On the 11th of March Nolia's Gallery turned one year old and in that time many students and graduates from London´s art schools have ground their teeth with the difficult task of curating and organising their own shows at the Thomas a Becket on the Old Kent Road. This gallery is one of the few affordable spaces available to students. It is a 1000 square foot exhibition space, with café and bar facilities and previously hosting a boxing club, the space has a great sense of history including the fact that David Bowie wrote Ziggy Stardust in an upstairs room. Nolia Devlin, director of the gallery, is very enthusiastic and keen to give undergraduates and up and coming artists the chance to exhibit their work. She is an artist herself, originally from Malaysia, now in semi retirement, and spending her time establishing opportunities for new artists. She describes her gallery as a 'project or opportunity space' providing young artists with the chance to learn to curate a show outside of their university studies. The gallery space offers an opportunirty rarely found and much appreciated by aspiring artists.
Since April 2005, when the gallery opened, Nolia has offered the exhibition space to many students and graduates and the gallery now has exhibitions planned throughout 2006.