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Portobello: An Exhibition of Paintings by Margaret Ingram

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Exhibition preview

PORTOBELLO Market, London’s mega tourist attraction and heartbeat of Notting Hill, celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

Trading began soon after the completion of Hammersmith and City Railway line and the opening of Ladbroke Road Station in 1864.

Today, the market stretches two miles down Portobello Road and is home to the world-renowned Carnival. The movie Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, was shot on location, putting the market on the map for millions of visitors looking for antiques, vintage fashions or bric-a-brac.

They also come for the famous pubs, cafes, restaurants and Electric Cinema, or just to enjoy the quirky architecture of the shops and arcades. Fruit-and-veg stalls, which cater mostly for locals, have been joined by exotic hot foods.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary, an exhibition of paintings of Portobello Market by Margaret Ingram will be on display at the Tabernacle Arts Centre in Powis Square, near Portobello Road from February 16 to February 23, 2015.

The artist, originally from Australia, arrived in the 1950s and has lived close to the market ever since. In her younger days, Margaret Ingram was an illustrator and librarian, working among others for Vogue and illustrating children’s books. Encouraged and inspired by coster mongers, she took up painting local market stalls in the 1960s and 1970s.

“These paintings are a unique document of Portobello Road as it evolved over the decades”, explains Ron Best, President of the Portobello Artists Society and curator of the Tabernacle exhibition.

Aged 84 and frail, Margaret Ingram now lives in a care home. She looks forward to her first solo show at the Tabernacle, when many of her Portobello paintings can be seen for the first time.

Admission: Free.

Times: 11am to 9pm.

The Tabernacle Gallery, Powis Square, London, W11 2AY