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

A Portrait of Our Population - An exhibition of artwork by Nicola Wills 

25 August - 12 September 2015

A Portrait of our Population' is a representation of human society in the twenty first century.  In this exhibition the artist explores contemporary society and its values and depicts scenes of modern life through use of abstract and representative imagery.

 

Previous exhibitions

NYCLondonHK – a trilogy tripled

8 July – 24 August 2015

Photographs by Hark Yeung and artworks by Fong So. 

The umbrella, a symbol of protecting civil liberties in the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong in 2014, links art exhibitions in three world cities: New York, London and Hong Kong. We use umbrellas to keep rain off our heads. During the Hong Kong Occupy Movement in 2014, protestors used umbrellas to protect themselves from harmful pepper spray and tear-gas fumes. The two-month occupation of central Hong Kong to protest the government’s political “reform” plan has since been dubbed the Umbrella Movement. Civil liberties were discussed in the Umbrella Movement, and prompted these exhibitions by the two journalist-turned artists. Umbrella is the theme of the first two exhibitions.

The two Hong Kong artists’ exhibits focus on what has happened in Hong Kong after the city’s handover by the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China in 1997. Most of Fong So’s artworks in this exhibition can be viewed as an imagery summary of some of the biggest protests in Hong Kong from 1997 to 2014. His work, to a certain extent, reflects Hong Kong’s complicated history, its Chinese connections, its international environment, and also the sentiments and aspirations of its people – Hongkongers.

 

Rebecca Tang - Paper Arts Summer Show 

16 - 27 June 2015

Rebecca Tang’s artistic journey began at the age of six when she picked up a pencil to draw flowers, portraits and animals. Now, the inspiration for her artwork comes from the beauty of reusing unwanted materials and giving them a new life. In this particular series Rebecca Tang recycles cardboard boxes, toilet rolls, newspaper, index papers and paper bags to make artwork, canvas and frames. In the process of creating her artwork, she moves between ideas with papier-mâché, origami, mosaic and illustration. Making picture frames from cardboard boxes is also one of the ideas she likes. Playing with colours and textures, she assembles papier-mâché, cardboard boxes and coats them with emulsion paints. Portraits, flowers and canvas are varnished as a final finishing touch. Rebecca Tang is a Hong Kong born artist based in London and this is her first solo show.

 

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?

 

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.  

 

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.


Last updated: 24 August 2015
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