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Shoplifter to represent Iceland at Venice Biennale 2019


14 Aug - 2018

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Shoplifter Hrafnhildur Arnardottir will represent Iceland at the Venice Biennale 2019! Curated by Birta Gudjonsdottir, chief curator at the National Gallery of Iceland in Reykjavík.

Known for her large-scale installations, sculptures, and performances, Arnardóttir is obsessed with hair, and both artificial and human hair feature prominently in her work. Commenting on the opportunity to make new work for the exhibition, Arnardóttir said: “I’m really happy about this. It’s like getting to the Olympics of art. The Icelandic Pavilion always draws attention, and I do not intend to change that.”


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Juliana Cerqueira Leite part of annual Sculpture In The City with ‘Climb’


14 Jul - 2018

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Juliana Cerqueira Leite will be part of the 8th edition of Sculpture in the City, the renowned annual urban sculpture park set amidst the iconic architecture of the City’s insurance district. Every summer, the City of London, in partnership with local businesses, unveils a brand new selection of artworks by internationally acclaimed artists. Her monumental sculpture ‘Climb’ has previously been shown at the Cass Sculpture Foundation (2014 – 2018) and Art Basel Miami Beach (2012).
On 21 July in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery, SITC will present ‘Nocturnal Creatures’, a late-night arts festival, featuring performance, video and sculpture across venues and public spaces in the eastern part of the City. Juliana will participate with an in situ presentation of her work ‘Climb’ incorporating a reading and music.


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An Evening with Juno Calypso – Thursday 21 June, 7pm, TJ Boulting


19 Jun - 2018

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Please join Juno Calypso for a special event in the gallery where she will talk about her new series and solo exhibition ‘What To Do With A Million Years’.
Spaces are limited! Tickets are £10 and include a postcard and pink drink (alcho/non)
BUY TICKETS HERE


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Boo Saville in group show at Newport Street Gallery ‘True Colours’


10 Jun - 2018

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19th June – 19th September
Newport Street Gallery, London
Boo Saville is part of ‘True Colours’ with Helen Beard and Sadie Laska, that unites their very different painting practices through colour and large-scale commissions.


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Stephanie Quayle in group show at Turner Contemporary ‘Animals & Us’


8 Jun - 2018

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25 MAY – 30 SEPTEMBER
TURNER CONTEMPORARY, MARGATE

Animals & Us is a major exhibition exploring artists’ reflections on the relationship between humans and other animals. Stephanie Quayle has participated with a new commission ‘The Narrow Abyss’, a group of chimpanzees, humankind’s closest relative.


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‘Martha’ by Siân Davey – launch and talk Thursday 26 April at TJ Boulting


26 Apr - 2018

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Please join us to celebrate the official launch of Siân Davey’s second book ‘Martha’
Talk between Siân Davey and Kate Bush 6 – 6.30pm
Drinks til 8.30pm
See you there!


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‘Martha’ by Siân Davey – first booksigning at AIPAD – Thursday 5th April 5pm – Michael Hoppen Gallery


3 Apr - 2018

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For those of you in New York this week you are invited to the first ever booksigning of our new book ‘Martha’ by Siân Davey.
This will take place on Thursday 5th April at the Michael Hoppen Gallery booth 206 at 5pm.
The official launch will be at Trolley in London on Thursday 26th April.
And if you would like to order the book at the special pre-order price of £30 inc uk p+p then it is available on our website until midnight April 4th.
You will receive the book in advance of the release date or if you would like to receive it at the launch or booksigning let us know


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The Ward by Gideon Mendel – Exhibition at The Fitzrovia Chapel every Wednesday and Sunday until December 3rd


1 Nov - 2017

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Wednesdays 8, 15, 22, 29 November
Sundays 5, 12, 19, 26 November and Sunday 3 December
11.00 – 18.00
The Fitzrovia Chapel
2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF
The Fitzrovia Chapel is delighted to present its first photographic exhibition in line with its Lineage Programme, ‘The Ward.’ In 1993, Gideon Mendel spent a number of weeks photographing the Broderip and Charles Bell wards in London’s Middlesex Hospital as part of the ‘Positive Lives’ project. The Broderip was the first AIDS ward in London and was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1987, this year marking the 30th anniversary of its opening. This was the era before antiretroviral medications had become available, a very distinct and tragic time. All of the patients on the wards, many of whom were young, gay men, were having to face the terrifying prospect of an early and painful death. In particular Gideon Mendel followed while he was there the stories of four patients – John, Steven, Ian and Andre.
These two wards at The Middlesex Hospital were some of the few dedicated AIDS wards that existed in London, and even more unusual for their decision to open themselves to being photographed. Considering the high levels of stigma and fear that existed at the time, the decision of these four patients to allow themselves, alongside their families, lovers and friends to be photographed was an act of considerable bravery.
During his time at the hospital, he photographed their treatment and many other aspects of ward life, including the intimate way in which the staff, patients and their families related to one another. Treatment was not a passive process, but rather an active engagement on the part of the patients, who were often extremely knowledgeable about their condition. The staff, too, became far more attached to their patients than was commonplace in hospitals at the time. All of the patients in these photographs died soon after the pictures were taken. They were the unlucky ones, who became sick just before treatment became available.
‘The Ward’ explores through Gideon Mendel’s evocative black and white photographs how it felt to live with HIV at this time when it was considered a veritable death sentence. It shows how the ward at the Middlesex Hospital became more like a second home, and the staff and patients friends. The Middlesex Hospital itself was demolished in 2005 apart from its stunning Grade II* listed secular chapel. It has recently been reopened as The Fitzrovia Chapel as a place of quiet contemplation in the community and to celebrate live events and the arts. An exhibition of 14 images will be displayed in the chapel every Sunday in November leading up to World AIDS day on December 1st 2017. There will also be ‘Through Positive Eyes’, a film project where people in London with HIV were given cameras to film and photograph their lives, which gives a powerful sense of how people are living with HIV today. This was produced as part of the global TPE project (throughpositiveeyes.org), –a collaboration between Gideon Mendel and the Art & Global Health Center at UCLA working with more than 130 HIV positive ‘artivists’ in ten cities around the world. ‘TheWard’ will also be published by Trolley Books and launched at the exhibition.


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‘The Ward’ by Gideon Mendel will be published by Trolley Books in November 2017 followed by an exhibition at The Fitzrovia Chapel


14 Oct - 2017

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In 1993, Gideon Mendel spent a number of weeks photographing the Broderip and Charles Bell wards in London’s Middlesex Hospital. The Broderip was the first AIDS ward in London and was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1987, this year marking its 30th anniversary. This was the era before antiretroviral medications had become available, a very distinct and tragic time. All of the patients on the wards, many of whom were young, gay men, were having to face the terrifying prospect of an early and painful death. Considering the high levels of stigma and fear that existed at the time, the decision of these patients to allow themselves, alongside their families, lovers and friends to be photographed was an act of considerable bravery, while the wards themselves became very special and unique places.
‘The Ward’ by Gideon Mendel published by Trolley Books, November 2017. Exhibition at The Fitzrovia Chapel, the original chapel of the Middlesex Hospital every Wednesday and Sunday in November in the lead up to World AIDS day.
Pre order and support book in advance HERE


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