THE W.A.GREEN GUIDE TO SHOREDITCH: ART
Art is an important addition to the W.A. Green lifestyle and we are always on the hunt for the next big thing in the art world. We support a number of local independent artists in our store from James Joyce, Unga from Broken Fingaz, Skeleton Cardboard to Wild Cat Will and Lucy Hutchings. Nevertheless, we also like to support some of the amazing galleries around us too, so if you’re in the market for a new piece of art or print or just wish to take in some culture, head to these galleries in Shoreditch for your art fix.
Jealous is a contemporary gallery, print publisher and printing studio, based just at the corner of Curtain Road. The gallery hosts regular solo and group exhibitions with a number of other prints available to purchase. The gallery is incredibly supportive of upcoming artists and even lends its rooftop space walls to them for colourful murals.
Jealous award ‘The Jealous Prize’ on a yearly basis, producing a limited edition print with selected MA's from London’s main Art Colleges. These editions are then launched commercially at both Jealous galleries (the other being in Crouch End) and at international art fairs.. Grab a print from London’s freshest artists and see your friends turn into green-eyed monsters at your fresh and unique pieces.
Find it: 53 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT
The Pure Evil gallery is run by local street artist Pure Evil, otherwise known as Charlie, and is a small space tucked away on Leonard Street that showcases urban art. Don’t fret, there’s nothing evil going on here but principles and politics are at the forefront of the shop, so expect to see slogan messaging and statement pieces. The gallery hosts art shows every now and then and there’s even a music production studio in the basement.
Find it: 108 Leonard St, London EC2A 4X
Protein Gallery is a concept space, which hosts a rotating-run of exhibitions from a variety of mediums. A large warehouse space provides the perfect backdrop for large format and conceptual pieces. The space has previously hosted brands such as Diesel, Sandqvist, i-D Magazine, It’s Nice That and Magnum Photos. Sign up to their newsletter to keep tabs on the latest going-ons. It's super relaxed so you'll feel comfortable just popping in.
Find it: 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3EY
Rivington Place is a purpose-built visual arts centre in Shoreditch and showcases contemporary visual art shows in its two exhibition spaces throughout the year. Designed by the renowned David Adjaye OBE, the building itself is a wondrous place to visit and with 15,000-square-foot of space, the venue also houses education facilities and seminar rooms. The main mission of Rivington Place though? To profile international issues and perspectives in contemporary art and photography and to lead debate on diversity - an important addition the Shoreditch art scene for sure.
Find it: Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA
The Old Bank Vault
The Old Bank Vault is an exhibition space in Hackney selling fun prints and living goods, fusing bespoke art, high end ‘Made in England’ fashion & contemporary living. The beautiful brick space helps to give the impression of a loft-like abode and the alternative art mediums presented provide an eclectic ambience. Great little stop off if you're visiting Broadway or Columbia Road markets.
Find it: 283 Hackney Rd, London E2 8NA
For more of our top tips on places to visit in Shoreditch , check out our journal for insight into interiors, antiques and more. Don’t forget to also pop in and see us for our own selection of art and interior pieces.