Do Not Swallow

19 Sep 2023 – 24 Sep 2023

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Tue, 19 Sep
10:00 – 18:00
Wed, 20 Sep
10:00 – 18:00
Thu, 21 Sep
10:00 – 18:00
Fri, 22 Sep
10:00 – 18:00
Sat, 23 Sep
10:00 – 18:00
Sun, 24 Sep
10:00 – 18:00

Free admission

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Turps Banana Art School collective announces inaugural Do Not Swallow exhibition, opening in September in London


HELD in two extraordinary, derelict Victorian buildings,  Do Not Swallow is a not-to-be-missed provocative invitation to art-lovers to take a bite, chew, and savour the content of the artworks on display before digesting them in one of the largest exhibitions of its kind in London.

The selected works will be by more than 60 acclaimed international artists, painters and sculptors.

Too often, we are expected to swallow anything, gulping down ‘fake news’ or partial information as if they were the whole truth. The exhibiting artists - a collective from Turps Banana Art School, London - believe that a good meal should not be unconsciously swallowed. It’s time for a redress.

Menu across the exhibition rooms

Consumption: These artists indulge in a banquet. They consume resources in a manifestation of abundance. Swallow down quickly. 


Mastication: These artists chew on those hard to define truths. Forms get stuck in the throat, all jumbled up, eventually coalescing into a distinct flavour. Chewy yet tasteful. 


Poison: These do not shy away from difficult and painful subjects, addressing personal or societal problems. Ingestion can cause illness or death. 


Nourishment: These focus on the hopeful, the beautiful, and the resplendent. They find inspiration in the appetizing world. A pleasant enrichening plate.


Joanne Boyle, Rivkah Gevinson, Elspeth Penfold, Alice Carr, Pennie Lordan, Penny Green, CD Lewis, Victoria Snazell, Alison Berry, Zelga Miller, Peter Driver, Sarah Ria Mursal, Laura L Bell, Emma Withers, Nick Ivins, Cathy Hayes, Jane Peacock, Matthew Swift, Blandine Martin, Beata Kozlowska, Julie Goldsmith, Hermione Carline, Joy C Martindale, Eliana Marinari, Nicole Heinzel, Mel Pozniakow, Chloe S Moncrieff,  Elaine McCracken, Vivienne Baker, Samantha Fellows, Jen Chau, Helen Baines, Sophia Vigne Welsh, Misa Gott, Roger Healey-Dilkes, Frances Ross, Sarah Praill, Caitlin Heffernan, Maeve Curtis, Kirsty Fionagh Robson, Janine Hall, Giuseppe Iozzi, Niall Cullen, Louise Evans, Phil Woodward, Alexandra Beteeva, Susan Montgomery, Louise Harley, Jane Merriman, Helen Scalway, Darina Meagher, Eugenia Cuellar, Djuro Selec, Frances Wren, Moussa David Saleh, Frances Watts, Zoë Rivas Zanello, Emma O’Rourke, ​​Jason Gregory, Hitoko Urago, Jo Fleming Smith, Tania Skeaping, Emma Davies, Susan Montgomery, Sharon Lacey


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