Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery, Ealing, London

21 September – 12 November 2011

London Design Festival 2011 heralds a fascinating and innovative exhibition from a dynamic group of seventeen craft makers who first met through the Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme. Hand picked as some of the most promising emerging talents on the scene – working in jewellery, wood, textiles, basketry, ceramics and glass – Portraits in the Making will captivate audiences.

This diverse collection of artists are held together by a core theme that draws from Sir John Soane’s vision of Pitzhanger Manor  as ‘a sort of portrait’ – it was here that he displayed his collection of paintings, books, architectural drawings and fragments. Completed in 1804 as his weekend retreat and entertaining venue (now Grade 1 listed) Pitzhanger is a stunning example of the late Georgian style and acts as a fascinating backdrop for this exhibition, with work spanning from the PM Gallery into the house’s beautifully appointed rooms.

Through an informative handling collection and supporting information, Portraits in the Making offers the opportunity to learn of the makers’ processes in design and making. A workshop programme also enables visitors to take part in the creation of their own works, that will in turn produce another portrait of those taking part.

Special Events:

PREVIEW: Tuesday 20th September 6-9pm

GALLERY TOUR: Saturday 8 October at 2pm

– Free, just turn up!

IN CONVERSATION: Thursday 20th October from 6pm (discussion to start at 7.30pm)

– Free, but please call 020 8567 1227 or email pmgallery&house@ealing.gov.uk to reserve your place.

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Hothouse provides emerging makers with a programme of business skills and creative development tailored for early career craft makers, and complimented with 1:1 support.  Hothouse forms one strand of Crafts Council Collective, the Crafts Council’s Professional Development programme for makers.

Click here to read more about Hothouse and Crafts Council Collective.



Pitzhanger Manor-House was designed by the architect John Soane in 1800. It accommodated a growing collection of paintings, books, architectural drawings and fragments, later to form the collection which you can now see at Sir John Soane’s Museum at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

In 1810 Soane sold the House. With remarkably little alteration, it passed through a succession of owners until 1901 when the building was sold to Ealing District Council. You can read more about the history of the House here.

Click here to find Pitzhanger Manor-House and Gallery on Googlemaps

Opening hours: Tues-Fri 1-5pm and Sat 11am-5pm.

Tube: Ealing Broadway
Rail: Ealing Broadway
Bus: 207, 83, 607, E1, E2, 112, 297, PR1, E7, E8

Car park: Ealing Broadway Centre, access via the Grove from Ealing Green. Springbridge Road, access via the New Broadway.


3 Responses to “About”

  1. Jill Read said

    Portraits in the Making sounds like it is going to be stunning and blog posts charting the build-up to the exhibition is a great idea. I look forward to more posts.

  2. Amanda said

    Looks really interesting! Where can we find information about the workshops that will be offered?

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