Arresting Images showcases the work of seven contemporary painters in an exhibition at The Koppel Project Station gallery space. This gallery is housed in the community room of Old Hampstead Police Station, an interior loaded with memories of past dramas and present possibilities.
For over a century, the Old Hampstead Police Station had been central to the community’s security, whilst, inevitably, a place of detention. Now its next phase has begun, a workspace for artists - captivating creativity.
Hampstead, of course, is known for its art historical heritage. John Constable had painted the Heath and is buried locally (in St John’s church yard). 20th Century artists such as Marc Gertler, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore all lived and worked here.
The Koppel project Station reinforces the significance of Hampstead as a contemporary hub for painters and creatives alike.
One common thread is that all the painters taking part in Arresting Images are North London based. Another thread is their involvement in the Turps Off Site painting programme (under their mentor Grant Foster). Beyond that, however, they take their independent lines in style and approach.
Turps Off Site provides a mentoring opportunity for London-based painters seeking to develop their painting practice through the particular ethos of the Turps Studio Programme, whilst wishing to work independently. Two exhibitors, Anastasia Russa and Corrie Wingate, are currently based at the Koppel Project Station.
To run alongside Arresting Images, Cass Art Hampstead will be offering a free acrylic painting workshop to young people. Sessions will be held on Sunday 11th December at 10-12pm and 2-4pm. All materials will be provided, booking essential in-store (58-62 Heath St, NW3 1EN) at Cass Art Hampstead.
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