Current exhibition


Maryam Mirzaei

06 – 17 November

Private view: 08 November 5 – 8PM

Maryam Mirzaei’s innovative approach to the traditional Persian art of miniature painting is a reflection of her personal journey as an artist. Although she started her formal education in textile design and fashion, her journey then took a different direction when she became interested in classical and contemporary miniature painting, which proved to be the focus her art.

Maryam’s studies in Persian carpet design enabled her to incorporate many of the techniques and motifs into her later painting practice. She then started her professional career as a designer at a major corporation, while teaching art on a part-time basis.

In 2001, Maryam was invited to join The Art Centre, a well-known centre of excellence in the arts in Iran, as an apprentice. This is the usual way artists that are trained in the traditional art of miniature painting in Iran. Whilst at the centre, Maryam came into contact with many other artists who influenced her style and practice over the coming years. In 2004, Maryam received the Diploma of Honour, a prize given to young artists as recognition of their innovative work, and in 2005 won two further competitions in Persian and Islamic art (painting). In 2005 Maryam had her first solo exhibition in Iran, immediately followed by exhibitions in Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Pakistan.

In 2007 Maryam came to study in London, in order to develop a wider perspective on art and to benefit from the variety of art and artists practicing here. She studied Fine Art at Kensington and Chelsea College, then joined The Prince’s school of Traditional Art as a master student, and is currently studying an MA in Islamic Studies, which led her to explore many issues and styles in contemporary fine art practice, traditional arts, and theory.

Alongside her research and studies in the arts, Maryam ran various painting workshops and held several exhibitions in London, Durham and Leicester.

Maryam’s artistic journey has taken her from the worlds of textile and carpet design to miniature and contemporary painting, resulting in a unique artistic style and identity, which is best described as a contemporised traditional art.

Upcoming Exhibition

To be announced. 

Past exhibitions

Jhanas: Visions of The Mind

Maciej Jedrzejewski

23 October – 03 November

In Buddhism, Dhyāna or Jhāna is a series of cultivated states of mind, which lead to a "state of perfect equanimity and awareness." The act of making art often creates a trance state within the artist. The work becomes an output for thoughts that were born in higher state of mind, therefore reaching deeper into the human soul. This exhibition is a collection of works by Maciej Jedrzejewski, created in this manner. Short films documenting such live painting session, will be shown amongst paintings both on canvas and cloth.

The Artist

Maciej Jedrzejewski was born in 1993 in a small quiet town called Chelmza, located North West of Poland. He graduated with a degree in BA (Hons) Graphic and Digital Design at The University of Greenwich in 2015. He moved to England with his family in 2005, when he was just 11 years old. The family lived in the heart of Peckham which was the first point of contact for the artist with African culture and Hip-Hop culture. This combination of spirituality and rebelliousness is an endless source of inspiration for the artist. As he continues to walk on the path of life, he uses his art as a diary for a later contemplation upon the events within his life. This results in work that finds its roots in Surrealism and Abstraction. The works are created in a semi-automated fashion, a huge part of what is spilled out onto the canvas and depends on where his subconscious will lead him. Therefore, the work is discovered during the process of its creation. Greatly inspired by Buddhism and lucid dreams the artist hopes to achieve the sense of escape and arrival. The fuel for his passion is the belief that art (especially painting) can once again awaken divine emotions within an individual. In 2017 Maciej has joined APA (The Association of Polish Artists in Great Britain Est.1957) He is an active member of the association. So far he has exhibited in POSK Gallery, La Galleria Pall Mall, Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, Space Gallery, Dark Sugars Cocoa House, Ben Oakley Gallery, Ladywell Gallery, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, The Take Courage Gallery, Uthink PDP and The Polish Hearth Club.



02 October – 13 October

Private View 04 October | 6-9pm

Presented by artist and curator Vaishali Prazmari 

Mahrukh Bashir | Jethro Buck | Israa Zahra Butt |Elisabeth Deane | Lisa DeLong | Shaheen Kasmani | Amber Khokhar | Vaishali Prazmari | Shorsh Saleh

Carpet Pages I is the first in a series of group shows presented by artist and curator Vaishali Prazmari featuring a variety of artists involved with the Book Arts, both Islamic and European, and their dazzling title or opening chapter pages which were called Carpet Pages. These exquisitely detailed and highly ornamented and illuminated surfaces were covered in arabesques and geometric patterns and often included the use of gold and jewel-like, precious pigments. They were a showcase for the Book Arts and a demonstration of the artist's mastery. The talented artists in this inaugural exhibition are all adepts in their craft and their exciting and beautiful work - ranging from paintings to textiles, geometry to figuration and traditional to contemporary art - is testimony to their manifold skills. As book pages are sequential, so future shows will build on this important first chapter. The curator's love of carpets also reflects the wider goal of this show sequence which is to bring together diverse artists with similar interests into a whole; to unite disparate elements into a unified pattern, which is one of the goals of rug-making itself. Carpets are visual feasts for the eye and this first iteration in the Carpet Pages cycle promises the same.

Mahrukh Bashir is an international artist who is known for her delicate, intricate paintings with hand-ground gold. She offers workshops from her studio in Wimbledon and is a tutor at the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts.

Jethro Buck is an artist that applies traditional principles and techniques (mostly Indian miniature ones) to explore and celebrate nature and Beauty.

Israa Zahra Butt is dedicated to the revival of historical crafts from the Islamic world and has been inspired by Islamic pattern, geometry and the beauty of nature. She specialises in traditional textiles; natural dyeing, painting and embroidery.

Elisabeth Deane is a painter making contemporary art with a traditional twist. The abstract, geometric nature of her work represents both the simple and the universal, the micro and the macro and the interplay of these dichotomies.

Lisa DeLong’s work explores the dynamic interplay between chaos and cosmos, light and colour within the harmony of a geometric matrix.

Shaheen Kasmani is a visual artist, educator and curator. She specialises in Islamic Art, and her work focuses on reclaiming narratives using traditional patterns and motifs, and mixing them with conventional and contemporary contexts.

Amber Khokhar’s Entwined is inspired by the Cypress Tree motif, popular in the arts of the Islamic world. Prints from this series have been shown at Queen’s Museum of Art, New York, USA; The Princes School of Traditional Art, London and VM Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan.

Vaishali Prazmari is fascinated by the age-old collisions and overlaps between the ancient and modern, east and west, macro and micro. In her practice she makes connections between seemingly disparate methods and materials via their natural sympathies.

Shorsh Saleh employs the traditional techniques of miniature painting in a contemporary context. His works are inspired by the symbolic motifs in traditional carpets and kilims. He uses natural pigments, gold leaf and handmade paper.

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before winter

Olga Karlovac

14 September – 29 September

‘Before Winter’ is a manifestation of Olga Karlovac’s book of the same title. The exhibition features monochromatic abstract images in Karlovac’s inimitable expressionist style, portraying a mood, a story, a enchanting dream world!

‘Before Winter’ signifies Karlovac’s rising emergence in abstract and street photography. A professional intent and attitude towards announcing her remarkable and captivating images, to an eager, passionate and growing audience and heralds a new and sensational talent from Zagreb, Croatia.

Karlovac’s unique style of urban photography features reflections and distortions. With many images taken through windows, often on rainy days or in motion, preferring to use hand movement with slow shutter speeds, leading to her subjects appearing as detached shapes that verge on abstract expressionism.

Karlovac’s photographs have been exhibited across Europe and featured in numerous magazines, including Eye Photo Magazine. Karlovac has published two books the most recent of which ‘Before Winter’ - was reviewed by former ‘Time’ correspondent and author William Thatcher Dowell, who described it as “a significant achievement”. As well as being on sale at the bookstore in Portugal’s most-visited modern art museum, Museu de Coleção Berardo in Lisbon, it has also been sold online to countries as diverse as USA, UK, Germany, Australia, Thailand and Japan.

For the opportunity to own the mystique of Olga Karlovac’s photography with a signed 164 page book and a limited edition signed print please contact

For a further insight, please visit Karlovac’s website.


No More Home - Work!

Sarbjit Johal

29 August - 11 September

No More Home - Work provides a space to reflect on the experiences of South Asian families in Britain, the forces shaping the South Asian family structure and the struggles facing women and young girls.

This collection is made up of 18 artworks. Some of these are paintings as displayed in this exhibition and the other seven are available to see as prints. Drawing on events such as the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, the attacks in the name of ‘love-jihad’ in Muzzafarnagar, India and the Apna Haq (Our Rights) protest to save their series in London, Sarbjit Johal’s oil paintings draw on photos and experiences of individual and collective struggle.

The paintings question the hierarchies of the family. They highlight how racism and patriarchy shape the structure of the South Asian family to serve the national economy and what it means for women and girls. As well as representing some of the experiences of living as an Asian Woman in Britain, Sarbjit’s paintings raise questions about the way South Asian Communities are seen. They inspire us to dream of new ways of producing and reproducing ourselves.

Sarbjit Johal is a self-taught artist. All the paintings, text and the ideas for this exhibition have been developed and produced with the help and guidance from her family, friends and members of South Asia Solidarity Group and Freedom Without Fear Platform.

Sarbjit Johal was born in Uttar Pradesh, India 1961. As well as being an artist she has been involved in the Burnsall Strikers Support Group between 1992 -1993, and more recently in the Justice for Jennifer Dalquez campaign. She has also campaigned against Human Rights abuses in South Asia.

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06 August – 26 August

Private view: 08 August 6 - 9pm

A series of works by a group of young and emerging artists, curators and writers of colour.

“Colour” is a noun. Colour is a property of the object or the subject. Colour produces varying sensations on the eye. Colour has the ability to be loved and be detested. Colour is subjective. Be it the abstract word of colour or the antonym of colour, these artists explore the varying definitions of colour and its many identities.

Many of the artists featured here at Willesden Gallery have been politicised by the current socio-political topics of migration, gender and race. They, as artists, address the question, “what does the idea of ‘colour’ mean to you and your work?”
As these artists are people of colour, they are the ideal candidates to address the current state of affairs. They are the generation to whom all these debates within political offices in the UK, the United States and worldwide will have the greatest impact on. In order for us to progress as a society, these are the people whose perspectives we must seek. “Coloured” perspectives.

The various artistic practices being debuted in this show display vividness in subject matter, drawing together the vibrancy of lived experiences through sculpture, painting, film and installation.

The Artists

Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan, Glo Orpilla, Michael Taiwo, Sophia Abassy, Ashton Attz, Akari Yasuda, 
Chi Bagtas, Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, Carianne Annan, Shannon Bono and Queenie Djan

Curated by: Carianne Annan


Freshly Made in the Street

J Roh

11 July – 04 August

In the exhibition I attempt to emphasize both physical and psychological experience I have had in London, showcasing my work experience as an immigrant manual worker at Pret A Manger, United Kingdom's food retail sandwich shop. 

From 2016, as a way at still being part of the system but not being bound to it, I started to draw my day on the way home every day after work. Through the daily process, which repeated itself day in, day out, I aim to find minor differences and meaning in life. From the perspectives of urban workers, the symbolic identities of the global city is disappearing, and the character of the city turns into an anonymous passage to and from work. There is no room to experience and enjoy sightseeing spots in London. I try to articulate the subtle changes of everyday scenery in London and disclose the city worker's repetitive daily routine.

Through 250 drawings and video*/sound, the viewer gets a glimpse of everyday changes that I encounter while living and working in London. I intend to reveal the identity of a modern urban citizen as an artist and an immigrant female worker.

 The Artist

J Roh was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1976. She graduated from Hong Ik University with B.F.A and M.F.A, South Korea, and also graduated from Chelsea college of Art with MA in 2011. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Fine Art department at Reading University, UK. 



Eating At the Same Table

19 June – 07 July 

Rochelle White, Hamed Maiye, Nwaka Okparaeke, Gabriel Choto, Zeinab Saleh, Kobby Adi, Georgina Johnson, Ebun Sodipo, Lilian Nejatpour and Nadeem Din-Gabisi

Eating At the Same Table is a new collective of emerging artists, curators and writers of colour. Made up of students and alumni of British art institutions including: Slade, Central Saint Martins, Camberwell, UCA and Goldsmiths. EAST have come together with Willesden Gallery at The Library at Willesden Green to deliver an exhibition documenting current works, works in progress and thought processes from 9 of EAST’s artists. This exhibition is a collaborative effort from EAST adopting various disciplines to explore intertwining themes and propose new realities.

Many of these works hone in on archival and deliberate approaches to cultural identity as 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation African, Caribbean and Middle-Eastern immigrants. Sharing common space with Brent Culture Service’s most recent exhibition celebrating 70 years since the Empire Windrush docked in the UK, featured artists have explored the complex intersections of blackness, cultural identity, gender, memory and digitalism. This exhibition is a manifestation of our collective lived experiences, discussions and thought processes through employed languages, highlighting colonial legacies and questioning ideas of consumption and spirituality.

Founded in September 2017 by Bold Tendencies’ Director of Education, Sasha Morgan and multidisciplinary artist Rochelle White, Eating At the Same Table has been dedicated offer the grass roots support & guidance young creatives need as they navigate an art world that can often seem all too intimidating to the uninitiated.

Educational as well as celebratory, join us for our Late with EAST on Friday 22 June 6-9pm and our reading and discussion group on 26 June 5-8pm.

For more information on EAST’s work visit the Bold Tendencies website 


Complementary Opposites

by Nicholas Cheeseman

June 06 - 16 June 2018

‘… they are convenient labels used to describe how things function in relation to each other and the universe. They are used to explain the continuous process of natural change … they represent a way of thinking. In this system of thought all things are seen as parts of a whole. No entity can ever be isolated from its relationship to other entities; no thing can exist in and of itself.’ Kaptchuk, T. J. (1983). The web that has no weaver 

Nicholas Cheeseman likes to record and intervene in the natural process of change. He is interested in the tension created between contrasts, and balance when they shift from one to another. At its most simplistic his practice observes the relationship between man and nature, but this extends to growth and decay, soft and hard, constructive and deconstructive, internal and external, black and white and numerous other pairs of complementary opposites.

Nicholas uses drawing and embroidery to depict a singular moment of change, and sculpture to replicate the transition. Through a simple technique of pointillism, using a 0.5mm pen, he fastidiously records lines, forms and structures using different densities of dots to create tones. These works are carefully planned from photographs he takes and edits. His embroidery exchanges dots for stitches and are accentuated by the addition of colour. The sculptural works result from a more spontaneous act responding to the feel and look of the wood, its age and its grain. There is no plan or sketch for the work prior to carving. Thoughts and ideas are generated through exploring the potential of the material.

The techniques used to create the works are embedded in a language of repetition and obsession. At times they border on meditative, yet the initial stages of carving are very destructive and stitching extremely frenetic. Thus the complementary opposites that are the focus for the work are also reflected in the manner in which the work is made. This notion is infused throughout the work, evidenced in the outcomes that cannot be disentangled from their means of production.

Throughout the work there is a fascination with the aesthetic of the incomplete, the imperfect and the impermanent. Factors that usually result in objects being discarded or identified as detritus are deliberately used to challenge the notion of value. By juxtaposing materials and processes and forcing them to interact the aim is to question how value is assigned to the objects, materials and labour involved in their production.

The work is an extension of his interest in eastern philosophical practices. The Japanese aesthetic of Wabi Sabi which celebrates the beauty of things modest and humble and Chinese Yin Yang theory of complementary opposites create much of the context for the work.

The Artist

Nicholas graduated from Staffordshire University in 2001 with BA (Hons) in Fine Art. In 2012 he completed an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts UAL. In 2016 he was Artist-in-Residence at the Muse Gallery. He was Grand Winner 2017 of the East Arts Award Competition and is travelling  to Japan for a Residency in 2019. He exhibits regularly in London and in the UK, Internationally and has commissioned works installed in America, Australia and India.


Therapy & Sauce


May 22 - 02 Jun 2018

A visual endeavour and curation of the past and present narratives of self-awareness, heritage and perseverance. Therapy & Sauce explores feelings of nostalgia, memories and contemporary themes of identity.  The series of works displayed are inspired by colonial experiences of British-Jamaican individuals. Some of the exhibits from the collection are inspired by the sculptural work of Ronald ‘Midonz’ Moody. The use of primary source Blue Mahoe wood cultivated from Jamaican soil enhances the concept of heritage.

The Artist

Kaye-Anne Smith, aka R3times, as she is creatively known, graduated at Middlesex University with a BA (Hons) Fine art in 2017. She works in a variety of media such as painting, sculpture, and printing and uses a variety of material including cloth, paper, wood and wool/gold based prints.
Her collective work portrays a visual rhapsody, which is executed in a contemporary and abstract style aiming to represent cultural identity. It is the very renaissance of the Jamaican diaspora that is preserved in her pragmatic use of patterns, symbolism and portraiture. R3times’s work is to champion the past and present people that migrated from the island of Jamaica.

 “Colour creates mood, texture intrigues & portrait identifies”, R3times.



09 – 19 May

Private View: Thursday 10 May 6-9pm

Stormcloud by Benjamin West draws its inspiration from an essay by John Ruskin, which describes the effects of early industrialisation on weather patterns.

In this exhibition the artist, BenjaminWest, presents a body of graphic and collage work influenced by nature and ecological issues.

These works were created by compiling a variety of resources, which are fragmented, lost, or unwanted from West’s surrounding environment. Following the principles of natural observational science, he passionately collects old books, photographs, pressed flowers and plants.

Discarded botanical and mechanical forms are combined with natural artefacts to examine the human impact upon the natural environment. Genetic modification, pollution, and urbanisation define the works in this exhibition.

The Artist

Benjamin West is a multi-disciplinary artist using nature as his main inspiration. Through the mediums of collage, photography, sound, film, and scanography, his practice examines our ever-changing relationship with nature, and investigates the consequences of human activity upon our surroundings.

Creating pieces which are cut and arranged by hand is integral to his practice. He employs digital techniques only for archiving and reproduction. Whilst his work possesses a playfulness, this belies West’s intention to communicate a serious environmental and political statement.

Benjamin was born in Alton, Hampshire in 1974. He graduated from London College of Communication in 1996 with Ba (Hons) in Graphic and Media Design. In 2003 he went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Photography at Falmouth Art College. He has since been involved in many creative projects using a variety of mediums in the UK and around the world.

He currently lives and works in London

Events at the gallery

To be updated.

Opportunities: Artist Residency 2019

Willesden Gallery Residency Jan 2019

The Willesden gallery residency programme provides an opportunity for artists at any stage of their career, to develop their creative practice and exhibit within a well acclaimed gallery in North West London.  

The residency will take place from 7 Jan - 27 Jan 2019 and the resident will receive the following:

• Two weeks rent-free studio space in the gallery
• One week free exhibition in the gallery
• Professional curation of the exhibition, mentoring and network opportunities and promotion
• Opportunities to run workshops and educational artist activities with local audiences and library attendees
• Studio hours are from Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm.


To be eligible for the residency applicants must:

• have completed a BA or MA, or equivalent programme of study in an arts discipline from a national institution, collective or art school between October 2017 and October 2018;
• be a UK/EU resident or hold a valid work visa with right to stay in the UK during the stated period of residency
• The residency is open to those from disciplines including: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation and photography.

How to enter

Please send your submissions via email to including the following information:

• Phone, email, name, date of birth, address
• 10-15 Images files or online portfolios including an Artist statement.
• A project proposal and a work plan for the residency
• A programme of events/artists talk and workshops to run during the residency/exhibition
• Degree title / University /year graduation
• Experience:

o Arts practice (Please include any of your previous residency experience)
o Educational (If any, please give details of your educational projects / community initiative experience.)
o Outreach (If any, please give us details of your artist-led workshop experience.)

• We urge applicants in any 3D media, to assess the practicality of this working environment by visiting the gallery prior to submissions.

The deadline for applications is Monday 12th November at 12noon. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Artworks will be reviewed by our panel of esteemed industry professionals and curators.

Interviews will take place at the Willesden Gallery on Monday 19th November.

We regret we are unable respond to all applicants, if you have not heard anything by Monday 19th November you should assume your application has been unsuccessful.

Please send your proposal to our curator

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