Events at Westminster libraries

Westminster libraries host many events and workshops which differ in each library. View all special events by date in the forthcoming events section or browse through the guide to find events at your local library, including regulars such as book groups and rhyme time sessions. Westminster City Archives also holds regular events.

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View opening times and contact details for all Westminster libraries. Find out about holiday and other closure dates.

1. Forthcoming events

Ongoing events, news and exhibitions

Special events and news

2. Charing Cross Library

View Charing Cross library contact details and opening hours

There is restricted access to the Chinese and adult non- fiction stock at Charing Cross Library due to a recent flood.

Special events

Rare and old books exhibition

Monday 10 July to Sunday 8 October

We are exhibiting some very special books from our collection; some of them are more than 100 years old and haven't been exhibited before. Famous trials, politics, history, religion, law, children's fiction, folklore and traditions, art and exhibitions, old London maps and more. All the books can be borrowed by library members.

Cantonese language workshops for children

Sunday 23 and 30 July and 6, 13, 20 and 27 August, 11.30am to 12.30pm

Thursday 3, 10, 17, 24 and 30 August, 10am to 11.30am

This is a series of language workshops for children aged 2 to 6 years and their carers. It uses original teaching materials, interactive games, purposeful play and activities. There will be time for questions after each session.

  • £8 per child for a trial session
  • £10 per child for 1 session
  • £48 per child for 6 sessions

Limited places available, to book email: rainbow.seeds.hk@gmail.com or call Ceci on 07491595127

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time / date Information
Songs and rhymes for under 5s Tuesdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
PlayCantonese Second and last Wednesdays of every month, 10.30am to 11.30am An under 5s baby and toddler group with stories and songs in Cantonese.
Chinese parent and child group Monthly on Sundays For more information contact Dr Lingjie Wang by email
lingjiewang@hotmail.com

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date  Information
Healthy lifestyle checks Mondays, midday to 2.30pm Free health checks by the Westminster Health Improvement Team. No need to book a place, just turn up.
 
Free computer training Every other Monday, 2pm to 4pm One-to-one basic computer and internet skills tuition. Email, searching online, completing forms, laptop, tablet and smartphone assistance - hourly places need to be booked at the library.
Chinese painting class  Saturdays, 11am to 1pm £10 per session. To join, please contact Charing Cross Library, email info@orientalgallery.co.uk or phone 07956 227 997.
Chinese London Reading Club Monthly This is a lively and friendly Chinese language group which meets once a month for reading discussions. For more information contact the organiser, Ms Bai by email aihaoshu@gmail.com
Beautiful Life Chinese reading group Monthly on Fridays For more information contact the group's organiser by email yoyochen082010@gmail.com

 

3. Church Street Library

View Church Street library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Seminars for parents with teenagers

  • Seminar 1: getting teenagers connected
  • Wednesday 2 August 2017, midday to 1.30pm
     
  • Seminar 2: raising competent teenagers
  • Wednesday 9 August 2017, midday to 1.30pm
     
  • Seminar 3: raising responsible teenagers
  • Wednesday 16 August 2017, midday to 1.30pm

Free seminars for parents to better understand their teenagers. 

Email: mkhan1@westminster.gov.uk to book  your free place or just turn up on the day. Please note - a crèche will not be available.

Make the most of summer information stall

Thursday 17 August, midday to 2pm

Make the most of summer with free information on outdoor pursuits, healthy picnics, walks and more. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time / date Information
French club for kids Every other Tuesday and Wednesday, 4.30pm to 5.15pm Free for 6 to 8 year olds. Games, songs and activities within a small group with a qualified and experienced native French teacher. Booking essential.
Homework club Thursdays, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Scratch computer coding club Saturdays, 2.30pm to 3.30pm A fun club for kids aged 8 to 11. Learn to use code to make games, visuals and programmes. Booking is essential - please email Church Street library.

Regular events for adults

For any of these sessions other than the CV and employment drop-in and IT drop-in sessions (all on Mondays), please speak to staff beforehand.

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
English speaking club for men and women Every Monday, 11.30am to 1.30pm, and Wednesday, midday to 1.30pm Improve your spoken English, as well as reading and writing with this free club. For more information ask in the library or contact Mahbuba Khan on 020 7641 5474.
Shared reading group Tuesdays, midday to 1pm Read more about reading groups
Advice plus session Wednesdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm (not held in August) Drop-in sessions for help and advice on housing, benefits, council tax, etc.
Free health MOTs for residents Fridays, 1pm to 4.30pm A 30-minute healthy lifestyle check for adult residents in Westminster. It may include measurement of blood pressure, cholesterol, waist circumference, height, weight and goal setting. Book an appointment or drop-in. Contact Fabio on 020 7563 6217 or fabio.feca@clch.nhs.uk.
Bengali women's reading and writing group Fridays, 9.30am to 11.30am Provided by the Westminster Libraries Bengali Outreach Project. For more information and to join, contact Mahbuba Khan on 020 7641 5474 or visit the reading groups page.
Reading group Meets monthly on Fridays Read more about reading groups
Knitting group Saturdays, 10.30am to midday Experts and beginners alike are welcome - ask in the library for more information.
IT, ESOL and other courses Regular courses throughout the year For a wide range of courses, contact Westminster Adult Education Service on 020 7297 7297 or see waes.ac.uk

4. Maida Vale Library

View Maida Vale library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

None currently scheduled.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time / date Information
Tata Isa French music group Mondays, 11.15am An interactive French music group for little ears. Nursery rhymes, puppetry, props and musical instruments bring the sessions alive. Preschoolers from 6-months old are welcome. Read more on the Tata Isa website£5 per session
Homework club Tuesdays and Fridays, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Sessions for under 5s Tuesdays and Fridays, 10.30am; third Saturday of the month, 11am to 11.30am. Runs during the year, with a break for Christmas/New Year. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Code club for kids Wednesdays in term time, 4pm to 5pm Free club aimed at children aged 7 to 11 years. Contact Maida Vale Library for more information.

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Share a Book group Wednesdays, 10.30am to midday Read more about reading groups
Reading group Thursday evenings, once a month Read more about reading groups

5. Marylebone Library

View Marylebone library contact details and opening hours

Marylebone Library is now at its new location at 9-11 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 9UQ

Special events

None currently scheduled.

Regular events for children

Regular events for children are run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time / date Information
Tiny tots Tuesdays,10.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Storytime for under 5s Fridays, 3.45pm Read more about sessions for under 5s
Saturday morning crafts Saturdays, 10.30am to midday Make something new every week!

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Writers' group Mondays, 6.45pm to 7.45pm Read more about the Marylebone Writers' Group
Reading group Monthly on a Tuesday Read more about reading groups

6. Mayfair Library

View Mayfair library contact details and opening hours

Special events

None currently scheduled.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Under 5s sessions Tuesdays, 10.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Tuesdays, 3.45pm to 5pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Reading group Monthly on a Tuesday Read more about reading groups
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events

7. Paddington Library

View Paddington library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Knitting and crochet for beginners

  • Friday 21 July, 5pm to 7pm
  • Friday 4 August, 5pm to 7pm

Practice your creative skills by joining our knitting and crochet class. Materials will be available but if you would like to take your work home with you please bring a pair of 4mm knitting needles or crochet hooks with you. Both classes are free; please arrive early in order to secure a place.

Paper crafts for adults

  • Saturday 22 July, 1pm to 4pm - learn how to decorate boxes with decoupage
  • Saturday 19 August, 1pm to 4pm - learn how to make your own phone case

Come and join us for some fun afternoons making things with paper. All materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own. These events are free. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Make the most of summer information stall

Thursday 10 August, midday to 2pm

Make the most of summer with free information on outdoor pursuits, healthy picnics, walks and more. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children are run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time/date Information
Homework club Mondays and Fridays, 3.30pm to 5.15pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Baby rhyme time Wednesdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Songs and rhymes followed by baby play time. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Toddler time Fridays, 10.30am to 11.30am Songs and stories followed by simple crafts.
WAES family workshops Occasional Saturdays Westminster Adult Education Service family workshops take place intermittently. For more information, please contact Paddington Library.

Regular events for adults

Event Time/date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Quit smoking Mondays, 2.30pm to 5.30pm Kick It Stop Smoking specialists offer carbon monoxide testing and free one-to-one sessions for advice and support in giving up smoking.
"Share a book" group Mondays, 2pm to 3.30pm and Thursdays, 6pm to 7.30pm Read more about reading groups. Pass on your contact details to a librarian or email kgielgud@westminster.gov.uk to register your interest in joining.
One-to-one CV writing, job search sessions and interview skills workshops Mondays and Fridays, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm Get expert advice on how to update your CV and great tips on job searching. There are also free interview skills workshops which last about 2 hours. Places are limited; book by contacting Paddington Library.
Health check surgery Mondays and Fridays, 11am to 4pm Free one-to-one NHS health checks for anyone aged 40 to 74 and who lives or works in Westminster. Get your results in as little as 20 minutes. Members of the public can also book a series of free, one-to-one health trainer sessions for weight loss, mood boosting and increasing physical activity.
Beginners' IT class Tuesdays, 9.55am to 11.55am and 2.30pm to 4.30pm This course is run by Open Age. To book the afternoon class, please call 020 8964 1900. To book the morning class, please contact Paddington Library.
Writers' group Second Tuesday of each month, 6.45pm to 8.15pm Read more about the Paddington writers' group. Contact Paddington Library to confirm the meeting date as it may vary.
Community reading and writing: essential skills Wednesdays, 10am to 12.30pm from 21 September 2016 (contact WAES for exact dates of terms) Run by WAES, this course will help improve your reading and writing skills and develop your spelling, basic sentence structure and grammar in English. The course is free to students who show proof of benefits and status restrictions may apply/ For more information, contact 020 7641 8665.
Community health event Last Thursday of the month, 12.30pm to 3.30pm Please see publicity in the library for further details.
Go online - beginners' IT training Fridays, 2pm to 4pm Contact Paddington Library for more information.
Readers' group Third Friday of the month, 6.30pm to 8pm Read more about reading groups. Please contact Paddington Library to confirm the date of the meeting as it may vary.
Free health checks for men Saturdays 9.30am to 2pm Do you live in or are you registered with a GP in Westminster? Get a free 30 minute healthy lifestyle check and set your new health improvement goals. Weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and health promotion advice. Just turn up, or book an appointment on 0207 563 6217 / hpgroup@clch.nhs.uk

8. Pimlico Library

View Pimlico library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Cool cats workshop

Wednesday 26 July, 2pm to 4pm

Want to learn more about cats? You can also design a cat mask and make a cat game to take home. Suitable for children aged 5 and over and their parents/ carers.

The workshop is free and places must be booked in advance. Contact Pimlico Library for more information.

Tiny tunes music and dance class

Monday 31 July, 10.30am to 11.30am

This free class is suitable for the under 5s. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Make the most of summer information stall

Tuesday 22 August, midday to 2pm

Make the most of summer with free information on outdoor pursuits, healthy picnics, walks and more. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place in term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time / date Information
Wiggle and jiggle Mondays, 10am to 11am Music and movement for toddlers between 12 to 30 months. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Pimlico chess club Mondays, 6pm to 8pm Club for all ages, run in association with 'Chess in Schools and Communities'.
Stories, rhymes and crafts Tuesdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Stories and rhymes for under 5s. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Tuesdays, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Baby bounce and rhyme Wednesdays, 10am to 11am Knee-bouncing songs for babies between 3 to 12 months. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Just for dads First Saturday of the month, 10.30am to 11.30am Under 5s session especially for dads and male carers to bring children for stories and songs. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Lego Club Monthly on Saturdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Club for 5 to 11 year olds. Please note: under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Pimlico chess club Mondays, 6pm to 8pm Club for all ages, run in association with 'Chess in Schools and Communities'.
CV Advice Tuesdays from 10am to 4pm One to one sessions with a National Careers Service advisor.
Please contact the NCS directly to book your place (places cannot be booked through the library): ncsbookings@prospects.co.uk / 0800 100900 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.
Reading group Last Tuesday of the month Read more about reading groups
English speaking club in partnership with Rotary Club of London Saturdays, 10am to midday (group restarts Saturday 4 February 2017) Are you interested in improving your spoken English as well as reading and writing? Join for free - no booking required. Some sessions may be cancelled occasionally, please confirm with the library beforehand.

9. Queen's Park Library

View Queen's Park library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Assisting people who haven’t been working for a while

Tuesdays, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Are you over 19, unemployed or on JSA? Interested in exploring your options for training or employment? Find out more with our Employment Advisor, who can help with creating a CV, training opportunities and more.

Please drop in or make an appointment by calling Shah Alam on 020 7266 8254.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term-time only, unless otherwise stated. Children can join these after-school clubs with a registration form signed by a parent/guardian - please fill in one form and attend any after-school clubs.

Event Time / date Information
Rhyme time for under 5s Mondays and Fridays, 10.30am to 11.30am (except school holidays) Read more about sessions for under 5s
Code Club Wednesdays during term time, 4pm to 5pm A fun club for kids aged 9 to 11. Learn to use code to make animations, games and more. Free, but booking is essential - please contact Queen's Park library for more information.
Lego club Friday during term time, 4 to 5 pm A fun club for kids aged 5 to 11. Bring your imagination, make Lego creations and new friends. No need to book, just turn up.
 

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster  Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Reading group Third Monday of the month Read more about reading groups

10. St John's Wood Library

View St John's Wood library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Story time in Japanese

Wednesday 26 July, 2pm to 2.30pm

A free storytelling session in Japanese for children aged 5 and over and their families. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Make the most of summer information stall

Thursday 31 August, midday to 2pm

Make the most of summer with free information on outdoor pursuits, healthy picnics, walks and more. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children are held in term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time / date Information
Tata Isa French music group Mondays, 10am £6 per session. For more information, visit the Tata Isa website
Storytime Mondays, 4pm to 4.30pm Magical journeys into a world of fantasy, adventure and fun!
Code club Tuesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm Teaching children programming by making computer games, animations and websites, following the program at Code Studio. Offering great support and fun for all ages.
Songs and rhymes for under 5s Tuesdays, 10.15am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Wednesdays during term time, 3.30pm to 4.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Share a read Thursdays, 4pm to 5pm Join our group to read a story together. We read as a group, one-to-one, and also on our own.
Japanese rhyme time for the under 5s Third Thursday of the month, 11.30am to midday Read more about sessions for under 5s
Saturday morning crafts Saturdays, 10.30am to midday Make something new every week!

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Crime readers group Third Tuesday of the month Read more about reading groups
Information and advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau Wednesdays, 10am to midday Please call 08444 771611 to book an appointment
CityWest Homes drop-in surgery Wednesdays, 10am to midday and Fridays, 1pm to 3pm Advice for tenants and lessees
IT drop-in session Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm Delivered by WAES, jointly funded by the councillors for Abbey Road and Regent's Park wards. You must be a resident of these wards to attend and you will be asked to record what you have learned each week. Sessions are free; no booking is required, but places are given on a first come, first served basis.
Book club First Wednesday of the month Read more about our book clubs
Chair yoga Fridays, 10.30 to 11.30am  
Laptop, tablet and iPad surgery Saturdays, 10.00am to midday Drop-in session. forthcoming dates: 
2016 - 3 Sep, 1 Oct, 5 Nov, 3 Dec
2017 - 4 Feb, 4 Mar, 1 Apr, 6 May, 3 Jun, 1 Jul

11. Victoria Library

View Victoria library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Summer health information stall

Tuesday 25 July, midday to 2pm

Free information on on staying safe in the sun, vitamin D and holiday health. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time / date Information
Under 5s Wednesdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s

Regular events for adults

Event> Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Book gluttons reading group Third Monday of the month, 6pm to 7pm Read more about reading groups
"Share a book" group Thursdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm Read more about reading groups
Reading group Last Thursday of the month, 6pm to 7pm Read more about reading groups
Writers' group Third Saturday of the month, 11am to midday. Read more about the Victoria writers' group.

12. Westminster Music Library

View Westminster Music Library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

None currently scheduled.

Revision to Westminster Music Library opening hours

From 1 April 2017, Westminster Music Library will open each Saturday from 1.30pm to 5pm. 

The Rehearsal Room will still be available for bookings from 10am, and any items of stock that have been reserved - including pre-paid performance sets - may be collected in Victoria Library from 9.30am. 

Weekday opening hours are not affected, the Music Library will remain open Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm.

Read about previous events on Books and the City

13. Westminster Reference Library

View Westminster Reference Library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Westminster Business Unit drop-in sessions

Wednesday 26 July, 10am to midday

Are you doing business in Westminster? Got a question you'd like to ask? Don't miss the opportunity to talk to a member of the Westminster's Business Unit and raise any questions or queries you may have.
 They can help:

  • Answer your business enquiries or direct you to someone who can
  • Link your business to the support and advice available in Westminster
  • Provide local economy and market intelligence
  • Respond to local investment enquiries from initial advice to on-going support
  • Introduce the bidding process for Council and public sector contracts
  • Align your Corporate Social Responsibility activity with local priorities
  • Ensure concerns and requests are fed back to the Council

Westminster's Business Unit provides a single point of contact at Westminster City Council from which businesses can obtain bespoke business support.

Free 30 minute appointments available; book your session via Eventbrite

Please note there is no wheelchair, lift or ramp access to the building.

'Unquiet Spirits - A Sherlock Holmes Adventure' with Bonnie MacBird

Wednesday 26 July, 6.30pm to 8pm

Award-winning Hollywood screenwriter, Bonnie MacBird will discuss the process of research behind her new Sherlock Holmes novel ‘Unquiet Spirits', the sources she used and where she found inspiration.
It’s December 1889. Fresh from debunking a ‘ghostly’ hound in Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, only to find himself the target of a deadly vendetta. But when beautiful Scotswoman Isla McLaren arrives with a tale of kidnapping, ghosts, and dynamite in the Highlands; he declines in favour of a political mission for Mycroft in the South of France – much to Watson’s surprise.

Book your free place via Eventbrite
Please note there is no wheelchair, lift or ramp access to the building.

Salon No.48: London street cries and slang - a right old mouthful

Thursday 27 July, 6.30pm to 8pm

London is famous for its slang, rhyming and otherwise, though it is a form of speech has never been popular with the establishment. Ramsay MacDonald, Britain’s first Labour prime minister, declared it a mark of “decadent minds” and talk that “murders truth itself”. As recently as 2013, a London academy attempted to outlaw the use of certain slang words. But it’s just no use.
 
Tickets £8.50 each, £7.50 for concessions in advance from Antiquebeat 
Please note there is no wheelchair, lift or ramp access to this building.

Manga story workshop with mayamada

Saturday 5 August, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Presented by Nigel and Lao, co-founders of mayamada, this workshop will engage young people through comics and characters, exercising their creative thought process via a medium they relate too. Students learn to take ownership of their work in an enjoyable setting, stretching their imaginations as they get their creative juices flowing.

Basic stationery will be provided however you are welcome to bring your own sketchbooks and tools. This workshop will be followed up by the making of mayamada talk, details below.

Only 15 spaces available, please book your free place via Eventbrite

The making of mayamada - journey into manga

Saturday 5 August, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Join us for the first-ever mayamada panel and discover the story behind the British manga brand featured in Mashable, British Vogue and GQ, The Evening Standard, Metro and London Live.

Mayamada founders, Nigel and Lao will lead an in depth discussion on the creation of their game-changing manga brand set in a universe of unique and diverse characters and stories. They will share insight from the journey that lead them to start the business, taking questions from the audience too. Topics will include:

  • What is mayamada: the journey so far
  • The process of creating their manga titles and building a universe
  • Self publishing tips for beginners
  • Marketing the mayamada brand through merchandise, events and collaborations
  • How confidence plays and part in producing creative work and recovering from failures

Whether you're a writer or artist, creating stories for fun or aim to self-publish for profit you'll have a great opportunity to learn from the founders and also put your questions to them during the panel.

Book your free place via Eventbrite

Please note there is no wheelchair, lift or ramp access to this building.

Regular events

Event Time / date Information
Drop-in business advice sessions Monthly Business advice sessions with business consultant, Colin Rutt. View details about the session on Eventbrite.
ESOL classes in grammar and conversation Mondays, 4pm to 5pm, 5pm to 6pm Free but class size is limited so please book your place by contacting the library.
Computer training - one-to-one introductions to basic computer and internet skills Wednesdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm Speak to staff to book your free 30-minute session on using email, booking tickets or shopping online, completing forms and applications online, using the online library and Westminster libraries' online resources, using Microsoft Office, and using smartphones, kindles and tablets.
Housing, welfare benefits and debt drop-in sessions Every fortnight on Tuesdays Free 30-minute sessions from Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. Get advice and, if necessary, further appointments for follow-up work. Bookings can only be made in person on the day at 1.15pm, for a maximum of 6 people so slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Social group for adults who live in Westminster with Asperger syndrome First Thursday of the month, 5pm to 7pm For further information email assistlondon@nas.org.uk  or call 020 8962 3015
Salon for the City: London at the library Last Thursday of the month, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Event series taking a look at London through a different lens each month. For more information, please view the Salon for the City website.

14. Exhibitions

All of the following exhibitions are held at the Westminster Reference Library. View library contact details and opening hours

Exhibition space hire

To hire the exhibition space on the first floor of Westminster Reference Library, please contact Nick Alexander on nalexander@westminster.gov.uk, 020 7641 5250 or 07795 336 564. View Facebook for more information

Current and forthcoming exhibitions

Paint Ground by Ruth Philo

Monday 31 July to Saturday 5 August 2017

Ruth Philo's paintings are concerned with colour, light and surface and their power to evoke feeling and memory. Her work is not an explanation or depiction of the world, instead she tries to convey a sensory experience through abstraction, sometimes emerging from notions of place, walking, time and the everyday. The paintings are also about the materiality of paint and process, becoming themselves a record to reveal condensed histories in their surfaces.

Abstract expressionism and minimalism are at the source of Ruth's practice, but her painting is located in contemporary 21st century abstraction, where gesture has become touch and the scale is often intimate, working 'face to face' with the viewer.

Ruth regularly exhibits in the UK and works from a studio at Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester. She is a member of Contemporary British Painting and also curates shows including Lines for Agnes (2015) in London. In 2015, she had work selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Ruth has an MA in Fine Art (2011) from Norwich University of the Arts.

Musical Nuances by Nicola Wills

Monday 21 August to Saturday 2 September

Nicola Wills is a London based artist who pursues her own independent studio practice and produces a wide variety of abstract art ranging mostly in oils and other media such as pastels and watercolour. 

Musical Nuances is a visual representation of the tonal qualities in colour and light in sound which can be perceived by the listener in the mind. In this exhibition the artist explores how auditory and visual can work in unison and depicts how one can form abstract shapes and various colours in the brain whilst listening to different genres of music through use of abstract and representative imagery.

Previous exhibitions


Last updated: 25 July 2017
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