicitors.

ARUSHA GALLERY, 13A Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QG

For more information please contact the gallery on 0131 557 1412 or by email

Andrea Alonso’s artwork exhibited at Churchill Downs

Satuday the 28th of April was a night full of excitement for Kentucky Derby Week‘s kick off, with various artist of from Louisville Fund for the Arts selected to be present their works at the Churchill Downs‘ opening night.

Event highlights included Awards in the Arts Orange, the Color of Creativity, where artists were encouraged to incorporate orange into their attire for the evening, The Jesse Lees at Plaza Stage, Louisville Crashers at Plaza Stage, 10 live races including the William Walker and performing artists: Acting Against Cancer, Amberly Simpson & Dancers, Bohemian Monkey, Bri Bowers, Casey McKinney, CirqueLouis, DESTINED Dance Company, Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Grant Goodwine, GSA Alumni,  Jecorey “1200” Arthur + NadaLoutfi, Juggernaut Jug Band, The Art of Kacy, Kentucky Opera, Kentucky Shakespeare, Kuvebo! West African Drum and Dance, Micah Chandler, Tatiana Rathke + Jennifer Greb, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Louisville, Tyler Robertson and Wheeler Elementary Students.

One of Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicants, Andrea Alonso, had her work Hysteria exhibited at Millionaire’s Row #4.

“I recall non-existent and provocative spaces using different sets of plans; architecture and environment’s geometry inspire me to compose unreal spaces. My art represents places that can only be in the imagination and are simply not possible in the physical world.”


Context Free: exhibition at Espacio Gallery

Context Free
Espacio Gallery
24 – 29 April 2018

Private View: Thursday 26 April 6 – 9pm

As the title suggests, Context Free is an art exhibition with a free theme. Curated by Ana Cockerill, the show includes representational and non-representational artworks from any category of visual art: sculpture, assemblage, installation, painting, collage, textile art, printmaking, photography, filmmaking. Whether your work is thoughtful or spontaneous, concerning serious concepts or playful ideas – all forms of artistic expression are welcome. Exhibiting artists include Diana Krilova, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019’s applicants, Evaldas Gulbinas, Ivanka Kutner, Marta Boros, Ida Ndoni, Jenny BM, Patrick Newell, Boano Prišmontas, Ricardas Blazukas, Mariwan Jalal, Matti Su, Peter Raynor, JC Trouboul.

Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 7DG

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 1-7pm, Sunday 1-5pm
Closed on Monday