Bethnal Green Tube Disaster Memorial - Charity Art Auction Preview, Formans Gallery, London

Tomorrow evening, Wednesday 29th May 2013, at Forman's Fish Island Gallery, London, there will be a special charity auction to raise more funds to complete the memorial to those who died and suffered as a result of the Bethnal Green Tube Disaster of 1943.

Bethnal Green Tube Disaster of 1943 - Personal records & newspaper cuttings at Forman's Gallery, London

It has taken decades for a memorial to be planned and funded, as a central point to commemorate the disaster. Until then, stones were sometimes used to commemorate the dead. However, not all survivors could afford such a stone, if  for example, austerity prioritised feeding their family and children. The memorial is part completed. Fewer survivors now remain. Called Stairway to Heaven, the aim is to have the memorial finished for next year.

The photographer, Mike Pattison, has a superb selection of 1970s East End images on display, some for auction, some for sale, showing a way of life and a range of characters which have all but disappeared, now that the area is being regenerated.

Mike Pattison's record of a bygone era - photographs of 1970's London East End 

I have donated one of my fine art pictures, 'When the Last Tree . . .' The organisers have described the picture as having an 'ethereal' quality, and it will be auctioned on the night. There will also be the iconic Aladdin Sane album cover image, by David Bowie's photographer, Brian Duffy, as well as fine art work by Terence Donovan and other artists, all going under the hammer.  Mayor Boris Johnson will be there to get things moving, so it promises to be a spectacular night!

 Wednesday 29th May  Viewing 6.30pm
                                    Auction starts 7pm   £20 to include 2 drinks & canapes
  Forman's Fish Island Gallery
  Stour Road, Fish Island, London E3 2NT

More information about the Stairway to Heaven Memorial is on the Facebook Bethnal Green Memorial 
page   HERE

Exhibition at Quinns Gallery, Market Harborough & Art House

A selection of fine art work is on show there. For details, please see my  Current Exhibitions page
Also Art House Leicester

The annual weekend event, plus one extra day on Monday, of "extraordinary art in ordinary houses". Ten locations in Clarendon Park and Stoneygate, Leicester, open up to exhibit the highest quality local art. I am delighted that I have been asked to take part again for my second year at this event. 

Maria Bragoli - Abstract fine art photography - Orange Light

A full range of my bespoke framed work will be on the walls at Ellerington Fine Art Gallery, from The Wistow Trees Collection, to abstracts and cityscapes, such as Curve Blur. My work will be in the front room on the first floor. I will be at 190 Clarendon Park Road throughout the three days and look forward to meeting past collectors and buyers and have the chance to also show my work to new viewers.

There is also breathtaking large size oil on canvas work by Louise Ellerington, female figures in oils by Rosemary Clements, art photography by William Diaz, cows and other animals by Ian Stewart, to name but a few. 

Saturday 8th June, Sunday 9th June, Monday 10 June 2013


14/48 Leicester Festival

The World's Quickest Theatre festival has come to Leicester at The Y Theatre and promises to be an amazing event. 

A picture from the 1448 Leicesterfest of theatre, where I am taking promotional, arty type (of course!) shots of the event.  Jodi Paul Wooster, over from Seattle, on stage, explaining that anything and everything can happen - 48 hours to create 14 plays!

A wider selection of images can be viewed      HERE      documenting the story of the 1448 Theatre Festival in May 2013.        


Maria Bragoli at the Y Theatre, Leicester

As part of the 'Y' Theatre's 14/ 48 Theatre Festival in Leicester towards the end of May, I was invited to exhibit a selection of my work, mainly abstract and semi-abstract. The festival mixes a variety of artistic forms, from theatre and music to fine art, promoting artistic and creative freedom and cross-fertilisation. From this brief, came a new abstract work from me, Hope, symbolic at both an individual and a collective level. This new work forms part of my ongoing series, Contemplations on Darkness and Light, which already includes images such as Blue Planet, Orange Light and Skal.

See the  Current Exhibitions page for venue and my exhibition details

The 14/ 48 Theatre Festival itself takes place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May, 2013. Originating in Seattle, USA, the festival at The Y Theatre in Leicester promises to be an improvised, spontaneous alchemy of theatrical creativity and performance. Throwing together a range of actors, directors, scriptwriters, musicians and other crew, both from Seattle, Leicester and elsewhere, they will have 24 hours to create and deliver 7 plays to a live audience. On the second day, the process starts again, with the creation of 7 new plays, performed to the second night's audiences.

Not only was I delighted to be asked to exhibit my work as part of this festival, I look forward to being around that weekend to record these creative improvisational sparks.