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Exhibitions at Outpost 2018-08-03T12:10:27+00:00

Current Exhibition


Preview Event: Thursday 15th November 6pm – 8pm
Art Exhibition Date: 16th November 2018 – 10th March 2019
Venue: Outpost, 546 Holloway Road, London N7 6JP

Explore the world of surreal and humorous paintings by Hackney-based artist Michael Crosswaite in his first solo exhibition at Outpost. Drawing on an appreciation of the ridiculousness of life, in glorious technicolour. Each painting tells a story through dreamlike scenes from his imagination, juxtaposing animals or figures, and some social commentary in strange landscapes with a mix of fact and fantasy.

Michael says,

“With my painting my thing is humour. The more ridiculous the better. I loved Monty Python and the whole silliness thing. I think the world is a very silly place and hopefully this comes through in my pictures.”

After years spent travelling and squatting, Michael ended up homeless in London with a drug habit. “I got into a hostel and eventually got myself clean,” he says of his recovery. “Now I’ve got a Peabody Flat and things are cool”.

The majority of Michael’s artwork was painted at 240 Project and Crisis art groups, where he has made progress personally and creatively. Both charities provide free arts tuition and social support for people affected by homelessness and exclusion.

As well as being an artist, Michael is also a talented musician. He plays the guitar, mandolin and piano, and can be heard busking around London. He shares his musical talents with others at Providence Row – The Dellow Centre, a homeless charity that offers support, recovery and training programmes to help people get off, and stay off the streets.

Michael says of his journey to art,

“I only did it for a laugh. My art tutor at Crisis was a fantastic and cruel teacher who I could never seem to please. Each week I would go to his life drawing and painting class and endure his painful crits on my technique . After a couple of years however  he told me I had created  the almost perfect painting, it was of two men in a rowing boat called ‘Escape’. I finally knew it was time to spread my wings and fly. Since then I’ve developed my style further drawing on my appreciation of the ridiculousness of existence”

Technicolour Dreamstate exhibition is a partnership between Café Art and Outpost, the social enterprise shop and gallery of Peter Bedford Housing Association. PBHA are proud to provide a platform for Michael to showcase and celebrate his artwork, as part of our Big Lottery funded Enterprising People – Supporting Makers programme. We provide one to one tailored support for talented artists and makers from North and East London experiencing barriers to inclusion. This could be through disability, poor mental health, homelessness, drug or alcohol issues, or multiple support needs.

Café Art connects people affected by homelessness with the wider community through helping them to exhibit their art. This exhibition is part of a new mentoring programme by Café Art for artists affected by homelessness to move into mainstream education and or develop their practice and find outlets to sell their artwork. The mentoring programme is supported by funding from Oath Foundation.

All the original artwork is for sale at affordable prices. Proceeds go to Michael Crosswaite, and 30% helps to support creative programmes at PBHA.

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Past Exhibitions

Roy Appleton – Not a load of Pollocks: I Told You I Was Under The Weather
Oct 2017 – Nov 2017

A special exhibition at Outpost to celebrate the life and work of Islington-based artist Roy Appleton who sadly passed away in September 2017. Each action painting is unique, combining different techniques, layers and weathered effects to create explosive high impact pieces and more subtle works. Roy’s creative process made excellent use of the changeable British weather, and unlike many people he was happy when it rained. He tracked the weather forecast on TV and waited for the perfect conditions:  a dry morning, followed by rain. When the time was right he would take a canvas and coloured acrylic paints out to his backyard, and energetically set about it. He loved the physical act of throwing, pouring, squirting and splattering paint from a height. Then left the wet canvas outside, exposed to the elements to let nature take its course. Some days a painting dried quickly in the sun, on other days rainwater created new and unexpected visual effects, a great source of inspiration for Roy. These actions and his sense of humour are captured in each unique painting. He loved to “Go for it!” and enjoyed the positive impact of making art on his mood and well-being.

James Gray – I Dream in Colour
Aug 2017 – Oct 2017

A solo-exhibition showcasing fantastic art in vivid colour, influenced by the inner world of dreams. A mix of psychedelic abstract paintings and figurative sgraffito skylines of London, where he lives and works. His compact abstract paintings on canvas draw you into an intricate fantasy world of colour spectrums, twisting kaleidoscopes and glitter, where the physical fluid movement of thick acrylic paint is captured in glistening textured surfaces. The imagination wanders amongst swirling paint to find order in the chaos, with shapes morphing into surreal creatures and landscapes. Evocatively described as ”jewellery on canvas”, “ice cream” and “candy made in dreams”, the sensuous and soothing paintings are a sight to behold and treasure.

Kizitta Anning – Find Your Extraordinary
July 2017 – Sept 2017

A showcase of sensational garments, accessories and textile wall hangings by artist and designer Kizitta Anning hosted at Peter Bedford Housing Association’s Kingsland Hub. Visitors can expect to be enthralled by the artist’s incredibly bright personality and rich history as she talks about her work. “Inspired by nature, I use experimental yarns with my machine knitting to create unique garments to adorn the body, starting with my own individual expression. My work is tactile and can be worn in many different ways. I invite the wearer to design a finished product with me, by choosing how they style it.”

Face to Face
June – July 2017 

A group exhibition of textiles and mixed media portraits by adults taking part in creative courses with WEA and Peter Bedford Housing Association.
The array of exciting artwork on show is the outcome of 4 different weekly art and craft classes in PBHA: The Workshop on Geffrye Street in Hackney. Each course, in Textiles, Painting, Drawing and Print Making, seeks to educate and support students in gaining new experiences and developing their personal potential. Community engagement, health and wellbeing lie at the centre of all of our activities.

Textiles Taster Workshop
June 2017

A friendly drop-in workshop at Outpost, as a taster session for our courses at The Workshop. This was an opportunity to meet some of the students, and join in with textiles techniques they had learned in the courses. Guests had the chance to try out simple tapestry techniques and learn basic knitting stitches.

Kizitta Anning – Keep Smiling Keep Shining
April – May 2017

A sensational showcase of knitted sculptural garments, unique ready-to-wear pieces and textile wall hangings by Kizitta Anning. Kizitta says ‘Inspired by nature, I use experimental yarns with my machine knitting to create unique garments to adorn the body, starting with my own individual expression. My work is tactile and can be worn in many different ways. I invite the wearer to design a finished product with me, by choosing how they style it.

Pictures in Detail Exhibition by Same Jevon from Headway East London
March – June 2016

Londoner Sam Jevon wasn’t always an artist. In fact, before a car accident in 2006 which saw her sustain a severe brain injury, she had little interest in drawing – “all I could draw were matchstick men”.

Seven years ago when Sam became a member of Headway East London, she started drawing more regularly in their art studio. What slowly emerged was a very distinct style of illustration. Using black pens in varying thicknesses, this exhibition showcased her now hugely detailed pictures, in a collection of intricate black and white works that capture people, places and objects in minute detail.

Tagzee Remembered Exhibition
February – March 2016

An exhibition to celebrate and remember the work of Islington-based artist, Tagzee, who died unexpectedly at the age of 59 in December 2015.

We had the pleasure of getting to know Tagzee through a very successful exhibition in 2014 at Outpost and from then he took part our pop-up workshops. He was a wonderfully warm man, a talented artist and a great inspiration to many. ‘Tagzee Remembered’ was a tribute to a true original.

World of Dolls Exhibition by Sheona Josiah
Nov 2015 – Jan 2016

Local artist Sheona Josiah is a well-known personality around Holloway, expressing herself in public each day with an eye-catching display of dolls attached to her walking frame. She attracts attention and inspires people’s curiosity to stop her in the street to find out more and makes friends in the process.

Surrealist Collage Free Workshop
1st August 2015

Exploring creativity through various collage materials…

This workshop was an introduction to experimenting with Surrealist collage and abstraction, drawing inspiration from the photo-collages by ‘Bev Fish – Metamorphosis’, exhibited in Outpost at the time. Using clippings from newspapers, magazines, photographs and various ephemera glued to paper, participants learnt ways to play with techniques to create dreamlike imagery or strange new realities which they could then take home.

Hosted by artist, photographer, lecturer and course curator Kika Pieridis – twitter.com/kikapierides

Community Quilting Free Workshop
14 & 28 Marh 2015

A chance to Learn traditional English paper quilting techniques, combined with printing and painting on fabric, this workshop explored individual creativity through textiles. Alongside our Quilt Exhibition, it was a great way get to know the local community.

Hosted by community artist Tarot Couzyn from ActiveArt, who uses quilts for social change and bringing communities together internationally.

Community Quilting Exhibition
February 2015

A truly uplifting event that brought together diverse communities across Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. A celebration of achievements, plus sharing of knowledge, social connections, and the wellbeing of everyone that took part in the 3 community quilt projects, prior to the exhibition.

Winter Words Free Workshop
13th December 2014

A festive Poetry Workshop hosted by Change Together, an afternoon of heartwarming conversation and creativity.


Celebrate Thought Forms Exhibition by Cecil Nurse
October – November 2014

A celebration of the artists CECIL NURSE’s first ever solo exhibition containing over 600 abstract pencil doodles, produced in 1992 as part of a Zen-influenced ‘argument with life’. Also featuring Cecil’s keyboard music compositions.

Cecil Nurse is an artist from Stoke Newington, tenant of Peter Bedford Housing Association (PBHA) and participant in our Creative Industries programme.

Musician and PBHA tenant, Mike ‘Down Dalston Lane’ Gregovich, gave a heartfelt live performance of his own music. As well as conversation surrounding mental health awareness with Change Together.

Spurred on to create by his first exhibition, Cecil Nurse has now achieved his second exhibition here at Outpost, for details please visit our Current Exhibition page.

Drawing Breath Free Workshop as part of THE BIG DRAW 2014
25 Oct 2014

Alongside the abstract drawings of Cecil Nurse,‘Drawing Breath’ workshops were an invitation to explore a range of possibilities through Automatic Drawing, a highly expressive form of image-making, and Music and Form. Participants experimented with ‘thoughtless’ mark making and responded to the resulting images with text.

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