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The Last Picture Show

Marion Jones (1952 - 2021) & Chris Lessware

Tuesday 28th September - 9th October 2021

Open 11am – 5pm (closed Monday)

Private View Tuesday 28th Sept  7-9pm


Marion Jones - 1952 -2021 

Marion died on 5th July 2021. These are the biographical details she submitted for her exhibition at Sprout last year. Proceeds from sales of her work will go to Myeloma UK.

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Marion is a non-figurative painter, whose paintings are made up of thinly stained and saturated coloured layers. The structure is developed through the divisions of squares and rectangles. Process and intuition also play a decisive role.

She has exhibited in a wide range of venues including the Royal Academy and the Cello Factory and was selected for The London Group Open in 2017 and 2019.
She was long listed for the Jacksons Painting Prize in 2019 and will be taking part in The Beep Painting Biennial in Oct. 2020.

Selected for The Beep Painting Prize / Biennial 2020 3rd Oct- 7th November 2020 Elysium Gallery Swansea


Recent exhibitions have included:
The London Group Open pt2 Dec 2019- The Cello Factory Waterloo
Design Week Paris – 3 paintings and Gallery Ecart International Sept 2019
Sprout Arts joint exhibition March 2019
Paintings in Living Etc. Jan edition 2019
SVAF - selected exhibition Cello Factory Waterloo Feb 2018 SFSA- Painting Open Deptford Dec. 2018
SVAF Open -Kaleidoscope gallery Feb/March 2018
SFSA -Painting Open Deptford Dec 2017
London Group Open pt 2 Nov 22- Dec 1st 2017 Cello Factory London SE1
Small- PSMirabel ManchesterJuly / August 2017
RWS -Contemporary watercolour exhibition Bankside 2017
Mono - PS Mirabel, - Manchester Feb-March 2017
Edges and Planes- June 2016
Tectonic Plates- Solo exhibition -Temple Cloisters Jan - April 2016

Ten- Gerald Moore Gallery -SLWA- Nov-Dec 2015
Shelf Life PSMirabel Manchester Sept-October 2015
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 'Bars and Triangles' 2015
FACK - shortlisted for West London Art Prize - Griffin Gallery -July


Chris Lessware

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Chris is a South London artist who has exhibited in a number of different venues and has paintings in a wide number of personal collections.
For more information refer to his website and weekly blog.


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1938 - 2020


Memorial Exhibition

A special memorial Exhibition of Quilts, celebrating the life and extraordinary talent of Barbara Laine, a true friend to Sprout Arts from the beginning.

11am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Sprout Member's Private View: Tuesday 7th September 6:00-8:30pm


On Tuesday 31st August we are privileged to be able to bring you an exhibition of quilts in memory of Barbara Laine who supported Sprout from the start. Please come to see the incredible work created and learn more about artist behind the quilts.

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Barbara Laine, 1938-2020

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Barbara's parents were Martin Peacock, Professor of Crystallography at Toronto University, but originally from Scotland, and Katharine West of Glens Falls, Upper New York State. On the death of her father in 1950 Katharine moved her two daughters back to the family home, now in Putney, Vermont.

Barbara's aunt Nancy, was the school secretary at the Putney school, a progressive, co-educational private school and as such Barbara and her sister (another Nancy) were students there. It was the sort of school which had a farm, offered skiing (I don't think she was a fan, but it was in New England) and had staff who had escaped from Spain and Germany in the 1930s. Her art teacher had fought in the Spanish civil war. At Putney she began working with silver. In that period Barbara would have observed Katharine's skills at both sewing and knitting, although knitting was not a skill she developed.

After 2 years at Brown University studying English Literature the war bond money her father had invested in during WW2 matured and she now had enough money to spend a year at a foreign university. Because of the Scottish conections, and her relations in Scotland, she chose Edinburgh, crossing the Atlantic by cargo ship in the late summer of 1957, for the first of three times, when the price of flying about equalled the price of sailing. This is where she learned to play canasta.

At Edinburgh, apart from her studies, she worked behind the scenes in the university amateur dramatics group in the props and costumes departments. This is where she met her future husband David (Taffy) who was working in the stage lighting department. They married in 1959. It's also where she started life modelling, something she carried on doing until, aged 70, Croydon council declined to insure her. She sat in Edinburgh and Malvern and for adult education classes at various schools and centres around Wandsworth and Croydon, always avoiding those at which her children were studying to avoid the embarrassment factor.

For 10 years they lived in Nottingham and Malvern, bringing up 3 small children and Barbara developed her sewing skills by making clothes for herself and her children. In Malvern she attended evening classes in jewelry making and would make a new piece in copper before splashing out on the silver she really wanted. In later years the trial piece was made of silver before working it in the gold she really wanted. She had a hallmark with her initials at the Birmingham Assay office to guarantee the content of the metals she worked with, making the wedding rings for her children. On moving to London in 1970 she returned to silversmithing and also began working intensively on batik techniques which began her fascination with dyeing fabric. She went on more than one course to dye with indigo and her love of its intense dark blue was born.

When my youngest brother started school, my memories are of her getting up really early, 6 am, to do half an hour of yoga and then half an hour of Russian. This was the time when the BBC had radio courses in foreign languages. This she continued in London reaching graduate level in the language and was rewarded by American relations with a fortnight's trip to and in the USSR, getting as far as Samarkand in Uzbekistan, from where she could see China. Perhaps this inspired her later studies of Mandarin Chinese, also to a high level, never letting her partial deafness get in the way of things. French, Spanish and modern Greek were also studied. Yoga continued well into her 70s.

From the mid 1970s she travelled frequently, sometimes alone, sometimes with Taffy, sometimes with groups. In the earlier years it was mostly to Europe. She only took a camera in the later years, preferring initially to get up early and go and see what it was she really wanted to look at by drawing it. In the late 1980s she began to go further afield, to India and China. She went on a textile tour in India, she did textile work in Thailand. She visited her older son in Wuhan, China several times, always combining a visit with a wider exploration of the country. In 2017 her last long distance trip was to Shanghai and then to Japan for more textile and art adventures and her interest in Sashiko and Boro was further stoked. In 1985 she walked the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostella, a life changing experience for her.

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Despite her New England heritage her quilting was a craft born and bred here in London. She took the City and Guilds Embroidery Diploma course and then extended into quilting, often with applique. She was an early member of the Dulwich Quilters. She made many quilts for Project Linus, the group who give quilts to sick, disabled and disadvantaged babies, children and teenagers, and many for family members. One year she made the principal raffle prize for Region 1 of the Quilters Guild. She held several exhibitions here at Sprout, having lived in the area for long enough to remember it being a greengrocers back in the 70s. One piece of work hung in St Pauls church here in Furzedown for several years. She sold that piece, and a companion piece, to Poppy, who in the end would be her funeral director.

Barbara was not afraid of colour. She would spend many hours arranging and rearranging patchwork pieces to get the right development of colour, and would take work apart if it wasn't working as she wanted. Her designs were her own and, in a room full of quilts I could always recognise hers. She made a piece based on Sudoku, and other pieces based on the Fibonacci number sequence. Rarely did she just follow someone else's pattern and she never did hexagons!

In 2014 Barbara was diagnosed with 2(!) cancers and spent a year or so having various treatments, always planning the next trip or exhibition to see, between appointments and surgeries. She took her drawing books into St George's and when improving, would take them and her medical paraphanalia down to the open gardens within the buildings to draw another plant, another bush, another shape, another colour. At the start of 2018 her illness progressed and she made an emergency trip to Florence to see the art she hadn't seen for 60 years.

Barbara Laine flowersAt the start of 2020 she made the difficult decision not to start on yet another treatment. Covid closed the museums so she didn't get to see the Kimono exhibition at the V&A that she'd hoped to see with her daughter and grand-daughter. But she was still sewing, with family members threading needles for her, or making greetings cards from fabric. People sent beautiful flowers and she drew and painted them. She watched programmes about the art of the Middle East, or Tudor history with emphasis on the clothes. She read the final novel about Thomas Cromwell, the Mirror and the Light, (all 950 pages of it!) during that period. She gave me fabrics and threads so I could sew bags while I was in London with her.

And on her death certificate I was lucky enough to be able to give her occupation as Artist.

(Margaret Nock, Barbara's daughter, August 2021)





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Sprout’s Artist in Residence January 2021

3rd to 29th August 2021 (except 16 – 20th)

Residency drop-in times: 10am - 4pm weekdays 

Please check social media to confirm dates and times

Julie Sullock

To find out more about our Artist in Residence please click HERE

You might know her as “Julie from Balham ” from BBC Radio London where she is a regular contributor to the Jo Good show on weekday afternoons; or you might have read about her in “Country Life” this month where she is highlighted as one of the six artists to look out for in the recent Affordable Art Fair. . . . but for the month of August Julie Sullock will be the Artist in Residence at Sprout Gallery on Moyser Road in Furzedown.

Before we even mention her artwork let us continue to explain what kind of artist we are lucky to have: as a printmaker she is a founder member of Southbank Printmakers and a member of the Printmakers' Council. Julie is a printmaker, painter and teacher who combines media, mixing etching with screen printing; and more recently combining etching with watercolour to achieve more subtle colour effects. She lists Klee, Kandinsky, Bonnard, Albert Irvin and Sargy Mann as influences on her work.

Born and bred in south London she comes from a family of creatives and also follows her second passion “gardening” working as a freelance artist for Chelsea Physic Garden, Wisley RHS and Brockwell Community Garden.

Julie will be using her intuitive response to her surroundings whilst working in Furzedown; initially producing sketches and watercolour studies to take into larger scale paintings and collages. There will also be the opportunity for anyone planning a staycation in Furzedown to visit her in the studio and to pick up a postcard to make their own artwork.

Sprout Gallery will be open during her Residency 2 – 28th August (except 16 – 20th) between 10 – 4 on weekdays; but please check on social media for specific dates and times as she will be taking a short break too.


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To see her work visit her website on
or follow her on instagram @juliesullock

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Polish Women Artists

from South London       

Tuesday 14th to Saturday 25th September 2021

Members Private View Friday 17th September 6:00 to 8:30pm

'Polish Women Artists from South London' is a joint exhibition of eight female creatives.  Although their artwork is different in style and inspiration, they are all sprouting from the same roots of Polish heritage and calling South London their home. 

Karolina Jonc Buczek

Julia Chwascinska

Magdalena del Mar

Monneeshka (Monika Koch)

Joanna Niedzielska

Jo Ostrowka

Ania Pieniazek

Maria Storey

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Karolina Jonc Buczekis a Polish Illustrator and Graphic Designer based in South London.  Her colourful and humorous work often tackles the subject of body positivity, mental health, Polish culture and pop culture.   Karolina has exhibited many times at Sprout and her International Women’s Day post featured on our Instagram story today.
Julia Chwascinska
Inspired by Kandinsky, I desire to understand the relationship between composition within an artwork and how that affects the one looking at it.   The physicality of art as well as the process of creation itself overpowers the artificial concept one might have before an artwork comes to be; the materials used in its formation will naturally drive its meaning, causing the ultimate “death of an artist”.   Authorship is a rather complicated but equally fascinating concept to me.   I am a strong believer that the “degree zero” of art making allows for the most freedom, and the most authentic experience of art - the viewer should be unrestrained to form a deep, personal connection with an artwork.   Thus, I strive to explore various ways of making that experience more upfront. 
Magdalena del Mar works with her beloved palette of blue, green and turquoise hues.
Her main source of inspiration is water-based scenery, waves reflecting on deep blue seas, causing mirror-like shine effects and creating that mystical, magical atmosphere that she is so drawn to.  The endless combinations of different shades/hues of blue and green colour collaboration bring, makes her art relaxing, soothing and therapeutic. 
Monneeshka - also known as Monika Koch is a self-taught Polish artist living the UK for the last 17 years   Monika captures the female beauty with simple lines, brush strokes and block colours.  Her inspirations come from Modigliani art, fashion photography and all women around her.   She loves working with Ink gouache, acrylics and gold leaf. 
Joanna Niedzielska searches for expression through painting and making jewellery.   She was raised in Poland but since 2013 she has been living in South London.  Her favourite subject is London landscapes and her paintings portray city life.    Always intrigued by urban architecture she try to capture a unique atmosphere if interesting streets, squares or buildings.    She also makes jewellery using recycled or upcycled materials
Jo Ostrowka was born and brought up in South London to Polish parents, Jo likes to explore different avenues of creativity particularly in photography 
Ania Pieniazek was born in Katowice Poland.   She studied at Silesia University in Cieszyn, gaining a degree in Art Education in 2003.   She worked with the galleries in Katowice and Warsaw before she permanently moved to London in 2005.   
Working mainly on canvas in oil or acrylic she plays with shapes and vivid colours trying to convey pictures formed in her imagination.   Most of her works are based upon a general figurative art.   Ania’s artist output is divided into several cycles.   These comprise:  Landscapes, Cityscapes, Still Life, Meadows and Trees.   
Maria Storey specialises in lino cuts and draws inspiration from her love of nature and of the wildlife that inhabits urban London and the English countryside .  Daughter to a Polish emigre fine artist, her creative development has grown within the context of Poland’s rich and unique heritage in folk art.   Maria’s prints are all original limited edition, generally ranging from 1-50.   Each print is individually numbered and signed.

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Art and Friendship Exhibition

from South London       

Tuesday 12th to Saturday 23rd October 2021

Val Coumont & Linda Latter

 Paintings, Drawings, Art Autobiography, Storyboards & Cards 

We are showing artwork completed when together walking as well as work done individually. These are places seen, experienced and loved, for example, Val’s travels to the Hebrides, the Auvergne, India and Nepal and Linda’s holidays in La Gomera, Sussex and Greece.

Val has a series of “windows” and “doors” inspired by the colours of India and Nepal alongside some writing which grew from this intense experience.

Linda has a series of paintings entitled “meridians” on the theme of changes through life from youth, the middle years to the end of life. She also is showing two “Storyboards” based on poems.

We include our Art Autobiographies which have been developed by Val into her “Painting our Lives ” group in her work for the Mental Health Service.


Linda Latter

I spent five years at art colleges and then taught art in Secondary Schools, the Youth Service and Adult Education. I also ran art groups for parents and children before working in educational advice. Later I re-trained in counselling and spent 35 years as a counsellor and supervisor including some teaching. Concurrently, I was in a peer-led art therapy group for many years. In the NHS, I also worked for 7 years with a group of patients using art and craft materials to improve their confidence, well-being and re-engagement. In retirement I now have more time for art.

Val Coumont

Val Coumont trained as a psychotherapist in the mid-1980’s. While working at the Waterloo Community Counselling Project in 1988, she met Linda Latter, and the two have been friends ever since, sharing a love of painting and walking. They both became members of an art therapy group, and it was as a result of this that Val unexpectedly began painting in her fifties. She loves the undivided focus and absorption which painting requires, not dissimilar to the therapist’s undivided attention to her client in a psychotherapy session.
In 2007, just before she turned 60, Val visited India for the first time, and the main group of her paintings in this exhibition came from that journey. Travelling south from Mumbai in trains and buses, she visited towns and cities, temples and shrines, markets, coffee plantations and waterways. 9 years later, she began to paint this experience.
Other pictures are from journeys which Linda and Val have shared, particularly in the Scottish islands, and central and southern France.
In recent years, Val took inspiration from Linda’s art autobiography to create “Painting our Lives” groups within an NHS mental health service, as well as to record parts of her own life-story in pictures.
She lives in South London with her husband, a visiting cat, and an unaccountably tame fox.

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Jane came to London aged 18 in the 1970's and attended the pottery evening class which started, for her, a life-long enthusiasm for working in clay. She studied at Harrow School of Art in 1977 and obtained a Higher Diploma in Studio Pottery in 1979. She had a stall in the Apple Market in Covent Garden from 1980-1983. As well as working in a studio in Pimlico selling pots to shops, a restaurant and at Craft Fairs, she started teaching in Adult Education Institutes. This followed with other classes in Youth Clubs and Day Centres. She has just retired from teaching Pottery at Sutton College and Penwortham Primary School where she taught mainstream classes, adults with learning difficulties and disabilities and primary school children of all ages.
Jane has always enjoyed creating pots on the wheel and the work on display in this show is all thrown. She uses a variety of clays to make bowls, bottles, jugs and vases which she decorates with surface texture, slips and Chinese glazes. In recent years Jane's focus has been on teaching and she has welcomed the opportunity to make a collection of work for this Art and Friendship exhibition in Sprout to sit alongside the paintings of Val Coumont and Linda Latter.


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