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Lower Ground Floor

5 Blackhorse Lane



E17 6DS

(a minute from Blackhorse Road Tube Station - Victoria Line)




RAW: The Art of War  

Inky Cuttlefish Studios RAW Masked Ball*: Saturday 7 March 7-11pm

Exhibition continues 8 March - 6 April 2015.

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10-3pm

Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 6DS  (tel:  07753686331) 



stpaulsseriesnightflight_400_01 Inky Cuttlefish Studios is very excited to announce their Spring Showcase exhibition of artwork from international fine art printmakers responding to the idea of conflict in its widest possible sense. The exhibition will open with a 1920s themed Masked Ball on 7 March 2015*, and will include a performance and music from the inimitable Auntie Maureen.

Inky Cuttlefish Studios will be moving into an art deco building next door to their current studio, the aptly named Gnome House. The building’s history as a factory for the assemblage of WW1 Gnome et le Rhone engines (used to power bi- planes including the Sopwith Camel), alongside the industrial heritage of this area and its links to war machines, including factories which built Mosquito aeroplanes during WW2, has resulted in  an amalgam of inspiration for an exhibition about war  and conflict . During the centenary of WW1, it seemed appropriate to explore the idea of conflict from different vantage points.


Inky Cuttlefish has invited artists from Mexico, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, South Africa, London and Wales to respond to this theme.   Inky Cuttlefish is especially pleased to have Royal Academician Anne Desmet as headline artist. Anne Desmet RA's new 'St Paul's' suite of five wood engravings (printed on Gampi Vellum paper), creates an intentionally ambiguous timeline. It suggests both present day London and the London of the Blitz, via a series of sequential images showing St Paul's cathedral from dusk to dawn - with unfolding events of a single night. The third in the series (see above): 'St Paul's: Night Flight' could be an airborne dogfight over London reminiscent of wartime imagery from WWI and WWII by Paul Nash or C R W Nevinson. 

*Tickets cost £30pp – details to follow shortly. Profit from ticket sales goes towards continuing to deliver community arts engagement workshops to Learning Disability Experience: Registered Charity No. 1041341. 



Learning Disability Experience

Spring Showcase RAW: The Art of War


Featuring artwork from local and international groups.   Community Groups exploring the idea of conflict in its widest sense and responding to the centenary of World War 1. Learning Disability Experience visited the World War 1 memorial exhibitions at Vestry House Museum and the Tower of London and are working on artwork in response to these visits. They have also incorporated their own personal memories and reflections from those they knew whom lived through the Great War and its impact on their lives.  They are delighted to have artwork from Community Day Services, Waltham Forest whom have been working on an animation based on the loss of a friend and Kunstwerkstatt der Lebenshilfe Berlin, Germany whom are coming to the opening party and currently working on a series of monoprints for the exhibition.  

Founded in 1964, Learning Disability Experience [LDX], formerly known as Waltham Forest Mencap, is a registered charity and well-established organisation providing holistic outcome -based opportunities for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and other disabilities. Inky Cuttlefish Studios has been working with LDX since 2007 to deliver creative community engagement projects that are inclusive and aim to inspire confidence, sense of self-worth and celebrate the ability of art and printmaking to break down barriers, bring enjoyment and build a stronger sense of community. This community exhibition and the workshops to make the artwork is being funded by London Borough of Waltham Forest.  

LDX Spring Showcase will be running alongside Inky Cuttlefish Studios: RAW exhibition, which will showcase national and international fine art printmakers responding to the idea of conflict. They are especially excited to have Royal Academician Anne Desmet as headline fine art printmaker showing her gorgeous wood engravings. Inky Cuttlefish Studios will be holding a Masked Ball on 7 March, to raise money towards continuing to delivery community engagement workshops with Learning Disability Experience. Tickets cost £30pp.


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Printmaking Studio offering Open Access: £5 an hour for visiting artists.    


 Inky Cuttlefish was set up in 2007. We registered as a Ltd company in February 2008.



Inky Cuttlefish Limited: Company Number 6510378 - Director: Anna Alcock 




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