ART NAKED ARTS CURATORIAL & EVENTS PROGRAMME 2014 – 2015 @
A NEW PRIVATE MEMBERS CLUB
NEW VENUE & EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT & INVITATION TO CONSIGN
Dear Artist, I hope 2014 is treating you well so far. I am writing with the good news that, under a new joint venture, my business associate Tani Burns of TBurnsArts and myself have been appointed Art Directors of a new private members club soon to open in the heart of Covent Garden. This we will be doing as part of our newly established arts consultancy, ART NAKED. It is therefore our pleasure to be able to enquire regarding the availability of your artwork for inclusion in a group exhibition at this exclusive new venue. Located opposite the English National Opera on St Martin's Lane, close to Trafalgar Square, the club will be called LIBRARY. Within its fully remodeled premises, designed by 19 Greek Street, Library's uniquely designed interior will conjure a rarefied atmosphere of old-‐world charm within which to set the best of contemporary art in London. The venue will comprise of bars, lounge areas, a restaurant, whiskey and wine room, gymnasium, private function rooms, a terrace and en-‐ suite accommodation -‐ all incorporating the highest quality of service. The soft launch of Library will take place in May 2014, in advance of an official opening later that month. The artwork selection for the opening exhibition will be decided upon over the course of March and April and deliveries of artworks to the club will have arrived at Library at the start of May for arrangement and hanging. The first art-‐collection launch party will take place shortly after the official launch date in mid May. This first curated exhibition is scheduled to hang until late July 2014. PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE OVERVIEW -‐ EXHIBITION 1 (LAUNCH) (Please note that pre-‐opening events, including ‘Hard-‐Hat’ events are separate to this schedule) o Artwork images, dimensions, availability for sale, price etc., to be sent by artists or artists agent / gallery representatives to ART NAKED for consideration no later than Monday 31st March 2014 o If approved: provisional contracts of submission will be sent to artists, completed and returned to ART NAKED o Throughout April: artworks to be physically reviewed by ART NAKED’s curatorial team if necessary o Selection committee decisions will be disclosed individually to artists and/or artists agents during the first weeks of April o High resolution images to be sent to ART NAKED for inclusion in promotional material o Artworks agreed for exhibition will be delivered to Library between fixed dates to be confirmed, provisionally Monday 21st April 2014 o Artworks entering Library premises will be insured under existing cover, at the cost of the management at Library for the duration of their stay o Exhibition hang to take place ahead of Library soft launch o Art Exhibition launch party will take place within the month of May -‐ VIP invitations will be sent to all artists exhibited with additional guest list invitations for RSVP in advance o Take-‐down to occur last week of July unless otherwise pre-‐arranged, exact dates to be confirmed ahead of opening o Artists / agents to collect or arrange re-‐delivery of works not sold upon dates to be confirmed (unless otherwise pre-‐arranged) o All parties to allow small variations in timetabling due to possible change of event scheduling
CURATION & EVENTS ART NAKED’s scope includes the curation of the entire venue -‐ all public rooms, hallways, and private suites. Alongside curation, ART NAKED will host a unique series of intellectually stimulating liberal arts events, to complement the exhibition schedule. These will include exclusive and ticketed talks, performances, screenings, installations and social gatherings. Additionally, ART NAKED will be overseeing members’ interest societies and other in-‐house activities throughout the year. Other original programming in the annual art schedule will include: art collection launch parties with comprehensive media coverage; curator talks; artist interviews; and periodic social events to include introductions and drinks between artists and gallerists, curators and collectors. The programming will include later opportunities for selected artists to be further involved in freshly curated exhibitions at the club and other projects run by ART NAKED. These include -‐ but are not exclusive to -‐ shows hung at Library and other public spaces for the duration of London’s contemporary art week surrounding the FRIEZE art fair (not affiliated). At Library, we are selecting from a broad range of established and emerging contemporary artists whose work will be part of an ongoing series of exhibitions. Our pre-‐programmed curatorial schedule pivots around four separate hangs within the opening year. We are in contact with a network of artists and gallerists and will be looking for work, which is exciting but also fitting with both Library’s aesthetic and ART NAKED ‘s conceptualization for the show. Please see attached information regarding the development of the Library project. Please note these are artist impressions of the space, which is currently undergoing a full reconstruction and interior design, to be completed by mid-‐April 2014. Having reviewed the information regarding the club, if you are interested in submitting for our artists’ shortlist, please note that works must be available for the duration of the hang (late-‐April – late July). Exceptions will however be considered in exchange for similar work in its place or by pre-‐arrangement. Although we are not working with a budget to buy works on Library's behalf, there is flexibility to have works for sale. Chosen works will not be limited by availability for immediate sale and, although this is preferable, they may include existing sold pieces or art not-‐for-‐sale. Our goal is to provide the most suitably curated exhibition. ART NAKED will be managing the sales portfolio onsite at events to promote the exhibition and the venue. Sale and consignment contracts will be sent to artists as appropriate in due course. In appreciation that an artist may already be tied by representation, we will discuss during the selection process an appropriate tailoring of arrangements for the realization of sales of artworks. This may refer to sales within the club premises, those made through introduction at our pre-‐ planned events, or via club members both on and off-‐site. Unless otherwise stated, ART NAKED will be treating hung works agreed available for sale at a standard gallery rate of 50% commission. Other benefits include guest-‐list invitations to opening events and arts programming, as well as further allowances, by appointment, to visit the club with prospective clients and guests. My colleague and I are more than happy to talk this through in further detail via email, over the telephone, or indeed in person should you have any questions. Further information will be supplied as the selection process is carried forward. I look forward to your thoughts. Best wishes, ANDREW HANCOCK Co-‐Founder | Director. ART NAKED +44 (0) 7807452801 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.artnaked.co.uk
CONTACT DETAILS & ADDRESSES: ART NAKED 18 Bishops Court 54 Folgate Street Spitalfields London E1 6UN UK Office: +44 (0) 207 377 5665 Email: email@example.com http://www.artnaked.co.uk ANDREW HANCOCK Co-‐Founder | Director Email: Andrew@artnaked.co.uk Mob: +44 (0) 7807 452 801 TANI BURNS Co-‐Founder | Director Email: Tani@artnaked.co.uk Mob: +44 (0) 7888 731 419 LIBRARY 112 St Martin’s Lane Covent Garden London WC2N 4BD UK +44 (0) 203 302 7912 librarian@lib-‐rary.com http://www.lib-‐rary.com
ABOUT ANDREW ABOUT ART NAKED Andrew Hancock is a UK-‐based artist, curator and journalist. ART NAKED Creative Management Group, a new partnership fusion, is Andrew initially graduated with a B.A. in Art History at Manchester bringing a fresh perspective to immersive art experiences for the University, before concentrating on his own art practice. Later he has discerning cultural consumer. established a parallel approach in his development both as an artist and as a professional within the wider art economy. Andrew draws on this Operating in the sphere of bespoke curatorship and exhibitions, ART experience in his workings, enabling himself to create whilst engaging NAKED places special emphasis on visual arts and social and academic critically within the wider cultural sphere. events programming, incorporating the broader liberal arts and special-‐ interest activities. Working in such prestigious organizations as Manchester City Art Gallery; Christies Auctioneers; White Cube; The Royal Academy of Arts; Frieze; ART NAKED was founded in 2013 by artist and gallerist Andrew Hancock and Saatchi Gallery; Andrew has developed a professional network of and arts and PR consultant, Tani Burns. Having access to an extensive gallerists, artists and art-‐world professionals, as well as an insight into the network of leading artists, creatives, tastemakers, academics and press; dynamic mechanisms of the cultural industries, its patrons, key players ART NAKED brings together the combined experience of two established and consumers. art-‐world professionals and their associates under a new banner. As an artist, Andrew mixes a revolving series of works both in static Initial successes resulted in dynamic visual and multi-‐media exhibition medium and in the conceptual realm. Paintings, documentation and series in central London. In merging carefully selected artistic and installation works, sit within the context of wider conceptual themes conceptual content, presented within unique, eclectic environments for under investigation; as he explores diverse subjects from aesthetics to exhibitions, performances and parties, ART NAKED has presented a new economics and politics to society and the senses, with recurrent themes challenge. The gratifying outcome is in enabling private groups of of the spiritual, the corporeal, the material and the relational. individuals -‐ from international culture-‐followers, to industry-‐insiders, invited artists and client-‐guests -‐ to share in rarified experiences within a Andrew is exhibited both in the UK and internationally. A first London-‐ discrete, entertaining and enlightening cultural atmosphere. based solo exhibition ran through Spring 2013. His work is permanently exhibited as part of the Chinese National Art Collection, and he inhabits ART NAKED will continue to develop carefully choreographed private and several studios across London. Charitable donations often see his work public shows, with a primary focus in delivering intellectually led, raising money at auction for a variety of good causes. Recently Andrew stimulating content to an intelligent audience. has been resident artist in private venues in Covent Garden and is currently exhibited as part of several permanent collections in central London. Andrew is also an elected member of the Chelsea Arts Club. ABOUT TANI ART NAKED @ LIBRARY Tani Burns is a London-‐based consultant across arts, cultural, luxury and leisure. Global brands, world-‐class venues, publishing houses and ART NAKED is working with the management of new private members charitable organizations form much of her experience, alongside an club LIBRARY. A revolving series of exhibitions will be brought to the international network of prestigious artists, galleries, auction houses and exclusive new venue at St. Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London. art fairs. Exhibited artworks will reflect contemporary trends and works by a mix Born and raised in London, Tani unites a distinct knowledge of the city -‐ of leading visual artists, designers and object-‐makers. with all its idiosyncrasies -‐ with an enduring interest in international cultures. Additionally, ART NAKED will be running society events, to bring intellectually stimulating programming content to members and invited Graduating from the University of Warwick with an MA in English guests at LIBRARY throughout 2014. Literature and a BA in English and Latin Literature, Tani’s studies have always run simultaneous to journalism across regional, national and international publications. Her writing has broadly focused on culture, leisure, luxury and travel. Additional to work for the Telegraph, the Independent and the Mail on Sunday, she has written extensively for publications as far as Bangkok, Thailand, and Wellington, New Zealand. Borne from these frameworks, a cumulative network of journalists, gallerists, collectors and thought leaders in the professional worlds of arts and culture has stood her in great stead to support specific needs of a broad spectrum of clients. Tani has created or activated strategies for numerous successful campaigns in recent years, for clients including: Beck’s; ART HK; Positive View Foundation; Blain|Southern; Hus Galleries; All Visual Arts; Prestel Publishing; the Adam Mickiewicz Institute; and Bonhams Contemporary Art. T Burns Arts was established in 2012 as an Arts & PR Consultancy offering clients across arts, culture and luxury sectors the most flexible and holistic service possible, from media / social media relations to exhibition programming, sponsorships, collaborations and sales support. Tani is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.