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August 2016

Clapham’s Mutts

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As part of the Clapham Village Fete on September 3rd we are proud to present the Omnibus Dog Show: Clapham’s Mutts.

See the Summer holidays out with a fun filled family day in celebration of 150 years of the London Fire Brigade. The Old Town Square will be filled with craft stalls, Vauxhall City Farm, live music, a coconut shy, a carousel and some of the best food Clapham has to offer.

We are thrilled to be joined by Dexter the Omnidog at a celebration of Clapham’s canine talents at the Clapham Village Fete on the Old Town Square on September 3rd.

A representative from the Local Fire Brigade will be on the judging panel, while the young people of Clapham – under 16s – show off their pooches and compete to win wonderful prizes.

Do you and your dog look the same? Do you have the oldest dog in Clapham? If so come along and enter your pup into Clapham’s Mutts. Special prizes for best fancy dress in the show.

Categories include…

Local Lookalikes
Do you and your labrador look alike? Which dog and owner combination will walkies away with the title?

Clapham’s Got Canine Talent
Can your beagle bugle? Can your dachshund dance or your spaniel sing? We want to see your dog’s best party tricks for treats.

Waggiest Tail
Will your whippet wag it’s way to the win?

Most Obedient
Does your flandoodle fetch, your retriever retrieve? Or your pomeranian play dead? We will be awarding a prize to the most obedient dog.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Clapham Old Town’s oldest hounds get the recognition they deserve.


Black Dog Bakery – Vouchers for hand made collars and bundles of hand made dog treats
Cuffe Vets – Vaccination Boosters, 3 months of Advocate and worming treatments
Lily’s Kitchen – High quality dog treats
The Dog Father – A night of dog boarding, a day of day care, and a walk on Wimbledon Common (all for the dog not the handler!)

Plus all winners will get a handmade Omnibus Rosette!

Guest Judge of the panel is Deputy Assistant Commissioner Philpott of the London Fire Brigade

£2 per entry per dog per category.
Registration open from 12.15pm on the day and kick off at 3.30pm.

Proceeds from Clapham’s Mutts will be split between local dog charities and Omnibus.

Karen Esther Doyle

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“Queer, disabled, woman, Irish; many things define me and my art.”



Omnibus is proud to exhibit ceramic figures by Karen Esther Doyle (KED), a recent graduate from Camberwell College of Arts.


KED is fascinated by art in the domestic setting, the art we grow up surrounded by, sculpture in ordinary homes. She is interested in ceramic figurines; how they make the journey from being objects of wonder in childhood to objects of hate in adulthood and back full circle to fond objects in old age.

Broken and remade they take on a new life; they converse with each other and adopt personalities. In their original mass-produced factory form they strive towards the heights of aristocratic Meissen fine china, always falling short but they still find a home in working and middle class homes around the world. Each piece has a history, was at some point loved, cleaned, cared for and then discarded to boot sales and charity shops where she discover and rescue them. That history and pathos creates an immediate emotional connection to these anthropomorphic, broken, queer figures.

“I enjoy their gentle presence, not quite recognisable on first glance as something different, they reveal themselves on closer inspection. They subtlety conflate two worlds, a world of idealised perfection and aspiration with the glorious messy, broken reality of life,” says Karen. “I’m interested in the Victorian era that gave birth to mass-produced ceramics and placed art within reach of the newly created middle classes. A time with rigid rules of decorum, manners and class yet with a delightfully filthy underbelly of ‘perversion’ & queerness. Massive capitalist expansion, unheard of levels of scientific and technical development built on foundations of colonialism and oppression rocked by revolt and rebellion.  Who can’t love an era that created the ‘What Not’ – furniture specifically for the display of domestic art and decoration?”

Come in and experience KED’s unique ceramic sculptures, exhibited in the Bar at Omnibus. 

If you would like to exhibit artwork at Omnibus, contact:

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A Q&A with… Brian McClure

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Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 16.30.48Brian McClure, Omnibus’ very own artist in residence talks about how he got involved in Visual Arts at Omnibus, what he’s up to now, and what his work at Omnibus means to him.



Brian, you’ve been involved with Omnibus from the start – right back from when the building was still a library. How did that happen?

I learnt about the library shutting down when I was first retired and signed a petition to save it. Years later, I came in to help repurpose the space, and only intended to help one Saturday afternoon. It was only meant to be for four hours, repainting the ceiling. But it’s now been several years! In the same way as my first time helping out here, everything I have done at Omnibus has been in response to a request, or a need for something. This is the case with the art workshops. For example, I organised workshops for the children who would to come to space to use the library. It worked the same way with St Mungo’s homeless charity, where I go in to help people in recovery. I have never come here with a plan or an agenda; I am just doing my best to provide people with workshops and exhibitions they’ve asked for.

Tell us more about yourself, and your life prior to Omnibus.

I’ve been self-employed most of my life. I have occasionally sold work as a professional artist, but mainly lead community workshops. I spent most of working life salvaging old printing equipment and presses. There was a lot available as people switched from letter press to computer settings, and printing changed completely. I travelled all over the UK and gave a lot to museums. The whole process took 20 years!

However, I have been a practicing artists my whole life, exhibiting art during workshops. I find that they are a good way to engage people and for them to be productive and do something, which encourages others to do the same.

What has been your favourite moment working at Omnibus?

The opening night of the Three Photographer’s Exhibition was a definite highlight for me. A lot of work has gone into it, and it has been a long process. It was originally booked for June, but had to be rescheduled. When people came in and saw the work, it was a great moment.

I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to organise exhibitions by self-taught artists, and so this particular one means a lot to me.

Catch our Three Photographer’s: Wild in the City exhibition now at Omnibus, open every day from 10am to 6pm. Free entry. All work is on sale.

Brian also writes and takes pictures for Homeless Diamonds Magazine, available online for the first time this month. Read his piece in the new issue here: