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THE EDIT

IN OUR LIVING ROOM WITH LAURA BARTLETT

 

 

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Laura Bartlett opened her namesake gallery on Bethnal Green's Herald Street in 2005, and has been a firm part of the East End's gallery scene ever since. Both British and international contemporary artists are represented here, such as Cyprien Gaillard, Alex Olson, Lydia Gifford and John Divola, many of whom had their very first exhibitions at the gallery.  We sat down with Laura to find out her favourite places to go and things to do in one of the world's greatest cities of culture. 

  

 

Favourite place to get lost in London?

 

The Victoria and Albert Museum. It has the most wonderful collection of textiles, glass and ceramics.

  

 

Top London tip for tourists?

 

Walk. If you are staying west walk down Portobello market, and visit Holland Park, and if you’re East on a Sunday don’t miss the Columbia Road flower market or the East London galleries - we are all open on Sundays! 

 

 

What’s unique about London’s art scene?

 

It’s incredibly diverse. If you look you can find galleries and project spaces in the most unexpected places.

 

 

 

 

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Favourite exhibition currently running?

 

The Giacometti exhibition at the Tate Modern. 

 

 

You grew up in Notting Hill – what’s your favourite local spot or memory?

 

I grew up just off Portobello Road, and used to love waking up on the morning of the carnival to hear the sound of calypso from my bedroom. 

The fishmonger in Golborne Road is a favourite since childhood, there was always a ropey old seagull sitting opposite it as you walked past who they would leave fish out for at the end of the day.

 

  

What can you tell us about your current/upcoming exhibition at the Laura Bartlett gallery? 

 

Our current exhibition is called “Theriantrophy" and is a group show presenting works by Tom Allen, Eliza Douglas, E’Wao Kagoshima, Koak, Mel Odom and Seth Pick. It will run until 23rd July.