Francesca Maffeo Gallery Launch!

Preparations are underway for the opening of a new and exciting gallery in Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, called the Francesca Maffeo Gallery. The gallery will open for the first time on Friday 17th June 2016, showcasing the work by the brilliant photographer, Spencer Murphy

Train Carriages, 2006, from the series 'The Abyss Gazes Into You' © Spencer Murphy

Train Carriages, 2006, from the series 'The Abyss Gazes Into You' © Spencer Murphy

The founder of the gallery, Francesca Genovese said, “I want to create a space where everyone feels welcome to enjoy the work, engage with the themes and take something away, be it simply an experience, knowledge, or a piece with which to begin or expand their collection.”

The gallery will offer education and support in the form of an artist forum to accompany each exhibition, portfolio reviews (held on the last Monday of every month), exhibition workshops, professional development workshops, as well as a student programme to help develop the skills of young people, from GCSE level to post-graduates. You are also able to purchase books and prints, some of which are in limited editions. It sounds like a brilliant addition to the already established art scene in Leigh-On-Sea, and we cannot wait to visit!

The Contents Of Arthur Boyt’s Freezer, 2009, from the series 'The Abyss Gazes Into You' © Spencer Murphy

The Contents Of Arthur Boyt’s Freezer, 2009, from the series 'The Abyss Gazes Into You' © Spencer Murphy

Canary Resuscitation Chamber, 2012, from the series 'Canary In A Coal Mine' © Spencer Murphy

Canary Resuscitation Chamber, 2012, from the series 'Canary In A Coal Mine' © Spencer Murphy

As mentioned above, the accompanying exhibition to mark the opening of the gallery showcases the work of Spencer Murphy. Curated by Francesca Genovese herself, Ephemera features Spencer's personal archive and new work, exploring both portraiture and landscapes. In regards to the title of the exhibition, Spencer said, “The title does well to describe what we do as photographers in the widest sense; it certainly describes my process of collecting these moments that would perhaps be forgotten, trying to elevate something short-lived into something almost eternal.”

Ephemera runs from the 18th June – 13th August 2016  

Untitled (Orchid) 2012 © Spencer Murphy

Untitled (Orchid) 2012 © Spencer Murphy

Key dates/times to add to your diary:

Ephemera private view/gallery launch – 17th June 2016 at 6-8pm

Champagne Breakfast (the public are invited to see the exhibition and new gallery) – 18th June 2016 10am

Ephemera: In Conversation with Spencer Murthy – 9th July 2016 at 2pm
To book your place, click HERE

Gallery opening times: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5pm, Wednesday 10-2.30pm
Admission: FREE

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