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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

CL burning in the green 


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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Friday 7th January & Saturday 8th January 2022, 11am - 5pm

Sunday 9th January,  9am - 2pm  

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Happy New Year from the Sprout Art Loan team. We’d like to invite you to the 10th Art Loan Event at Sprout Gallery on Moyser Road.
We offer around 70 pieces of work which Sprout artists have donated and which you can borrow for 4 months at a time. They include paintings large and small, prints and photographs, textiles and illustrations. By becoming a member of Sprout, which is only £10 a year to join (existing members are automatically eligible for the scheme) you can take an original piece of artwork home and enjoy it for yourself. If at the end of the loan period you don’t want to part with it there is the option to buy - otherwise you can return it and choose another one !!
We are open Friday 7th and Saturday 8th 11 - 5 pm and Sunday 9th 10 - 2pm
Come and take a look for yourself and we look forward to welcoming you to the scheme.


Many thanks
Art Loan Team

Thank you again for your support and looking forward to the next event!


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Sprout Christmas Market 2021

4th to 23rd December 2021

Open 9am to 6pm 

LAST DAY December 23rd 9am - 3pm

Preview evening for Sprout members on Friday 3rd December 6-9pm


Xmas 2021 poster


(9am-6pm every day)
The Sprout Christmas Market will be opening on Saturday 4th December but members will get a preview on Friday 3rd December from 6.00 to 8.00pm. We will have a beautiful range of gifts and treats for all again they year with lots of new and familiar faces and are open every day from 9am to 6pm until 23rd December 3pm closing with a few late night shopping evenings in between. Plenty of time to do your Christmas shopping.
This is great opportunity to shop local with small independent businesses, designers and makers and pick up more individual or hand-made gifts than you might find on the high street.
We will be operating a safe shopping space by limiting the number to four people at any one time. Please wear your mask.

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Sue & Steve Owen

'Chalk & Cheese'

Tuesday 26th October to Saturday 6th November 2021
Open 11am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Private View and Refreshments on Tuesday 26th October, 6pm to 8pm


An exhibition of recent Textiles, Painting and Print Making by local artists Sue and Steve. The title of the exhibition refers to our background in art education, and our passion for colour, texture and pattern. Whilst our working methods are similar our outcomes are as varied as chalk and cheese!

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Sue Owen 

Sue taught Art Textiles in F.E for many years before retiring and having the time to focus on her own work which demonstrates her love of colour, pattern and texture in textiles.
Starting points are usually experimental mark making, the use of collage, or mixed media techniques. Sue draws inspiration from the natural world and is also interested in architectural forms.
Work is constructed of layers of hand dyed and printed fabrics which are pieced together to create depth of colour and spontaneous imagery. It is the materials themselves which indicate the direction the work will take, and often ideas change as Sue introduces new fabrics or recycles pieces. The addition of hand printed sheer fabrics used as an overlay generates interesting colour variation to Sue’s work which is further enhanced with hand and or machine embroidery.
Recent works include landscapes using combinations of fabrics including vintage lace, fragments of knitted yarn and hand printed silk. These are combined with beads, shells and sometimes interesting elements like rusty bolts and nails which add character and texture to the piece.
Sue has discovered another direction by exploring the concept of an ‘irregular edge’ in pieces such as The Roaches and Garden 2021. These are composed of individual sections of printed fabrics enhanced with hand and machine stitch.


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Steve Owen

Starting points for the paintings are quite often the faded graphics in 50’s and 60’s magazines and often there is a fair amount of ‘pop’ ephemera buried in the resulting imagery. Paintings start fairly chaotic but are gradually ‘tamed’ however the temptation to reach a finished outcome too quickly is often difficult to resist. Initial shapes and collage material lie half concealed under washes of colour-half eroded and scratched away, and what may appear spontaneous in the work often requires destruction, obliteration, reworking and refining.
The limited edition prints in the exhibition are a new development, combining monotypes with paint and using the ‘reduction’ mono printing method first used by Degas. There is a spontaneity and boldness about this method which leads to some really dramatic results. Starting points for the prints range from retro typefaces to moody imagined interiors and kitchens.
Steve Owen studied Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon School of Art before embarking on a career teaching Art in secondary schools and FE colleges.
He has exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Bankside gallery, as well as many other commercial galleries and this is his third exhibition at SproutArt with Sue.

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