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Keep The Flame – Support Intoart

Support Intoart this winter as we work with our artists to stay creative and well during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are thrilled to launch our latest product collaboration from the Intoart design studio.

Keep the flame with our new limited edition candle collection. Designed by Intoart and hand poured in small batches by Otter candle Co.

Available in two designs by Intoart artists | Zebra Eye by Ntiense Eno Amooquaye | Botanical by Christian Ovonlen

PREORDER now from the Intoart Shop

Vegan ▪️ Free of parabens ▪️ Made with coconut & soy wax
Our two scents have been uniquely blended using essential & fragrance oils
Fig & Spiced Apple | Orange Cedarwood & Cinnamon

Please note – All candles and gift boxes are limited edition and available to pre-order now. Orders will be dispatched from the 4th December.

Intoart – Staying Creative During the Covid-19 Pandemic

This September we welcomed sixteen artists back to the Intoart studio, reopening our Peckham studio after the first lockdown for 8 weeks of full-time studio programming. In October, the team, artists and our support networks tested out new ways of remote working concurrent to studio activity. Meaning we could respond as and when needed.

As we now move into a second lockdown this November, every artist has a bespoke set of art materials, resources, research and accessible plans for home studio working. Linked in remotely with a member of the team in a new programme to share new work over zoom, on the phone or meeting up one to one to stay creative and well.

Intoart at Collect 2020 | Somerset House | 27 February – 1 March

For Collect 2020, Intoart presents ceramic works by Mawuna Kattah and her new collaboration with textile practitioner Laura Slater. Their new series of unique textile works embody a strong sense of pattern, mark-making and narrative found in family and personal iconography culminating in large-scale, hand screen-printed linen works.

“Collect is the International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design. With the aim to be showcasing the breadth of makers and making, the Crafts Council is proud to be supporting Intoart at Collect 2020.”

27 February – 1 March 2020
Thu 11.00-17.00
Thu 18.00-21.00 (Private View)
Fri – Sun 11.00-18.00

Stand 5
Somerset House
Strand, London WC2R 1LA
East, South & West Wings

More information and tickets HERE

Change Your Mind / 20 Years Programme

For our 20th year, Intoart launch ‘Change Your Mind’ a programme of exhibitions and events taking place throughout 2020 in and around Peckham, South London. The programme will present The Room by Andre Williams, The Performance by Ntiense Eno-Amooquaye, The Meal by Mawuena Kattah, The Exhibition at Copeland Gallery, The Design Collection and The Intoart Annual.

The title of our 20th anniversary programme is inspired by the artwork ‘Change Your Mind’ by Andre Williams, whose striking text based works, including ‘It’s a Disaster’, ‘Hard Labour’, ‘Fun’ and ‘Glum’ challenge and entertain with unmatched efficiency and wit.

Our 20 Years programme is an invitation to celebrate artists and artwork that in the words of Andre Williams, really can ‘Change Your Mind’.

Find out more HERE

Intoart at 20 Years

Intoart was founded 20 years ago when co-founders Ella Ritchie and Sam Jones left art college and started the first ever Intoart project in Peckham, South London.

Our ambition then was to build a studio where people with learning disabilities have equality of opportunity to practise as artists. In 2020, based at our fully resourced art and design studio at Peckham Levels, we look forward to sharing work by artists who have built extraordinary bodies of work over many years and have led the way in driving the ambition of the organisation.

Intoart Annual Exhibition – Tuesday 26th November

Intoart proudly invite you to an exhibition of artworks spanning ceramics, textiles, print, painting and works on paper by members of the Intoart collective made during 2019.

One Night Only – Special event
Tuesday 26 November, 6-9pm
Peckham Gallery on Level 5, Peckham Levels
Booking rsvp@intoart.org.uk

The show marks the launch of our brand new product collection ‘Hungry For More’ with new homeware, apparel, prints and accessories.

Print Show – 20th June

Intoart Editions – Launch Exhibition

To celebrate our new HPV-60 Relief Press we are holding an exhibition of new prints and launching Intoart Editions.

Thursday 20 June
6-9pm

Peckham Levels, 95a Rye Lane, London SE15
Booking essential: rsvp@intoart.org.uk

Print editions will be on sale including new linocut, screenprint, mono and riso prints.

The purchase of the press was made possible thanks to the generous support and fundraising efforts of two sponsored bike rides by Ian Ritchie (Liverpool – Lille – Leige – London) Catherine Winn and Henry Young (London – Brighton).

RoomFifty x Intoart – Print Collection

Intoart artists have collaborated with online art hub RoomFifty to produce an exclusive 9-strong print collection.

We’ve been bursting to share this project and fantastic set of new works by Andre Williams/ Clifton Wright/ Christian Ovonlen/ Yoshiko Phillips with imagery ranging from abstract portraits to luscious plants.

Our partner for this project, RoomFifty, sell affordable, museum-quality prints by 50 of the best illustrators and designers in the world. Curated by award-winning illustrators and art directors, they have unique access to the best commercial artists working today, and want their work to reach an art buying audience all over the world – whether you’re an art lover or simply looking for a fantastic print for your home

Each artwork is available in four sizes and printed on 240gsm archival-standard paper, using professional, fade-resistant inks to create beautiful prints with incredibly fine detail.

The collection is now available to buy HERE

Prices start at £20.

All products are shipped worldwide.

Intoart Proudly Announce a New Programme

Artists Direct Change
‘An equal platform for emerging visual artists’
Intoart / 20 years / 2020

Intoart will be 20 years old in 2020 
By 2020 we want to share our successes but also question why there remain so many barriers to inclusion for people with learning disabilities in contemporary art programmes and discourses.

In February 2019 Intoart are launching Artists Direct Change, a new programme focused on artists with bodies of work developed over many years practising as artists in the Intoart studio.

The Artist Direct Change programme will show how by investing in artists we can address low expectations, othering and cultural exclusion. We will challenge the presumptive use of the term ‘Outsider’ in relation to people with learning disabilities, learn from, and contribute to contemporary discourses.

The Artists Direct Change (ADC) programme of activity will open up opportunities for individual artistic development and progression routes for people with learning disabilities practising as artists. ADC is Intoart’s first ever professional development programme.

Subscribe to the ADC mailing list to keep track of the programme.

Announcing the Artists Direct Change Steering Group

Comprised of leading professionals in the field of contemporary art, has a key advisory and advocacy role to action how the ADC programme will impact on  the visual arts sector / audiences / artists / Intoart.

Melanie Keen, Director/Chief Curator, Iniva (Institute of International Visual Art)
Kirsty Ogg, Director, New Contemporaries
Eliza Gluckman, Deputy Director and Senior Curator, Government Art Collection
Deborah Smith, Head of Programmes (Interim) Serpentine Galleries
Jo Capper, Collaborative Programme Curator, Grand Union
Cheryl Jones, Director, Grand Union
Alessandra Cianetti, Curator, Writer, Founder of performingborders research-platform
Ella Ritchie, Co-founder and Director, Intoart
Sam Jones, Co-founder and Programme Manager, Intoart

“For nearly 20 years, Intoart has been doing incredible work supporting people with learning disabilities, supporting them to operate successfully as practicing artists while challenging society’s perceptions about disability. The Artists Direct Change project is a major new initiative that will significantly increase the visibility and viability of some of these artists. I am proud to be associated with this work and to support Intoart.” Kirsty Ogg, Director, New Contemporaries

“Intoart’s ambition is to create an equal platform for these important emerging voices in the visual arts. It is an exciting time to join this conversation and support the Intoart team as they approach this important milestone”.  Eliza Gluckman Senior Curator & Deputy Director, Government Art Collection

Close: Drawn Portraits

Close: Drawn Portraits
Drawing Room London

A group exhibition featuring portraits by Clifton Wright

22 November 2018 – 3 February 2019

Mounira Al Solh, Frank Auerbach, Paul Cézanne, Virginia Chihota, Lucian Freud, Dryden Goodwin, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Horst Janssen, Claudette Johnson, Michael Landy, Maria Lassnig, Joyce Pensato, Deanna Petherbridge, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Paula Rego, Nicola Tyson, Jessica Voorsanger and Clifton Wright.

Bringing together historic figures such as Ingres, Picasso and Hepworth, and recent and contemporary artists including Lassnig, Hockney and Landy, this exhibition reveals intimate encounters between artists and their subjects over the past 200 years. Remarkable drawn portraits, rarely seen, sit beside those made today, and demonstrate drawing’s enduring ability to bring characters to life.

‘…exploring the relationship between the head and the space around it, at times blurring the distinction between them. Whilst exploiting this confusion Wright has used careful compositional decisions and colour variations to produce a sense of compression such that his acutely observed head is propelled forward and almost transgresses the boundaries of the page.’ (KM)
Extract from ‘Close: Drawn Portraits’ catalogue

Installation view, Close: Drawn Portraits, Drawing Room, London, 2018. Photo: Andy Keate, Courtesy Drawing Room, London

More info here