• Zoe Akroyd Parker

Live Art Saturday

On Saturday I took part in my first Live Art Saturday at the Elizabeth James Gallery in South Norwood.

It was a little daunting at first to be working in the window, with people passing close by and a big group standing at the bus stop opposite, but it didn't take long to settle down and I soon felt quite at home.

Lots of people stopped by for a chat or just to watch me work. I had chosen a simple theme for my first go- a big group of handmade pots from Turmi Market (Ethiopia), so I couldn't really go wrong. I had had a lot of practice drawing pots at the African Galleries in the British Museum the week before, so that made me feel a little more confident.

I was very happy to be visited by friends and my students (old and new), as well as to meet new people from the area. Portland Road, South Norwood is a very lively place to be and it seems like the Elizabeth James Art Gallery is exactly what is needed to speed up the regeneration of the area.

As a result of the day, I not only ended up with a finished piece of work but also more events and opportunities coming up. I shall include a quick guide here, and add more details as they are confirmed:

Feb 14th-28th "Interpretations of Love" Group Exhibtion at the EJGallery, 10, Portland Road, South Norwood, London SE25 4PF

Feb 1-28th Group Exhibition "Croydon Creative Month" at Matthew's Yard, Croydon, CR0 1FF

Feb 11th, 15th and 25th- Charcoal Drawing Workshops at Matthew's Yard , Croydon, CR0 1FF

March 1-28th Solo Exhibition (plus my son!) Click Clock Gallery, St Katherine's House, Croydon

Later this year, fingers crossed- Dinq Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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