Sunday, 2 November 2008

Joining Skylark

Skylark is an artist-run gallery on London's South Bank, with two spaces, one at Gabriel's Wharf and the other on the first floor of the distinctive Oxo Tower, between Tate Modern and the National Theatre. I've just been lucky enough to join the 29 artists, which means that I now have a space to show my work in Skylark 2 in the Oxo Tower.

I'm still a bit green - I spent my first day manning the gallery on Saturday, and have only met one or two of the other artists involved - but it already gives me that feeling I only get when my work is hanging on a gallery wall. I don't expect things to fly off the wall in these weird economic times, but there is always that promise in the air, a promise that can never be present when the work is in a box in the studio or on our own living room wall.

The advantages of showing in such a gallery are obvious: it's a professional space, marketed well, with all the benefits of a group, rather than solo, enterprise. And the South Bank is central and busy, with plenty of people walking along the bank of the Thames wandering in to the gallery on impulse, as well as those who have made a special trip. And the work on show is gloriously varied, and all the stronger for that. Best of all, the river runs just outside its window, busy with traffic, ebbing and flowing, the city's life blood.


Anonymous said...

good luck with your venture, sounds like a great location,I'm jealous! Do you have any drawings of Scotland?

Anonymous said...

This sounds really interesting - I'll be in London for a week at the beginning of December and I'll make a note so that I remember to check this place out. I hope it brings you plenty of sales!


Anonymous said...

The art work at skylark is different as compare to other art work in country.

Olha Pryymak said...

wow! Awesome! I've been eyeing them for a while, but my stuff is too raw for now. Best of luck! Interested in your updates on the experience!

Anonymous said...

I'm an artist and have just today started a blog on here. I too applied to Skylark but am waiting for the reply. Your blog is very interesting and I will call at the gallery to see your work. My blog is under 'strandedartist,' and was started on a rather bad day! I have work on axis too - under Fiona Stanbury.