A permanent gallery dedicated to showcasing the work of graffiti and urban artists opens tonight in London’s Shoreditch.
The Art Lounge, set up by urban art collectors’ group Urban Angel, occupies a 185m2 space over a ground floor and basement on Redchurch Street in EC2.
Graffiti artist Ben Eine, known in east London for his lettering work on shop shutters, has painted the gallery’s ground-floor shutters with the words Art Lounge.
Urban Angel managing director Andrew Blumson is designing the space on a budget of about £20 000. The ground floor, which opens tonight, features wooden floors, white walls, 1970s leather sofas and track lighting. The basement level will open in March.
The gallery is to offer its visitors free wine, beer, Red Bull and coffee, as well as Wi-Fi connection, all year round. There is no entrance fee.
‘Most galleries you go into can be quite intimidating unless you know the art scene, but we are very approachable, and want to create a friendly, warm place for people to enjoy,’ says Blumson.
The gallery’s debut exhibition, Two, features new works by nine urban artists including Remi/Rough, Inkie, Holly Thoburn and Case.
Urban Angel is eyeing Dubai and Los Angeles as locations for further Art Lounges.