Step inside the art galleries of Chalton Street

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In which we explore a couple of Euston’s lesser known creative hubs


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Chalton Gallery

‘Exchanging ideas, experiences and perspectives.’ Photo: Chalton Gallery
This independent, non-profit art space is dedicated to showcasing contemporary art from the UK and Mexico. Working in collaboration with its sister-space in Mexico City, the gallery is about exchanging ideas, experiences and perspectives from and between the two nations.

“It’s an emerging economy so the art scene is developing rapidly,” says Javier Calderón, director of the gallery. “There is a lot of attention and investment in new art spaces and emerging curators.” It is, it seems, a crucial moment to forge links between the upcoming art scene there and up-and-coming artists here.

Recent exhibition by Guy Oliver. Photo: Chalton
With a focus on experimental art, the immaculate white space acts as a platform for artists at the initial stages of their career, working closely with students from Goldsmiths and the Slade School of Fine Art. The gallery, which has been open for two years, has a constant stream of shows rotating every three to four weeks.

On our last visit the studio space was occupied by a horde of clay hares, CCTV from a train station playing in the corner while sounds of a station blared from the galleries sound system. This was complemented by a series of silk handkerchiefs printed with magnified red hair, in an ode to Boudicca, the Celtic queen.

The space regularly hosts events, including talks on Anglo-Mexican artistic combinations and often collaborates with other Euston businesses, such as The Cock Tavern where they hold performance nights. Open Tues-Sat, 12-6pm, 96 Chalton Street, NW1. More info here.

P21 Gallery

The gallery looks to bridge the gap between the Western and Arab worlds. Photo: P21
This exhibition space displays contemporary Middle Eastern and Arab art. The charitable trust attempts to bridge the gap between the Western and Arab worlds by displaying a range of sculpture, photography, architecture and textiles.

The previous exhibition entitled On Palestine contained a series of photos from the Palestinian villages of 1948 to the occupied West Bank. This was part of the artist and scholar Annie Pfingst’s attempt to portray dispossession and oppression.

Mogadishu 2030, an exhibition in which Somalian artists visualise the future of their nation through art, literature, poetry, music and film launched last week. The two-story venue regularly hosts workshops, lectures, readings and film screenings, while also playing host to a café and reference library.Open Tues, Thurs, Fri 12pm-6pm, Wed 12pm-8pm, Sat 12pm-4pm, 21-27 Chalton Street, NW1. More info here.


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