Monday, 21 December 2009

Resistance Gallery wishes you all a very happy Xmas and a hemp bound new year!!

This year has been a roller-coaster ride of epic proportions but it doesn't stop yet...the die hard team here at Res Gal HQ are furiously beavering away for next years massive forthcoming events and attractions!

One of which, most notably, is the next London Festival of the Art of Japanese Bondage.
Last years inaugural festival was a huge hit both here and over seas, and were planning on making next years one even more lavish, informative, bolder and fun!

The emphasis is on the art of kinbaku or shibari as it is known, with workshops, seminars, performances, films, paintings, life drawing, lectures, installations, history, culture, parties, beginners classes, advanced techniques, one-on-one expertise from Britain, Europe & some of the rest of the world's finest rope bondage experts.

This four day festival is not a fetish event although some aspects of rope bondage and indeed performances are fetishistic.

The aim of the London festival of the art of Japanese Bondage is to educate, illuminate, illustrate and provide the most friendly, safe and fun environment from which to quell your thirst and hone your skills for something a little bit out of the ordinary.

Festival starts Friday 2nd april thru Mon 5th 2010.
Tickets on sale soon.
See the web site for more details!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Hair Mythos exhibition and RARE:Rock N Roll Expressionists

Hair Mythos exhibition and RARE:Rock N Roll Expressionists

The build up to Xmas is getting hectic what with the ongoing normal bits and bobs but also now with added super shows!

First up with have award winning Tony &; Guy stylist, Andrew Corbett showing us his ultra futuristic designs with his two day Hair Mythos exhibition on Sat 28th & Sun 29th Nov.

Starts at 6pm Sat eve with photographs, Dj's and models.
Be amazed!!!

Then we have the incredible five night event that calls itself RARE: Rock N Roll Expressionists!

 The Five Suspects of RARE by Tom Medwell

Featuring the art works and sounds of Tom Spencer, Vince Ray, Gaye Black (the Adverts), Tyla (the Dogs d'Amour) and Nick Reynolds (Alabama 3).
This is a unique five night run of music and art the like of which has never before been seen!

Admission is FREE!! But places are limited each night, so book your tickets by e-mailing , and by putting 'Tickets please' in the subject line.

Monday 30th November: Private view (invite only)
Tuesday 1st December: the Loyalties + Vince Ray and the Boneshakers
Wednesday 2nd December: TV Smith (the Adverts) + Nick Reynolds - Alabama 3
Thursday 3rd December: Tyla and the Dogs d'Amour + support tbc
Friday 4th December: CLOSING PARTY featuring all artists/musicians

For further information and updates, visit: 

Stain Glass Art By Tom Spencer

Cutie Caught by Gaye Advert

Boxset by Vince Ray

Casts & busts by Nick Reynolds

Fall in love by Tyla Dog

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

F.U.Baby.TV at the last ever Trans Kabaret Maxximus for online TV show!

We were there at the start and here at the end of the line for Ryan style's and Johnny Woo's groundbreaking review club, Trans Kabaret Maxximus.

Luckily F.U.Baby.TV were in the house on the last night and captured some candid interviews and crazy performances.

Resistance Gallery's own Garry Vanderhorne was there to ask the important questions.

Resistance Rising returns with an awesome one day art market

Resistance Gallery is proud to announce 'Resistance Rising', underground art market & exhibition features over 20 international artists which starts at midday till midnight on Sunday 13th December 2009 at Resistance Gallery .

Curated by Spain's own Miss 'Compulsive Behaviour' herself, Izaskun Gonzalez and France's 'Pinkindus Freyagushi', this amazing pre-Christmas arts extravaganza features a wide variety of avant garde, surrealist, abstract and Low Brow new collections, and is poised to set new standards in the way artisans promote and sell their works.

The exhibition features a multitude of different hand made artifacts from things you wear to things you'll love look at and hang on your walls.
Affordable original art to give as special unique presents to those special people in your life.

Paintings, photography, prints, dolls, clothing, hats, sculptures, accessories, toys, masks, hoods, goggles, corsets, lingerie, bags, comics & other art based collectible merchandise and goodies!!!.

There is an all day bar, music, sofa's to hang out & chat on, and even a few special guest performances from our friends on the underground alternative and 'Cabaret Siniestro' curcuit. Entrance is free all day!

plus many many more. .. .

More updates and info on the facebook and myspace pages below:

Monday, 12 October 2009

RARE! Rock & Roll Expressionists coming to Resistance Gallery in December

RARE! Rock & Roll Expressionists, is coming to Resistance Gallery in starting Mon Nov 30th thru to Fri Dec 4th! (Evenings only)

It's a collective experience of art and music by five artists who are also in five great bands.

Tom Spencer, Nick Reynolds, Tyla, Gaye Advert & Vince Ray from the band's:
The Loyalties, Alabama 3, Dogs D'Amour, The Adverts and The Boneshakers, to name but a few.

Each of the musicians is also a successful artist in their own different mediums, so there will be stained glass window art, watercolour paintings, oils, collage and graphic works on display from the artists and different variations and combination's of the various bands on different nights.

Entrance is free but is on a guest list email in /first ask first get scenario.
Email your ticket requests to

more updates will be appearing on the facebook page in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Mutiny!! Money On Trial!

Thurs 24th Sept starting at 18.00pm

Join the Mutiny group!

MUTINY = carnivalesque evenings providing live entertainment and meaningful debates. We are a diverse group who've come together to create an exciting space for discussion, critical theory and alternative media.

"We want to change the world. We want to see an end to the carbon economy, to the global dominance of the American military complex and sweatshops abroad and call centres in the UK. At the same time we want to spend an evening with friends, enjoying a drink and the spectacle of alternative films and documentaries, performances and poetry, comedy and art installations."

"We got comedy, spoken word, DJ's, bands, a mezzanine for photography, film and art and a huge central table for debate and discussion from the audience. We have 150 tickets and one of them has your name on it."

Mutiny Wordpress
Mutiny Twitter

Saturday, 29 August 2009

New Skin for the Old Ceremony

Resistance Presents a new exhibition of works from Espira and Kris Wlodarski

Thursday, September 17th 8pm

Espira and Kris Wlodarski, two of London's most visually provocative artists come together to present new paintings in their upcoming " New Skin for the Old Ceremony " exhibition.

Espira was born and raised within a religious Mormon family, training from an early age to become a Missionary. He slowly turned his back on the Religion to become a self-taught artist based in London.

Espira has become widely recognised for his powerful large scale paintings and digital illustrations. Showing a range of influences from the banal and everyday, high fashion, period costumes, raw meat, war images and ritualistic religious symbolism. The collision of visionary aesthetics and transgressive iconography within his work lure the spectator into a world which evokes an Apocalyptic and dangerous message. Often considered by many to be a savage and darkly humourous assault on contemporary culture.

Espira's strong body of artwork has been showcased across the globe, from traditional galleries to the legendary London fetish club Torture Garden. Fresh from a recent successful solo show in Paris he presents a collection of defiant new paintings to a London audience.

"Punk Rock for the Art world..."

"This evil grandchild of Vivienne Westwood tells us with brilliant paintings that era of overconsumption is over, muting in aestetics of Dyonisiac Eros & Thanatos inspired overdub."

Kris Wlodarski, aka Kali, born in Poland. Graduated at University of Zielona Gora, Poland (MA philosophy). Influenced by the art of Gottfried Helnwein, Saturno Butto, Joel Peter Witkin, Francis Bacon, the art of Shibari and modern Bodyart movements. He is also a musician, film-maker, and tattoo artist, currently living and working in London.

There is a haunting and otherworldly vision within his paintings. They are about the moments of insanity when the language and logic are suspended in favour of primal drives that are otherwise subject to suppression by cultural structures. Combining elements of fetishism and a sense of the absurd with intense passions and use of colour. He tempts you into a world populated by beautiful and unusual beings. They exist in a space that has a sense of immediacy and raging desire and yet they remain isolated, somewhere between this world and the next.

The opening night will feature a special live performance by Frank Sanazi :

"The man who puts The Fun Back In Fundamental Frank Sanazi, The Ubermeister of Lounge brings a NEW ORDER and discipline to the usually more relaxed swing scene.
He has embraced the modern idiom by singing about and reflecting on the world around him. As his music and style originate from his homeland he has preferred to call the whole movement 'Fatherlounge'.

‘Comedy Gold’ The Evening Standard."

Thursday September 17th 2009
8pm -2am
Featuring .
David TG (Torture Garden)
Mediator (S.E.C.T)

Artist Contact Details
email :
Kris Wlodarski
email :
For press enquiries, high resolution images and pre-sale information please contact

Monday, 24 August 2009

Vampires are coming to Resistance Gallery

On Friday 18th September, Fangtasia London hits Res Gal!

Inspired by the new hit HBO series 'True Blood', Fantasia London is the new Vampire club night that we've all been waiting for.

'Fangtasia' is a modern Vampire friendly club night featuring an array of top notch sleazy southern Rock n Roll, Goth, Grunge, Metal, Blues and swamp laden tunes, exclusive un-dead bands and sexy Vampy performers.

With 'True Blood' in mind and behind the bar, this regular monthly excursion into oblivion and bliss will definitely set pulses pounding and hearts racing.

For Vampires, Shape-shifters, Were-folk and their Human companions!!!

Please go to the Fangtasia site for full details.
Join the Facebook group.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Japanese Rope Bondage Life Drawing Class 'Salon of Kinbaku'.

Nawashi Murakawa's 'Salon of Kinbaku' returns to Res Gal on Friday 21st of August, starting at 8pm.
Further details click link.

This unique life drawing class will both improve your observational skills and your artistic ones while gaining a new and greater understanding of the art of Kinbaku.
Here you find models being erotically tied and suspended in the ancient and traditional Japanese way for short periods of time enabling you to capture their likeness on paper using the medium of your choice.

Charcoal and paper is provided or you can bring your preferred drawing materials.

It's also Jon Blake's birthday so after the drawing has finished, the celebrations begin with Sake, osembi and various other Japanese snacks, drinks and party time.

Come along and encase yourself in the art of Kinbaku and join the Nawashi for his celebrations!!!

Friday, 7 August 2009

"East Ends White Hot Space!"

"Akin to a mini ICA" and "East Ends White Hot Space" are just two of the many quotes from the British media about Resistance Gallery which has become a benchmark for us to maintain by keeping our events as interesting, ground breaking and accessible as we possibly can by working hard and collaborating with great people and cool new ideas.

It's just one short year ago that Resistance Gallery opened it's doors and subversive attitude to a multitude of fascinating underground sub-cultural artists, performances & alt club tribes.

"We operate in a challenging yet very atmospheric space made all the harder by the incredibly tough financial time everyone is facing at the moment.

The current financial crisis hasn't stopped our creativity or desire to provide the very best artistic events, it's just made it super difficult!
We hope that we can continue to go from strength to strength and build on what has already been an amazing first year."

Esme by Armando Kinetic Image

Resistance has been home to some of the most interesting & innovative characters on the London scene during the last 12 months:
People like Ryan Styles, Jason Atomic, Nawashi Murakawa, Johnny Woo, Esinem, Johnny BlueEyes, Lucha Britannia, Kindle, Crazy White Sean, Vivid Angel, Bizarre Magazine, Murrey and Vern, Blue Demon Jnr, El Hijo Del Santo, Syban V Manticore, Meg Lee Chin, Mamzelle Maz, The Fetishistas, The Coolness, Pig Iron, Lydia Morgan, Stan Leather, Suzzan B, Kim Rub, Kinetic Image, Toxico Clothing, Valeria, Triibe Liquer, Esme, Atticus Clothing, Jeff Leach, Honey Manko, Yasha Young, Maxim Reality, Miss Vinci, Janette Slack, Scottee, Slaughterhaus Five, Gravity, Trans Kaberett Maxximus, Fancy Chance, Anderw O'Neil, Reeps 1, Dickie Beau, Secret Wars, Pariah Circus, Switch Theatre, Limehouse Cutthroat, The McCarricks, Monk 513, Finlay Cowan, Lee Baker, Deborah Griffin, Noko 440, Grave Industries, Ben Newman, London Fetish Scene, Veronica Valentine, Samantha Stone, Ms Miranda, Empress Stah, Eights N Aces, Illustrated Ape Magazine, Crystal Fighters, Saampa Von Cyborg, Monsterlune, Bird la Bird, Santa Gasolina, Tom Medwell, Gaynor Perry, Annie Bertram, Bobette, Marcus T, Jan, Simon Maxwell, Geoff Boyz, Midori, Mistress Absolute, Lucifire, Tusk, Tears of Envy, Lady Lucy, Pippa the Ripper, Run Riot, Buster Bennett and many more to numerous to mention!!!

Stay tuned for the next enthralling episode!!!

Griffin, Yoshida & Perry. And Ryan Styles BW at top of page by Tom Medwell

Monday, 3 August 2009

Iconography of Mask Sparkles Brightly!

Last weekend's mask festival was an amazing success and plans have already been hatched to turn the event into a touring show and have it back again at Res Gal next year with an even bigger array of artists and extras!

The Facebook Group is the hot bed of activity to find hundreds more images from the show.
And dont forget the Iconography of Mask site for more regular updates.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Salon of Kinbaku returns

Nawashi Murakawa's 'Salon of Kinbaku' returns to Res Gal on Thursday 23rd of July, starting at 8pm.

After the amazing success of the London festival of the art of Japanese bondage, the powers that be have decided to make the Salon a more regular feature.

This unique life drawing class will both improve your obsevational skills and your artistic ones while gaining a new and greater understanding of the art of Kinbaku.

More details on link below.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Slaughthaus Five returns to Resistance Gallery with 'Restoration'.


The nilhistic club night with a difference returns with more, not to distant future, offerings.



Friday, 10 July 2009

Deborah Griffin to exhibit 'God is just Dad with a mask on'

Resistance Gallery favorite, maverick installation artist, and fetish icon Deborah Griffin, is set to unveil her latest controversial piece made from the ashes of her dead Father at 'Iconography of Mask' festival later his month.

The amazing piece is called, 'God is just Dad with a mask on' and looks like being a continuation on her other esoteric & death related works, 2009's 'BloodBath' and 2008's 'Since my baby left me'.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Iconography of Mask

Jason Atomic and Garry Vanderhorne present
'Iconography of Mask'
A three day festival of events.

From fetish hoods to Lucha Libre masks to superheroes cowls to death masks, this three day festival of events features a world wide collection of over 40 new & unique art mask pieces from low & high brow luminaries.

Thurs 30th July. Art Opening Exhibition: 7pm. Free (donation to IOM trust)

Friday 31st July. Live Art, Bands, Dj's & Masked Fashion Shows: 9pm-2am. £5

Saturday 1st Aug. Mask Making Workshops and Seminars: 2pm-7pm. £5

Saturday 1st Aug. Hoodlovers Ball, Dj's & Performances: 10pm-late am. £10

All Events Weekender Ticket. £15

see weblink for full details

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Fri 19th June- TransKabarett Maxximuss

Fri 19th June- TransKabarett Maxximuss:

The award winning duo of Johnny Woo and Ryan Styles don their highest heels to present a celebration of all things unique, celestial and cross-dressed in a night of midsummer magic.

This is one of the hottest nights out in the capital right now, as the ground breaking formula of the two most in demand, avant garde performers invite everyone who comes to party to be exactly whoever they damn well want to be!!! Dress code: Over the Top!!!

Friday, 29 May 2009

Boris keep your promise!!!

Special event to raise awareness about the closing of rape centres & of lying politicians!
Here's what the Facebook page says:

Boris Johnson's pre-election campaign material made a great deal of his promise to pay for three new rape crisis centres and fund the existing centre for at least four years. There's now a distinct possibility that Boris will renege on his promise so this is a campaign to let him know that we'd like him to stand by his word.

Please consider yourself invited to our campaign launch night! It's a comedy cabaret night with added activism and is the first step in a long campaign to remind Boris that we were listening when he promised to support rape victims and we'd like him to KEEP HIS PROMISE!

This is the amazing line up has been arranged for your delectation and for FREE!

Josie Long (Perrier newcomer )
Fancy Chance, (Alternative Miss World)
Andrew O'Neill (Saxondale)
Miss Behave (Olivier Award Winning member of La Clique)
Amundsen and Slade's Sonic Sideshow
Lady Carol
Ophelia Bitz

Music from
Daniel Orcese
The Stillhouse Orchestra

With deck spinning by Miss Vinci and Uncle Tom's Wedding Reception.

We'll have a letter board called 'Stick it Boris' where we'll ask you to write a letter to Mr Johnson reminding him of his pledge and stick it up on the wall. You'll also be able to write to your local GLA representative asking them to petition the mayor themselves. We will provide you with paper, pens, templates, address info and then we'll put it in the post for you.

We're also asking people who can manage it to give £2 a month to the Croydon Rape Crisis Centre, standing order forms supplied!

Please come and show Boris how you feel on this issue. It's not too late to make him cough up.

Friday, 8 May 2009

The London Festival of Japanese Art Rope Bondage

The 1st annual London Festival of Japanese Art Rope Bondage is coming!

“Illuminating, educating and fun weekend festival of events: Featuring all aspects of Kinbaku / Shibari, the traditional & modern art of Japanese rope bondage."

Starting Thursday 25th June through to Sunday 28th, the very cream of the Kinbaku / Shibari set are bringing together an amazing 4 day programme of events in East London's own avant garde, cultural secret hideaway, 'Resistance Gallery'.

Exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture, philosophy, fashion, music and cinema. Life drawing class. Special kinbaku shows. Seminars. Workshops. Club Night. Market place. Suspensions.

Esinem, Nawashi Murakawa, Rod MacDonald, Mark Varley, Shadow, Ben Newman, Armando De’Ath, Araki, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Tony Mitchel, Master Cosmic, Mamzelle Maz, Miss Miranda, Syban V Manticore & many more.

Complete programme of events to follow.