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UpDown Gallery Newsletter 2014


In 2013 UpDown Gallery celebrated its first birthday. small_tony_stevee3db86

Opening with a comprehensive show of works by Sir Peter Blake, one of Great Britain’s most iconic and recognised artists of his generation who has been a major influence on following generations, one such admirer being Damien Hirst.

UpDown’s aim was to bring London exhibitions to Ramsgate, bringing major names like Peter Blake and Bridget Riley but also showing the next generation of artists working and living in London. The gallery space worked perfectly for the 10 exhibitions in 2013, with 2000sq ft of exhibition space, set over 2 floors with 6 defined showing areas. Allowing both larger and smaller works the right space to show the work to its best.

Blake was followed by a mixed exhibition called, ‘Let Me Introduce….’. A curated show including a number of artists that were in the line up for 2013, some familiar names and some newcomers to the art audience in Ramsgate. Bridget Riley and Sir Howard Hodgkin followed, two giants in the British and International art scene.

The first years schedule of exhibitions aimed to show a wide range of artists covering many artistic movements, from Abstraction, Pop, Minimalism, Surrealism and Expressionism.

2013 saw UpDown collaborating with a number of top London galleries to bring the high calibre shows to Kent. Being quite diverse not everyone would like every show, but we were pleased to see that a great number of people came to each exhibition and gave the shows a chance.

Piers Secunda – A Retrospective followed in June through July.
Piers and I were fellow students at Chelsea Art College in 1995; his work even then was intriguing and different. It was therefore a pleasure to be able to organise his first exhibition at UpDown. Piers has shown internationally and his work is in a number of major collections. He was also recently profiled in STATE Magazine as a talent to watch out for in 2014. @StateF22

Katharine Le Hardy followed in August with her mystical remembered landscapes, this series coming out of a trip to South America earlier in 2013. Her seemingly effortless ability to evoke landscapes with the slightest of marks gained her a wealth of new fans. Catalogue available from the gallery.

After back-to-back exhibitions of emerging artists UpDown decided to look back at one of the most influential periods in Modern Art, Paris 1900 – 1940. The ‘School of Paris’ exhibition brought together the main players who at that time pushed every concept of what art was. The exhibition included work by, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro and many more. A number of these artists moved to America during the Second World War and proceed to influence a new wave of artists and contributed to the development of Abstract Expressionism.

In November, Martin Grover exhibited with a show titled, ‘You Are Here And You Want To Be There’, the title based on his fascination with London public transport. Grover fused his witty use of language with his quirky poetic landscapes, creating a diverse collection of works. A number of his prints sold out completely and Martin is working on some new prints, which will be launched in 2014.

New additions to UpDown’s website in 2014 will include a new SHOP section, where works by our artists will be available for under £2,000. Books and relevant catalogues will also be available. New artists interviews will also be added, starting with Stephen Melton and Tony Roche who have shows at UpDown in May and June respectively. We will be adding some new artists to the gallery in 2014 so keep an eye on the website and keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter to be kept up to date with gallery news.

UpDown also launched its Collectors Club in 2013, its aim to bring together a group with a passion for collection art, from the complete beginner to the more established collector, offering advise about what to buy, where to buy it and what the right price would be to purchase it. Hosted by Kate Smith with guest speakers ranging from artists, curators, writers and other art worldly characters. Membership includes 4 hosted evenings a year, pre-publication discounted prices on new gallery editions and free tickets to selected art fairs, this year including ART14.

In 2013 UpDown in collaboration with Tim Fennell’s Bon Abattoir, received confirmation of acceptance to one of the new top London art fairs, ART14. With over a 1000 galleries from around the world applying we were among the final 150 galleries accepted. More information and tickets can be found on their website www.artfairslondon.comGQ Magazine voted ART14 in the top 100 of the ‘Best Things To Do In The World Right Now’.

UpDown also featured in ‘STATE’ magazines December/January issue. The feature was based on innovative new galleries opening up outside of London and described us as, ‘like stepping through a portal into a Manhattan Gallery’!! STATE Magazine is available FREE from the gallery, while stocks last, and will also be handed out to over 40,000 visitors of the Islington Art Fair which opens at the Business design Centre on the 15th of January.

Our ‘ONE’ Exhibition, which celebrates our first birthday, includes works by a number of artists that have show in 2013 and a host of artist that will be showing in 2014, opened on the 7th of December and will run through to the 7th of March. NB. This is an extension of the previously published finish date of the 1st of February.

Highlights for 2014 are solo shows by Stephen Melton,, Tony Roche, and Colin Booth, Cedric Christie, an artist we have shown before and who is a great friend of the gallery will also be curating a drawing exhibition, and Ben Wiedel Kaufmann will curate ‘Abstraction Today’. UpDown will also be launching its first print portfolio, ‘Black White & One’, featuring over 15 selected artists, which will launch in November, printed by DBA Editons. More details will follow on the website.

UpDown would also like to say a huge thank you to all the people who have helped us this last year; we could not have done it without you.

2014 is set to be a great year so we hope you can come along with us on the ride!!

Best wishes,
Kate & Guy Smith

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