The London Gallery weekend ends on a excessive observe with a brand new Efficiency Artwork Fee

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The second edition of London Gallery Weekend, which has now established itself as the largest gallery weekend in the world with 150 galleries taking part, came to a successful close on Sunday 15 May, with tens of thousands of visits to participating galleries recorded over the course of the three were -day event. The packed program of public events drew collectors, curators and the art-loving public in a city-wide celebration of London’s vibrant gallery scene, and included performances, lectures, tours and children’s activities, as well as exhibitions of big international names and emerging talent in galleries across the capital – some of the most prestigious international galleries to the latest emerging art spaces with a host of new entrants.

Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, said:
“I am delighted with the success of the second edition of London Gallery Weekend, which cements London’s status as a global arts hotspot. The impressive attendance is a testament to the strength of this free showcase of the amazing galleries we have in the capital.”

That year, London Gallery Weekend launched its first performative public arts commission, drawing hundreds of people to each of the three performances over the course of the weekend. Developed in collaboration with public arts commissioners UP Projects and an independent selection panel, Mandy El-Sayegh was the recipient of this year’s commission, performing her work The Minimum to audiences in the various focus areas of Central London, South London and East London.

“As an artist, it was an incredible opportunity to show my work outside of a gallery space and to people who wouldn’t normally see my work. Each of the public spaces where we showed the work had a completely different vibe and attracted very different communities to see the performances. Being able to step out of the conventional “white cube” environment is important and valuable to me, and it was great to get a sense of how this accessibility to my work can encourage people to step into the gallery context as well. I am so grateful to everyone who made this possible and my staff.”
Mandy El Sayegh

“The wonderful response from the visiting public, the UK museum sector and the participating galleries is a testament to the tremendous effort by everyone involved to make London Gallery Weekend such a success. It is incredibly rewarding to have achieved this edition’s aim of deepening our audience engagement in both the public domain and the art world, through our initiative of bringing together curators and museum directors from across the UK to engage with the London gallery community , and our performance commission serves to raise the public profile of London Gallery Weekend.”
Founder and Director Jeremy Epstein and Co-Director Sarah Rustin

“London Gallery Weekend has quickly become an integral part of the capital’s art scene. It is a valuable platform to support artists and galleries showcasing their work. We had a tremendous frequency this year and really enjoyed taking part.”
Maureen Paley, Founding Director, Maureen Paley

“As first-time attendees at London Gallery Weekend, we were delighted to see so many new visitors to our gallery discovering us as a result. This was a beautiful opportunity to feel part of a city-wide, collaborative gallery ecosystem and reaffirmed the importance of this initiative in connecting people from across the UK to London’s incredible gallery scene.”
Sofia Carriera Wham and Imme Dattenberg-Doyle, Directors, Doyle Wham

“We’ve had excellent footfall during London Gallery Weekend and particularly South London Focus Day, which is where we are. It’s a very special initiative for galleries in London because it’s the only occasion in the annual calendar done by galleries for galleries and with the breadth of outreach to patron groups, curators and museums I think this is the start of a is an initiative that could eventually trump other events throughout the year. As well as initiating sales and highlighting our program at Bosse & Baum, which has done very well, it has also been an opportunity for us to support our colleagues and connect with colleagues in London.”
Alexandra Warder, Bosse & Baum

“London Gallery Weekend was once again a huge success, drawing crowds from all corners of the UK. Pace celebrated the opening of Robert Nava’s first UK show with a live performance by Thurston Moore and Pat Thomas. The response to our program was enormous and shows the exceptional commitment of the London art scene.”
Elliot McDonald, Vice President, Pace

“It has been a fantastic weekend for us, with patronage engagement and attendance exceeding our wildest dreams. We visited several London institutions as well as curators from institutions outside London. The sale was also imminent so overall a very happy experience for us. Thank you LGW and Sadie Coles HQ for everything!”
Amrita Jhaveri, Director, Jhaveri Contemporary – Participant in Conversations on Tomorrow at Sadie Coles HQ, a collaborative exhibition of four Indian galleries

Curators from the 18 regional museums and galleries receiving grants from London Gallery Weekend’s first partnership with ArtFund were also present. As part of the initiative – which aims to strengthen ties between London’s galleries and the UK’s regional institutions – curators from Aberdeen Archives, Gallery and Museums traveled to London; Falmouth Art Gallery; Modern Art Gallery (GoMA), Glasgow; Humber Street Gallery, Hull; Live Borders Museums and Galleries, Galashiels; Manchester Museum; MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; Nottingham Contemporary; Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance; Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro; City of Southampton Art Gallery; The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum; Temple Newsam House, Leeds; The Hunterian, Glasgow; The Tetley, Leeds and York Art Gallery.

“Having worked in both the commercial and public sectors of the art world, I have been really impressed by the way LGW is making connections between London’s commercial galleries and institutional curators, especially those outside of London. This is a really important gap that LGW has identified.”
Niru Ratnam, Founder and Director of Niru Ratnam Gallery

“After two challenging years for museums and galleries, London Gallery Weekend was a welcome celebration of the British arts scene. The experience was invaluable, not only for the opportunity to immerse myself in the London gallery scene for 72 hours, but also to connect with art professionals in London and the UK. I would like to thank London Gallery Weekend and the Art Fund for inviting me to such a memorable event which I hope to see again next year!”
Heather Carroll, Exhibitions and Events Manager, The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

“The program was imaginative and engaging, bringing together a cohesive weekend for diverse galleries and projects. Support for regional curators was invaluable as I would not have been able to attend without such an invitation. This facilitated many meetings, discussions and networking with artists and gallerists – both regional and based in London. This will lead to future opportunities for collaboration and partnership between our artists and audiences.”
Georgia Taylor Aguilar, Exhibitions and Artist Development Curator, The Tetley, Leeds

“The travel grant supported by the Art Fund and London Gallery Weekend enabled me to spend an amazing 3 days in London, with visits to around 25 galleries and museums (nearly 30 shows!), 2 studio visits and 2 performances in addition to the social events for Networking. The energy of the weekend was felt through the exhibitions, performances, studio visits and people I met. With the daily programs it felt exciting to be able to navigate areas of London I had never been before, leaving behind a series of highlights each day. I look forward to London Gallery Weekend 2023.”
Katie Bruce, Producer and Curator, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow

Visitors could use the relaunched website, designed and built by London arts technology company Artlogic, to plan their customized itinerary around the city based on their gallery and exhibition preferences. For the first time, users were also able to download a series of specially curated routes from leading figures in the art world and notable Londoners, including fashion designer Simone Rocha, artists Jane & Louise Wilson, Barbican curator Eleanor Nairne and Institute of Contemporary Arts director Bengi Ünsal, actress Naomie Harris, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries Justine Simons OBE, and fellow artists Robbie Williams & Ed Godrich.

“LGW has already proven that it is, and will be, a regular fixture on London’s annual arts calendar. It has real appeal for galleries and collectors alike, and the Friends of LGW program offers unique experiences. We look forward to LGW 2023!”
Matt Symonds, collector