Over 40 of London’s most esteemed contemporary artists are taking over a formerly deserted historic building for an exciting new multi-disciplinary exhibition, and admission is free.
‘Art in the Age of Now’, overseen by the brilliant curator/artist Ben Moore of Art Below and co-presented by the Lamington Group, includes an extraordinary collection of installations, guest exhibitions, live performance art, talks, readings and screenings. Many of the artworks on show, from upcoming and established creative minds, have been produced during lock-down and are being shown for the first time.
The show will temporarily revive the grade II listed Fulham Town Hall, opening its doors for the first time in a decade, to play host to this major post lock-down art celebration. Next year, the 51,000 sq ft landmark property, which was built in 1890, will be redeveloped into a creative community hub and boutique hotel.
An installation by Joe Rush (of Glastonbury Fame) is transforming the elegant but neglected Victorian Ball Room with an upcycled stage and sculptures made from salvaged materials including F15 bombers and Soviet tanks. In totally contrasting style, a collection of street artists are taking over the basement, whilst the likes of Mr Doodle’s Graffiti Spaghetti grace Hoxton Gallery’s temporary dedicated space.
Ben Moore’s ‘Los Hengeles’, an ambitious astronomically-aligned representation of Stonehenge, involves “a wealth of collaborative creative skill sets incorporating sculpture, lighting, sound”, and follows on from Moore’s other Stonehenge-inspired artworks that include ‘Phone Henge’ (2019), which was made from iPhones.
The beloved Art Wars Stormtrooper helmets, which have now been exhibited across the globe, make an appearance, as do the transformed astronaut helmets of One Small Step, made by the likes of Jake and Dinos Chapman in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.
Partnership with The Net Gallery will mean the exhibition is digitally-mapped for online audiences, whilst Bladesman is creating a series of short documentaries that explore the show on film.
Kicking off with a Private View on 18 May 2021, doors will be open to members of the public who have pre-booked time slots from 20 May to 6 June 2021. Tickets are available here, and the programme and timings can be found on Instagram: @artbelow and @fulhamtownhall.