2017 - 2018

National Gallery Talks

Internal talks by staff members at The National Gallery London


Participating speakers: Paola Pinna, Santiago Brativas, James Graves, Andrew McCafferty, Chantelle Pam 


Painting and Beyond

Group exhibition, publication and series of lectures


05.21-06.02.2016 Gallery D, The-Chun Gallery of National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan


Participating artists: ChingYao Chen, Sara Karin Fisher, Lanya Huang, Misaki Kodama, Froso Papadimitriou, Karin Ruggaber, Chih-Fen Tsai.

Painting as an art form, has evolved and been challenged in many instances throughout its discourse of institutional and theoretical constitution, inheriting a multitude of propositions regarding the nature and position of painting within the art world.


Observing the historical trajectory of painting raises the question of why specifically painting and not any other art-form has been explored and questioned in such depths. Could this scrutinising behaviour reflect the agonising proposition of questioning art as a whole and its reason of existence, through its more prominent art form? Has contemporary art reached the pinnacle moment, of parting from the notion of medium specificity to a rather unlabeled art practices adhering to the abstract concept of art?


Aiming to raise the above questions and expand to the relations art has developed through the means of global exchange beyond the west, this project aims to explore the factors that affect artistic expression in UK and Taiwan such as art trends, the socio-political context, education and cultural references and the impact they have on contemporary painting both in subject matter and technique.


Whilst exploring the possibilities of what can be perceived as painting today and reflecting the trajectory of painting in the western world, ‘Painting and Beyond…’ exhibition present a selection of seven artists, based in UK and East Asia, with different attitudes towards the notion of painting and their approach to its manifestation, including work created with classical brush/paint techniques but debate the traditional principals of the painting through their subject matter, to works which cross-reference different art forms and question the notion of representation and materiality of a painting and its spatial perception.


I was invited by National Normal University of Taipei to deliver an artists’ exchange exhibition along with a series of lectures and a publication. For this project I collaborated with Chih-Fen Tsai Head Professor of Fine Art the university and worked with artists from UK and Taiwan such as Karin Ruggaber, Head of the Sculpture department at Slade University and 2012 solo artist at Tate Modern and Huang Lanya solo artist at Kuando Fine Art Museum and Fine Art Museum Taipei amongst others.


The Exchange

Library and Bookstore of independent publications

The Exchange at Brunswick East Coffee, Dalston, London, UK Dec 2015 – Aug 2017

The Exchange is a project aiming to create a platform for local, national and international artists to showcase work in bound form. In the form of an independent artist library and a bookstore, the Exchange is located within a independent coffee shop in Dalston and it consists of work from over 80 international artists both established and emerging.

As well as housing works from early career artists our collection features work from artists whose publications may also be found in TATE Galleries London, Whitechapel gallery, V & A and MOMA New York.


The collection of independently published works, which will be featured as part of the library and also will be available for sale, with all proceeds going directly to the artists and whilst artists are not charged any fees to display/sell through The Exchange. In addition the participating artists have the opportunity to host an event, relevant to their publication, in the space.


The project is accommodating submissions from around the world such as USA, Japan, China, Mali, Benin, Togo and from countries across Europe and include published works from a breadth of artist and collectives - everything from underground comic books to Turner Prize nominees and winners.


The Exchange @ Brunswick East is an artist led project in an artist led space, currently self-funded and is kindly supported by local art collectives Gillett Square Studios and Collaborative Art.


A R T I S T S, include


Andrew Howell Andy McCafferty Barry Cook Becky Fawcett Bella Lordware Bryan Benge Calum Kerr Camille Smithwick Carolina Khouri Cecilia Mandrile Charlotte Furness Chris Harnan Clayton Jr David Barton David Biskup David Shrigley Dovile Aotksandravkiute Edward Cheverton Edward Picot Edward Dorian Elizabeth Price Emily Stepleton-Jefferis Emily Fluen Emma Bolland Eve Obrochta Flora Bradwell Francesca Ricci Francesca Albini Francesca Baker Francesco Fusaro Gabrielle Walker Graham Taylor Harald Schole Hayley Fiddler Hilary Powell Holly Pester Illustre Feccia Isabel Mallet James Lattin Jamie Jones Janet Patterson Jason Haynes Jennifer Smith Jill Impey Joal Sobral Joe Jefford Joe Furlong Johnathan Burnett Jonathan Johnson Joseph Vallory Julia Cunningham Kim Engelen Kimberley Harvey Kirril Bozhinov Klaus Pinter Laura Perkins Lex Thomas Liam Barrett Lina Avramindou Liz McGowan Mandy Brannan Mark Long Mark Beechill Marlowe Chan-Reeves Max Reeves Michelle Abadie Mie Hansson Minotan Moya Howlett Nicholas Varghan Paul Arscott PD Peter Smith Robert Good Robert Ridley-Shackleton Robin Hutchinson Rodrigo Pires Rosie Brand Rosie Harvey-Otway Silvia Morgado Stefan Klein Stella Baraklianou Stella Whalley Stella Tripp Theo Shields Tom Rodgers Victoria Lucas Victoria Coster


C O L L E C T I V E S, include


20×20 5 Years Gallery Arts Against Cuts Book Works CHROMA COPY PUBLICATIONS Escalator Visual Arts Everyone Agrees EyeBall Comix FLOTSAM FOXHOLE Gordian Project Great Snake Collective Indignadabee Project Interlude Jazz Dad Books OVERT Operations Paint By Number Publish and Be Damned S-KOLLECTIVE.COM Sampson Low The Minesweeper The Museum of Imaginative Knowledge The Throw Away Boyz Tracing My Echo Unrealised Projects Wysing Arts Centre


S U P P O R T, with thanks to Brunswick East -  GSS_gillett sq studios -  Collaborative Art

2010 - 2015

Collaborative Art

Collaborative Art acts as a platform to generate opportunities for artists to showcase their collaborative work through developing programs that include exhibitions, live events, seminars, educational activities and publications.

Collaborative art was founded by Froso Papadimitriou and Jonathan Bradbury and has created art project internationally. In the UK collaborative art was running Topolski Century gallery from August 2010 to February 2013, a contemporary art space in the Topolski Century Museum in Southbank London, until the museum relocated. 

Projects include:

Crossing Thresholds, group exhibition - Tettix Art Gallery, Thessaloniki Greece 2015

Featuring: Fatih Balcı, Canan Beykal, Fatoş Beykal, Amelie Beaudroit, Zeynep Erdinç, Genco Gülan, Nazım İrem, Hülya Küpçüoğlu, Sabrina Osborne, Froso Papadimitriou, Victoria Rance, Alexia Vousvoura

Tracing my Echo, traveling exhibition and publication - Tettix Art Gallery 2013, Zweigstelle Berlin Gallery 2014, One Year Gallery Taipei 2015

Featuring: pd, Ting-Ting Cheng, Eleanor Havsteen-Franklin, Huang lanya, Hulya Kupcuoglu, Cecilia Mandrile, Chou-MengYeh, Eimearjean McCormack, Taisei Otsuka, Froso Papadimitriou, Rodrigo Pires, Petros Sianos, Takahiko Suzuki, Hiromi Tsuha, 
Santiago Bartivas, Rafal Bizunowicz, Jonathan Bradbury, Peter Crack, Vassilis Gogtzilas, Maria Iskioupi, Chris Ivory, Sanna Jarl-Hansson, Sara Karin Fisher, Antonis Konstantinidis, Andy McCafferty, Yumiko Nakajima

Off Spring, group exhibition in collaboration with 7th Layer collective - Curious Duke Gallery, London UK 2012

Featuring: Susan Balzer, Jonathan Bradbury, Panos Dimitropoulos, Chris Ivory, Chris King, Froso Papadimitriou, Sam Peacock

Memoir, group exhibition - Topolski Century gallery, London UK 2012

Featuring: Andy McCafferty, Daniel Bevan & Tom Soare, Ewa Obrechta, Francesca D’Ascari, Froso Papadimitriou, Giulia Bocchi, Harpal Chema, Hiromi Tsuha, Iago Bart, Jonathan Bradbury, Rafal Bizunowicz, Rodrigo Pires, Sophia Mirza, Tyrone Joseph, Yumiko Nakajima

Changes, group exhibition - Topolski Century gallery, London UK 2012

Featuring: Andy McCafferty, Daniel Bevan, Ewa Obrochta, Francesca D’Ascari, Froso Papadimitriou, Giulia Bocchi, Harpal Chema, Hiromi Tsuha, Iago Bartivas, JiYoung Kim, Rafal Bizunowicz, Rodrigo Pires, Sophia Mirza, Tyrone Joseph

Metamorphoses, experimental theater - Topolski Century gallery, London UK 2012

Staring: Francesc Maquede, Directed by Froso Papadimitriou

Nicola Art Market - MetroBank, London UK 2011

Featuring: Louisa Chan, Daphne Christoforou, Iwona Cislo,  Paul Jerram, Christian Kraatz, Maria Slovakova, Tom Webb

How far can we reach, group exhibition/live music/theatrical performance - Topolski Century gallery, London UK 2011

Featuring: Aaron Tebano, Amanda Whittle, Ayþe Banu Cansever, Bethany Milam, Chris Ivory, Chris King, Claud & Art, David Lucas, Florian Rago, Jane Hodge, Jessica Suarez, Nicol Vizioli, Panos Dimitropoulos, Russell J. Chartier & Paul J. Botelho, Sam Peacock, Susie Mendelsson, Wendy Stone

Identity, group exhibition/performance - Topolski Century gallery, London UK 2011

Featuring: Elisabeth Francis, James Medes, Judy Kelly, Maggie Loughnan, Manfred Welling, Roger Sullock, Wendy Stone

Colour of Perception, group exhibition in collaboration with 7th Layer collective - Topolski Century gallery, London UK 2011

Featuring: Susan Balzer, Jonathan Bradbury, Panos Dimitropoulos, Chris Ivory, Chris King, Froso Papadimitriou, Sam Peacock

Refutea, fundraising event - Topolski Century gallery, London UK 2011

Celebrating the Pomp Us, group exhibition/live music/performance - Topolski Century gallery, London UK 2010

Featuring: Flora Bradwell, Froso Papadimitriou & Jonathan Bradbury, Gillian McIver, Gronk & Claud, Jenny Sianou, John Patrick Egan, Kirsten Linning, Liam Herne, Nancy Wyllie, Naz A. Karam, Otto Alexis Schade Lopez, Panos Dimitropoulos, Roozbeh Emad, Sanna Jarl-Hansson, Sarah Caputo, Ting-Ting Cheng, Wendy Stone, Wojciech Sobczynski

A thought on observation, solo exhibition by Sanna Jarl - Hansson - Topolski Century gallery, London UK 2010

Faces the 21st century, group exhibition - Topolski Century gallery, London UK 2010

Featuring: Jonathan Bradbury, Lynn Hatzius, Rowan Newton, Froso Papadimitriou, Trevor Simmons