Art events

Here at the Tavistock and Portman we organise workshops, events, talks and gallery viewings.

Current exhibition

Michael O'Mahony: The dream of Cristiano Ronaldo and other drawings



Exhibition: 10 November-5 December (9am-8pm Monday to Friday)

The works that will be on display at the Tavistock Centre form part of a series of drawings produced by Michael O’Mahony between 2013 and 2014. Made with felt-tip pen on paper, the drawings were initially produced in an art therapy group for adults, which O’Mahony was volunteering in.  O’Mahony continued producing the drawings after he left the group, with an increasing emphasis on documenting images recalled after dreaming. Each work comprises a combination of memory and improvisation, an attempt to fill in the gaps, not unlike the work of free association. Forgetting forms an intrinsic part of the work of memory, and lapses are often a source for creativity, even if something is always lost in the process of translation. O’Mahony’s felt-tip drawings exist within this space. The drawings are in one sense, deeply personal, but they are also generic and oblique.  If memories and dreams are retrospective fictions, and always open to future recontextualisation, then what is the nature of the spectator’s experience of the resulting work?     

Michael O'Mahony (b. 1985, Dublin) lives and works in London and studied Fine Art at Central St Martins.  

The exhibition will be accompanied by a text by Rye Holmboe.

Past exhibitions

Jas Dahele: Zentangle and Henna Art

Our October 2017 exhibition features another talented staff member from the TEL team. Jas is proud to exhibit her colourful array of pieces, which...

Gina Southgate: Landscapes, Abstracts, Live Gig Paintings

Well known to staff and students at The Tavistock, Gina Southgate returns for her ninth exhibition in the library corridor. Best known for her live...

Anca Carrington DE SIDERE

Anca, a previous trainee and staff member at the Tavistock, returns to showcase her exhibition DE SIDERE. DE SIDERE: Possible root of the word...

Billie Josef Print Exhibition

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The Tavi Open 2017

We are delighted to announce the first open art exhibition in the Library Gallery Space on Friday 10 March-Wednesday 5 April 2017. Whether you are...

Piecing it Together

'Piecing it Together' is an exhibition of collages and photo-text books made by service users at North and South Camden NHS Foundation Trust Acute...

Where can I find the gallery?

To find the gallery, turn left at reception and carry on down the corridor. Follow the main corridor as it turns left and you'll be in the gallery space:

Gallery floorplan
Art at the Tavistock and Portman

Wander around the hallways of the Tavistock Centre and you will see works of art hanging along every corridor and bold stabs of colour in our...

Query about the collection?

Contact or phone 0208 938 2081 if you have any questions about any of the art in our building.

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