A new gallery dedicated to diverse artists and artists-in-residence is set to open in London’s Covent Garden area, the first to be built in Britain since the 2010 Olympics.
The exhibition, called The Gallery at Covent Gardens, is an initiative by the artists and curators of the Contemporary Art Institute of London (CAIL), which is housed in the iconic Covent Theatre.
The group of five artists will work in tandem with the institute’s art curator, Chris Riddell, and will showcase a range of artworks created in collaboration with artists and the public.
The project is being led by the arts historian and curatorial director, David Gove, who is known for his work with the artist Frank Gehry.
The gallery, which will be open for a two-week exhibition on April 16 and 17, will feature works by more than 100 artists and will be the first dedicated to the artist community in the UK.
“It is a project of collaboration between artists and people who work with them, not just as artists, but as people,” said Gove.
“The artists are artists.
The public are artists.”
The new gallery, with a capacity of 100, will focus on the works of artists who have recently been chosen to be part of the British Heritage Programme for Art, and the work of artists that Gove hopes will inspire generations of artists.
It will be a space to connect with the wider world and explore how art can make a difference in the lives of those who don’t see it as a medium for their expression.
Gove explained that artists who don´t see themselves as artists need to find their voice through their art.
“I think artists need a platform,” he said.
“In a way, that´s the whole point of the art gallery.”
The gallery will be located at the same building as the Contemporary Arts Institute of New York, which is currently building the National Gallery of Art.
The space will be in a new location, but will still be accessible to those in the surrounding area.
“There are people out there who want to see art but who are not necessarily artists,” said Riddel.
“This gallery is a place where they can connect with each other, and also be seen by others who are interested in art.”
Gove is a long-time supporter of the arts, having opened his own gallery in 2008, and is a regular at art fairs and art festivals around the world.
He said the aim of the project is to encourage young people to “get out of their comfort zone” and become artists.
“As an art collector, you want to get out of your comfort zone,” he added.
“You want to make sure you can do things that you are not used to, and that you’re confident in, and I think that´ll be very good for all of us.”
The CAIL, a branch of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, opened its doors in December 2015, and was funded by a £6 million grant from the British Arts Council.
The institute is currently running its first ever exhibition, titled The Art of Art: An Artist’s Guide to the World.