Shoreditch, Hoxton, Brick lane… all areas that have more than their fair share of art galleries. You cant turn a corner in East London these days without seeing another newly opened gallery.
And with ‘street’ and ‘urban’ art hogging the majority of press attention in the art world these days, its easy to see why the traditional home of Graffiti in London is inundated with people all too eager to get in on the act and strike whilst the iron is hot.
The Brick Lane gallery differs somewhat in its approach to this scene, putting on shows/exhibits on a submissions basis – meaning the lesser known names on the scene at least have a fighting chance of having their work seen. It also gives aspiring artists the chance to exhibit alongside well known names such as Grafter, Sten, Dan Kitchener and Hush to name but a few.
And I should know… I was encouraged by a friend to submit to the first ‘Free for Wall‘ exhibit in June. And they not only accepted my piece… they sold it also. So you can safely say they know their market.
The gallery has just finished its 3rd rendition of the ‘Free for Wall’ concept – as well as running other shows concurrently – and is continuing to grab attention due to the honesty of their approach and their obvious interest and love of street art.
Long may it continue…