Following the Christmas hiatus I was desperate to stretch my legs and move away from crappy TV. I needed to see some art shows and so I consulted an art expert Victoria Al Din who suggested the below route. I share it with you should you be keen to explore what is on in the East End at the moment.
Victoria proposed a tour that looked at the area’s tastemakers who have helped to shape the East London art scene over the last decade (or longer). Beginning at Parasol Unit, a unique non-for-profit organisation founded in 2002 that stages five in-house exhibitions a year alongside with their Parasolstice initiative and educational programming. Here is a chance to visit the first UK solo exhibition of the African American artists Tschabalala Self, a young rising star of the art world who has recently been signed by the esteemed Pilar Corrias gallery.
The second stop is Seventeen Gallery, where a solo exhibition by British-born Sachin Kaeley is currently on view. The walk to Seventeen Gallery from Parasol Unit is very picturesque following the canal.
From Seventeen continue the tour to Kingsland Road until reaching the last stop, Kate Macgarry gallery. Like Hoyland, Macgarry started her gallery in 2002 after trying her luck as an artist. After a number of years on Red Church Street the gallery moved to their current location on Old Nichol St where they are currently presenting a solo exhibition by Peter Liversidge. The artist is an East London stalwart whose latest solo exhibition playfully features smiling faces within a range of mixed media.