Gill Hickman is a textural artist who has been director of Skylark Galleries London for the past 20 years.  She can often be found on shift in the collective’s two small galleries on the first floor of the Oxo Tower and nearby Gabriel’s Wharf. 

On two previous occasions during the past two decades, the collective has mounted a summer exhibition of much larger works, in addition to the more portable, in the spacious gallery@oxo on the ground floor, the most recent being in 2019.

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‘Totally Topical’ by Gill Hickman

Gill explains here the rationale for a summer show, and provides insight into her own art.

Why stage a free summer exhibition?

An upbeat, uplifting and visually exciting Summer Exhibition, run by exhibiting artists on shift every day, provides visitors with an opportunity to discover the inspiration behind their work and their processes.  As many Skylark artists also welcome commissions, visitors are able to discuss how this works.

How does the work differ from that in the permanent galleries?

A larger exhibition space allows artists to show larger as well as smaller artworks and a wider selection of affordable, contemporary artwork for home or office – in a range of styles and media.  All will be for sale and customers will be able to take their purchases away on the day if they wish.

How many artists will be taking part?

Twenty-two providing paintings and drawings, hand-pulled prints, mixed media and sculptural form. We specialise in affordable, original art, and variety is key.

In 2019 Skylark has partnered a charity – ECHO-UK – giving 5% of all sales to it.  Why?

ECHO-UK supports children and young people with heart conditions who’ve been treated by local Evelina London Children’s Hospital and its networks Its work is totally dependent on donations as it receives no government or NHS funding.  The Skylark collective believes in being a socially responsible business, giving back to the local community when it can.

Tell us about your art

I create embossed collages & prints using quality papers from around the world. I often include gold leaf, to express my ideas and feelings about life.  In times which can feel overwhelming it is still possible to find simplicity and inner peace. 

‘Radiant Light’ by Gill Hickman

What inspires you?

I am constantly fascinated by textures, I see them everywhere. And as a meditator of many years, I often get ideas for new artworks during my daily practice.  I believe that art, meditation and visualisation can support our health and well-being and I run weekly meditation sessions in both Brockley and Dulwich SE London.

‘Party’ by Gill hickman

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