women series - sid motion gallery
as the host venue of our final launch event back in november, we couldn't help but write about sid. we're slowly figuring out our women series and what we want it to be. in our last post on this subject, we met meg over at one field farm. she had an idea: she took on a field and grows larger than life produce for her local community. who said she has to grow 1.3 million cauliflowers (I made that up), transport them half way around the world, throw away the aesthetically less appealing goods just to make 'a business'. She runs her own business.
sid falls into this category too but in a completely different field (apologies for the pun). she set up a gallery in what was then an up-and-coming area of London. she took a lease on an old bookies, in what was once a red light district, stripped it and turned it into a beautiful space. light shines down through the sky light that she uncovered in her fit-out.
she wanted to do something different too. she does not represent artists. she didn't want to tie any artist to her 'books'. she wanted to build relationships with a wide range of artists, younger, older, emerging and established. she wanted to create a space for collaboration and discussion whilst not holding anyone back who may have wanted more flexibility. her relationships with the artists are built on trust – even after exhibitions some artists have continued to support her by cutting her into deals when approached directly by clients who have seen their work in her shows. if any artist is showing work in her gallery, she acts as their middleman, or middlewoman, (interestingly, middleman is in the dictionary and middlewoman isn’t) so artists are protected when working with her.
maybe this series is about women working in a different way – challenging structures, expectations and accepted demands.
sid motion gallery
current exhibition: Play on Repeat
a group show including works by louis caulfield, alice irwin & morgan wills
18th january 2018 - 17th february 2018