Mall Galleries

Hermione Hammond Drawing Award Exhibition at Islington Cass Art Space

The winning work of this year’s Hermione Hammond Drawing Award, alongside the runner up and the highly commended will be on display at the Islington Cass Art Space from 25 September to 8 October.

The Award was established in 2012 in memory of the artist Hermione Hammond to encourage artists to develop their drawing skills. It is now run in conjunction with Mall Galleries. This year 674 entries came from 74 colleges in Britain and Ireland. The exhibition will feature the work of 14 student artists.

Gideon Summerfield, studying at the Royal Drawing School, won the first prize of £4,000 for his pencil portrait of the British immunologist Dr William Frankland MBE, who popularised the Pollen Count in weather reports.

Runner Up, Rebeka-Louise Lee, studying at Canterbury Christ Church University, won Cass Art vouchers worth £250 for her sketchbook series Journal of Places I Visit which includes drawings of the inside of a bus, the kitchen, coffee shops and the print room at college.

The exhibiting artists are: Annie Clough-Hillman (Wimbledon College of Art), Immie Dungate (Anglia Ruskin University), Willa Hilditch (Chelsea College of Art), Sung-Kook Kim (Royal College of Art), Jonathan Koetsier (Falmouth University), Rebeka-Louise Lee (Canterbury Christ Church University), Anna Menshenina (University of Westminster), Elizabeth Monahan (Norwich University of the Arts), Tyler Reed (Camberwell College of Arts), Gideon Summerfield, (Royal Drawing School), Stefan Tiburcio (Royal Drawing School), Haoxuan Wei (Royal College of Art), Colette Williams (Falmouth University) and Scott Williams (Llwyn y Bryn School of Art).

‘Dahan: Contemporary Monk Painting’ at the Mall Galleries

Born in China in 1967, Dahan remembers how his appetite for painting was so strong as a child when he collected minerals from the nearby Wuyi Mountains to draw and paint on the walls and floors of his home.

But it wasn’t until after he studied and taught as an artist that Dahan felt shaken by the spirit of Buddha, becoming ‘enlightened’ through a visit to an eminent monk Master Yuan Yin. He became a monk in 2002 and his art transformed.  

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The 23 paintings in the exhibition at the Mall Galleries demonstrate the artist’s transition from the preoccupations of a ‘layman of earthly ties’ – which included ‘anxieties, powerlessness and confusion of urban dwellers’ to the Zen paintings of a pastoral hermit.

His Zen painting style of natural environments integrates Chinese and Western landscape aesthetics, but the colours and hues he chooses aim to express emptiness. He draws with Zen, to explain the mountains, rivers, earth, universe and stars, with the hope that it fills viewers’ hearts with Dharma joy.

His most recent work aims to depict the awe he has for Buddhism and guide viewers through their own spiritual search.

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Dahan said: “I wanted to come to the UK to learn and communicate and to see how the British public will react to my work. The UK was one of the first countries to complete the industrial revolution, it is highly-developed, has a world-class education system and a reputation for excellent manners. Britain also has a host of extremely talented artists, such as the Pre-Raphaelites, Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and David Hockney. My experience here may also bring inspiration and revelation to my future artistic creations.”

Dahan: Contemporary Monk Painting will be on show until August 26.

Mall Galleries: Parks – Our Shared Heritage

In celebration of National Parks Week, Tagsmart partner Mall Galleries has come together with The Royal Parks, the Office of Public Works and The Hearsum Collection to display the most outstanding British landscapes through art. 

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For the first time ever, London will be hosting an exhibition exploring Britain’s rich heritage history, with rarely seen artefacts including oil paintings, photographs, and historical documents spanning three centuries. A fascinating insight is offered into the parks’ connections with prominent historical figures including the Royal Family and Prime Ministers.

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In addition to the show, The Royal Parks – in partnership with the education team at Mall Galleries – will host a number of community art activities from 28 July to 11 August (find out more here).

Don’t miss this exploration of the rich and previously hidden heritage of unique parks, from their creation as Royal hunting grounds to the much loved public parks we see today. At the Mall Galleries until 11 August.