Collage Arts


The Gallery has reopened with an exhibition of artwork by Damel Carayol  

EXHIBITION: A journey into skin 

by Damel Carayol

A lockdown piece – Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m proud)  Pt 3

On display at Karamel, 4 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ;  

Opening times – Wednesdays to Sundays, 11.30am ’til 8pm.



They Came Before us exhibition CAN’T BE WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE was on display in Karamel from 14th February to 10th March 2020 (had to close early due to pandemic)

After two amazing exhibits CAN’T BE WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE came to Karamel!

Amidst the dealings of Brexit, the Windrush scandal and the forgetting of the Grenfell victims, the sense of what it means to be a Londoner and the feeling of “belonging” can be seen as quite a sensitive topic now more than ever. This is especially the case for young women of colour in London. With statistics reflecting the lack of opportunity and invisibility young BAME women face daily, this exhibition is the final showcase of They Came Before Us: A History of Women of Colour in the UK (TCBU) project.

The project has brought together over 50 BAME women creatives over a period of 11 months to develop and create the exhibition, using 5 creative disciplines: Spoken Word, Photography, Set Design, Film and Visual Arts. They have put together an exhibition that will allow the public to see through their eyes some of the hidden histories of 5 BAME British women and the vital role they played in the history of the UK.

The 50 women on the project have been able to explore elements of their identity and also create safe spaces for them to grow and build their networks, which will allow them to move forward confidently and progress in their creative fields as statistics show less than 10% of the creative industry is BAME and less than half of that percentage is BAME female.

Visit for more details.

Karamel, 4 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ or tel 020 3146 8775


Barabara Mansi Flyer

Private View Front

COLOUR TALKS  works on canvas, paper, perspex and metal by Ursula Kellett

Showing at Karamel, 4 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ.

Colour Talks is the title of the new exhibition of works by Ursula Kellett at Karamel in Wood Green.  If colour talks, then there will be some very sophisticated conversations going one between her artworks in the gallery over the coming month.

The exhibition shows the innovation and experimentation of an artist at the top of her game. She is part painter, part alchemist drawing and continually exploring with colour and scale. In the exhibition there are small perspex globes and monumental painting.  There are several series of works. The Lenticulars series are exquisitely coloured discs with the quality of stained glass.  A further series show how here approach can be controlled to produced pictures that depict national identity’s and hint at costume and cultures. Pictures in the series can be purchased individual by work best at scale showing her progression of ideas of mastery of her technique.

Ursula says: “I love the unpredictability of outcome when I pour lacquers, combined with natural pigments, inks, earth and sand onto canvas metal or Perspex. Gravity and the chemistry of the different material create an image that looks like it is frozen in time.

Unexpected colours and textures appear where the different substances meet, shapes and threads are created, sometimes resembling a textile. Also, by adding more transparent layers I can achieve a hard glass like appearance. Hand printed Japanese paper, acrylic paints, found objects are also added to the patchwork image which reflects my depiction of modern life with its multitude of colours, information and impressions.”

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Exhibition runs until 31 March 2019

Monday to Saturday 11 am to 6 pm

Sunday 1 pm to 8 pm

The ESOP students exhibition until end of January 2019 at Karamel, 4 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ.


The Outer Parlour by Penny Skerrett


Drawing in charcoal by student Phoebe Rutherford


Alison Rivett
Amanda Morrison
Dan Coombs
Elizabeth Hilliard Selka
Fatimeh Bagherian
Georgia Lepper
Gillian Harding
Jacqueline Rana
John Haywood Waddingtom
Jo Sellam
Latifah Al-Said
Laura Symes
Lisa Wilson
Lucy De Roeper
Lucy Hensel
Maria Konder
Marlo Webster
Michelle Owoo
Mimi Nicholson
Penny Skerrett
Phoebe Rutherford
Sally Gorham
Sarah Marshall
Simone Thomas
Stephanie Brunt
Wendy Rolt

The Essential School of Painting

The ESOP is an alternative art school in London providing year long and short courses specialising in painting, taught by leading contemporary artists. Based in Collage Artspaces at the Chocolate Factory.


ASYLUM ANGELS – part of the Spotlight on Asylum Festival.

The exhibition was on display between 7th September and 21st November 2018 at Karamel London N22 and  included two installations by Karen Whiteread along with “Asylum Angels”, a collaborative installation, made up of the work of over 120 local and well-known artists.  The artwork, by artists including Anthony Gormley, Allison Wilding, Tracey Emin, Mark Wallinger and Rachel Whiteread was bid on throughout the festival via  Bidding closed on 20th November 2018.


PramDepot, in association with Collage Arts presented Spotlight on Asylum, a two-month exhibition of events at Karamel (N22) from 7th September until 21st November 2018. Bringing together artists, poets, comedians, campaigners and politicians, the festival used the arts as a way of engaging audiences and shining a light on the experiences of the women that PramDepot supports.

All the money raised through Spotlight on Asylum, has gone to the yearly running costs of PramDepot : An arts led recycling project that provides high quality baby clothes and equipment to mothers with no recourse to public funds or living in chaotic circumstances. For more information about our work you can visit the website or Facebook page PramDepot



Ran from 15th June to 3rd August 2018

Collage Arts were proud to introduce local artist Tim Stock’s first solo exhibition at Karamel – ‘Tim Stocks: My Kaleidoscope’.  Tim has built up a stunning collection of work all of which are in his unique style of Naive Art. Often compared to big comic book style illustrations, Tim works with a bold black marker outline and fills his always large canvases with vibrant acrylic colours.  Tim’s work focuses on his passions, politics, men who have influenced him, his love of film and how he views the world around him as a man with Asperger Syndrome. His work is vibrant, sensual and wonderfully playful. Key highlights of the exhibition included Basquiat and James Last both pictured. Both these pieces have lots of stories and imagery within the main pictures themselves which is a key trait of Tim’s work and often a tool he uses to illustrate how his mind thinks a little differently to the ordinary person. Tim described this exhibition as ‘his life in colour’ and My Kaleidoscope was featured as a treasure in this year’s London Festival of Architecture.

The exhibition was on display in Karamel, 4 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ from 15th June to 3rd August 2018.

Tim Stocks poster


Comic Connections Poster

How graphic-led stories inspire change

30th April – 8 June 2018

The 9/11 Commission Report runs to some 429 pages of closely typed text. It is a synthesis of thousands of interviews and the review of millions of pages of evidence.

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Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón reworked the evidence in the report using their skills as graphic novelists. So, if something as serious as helping the world understand the 9/11 attacks on The World Trade Centre can benefit from this treatment, then perhaps what we thought we knew about comics needs to be questioned.

In Comic Connections, we showcased two completely different approaches that use graphic-led approaches to inspire change. Both have close associates with the team at Collage Arts.

Amazonas Comics has been developed in the UK by a team working with Yousaf Ali Khan, one of the directors of Collage Arts, to encourage school children to fight to save the rain forests. The twist here is that the comics are made available to children in the UK and in the Amazon Rain Forests. The aspiration is that by connecting children in what Amazonas calls The Big Classroom exchange.

The community arts movements mantra was act local think global is truly encapsulate in this project. As they say “by shining a spotlight on to the Amazon and promoting a deeper understanding of its biological wealth and diversity in schools, we hope to help in the fight to save the rainforests.”

So far, four issues of the comic have been distributed to schools.

Shujaaz has been developed by dedicated teams in Kenya and Tanzania to encourage young people to start discussions about big issues, like who to use their vote, how to make good choices for their sexual health and how to make a living.

Duncan Sones, part of the development and communication team at Collage Arts has been commissioning Shujaaz to suggest to young Africans that they should reconsider farming. Most recently he has been working for a UK organization CABI, which has kindly sponsored the inclusion of the Shujaaz panels in this exhibition.

The exhibition ran in Karamel, 4 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ until 8th June.

Amazonas –   Animation about Amazonas Comics –

Shujaaz – 

Karamel –

Previous exhibitions 2017-2018

26th January to 30th March 2018: Works of Love and Humanity Works of Love and Humanity by Damel Carayol

15th September to 15th December 2017: Fatima’s Journey Location Stills Afghanistan by Yousaf Ali Khan Exhibition details

20th June to 28th July 2017: This is Me exhibition of Poems and Art This is Me N22 / Poet in Residence in Heartlands School and This is Me exhibition

10th April to 15th June 2017: Lea Yehud exhibition

23rd January to 10th March 2017: Penny Elder exhibition