Join us on Wednesday 30th January, 6-8pm, to celebrate our expansion and the last exhibition in the Kings Cross gallery.
Sid Motion Gallery is entering an exciting new chapter. After a successful two and a half years in Kings Cross, we are moving to a new, larger space with a fresh and ambitious programme, including a number of off-site projects and art fairs as well as a continuation of its strong exhibitions and events. The gallery is also delighted to announce a roster of represented artists for the first time.
Following the success of Sid Motion Gallery in Kings Cross, in March 2019 we will relaunch in a larger exhibition space in South Bermondsey. The new location is situated at the centre of a community of galleries and practising artists, allowing interesting collaborations and developments, while the gallery continues to extend its reputation for curating an exhibition programme that supports and promotes a range of fresh, vibrant artists working in different media.
It is an honour to announce the gallery’s first represented artists: Vincent Hawkins, Dafna Talmor and Morgan Wills.
The new space will open with a two-person exhibition by Sue Kennington and Fleur Simon, and the gallery will be taking part in Photo London in May 2019. More art fairs and external projects are planned for the end of the year. A public programme of talks and events will continue to run alongside each exhibition, allowing the artists to discuss their work and to introduce a forum for conversation, education and development.
Sid Motion Gallery
24a Penarth Centre
Hong Kong artist Yin Yi Fung creates sculptures from materials like brick, metal, clay and ice, with the intention that they eventually self-destruct naturally by melting, rusting or eroding. These ephemeral, pastel-hued pieces sit alongside visceral paintings by Rikki Turner in Sid Motion Gallery’s current exhibition; both artists make use of the organic in their work and explore how art can exist in urban landscapes. While you’re there, don’t miss the gallery’s new Drawing Room too: a space with forest green walls on which hangs new work by artists who have previously exhibited at Sid Motion.
The gallery is delighted that Nathan Eastwood’s solo exhibition at Sid Motion Gallery is featured in ‘The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting’, published in September 2018.
The publication includes paintings of 40 British contemporary artists discussed through 40 national and international solo exhibitions.
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‘The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting’ considers and celebrates the work of forty artists whose practices have been defining Britain’s contribution to current painting on the national and international stage. The anthology documents forty solo exhibitions in public museums and galleries, as well as in commercial, independent and artist-led spaces, both in Britain and abroad, during 2017. The publication presents around 160 images, including installation views from many of these exhibitions.
“Now two years old, Sid Motion Gallery has become a hub to find new talent – from absurd portraits of millennial life to lensing the dark side of the American dream, Claire Marie Healy delves into some of the most exciting names to know now”
The gallery is delighted to have 4 artists featured in the Summer issue of KX Quarterly, which was a supplement of The Sunday Times on 1st July 2018.
In celebration of the two new series by Jo Dennis exhibited by Sid Motion Gallery at Photo London 2018, please read in full here an exploration of Jo’s practice and these new works. Written by Liz Jobey in the FT Magazine, 18th May 2018.
Sharing its title with the current exhibition ‘Play on Repeat’ is a series of podcasts, in collaboration with dateagleart, that interviews the artists in the exhibition; Louis Caulfield, Morgan Wills and Alice Irwin.
Sid Motion, Gallery Owner
Though her eponymous gallery has been open but a moment in art world years (since last June, to be exact), Sid Motion is already garnering unfettered praise as a gallerist. Makes sense, given that she’s long been known as one of London’s young curators to watch. Located in an old betting shop in King’s Cross, Sid Motion Gallery’s success is, of course, a testament to Motion’s talents. Still, she remains characteristically humble. “There seems to be real excitement for the artists I am working with and it is so great to be part of their development,” she says
“I guess I’m trying to have my cake and eat it; I’m being two types of artist at once.” Roland Hicks creates his own unique blend of photorealism with unnerving reproductions of mundane objects and industrial materials.
Read AnOther magazine’s interview with Sid Motion, on the current exhibition “Inner Landscapes”. The feature explores each artist’s practice and how they produced the work appearing in the show, which runs from the 27th April- 2nd June 2017.
British artist Jo Dennis, whose solo show ‘Matter out of Place’ was on view at Sid Motion Gallery from 19 January – 24 February 2017, spoke in conversation with Rodrigo Orrantia and Sid Motion on 8th February 2017, at the gallery.
Jo Dennis (b 1973, UK) graduated from a BA in Fine Art and Contemporary Critical Theory from Goldsmiths College, London in 2002.
Dennis has exhibited internationally. Recent exhibitions include Cropped Up at AMP Gallery, UK; Acca Atelier at Galfa 20, Italy; Working from Home at AMP Gallery (for Artlicks Weekend), UK; and a solo booth at The Others Art Fair, Truman Brewery, UK. Dennis’ work has been included extensively in group exhibitions including at the ICA and The Royal Academy of Arts, in London.
Rodrigo Orrantia is an art historian, consultant and curator who specialises in photography and moving image. Rodrigo is interested in photography as an expanding field, exploring its connections with film, sculpture, text, sound and localised performance in his many projects, exhibitions and publications.
The conversation was moderated by gallerist Sid Motion.
Nathan Eastwood will speak in conversation with Matt Price, an independent art publisher, editor and curator on Thursday 6th April from 6.30pm.
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Nathan Eastwood’s paintings come across as snapshots of everyday life in England, because that is exactly how they came to fruition: Eastwood would take photos on a phone and work from these images to create his atmospheric paintings. Scenes in launderettes, a queue at a food bank and a man glancing at a ticket before walking through a doorway all make for remarkable subject matter, many crafted in monochrome and all with immense detail, and viewing that feels at once inclusive and voyeuristic. Sid Motion Gallery is still a young venture, in an area of London undergoing exciting regeneration, rendering Eastwood’s observations of English life especially prescient.
Jo Dennis, whose solo show is on view at the gallery from 19 January – 24 February 2017, will speak in conversation with Rodrigo Orrantia, an art historian and curator specialising in photography and the moving image, and Sid Motion on Wednesday 8th February at 7pm.
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Paul Housley, who’s current exhibition Factory to Palace is on view at Sid Motion Gallery (until 23rd December 2016), spoke in conversation with the author, Columnist at the Financial Times and Editor at large, The Art Newspaper Melanie Gerlis last night. Thank you to all those who joined us for their engaging discussion. It was a wonderful chance to hear Paul speak first hand about his new works in the exhibition.
“Only 4 months ago the artistic manager of Photo London, Sid Motion, opened her eponymous gallery in a former betting shop near King’s Cross focused on modern art and photography. However, the place has become a key destination in the contemporary art scene in the capital. The director, of only 28 years old, wants to create a space to show what interests the real artists and make visitors questions asked and discussed. Until November 5th you can attend the show Francesca Longhini and Michelle Conway, where they explore the issue of existence and contemporary life in urban spaces through painting, sculpture and photography.”
Read AnOther magazine’s ‘Beginner’s Guide to Opening an Art Gallery’, an interview with Sid Motion on how she set up her new gallery, as well as a step by step guide for those thinking of doing the same:
The currently exhibiting artist, Morgan Wills, spoke in conversation with the writer and curator Sacha Craddock at the gallery on Wednesday 7th September. Their conversation explored Wills’ work in more depth, touching upon his references and influences.
Morgan Wills and the writer and curator Sacha Craddock will speak in-coversation on Wednesday 7th September | 6.30pm – 9pm
Morgan Wills is currently exhibiting his first solo show, 12 Conversations, at Sid Motion Gallery. Morgan will speak in conversation with the independent art critic, writer and curator Sacha Craddock on the 7th September, from 6.30pm. The talk will start at 7pm.
Sacha Craddock has been Chair of the Board of New Contemporaries and the selection process since 1996, she has been familiar with Wills’ work since he was selected to exhibit at New Contemporaries in 2015. The conversation at the gallery will explore being a young artist showing in a commercial gallery for the first time, and how the work has progressed in the early years of Wills’ practice.
Morgan Wills (born 1992) studied Painting at Wimbledon College of Art, graduating in 2014. His previous exhibitions include ‘Sorry About Last Night’, at The Washington, Sheffield; ‘Versions’, at Benevolent Association of Excellent Solutions, London; Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2015, at ICA, London and Backlit Gallery, Nottingham; MK Open, at MK gallery, Milton Keynes, and ‘Assembly’ at Triangle Gallery, London. Wills was shortlisted in 2014 for the HIX Award, shown at CnB Gallery, London.
We were delighted to welcome many people to the launch of the gallery on Wednesday 8th June. Sid Motion Gallery is now open, with the group exhibition ‘What’s it going to be?’, a painting show including the works of Damien Meade, Vincent Hawkins, Sophie Mackfall, Lawrence Corby and Kate Hawkins.