Market Road Gallery: Just Add Yourself

Written by: Sophie Taylor

Spirited away from the hubbub of the city, sitting on the bustling boundaries of Islington and Camden, a 65 metre wide gallery resides hidden behind the Attic Self Storage building in Kings Cross.

Market Road Gallery is a newly opened space for everyone to contribute to. It is London’s first bookable open air public gallery.

Everyone, from the neighbourhood cat to a fancy pants established artiste, can create artwork for the space.

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You also have the opportunity to have your say and give feedback on the work displayed to determine what stays longer.

We in turn become the curators, helping to shape how the gallery develops and how it serves the communities it belongs to.

“The brick facade that forms the back of the new Attic Self Storage facility on York Way .. has remained as a derelict and neglected space for far too long. As we occupy this space, we have decided to bring this wall back to life, and make it a vibrant space for resident and artist communities.”

Attic Self Storage Director, Frederic de Ryckman de Betz.

Street artists, local communities and passers by can test their skills and flex their creative muscles on the communal wall. The community minded venture is a team effort between local art school, Central St Martins, local residents and organisations, Attic Self Storage and a whole host of different artists.

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This June sees the gallery’s first steps into the limelight, relying on us to get involved. There will be free paint available on a first-come, first-served basis for anyone who wishes to get involved. Artists can book a space for their works from early June www.marketroadgallery.org where you can choose your desired dates and wall section(s) for your work.

Alternatively it’s possible to visit the Attic Self Storage reception in person and book a space via iPad. Details on where to pick up your paints and access the site will then be sent.

Everyone is encouraged to comment on and rate the art. If you want to give feedback on the works, visit the gallery first on location or peruse the images online come late June. If you have any creative ideas or suggestions for what could appear at Market Road Gallery you are very welcome to put forward your thoughts.

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‘The more suggestions accumulated for a given work or around a specific idea, the more likely it will be acted on.’

Register your interest to paint via marketroadgallery.org.

To offer help, resources or ask questions, email info@marketroadgallery.org

Say hello in person at Attic Self Storage, 270-276 York Way, N7 9PQ

0203 873 9500

“We are committed to making this once neglected facade into a vibrant, interactive space – one that the local community can help to shape.”

Learn more about Central Saint Martins’ CSM Public initiative at University of the Arts London.

The photos depict Brazilian artist and illustrator Caio Beltran working on his contribution this June.

Photos by by Ben Gurr – bengurr@yahoo.co.uk

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