Granddaughter to the strongman of a travelling circus and owner of Reykjavik’s first grand hotel, Karólína Lárusdóttir ‘s distinctive work is greatly inspired by her Icelandic upbringing
Sarah Wiseman Gallery is proud to present Wondrous Happenings , a rare chance to see works by the renowned Icelandic artist Karólína Lárusdóttir as we celebrate her 75th birthday. ‘Wondrous Happenings’ will be the first solo exhibition of Karólína ‘s work in nine years.
Born and raised in Iceland, Karólína Lárusdóttir moved to Oxford to study at the prestigious Ruskin School of Art at Oxford University, graduating in 1967. Despite remaining in the UK for many years, Karólína admits, “everything in my work is to do with Iceland: the landscape, the people, the way I remember life as a child”.
In this exhibition of etchings, the artist shares strange yet engaging scenes that convey her childhood impressions of a country that remains faithful to ancient customs and traditions to this day. It is said that many Icelanders regard self-sufficiency and independence as important personal qualities to have. Coupled with a national pride in their Viking heritage and for many, a belief in a ‘hidden people,’ Iceland’s traditions are a curious blend of no-nonsense stoicism, with the indubitable acceptance of the existence of other forces.
As the granddaughter to a strongman of a travelling circus and owner of Hotel Borg, Reykjavik’s first grand hotel, Karólína Lárusdóttir’s work is greatly inspired by her unusual Icelandic upbringing. With regular visits to the Hotel, she was witness to many gatherings and social encounters. Hotel Borg was at one time central to Reykjavik’s social calendar, where society parties and dinners took place. Much of the social custom and their peculiarities are typical subject matter for Lárusdóttir’s etchings; her imagery is often populated by chefs and chambermaids, customers taking tea or dancing, referencing characters frequenting the hotel. Faces are unsmiling yet expressive and intense, relating to one another as if in tacit understanding. “There’s nothing worse than seeing a picture of a smiling person”, says Larusdottir, “there&rsquo! ;s always more going on than you think”. Despite drawing on a bank of her personal memories and imagination, she does not want the etchings to become too sentimental.
Karólína’s work is underpinned by the other-worldly and mystic elements of Icelandic culture. Using wry humour, she enhances the surreal and timeless qualities of different happenings, depicting stern-looking angels and other mysterious characters that appear in her painterly and colourful etchings.
Karólína Lárusdóttir’s quietly captivating works are held in collections around the world, including the Vatican Collection, Rome, the Royal Collection of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, the British Museum and the Iceland National Collection in Reykjavik.
‘Wondrous Happenings’ will be Karólína Lárusdóttir’s second solo exhibition with Sarah Wiseman Gallery, having exhibited with the gallery in 2004. Her last solo exhibition at The Contemporary Art Gallery in Reykjavik in 2010.
Do you use words to tell people about your business?! Then this workshop is for you…
Whether it’s on your website, in an email or blog, on a flyer, or in a Facebook post, your writing is communicating something about who your company is – and it’s not just about what you say, but how you say it. Ultimately the way you talk to your customers or clients can be the deciding factor for whether or not people will buy into what you’re selling.
So come join brand voice crafter and wordsmith extraordinaire Bethany Joy for an intensive session on brand voice. Merrily throwing marketing jargon out of the window and keeping things simple and fun, she’ll be offering you a practical guide to shaping the language your business uses so that through it people get a better sense of your organisational personality – and are inspired to engage with you.
** Light refreshments are included in the ticket price
You’ll leave with:
New inspiration about the power of language and how it can make or break your business
A simple but clearly defined brand voice for your business
Some mini guidelines to help you consistently write in a way that brings that voice to life
** Only 10 tickets available, so book now! **
Businesses who’ve come to this brand voice workshop say…
“Well-presented, fascinating and hugely practical – every business should be thinking about this stuff.”
“Beth’s workshop was super engaging and informative, yet with a relaxed and friendly environment – I learnt a lot!”
“This session really opened my eyes and made me look at our company’s language in a completely new light. It’s made me realise how much needs to change, but in an encouraging way that’s also shown me what the positive opportunities are.”
About Bethany Joy
A brand voice crafter and wordsmith extraordinaire, Beth helps passionate people with big ideas find the words they need to get got!
She began her working life in charity communications just over a decade ago, before moving on to comms and brand consultancy and then copywriting for a creative agency. Beth now puts bread (and bacon, always bacon) on the table by helping organisations find a writing style and voice that truly shows the passion and personality of their business, as well as creating gettable and irresistible copy for their websites, campaigns, leaflets and blogs.
You can check her out at bethanyjoy.org
Cranston Pickles’ as you’ve never seen them before!!
An evening at Hamblin Bread, showcasing a variety of Cranston Pickles’ produce incorporated into a delicious 8 course menu, co-curated by guest chef (and good friend) Jack Denning.
All the ingredients are locally sourced, following the principles of Cranston Pickles, sourcing our meat from Waterperry Farm Shop, Sandy Lane Farm for organic fresh fruit & vegetables and our dairy from North Aston Dairy Farm- just to name a few.
Tickets include the 8 course pickliscious meal, with a drink on arrival, (complete with a pickle – of course), to get the pickle party started! Beers from Tap Social Movement will be available to purchase throughout the evening && there will be bottomless pickles and fresh Hamblin Bread to keep you topped up all evening!
The evening is not currently catering for vegetarians but please get in touch if you want to join the pickle party and we will see what we can do!
Calling all yoga teachers, teacher trainees ♥ responding to demand from our amazing community, we’ve decided to start holiday semi-regular group mentoring sessions which also include a chat about some Yoga Sutras and a mini-chant.
It’s perfect if you’re looking to connect with a community of yoga teachers, seek support from other like-minded professionals and do a bit of casual socialising.
1. Opening Meditation
2. Group Mentoring/Sharing/Discussion
3. Yoga Sutras Discussion
This is a FREE event.
Likely that we’ll arrange a dinner booking afterwards if you’d like to join!
Experience gin tasting with a twist this April.
With special guests from TOAD and Jericho Comedy Productions. Tickets include entry, 3 beverages to sample and entertainment. £10 Per person.
Buy your tickets at www.jerichocomedy.com
FRILFORD HEATH I ABINGDON I OXON I OX13 5NW
Further details available with: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for another delicious brunch meet up at Silvie on Iffley Road.
This month we will be joined by communications expert Aisha Kellaway who will be presenting a short talk which will be an introduction to a fool-proof 4 step process to help you build a successful comms/marketing plan.
The talk will provide a framework that you can use to develop your own comms plan, but if you would like more support, we will be running a subsequent workshop which will go through the process step by step and in more detail so every attendee can come out of it with a really clear communications plan moving forwards. Follow us on Facebook to be the 1st to hear about our 2019 workshops.
***All our meet ups are free to Independent Oxford members – just enter your membership code at the check out to get your free spot!***
Join us for an special Indie Oxford Members evening at Grape Minds in Summertown! We’re teaming up with Graeme and the team to bring you a special night tasting 8 of their favourite wines from sparkling whites to fruity reds.
After the success of our Supper Club in January, we thought it would be great to get together again for another social evening over a few glasses of wine with some fellow indies!
Only 10 places available so book your place ASAP!
**This event is for Independent Oxford Members Only**
We are sooooo excited to announce that Tina T’urner Tea Lady’s STEAMY BINGO, is coming to a Community Centre near you! Cancel that family Easter visit, you’ve an important appointment to keep. Prepare yourself for a very very Good Friday as we plunge you headlong into Tina’s world of balls, tea and prizes!
Oh yes it’s bingo but not as we know it…and where else better than the velvet trimmed, mirror balled Florence Park Community Centre. Come on in, the beers cheap and the vibe’s spicy.
Support comes in the form of bingos premier keyboard artist Eric Matador.
…aaaaand if there’s time after we may even put on a bit of a disco for the last half hour.