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Current Exhibitions

Proud Camden Exhibition

The Big Issue 'Up from the Streets' 25 Years of a Publishing Revolution

17th October - 30th October

In 1991 when The Big Issue launched they didn’t realise they were starting a publishing and social revolution. From the magazine’s fledgling launch, distributed from the back of a van in London; over 200 million copies later, this innovative concept publication has changed the lives of thousands of homeless people through their simple ‘A hand up, not a hand out’ mantra. The Big Issue provides vendors with a platform to achieve life-enhancing steps forward in their journeys away from poverty and social exclusion.

The exceptional growth and sustained social impact of the magazine over the last 25 years is to be commended with a special Big Issue 25th anniversary exhibition. 'Up from the Streets' will feature Big issue covers, photographs and incredible moments across the decades and celebrates the individuals who brought the pages alive and will visually capture the stories and the history of this iconic magazine spanning its 25 year history.

Limited edition, signed work by Bryan Adams, Andrew Cotterill, Louise Haywood-Schiefer, Jeff Leyshon, Libi Pedder, Heiko Prigg and Wendy Pye will be available to purchase, with proceeds going to The Big Issue. A quarter of a century after launching, The Big Issue has presented the most marginalised in society with a means of making a living and a stepping stone from poverty into building their own micro enterprise. The magazine is proud to have helped battle poverty in ways a generation of splintered government policies couldn’t.

The Big Issue, now an essential and subsequently award-winning publication acknowledged for its campaigning zeal, honesty and truthfulness has shown that a publication marketplace existed on the street; a revolutionary business solution created in response to the social issue of homelessness. The Big Issue has succeeded over the decades because of the enterprising men and women who have contributed creatively and crucially those going out on the streets every day, in all-weather to sell the magazine, grabbing the opportunity to integrate back into society at often the bleakest of times.

The Big Issue 'Up from the Streets' 25 Years of a Publishing Revolution launches at Proud Camden on the 19th October - tickets for the launch night available via All proceeds to The Big Issue.


Proud Chelsea Exhibition

Around The World In 80 Years: Photographs by Bill Wyman

19th October - 27th November 2016

Proud Galleries is excited to announce ‘Around the World in 80 Years’, a deeply candid and unique photographic exhibition by former Rolling Stones bassist, Bill Wyman. Proud Chelsea is honoured to mark Wyman’s 80th birthday with a series of iconic and many previously unpublished photographs, providing a behind the scenes look at the trailblazing band, from their early formative years to global sell-out shows and chart domination
After being gifted with his first camera by his uncle, Wyman became interested in photography from a young age. He has expressed his fascination for photography because it “captured historical moments for me to look back on.” He became acutely aware of how others framed their shots, always preferring to take photographs of people without their knowledge, "I prefer to keep out of the way and capture candid photographs that are un-staged and natural.”
Wyman first met Keith, Mick and Brian at The Wetherby Arms on the King's Road in December 1962, close to where they shared a flat in Edith Grove, and was warmly welcomed into The Rolling Stones, bringing with him a new found electricity to the band. During his time in the Stones, Wyman captured an up-front and personal look at the band from the inside, as the rest of the world had never seen them before. Soon his fellow band members became accustomed to Wyman and his camera, resulting in honest, natural shots of rare and private moments in their lives, whilst cutting tracks in the recording studio, barefoot during rehearsals and behind-the-scenes moments with family and friends.
This photographic retrospective of Wyman’s life on the road offers unique access to intimate moments and everyday scenes of one of the most prolific rock bands in history. Wyman has selected some of his personal favourite photographs from his extensive archive to be exhibited, including a glimpse of Brian Jones from the rear view mirror on the way to the 1967 European tour and Mick Jagger reading from the bible backstage before a concert for the blind.
Staged at Proud Chelsea where it all began, ‘Around the World in 80 Years’ will showcase Wyman’s idiosyncratic style with a rare collection of striking photographs of The Rolling Stones, disrupting the stereotypical image of the rock ‘n’ roll icons and revealing an honest portrait of Bill Wyman and his life through the lens.


Future Exhibitions

Proud Camden Exhibition

40 Years of Punk: Photographs by Adrian Boot

3rd November- 8th January 2017

Emerging in the US in the 1970s as a product of the ‘60s countercultural movements, the punk subculture spread across the globe like wildfire and evolved into many forms and musical sub-genres over the years. Influencing bands and musicians to this day, the early days of punk had a massive impact driven by the constraints of society, with unemployment, racial tensions and social upheaval providing fuel for their fires.

With the launch of the revolutionary CBGB in New York and bands like the Ramones and Blondie advocating the New York scene, punk was exploding into London, where the emerging style and attitude was very much a product of British youth culture. Loved and hated in equal measure but impossible to ignore, it was during the summer of 1976 that the movement gained notoriety as The Damned, Sex Pistols and The Clash were beginning to ignite the imagination of the disenchanted youth amidst the social unrest of 1970s England.

This exhibition will showcase photographs of The Clash taken in 1977 at the infamous Rehearsal Rehearsals studio, Stables Market where Proud Camden resides, marking a true homecoming for Adrian Boot’s photographs of the band who heralded the birth of independent music through revolutionary punk style and attitude. This collection visually captures the ethos and raw spirit of the punk heyday, revealing the bands that led the distinct cultural shift of the most incendiary era in music history.

Proud Camden celebrates a revolution, whose repercussions and reverberations of cultural change nearly 40 years ago continue to increase in significance today.


Proud Chelsea Exhibition

Reality is a Dirty Word: Photographs by Ken Russell

1st December 2016- 15th January 2017

Proud Galleries is thrilled to announce ‘Reality is a Dirty Word’, a captivating look at post-war London through the lens of one of the country’s greatest filmmakers, Ken Russell. Russell’s unique and candid photographs of 1950s Britain capture significant moments of humour and pure humanity during a time of adversity and when the future seemed uncertain. This unique exhibition of original prints signed by the late Ken Russell is a candid insight into lost London through the eyes of one of Britain’s most exuberant characters.

Russell was a fearless eccentric who went on to make ground breaking works as “the wild man of British cinema”. But prior to earning his iconic status as a film director, Russell forged a career as a photographer in 1951, photographing humorous scenes which were in stark contrast to the austere feel of post-war recovery. For six years his work appeared regularly in publications such as Illustrated Magazine and Picture Post. Sometimes poignant, occasionally surreal and frequently funny, Russell’s photographs capture all the irreverence and unconventionality of outlook that would characterize his work as a filmmaker.

Throughout his time as a photographer, he used his cinematic eye to create mini-dramas out of ordinary mundane moments. Speaking of his work, Russell said, "In a way I was making still films. Some of the photographs were catch-as-catch-can, but I learnt the value of the perfect composition.” Russell’s lens lends itself captivatingly to scenes that range from the everyday to the wholly bizarre, including men on penny-farthing bikes, a landlady in Hyde Park breaking archaic regulations, children dressed in adult’s clothes and a dancer wearing an upturned hip bath like a tortoise shell.

Russell would capture everyday scenes he encountered, producing some of Britain's most significant records of street life during the aftermath of the Second World War. These quiet portraits are an unexpected and exceptional historical record, documenting the fashions, the cultures and most importantly the people during this shifting time, including a series called The Last of the Teddy Girls, which feature a group of girls who rejected the new post-war feminine fashions and instead took on a more androgynous look. There is a surprising innocence to Russell's photographs, where he used bomb-sites as backdrops to his scenes, capturing children climbing walls and mischievous boys clambering through fences in their makeshift playground.

Proud Chelsea will showcase an exclusive collection of rare, signed prints which embody the rebellious and quirky nature of Russell and reveal both the attitude and innocence of 1950’s youth. ‘Reality is a Dirty Word’ will exhibit Russell’s last signed body of work, illustrating a beautiful and honest insight into the repercussions of World War Two in Britain.