ARTS CAFES: An old dream of mine! Creating a platform for the arts within the warm and sociable environment of a welcoming café.
THE LONDON ARTS CAFÉ (1996-2008)
This one was a virtual café, its members meeting in interesting places eg the top of Canary Wharf tower, behind the scenes at the British Library, St Pancras Hotel (before it was re-developed) etc There was a regular programme of exhibitions including:
• City markets at the Alan Baxter Gallery in Cowcross Street (1997)
• Housing and Homelessness at the Candid Gallery, Islington (1999)
• London Now – City of Heaven, City of HelL at Guildhall Art Gallery (2005)
I devised and ran the programme of visits, talks and parties which were regularly held in various London locations – and occasionally outside London – between 1996 and 2006.
THE QUEEN'S TERRACE CAFÉ (2011-2012)
The Eyre Estate in St John’s Wood was generous enough to let me use their former pub, ‘The Knights of St John’, prior to its sale in 2012. With the help of friends I turned it into a Café/Gallery, which seduced many local residents. Exhibitions included:
• Café Jiro
• ‘St John’s Wood’s Secret Gardens’ with blow ups of Peter Marshall’s photographs of local gardens
CITY MARKETS - The Artis'ts View, An Exhibition at The Gallery, Alan Baxyter & Associates, 1998
Curated by The London Arts Cafe (c) Mireille Galinou
LEFT Breakfast at the Queen's Terrace Cafe, 2011. (c) John Chase
RIGHT The Art of Joy - An exhibition of Drawings by Joy Fleischmann at the Queen's Terrace Cafe, 2012 (c) Mireille Galinou
'Cafe Jiro' exhibition at The Queen's Terrace Cafe, 2011. Jiro Osuga’s installation took over the whole café creating both a cosy and spectacular environment . (c) Peter Marshall
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I am an inveterate events’ organiser where food is often a lively talking point.