Exhibitions at Westminster Reference Library

All exhibitions are completely free to view.

Exhibition Space for hire
Westminster Reference Library has an Exhibition Space on its First Floor. This space is available for hire, for further information please contact Rossella Black: Email: rblack1@westminster.gov.uk; Phone: 020 7641 5250; Text/mobile: 07940 146681; Join us on Facebook!

Current exhibition

Inflection Point - Exhibition of works by Priya Chohan 

11-23 May

Chohan’s work harnesses the transformative qualities of the materials she selects. A tactile approach is employed to play with the matter; surfaces are manipulated and layers added in a ritualistic manipulation of form.  

 

Forthcoming exhibition

The Human Zoo - an exhibition by Alexander Lumsden 

27 May - 13 June

Following on his London shows: ‘Overground / Underground’ (2011) and ‘Necropolis’ (2013), Lumsden continues to explore the human experience in the metropolis in the digital era.

The project draws on best seller ‘The Human Zoo’ written by zoologist Desmond Morris (published 1969), which examines the nature of civilised society by observing the human animal, a super-tribal citizen desperately struggling to match his ancient inherited qualities with his extraordinary new situations. Lumsden’s use of honeycomb structure and beeswax is a visual metaphor for the city. A giant super-organism linked up through our physical and virtual interactions. Each image sets out to explore the constant duality of our physical and virtual world. The resulting picture is sometimes confused and confusing,  “..partly because we are involved in it in a dual role, being, at the same time, both spectators and participants”. A golden honeycomb or a chain-link fence? Lumsden’s work challenges the perception of the city as a safe and secure environment.  In the giant metropolis our basic needs may be taken care of, leaving us free to explore and grow – But at what price?

There will be a Q&A discussion in the library on 4 June.

 

Previous exhibitions

Guides to Elsewhere - Book art by Linda Toigo​

21 April - 9 May

Book artist Linda Toigo presents: 'Guides to Elsewhere', her new exhibition of imaginary landscapes carved into books, displayed in the evocative setting of Westminster Reference Library, in the heart of London's West End. 
Like a geologist from a miniature planet, Toigo excavates complex landscapes of paper and words from old volumes; layer upon layer, her scalpel transforms the pages into valleys and mountains, cliffs and caves. Together with recent book alterations, her new exhibition works with literary descriptions of imaginary places modelled out of discarded Lonely Planets guides.
Linda Toigo will be holding a series of two workshops in the library on 28 April and 6 May.

 

Paste Table Gallery 2

31 March - 18 April 

Nick Cash's Paste Table Gallery returns to the West End's Arts Library.

 

Miracle of Colours - Paintings by Arturas Jonikas

​2 - 14 March

Arturas Jonikas was born and raised in  the city of Klaipeda in Lithuania, which lies on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
Jonikas developed his skills as an artist while travelling all over the world, practicing and focusing on his main interest: colours.  He uses vibrant tones, colour and symbols that reflect the object of his focus at the time of painting. Curved and crooked lines are favoured over standard forms, as well as spiritual aspects that evoke a contemplation of nature, energy and national artefacts. The definition of his line of work is connected to his own experience of life, skill and vision present in all his creative projects.

 

Lives of the Artists - Robert Good

11 - 28 February 2015

Lives of the Artists updates the concept of artist biography for the internet age. Taking its title from the eponymous Renaissance work by Giorgio Vasari, artist Robert Good uses a well-known brand of internet search engine to conduct a trawl for artists, receiving daily notifications and painstakingly collating the results in an extensive and engaging display.

Robert Good is interested in the possibilities for art and in the frailties of language and the treachery of knowledge. Also exhibited is Phaidonidae, an entomological display cabinet of 1500 paper butterflies. With one butterfly per artist profiled in The Phaidon Encyclopedia of Art and Artists, Good creates a new family of lepidoptera and explores our need to classify and categorise the world around us.

 

Winter Show - Works by Daniel Liu

22 January - 7 February

Paintings, drawings and ceramics by London based Chinese artist Daniel Liu.

 

The 5 Heads of Humbert Wolfe 

5-19 January 2015

Sculptures by Anthony Padgett of Poet & Civil Servant Humbert Wolfe, to mark the 75th Anniversary of his death & 135th Anniversary of his birth.

 

Glacial renderings

8 - 20 December 2014

Brian Rybolt is showing his latest photographic work, Glacial Renderings, at the the Westminster Reference Library.  This is the first exhibition of Brian’s work from his excursion to Antarctica this past January.  His work emphasises the abstract quality of landscape formations plus radiant vistas of ice and colour.  The occasional penguin may appear.  All work is printed on archival stock using permanent pigment inks. Rybolt spent five days travelling by ship, zodiacs and by foot in the Shetland Island area of Antarctica visiting scientific stations, an old Whaling Station on Deception Island.
 

Chinese Characters - People and Faces from a Changing China

17 – 29 November 2014

Photographic exhibition by Alison Finch

 

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4 - 15 November 

Sculptures by Angelo Santonicola.

 

 

 

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