Annette Fernando


Urban contemporaries – Painting the urban experience

Details: Fifteen figurative painters have collaborated to launch a new show in March, at the Espacio Gallery, in east London. These ‘Urban Contemporaries’ have a shared curiosity about the urban environment using painting as the common language. Joined by British figurative painter, art writer and curator, Timothy Hyman RA, each artist is attempting to capture the visual character and essential forces of the urban experience through exploring scenes of everyday life, the beauty of common place things or their interpretations of the symbolic, psychosexual and human drama of the city.

The forthcoming Exhibition will offer glimpses into the very diverse visual experiences of fifteen figurative painters, who chronicle their responses through combinations of careful observation, photographs, private archives, film and other media to record personal encounters with city existence and offer new stories and narratives. Some use drawings and paintings as visual accounts to convey the disappearance of social and cultural landmarks, others interact with symbolic elements to transmit feeling, atmosphere and humanity, exploring the sense of intimacy and detachment specific to cities.

Summary: The Espacio Gallery is located at 159 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2, near Brick Lane. The Exhibition will take place from Tuesday 5th to Sunday 10th March, Tues – Sat 1-7pm & Sun 1-5pm. Private Views will be on Tuesday 5th and Thursday 7th (as part of First Thursday) from 6 – 9pm.

The artists: Timothy Hyman RA, Sharon Beavan, Frank Creber, Ferha Farooqui, Grant Watson, Michael Johnson, Elizabeth McCarten, Melissa Scott-Miller, Michael Major, Annette Fernando, Susanne du Toit, Alex Pemberton, Charles Williams, Gehin Evans and Sarah Lowe. Examples of their work can be viewed on their website

Contact information for co-curators – Ferha Farooqui and Frank Creber:
Ferha Farooqui – 07906543135 or email
Frank Creber – 07984 016326 or email

Here then, was I / Here now, am I
Annette Fernando, Alistair Leys, Sarah ‘Kenikie’ Palmer, Ema Pina, Helen Wilson

Exhibition Dates: 7-29 July 2018

Thames-Side Studios presents Here then, was I / Here now, am I, a group exhibition featuring works by Annette Fernando, Alistair Leys, Sarah ‘Kenikie’ Palmer, Ema Pina and Helen Wilson.

The exhibition brings together a group of artists whose works reflect one’s relationship with the outside world through a personal quest into one’s self. Inner thoughts and shared aspirations, ubiquitous screens and physical surroundings are presented intertwined. Each artist, guided by their self-awareness, navigates the murky sea of the tangible and the digital world.

The show’s title is inspired by Virginia Woolf’s extended essay A Room of One’s Own (1929) and the docufiction film by Portuguese director Pedro Costa In Vanda’s Room (2000). Whereas Woolf critiques the conditions required for the success of female writers, Costa cuts a space for emigrant junkies and the socially excluded. Both resort to fictions within reality in order to carve out a literal and figurative space from where to voice what remains unheard. To have one’s own room is a fundamental desire difficult for millennials to achieve in London, both literally and metaphorically. A desire to reclaim space and time for the individual. Focusing on issues of personal and social identity, the exhibition hopes to highlight the importance of creative work in questioning the ‘self’ and in understanding one’s role within society.

My studio is having a Summer Party and Print Sale on Thursday the 7th of September!

Come along to our studio courtyard for food, drink, fun, sun, live music, and art for sale by local artists and makers.

Our artists will be selling original prints, drawings, illustrations and hand-made jewellery at studio prices.

There will also be live music and live print-making demos!

7th September at 18:00–21:00
Spitalfields Studios,
7-15 Greatorex Street, E1 5NF London, United Kingdom

Artwork from:
Paul Anderson – Annette Fernando – Katie Horwich
Christopher Lane – Temsuyanger Longkumer – Shelley Wise

Live Print-Making by:
Paul Anderson

Live Music by:
Will Mount + Band

This FREE event is part of Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursdays.

My work has been published in the ‘Doodlers Anonymous Epic Coloring Book’, by Monacelli Press. The book features 90 artists from around the world and will hit the shelves of all major book retailers on October 13th. It is already available online for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Indiebound. Pre-order today following this link:

I am happy to announce my first solo show in Sri Lanka ‘Girls Like Us’ at the Ruby Studio Gallery. Opens on the 14th of August 2015 until the 28th of August 2015.

The show displays current drawings and etchings, with a particular focus on the British and French new wave movements. Much of the references for the ‘Girls Like Us’ exhibition in Colombo contain scenes from Ingmar Bergman, Roman Polanski, Joseph Losey, Francois Truffaut, Gerry O’Hara and Jean-Luc Godard's cinematic oeuvre.

No. 61/5, Ward Place
Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.

Open Monday-Friday 9am - 6pm During Shows.
Tel: +94 11 2691056
Admission is free.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is on the final leg of it's tour. It is the last chance to catch my drawing 'Wait a Minute, It's the Truth and the Truth Hurts XIV' at the Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Devon 9th May-12th June 2015.

The Burton Art Gallery and Museum
Kingsley Road
EX39 2QQ
Open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm & Sunday 11am - 4pm. Admission is free
Tel: 01237 471455

Current exhibition at La Porte Peinte Centre Pour Les Arts, 25th October 2014 - 31st of December 2015.

Between 1 April and 31 October:
10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 19:00
Closed on Monday and Wednesday afternoons except in July and August

Between 1 November and 31 December:
10:00 – 13:00
Saturday & Sunday
10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 19:00

La Porte Peinte Centre pour les Arts
8 rue de la Porte Peinte
89310 Noyers sur Serein, France

Admission is free