November is all about Jazz…and photography!

Back in the UK and just in time for one of November’s highlights- The London Jazz Festival. The EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital’s biggest pan-city music festival, presenting famous world-class artists well as emerging stars who perform at notable venues such as the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scotts and the Albert Hall. The festival has being going since 1992 and emerged from the long-standing Camden Jazz Week created in 1970 by Serious, the live international music producers.

This year’s show includes a photography exhibition by David Redfern and the talented Edu Hawkins, which I encourage you to see if you’re local. Redfern, the only non American to feature in the Jazz Times ‘ Special Collectors Edition’ has selected just a small but quality selection of limited prints for sale. His career began in the twilight jazz clubs of 1960’s London, photographing artists such as Kenny Ball and George Melly. Further to his work on TV shows, nights spent at 100 Club, Marquee or Ronnie Scotts and being an official tour photographer, he has amassed a portfolio of work featuring  icons of jazz such as Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Art Blakey and Duke Ellington.

The show runs for the duration of the festival (10th -24th Nov) at LONDON Southbank Centre / Foyer Spaces Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX. For further details on concerts and talks visit

Featured Artist- Kerys Nathan

Design Balance
Design Balance

I often take comfort and motivation from creative professionals I know. Few are more creative or professional as Kerys Nathan who has featured in previous blog entries.

Kerys  is a writer, director, photographer, performance coach & motivational speaker.  She is a constantly evolving artist, morphing through different artistic disciplines.  Her photographic and design work is very arresting, articulating expression and capturing art in a bright, colourful and refreshing way. Her resume includes music video, logo design, album design as well as visual layouts, brochure and poster design.

The desire to visually stimulate, inspire and challenge is at the centre of all her photographic and design work. Passionate about imagery and the response it can provoke, she approaches every project with a focus that allows this to happen for both her and her clients. Whilst creating and designing projects for her own business she is establishing a client list that includes recording artists, performers, fashion labels, schools and corporate clients.

Kerys Nathan Photography
Kerys Nathan Photography

There are many  from corporate companies to freelance artists who could benefit from her services. For  further information on her photography and design services please visit

Colour in Motion- Photographic Video

I draw your attention to the use of colour and movement captured in ‘Colour in Motion.’  Friend and fellow artist Elizabeth James  has studied and photographed colour, paying attention to its transformation in direction and tones. The colours, carrying little or no commitment and the ebb and flow of the water take on a body of life. For further information please visit

Black British Film & Photography at Portobello Art Gallery

Book Cover Image: 'Top Girl' (2008) Dir: Rebecca Johnson

Last night I attended a very interesting talk and photography exhibition by Black British Filmmaker Nadia Denton. Nadia has just published her book ‘ The Black British Filmmakers Guide to Success.’  It provides encouragement and guidance for young UK based filmmakers  embarking on their careers. Primarily a resource for filmmakers, this publication includes interviews with leading directors, guidance on learning specific aspects of film theory and aids the understanding of film, genres & audiences. Nadia touched on many issues and necessities that are essential for most artist working in the creative industries; to be professional, business minded, taking opportunities to network and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders.  The publication is available to download from her website

The exhibition entitled ‘India: An African Odyssey’ is photographic documentation of her experience traveling to West Bengal and Orissa.

She explains: ‘ In 2008, I travelled to India for the second time. What struck me was that in contrast to my experiences in Delhi where I was largely recognised as a person of African Descent, in West Bengal and Orissa, the lines were blurred…

With my lens I was allowed a certain level of access that would normally be denied a western traveller. The people I met did not see me as an outsider. I was welcomed into a culture which was not my own but where I could see aspects of my identity. Though I have lived and travelled extensively in West Africa, India remains the only place where I have been surrounded by so many people who share my skin colour. The images in the exhibition are a snapshot of the glimpses I had of my African self in India.’

Nadia Denton Image Credit: Armet Francis

The exhibition runs until 14th October at  the Portobello Art Gallery  and forms part of the Westway Development Trust’s programme of events celebrating the UK’s Black History Month.  Forthcoming events at the venue include the screening of ‘Nubian Spirit” a documentary exploring ancient Sudan and Ancestral Voices, a film examining African spiritual practices.

For further information please visit

The show goes on: Photography Exhibition Fundraiser for Refuge.

Photography by Elizabeth James

The closure of the Redgate Gallery and disappearance of its owner Yara Caroline Tshallener is very disappointing. However, I’m pleased to announce photographer Elizabeth James, one of the artists scheduled to exhibit this summer, will now have a three week show at the Free Space Gallery  2 Bartholomew Villas Kentish Town London NW5 2BX

Her 1st solo exhibition examines the ‘shape’ and ‘form’ of various selected subjects. This collection is dedicated to, and in aid of REFUGE, a charity close to her heart. 15% of sales will be donated to Refuge, a charity providing safety for women and families fleeing domestic violence.

Elizabeth James

They are able to offer these families much more than shelter, from psychological support to community outreach programmes which help settle families back in to their new safe community upon leaving refuge and re-locating

The private viewing is on Wednesday 5th October 2011 from 6pm to 9pm and includes a live music by singer /songwriter Ivy Chanel. A second night of live music takes place on Friday 21st October with band NUBREEZE providing a smooth mix of Reggae Soul and Jazz- Fusion.

The companies Boutique Princess & Cheeryhub sponsor this event.

So, if you’re around Kentish Town why not pop in and support?!