The artist Harry Jonas – ‘Last of the Fitzrovians’

Row of buildings.

By Robert Cunning I first met Harry Jonas in the early 1980s. I was a volunteer with Islington social services, and a message came in to help an ageing artist, who thought he was the best painter in Britain. Harry Jones lived at 35 Maple Street (with arched window). Photographed in 1969. Source: London Metropolitan …

Portraits for NHS Heroes, an online exhibition at The Fitzrovia Chapel

The Fitzrovia Chapel, in Pearson Square, is hosting a virtual exhibition entitled “Portraits for NHS Heroes” showcasing portraits of NHS staff, created during the current crisis. There is some very accomplished work on display, elegantly complemented by the Chapel’s extravagant interior. The Net Gallery in partnership with Tom Croft have created the virtual exhibition at …

Public art in Fitzrovia: On Reflection, British Transport Police headquarters

Mosaic on wall.

An early morning stroll along Whitfield Street after officers have driven away their vehicles from outside the British Transport Police central London headquarters reveals the beautiful mosaics created nearly two decades ago. Up close it is difficult to discern what they are. But cross to the other side of the road and they emerge as …

‘Lost murals’ from Camden Town Hall go on sale at auction

Image of Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia.

A collection of "lost murals" which depict images from the former borough of St Pancras are going on sale at auction next week, reports Spitalfields Life. The three oil paintings which measure nearly six foot by six foot are by artist Cecil Osborne (1909-1996) and show St Pancras & Kings Cross, Highgate & Hampstead, and …

Interactive artworks illuminate Fitzrovia evenings

Light installation.

Lumiere London, the free outdoor light festival, is coming to Fitzrovia this month with installations incorporating lights and sound that will animate buildings and spaces. You will find interactive artworks by international artists at four locations in Fitzrovia. Jump and wave on South Crescent to trigger lights in "A-BIT IMMERSIVE", or contemplate the universe aided …

Readings and music to celebrate Fitzrovia’s best known artists, writers and eccentrics

Illustration of Virginia Woolf.

Fitzrovia has long been known for its Bohemian character attracting some of Britain’s best known artists, writers and eccentrics. This colourful past will be celebrated this month with an evening of heresy at the unlikely venue of a Welsh Baptist church. Blacktooth productions, a small, not-for-profit literary organisation, will be putting on a collection of …

Fitzrovia galleries listing, September 2017

Artwork.

FITZROVIA ART GALLERIES Alison Jacques Gallery, 18 Berners Street ( http://www.alisonjacquesgallery.com) Arup Phase 2, 8 Fitzroy Street ( https://www.arup.com/news-and-events/events/exhibition-spaces) Bartha Contemporary, 25 Margaret Street ( http://www.barthacontemporary.com) Building Centre, Store Street ( http://www.buildingcentre.co.uk) Caroll / Fletcher, 56-57 Eastcastle Street ( http://www.carrollfletcher.com) Coningsby, 30 Tottenham Street ( http://www.coningsbygallery.com) Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street ( http://www.gallerydifferent.co.uk) Edel Assanti, …

Women’s art group to take part in pop art exhibition at British Museum

Women around table working on art project.

A Fitzrovia women’s art group will join other community organisations this summer in putting on a display of pop art at the British Museum. London Pop is a collaborative art installation and a response to American Dream: pop to the present, a major exhibition which has been on show at the British Museum since March. …

Casualties and new openings on the Fitzrovia art scene: galleries update, December 2016

Artwork with five figures.

The Fitzrovia art scene continues to flourish, with around 47 commercial galleries now thriving in our manor (see below for full list). The rate of growth is not as dynamic as it was a few years ago, when new galleries were opening almost every month, but as galleries close or move on to pastures new, …

Colourful mural pops up in Fitzrovia alleyway

Mural on wall in alleyway.

A new mural on a wall in an alleyway in Fitzrovia appeared this week and hints at the neighbourhood's connection to 1960s psychedelia. The work is on the side of co-working business Newman House which invited the Swedish artist Amara Por Dios to paint the mural. The mural was completed over the weekend. https://twitter.com/NewmanHouseW1/status/798103745435500544 Amara Por …

Fitzrovia gallery holds film poster exhibition at Albert Hall

Framed poster on wall.

A long-established gallery in Fitzrovia is holding a major exhibition of film posters at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the venue's very first Festival of Film. The Movie Poster Art Gallery has been in Fitzrovia for nearly 20 years. Originally it opened in Newman Street in 1997 and then moved to its current …

Featured art galleries and full list of galleries in Fitzrovia, Autumn 2016

Man standing.

Alison Jacques Gallery, 18 Berners Street To 1 Oct: Dorothea Tanning – Flower Paintings 7 Oct – 5 Nov: Takuro Kuwata – From Tea Bowl 17 Nov – 7 Jan: Teller on Mapplethorpe Lazarides Gallery, 11 Rathbone Place 9 Sept – 8 Oct: Nina Pandolfo - Beyond Meninas Narrative Projects, 110 New Cavendish Street 15 …

A collection of sketches captures a changing Fitzrovia

Woman sitting and drawing.

Alison Neville is an artist and a serious traveller, there is something of the gypsy in her soul. Much of her year is spent as a visitor to many countries. This month her recent work is on display at The Curwen Gallery in Windmill Street. Alison has journeyed from Waterloo Station to Cape Town overland, …

A Fitzrovia music festival takes to the stage in June 2016

Man playing oboe.

A music festival celebrating the many musicians and composers who have had a connection with Fitzrovia will take place in early June, the first of an annual event say the organisers. The series of performances will take place at a variety of yet-to-be-chosen venues throughout the neighbourhood assisted by an Arts Council of England grant. There …

Enhanced images of the Fitzrovia Mural to go on display

Enhanced photograph of part of a mural.

Images showing how one of the largest and best known murals in London would look like after its restoration are to go on display in an exhibition this month. The Fitzrovia Mural, painted in 1980 by London-based artists Simon Barber and Mick Jones, was commissioned by Camden Council and created in consultation with the local community. The mural …

Fitzrovia galleries update, December 2015

Lobster watercolour.

Fitzrovia has a lively art scene that has grown from only eight commercial galleries in 2008 to over 50 in 2015, with an additional 30 establishments that have opened and closed during this period. Around 10 per cent of all London galleries are now located in Fitzrovia, and Eastcastle Street and its environs is being heralded …

Pendle witch Joe Hesketh exhibits paintings at Fitzrovia Gallery

Man and woman on film set.

The Fitzrovia Gallery in Whitfield Street is hosting an exhibition this month entitled Seduction & Sedition, featuring new work by Joe Hesketh an artist who lives and works in Pendle, Lancashire. Joe says of her work: “My paintings are all about life’s journey, all the pieces you pick up and all the things you’d like to …

Rarely seen Lucian Freud drawing to be auctioned

Drawing of man and woman.

A rarely seen artwork by former Fitzrovia habitué Lucian Freud will be auctioned by Sotheby's this month. The drawing, Flyda and Arvid, is a dual portrait of Freud and his first wife Kitty Garman. It is thought to be Freud’s only self-portrait to also feature Kitty. Freud drew it in 1947 and shortly afterwards gave …