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November 22nd - December13th 2012

7th - 28th October 2012
November 1st – 18th

19th September –  3rd October

18th May –  31st August

The Post Office in Pictures 
Lumen is delighted to be working in partnership with The British Postal Museum Archive, to host a new and exciting exhibition showcasing iconic photographic images sourced from The Royal Mail Archive.
In 1933 Sir Stephen Tallents was appointed Public Relations Officer to the General Post Office (GPO), and so began a major project to promote the range of postal services to the British public. One initiative was the establishment of The Post Office Magazine, intended to give a sense of shared community, camaraderie and endeavor. In order to do this, the GPO employed photographers to create beautiful, informative and often humorous photographs of the Post Office at work.
While the photographic documentation of the Post Office at work in the community has continued to today, this exhibition will celebrate photographs from the BPMA collection covering the 1930s to the 1990s. Local artists from Artsite Ltd. will provide a contemporary twist, with an art installation inspired by the archive images.

7th March - 6th April

Drift is a group show envisaging a utopian future in which the spatial distinction between the external ‘urban’ and the internal ‘domestic’ has been broken down via the free interplay of fine art,architecture, and design.Drift is a group show envisaging a utopian future in which the spatial distinction between the external ‘urban’ and the internal ‘domestic’ has been broken down via the free interplay of fine art,architecture, and design. 

Presented by Blockwork Art, Drift takes its lead from the Situationist notion of derive (literally, ‘drifting’) – a world in which nomadic urban dwellers can drift seamlessly through hybrid domestic/urban zones of habitation, or ‘constructed situations’, with the power to ‘stimulate new sorts of behaviour’. To this end, the show will feature an eclectic mix of work by emerging artists, makers, and designers – with traditionally-defined fine art and design placed alongside those practices that sit resolutely between the two. Through this process, Drift seeks to question the validity of such distinctions in the first place. 

September 29th – October 28th

Playing With a Shadow ... an exhibition exploring childhood and memory


Marianne Raye, Alma Alex, and Aleksandras Aleksejevas



n a play of light an object can leave multiple shadows; multiple impressions, countless portrayals of itself. In parallel, memories shift and change with time, regularly altering one’s perceptions of places, people, events past ... both shadow and memory are our constant companions.   Childhood experiences have a long lasting effect on people’s future lives, and for many artists the memory of childhood often acts as a source of inspiration, as seen here in this evocative exhibition of painting, photography and sculpture by three very different art practitioners from Russia, and Lithuania.


September 11th – September 24th

The Art of Identity ...

London teenagers from across five world religions compete for a new art prize

 Self-portrait in England Shirt, 2011


Growing out of a day that the Archbishop of Canterbury spent at London Inter Faith Centre, with students and teachers from Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh schools, the Art of Identity project encourages young people to express something of the complexity of the different parts of themselves – with faith being one of the significant components.


The young artists in the exhibition explore ‘identity’ in a variety of ways. Some work implicitly through aspects of cultural heritage, for example one paints an urban landscape of the sub-continent, whilst another juxtaposes an England football strip with an Indian flag. Other artists explicitly rework traditional religious iconography.


The judging panel, all of whom have significant experience in working with young people to develop their interest and skill in art,  includes noted British artist Ben Johnson ( and London dealer Sarah Myerscough, of Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, Mayfair (


The artists participating in the first year of the Art of Identity are from a variety of schools, including, alphabetically, Bishop Ramsey Church of England School, Brondesbury College for Boys, Douay Martyrs Roman Catholic School, Guru Nanak School, Hasmonean Schools, Islamia Girls School, Swaminrayan School, Twyford Church of England Secondary School.


For more information about the project or The London Inter Faith Centre please contact

Fergus Capie, Project Director


Joseph Voelker, Project Administrator   


The project is supported by Cass Art London, London’s leading supplier of art materials, with generous prizes for the first of what we hope will become an annual competition.



A Wandering Eye.

A personal and evocative photographic record of travels in India and South America by local photographer Rory Perkins.

From 22nd of October to 19th of November.

Times of viewings: 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday. All other times by appointment

Born in Dublin, Ireland. Rory Perkins has lived in London, a place he has called home for the past 27yrs.
He first took up photography as a hobby when travelling in India in 2005. Armed with an Olympus 2.1 megapixel camera and a sharp eye he learned that even with the most basic equipment it is possible to capture a great image. The response from people and other photographers to his work from India inspired him to have a couple of exhibitions in London which were well received.
He is an untrained, instinctive and spontaneous photographer, never carrying more than one camera and a ready supply of rechargeable batteries.
His last venture was a 6-month trip to South America where he wooed the population with his new Nikon D90 capturing some memorable moments. 
He likes to capture people in ordinary, sometimes unguarded moments and looks for both usual and unusual subjects and portray them from interesting perspectives. His next exhibition in October at the Lumen Gallery, Titled “ A Wandering eye”  will present works including landscape, people and other organic moments captured on his travels.
I have selected the photographs in this exhibition because they are some of my personal favourites.
I have some of my work available online at )


Open 1st  - 26th June
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm   Sunday 2.15 - 6.15pm

" BUZZ "

A Celebration of British Bees and their Flowers

An exhibition of Bee Paintings and Drawings by Valerie Littlewood

Meet the Artist !!

Val will be at Lumen on the  8th 9th & 10th June to discuss all things 'bee' and 'paint'

Don't miss Brigit's talk 9th June...... 'Bee Aware'

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We have all been made aware of the plight of the disappearing honey bee in the UK and now many more people are keeping bees, but it is not so well known that many other types of bee are busy pollinating our crops and gracing our gardens. The much loved Bumblebees and the lesser known Solitary Bees are a crucial part of our natural world.

The exhibition shows the diversity and beauty of 20 different bees, from the smart black and silver Grey Mining Bee pondering the world from a Hawthorn branch, to the pretty Carder Bumblebee preparing to land on a sprig of Lavender, and from the tiny White Faced Bee who is only 5mm long to the delightful Leafcutter Bee who wraps her little ones in curls of rose leaves.

Artist Valerie Littlewood has been painting bees now for over a year, firstly for a 16 bee USA commission and now for this Celebration of British Bees.

 “While researching and studying bees it has been impossible not to become very fond of these delightful and hardworking little creatures. They are fine natural architects, ingenious nest builders, solicitous mothers and cooperative workers. Their stories are fascinating yet they generally pursue their crucial work of pollinating our crops and garden flowers unseen and unappreciated. I have received many messages and communications since starting this work, some from people who are quite frightened of being stung by bees.  In fact most of the solitary bees do not sting. They are gentle and harmless and can even be considered as the perfect garden pet! I hope this small exhibition can redress the balance and help people to see and understand more about these wonderful little friends of ours and their very distinct personalities.

 This is a lovely quote from the writer Karl Von Frisch in his book “Animal Architecture” which really struck a chord with me..

Bees differ from predacious wasps in one important particular: they are strictly vegetarian, feeding themselves and their brood on pollen and nectar. This habit endears them to kindhearted people, for they do not destroy in order to live...’

 I  know those “kindhearted people” everywhere will enjoy this exhibition and hope that it  promotes more  awareness of the diversity of bees which help keep our gardens and countryside so beautiful and varied. Flowers need bees and bees need flowers! “   

You can read more about Valerie’s bees, her discoveries and research and about the progress of the paintings on her blog at

Wednesday 21stApril -Sunday 2nd May
Private View Tuesday 20th April 6-00 - 9.30pm

LUMEN ARTS presents as part of the King's cross REVEAL programme

"Another time,another place" ........... an intimate portrayal of life in King's Cross

Phographic works by local artist Catherine Packard

Another Time, Another Place is a personal and affectionate depiction of a once infamous neighbourhood through photographs taken during the 80s and 90s by local resident and artist Catherine Packard, together with selected interviews from the King’s Cross Voices oral history project. This exhibition looks at a deeply rooted and spirited community, who continually fought for a better quality of life in an area of adverse culture, where poverty and crime were paramount, an area stigmatised by the media and feared by the wider public. The King’s Cross of today is a very different place undergoing dramatic cultural and economic change, a place of destination and desire … who would ever have thought?