The Light & Shadow Salon



Doors open at 7pm, programme begins at 7.30 sharp

(£5 entry on the door)

After our explosive June Salon, courtesy of the wonderful Sexton Ming, we packed our bags and set sail towards sunnier, milder climates, where we spent some time replenishing our hearts and souls.

Now we're back, and although London isn't quite as sunny or warm as elsewhere, we are more than enthusuastic at the thought of meeting you all again for a fresh, new season of amazing Salon rendez-vous!

We begin this month with a night entirely dedicated to contemporary Italian animation, gathered and curated into an exquisite DVD publication by Paola Bristot and Andrea Martignoni.

The DVD was released a few months ago, and presented to great acclaim at a number of international animation festivals throughout the summer. This will be its first public screening in the UK.

The programme will include short work by some of the most established names in Italian animation, together with the work of up and coming young directors and illustrators.

The screening will be uninterrupted, a real feast for the eyes!

The night will also feature a live cello recital by ground-breaking cellist Alfia Nakipbekova.


The Light & Shadow Salon is a place for artists, writers and audience to meet and share ideas about the past, present and future of the moving image in all its forms.

The Salon is a place for exchange, interaction and cross-pollination and it welcomes active contributions and interventions from all its participants.

The Salon endeavours to support a structured and informed dialogue around film, the moving image and all that it involves: from magic to science, from sound to the eye, from ritualism to storytelling, from myth-making to hypnosis.

The Salon intends to act as a temporary and ephemeral container  for all the work, ideas and people with an independent, radical and idiosyncratic nature, who renounce to find a home in existing movements/institutions but rather embrace the nomadic and transitory nature of art.

The Salon supports individual thought, inquisitive minds and a desire to further knowledge through dialogue and exchange.

‘So when you hear yourself invited to ‘see’, it is not the sight of this eye (of the flesh) that I would have you think about. You have another eye within, much clearer that that one, an eye that looks at the past, the present, and the future all at once, which sheds the light and keenness of its vision over all things, which penetrates things hidden and searches into complexities, needing no other light by which to see all this, but seeing by the light that it possesses itself.’ (Hugh of St Victor)