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The Artist’s Greatest Strength is People Watching

a new exhibition by Gavin Dobson

Gavin Dobson is a London based illustrator. Initially training in Fine Art at Middlesex University, his artwork is inspired by a huge love of Graphic Novels and American comic books, in particular of the 1980’s.

  • Wheelchair Access
  • 29 Jan - 9 Mar, Tues - Sat 3-8pm

Venue: Café gallery

“My ‘teachers’ are wide and great, masters of their craft like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Manet, Lautrec, Jenny Saville, George Perez, Frank Miller, Olivier Coipel and Bill Sienkiewicz. A mix of styles, eras and techniques but all incredible storytellers.
I am especially excited and grateful to exhibit within the Ovalhouse for this particular season of work, as an actor also myself it’s a wonderful surrounding for provoking theatre but also as a happy gay man I appreciate the uphill fight many gay men and lesbians have faced and indeed still do and I applaud those men and women who paved the way for me to live and love the way I was meant to.”


Gavin will also be working with Thomas Hescott to create the set design for his Counterculture 50 commission The Act.


  • Tue 29 Jan – Sat 9 Mar, 3:00pm

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The Act

Tue 29 Jan – Sat 2 Feb, 8:00pm

Meet the inverts – with their own inverted language and their own inverted societies, visit their bars and their cruising grounds, ogle at their queer lifestyle and eccentric ways.

It’s the final days for a community catapulted into the mainstream, and all because the Church of England believed in the decriminalisation of homosexuality.