Just in time for Christmas, online gallery Londonart has taken on physical form by occupying a pop-up site in Dulwich Village.
From the beginning of November until Monday 24 December, Londonart is showcasing a selection of its most talented artists in charming Dulwich Village. Reflecting the online gallery’s vast choice, the 200 works on display include sculpture, painting and photography with all manner of subject matter represented, from intriguing abstract art through to exquisite still lives and glorious landscapes to intimate portraits.
Londonart Pop-Up is a collaboration between the online gallery owner Paul Wynter and art consultant Joanne Parker (me), former owner of Hoxton’s Jak Gallery who now runs JP Art Consultancy. Through the site’s owners, Dulwich Estate, Paul and I found that 91 Dulwich Village, a former branch of Oddbins that been unoccupied for two years, had been taken on by Gails Artisan Bakery for its 13th outlet (lucky for us, eh?) that opens next March. Gails has let out the premises to Londonart for the next two months at a generous rate.
Having picked up the keys on Thursday 1 November, Paul and I quickly hired an electrician to wire in and install lighting while they selected art works that they began hanging over the weekend. Even while they were setting up the gallery, excited locals perused the exhibition and even bought a few pieces before work was finished on the Sunday.
Paul has been encouraged by such a promising start and hopes the gallery’s collaboration with Gails bodes well for the future of the high street. “Times have been hard, but we have already shown there are still opportunities for businesses trying new things. The art world and the food sector show what can be achieved.”
Londonart Pop-Up is especially pleased to be able to show works by artists with South London connections, including the vibrant Kate Kessling, a former Goldsmiths graduate who is aptly showing among other prints her witty and colourful Village People. There is more formal work on show from Gerry Hunt, who taught at Camberwell School of Art for many years.
91 Dulwich Village
Mon to Fri: 11am-6pm
Sat and Sun: 10am-6pm