N1 to CA13 - The best of British art
7th January, 2021
7th January, 2021
January always holds excitement for us, the start of the art season, our exhibition at the London Art Fair. For months we’d planned a showstopper of a stand, the best of British 20th C and contemporary art; however the 2021 fair is now a digital affair later in January, so we thought we’d stage our physical stand at Castlegate, bring London to Cumbria, throw the doors open to a collection of works by names not seen outside of central London in many a year. You can see the full array HERE; rare works by Grayson Perry, David Hockney, Frank Auerbach, Patrick Heron, Leon Kossoff and Jenny Saville are but a few.
Plans to open the doors today (7th) were clearly somewhat curtailed by the small fact of another national lockdown. We’ll aim to hold-over the physical installation for some time, hopefully to give people a chance to see the works together in the flesh at some point, but in the meantime we’ve had the show filmed in a manner to enable you to wander around the gallery and look at the works in situ. The 360-degree click and walk experience can be seen HERE. It’s not as good as being there, we know that, as Richard our trusted consultant in all things “camera” will attest, it can be the devil of a job to get the colour balance true, especially given the huge Georgian windows can make light consistency problematic, but it’s a way to at least experience the gallery and the installation at a time when none of us can wander around such an environment.
I know we all look forward to a time when the ability to walk round an exhibition (or anywhere else come to that) without encumbrance or in fear of someone being too close is a thing of the past. Many of us have lost loved ones over the course of 2020, let’s hope 2021 offers us all some hope that the “new normal” (I hate that phrase) can be consigned to history; we miss the old normal.
Steve and Christine