Gatekeeper Recommends: London Gallery Weekend!
After a year of limited art gallery visits and virtual showrooms, London Gallery Weekend is here to restart and refresh London’s jam-packed art scene. The choice is almost too much! Split across three locales, South, Central and East, visitors will be able to follow specially-curated trails or wander freely across the 130 galleries across the capital.
We’ve collated our top picks for the exciting three-day event, spotlighting some fantastic shows by galleries working with emerging and mid-career artists.
1. Hannah Barry Gallery
With an emphasis on promoting emerging artists by encouraging experimentation and risk within their practice, Hannah Barry has become a staple of the Peckham art scene. Opening in 2008, the gallery pioneered the not-for-profit arts organisation Bold Tendencies to support artists in the development of site-specific projects and ambitious executions. The gallery will be showing Christopher Hartmann’s ‘In and Out of Touch’, featuring paintings that explore the dialogue between relationships and intimacy.
Christopher Hartmann: In and Out of Touch (3 June- 31 July 2021)
2. MMX Gallery
MMX Gallery was founded by Mark and Magdalena Shackleton in 2014, in a former photography studio. They push the boundaries of contemporary photography through a diverse roster of exhibitors, ranging from documentary photography to abstract photography. MMX is set on providing the viewer with emotional reactions as soon as they step into the gallery space. During London Gallery Weekend, MMX will be showcasing work by Jasper Goodall, who creates evocative photographs of nighttime landscapes that circle back to the idea of romanticism. Goodall will be at the gallery on Saturday to discuss his work in a series of talks throughout the day.
Jasper Goodall: Twilight’s Path (4 June – 17 July 2021)
3. Sid Motion Gallery
Sid Motion’s 2019 relocation to South Bermondsey has been an exciting new chapter for the former inhabitant of the King’s Cross art scene. The gallery is known for boosting the careers of emerging artists into the international scene, while also organising the South Bermondsey Art Trail, celebrating the local area and the talented creatives working there. The gallery will be exhibiting a new performance and photography installation by artist Tom Lovelace, which aims to uproot the traditional notions of viewing and displays. Timed performances will be presented over the three days.
Tom Lovelace: ‘Bathers’ (4 June – 12 June 2021)
1. NIRU RATNAM
Former director of Konig Gallery Niru Ratnam opened his space just off of Carnaby Street as a way to embrace ‘a minority-majority perspective’. Ratnam has been campaigning for equality in the art world and against its ‘white-bias’ for years, and has encouraged the representation of artists of colour and female-identifying artists. The gallery will be showing works by Alicia Reyes McNamara, studying the discourse of water myths within Mexican and Irish Mythology.
Alicia Reyes McNamara: ‘From Within’ (3 June – 3 July 2021)
Founded in 2011 by Hannah Watson and Gigi Giannuzzi, TJ Boulting has continually represented emerging and mid-career contemporary artists, while mixing in the works of historic artists in dynamic and thematically led group shows. The gallery is showing the work of Kate Dunn, whose UV altarpiece paintings coincide with thumping techno beats. The artworks are inspired by the correlation between rave music and religious sermons.
Kate Dunn: ‘The Tabernacle - Welcome to Pharmakon’ (3 June - 3 July 2021)
After a successful run in Istanbul, Sylvia Kouvali opened a space in 2014 in the heart of Soho. With another space in Piraeus, Greece, the gallery works on an international scale to offer artists the opportunity to show work in both locations in a synoptic fashion, focusing on the geographical notions of the work alongside its qualities. Leidy Churchman’s show ‘The Between is Ringing’ will be a stop on the Gallery Weekend trail, whose paintings, based on images and signs, will be shown alongside abstract works that recall ‘atmospheric and viscous space’.
Leidy Churchman: ‘The Between is Ringing’ (12 April – 6 June 2021)
1. PUBLIC GALLERY
Having recently launched a new 2000 sqft space in Whitechapel over three floors, Public Gallery is focused on the idea of curatorial elasticity to allow the space to work with artists rather than vice versa. Founded by Harry Dougall and Alex Harrison in 2018, Public Gallery considers accessibility as a huge part of its ethos, stating that they’ll never transition to an appointment-only gallery. With 12 solo shows a year, the founders focus on opportunities for emerging artists to have solo shows over group shows. The gallery will be displaying two solo shows by London-based Italian artists Guendalina Cerruti and Christian Quin Newell, featuring assemblage-based sculpture and painting works respectively.
Guendalina Cerruti: ‘Wasted Dreams’ (2 June – 3 July 2021)
Christian Quinn Newell: ‘Earth Altar’ (2 June – 3 July 2021)
Seventeen Gallery is a frontrunner in the representation of moving image artists. With a relocation to Dalston in 2014, the gallery focuses on demonstrating the influence of new digital technologies on the moving image world. Rhys Coren’s show ‘Solitary Social’ will open during London Gallery Weekend, with a selection of mixed media works that assimilate the use of electronic dance music and visual language.
Rhys Coren: ‘Solitary Social’ (2 June – 31 July 2021)
3. YAMAMOTO KEIKO ROCHAIX
Based in Spitalfields, Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix allows early and mid-career artists to intensely cooperate with the gallery to create their own ‘coherent universe’ within the space. With relations to artists from Asia, Africa and minority groups in Europe, the gallery’s director, Keiko Rochaix Yamamoto, works with a wide range of artists due to her personal empathy for those who explore the idea of marginalisation. The gallery will be showing ‘Invisible Narratives2’ which explores the work of Rebecca Chesney, Lubaina Himid and Magda Stawarska-Beavan - all three artists exploring the idea of uncovering the hidden and unknown.
Rebecca Chesney, Lubaina Himid and Magda Stawarska-Beavan: ‘Invisible Narratives