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

Paradise Jerk Centre 

7 - 24 October

The sculptures, starkly iconographic constructions assembled from a wide range of contrasting materials unified through the figures’ cast-like metallic finish, draw upon the High Modernist aesthetics of Picasso, Miró, Ernst and others, realigning aspects of early Modernism with several present-day concerns. Not least amongst these is the artist’s critical recognition of the now ubiquitous language of advertising and management-speak, a powerfully influential force within our increasingly dehumanising, money-driven culture.
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Forthcoming exhibitions

THE FALL - New Paintings by Michele Del Campo 

26 October - 7 November

Michele Del Campo: In my project, I introduce a series of random people from different walks of life who after a fall of no major consequences find themselves briefly suspended in time. Their fall may be caused by a slight distraction, by rushing around or other mundane circumstance, but the sudden shock to their system this causes, and consequent interruption of routine activity, prompt these individuals to reassess matters and might even reveal deeper truths about their own lives.

There will be an artist's talk and Q&A on 4 November 2015.


The Zoom!

9 - 21 November

Westminster Reference Library presents a solo exhibition of original artwork by Zoom Rockman. The 15-year old Londoner, described by the Daily Telegraph as a “young comic genius”, has been writing, drawing and publishing his own award-winning comic The Zoom! feted by The Independent as: “detailed, witty, exuberant and packed with larger-than-life characters”, since he was 8.  Zoom started working for The Beano! when he was 12 with a regular monthly strip since, featuring his character, ‘Skanky Pigeon’.
"Zoom Rockman has achieved more than most adults do before they are 40”
- British Vogue
“Zoom Rockman: the comic kid who’s more than a marvel"
- Evening Standard
"The Zoom! is a snappy, satirical critique of urban life”
- The Observer Magazine


Previous exhibitions

NIHIL or The Nothingness of our Existence 

15 September - 6 October

In her new solo show at Westminster Reference Library, Clementine McGaw questions and explores the potentiality of our own existence through paint.  The paintings are treated as sacred human and non-human objects through which the artist relates to flesh and its nothingness. The series of works is inspired by the writings of Julia Kristeva, Darian Leader and by Giorgio Agamben’s theory of potentiality.

‘... the painful realisation that the object already contains the possibility of its non-existence.  A nothingness is created’
- Darian Leader

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.


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: 13 October 2015
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