Second Floor Studios & Arts – [SFSA]

no format – Gallery Programme October to December 2012

Posted in Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on October 5, 2012

‘Out Of The Box’ – From Cabinets Of Curiosities To Peephole Dioramas – Opening at no format Fri 3rd Aug.

Posted in Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on July 31, 2012

– From Cabinets Of Curiosities To Peephole Dioramas –

Out of the Box is an exhibition that promises a “mind jiggling” experience. It is a visual feast of all things box art – literally & conceptually – An eclectic melange of many artists work, curated by Tom Buchanan and Amy Douglas.

This show of artworks have either been assembled or disciplined within in a box, experimenting with dimension and composition, found objects, printed matter, photographs and an array of surprises. Proving an infinite playpen for experimentation & illusion

Box Art has a yearning back to authenticity & the lost art of collecting.  The tactile thrill of miscellaneous things & unexpected objects, given new life & expression. This collective is a celebration of new & classic works, from the raw to the refined & the downright bizarre to beautiful.

This highlight from The Brighton Fringe Festival comes to London in partnership with the No Format Gallery. The featured artists range from professional backgrounds to outsider lives, some of those are >


“Out Of The Box”

Exhibition open Thur to Sun, 11am to 6pm From 4th Aug until Sun 19th Aug.

More info visit:

no format gallery, Harrington Way, London, SE18 5NR

SFSA Members Networking & BBQ at CANTEEN

Posted in Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on July 24, 2012

Second Floor Studios & Arts – Members Networking & BBQ in CANTEEN

– 18 July 2012

The Foreigners’ Collective – no format residency and performances this weekend!

Posted in Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on July 11, 2012

The Foreigners’ Collective rehearsal @ no format this week with SFSA member Sally McKay working on drawings

The Foreigners’ Collective have been invited to create a dance performance  in the no format space using their unique cross cultural collaborations. The collective will also be holding open rehearsals so that the members of SFSA and TBPS can also engage with their artistic process.

Performances this weekend, free and open to all!

Saturday 14th July @ 7pm &

Sunday 15th July @ 3pm

no format – Second Floor Studios & Arts, Harrington Way (off Warspite Road), Woolwich, London, SE18 5NR.

no format –  is located immediately off the A206 dual carriageway near Charlton and Woolwich. There is access from the A2/M2, M20 & M25. Charlton and Woolwich Dockyard Main Line stations and The Docklands Light Railway are in close proximity. Jubilee Line North Greenwich (O2) then 161 or 472 from bus stop A to Warspite Road. Regular bus routes (180, 177, 161, and 472) serve the local area.

The Foreigners’ Collective

From a small group of independent strangers in a strange land bearing the common denominators of dancing, creating and co-existing, The Foreigners’ Collective was born.  In addition to their art, this international group realized a deep notion of fraternity from their shared investigation and experience of what it means to be a ‘foreigner’ and has strengthened their bond and confirmed their desire to reconvene in order to create.

Resting on the surface is the actuality of being an alien; an outsider in a country, culture, or society that you do not identify with. Yet no less can one be a foreigner not geographically, but philosophically when deviating from the norms of which one is expected to abide by. Foreigners may wander physically or emotionally; sometimes aimlessly, yet other times seeking to join or form an alliance.  The Foreigners’ Collective is an alliance; a dynamic amalgam seeking to collaborate with foreigners and encourage diverse cultural exchange.





SFSA – CANTEEN – Social Enterprise Arts Cafe website now online!

Posted in Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on July 5, 2012

Second Floor Studios & Arts – CANTEEN website now online

CANTEEN is a Social Enterprise Arts Café run by Second Floor Studios & Arts.

CANTEEN supports SFSA funding programmes with no less than 50% of its profits financially contributing towards SFSA Education and Outreach programmes, Community Engagement Projects, CPD for members and Internships.

Thames Barrier Print Studio – Video Tour now online!

Posted in Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on May 6, 2012

Thames Barrier Print Studio – a new spacious professional open access print studio based on the south bank of the Thames down by the Barrier available for experienced printmakers and anyone wanting to learn. Part of Second Floor Studios & Arts, TBPS –  all about print!

New TBPS video tour now online here:

Thames Barrier Print Studio – One of London’s largest open access fine art print studios –  facilities and services for experienced printmakers to practice screenprinting on paper and textiles, intaglio, relief, plate litho, letterpress and digital – as a keyholder or an open access member.




Images from Exhibition II @ Berkeley Gallery – Painting and Object – New Works by Le Guo & Jane Cairns

Posted in Arts, Events, New Works, SFSA Members, Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on March 19, 2012


Restless Envisioning – New Paintings by Le Guo – no format gallery – London

Posted in Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on January 6, 2012

Butterfly Catcher – Le Guo 2012

Restless Envisioning – New Paintings by Le Guo

Opening night preview – Thursday 26th January 2012, 5pm – 9pm

Exhibition opening days/times

Fri 27th to Sun 29th January 2012, 11am – 5pm and Fri 3rd to Sun 5th February 2012, 11am – 5pm

When we envision the physical world around us what do we see? What do we fear? What do we dream? What do we create? Our envisioning isn’t always successful, but we continue envisioning.

Dismantle Mindscape No.3 – Le Guo 2012

Restless Envisioning is Le Guo’s Solo exhibition investigating the painting’s surface and the formation of the painting in relationship with the artist’s physical and emotional states in order to reveal the instability of internal and external spaces; to explore the potentiality of the panel singularly or in an associative collective context; to eliminate the concept of a final or fixed position, retaining the canvases/ panels mobility by cultivating numerous hanging alternatives, grouping them together in no specific way, allowing only time and space to determine their relative positions, exploring their potentialities and possibilities.

This exhibition showing the body of his recent work suggests a sense of growth rather than ending; an appreciation of perpetual motion, progression and proliferation. His macrocosmic / microcosmic vision combines the universe and the organism. The paintings are in a state of shifting, becoming an adjustment, oscillating between abstraction and figuration; intention and process; de-formation and re-formation; conflict and balance. The painting gives life to a state of flux, meaning is not something to be merely established and fixed, it continues a dynamic tension.

The large size paintings on paper, which are titled Monochrome Painting-English Red, Monochrome Painting-IKB and Monochrome Painting-Chinese Rouge carry not only a sense of an identity, but also a history at odds with the openness of the process. The form depends on its potential rather than going according to an anticipated plan; it collapses as it becomes present, part process rather than a focal point. The fluidity of pigment, ink and water seems to continue to flux until it finds its own resting point. The artist applies paint with a sort of intuitive gestural body movement either with brush or without, keeping the body movement in physical rhythm as if writing calligraphy or executing Tai Chi. This is painting with a sense of performance and playfulness.

The artist has stated: “My life and art practice inhabits the dichotomous worlds of conflict and balance, proposing solutions within flux, generating fluidity within the fragmented mind. I conjure a sense of an internal, intuitive, shifting reality attempting to respond to a physical world. I have a desire to narrate, but am unable to form a story”.

Le Guo was born in China and has lived in the UK for more than twenty years. He graduated from Central Saint Martins with an MA in Fine Art. He has had solo exhibitions at the Barbican Centre, Studio 3 Gallery, the Zelda Cheatle Gallery and China Art Cultural Centre. More recently his works have been exhibited in Salon Art prize, Matt Roberts Arts, The Portman Gallery and Collective, 37 Camden High Street.

no format is a new interdisciplinary visual arts gallery space based at the SFSA project – London.

no format – contemporary interdisciplinary visual arts space Second Floor Studios & Arts, Harrington Way, London, SE18 5NR

SFSA – Launching CANTEEN – soon!

Posted in Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on November 26, 2011

SFSA will be launching CANTEEN early Jan 2012 – CANTEEN for SFSA members, Associates, Thames Barrier Print Studios members and other guests…

More soon!

Photos of no format gallery opening at last weeks SFSA Open Studios – Rachel Levitas – Paintings

Posted in Events, New Works, Open Studios, SFSA Members, Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on November 25, 2011