Graphic Arts Fair to Be Held at Greenside Primary School

Bouncing Off the Wall! is part of this year's Open House Festival

Bouncing Off The Wall! Graphic Arts Fair
Bouncing Off The Wall! Graphic Arts Fair

Greenside Primary School will be throwing open its doors for a twentieth century graphics arts fair next month as part of the annual Open House Festival on Saturday 17 September from noon to 5pm.

Following the last few years of delays and cancellations, Bouncing Off the Wall! will return to the Grade II* listed building designed by eminent modernist architect Erno Goldfinger on Westville Road (W12 9PT).

The sixth Bouncing Off the Wall! will bring together artists, illustrators, printmakers, publishers and a vintage tearoom.

The event will celebrate the restoration of the fine Gordon Cullen mural in the school foyer, originally painted in 1952 and restored in 2014.

Exhibitors are inspired by mid-century artists such as Ravilious, Bawden, Freedman and C20th Graphic Design - King Penguins, School Prints and the auto-lithography books. Stall holders include: Jonny & Sharon Hannah’s Cakes & Ale Press, Ian Beck, Neil Jennings Fine Art, Gwen Hughes Fine Art, Design for Today and Mainstone Press.

Two illustrated talks are taking place:

2pm - Alan Powers on Riverside Days & Nights - the literary & artistic community in inter-war Hammersmith, including Eric Ravilious, Robert Graves, Len Lye - sponsored by The Elder Press and a free Elder Press Map for every attendee
3pm - Ian Archie Beck on Glynn Boyd Harte - Painter, Author, Composer, Post-Pop Young Fogey, Bohemian & Genius - one of the most brilliant and influential illustrators and painters to emerge in the post-pop world of London in the early 1970s his life and work alongside the launch of the book of the same title

Every half hour there will be free guided tours of the school to see the architectural work of Erno Goldfinger and the Gordon Cullen mural.

Greenside Primary School
Greenside Primary School

“Bouncing Off the Wall! brings together the best graphic art from the twentieth century and some brilliant contemporary artists that keep that passion for colour, mark making and printing alive,” says Kate Fishenden, curator of the Fair.

“We are thrilled that such a high calibre of artists and designers are showing at the Fair and looking forward to a great day of celebration,” adds Jonathan Mercer, Chair of the charity Friends of the Greenside Mural.

A range of refreshments will be available at the Vintage Tearoom run by the school’s Parent Staff Association.

Live music will be performed by The Two Postmen (aka Jonny Hannah and Pete Lloyd) hot from supporting the Skids.

Entry to the event is free with the last tour at 4.30pm.

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August 15, 2022