Despite a name that emanates a very British tradition and an address deep in the heart of London’s financial district, Lloyds Club aims to be much more than a venue for a quick business lunch. The newly refurbished club is now looking to a bright and creative future while retaining the traditional values and ethos of the original Lloyds Club, which dates back to the 1920’s.
Patch was launched in January of this year as a curatorial collective between Annabel Cary and Katie Heller, which aims to build upon the success of the art program that co-founder Heller launched at the Lloyds Club in 2011.
For this exhibition, they have transformed the four-storey Georgian town house of the Lloyds Club into an exhibition presenting burgeoning new talent. By inviting an elite group of young galleries to curate individual rooms, alongside independently practicing artists, the curators aim to create a dynamic exchange between gallery, curator and artist.
Through the exhibition New British 2013, Patch has offered an opportunity for artists and galleries at the younger end of the market to exhibit alongside each other. Participants include: Man&Eve, Nettie Horn, PayneShurvell, Ceri Hand, Hannah Barry and Sumarria Lunn, who between them will showcase Wieland Payer, Kim Rugg, Henny Acloque, Aidan McNeill, Yun Kyung Jeong and Marcus Kleinfeld amongst others. Independent artists participating include: Michele Fletcher, Mat Chivers, Ralph Hunter-Menzies, Elizabeth McDonald, Ha Young Kim, Mark Beattie, Sunju Lee, Holly Stevenson and Ann-Marie James (courtesy of Karsten Schubert). Patch is also involved in other projects such as the art programme launch at House of St Barnabas in Soho.
To bring into focus this core goal of the show, Patch is pleased to host Uncovering the Emerging Art Market, a panelled discussion taking place in the surroundings of New British 2013.
This discussion aims to bring this collaborative approach into focus – highlighting the challenges faced at this end of the art market, and seeking out new opportunities for artists and gallerists to promote their work. Currently, the disparity between the blue-chip galleries and the emerging market is greatly pronounced. Through this thought-provoking discussion, some of the participating gallerists and artists in this show will offer an insight into the challenges that they face is the current climate.
The panellists are James Payne, Lucy Newman Cleeve, Paul Carter Robinson, Alex Virji and Mat Chivers, who as you can see below, come from very different backgrounds, all of which should guarantee an interesting debate.
James Payne studied Fine Art at Central St Martins and was a practising artist for several years, before opening PayneShurvell in 2010 with Joanne Shurvell. As well as writing for The Huffington Post, Payne is also the film editor of Garageland.
Lucy Newman Cleeve, founder and director of Man&Eve, has worked as a freelance artist, curator, researcher, producer and consultant for organizations including Tate Britain. A graduate of Cambridge University, she gained her Master’s Degree from the RCA, and as currently enrolled as a doctoral student at Kings College London.
Paul Carter Robinson has been a dealer in the decorative arts for over 20 years, and is currently the Editor and CEO of ArtLyst.com, the leading Contemporary Art information website in the UK.
Alex Virji trained at City & Guilds of London Art School where he was awarded a GAM bursary in 2011. In 2010 he was a finalist for the Catlin Prize. His solo exhibitions include Entropical Paradise, Man&Eve (2013), Hinterland, Man&Eve (2011) and Variations on a Theme, Gallery Primo Alonso (2010).
Mat Chivers completed his BA in Fine Art and Sculpture at Nottingham Trent University. He has shown at the 54th and 55th Venice Biennale and has work in private and public collections nationally and internationally.
New British 2013 runs till Thursday 12th September 2013
Uncovering the Emerging Art Market
A paneled discussion
5 September between 6.30 and 9pm
42 Crutched Friars
London EC3N 2AP
Words by Anna Bang
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