Previous Exhibitions & Workshops

Face to Face

3rd June – 22nd July
A group exhibition of textiles and mixed media portraits by adults taking part in creative courses with WEA and Peter Bedford Housing Association.
The array of exciting artwork on show is the outcome of 4 different weekly art and craft classes in PBHA: The Workshop on Geffrye Street in Hackney. Each course, in Textiles, Painting, Drawing and Print Making, seeks to educate and support students in gaining new experiences and developing their personal potential. Community engagement, health and wellbeing lie at the centre of all of our activities.
This exhibition is an opportunity for students to publicly showcase their achievements in our creative courses, and gain experience of curating as a team.
The one-off artwork is available for sale to further develop students pride and confidence. Also to generate income for individual students, and a small commission to support ongoing learning programmes at PBHA.

The Face to Face exhibition and textiles workshop are part of London Creativity and Wellbeing Week, a festival led by London Arts in Health Forum showcasing the work of leading thinkers, practitioners, artists and organisations using the arts and creativity to create a healthier society. The festival will feature hundreds of public events for people to learn how the arts and creativity can improve health and wellbeing. It presents performances, sharings, workshops, talks, film screenings and art exhibitions in hospitals and hospices, schools, community centres, arts venues, carehomes and more.

This year’s festival is structured around the lifecourse in line with the findings of an upcoming Inquiry report on arts and health led by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

Textiles Taster Workshop
Wednesday 14th June – 11am-1pm and 2-3pm

A friendly drop-in workshop at Outpost, as a taster session for our courses at The Workshop. This is an opportunity to meet some of the students, and join in with textiles techniques they have learned. You will have the chance to try out simple tapestry techniques and learn basic knitting stitches. We will also be working on a collaborative weave that you are all invited to contribute to during the workshop. This will become part of the FACE TO FACE exhibition on show at Outpost.

No booking required – All abilities welcome!

Pictures in Detail by Same Jevon of Headway
March – June 2016

Londoner Sam Jevon wasn’t always an artist. In fact, before a car accident in 2006 which saw her sustain a severe brain injury, she had little interest in drawing – “all I could draw were matchstick men”.

Seven years ago when Sam became a member of Headway East London, she started drawing more regularly in their art studio. What slowly emerged was a very distinct style of illustration. Using black pens in varying thicknesses, this exhibition showcased her now hugely detailed pictures, in a collection of intricate black and white works that capture people, places and objects in minute detail.

Tagzee Remembered – Exhibition
February – March 2016

An exhibition to celebrate and remember the work of Islington-based artist, Tagzee, who died unexpectedly at the age of 59 in December 2015.

We had the pleasure of getting to know Tagzee through a very successful exhibition in 2014 at Outpost and from then he took part our pop-up workshops. He was a a wonderfully warm man, a talented artist and a great inspiration to many. ‘Tagzee Remembered’ was a tribute to a true original.

World of Dolls by Sheona Josiah
Nov 2015 – Jan 2016

Local artist Sheona Josiah is a well-known personality around Holloway, expressing herself in public each day with an eye-catching display of dolls attached to her walking frame. She attracts attention and inspires people’s curiosity to stop her in the street to find out more and makes friends in the process.

Surrealist Collage Free Workshop
1st August 2015

Exploring creativity through various collage materials…

This workshop was an introduction to experimenting with Surrealist collage and abstraction, drawing inspiration from the photo-collages by ‘Bev Fish – Metamorphosis’, exhibited in Outpost at the time. Using clippings from newspapers, magazines, photographs and various ephemera glued to paper, participants learnt ways to play with techniques to create dreamlike imagery or strange new realities which they could then take home.

Hosted by artist, photographer, lecturer and course curator Kika Pieridis –

Community Quilting Free Workshop
14 & 28 Marh 2015

A chance to Learn traditional English paper quilting techniques, combined with printing and painting on fabric, this workshop explored individual creativity through textiles. Alongside our Quilt Exhibition it was a great way get to know the local community.

Hosted by community artist Tarot Couzyn from ActiveArt, who uses quilts for social change and bringing communities together internationally.

Community Quilt Exhibition
February 2015

A truly uplifting event that brought together diverse communities across Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. A celebration of achievements, plus sharing of knowledge, social connections, and the wellbeing of everyone that took part in the 3 community quilt projects, prior to the exhibition.

‘Winter Words’ Free Workshop
13th December 2014

A festive Poetry Workshop hosted by Change Together, an afternoon of heartwarming conversation and creativity.

Celebrate Thought Forms by Cecil Nurse
October – November 2014

A celebration of the artists CECIL NURSE’s first ever solo exhibition containing over 600 abstract pencil doodles, produced in 1992 as part of a Zen-influenced ‘argument with life’. Also featuring Cecil’s keyboard music compositions.

Cecil Nurse is an artist from Stoke Newington, tenant of Peter Bedford Housing Association (PBHA) and participant in our Creative Industries programme.

Musician and PBHA tenant, Mike ‘Down Dalston Lane’ Gregovich, gave a heartfelt live performance of his own music. As well as conversation surrounding mental health awareness with Change Together.

Spurred on to create by his first exhibition, Cecil Nurse has now achieved his second exhibition here at Outpost, for details please visit our Current Exhibition page.

Drawing Breath – Free Workshop
25 Oct 2014
Part of THE BIG DRAW 2014

Alongside the abstract drawings of Cecil Nurse,‘Drawing Breath’ workshops were an invitation to explore a range of possibilities through Automatic Drawing, a highly expressive form of image-making, and Music and Form. Participants experimented with ‘thoughtless’ mark making and responded to the resulting images with text.
Suitable for ages: 16+