Have tea with David Shrigley

David Shrigley is taking over London restaurant Sketch, as part of an ongoing programme of ‘artist-conceived restaurants’ at the venue.


Shrigley’s residency will see him install 239 new works on the restaurant walls.

But the artist hasn’t stopped at the restaurant walls. As Sketch says, ‘Shrigley has understood the dining room as an auxiliary space.’

Working with tableware brand Caverswall, Shrigley has created a set of his own ceramic plates, teacups and teapots.

Shrigley says, ‘It will be the first artwork that I have made that can go in the dishwasher. It will be very clean artwork. Clean artwork is good artwork, in my opinion.’


Chef Pierre Gagnaire, meanwhile, has come up with a new menu to accompany the Shrigley set.

The Gallery at Sketch has been refurbished by Paris-based architect and designer India Mahdavi, who has created a backdrop for Shrigley’s artwork.

She has updated the design with an all-over pink on the walls and velvet-covered custom-made furniture.

In addition, fashion designer Richard Nicoll has been enlisted to create bespoke uniforms for the Gallery restaurant staff to wear. For the girls, the design is a play on Nicoll’s signature T-shirt dress silhouette; for the boys, a smart, grey boiler-suit.


The David Shrigley Sketch takeover will open for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner on 6 June 2014.

The project follows artist Martin Creed’s restaurant commission at Sketch in 2012.

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