Art Residency

06 August 2024

Sprout Art Residency with award winning artist Michelle Baharier

Event Dates: 6-31 August 2024


Tue, 6 Aug 2024 13:00 - Sat, 31 Aug 2024 18:00 BST


Meet artist Michelle Baharier at her summer residency in London

Michelle Baharier

Starting on Tuesday 6 August, award wining artist Michelle Baharier will begin running workshops as part of her summer art residency at Sprout Art.


About Michelle Baharier: "My passion is Colour, People and the extraordinary ways people make a difference to the world we live in. My first exhibition was at school age five, with a collage of a witch made in cardboard. I have never looked back. My love of creating got me into Art School. Today, I am an award wining graduate of the Slade school of fine art. My work can be found in private collections, the Tate Modern Archive, the London Transport Museum and my poetry is in the British Library, included in varriours magazines and blogs."




Michelle says:

"My oeuvre includes powerfully expressive portraits, that tell stories, performance, poetry, photography, phone drawings and digital/video collages."

She is currently currently commissioned to work with Equality works and London Transport Museum, creating work that explores the theme of people with disability in the work place and has recently won an AXIS Bursary.




Michelle will also host two guest artists during her residency. Anna-Maria Amato will be running the gallery on Thursdays and Sonia Thomas as she takes over the space to create a community portrait.

Anna-Maria will paint portraits of objects or symbols which represent individuals’ imagination.


Beginning week 1



Tuesday the 6 August:

Michelle Baharier will bring the portraits she is creating for the London transport museum. She'll be working on them during the residency.


Invitation to all residents and users of Sprout to add to the community collage picture

Please bring it to the gallery before the 15 to, bring photo copies of:

photograph of your street A4 size

A photo or drawing, painting of them selves

to add to the community collage picture, please bring it to the gallery before the 15th August, or soon as possible – so that the images will be added to the collage in the window.


Day one we'll begin hanging up some photos of the street, mostly taken with Mobile phones. We'll also be putting up collaged images of the street in the window, made form the photos.



Wednesday the 7 August:


Michelle Baharier and Anna-Maria Amato will also prepare:

A photo stand-in (also called a face in the hole board or photo cutout board). This is a large board with an image printed on it, that has one or more holes cut out where people can stick their face through the board for a different identity and or humorous effect.

We would love you leave donations after you do your photos, as this support helps to keep Spout Arts ruining and the artists get food and coffee.

If you would like us to take your photos: We invited you to have your Photo taken for a donation of £5-10 wage and unwaged. Images can also be added to the window display. And they will purchase a digital copy only.

You will be able to get your photos as:

Super-model Naomi Campbell, who was born in Streatham in 1970,

Sir Henry Tate who died at his home in Streatham, Park Hill, on 5 December 1899,

Henry Robertson Bowers (29 July 1883 – c. 29 March 1912) was one of Robert Falcon Scott's polar party on the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition of 1910–1913, all of whom died during their return from the South Pole.

Frida Kahlo - not from Streatham but she spent her life painting her own portrait and she painted flowers, so they do not die.


There will other Photo stand in’s as the project continues.



Pen Portrait Workshop, 9 August: With Sonia Thomas


A 1 hour 30 minute workshop is a safe, creative and fun space to try out different ways to

write, whether you are interested in beginning creative writing, further developing your

writing skills, or you would like to write something to celebrate a friend, or loved one, or

produce a self-portrait in words. Using gentle and playful prompts you will be encouraged to

bring out your own voice and style, and to get your ideas and words flowing.

The session will be led by Sonia Thomas, a teacher, and a practising visual artist, with over

30 years of experience in teaching literature and creative writing.

The workshop is for those over the age of 16.

Date 9 th August 2024

Times 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

£15 per person Maximum 10 participants



Week 2

Book, Tuesday 13 Aug

Drop in Session and/or Workshop on EventBrite

Michelle will work on the collage and the photo stand-in- members of the public are welcome to come in and help and make donations – of £5 and above to join in.


Make a piece of Art work to take home

Michelle Baharier will run a Portrait workshop- using collage shapes and colours, magazines and newspapers. With glue and scissors.

You you will learn about shapes, colour tearing, and just having fun, meet other people who live locally and become part of your community.

This is open to any age but children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Learn about shapes and colours, create an imaginary portrait using collage, think about the use symbolisms to show who it is you are making.

Then display your own artwork in your home,

Facilitated by Artist Michelle Baharier.

Time: 1.30- 3pm

£20.00 per adult and

£10.00 per child under 18,

For people on limited income £15.00 adult and £5.00 for 1 child

Book on Eventbrite or pay at the door but please do this in advance as there are only 8 places, space is very limited.





Women in the Frame Talk: with Michelle Baharier, Wednesday 14 August

Book Now - Women Artist, A Talk on EventBrite

1pm – 2pm, 14 Aug, Lead by Michelle Baharier


A talk about women artists, looking at self-portraits and portraits from history and at the role portraits played in the work of women artists across different art movements.  Focusing on artists such as Sofonisba Anguissola, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Judith Leyster, who presented themselves with confidence, asserted and promoted themselves in eras when society rarely deemed that appropriate for women.

This talk, will lead on to informal discussions, allowing questions and answers, Michelle will facilitate the group, with their own learning and sharing of knowledge. Over 16s only, 4.30 - 5.30 pm £12. (£10 on limited incomes) Maximum of 15 people. Pay in advance at the gallery. With a glass of wine, fruit juice and some gluten free cakes – Orange and Ginger and a vegan Lemon drizzle cake.


Book 14 Aug. Artist Talk on EventBrite




‘Book Stories’, a workshop. Thursday 15:


5-7pm, ‘Book Stories’, a workshop, with Anna-Maria Amato, 5-7pm,

This workshop explores the connections between our inner narrative and our environment.

This art workshop will be a chance to illustrate our world and explore our stories. The

workshop will involve looking at artists' work, authors' stories, our own art and stories,

and considering how we find these in the ordinary, or extraordinary of our lives.



Friday 16:

Michelle will continue working on her art commissions for the London Transport Museum and the photo stand-in project throughout the week and you are welcome to drop by for your unique photo opportunity, from just £10.00 per picture.



Week 3


Tuesday 20 August 2024

4pm – 5pm Picasso portraits – come and join in a fun workshop looking at the work of Picasso and make your own portraits. We will look at how Picasso turned the portraits upside down so come and have a go using a range of materials, including collage. Make your mark with a piece of work you can take home. Cost £20.00 all children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Wednesday 21

Michelle will be Working in the Gallery and you're welcome to drop by


Thursday 22 You can once again meet Anna Maria Amato at Sprout Arts Gallery


Friday 23 August 2024

Michelle will work in the Gallery throught the day and run a workshop in the early afternoon.

1pm – 3pm Cut Out Poems. Price: £10 and £5 donation fee

Using cut out words we will describe ourselves, creating entertaining poetry and share a reading to each other. Led by Michelle Baharier



Week 4

27th, 28th and 30th August

Michelle will be Working in the Gallery and you're welcome to drop by


Thursday 28 August - Community party celebration 5-8pm


Celebratory end of show party event and exhibition, reviewing and enjoying all the work done with everyone who has taken part and all their friends.

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