South London Gallery

Contemporary Art Society show at the South London Gallery

An exhibition of new works acquired for museum collections by CAS will be on view at the South London Gallery, Peckham Road, until the 19 December. ShowCas Preview presents works by seventeen artists and examines diverse ideas around progress, action and performance and includes large-scale sculptural pieces by Brian Griffiths, staged photographic works by Hayley Newman and Jemima Stehli, alongside wall paintings by Richard Wright and Mark Titchner.

Free admission. Gallery open Tuesday - Sunday 12-6pm, Thursday until 8.30pm

Henrik Plenge Jacobsen: Solo Show 14 January - 27 February 2005

Danish artist Henrik Plenge Jacobsen's sculptural objects, scenarios, performance pieces and elaborate installations play upon our responses to controversial or politically loaded subjects. This is the artist's first solo show in the UK

Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Triumph of Watercolour 2 February - 24 April 2005

In April 1895 the newly created Society of Painters in Water colours now known as the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) held its first exhibition. Dulwich Picture Gallery, founded a mere six years later, provides the perfect venue for an exhibition celebrating this bicentenary.

The exhibition will display work by the Society's founders, who include Joshua Cristall, John Varley, W.S. Gilpin, W.H. Pyne and W.F. Wells : it will also cover the period from 1800-1851 in greater depth. There will be works by Thomas Girtin, J.M.W. Turner, Francis Towne, John Constable, Peter de Wint A.V. Copley Fielding, John Linnell, John Sell Cotman and others.

The journey of British watercolour painting from topographical and picturesque views to the challenging, highly coloured virtuoso works of the mid-century is one of the roller-coaster rides of British art history. To celebrate the RWS is to celebrate the best of this explosion of talent.

New Courses at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Cartoon Workshops based on the Twelve Days of Christmas

Session for children. Draw drummers drumming, lords-a-leaping etc. Based on the Quentin Blake exhibition. Sunday 12 December. Morning session 10.45am-12.00 noon, afternoon session 2pm-3.30pm. Suitable for 7 years up. £7 including refreshments. Join your children for refreshments after each session.

A one-day Bookbinding Workshop is offered on Friday 17 December 10am-3pm. Creating personalised hand-bound sketchbooks using a Japanese stab binding technique, with quality papers and the student's own art work for decoration. Perfect as Christmas gifts. Tutor Julia Douglas, textile and multimedia artist.

Colour and Collagraph is a six session course on Thursdays 4.30-6pm 6 January-10 February. Experiment with this relief printmaking technique using shapes, details and colours in the Gallery buildings as a starting point. Tutor Sally Cutler, illustrator-print maker, course fee £50.

A six session course on Saturdays from 8 January - 12 February 10.30am-1pm on Creative Mosaics is now booking. Students will discover traditionnal methods and materials for making mosaics, starting with individual designs inspired by the Gallery paintings. Tutor Sara Lee. Course fee £75.

All courses telephone 020 8693 5254 for bookings.

The Dulwich Players

The next production of the Dulwich Players is Toad of Toad Hall to be performed at the Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th February. Performances start at 8pm and there will be a Matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday.

This is a Half-Term treat for all the family! A story of friendship and innocence set in a rural idyll of riverbank and woodland. A pastoral Edwardian England, where good manners and tranquillity go undisturbed until Toad discovers the joys of motoring and its unfortunate consequences. His friends Ratty, Mole and Badger set out to 'learn him' and persuade him to mend his ways and accept the norms of a polite animal society.

Not to be missed, this is yet another chance to flavour the teasing antics of the 'Wildwooders', the comical proceedings at Toad's Trial by Jury, his incarceration and eventual escape to regain his rightful place as Toad of Toad Hall.

Tickets on sale from mid-January from The Art Stationers, Dulwich Village £6.

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