Stow Brothers Vinyl Display

As part of the #ArtOnHoeStreet public gallery initiative by Build, I’ve got some work up at Stow Brothers, 236 Hoe Street, Walthamstow. I think the work is up until the end of May, and I hope to work with both Build and Stow Brothers again in the future, as the public gallery is a long-term project.

Here is an image of the work featured. Shop image credit goes to Build/Stow Brothers.

thebARTershop @ Hoe St. Central

For the next three weeks I am working over at the new Hoe Street Central pop-up at the top of Hoe Street, opposite the market.

thebARTershop is an artist collective led initiative, offering printmaking, plaster casting and other art skills in exchange for materials, contributions and skills.

We’re open from 11:30-17:00 (often times later) Tuesday-Sunday, from February 11th until March 2nd. We’ll have a calendar up soon at, but in brief, we are printmaking for the first week and a half, then plaster and concrete casting for the second week and a half.

Check out the flyer above, and please do stop by! I am in on Wednesday’s and Saturdays.

Once Upon Again…again.


Once Upon Again will continue showing at Winns Gallery until 4pm Sunday 7th July. We are open every day until then, 10am-4pm.


Once Upon Again is coming to London!

Following on from our successful Pack of Wolves exhibition at Milkwood Gallery in Cardiff, we’re bringing the show down to Winns Gallery in Walthamstow, East London. This is a chance for you to see some amazing work from the Wolves, as well as parts of my recent solo show, Happyland.

The show is on at Winns Gallery from 29th June to 4th July, 10-4pm. Entry is free, no booking required. See you there! ** SHOW IS EXTENDED UNTIL 4pm SUNDAY 7th JULY **

Punch & Judy from Spike Dennis on Vimeo.

A Matter of Taste

Hello! I’m taking part in a group exhibition for Appetite Festival 2013.

‘A Matter of Taste’ runs from 1st – 29th June at Pictorem Gallery, 383 Hoe Street, E17 9AP. My original Cakeman illustration is featured, and available to buy, as well as limited edition A3 prints of my circus illustrations.

The private view for A Matter of Taste is on Friday 31st May at Pictorem, from 7-9pm. Check out the Appetite Festival newspaper below (Cakeman features on p 4/5).

E17 Art Trail 2012

I exhibited my solo show, Happyland, for almost the full 16 days of this year’s E17 Art Trail. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that this meant I didn’t get to see a whole lot of other exhibitions on the trail, so, apologies for not having a lot to report.

I did however do a bit of moonlighting on the Art Trail, and took time out to make some rather large cardboard vegetables for The Veg Chapel of Love. A marriage of the vegetables of Walthamstow, to promote a love of vegetables and sustainable living (Idea conceived by Simon La Roche, brought to you by Simon and Krystyna La Roche, OrganicLea, Original Army, Marie Louise Plum and Animaux Circus).

Huge thanks go to Walthamstow Wine, who offered me exhibition space and provided me with gallons of most tantalising wines to help warm up people at my private view. If you’re local to Walthamstow, or ever passing, please do go and check them out. You can follow Walthamstow Wine on Twitter.


Mail Art: Lincoln


Hello folks!

Mail Art news: the touring exhibition which kicked off in Walthamstow earlier in the year has now left Bedford and is currently residing in Lincoln.

Helen Dearnley is curating this leg of the magical, travelling Mail Art tour. As ever, we are encouraging anyone and everyone to take part; get stuck into creating some art! The only stipulation is that the art is directly linked to postal items, be it drawn, painted, printed or scribbled on envelopes, brown paper packaging, missed mail cards, stamps, jiffy bags or postable boxes. This is mail art – it should be mailable, accessible for all (to make and enjoy) and, most importantly, relate to post and mail.

If you would like more info about what we’d like to see submitted, and what this touring exhibition is, please check out this post here. Starting off with Mail Art: Walthamstow in January this year, the tour has since stopped off at Cardiff, Bedford and now Lincoln, growing in size as it travels.

Mail Art: Lincoln opens this Friday with a Private View at 12.00p.m. and will run until October 26th 2012. The exhibition venue is an empty shop (much like the Bedford leg of the tour, curated by Anne-Marie Stijeljasee slideshow here!), which is 100% in keeping with the mail art ethos (accessible, non-juried space, open to all).

If you would like to contribute your artwork, please send all submissions to: Helen Dearnley: Mail Art, Lincoln, 18-20 Sincil Street, Lincoln, LN5 7ET

To read more about exactly what mail art is and where it came from, check out the Mail Art wiki page.

H A P P Y L A N D at the E17 Art Trail, 2012.

Hello folks, as ever I am super late in posting this news but please do have a read of the information below! I have a solo exhibition on in Walthamstow (London, E17 9BN) from 1st-16th September, with a private view and wine tasting tomorrow, 29th August, from 5-8pm at the venue listed below.

All the information you need is below, and here’s a couple of sneak peaks from my exhibition:

“H A P P Y L A N D is a major solo exhibition by Walthamstow artist and illustrator Marie-Louise Plum. Circus themed, it includes illustrations on paper as well as more unconventional art objects. A vast collection of 3D objects, masks, appropriated images, pen & ink portraits and customised museum boxes stuffed full with broken, psychedelic toys stitch together the imaginary world of Happyland. Marie-Louise invites visitors to meet brain-eating slug-men, jolly, headless ballerinas and a schizophrenic jamboree of clown folk with dubious intentions.

Happyland exists in the cracks between dreams and nightmares. A place where north is south of upside down. Best viewed through a child’s eyes! Don’t be frightened, nothing is real.

Marie-Louise loves to create creepy characters and fantastical vignettes full of mischief and humour. She has worked on a varied range of projects including a large-scale wall piece for Forest Hall, Edinburgh, a custom made Moleskine design for Modofly and a wooden puzzle seen at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Her main interests are folk art, outsiders and freaks and she enjoys nothing more than creating nonsense and mess up in her attic room.”

Venue Details: Walthamstow Wine Club, 56-60 Grove Road, E17 9BN.
Opening times: 1st-16th September, Sat 10.00-17.00 (except 8th), Sun 11.00-16.00 (except 9th), Tue-Fri 14.00-20.00. Closed Mondays.

Artwork & Contact Information:
All artwork is for sale and is priced individually, prices available on request. If you are interested in pieces please ask the invigilator on duty at the exhibition, or email Marie-Louise directly.”

This exhibition is part of the 2012 E17 Art Trail. Please see my Facebook event page here.

Mail Art: Cardiff

Above, Mail Art by Chetan Kumar

Hello Folks!

Our magical travelling Mail Art exhibition has now moved on to The Printhaus in Cardiff. This leg of the mail art tour is being curated by the very lovely Spike Dennis of Spikeworld. Check out how to get involved below >>>

“OPEN CALL: MAIL ART CARDIFF -This is an open call for mail art from around the UK and the world.

Mail Art: E17 was the first stop of a touring exhibition of mail art from artists and illustrators across the globe. Following a lengthy and successful exhibition at Walthamstow Wine Club in east London the exhibition has now made its way to The Printhaus in Cardiff, Wales.

Submissions received during the first exhibition period in London will be displayed at The Printhaus from Tuesday 10 July until Sunday 22 July 2012. In addition to this we are now seeking new submissions to add to the exhibition which will be exhibited at the Printhaus when received and added to the collection of mail art to be exhibited at further venues later in the year.

We are seeking art on any subject and in any form with the one stipulation which is that the art relates to a mailable or mailed form. For example, that could be art on jiffy bags, envelopes, brown paper, packages, art using stamps, printed or franked labels, mail stickers, stencils or mail delivery cards. You can draw, paint, cut, stick and glue, cut-out, construct, scribble or print. Anything goes.

If you would like to take part in the exhibition please email mail[at] or send your work directly to:

Spike Dennis
Mail Art: Cardiff
c/o Cardiff School of Art & Design
Howard Gardens
Cardiff CF24 0SP

The deadline for submissions is ongoing, however, please do not post work for this leg of the exhibition any later than the 20 July 2012.

The exhibition opens on Tuesday 10 July 2012. There will be an open evening on Friday 13 July 20102 from 6.00 – 9.00pm at The Printhaus so do please come and join us for a drink.

Read more about the world-wide cultural movement of Mail Art here.”

If you would like to download a handy PDF info sheet of, well, pretty much what I have already written here, then please click this link!

Mail Art: E17 in WF Guardian.

>> Update on the mail art exhibtion housed at Walthamstow Wine, E17: opening times, submission guidelines and press coverage.


I am still seeking submissions for the mail art exhibition,click here for submission guidelines and deadline.

Waltham Forest Guardian have covered the exhibition with a nice write up, available to view here.

Regarding opening times, the exhibition is freely open to the public every other Wednesday from 3-9pm, the next Wednesday it is open is 15th February and then every other Wednesday after that. However, the exhibition may be viewed by appointment and that is possible Mon-Fri during working hours. The wine club venue is also an office and you can book an appointment to view the artworks by calling 0208 521 8296 or 07723 323 542.

The submission deadline for this leg of the Mail Art touring exhibition is April 2nd 2012. The exhibition will be moving on to Cardiff in April therefore the sooner you send your work in, the quick and longer it is displayed on this leg of the touring exhibtion.

Valentinesy Day of Art and Fun

More information on the Wood Street Indoor Market where I will be exhibiting with the Waltham Forest Arts Club. I’m doing a masked interaction on the 11th and would love to see lots of folks down there.

Mask! at Forest, Edinburgh, Scotland.

“Love Wood Street Indoor Market?
Or never been to Wood Street Indoor Market?

Come along to an exciting Valentinesy day of fun in the Market, on Saturday February 11th, 10am to 5.30pm.

This is the result of a 3-month-long competition process and so we are really excited to finally open the doors on our new tenants.

There’ll be all your favourite antiques and records shops, AND the *GRAND LAUNCH* of our 21 BRAND-NEW shops!

Our new shops include a Florist (just in time for Valentines!), an Artisan Bakery, a new Coffee Shop, a Film-Makers-Shop, vintage clothes, accessories and poster shops. There will also be new spaces run by Craft Guerilla, Significant Seams, exhibitions by E17 Designers and the Waltham Forest Arts Club. As well as arty happenings by The Pink Bear Club and the Wood Street Picture Palace.

For those last minute Valentines gifts, there will be a host of new shops including new crafts and gift shops. Strange Fruit greeting-card makers will even send the Valentines Card for you!

With plenty of exciting launch events, including live mural painting by Animaux Circus (thanks to them for designing the poster!), and lots of special offers, it will be a great day to visit the Market, so hope to see you there!

See the Facebook event page and the the full list of new shops on the Wood Street blog.”