Friday 9th August saw the launch of the 25 Years of Now exhibition at Iron House, a new gallery space in heart of the Jewellery Quarter.
Despite getting hopelessly lost on the way (thanks Google Maps!) and missing out on the free pizza my friend Louise and I managed to get there just before it started getting really busy so we were able to walk round and snap away at our favourite pieces without people blocking our view.
As well as hosting exhibitions the venue offers space for organised events, venue hire, a private bar, self contained office space, and a basement screening room. The look of the gallery with its steel girders and exposed brickwork juxtaposing with white walls is a nod to its industrial heritage.
I love attending private views as it gives you the chance to preview the exhibition, meet the gallery staff and talk to other attendees about the artwork on show. At this event we met King Of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink – Ite (Britain’s most tattooed man) and Tom Hicks the photographer behind Brum Type and Black Country Type. It’s a great opportunity to meet people from online in real life and put faces to the social media accounts.
The exhibition itself features a number of British artists including Gavin Turk, whose ‘Authorised Reflection’ was probably the most popular artwork that evening with attendees due to lending itself to selfies. From the looming ‘Zoe’ by Jason Brooks to the miniature worlds featured in Michael Samuels two installations ‘Bad Moon’ and ‘Beacon’ there’s something on every scale.
I was also drawn to ‘Good News Out of Bad News’ by Leigh Clarke which saw the artist replace posters advertising bad news in the Hackney Gazette with his own uplifting versions. I think it caught my eye first of all as my partner lives in Hackney however I’m also a sucker for a happy narrative.
Here’s a few of my favourite works of art from 25 Years of Now.
Ends 7th September 2019. Free entry. https://iron-house.co.uk/25-years-of-now/