Van Gogh House and Minerva are pleased to announce the residents for the first edition of the Minerva Residency: Roy Claire Potter and Lilian Nejatpour. The Minerva Residency is an opportunity for two creative practitioners, an artist and a writer, to spend the month of August living and developing their practice in Van Gogh House, the Georgian terraced house in Brixton in which the eponymous artist once lived for a formative year in 1873-4.
This month we visited Lesley Sharpe's London print studio to learn more about her poster, 'There are Lilacs, Hawthorns and Laburnums etc.,' currently on display in our front window for 'On the Western Window Pane.'
Plant and Pigment Workshop with the Baytree Centre
We had a great day learning about plants and pigments with our resident artist Rachel Jones-Jones and local Brixton charity the Baytree Centre. Starting with how to make crayons from indigo pigment and soya bean wax, we learnt about how to modify marigold dye with copper and iron, as well as learning a bit about the young Vincent van Gogh.
There are Lilacs, Hawthorns and Laburnums etc., by Lesley Sharpe
Our June poster is by artist Lesley Sharpe, unveiled on 1st June 2021
Upcoming Artist Residents
We are very excited to announce that Hannah Cawley of Cawley Studio and Rachel Jones-Jones from Grymsdyke Farm will be undertaking a joint residency at Van Gogh House for two weeks from 31st May. During their stay, they’ll both be working on creating a permanent commission for the House, as well as running some workshops with the wonderful Baytree Centre, a social inclusion charity for women and girls based in the heart of Brixton.
Interview between Madeleine Pledge and Phoebe Cripps
We are thrilled to announce that Van Gogh House is reopening for in person tours from 29 May. These first tours will be limited to 6 people in line with Government Covid safety guidance. From the end of June as restrictions are lifted, we will be offering an extended tour schedule so we can welcome even more visitors to the house.
'On the Western Window Pane’ is a new year long fundraising project organised by the Van Gogh House, presenting 12 artist designed, limited edition posters in our front, West facing window. Curated by Benjamin Arthur Brown.
Despite the restrictions of the past year, our partnership with Oval Learning Cluster and Reay Primary School has really flourished. We are delighted to say that the results of these activities can now be shared with a much wider audience!
Museum Shop Sunday is a campaign that highlights shops which play a vital role in helping arts, cultural, and heritage attractions to survive and thrive. Run by the Association for Cultural Enterprises UK, the campaign highlights the unique pieces and gifts available at the museums, galleries, libraries and other cultural venues around the country that are rooted in local communities and artisanal craftsmanship. It is a great way to practice a more sustainable way of shopping, as well as helping fellow artisan makers and cultural institutions sustain a living.
Mapping Workshop at Reay Primary School
Very happy that our in school education workshops can still take place! Janet from our team works closely with Lucy Hall, Art Teacher at Reay Primary School to deliver workshops as part of a project 'Vincent's Treasures' planned with Oval Learning Cluster. On this occasion we were leaning about maps and what they can tell us about the local area. Everyone very happy to be using ink pens and nibs again - this time learning how to draw as well as write! This project is supported by the Community Lottery Fund. Thank you Lucy Hall for the photos!
We are selling handmade, locally grown Christmas wreaths by ‘Harts of Lee’
Van Gogh House are selling hand made, locally grown Christmas wreaths by South London family business Harts of Lee. Wreaths are made on a base of hand twisted vines, with a choice of traditional Evergreen or Blue-green foliage. Each one is unique!
Due to UK Government Coronavirus guidance, our November tours will not be going ahead.
Sadly tours booked for the 28th November will no longer be able to take place. Tour vouchers can still be booked. Thank you for your support.
In October half term we hosted a group of young people from Angell Town Estate at Van Gogh House and our sister space San Mei Gallery. The group toured the House with Janet and listened to a talk given by artist Emily Moore in the gallery.
Workshop day at Reay Primary School
In October we were able to spend a day at Reay Primary school, teaching children about the buttons found under the floorboards at 87 Hackford Road, and trying to copy out the poem 'Autumn' by John Keats using ink and nibs, just like Vincent copied out for his brother Theo. Special thanks to Janet Currier, Lucy Hall and Rachel Carpenter for planning and facilitating. This was part of 'Vincent's Treasures', a project in partnership with Oval Learning Cluster and Reay Primary School.
We are very happy to announce that our monthly tours will restart in October 2020! We will be operating a policy of social distancing to keep everyone safe. Further details on our Tours page. Our guided tours offer visitors an opportunity to learn about 87 Hackford Road’s most famous tenant as well as the architecture, history, and future of the house. The tour begins at 87 Hackford Road and includes a short walk followed by a tour of the house’s interior. These tours are offered on the last Saturday of every month and last roughly an hour and fifteen minutes. Tours cost £12 + booking fees.
Join Livia Wang and Janet Currier on a specially crafted virtual tour of the Van Gogh House. Made collaboratively, the tour will incorporate audio recordings made by our volunteers during lock down, exploring the spaces of the house through its collections and architectural features. This tour is free and will take place on Zoom, with links sent out to registered guests on the day of the tour.
We are very glad to be participating in Open House London again, and are working hard to make this experience safe for both our visitors, staff and volunteers. In order to follow government health guidance about social distancing, we are limiting the places this year to 6 visitors per hour. Volunteers will be on hand to ensure social distancing when waiting outside outside the property and while inside the house. Visits are scheduled on the hour from 11 - 5 pm (last entry at 4pm). We ask that you pre-book using Eventbrite.
New series of photographs by Isabelle Young
Shown here: ‘Figures in Gardens’ 2020
26 x 17.2 cm
Signed edition of 7 (Plus 2 APs)
Perspective and narrative positioned within the confinement of architecture are central to Isabelle Young’s work. Windows do not lead straight onto life but divide space to create a continuous sense of ambiguity. Young’s own autobiography as a third-generation Italian, born in London, also shapes her particular way of seeing and is therefore the framework to her practice. All her work is shot on film and she is continually drawn to analogue photography due to its privacy.
Vincent’s Treasures gets funding!
We are so pleased that 'Vincent's Treasures' a project we will carry out in partnership with Oval Learning Cluster and Reay Primary School has been awarded funding by the Lottery Community Fund. This was based on a number of trial workshops we ran earlier in the year, with both teachers and children. This will mean we will be able to carry out more arts and cultural activities both within the curriculum and in our local community! Here is a photo of a trial session we ran, discussing the 150 year old toys we found under the floorboards.
‘Clothed in Air’ by Liz Middleton, Limited Edition
Somerset Velvet 250gsm paper on Everest mount board
25.5 cm x 20.5 cm
Signed limited edition of 30
'Clothed in air, the hills become blue' is a quote from Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd, who spent her life exploring and engaging with Cairngorm mountain. Sculptor and stone letter carver Liz Middleton felt a connection between Nan Shepherd's words and Van Gogh's paintings through their shared intense observation of landscape, producing this delicate piece now available in our shop.
‘Creeper’ by Kate Bright, Limited Edition
Giclée print on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm
42 x 46 cm
Signed limited edition of 30
Gift a Van Gogh experience for two in South London! Van Gogh House and Café Van Gogh have come together to offer a joint gift voucher, for two places on a guided tour of Van Gogh’s London lodgings and a £30 to spend at his namesake café (roughly a meal and a drink for two). Café Van Gogh is an award-winning vegan restaurant that operates as a not for profit social enterprise, offering on-the-job training and paid employment for people who face additional challenges in life. Eat well under a painted starry night sky!
At the Crossroads with Vincent is an invitation for those who are self-isolating and in lockdown to use their time to exercise as a simple act of meditative participation in an art piece by listening to the audio walk on their own. You will be transported to inner landscapes and the world of Van Gogh looking at the city from the perspective of mental health. This is a great way to be outside, walk your neighbourhood alone, and feel gently guided. These 45 minutes will transport you and hopefully offer an relief from the times we are living in.