An Octopus with Boomerangs: Exhibition 30th June – 3rd July

The Intoart Collection – An Octopus with Boomerangs

Exhibition at Copeland Gallery, Peckham
Opening Event Thursday 30th June, 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition runs Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July, 10am – 6pm

The Intoart Collection Exhibition and Book

We are excited to announce first ever Intoart Collection exhibition ‘An Octopus with Boomerangs.’ The exhibition, and accompanying publication, premiere works from the collection, providing an insight into the vast range of work produced in Intoart’s studios.

While no thematic prevails, work is characterised by material and formal exploration across art, design, poetry and fashion. You will see dream-like evocations of other worlds and unruly versions of this one: lyrical depictions of nature, vivid abstractions and experimental portraiture.

The artists are world-makers twisting visual culture into their own inimitable styles. Work veers from the elegantly precise to the expressively gestural and is marked by a lightly anarchic attitude towards discipline and genres.

Visit the exhibition, buy the book and, in the words of Andre Williams, ‘Change Your Mind.’

Andre Williams | Aysen Aktu | B Taylor | Christian Ovonlen | Clifton Wright | Danielle Green | Dawn Wilson | Ishaq Beckford | Jordan Moody | Kevin Jacobs | Lisa Contucci | Lisa Trim | Luigi Lollobigida | Mawuena Kattah | Nancy Clayton | Nick Fenn | Ntiense Eno-Amooquaye | Ruth Alemayehu | Philomena Powell | Samuel Jegede | Stanley Galton | Uduehi Imienwanrin | William Mukui | Yoshiko Phillips

Copeland Gallery | Unit 9I | Copeland Park | 133 Copeland Rd | London SE15 3SN

Clifton Wright Solo Exhibition – Block 336

22nd April – 28th May 2022
Opening event: Friday 22nd April 2022
Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 5pm

We are delighted to announce Clifton Wright’s first solo exhibition ‘Hieroglyphics of the Face’ opening at Block 336 on 22nd April.

Working prolifically for over 15 years, the exhibition includes a selection of drawings made between 2017 and 2020. Clifton Wright works from life and draws the people around him. Whilst his models may be close friends that he has known for many years, he does not make traditional portraits. Wright instead uses the face as a starting point – a framework to be considered, abstracted and reorganised, with features becoming symbols that hang together in new formal arrangements. Find out more about the exhibition HERE

Block 336 | 336 Brixton Road | London | SW9 7AA

Uduehi Imienwanrin – The Football Art Prize Touring Exhibition

From 11th March work by Uduehi Imienwanrin will be on display in a new touring exhibition ‘The Football Art Prize‘.

To coincide with the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Touchstones Rochdale has created The Football Art Prize to celebrate arguably the world’s most popular sport.

The judging panel selected 69 artworks by 50 artists, with three artists being awarded cash prizes, including a top prize of £5,000. Additionally, visitors to the exhibition can vote for an ‘Audience Choice’ award winner.

The judging panel includes:

Sacha Craddock – writer, critic & broadcaster
Jo Cunningham – curator
Mark Doyle – curator
David James – footballer, coach & pundit
Kirstie Hamilton – curator
Mark Wallinger – artist
Gordon Taylor OBE – former footballer and former chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association

Explorers – Launch 10th March

Intoart has been invited to be one of eight UK based partners working on the Explorers Programme. Explorers is a national creative programme increasing the visibility and representation of neurodivergent artists in contemporary visual art.


Intoart at Collect Art Fair 2022 Somerset House

Friday 25 – Sunday 27 February
Open 11.00-18.00
(Previews 23 – 24 February)

Somerset House | Strand | London | WC2R 1LA

For Collect 2022, Intoart will debut new bodies of work by Christian Ovonlen and Clifton Wright.

Exhibiting large scale printed silk textiles (Ovonlen) and hand glazed ceramics (Wright) bringing together the work of two artist makers approaching figurative and abstract elements in their work from very different starting points.

Collect is one of the world’s most influential fairs focusing on contemporary craft and design and living artists, taking place each year at Somerset House in the heart of London.

Showcasing exceptional work made in the last five years, allowing each gallery to curate their own display and commission new pieces or bodies of work especially for the Fair.

Book Tickets For Collect

Christian Ovonlen Shortlisted for the Brookfield Properties Craft Award 2022

We start the new year with exciting news that Christian Ovonlen is one of five artists shortlisted for the Brookfield Properties Craft Award, in partnership with the Crafts Council 2022.

The five shortlisted artists were selected from 350 artists showing at the 2022 edition of Collect, the leading international fair for contemporary design and craft. The five artists are Anthony Amoako-Attah, Dawn Bendick, Cecilia Charlton, Christian Ovonlen and Irina Razumovskaya.

Now in its third year, the Brookfield Properties Craft Award is one of the most significant craft prizes in the UK, worth £60,000. The Award recognises an artist who significantly contributes to the story of contemporary craft and making in the UK.

The winner will be revealed on 24 February 2022 at Somerset House, as part of Crafts Council’s Collect 2022 art fair. The winning artist receives a solo exhibition at a Brookfield Properties space which will open in summer 2022 with artworks acquired by the winning artist for the national Crafts Council Collection.

Ella Ritchie New Years Honours

We’re proud to share that Intoart’s Director, Ella Ritchie, has been awarded MBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to the arts and disability.

“After leaving art college in 2000, I went about setting up the first Intoart project with a grant of £2000 from London Arts (now Arts Council England). Over the past 21 years the founding vision remains our driving force informed by the voice, leadership and artistic direction by people with learning disabilities.

It’s without doubt to me that this recognition is shared with the whole community of Intoart – foremost the artists, staff team, parents, caregivers, support networks, trustees, audiences and those people that are excited to work together and say ‘yes’. Intoart has grown and evolved into a collective endeavour with people that I am extremely proud of and continue to champion for a better future for us all.”

Intoart Annual Exhibition 2021

An Exhibition by 21 Artists
Working in the Intoart Studio

Online Exhibition
16 November 2021 – 16 January 2022

This year’s Intoart Annual Exhibition is our strongest yet, testament to the creative drive of each artist now working back in the studio and building on the 350 works made during our six month home studio programme.

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Each artist has elevated their practice and are moving in new directions for 2022 spanning textiles, ceramics, performance and installation.

We are proud to welcome six new members to the collective, who joined the studio in September. Each at the very beginning of their artistic journey as part of Intoart’s Foundation programme and showing work here for the first time.

2022 promises to be an exciting year as Intoart embarks on a new programme of exhibitions and welcomes back audiences.

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Christian Ovonlen, Beast with Boots and Staff, 2021

Andre Williams Exhibition – Room For Doubt

Its with absolute delight that we share Andre Williams’ debut solo exhibition which you can now view on the Intoart Exhibitions Website from 29th September to 31st October 2021.

Room For Doubt is a full scale interior bringing to life Andre Williams’ drawings of fantastical rooms. His exhibition places richly illustrated furniture, wry humoured typography and hand-crafted objects in one dazzling space.

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