King & # 39; s Cross brings artwork exterior with a brand new gallery and occasion program
With the development of London's King’s Cross, the area has developed from a bleak traffic hub to an independent tourist destination. In addition to new shops, bars, restaurants and apartments, there are now various galleries and cultural spaces – from the House of Illustration to the music and comedy venue King & # 39; s Place to the Lethaby Gallery owned by Central Saint Martin.
The latest addition to the N1C art scene King & # 39; s Cross will work with museums and galleries in the UK and abroad to organize an ongoing program of exhibitions and events across the 26 hectare site. A permanent outdoor gallery, consisting of 15 movable displays with seating, shows a changing series of leading works by leading photographers and visual artists. King & # 39; s Cross will also work with creative and cultural organizations to host a number of free public events throughout the year.
The Outside Arts Project starts this week with Games We Play, a shop window on summer from the photographer gallery in Soho, which runs until November 1st. The exhibition is described as a “funny and subversive interpretation of traditional past times and summer activities” with works by Julie Cockburn, Luke Stephenson and Weronika Gęsicka.
According to Robert Evans, CEO of King & # 39; s Cross, the initiative was founded to offer a free and open program to people who visit, live or work at King & # 39; s Cross. "With the Outside Arts Project we bring something new to London; A constantly available but constantly changing gallery space that everyone can use at any time, ”he says. "We hope that the Outside Art Project will give people a little bit of pleasure, regardless of whether they live or work here or are just passing through."
Brett Rogers, director of the Photographers & # 39; Gallery (which reopened this week), says the debut exhibition builds on TPG's mission to promote "a deeper look at contemporary photography" and a new program to transform the public Space outside of its venue in Soho in 2021.
The exhibition is part of a broader summer art program at King’s Cross that includes free workshops, residences, and large-scale installations. German artist Stephan Zirwes transformed Granary Square with a giant work of art that shows two swimming pools, while the creator of Notes to Strangers, Andy Leek, wanted to raise the mood of people with optimistic messages on walls and benches. Future projects include a photo exhibition curated in collaboration with Mentivity, an organization that provides mentoring to BAME students and young people and is set to start in January 2021.
As people are spending more time outdoors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a wave of new posters and art has appeared in urban areas in recent months. The New York Public Art Fund has recently worked with 50 artists to showcase works created during the closure of bus stops and kiosks in the city's five districts, while creative projects Stay Sane, Stay Safe, and In Good Company collaborated with designers have to put up colorful posters in the city of Netherlands and UK.
With the Outside Arts Project, King & # 39; s Cross hopes to build on its existing cultural initiatives and make contemporary art accessible to a wider audience. "This is part of King & # 39; s Cross's ethos of being open and welcoming everyone. It is also part of our commitment to make art accessible every day," says Evans.
Lunchtime by Julie Cockburn, courtesy of Julie Cockburn & The Photographers & # 39; Gallery
Blue Cap Waxbill by Luke Stephenson, courtesy of Stephenson and The Photographers & # 39; Gallery
Untitled # 10 by Weronika Gęsicka, courtesy of Gęsicka and The Photographers & # 39; Gallery