Bernard Jacobson started his career in London in the 1960s as a journalist, leading him to befriend many artists, and set up his own gallery in 1969.
Camden Art Centre, founded in a former library building in 1965, has been in the news recently for an unwelcome reason: its annual Government funding has been cut by more than a third, from £937,000 to £600,000.
I guess no one needs to be told about the Royal Academy, founded in 1768 and iconically located not once but thrice: in the former Royal Palace of Somerset House (1771- 1836), the National Gallery (1837-67) and Burlington House, Piccadilly (1868 onwards). It used to be considered crusty and old-fashioned (the Royal Academy o‘ Farts, perhaps) but has become cooler in recent years.
Mark Lungley started his gallery Lungley Gallery modestly in 2018 in the cellar of a pub in Dalston – but 25 rapid fire shows made adventurous use of it, including David Harrison’s exceptionally direct ‘Fuck Me’, Lana Locke expressing her milk on film, and Brian Dawn Chalkley
Phillida Reid and David Southard founded Southard Reid in 2010, showing in Soho over the following decade. Since 2019 it has been solely operated by Phillida and she has recently opened a spectacular new space the other side of Charing Cross Road
Say what you will about Damien Hirst’s cash cow modes of production, he loves art and ploughs a good proportion of his gains back into acquiring and showing it at his purpose-built gallery halfway between Waterloo and Vauxhall.
White Conduit Projects is unusual in both location – in the middle of Islington’s bustling street market – and its programme. The gallerist, Yuki Miyake, is Japanese and her imaginatively varied exhibitions always have a link to her home country.
I’ve followed Seventeen closely since it was established in 2006 by former artist David Hoyland at 17 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch – retaining the name when it edged into Dalston by moving a mile up the road to the less snappily numbered block 270-276.
Autumn is a good time to visit the Venice Biennale, it being cooler and less crowded than earlier in the year. Moreover, the 2022 edition is considered one of the best and the central exhibition, ‘The Milk of Dreams’, has been particularly widely praised. So here are my tips for the first time visitor: