MPHQ Project Space

London I Cologne

In 2018 Martha opened MPHQ Project Space, London I Cologne, exhibiting established mid-career artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, installation, cinema and digital media.

Through collaborations with artists and curators MPHQ combines Martha’s interests and networks from London and Cologne and presents artists and projects that explore the cross-over and overlap of cultures and artistic disciplines in an ongoing exchange and dialogue about what engages artists working today.

Link to current exhibition: WAYS OF SEEING: Film Installations and Collaborations.

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Martha has given a number of lectures and seminars based on her work on Francis Bacon and collaboration with David Sylvester. Held at the Courtauld Insitute London, as part of the MA Curating Programme, this seminar, accompanied by the screening of the film ‘Bacon in Paris’, explored the role of the critic and curator in establishing, forming, and preserving the artist’s legacy.

For the MA Programme at the Technical University of Cologne, Martha gave a seminar entitled ‘Bacon’s Women’ that explores the role women played in Francis Bacon’s painting, his development as a painter and as an inspiration for his work, with extracts from her film  ‚Model and Artist; Henrietta Moraes and Francis Bacon‘ (1993).

The interviews with Henrietta Moraes offer insight into the working methods of the painter as well as the nature of his relationships to women, that were included as part of the Francis Bacon Retropectives at the Centre Pompidou Paris, the Haus der Kunst Munich, the exhibition ‘Francis Bacon; The Human Body’ at the Hayward Gallery London and in the exhibition ‚Bacon’s Women’ at Ordovas Gallery, New York- the first exhibition in the United States to focus on Francis Bacon’s female subjects. 

Screening in New York at Ordovas Gallery.

‘Bacon in Paris’ Courtauld Institute

Held at the Courtauld Insitute London, as part of the MA Curating Programme, this seminar, accompanied by the screening of the film ‘Bacon in Paris’, explores the role of the critic and curator in establishing, forming, and preserving the artist’s legacy.

Filmed in collaboration with David Sylvester, ‘Bacon in Paris’ is a short film that accompanies the critic and curator David Sylvester at the Centre Pompidou in the last days of hanging the Bacon Retrospective. Previously unpublished conversations between Francis Bacon and David Sylvester narrate the hanging of the show offering the viewer an exclusive insight into the workings of the painter, his psyche and forms a final and poignant posthumous conversation.


80 x 60 cm
Oil on canvas


70 x 50 cm
Oil on canvas

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Ordovas Gallery, New York

‘Bacon’s Women’ at Ordovas Gallery, New York, including my film ‘Model and Artist; Henrietta Moraes and Francis Bacon’. An exhibition of Bacon’s paintings of Henrietta Moraes, Isabel Rawsthorne and Muriel Belcher. The exhibition includes three short films and the original photographs of John Deakin and Irving Penn @ Ordovas Gallery, 9 East 77th Street, NY.

Show Us Yer Smalls @ Stash Gallery, London

Stash Gallery @ Vout-O-Reenee’s private members club, for more info click here.

The Likes of Us

‘The Likes of Us’. Martha Parsey.

A collection of small work by members as a mixed show of Vouts and very exciting it is too from Andrew Logan to Paul Benney and Roxana Halls and Geraldine Swayne – its small but it punches above its bra size! Opening Thursday 30th November 5:30-11:00pm.

We Could be Heroes


Heroes card copy**
SUMMER SALON I ‘We could be Heroes’ opening Friday 13th July 6-9pm.
Painting Print Photography Sculpture Light Obejects Video. A coup d’état by Martha Parsey.
MPHQ Project Space London I Cologne.

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‘Phoenix’ at Stash Gallery, London

Exhibition and auction raising funds for the Grenfell Tower Community with work by Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Patrick Hughes, Bob & Roberta Smith, Brian Eno, Sarah Lucas, Cedric Christie, Pure Evil, DNA Factory…me, and many more. Your bid goes to help survivors of Grenfell Tower, so get down to Vout-O-Reenee’s in Whitechapel. For more information, click here.


Going Underground

Opening Preview of MPHQ Project Space showing painting, prints and fashion from Martha Parsey.
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‘Model and Artist; Henrietta Moraes and Francis Bacon’

Co-directed and produced documentary film ‘Model and Artist; Henrietta Moraes and Francis Bacon’ 1993. Screened at the ICA, Centre Pompidou Paris and Haus der Kunst Munich.

Meeting Francis Bacon in London in the Sixties, Henrietta Moraes became his most frequent female subject in both portraits and as the model for his larger works. Filmed during the Francis Bacon exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery, London, Henrietta recalls her impression of the artist. Intercut with archive footage of Bacon in interview, these interviews form a final dialogue between artist and model.

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‘Face to Face’ Gainsborough’s House

GH Images

Andrew Lambirth’s collection on view at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, including my painting ‘Gainsborough Girls’ and the polymer gravure, made for this exhibition. Exhibition with Allan Jones, R.B. Kitaj, Augustus John, Leon Kossoff, Walter Sickert and Maggie Hambling. Running till October.

Kontrast Cologne

Exhibition at Kontrast, Cologne, with Cologne artists and photographers: Gerhart Richter, Candida Höfer, Benjamin Katz, Boris Becker, Martin Claasen, Albrecht Fuchs.


Wolfgang Hartmann Prize Exhibition: ‘Sublime’

‘Chasing the Dragon’ at the Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe, Germany. Exhibition runs until October 27th.

‘Sublime: Martha Parsey / Marc Fromm’ opening 20th September 2013 at 8pm. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition that has won the Wolfgang Hartmann Prize 2013 with curator Stefanie Lenk.