The 610m2 space, which is located in The Biscuit Factory and launches tonight, has been set up by artist Mark Bean to draw attention to the creative community in London’s SE16 area, says Higginson Hurst co-founder James Hurst.
Hurst adds, ‘There’s a vibrant creative community in SE16 but the artists have to travel to east London if they’re starting out, or west London if they are more established. The gallery will be a reason to come down to the area.’
It is hoped that the gallery will be split into a several spaces, one of which will show more established artists and a number of smaller spaces showcasing the work of emerging talents.
Higginson Hurst will be curating an exhibition of more than 80 screenprints, featuring work from Print Club London’s Secret Blisters exhibitions and graphic art fair Pick Me Up, which was held at London’s Somerset House in April.
Bean, as well as artists Robson Cezar, Jenny Evans, Louise Chapman and Lucy Hutton will also exhibit at the gallery’s opening show.