Tucked away near Old Street lies Beers London, a gorgeous open gallery devoted to working with contemporary artists. The gallery dedicates itself specifically to work exploring thematic, aesthetic and political concepts. It upholds a thriving international art fair schedule, in which highly regarded fairs such as Artissima in Torino, Italy and Zona Maco in Mexico City are involved. Indeed, Beers London is very much making its mark, as the gallery was listed in Blouin Media's '500 Best Galleries Worldwide' and in 2015 Director Kurt Beers was included in ArtLyst's 'Alternative Power 100’. Not bad for a gallery that opened in 2010.
The venue runs an exciting programme of contemporary art throughout the year. Until the 19th August, Beers London is presenting O Canada!, an exhibition which coincides with the countries 150th birthday. The exhibition features work from Canadian artists such as Andy Dixon, Thrush Holmes and Andrew Salgado. As the gallery itself began with pop-up exhibitions in Vancouver in 2008, the exhibition is as much a homage to its roots as it is to Canada itself, with director Kurt Beers (who is himself Canadian) taking the helm.
O Canada! features a range of emerging, mid-career and established artists. The 11 artists involved work across a range of styles, approaches and mediums, however, the exhibition aims find commonalities between these artists focussing only on their heritage, exploring the cultural consciousness and traditional aesthetic within their own collective. Do your roots always affect your work no matter how far you travel? Above all, however, the exhibition is a celebration of Canadian contemporary art from all corners of the globe, whilst tackling issues such as land, identity, culture and politics.
The exhibition will run until the 19th of August. You will find more information here.