OCCUPY MY TIME GALLERY Enclave 9 Resolution Way SE8 4AL. Website:www.occupymytimearts.yolasite.com. Blog: www.omtgallery.tumblr.com.

It has been a successful first week for OCCUPY MY TIME GALLERY with a steady stream of visitors and very positive comments. Our grand opening was a amazing with the gallery packed out. Thank you Barbara Dean for her great performance with was thought provoking and intriguing. Some images of the gallery from this week. 



Last Fridays  tomorrow night 29th June we will be screening Erasure onto Kitsch in Sync walls. Kitsch in Sync is the great vintage patisserie and cafe adjoined to OCCUPY MY TIME GALLERY. Come along to see Past and Present and Erasure and enjoy a glass of wine or beer and some great homemade cakes too.


Erasure is Maslen & Mehras’ and Riz Maslens’ first collaborative work. The artists combine imagery and sound to create an experimental screen based work which questions the aggressive transformation of areas of East London due to the upcoming Olympics.
Erasure was originally shown at Olympic Visions at the Nunnery gallery in London and then Videoholica International Video Art Festival 2009, VARNA
3.18 minutes 2009

Thank you everybody for visiting our first show Past and Present it was very successful and good to meet you.

Our next event will be a 6 week residency called


23rd July-31st August 2012

Ian Gonczarow and Leanne Bell Gonczarow

During the end of July and through to the end of August Ian Gonczarow and Leanne Bell Gonczarow will be taking up residency in the gallery. Ian and Leanne have been living and working in Moscow for the last three years and this residency brings them together for their first joint event since their return back to the UK.

Ian explores methods in drawing and painting which research visual language to its prime function. He engages with open ended narratives through juxtapositions of disparate imagery and painterly techniques. Potential narrative is opened up, whilst simultaneously closed down or limited by inclusion of graphic language and text. The accumulated languages belonging to both texts and particular types of imagery (Abstract or sampled) are used to negate each other, in an attempt to offer a transcendence from their associated or accumulated histories. Ian’s aim is for a new space for dialogue on current social, economic, art world and political situations that brings in less tight lipped reference points.

Ian graduated from Goldsmiths in MFA Practice in 2009, and he gained hi BA HONS in Fine Art from University of Northumbria  Newcastle in 1996.

Leanne Bell Gonczarow’s practice considers narrative construction and suggestion in relation to time-based phenomena. A driving force of the practice is an exploration of light, particularly our relationship with the sun and our emotional responses to how its light passes over the earth. Light is subject and material in works which utilise digital photography, video, projection, installation, online platforms and the book form. During an MA Book Arts (Visual Arts) at Camberwell in 2007 an interest was developed in the book as a construct or site in which time can be highlighted and controlled through an engagement with the book’s inherent qualities ie. page, order, sequence and through these, contained duration. Post MA the book form has become less of a focus in the practice, but the installations she constructs use these qualities as a kind of architecture to articulate time and space. Current work is focused on the creation of zones of contemplation in which the sculptural and photographic conspire to create suggestions of spaces at once real and fictive.

Leanne gained a distinction from Camberwell College of Art in MA Book Arts in 2007

During their residency they will be exploring their own practice and the interaction between the gallery space with reference to the local political and economic environment and its affiliation with their experiences while living in Moscow.

Open Studios from 12-4.00pm 4th & 17th August during Deptford X.

Private View 6.00-9.00pm 24th August.

Exhibition continues until 31st.August

Last Fridays 31st August 6.00-8.30pm


Leanne Bell Gonczarow                                                  Ian Gonczarow

Time Trickles Here                                                         Big Jug

Mixed Media                                                                    Acrylic on Canvas

2011                                                                                  2012

Work in Progress.






  Leanne and Ian have been working in the Gallery now for two weeks. The responses above are just some of the ideas developing. We are looking forward to seeing how these reactions manifest into final outcomes.

It has been a while since OCCUPY MY TIME GALLERY  has updated this site. I will be uploading details very shortly of previous shows and events…apologies we have been concentrating on our main website www.occupymytimearts.yolasite.com where you will find all details/images of previous and current shows.

In the meantime here are the images from our recent Private View for our current show.

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COLD CLIMATE OPEN SUBMISSION February 22nd– 23rd March 2013




 Ben Walker / Lorraine Robbins / Tania Diniz / Ashley Fitzgerald / Lili Phelouzat /John Adams / Catherine Jacobs /Joss Cole / Angela Summerfield / Christopher Bond / Karin Janssen / Simon Farid / Axel Bottenberg / Eliza Bennett/ Jochen Klein

Last Saturday  2nd March the South London Art Map Tour paid us a visit on their New Cross to Deptford Tour. It was good to see such a good turn out and discuss our current show Cold Climate with them.

South London Art Map Tour Feb 2013

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slam tour feb 2013

The show has had a good response, we need to find the most popular piece of art work the race is on!!

it gives us great pleasure to announce that Joss Cole has been awarded a solo show in November for presenting the most popular piece of art work in Cold Climate. Well done Joss. Thank you to all the artists who took part in Cold Climate it was a pleasure to work with you.

Our current show is ‘All Your Dogs Are Dead’ by Shona Davies and Dave Monaghan.

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After successfully representing OCCUPY MY TIME GALLERY at The London Art Fair  2013 Shona Davies and Dave Monaghan  we are delighted to present their solo show All Your Dogs Are Dead’ in the gallery.

Davies & Monaghan are interested in exploiting the sense of unease generated through distorted perspective and aim to create a sense of disquiet by positioning the viewer as an illicit voyeur, peering at scenes through various manipulated viewpoints and warped perspectives. They create miniature worlds into which are woven some form of narrative, working with animation and 3-D installations.

The Private View last night for All Your Dogs Are Dead was a great event, we had a very successful evening which was busy and lively despite the cold weather.

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New website.

There is now another new website for OCCUPY MY TIME GALLERY.

Please visit: http://www.occupymytimearts.yolasite.com for all details of exhibitions, events, opportunities, workshops and other educational activities. 

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Grand Opening for OCCUPY MY TIME 15th June 2012

I am delighted to notify that OCCUPY MY TIME will be opening a permanent Gallery space in Enclave 9 Resolution Way Deptford SE8.

A full calendar of shows and events throughout the year has been booked to include solo shows from international artists, Greg Rook, Maslen and Mehra and  Sarah Harvey. Ian Gonczarow and Leanne Bell Gonczarow have been invited to use the Gallery as their studio , making work that reflects on their last three years living and working in Moscow. It will provide an exciting opportunity for the local community to engage with their practice on a personal level. Along with a number of Opens to include ‘Cold Climate’ which will present work that explores the emotional, environmental and political interpretation of the term. The Gallery’s aim is to  present a range of early and mid career artists, offer them the opportunity to benefit from the full range of facilitates which will be provided in this exciting new art environment. Curated group shows will engage with the current issues of contemporary society and their relationship with historical events. Artists will also be able to hire the Gallery on a weekly basis, with the benefit of the full range of marketing tools available.

The first opening show Past and Present will showcase an exciting group exhibition.

Opening 15th June, 6-9.30pm + afterparty

Exhibition continues to the 15th July.


PAST AND PRESENT 2012 explores the celebration of freedom, where judgement is not judgmental. It explores a new direction away from the everyday bombardment of the mundane. Using the dictionary definition of PAST AND PRESENT and using Egg’s 1858 interpretation artists have been invited to make work that explores our endurance fortitude and resilience for our existence.
In the painting Past and Present, No. 3  1858 by  Augustus Leopold Egg
1816-1863set under the Adelphi arches, by the River Thames. . The
woman shelters a young child, the result of her affair. The posters
behind her advertise two plays – Victims and The Cure for Love – and
‘Pleasure excursions to Paris’. These are ironic comments on her
situation. This is a social moralist series of paintings but it is
left to the viewer to decide whether the woman is to be pitied or
condemned. The Art Journal described them as ‘the lowest of all the
profound deeps of human abandonment in this metropolis’



Shona Davis and Dave Monaghan   Andy Wicks, Mark Bell, Leanne Bell Gonczarow, Ian Gonczarow, Jonathan Alibone, Alexander Small, Marianne Walker, Bea Denton, Patrick Stpaul, Jessica Piddock, Owen Bowden, Maslen and Mehra, Greg Rook, Alessando Columbano and Sophie Hamer, Annabel Tilley, Raimi Gbadamosi, Sara Bevan, Barbara Dean and Sue Cohen.


Opening Events: Sound Artists: Thomas Cohen(S.C.U.M)  Performance Barbara Dean  and Poetry( TBC).

OCCUPY MY TIME was founded in 2006 by Sue Cohen an artist and educator. The organisation was to set up to present  exciting and intriguing visual arts events in interesting spaces. These spaces were often outside the traditional gallery space and interacted directly with the audience through its choice of fascinating environments to include, the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, disused Police Stations, empty shops and small privately run Picture Houses. Along side these events it was considered vital to offer educational activities, run by qualified educationists and specialists, they engaged with difficult to reach groups to include Youth Offending Teams, Headway working with adults with head injuries, schools, colleges and universities to include Goldsmiths University. OCCUPY MY TIME has been working with Youth Offending Teams for the last five years running the Arts Award both Bronze and Silver.

Please go to http://www.occupymytimearts.yolasite.com for details of all OCCUPY MY TIME  GALLERY exhibitions, events, opportunities, workshop and all other educational activities.

Please go to www.occupymytime.co.uk  for details of all previous OCCUPY MY TIME events.

OCCUPY MY TIME will share this unque building with Enclave

Enclave is a new-build architectural infrastructure in Deptford, South London, housing a strip of nine project spaces, gallery, art offices and coffee shop. The project spaces will actively pursue independent programmes benefiting from Enclave’s communal action to generate collaborations and production both on-site and much further afield.

Enclave will evolve with a gallery programme of outcomes by these spaces with additional curatorial symposia, exchanges, international residencies and multi-cultural film clubs that aim to develop both institutional dialogue and social engagement.

The inaugural exhibition, Artist Urban Action, launches throughout the entire site presenting the initial range of resident independent activity alongside a series of new commissions.

Resident Project Spaces and their launch exhibitions:

Enclave 3: news of the world a new space by Centre of Attention / Enclave 4: AnarchAndrew T Cross commission / Enclave 5: DIVUS (Prague): with Pavel Reisenauer / Enclave 8: ALISN (artist network): The Seven Lamps with Iavor Lubomirov, Jason Hicklin, Michael Stubbs, Juliette Losq, Bella Easton, Grant Watson and Dolly Thompsett / Enclave 9 & 10: Occupy My Time & Kitsch-insynch (artist network and coffee shop): Past and Present with 20 artists curated by Sue Cohen.

The launch of an experimental new arts venue in London
Opening 15th June, 6-9.30pm + afterparty

Exhibition continues 15th June – 15th July, OCCUPY MY TIME opens from Tues-Sat 10am-6pm  Other Enclave Artist Network Spaces open from Fri-Sun 12-6pm + by appointment
Late opening and performance day Friday 29th June, 12-8.30pm

Enclave, Resolution Way, London SE8 4NT

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Past and Present

Opening Show for



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