EXHIBITIONS AT NOW GALLERY
My Head is a Jungle
23 Jul – 31 Oct 2021
NOW Gallery’s Young Artist Commission for 2021, My Head Is A Jungle sees Birmingham-born illustrator Manjit Thapp transform the exhibition space into a three-dimensional maze-like structure, with a large fluorescent red sun hanging above. From overgrowing thoughts, tangled feelings, suppressed fears and wild growth, Thapp’s work creates a fragmented narrative, acting like pages in a diary and documenting the contemporary female experience.
RETURN TO SLYGO
18 May – 4 Jul 2021
Regarded as one of the UK’s most pioneering young fashion designers, Nicholas Daley is known for his use of beautiful woven fabrics and fine tailoring.
For NOW Gallery’s 2021 Fashion Commission, Daley has transformed the exhibition space into an immersive, multi-sensory installation that celebrates the coming together of his multicultural Jamaican-Scottish roots with his passion for music.
Intended as a welcoming space for the local community and visitors alike to come, slow down and dwell, the exhibition is a marriage of his three core values of community, culture and craftsmanship.
Planar 1/1 at NOW Gallery
4th – 3rd Dec 2020
Major artists customise Rega Planar 1 turntables for humanitarian aid charity Help Refugees.
Bid on one of a kind turntables by Sir Paul Smith, Morag Myerscough, Alison Goldfrapp, Haroon Mirza, Rana Begum & more.
The return of Planar 1/1 is sure to delight art collectors and record enthusiasts around the world. Using a white Rega Planar 1 as a canvas, each artist has pushed the boundaries of the open brief, repurposing and reconditioning the turntable into a novel piece of art.
Sir Paul Smith and Morag Myerscough have used acrylic to create turntables featuring their signature bright patterns. British artist Haroon Mirza has incorporated lighting into his design in homage to Gysin and Burroughs’ Dreammachine in his turntable ‘A Dreammachine of Sorts’, while Tony Hung, who has previously used neon for Blur’s 2015 album Magic Whip, has used the material in his unique design, ‘3 A.M. Somewhere Out of Beaumont’.
Secret 7” at NOW Gallery
14 Oct – 1 Nov 2020
Secret 7” is a much-loved anonymous charity record sale, featuring original sleeve artwork. The records are created by pressing seven iconic tracks onto 7” vinyl, with each track being limited to just 100 copies. Each copy is sold with a unique piece of sleeve artwork, with the identities of their creators kept secret until the records are in their new owners’ hands. Installed at Now Gallery, the seventh and final Secret 7” exhibition includes 700 one-of-a-kind 7” singles, being sold in support of Help Refugees. The Secret 7” tracks for 2020: Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead; Bob Dylan – Blind Willie McTell; Foo Fighters – This Is A Call; Koffee – Toast; Miles Davis – Miles Runs the Voodoo Down; The Internet – Come Over; & Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall.
Slice of Time Emmanuelle Moureaux
5 Feb – 19 Apr 2020
Emmanuelle Moureaux has been seducing audiences with her colourful installations from Paris to Tokyo. NOW Gallery, as part of its on-going Design Commission, selected Moureaux to present a large-scale installation in the UK for the first time. Inspired by the gallery’s location on the Greenwich Peninsula, near to the Meridian, marking time and composed of layers of numbers in 100 shades of colours and white, the installation expresses the flow of time.
ABOUT NOW GALLERY
NOW Gallery is a public exhibition space for contemporary art, fashion, design and photography on Greenwich Peninsula, South East London.
A permanent, free gallery designed by Marks Barfield Architects, which features work from established and emerging artists, designers and creative practitioners. A key feature of NOW’s artist interventions is their immersive nature. The glass facade frames this seven meter high space, creating a window into an artistic world.
The gallery presents three solo shows a year. These commissions have so far featured fashion designers Richard Malone, Charles Jeffrey, Molly Goddard; and Glasgow based artists Laura Aldridge and James Rigler alongside designers Studio Morison, Camille Walala, and Fred Butler. Two further exhibition strands are curated by Kaia Charles; Human Stories– an annual photographic series exploring social themes and NOW Gallery’s Young Artist exhibition which has most recently featured Hattie Stewart.
‘NOW Gallery acts as the catalyst with exhibitions responding to the continuously evolving Greenwich Peninsula site. Fashion designers, designers, and artists create exhibitions which are playful, inspiring and bring our unconventional gallery space to life. How design can become art and how artists can create design is our preoccupation.’
– Jemima Burrill