London Gallery Weekend kicks off this Friday, May 13th, with hundreds of special events and exhibitions taking place across London. To help you navigate we asked Hector Campbell, writer, curator and author of the weekly emerging art newsletter ‘The Shock of the Now’, to select his top choices from London’s selection of small to mid-size galleries.
Sri Lankan born, Delhi based interdisciplinary artist Raki Nikahetiya recently sat down with art historian, writer and curator Hector Campbell to discuss his experiences as a migrant artist, his eclectic mix of previous career paths, forging an art practice later in life and his upcoming solo exhibition ‘Another Life’ at Bikaner House, New Delhi, which opens May 12th
Conor Murgatroyd Interview – “I love good characters, they’re what makes the world go round, and the places I paint are full of them.”
Bradford born, London based painter Conor Murgatroyd recently sat down with art historian, writer and curator Hector Campbell to discuss… Read More
Freya Douglas-Morris “The use of memory feels like an anchor that I can tether my somewhat loose way of image-making to.”
London-based artist Freya Douglas-Morris recently sat down with art historian, writer and curator Hector Campbell to discuss her interest in memory, physical approach to art-making, experience as a mother, and her current solo exhibition ‘All paths lead somewhere’ at Lychee One
Tom Howse Interview – “If my only goal was to paint happy cats and pretty plants, I would have achieved that goal years ago”
London based artist Tom Howse recently sat down with art historian, writer and curator Hector Campbell to discuss his interest in prehistoric plant species, his life-sized paintings, his affinity for folk art and outsider art, and his current solo exhibition ‘Moonwort Gorge Replica’ at Lychee One
Shasha Cherkas is a Russian artist currently based in London. Upon graduating with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art last year, having previously completed her BA in Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2018, she chose to forgo the offer of an online degree presentation as part of the RCA2020 virtual platform in favour of hope for a physical degree show at a later stage (as yet still uncertain).
Late Works, a permutable collective of artists, musicians, film-makers, writers, dancers and designers known for their nomadic series of live intermedia events and monthly radio show on Resonance EXTRA, recently announced the limited edition vinyl release of ‘Late Works: of Noise’ on Slow Dance Records.
Jule Korneffel Interview – “I massage the paint in, and through adding and over-layering, the painting’s final form is cast.”
German-born, New York-based artist Jule Korneffel recently sat down with curator Hector Campbell to discuss her move to New York and time at Hunter College, her art historical and academic influences, her physical painting process and her upcoming solo exhibition All that kale at the new Claas Reiss Gallery
Daniel David Freeman Interview – “Could GET A LIFE entice previously plain-clothed art enthusiasts to wear more branded clothing?”
London based artist Daniel David Freeman recently sat down with Hector Campbell to discuss his background in graphic design, his experience at Chelsea College of Art, his fascination with Andrew Graham-Dixon and his ‘imaginary’ clothing brand GET A LIFE.
Jing Su Interview – “I reflect on women’s intimate struggles with the male medical gaze, both psychologically and physically”
Chinese born, London based artist Jing Su recently sat down with Hector Campbell to discuss her experience of arts education, her GIVE series of moving image artworks, her interest in the philosophy of ‘self-care’ and what she would have exhibited at her physical MA degree show.
Elliot Fox Interview – “The transcendent headspace you find in making is so similar to that of a hedonistic one”
London based artist Elliot Fox recently sat down with Hector Campbell to discuss his interest in alternative means of communication, his latest publication, his inclusion in Collective Ending HQ’s upcoming member’s exhibition and his current solo exhibition Idol Hands.
Gillies Adamson Semple Interview – “I found that an absence of discernible scripture meant that symbols and images became more important than language”
Scottish born, London-based artist Gillies Adamson Semple recently sat down with art historian, writer and curator Hector Campbell to discuss his experience of artist residencies, his approach to curation, his return to art education and his current exhibition project springseason, which runs at Fieldworks in London Fields until September 10th.
We are now working with and against the building; the work accruing new rationale through intervention. With access to further corners of the FieldWorks complex, vacant nests, glinting natural attractions, falling seedlings and leaves of shredded text all become simulacra for the season of regeneration, as viewed from behind a locked window.
Artist Billy Fraser Interview – “One day you will see Godzilla encapsulate total, absolute destruction, a poetic dance between seriousness and absurdity”
London based artist Billy Fraser recently sat down with art historian, writer and curator Hector Campbell to discuss his experiences with curation, his current reclusive studio practice, his enduring Godzilla obsession, an Apollo 11 inspired body of work and his current two-person exhibition And Here You Are, Holding On, with Milo Creese at Well Projects in Margate
Six early-career artist-filmmakers have been selected for the third edition of Film London’s FLAMIN Fellowship scheme, a development programme offering mentoring, seed finance and professional development alongside access to audiences, curators and established artist advisors.
Delphian Gallery Interview – “We wanted to be very candid, and talk about the lows as well as the highs”
Delphian Gallery co-founder and co-director Benjamin Murphy recently sat down with art historian, writer and curator Hector Campbell to discuss their annual Open Call, the Delphian Podcast, their Lockdown Editions initiative and their inaugural publication ‘Navigating The Art World: Professional Practice for the Early Career Artist’, supported by Foolscap Editions.
Scottish born, Leeds based artist Allan Gardner recently sat down with Hector Campbell to discuss his approach to collaboration, his background in the DIY punk subculture, recent experimentation with video art and his inclusion in the upcoming group exhibition A Land of Incomparable Beauty.
Florence Hutchings Interview – “I once made this purple and green painting and was thinking to myself ‘I wonder why I picked those colours’, only later did I notice I was wearing both those colours in my outfit.”
London based artist Florence Hutchings recently sat down with art historian, writer and curator Hector Campbell to discuss her prolific sketching of the everyday, her playful use of colour and scale, and her adoption of domesticity as her principal subject matter, as well as her upcoming solo exhibition, The Doors of Perception, with Delphian Gallery in Paris
How do you fit 46 artists into one show? Subsidiary Projects and Georgia Stephenson have managed (with a bit of magic) for their latest exhibition ‘The Potion Room’.
Subsidiary Projects, born out of a ground-floor flat due to the lack of exhibiting spaces in London, has relocated to the third floor of a community centre in Vauxhall Park. This new location was the starting point for curator Georgia Stephenson in preparing this ambitious exhibition construct with the gallery team; Natalia Gonzalez Martin and Nina Silverberg.
India Nielsen Interview – “I see each work as a living avatar that I must feed with energy to survive, except here they run on emotion rather than electricity as their fuel.”
London based artist India Nielsen recently sat down Hector Campbell to discuss her use of visual and artistic sampling , her interest in language and use of text, how she employs writing in her painting practice and her current two-person exhibition, RedivideR with Yulia Iosilzon.