Life at the Portico

The Portico Gallery 23a Knights Hill West Norwood SE27 0HS offers three-hour evening Life Drawing sessions on Thursdays from 6:30-9:30pm.  The fee is £20/session – regulars can take advantage of our loyalty discount – every 7th attendance free.  In a serene dedicated studio environment with a great atmosphere (and it’s own kettle for tea!), I offer tutoring on request and our great team of male and female models.

4th September we kick off with focus on tone and the dramatic effect of lighting.  Over the Autumn we’ll look at contrasting monochrome and colour as well as anatomy and personal style.

We provide easels, drawing boards and clips, and while we keep a basic supply of paper (A2 and A1) and pencils, erasers, charcoal,  I do suggest that you bring your own favoured materials.

We welcome life drawers on a drop-in basis it is very helpful to me if you can email or text me to let me know so I can prepare the studio.

If you would like to know more about Life at The Portico Gallery you can email or phone on 07967018514.

So much happening! Dates for your diary

2nd September  – A fun Taster Evening to find out more about the Can’t Draw! course and try out some of the exercises. 7-9pm at The Portico Gallery, 23a Knights Hill, W. Norwood, SE27 0HS. £10.  Book by emailing

4th September – Life Drawing at the Portico Gallery 23a Knights Hill, W. Norwood, SE27 0HS  6:30-9:30pm every Thursday.  £20/session. We’ve introduced a loyalty discount card.  Book by emailing
13th September – Can’t Draw! 6 week Saturday drawing course begins at The Portico Gallery 23a Knights Hill, W. Norwoood, SE27 0HS. 9:30am-3:00pm. £200.  To book contact
30th September – 12th October – Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Rd, London SE21 7AD. Two of my new curtain series of paintings will be showing at the Dulwich Picture Gallery Friends exhibition.
26th September – 5th October – Hidden Narratives Dangerous Erasions.  As part of South London Women Artists participation in Deptford X Contemporary Arts Festival and The Big Draw, The Why Front will be at The Albany Theatre in Deptford, drawing and erasing a collective 20ft drawing about the hidden contribution of women artists through history.  Come and watch it develop and grow.
4th – 5th October – Lambeth Open Studio weekend.  11am-6pm at The Portico Gallery, 23a Knights Hill, W.Norwood, SE27 0HS.  I will be showing a collection of drawings and paintings.  Each afternoon 2-4pm I shall be running drawing workshops as part of The Big Drawevent.
4th November – 5th December – Finders Keepers Losers Weepers at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL.  As one of the curation team for the residency, I would like to invite you to visit the site specific works produced by over 30 South London Women Artists investigating the archaeology of mind and memory.  For further information please visit

Domination of a skill

Drawing forms the foundation of the fine arts.  It is a skill like any other – reading, writing, driving, swimming – and you can learn that skill.  I run Can’t Draw, a course that teaches you the skills to draw accurately.

Come to a Taster Evening 7 – 9pm on Tuesday Sept 2nd at The Portico Gallery, 23a Knights Hill, West Norwood, SE27 0HS.  You can try out some of the exercises and find out more about learning to draw.
It costs £10.     Email to book.