Artists Lunchtime Crit: Led by Vanessa Mitter + Ben Westley Clarke

February's crit will be led by Frivolous Convulsions curators and artists Ben Westley Clarke and Vanessa Mitter.



Calling all artists, art students, performers and graduates alike!

Taking place every last Saturday of the month, our lunchtime crits give artists a chance to get feedback on their work from a practicing artist in a supportive and friendly environment. February’s crit will be led by Frivolous Convulsions curators and artists Ben Westley Clarke and Vanessa Mitter.

Email us your images beforehand at at along with any additional requirements if you’d like us to get images up full scale on our projector!

Participation isn’t mandatory – you’re welcome to simply come and view the works and take part in the discussions



Ben Westley Clarke studied at Byam Shaw School of Art, The Slade School of Fine Art and the New York Studio School, before studying at the Royal Drawing School. Before the Drawing Year, Ben’s paintings documented a working-class, Irish pub in Somers Town, with its regular characters and unpredictable goings-on. Since enrolling, Ben has worked towards livelier, more cacophonic images – his interest in social communion and interaction has led him to explore the carnivalesque and the festive. Drawing at Carnivals, Barn Dances and Gay Pride parades, Ben seeks a Rabelaisian image of modern life. Recent shows include “The Cock Tavern Paintings Part 2” at Chalton Gallery and “Grit: 11 Painters” at Mercer Chance, London.



Vanessa Mitter is a painter and a performance artist, who lives and works in London. She graduated from Central St. Martins with a BA in Painting and completed a Postgraduate Diploma and an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art (2010). Selected exhibitions include: The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2017, Piano Nobile Gallery (London),  I Am A Beautiful Monster, Arthouse1 Gallery (London), Unquiet Brides, Unit G Gallery (London),And The Dark And The Dark, A-Side B-Side Gallery (London), Strange Attraction, A.P.T Gallery (London), The Painting Game, K Projects (Berlin), de Kooning, de Kooning, de Kooning, David Risley Gallery (Copenhagen), Then I Remembered, Carter Presents Gallery (London), und wieder lockt das Weib, Strzelski Galerie, (Stuttgart), New Force, Galerie4828 (Venice), Scapegoat Society, Guest Projects (London).

She has been shortlisted for: The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2017, 100 Painters of Tomorrow (Beers Gallery, London),The Red Mansion Foundation Art Prize and GAM – Gilbert de Botton Art Prize.

Part of:

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Aliki Krikidi | Babette Semmer | Grant Foster | Ben Westley Clarke | Denzil Forrester | Lucy Stein | David Harrison | Melissa Kime | Vanessa Mitter | Jack Catling | Robin Bale | Stuart Brisley | Curated by Vanessa Mitter and Ben Westley Clarke
( Jan 2018 )


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