Buildings that have been our homes or working places, are often special in our memories, (hopefully happy ones). We all share an aspiration and ambition to create and enjoy happy homes, they are synonymous with the ideal of joyful and secure family lives and as the old saying goes: “A man’s home is his castle”, however humble it may be.
For generations, teenagers dreaming of independence, newly-wed couples, ambitious working class families, better off merchant classes, high society and even noble families have shared common feelings towards creating their own unique places, varying from somewhere simple to “nest” and live peaceful independent lives, to significant buildings created to display the wealth and status of the owners.
Generally there is a desire to build, maintain, decorate, improve and protect these spaces. They become the centre of our lives and families, so inevitably motifs and representations of buildings and homes have featured in the naïve and folk art works of creative minded people. A sense of place, memories, tributes to nostalgia, status, even dreams and ambitions have been represented by house motifs.
For our 2021 Bada Week Exhibition we thought it would be interesting to loosely draw on this resource and explore a few various different naive and primitive house-form motifs, architectural models, depictions of buildings and homes that we have discovered in multiple media and some of the ways that they have been incorporated into the narrative of British and European Folk Art.
We have called it “at home” to mark the reopening of our gallery and our first physical exhibition since the Covid19 Lockdown. We will of course also be “at home” in our gallery and greatly look forward to welcoming visitors back here.
The Exhibition Preview is on Thursday 14th October from 6.00-8.00pm at 68 Battersea Bridge Road, London, SW11 3AG, and the exhibition will close at 6.00pm on Friday 29th October 2021.
All are welcome, and in the interest of your safety and wellbeing, we would be grateful if everyone can please respect social distancing. We also hope to manage numbers, so it would be very helpful if you could please let us know if and roughly when you are planning to join us and we will be delighted to book you in.
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Everything is coming together, Spring and the New York Winter Show are now nearly upon us, and the clocks will move forwards, signaling the start of British Summer Time, on Sunday 27th March.
If you have visited or passed our gallery recently, you will have noticed a vibrant and expressive artwork hanging in our display window. The work is by Maggie Porter and forms part of the new Exhibition of Aboriginal Art being presented by our neighbours JGM Gallery.