Stephen Lawrence Gallery Has a New Site


Mike James preserved this website in honor of Steven Lawrence and the work he was doing to further the careers of artists. Mike only met Steven once, but they had a 3 hour conversation that led to a long distance friendship that lasted many years. Mike works in the tech world as one of the small group of expert cloud consultants for Salesforce community cloud - a specialized area promoting connectivity within the Salesforce users/customers/client sphere. He's also worked on projects related to data science, big data, Kubernetes and teaches code related topics at the university.


For a number of years this was the official website for the Stephen Lawrence Gallery.
Content is from the site's 2011-2013 archived pages.

The current website for the Stephen Lawrence Gallery is found at:


The University of Greenwich founded the Stephen Lawrence Gallery in 2000 following the publication of the Macpherson report into the police handling of the Stephen Lawrence murder enquiry.

The gallery was the initiative of Paul Stigant, then Dean of the Woolwich faculty at the University of Greenwich, working in close partnership with Stephen’s mother, Doreen Lawrence, who had been a student at the University in 1993 when Stephen was murdered in a racist attack.

The Woolwich Campus was the first home of the gallery, where its establishment was assisted by a group of enthusiastic local supporters. One of this group, Kelly O’Reilly, became the first curator, taking the gallery forward to its new site at Maritime Greenwich.


Welcome to The Stephen Lawrence Gallery

About the gallery:

The Stephen Lawrence Gallery aims to promote diversity in the representation of visual cultures through mainly curated group exhibitions featuring the work of young contemporary visual practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, including artists, designers, and architects.

The gallery stages a programmed series of six curated exhibitions each year with accompanying conferences and workshops. The exhibitions as well as many of the associated events are open to the public as well as members of the University. In addition the gallery hosts end-of-year student shows and regularly platforms project based activities in the local community.

Gallery Curator: David Waterworth
Advisory Panel: Dr Alice Correia, Louise Simkiss, Jack Tan
Gallery Assistants: Alice Bennett, Nicola Campbell 
Photographic Documentation: Hana Vojackova

For further information please contact David Waterworth, Curator, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery.
Tel. 020 8331 8260 or email [email protected]

How to get there:

The Stephen Lawrence Gallery is located at:
Queen Anne Court
University of Greenwich
Old Royal Naval College
Park Row
Greenwich SE10 9LS

The gallery provides full access for those with disabilities.

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm
Saturday, 11am-4pm



"As an art enthusiast, I've spent many delightful hours exploring the Stephen Lawrence Gallery over the years. This venue is truly a gem, known for its innovative exhibitions that consistently provoke thought and inspire creativity. The gallery's ability to curate shows around diverse themes ranging from literature and technology to philosophy is remarkable.

One exhibition that particularly stands out in my memory was focused on crystals, both natural and synthetic. The way the gallery presented this topic was absolutely fascinating, blending scientific knowledge with artistic expression. It was this show that actually inspired my partner to develop a jewelry line centered around cubic zirconia. The exhibition's exploration of man-made crystals sparked their creativity, leading to a commercially successful range of items like CZ rings, earrings, and brooches.

The Stephen Lawrence Gallery has a knack for presenting ideas in ways that not only educate but also ignite imagination. Whether it's showcasing abstract paintings from Greenwich Studios or exploring futuristic visions of London, each visit offers a new perspective and leaves me feeling intellectually stimulated. It's a space where art truly comes alive, making it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in contemporary visual culture." Jesse Forte



Current Programmes

Current Programme:
2013-14 Planes of Engagement>


Past Programmes

Past Programmes:
2012-13 Bodyspace >
2011-12 From the Commentary Box >
2010-11 Pattern and Line: Histories and Narrative >
2009-10 Object as Subject >
2008-09 Seeing Ourselves >
2007-08 Borders and Identities >
Gallery Overview: A Selection of Past Exhibitions >



Human responses to the delineation of space, whether social, architectural, geographic or virtual, are investigated in this multidisciplinary programme.



5 March - 3 April 2013
Curated by Kate Walters

Five artists from the far South West present works which explore and respond to the complex context and multiple realities revealed by being at the edge, to consider what all too often tends to be pushed, both privately and collectively, to a neglected margin.

“An elemental land provides an echo for the psycho-geography experienced through and in our bodies: we explore the outer edges by creating, anchoring and embedding maps of our interior interaction with these borders”.

Susan Bleakley, Karen Lorenz, Mat Osmond, Kate Walters and Belinda Whiting



7 April - 10 May 2013
Curated by Alicia Paz and Eleonore Gros

An intellectual endorsement of uncertainty and chaos in regards to human psychological states is proposed in this exhibition, which deploys a creative exploration of the duality of human nature and the importance of accepting its inherent tension. The alienation and distancing effect of the mask will be portrayed critically, politically. In this context, the exhibiting artists will examine the meaning of perception, mimesis, transformation and mutability as a function not only of dramatic personae, but of personhood in general.

Artistic practice will be here presented as ‘mask’, a space in which paint is considered to be a second skin, sculpture an alter-body, photography and video, twisted doppelgängers. The dynamics of self-representation will be reinvented, turned on their head by means of created alter-egos, theatrically evoking ventriloquism, disguise, and even camouflage.

Opening Event: 12 April 2013

This will include a performance by the collaborative duo Plastique Fantastique.



21 January - 28 February 2013
Curated by Saif Osmani

An international research-based exhibition looking at the multiple ways in which bamboo has been appropriated in a context of space, in place-making and within the process of establishing national boundaries. Each project explores cross-cultural interaction and linkages forged through material and spatial syntax in the formation of cultural codes and future identities across borderlines.

Parallel Horizons stems from Baasher Ghor/Bamboo House, an on-going collaborative platform which brings together 35 practitioners from four continents, including architects, artists, designers, sculptors, photographers and oral historians with the aim of rediscovering stories and narratives misplaced through human migration and interpolation.

A talk and seminar will be scheduled during the exhibition.


17 September - 18 October 2012
Artist in Residence: Terence Birch

Following his residency at the gallery during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Terence Birch presents the radical ideas and pioneering work of these nineteenth and early twentieth century visionaries, who in different ways advocated social reform, holistic approaches to education and the power of art and equestrianism to change lives.

From an English painter whose vast murals in great houses often related to topical events, to a French educationalist who believed that in order for people, and countries, to respect each other they needed to know each others’ cultural histories. From soldiers who advocated training the horse through kindness and reward, to a Count who was credited for the re-introduction of Equestrian at the Summer Olympics after it was dropped at the 1904 Olympic Games.

When Birch was imagining this exhibition, he was profoundly influenced by the thinkers described here, who have all had a significant influence on the world today.



1 November - 15 December 2012

Curated by David Waterworth


Martina Bergman Österberg (1849-1914) a pioneer educationalist working in the area of women's physical training and an early supporter of women's suffrage, taught at one of the founding colleges of the University of Greenwich: Dartford College of Physical Education. The archive of material documenting her influential teaching methods and the achievements of the women who followed them remains with the University. In addition to many photographs, its contents include books, manuscripts, registers, trophies, certificates and badges; alongside uniforms, clothing-lists and cuttings. Altogether the archive records one hundred years of radical change for women both within and beyond the field of “PT”.

In this exhibition, selected artists take a range of responses to the archive in a variety of media, including performance, painting and sound. They seek to explore not only the subject of the body as it is presented within the archive, but also the body of the researcher as it engages with it.

Conference: 9 November 2012
Held at the National Maritime Museum in association with this exhibition, “Performing the Collection: action and reaction in taxonomic space” will explore processes of being in, acting in and engaging with archival space.


The Knight Turns Its Head and Laughs



25 October – 12 November 2011

This exhibition presents carefully chosen works from an international project involving young people from different communities. Participants came from two centres; the Omid-e-Mehr rehabilitation centre in Tehran, Iran and the Iranian Youth Development Association based in Woolwich, London. The project was managed by Rosetta Art Centre and delivered in partnership with all three organisations. 

Through photography the young people examine how they think about themselves and engage with the world around them. The exhibition celebrates and emphasises both how their individual identity is unique and the factors that shape their lives. It combines their genetic being, cultural diversity, religious and linguistic backgrounds; their interests and abilities. The fascinating selection of images and stories in this exhibition provide an opportunity to discern more about Iran from outside and within.

Associated Event: On Saturday 29 October at 12 noon there will be a film screening of The Glass House. Directed by Hamid Rahmanian and produced by Melissa Hibbard, this 2008 documentary follows four girls, who are attempting to pull themselves out of the margins of society by attending Omid-e-Mehr rehabilitation centre in uptown Tehran.

Followed by Q&A with Omid-e-Mehr Founder Marjaneh Halati, chaired by: Sanaz Amidi, Director of Rosetta Art Centre


LINEAR B: A memorial project responding to works in the collection of Greek artist Nikos Alexiou

17 November – 6 January 2012 *
Curated by Christina Mitrentse & Jonas Ranson

The exhibition presents new works produced by seven contemporary London based artists, responding explicitly to a selection of international artists’ work in the idiosyncratic private collection of late Greek artist Nikos Alexiou. Incorporating diverse readings, the show explores the dialectical relationships between contemporary collector and artist, artist and artist, while it alludes to the larger conversation of the artist-as-collector and artist-as-curator.


*Please Note: the gallery will be closed from
23 Dec – 3 Jan 2011 inclusive.



27 January – 24 February 2012

Atelier 11, University of Greenwich School of Architecture

An exhibition of speculative architectural models and drawings set in the Thames Gateway, investigating the wider context within which the forthcoming Olympic Games and its legacy is located. This story is told with the help of Charles Dickens, Georges Perec, JG Ballard, Iain Sinclair, and Angela Carter, starting with the moment when, in Dicken’s Great Expectations, Pip is turned upside down by the convict Abel Magwitch – a scene set on the Hoo Peninsula, the geographical centre of the Thames Gateway.

The architecture of the Olympics revolves around the body. Just as the rotation of Pip represents the metaphoric moment when past and future collide in the novel, the contemporary story of London’s shift to the east is both described and imagined in the exhibition where the body and its experience is at the centre of the projects presented.

Over the last seven years Atelier 11, in the postgraduate research of the School of Architecture at Greenwich University, has been speculating on the fictional and factual history and future of the Thames Gateway through drawings and models which have been presented at the Royal Academy and as part of the RIBA Presidents’ Medals.

Event - The BAM (Body Architecture Movement) Research Group will conduct a Pechu Kechu (series of short presentations) in association with the exhibition (date to be confirmed)



1 - 31 March 2012

Dan Shipsides and Veronique Chance

Offering his collection of vintage Mountain magazines (1969 – 1992), Dan Shipsides’ project asks the viewer to explore the “sport” of climbing through an encounter with the aesthetics, philosophy, ethics and maverick social positioning of many of its protagonists. Radical lifestyles and belief positions embodied by certain infamous early mountaineers gave flesh to the quasi-spiritual, romantic and escapist tendencies resonant in the seductive images of the 20th century magazines. As climbing is being proposed for the 2020 Olympics, and as much of rock and mountain sport has succumbed to prescribed and commercial modes of physique, technique, equipment and branding, Evilsport expounds a friction to the wholesome Olympic ideal.

Relationships between the physical presence of the body and its representation on screen are explored in the work of Veronique Chance. In The Great Orbital Ultra Run the artist, wired up with film and sound-recording equipment, records the demanding physicality of running the 140 mile long journey along the outer Orbital paths of Greater London for subsequent relay in the gallery.

Both works test the point where sport crosses over to performative expression and examine its representation in broadcast and printed media.



5 April - 11 May 2012*
Curated by Martin Rasmussen

Art animation appropriates the seductive imagery, dynamics and competitiveness of the digital games industry as well as that of the entertainment industry as a whole. It speaks to us through the same platform of interaction and creation of different worlds but also it distinguishes itself through a contradictory move to both competition and entertainment.

It perhaps exaggerates both in order to pick our worlds apart and therefore becomes the most apparent interface between machine and man

This exhibition both celebrates and questions the idea of “games” in relation to popular visual culture.

* Please Note: the gallery is closed on Easter and May public holidays



Image courtesy of Reg Dosell at W. Larkins Ltd.

7 June – 11 July 2012

In the lead up to an event where records will be broken, races won and lost in a fraction of a second, The Present is a Point Just Passed brings together art works and artefacts that give a tangible presence to defined moments of time. Whilst some works carefully reposition empirical data and look at incidents of historical significance, others use banal observations and puerile gestures to render forever noteworthy otherwise unremarkable passing moments. The exhibition will include works by Martin John Callanan, Jan Dibbets, Aaron Koblin, Lizzie Hughes and Jonty Semper, alongside seismograms from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.



UNCAUGHT HARES: Painting and Sculpture at Greenwich Studios 1974 - 1994

The Stephen Lawrence Gallery : 9 April – 13 May 2011
Clifford Chance (30th Floor) : 18 April – 20 May 2011
The Stephen Lawrence Gallery : 18 June – 15 July 2011*
Curated by David Webb

This exhibition explores the work of abstract painters and sculptors who occupied studios at King George Street, Greenwich, between 1974 and 1994. Uncaught Hares offers a reading and critical study of the selected artists’ early work against the historical backdrop of these important local studio buildings, alongside their more recent paintings and sculptures. Artists include Anthony Daley, Clyde Hopkins, Jeff Lowe, Mali Morris, Geoff Rigden and Stephen Lewis.

* Publication Launch with essays by Alice Correia, David Webb and David Waterworth



3 March – 2 April 2011

John Timberlake and Joy Sleeman Visual artist John Timberlake collaborates with writer and art historian Joy Sleeman in response to the 1885 novel After London by Victorian Greenwich resident Richard Jefferies, using the novel as a starting point from which to propose different forms of visualising London and its imagined fates.

13 March 2 - 4pm: The exhibitors join Matthew Beaumont and writer Will Self in a panel discussion, chaired by gallery curator David Waterworth, on issues raised by the exhibition.


HYBRID LIVES: Locating the Self and the Other

26 January – 26 February 2011

Curated by Karl Obulo

The exhibition brings together the work of five visual artists from different cultural backgrounds whose explorations into new forms of identity are inherent within their practice. The artists focus on themes such as migration, multiculturalism, double-consciousness, memory, recognition and multiple-self theories.