We will visit various galleries (Victoria Miro Gallery, Parasol Unit, L’Etrangere, and Kate McGarry), which offers an interesting mix of artists and media, in the Shoreditch area.
For a tour of contemporary art there is no better place than London’s East End, the area where most of the Young British Artists lived and worked and where Jay Jopling opened his famous White Cube in Hoxton Square in 2000. We will see a mix of galleries, artists and media. First two sculpture shows. We will visit Victoria Miro, a gallery opened in 2000 by this well-known art figure, in a former furniture factory between Islington and Old Street. The gallery is enormous and has the unique feature of a terrace at the back. This terrace is shared with Parasol Unit, a not-for-profit space next door, which has four shows a year and gives promising international artists a platform to display their work. There we will see an Icelandic artist.
After a nice walk through Shoreditch we will stop at a small and very new gallery, L’Etrangere, which only opened this year and shows work by young artists, many of whom from East-Europe. We will finish at Kate MacGarry, a medium sized gallery that has been in Shoreditch for over ten years. At Kate’s gallery there will be an opportunity to discuss the art we’ve viewed over a drink.
Our guide, Sabine Casparie, is Dutch and has been living in London since 1998. Originally a lawyer, she returned to University after her children started school, to study art history and contemporary art. For more information please view www.sabinecasparie.com