St Mary Magdalene Winter Festival

Dear Friends

First of all a huge thanks to all who have supported and attended our recent events at St Mary Magdalene’s. It’s wonderful to see the church come alive in the way that it can.

PDT with St. Mary Magdalene’ in Partnership with Westminster Adult Education Service invite you to attend the Winter Festival at St. Mary Magdalene’s.

On the 21 Saturday 1-3pm at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church you can expect to be spoiled with an array of fun activities for you and your children. Crèche, music and refreshments will be provided.

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Revive! invites a discovery and exploration of the mysterious crypt underneath St Mary Magdalene Church

Revive! invites a discovery and exploration of the mysterious crypt underneath St Mary Magdalene Church built by George Edmund Street, a highly original, influential and radical Gothic Revivalist architect.

The artists have created site-specific works to reinvent and reinterpret this intimate space exploring issues such as ritual and spirituality, memory and presence, death and transfiguration and the notion of revivalism in our post-Brexit Britain and after Trump victory.

Revive! is the second part of a two-fold project began by Pompe and devised in reaction to Frieze Art Fair. The Dionysian procession led its followers along Regent’s Park canal via a series of performances and culminated in the crypt where Revive! will take place.

Participating artists: STASIS, Pavel Pepperstein, Adam Barker-Mill, Hans Rosenström, Carolyn Barker-Mill, Alan Magee, Jonathan McCree, Niklas Gustafson and Col Self.

Galitzine MacKenzie’s exhibitions are often motivated by a desire to draw attention to and include local communities. Revive! continues this ambition. The church, together with the Paddington Development Trust, are raising funds to create a community and heritage hub in order to enrich, regenerate and bring greater cultural cohesion to the local area as well as to support the restoration of the Grade 1 listed church building. Revive! aims to draw attention to this cause and the project will reach out to various vibrant community groups active in the area.

Please donate generously here to their cause and help make this project a reality.

Revive! at St Mary Magdalene Church, Rowington Close

December 18, 2016

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Pompe, Pompe, Pompe with Galitzine Mackenzie in the spirit of Dionysus!

A tragic-comic canal procession of art performances and music from Regents Park to a remarkable crypt underneath Saint Mary Magdalene Church.

Be a part of Pompe – the name given to the processional element of the events practiced by the cult of Dionysus.

Together we will celebrate the spirit of Art and using fleeting nature of performances mock the domineering commercialism in the art world represented by Frieze Art Fair.

The site of Frieze will be the departure point for the canal boat ‘Dazzler’ captained by a canal resident Robert Salomon. Pompe will encounter performances by young artists, musicians and dancers on bridges and tow paths referencing and
including members of the local community and landmarks.

For Pompe Dionysus is present in his role as the great liberator from the self-conscious; his wine, music and dance frees his followers and subverts the oppressive restraints of the powerful. He is the protector of those who do not belong to conventional society and symbolises the chaotic, dangerous and unexpected acting as a perfect rebel figure. Thus, Pompe aims to reinforce the power of contemporary art and help liberate it from subservience to commercial forces and government stipulations.

Neil Luck & Adam de la Cour, Zoe Marden, STASIS, Imogen Lloyd, James St Findlay & Harvey Lancaster Rous, Well Suited, Guilded Music and Eloise Lawson.

St Mary Magdalene Church in Paddington

Pompe is made possible thanks to the support of St Mary Magdalene Church.

The church, together with Paddington Development Trust, is raising funds to create a community and heritage hub as well as support restoration of the church building.

It is a Grade 1 listed church and is recognised as an outstanding example of Neo-Gothic architecture. This Development Project aims to transform the building into a heritage, community, culture and arts hub in order to enrich, regenerate and bring greater cultural cohesion to the local area.
Please donate generously here to help make

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Magic of Light view images

Rickshaw House Gallery  presented art in new, uncharted forms between June – July 2016. The exhibition celebrated light and our relationship with it, including the symbolism attached to the symbiotic nature of light and darkness. The exhibition included play with coloured lights, lasers and shadows; due to the upcoming renovation of St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Paddington, this event was the last chance to see such a unique exhibition in this beautiful venue and as you can see, was very popular and well attended.

Magic of Light, Art Exhibition

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A multi-dimensional cross-section of different forms of art, illuminated by coloured rays in a dark crypt. Private View 24th June at 6:30pm.
DETAILS:

The creative mission of Rickshaw House Gallery is to present art in new, uncharted forms. This exhibition seeks to celebrate light and our relationship with it, including the symbolism attached to the symbiotic nature of light and darkness. The exhibition will include play with coloured lights, lasers and shadows; due to the upcoming renovation of St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Paddington, this event is the last chance to see such a unique exhibition in this beautiful venue. FREE ENTRY.

ARTISTS:

Walera Martynchik
In a Russian Avant-Garde tradition, the artist plays with how we apprehend the world; the up/down and left to right seeing that secures us in our setting and which in turn make Martynchik’s canvases seem chaotic – which they most emphatically are not.
Joanna Sperryn-Jones
Joanna uses a variety of materials to make installations, in which she seeks to contribute to the perception and experience of breaking. In this exhibition she brings delicate origami flowers to be brought out by the light.
Gemma Milligan
Through her sculpture, the artist focuses on materials that are modest, everyday and generally left raw and untreated. She finds form through experimentation and a primarily physical relationship with the materials, celebrating their ephemeral nature by pushing the boundaries of their molecular composition.
Nicholas Cheeseman
Nicholas Cheeseman plays with the very process of creation; to him, the creation is more important than the end product. He envisages this as a meditation which brings him peace. The artwork is either two or three dimensional and seeks to portray this journey of making.
Gail Olding
Olding works across media investigating the point at which language collapses and the possibility of working outside the field of language. Her work often disrupts and disquietens in an attempt to question systems of communication.
Manka Dowling
Her beautifully colourful paintings are intensely personal, from her recent and wide travels. Her philosophy is that artists should not forget about the individual, introspective, approach to creativity and keep the visual language, whose basis is form and colour, alive.
Maria Hutton
In her paintings, she takes us to a mystical world, which centres on the Tree of Life (otherwise known as Cabala). Cabala has explained the nature of being, the origin of evil and the ways of attaining knowledge of the universe.
Joanna Ciechanowska
The starting point for Ciechanowska is often an idea provoked by situation that causes controversy; she tries to blur the border between the real and abstract, creating an image that is neither happy nor threatening but one that causes the viewer to feel uncertain.
Magdalena Kempa
Kempa uses a full palette of colours to portray nature in a non-natural, but more optimistic manner.
Henryk Terpilowski
The artist uses the many skills and compositional ideas from these fields to develop an eclectic but always expressionistic style of work, investigating new avenues to create emotional impact.
Elzbieta Chojak Mysko
Multi-disciplinary artist with knowledge of stage design, sculpture and painting, which allows her to express emotions in shape, colour and form. Her paintings go beyond the borders.
Tomek Mysko
He portrays a stream of consciousness through mechanics and physical phenomenons.
Dariusz Iwanski
The artist seeks inspiration from exploring the human condition and expresses in his photographs the emotions we all hide within.
Caroline Hands
Caroline is a full time visual artist who works in painting, drawing, textile, batiks, feltmaking, copper and enamel, mosaic, 3D, photography, book illustration and many other mediums.

Venue: Crypt of St Mary Magdalene’s Church
Dates & Times: Fri 24 Jun – 18:30

Readings and Songs by John Julius Norwich

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“Spring Sparklers”: Readings and Songs by John Julius Norwich Thursday 19th May 2016 at 6.45pm

John Julius, Lord Norwich, the much loved writer, historian, television personality and Patron of the St Mary Magdalene Appeal, has very generously volunteered to give a performance of “Spring Sparklers” – readings based on his popular publication “Christmas Crackers”, as well as songs at the piano.

The tickets cost £35 each and include wine and canapés.

Please make your booking here on EventBrite

St Mary Magdalene Church, Little Venice to raise funds for the Heritage and Community Centre Appeal