Visit our social enterprise shop and gallery, Outpost, to discover a new solo exhibition of compelling art work, music and poetry by prolific Islington-based artist John Sheehy. All available to buy!

Opening with a preview on Weds 16th November, ‘No Time for Tears’ explores John’s unique vision of personal tales from Southern Ireland to present day London life. He conjures powerful imagery from his memory and imagination across a wide variety of art forms, figurative and abstract works, injecting each with his own take on the world. He creates with a sense of urgency, immersed in the act of making and its therapeutic benefits.

This is a partnership between PBHA, Crisis and Islington Mind, enabling John to create, showcase and sell his work at Outpost. Curated by Mark Amura, Crisis Arts Tutor, for Peter Bedford Housing Association (PBHA)’s Creative Industries programme, the exhibition brings together Print Making, Painting, Music and Poetry. Drawing inspiration from recent recordings with Islington Mind music studios, available on cassette tape, John has created a series of paintings and illustrations to accompany each of the songs.

John Joseph Sheehy was born in South West Ireland in 1949. He immigrated to London in the 1950’s and has been living in the city ever since. He worked as a builder and roofer, but endured lengthy spells of unemployment. He has experienced periods of homelessness and suffered mental health problems. In 1999 he first discovered his natural ability and enjoyment of painting, encouraged by The Big Issue arts group. Developing his artistic talents, previous exhibitions include Outpost in 2014, Somerset House, The British Museum, The Royal Academy, and in Europe. John is also highly regarded by Raw Vision, Outside In, and a frequent contributor to The Big Issue.

Proceeds from sales go to John Sheehy, Islington Mind for the sale of music, and 30% commission of artwork and poetry to Outpost and PBHA – Supporting Makers programme, enabling vulnerable and excluded people in Islington and Hackney to unlock their creative talents and gain greater independence.

Everyone welcome to come along & bring your friends! The exhibition will be displayed until 31st January 2017.


546 Holloway Road
N7 6JP (Map)
Tel: 020 7281 3620

Opening Hours
Tue-Sat: 10:30am – 6:00pm Sun: 11am – 5pm
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