The start of a new year is a pivotal moment to look forward to the year ahead but so too to reflect on the year that’s just been. We’d like to share some of our many highlights from 2016 before launching into the exciting programme of events and exhibitions we have coming up for 2017 at Oxo Tower Wharf.
We welcomed in 2016 in style hosting DAZZLE EXHIBITIONS’ third annual contemporary jewellery selling exhibition in gallery@oxo. Thanks to DAZZLE returning to gallery@oxo for the same period this year, we entered 2017 in a similarly glamorous fashion.
In Bargehouse we kicked off the year with a high-octance drone racing experience for the launch of Syfy series Killjoys. Throughout the year we hosted a range of launches and brand events including Puma’s ‘Tricks’ football boot launch with Thierry Henry and Chang Beer’s new bottle launch.
ART WITH A CAUSE
In 2016 we continued to host an impressive line-up of issue-based exhibitions and events.
gallery@oxo started the year with Leonard Cheshire Disabilities’ Developing Lives followed by Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People and Parkinson’s UK as well as welcoming back National Brain Appeal’s ‘A Letter in Mind’ for the third time, which saw over 1350 visitors this year.
Over the summer, Arthur Laidlaw’s ‘Razed: Syrian Ruins’, examined the destruction of classical buildings in the Middle East through Arthur’s sketches, paintings and manipulated photographs, with all proceeds donated to the White Helmets, a small group of Syrian civilian volunteers who have saved over 50,000 lives over the past years.
Bargehouse also hosted a range of immersive, issue-based events, from Age of No Retirement, to radically rethink the concept of age, to the Disaster Emergency Committee who ran an interactive experience for donors, taking them on the journey from disaster to long term recovery, helping them understand where their money goes in an emergency response.
gallery@oxo and Bargehouse have seen some remarkable photography exhibitions this year. Award-winning photographer, Jim Grover, showcased ‘Of Things Not Seen’ for the first time at gallery@oxo, a photo essay depicting what it’s like to be a Church of England minister in a South London community today. Since his successful show at Oxo Tower Wharf, Jim’s body of work for this particular project has been in high demand. It has been re-exhibited in two more venues and is set to continue to travel to Temple Church Triforium gallery, Edinburgh Cathedral, Oxford University and Chester Cathedral in coming months.
‘Of Things Not Seen’ was swiftly followed by another striking photography exhibition; Steve Hollingshead’s 1001 Days in London, an exhibition/installation of over 1000 black & white photographs taken since the start of the Millennium documenting and celebrating the vast creative wealth London and its people have to offer.
gallery@oxo also saw the ever-popular wildlife photographer Roger Hooper return for summer and with over 18,500 visitors we’re excited for his 10th Anniversary exhibition in Summer 2017.
To coincide with Photo London, in May, we welcomed L A Noble Gallery’s FIX Photo at Bargehouse – the inaugural celebration of contemporary photography in all its forms, which, we are thrilled to announce, will be returning in May 2017.
2016 was a fantastic year for our newest gallery space, G11, thanks to an inspiring and varied programme of exhibitions.
Coin Street Community Builders commissioned Community Consequences for London Festival of Architecture, which also featured a Courtyard installation. Equal Education hosted cultural stigma-smashing LOVE SHOVE and Compassion UK marked UN International Day of the Girl Child with Any Girl, an exhibition exploring the stories of 10 girls living in poverty, which attracted coverage from BBC news, Marie-Claire, Elle and Stylist to name a few.
NEW CREATIVES SEASON
From mid-May until the end of July we hosted our biggest graduate season to date. 10 Universities and art schools descended on Oxo Tower Wharf to showcase the work of 1000s of graduates from courses ranging from Architecture to Costume and Product Design.
See our full New Creatives 2016 round up here.
We’ve got some exciting plans in store for New Creatives 2017 so keep your eyes peeled for the full programme, which is set to land soon.
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
September is always an exciting month in Oxo Tower Wharf’s calendar and 2016 did not disappoint as we took part in London Design Festival celebrations as part of the Bankside Design District. We worked with sofa.com to transform gallery@oxo into the Oxo Design Hub and Designersblock took over Bargehouse with Creative Matters as well as Edition 19 of their collective showcase.
London Design Festival 2016 at Oxo Tower Wharf was a success on all fronts and we are already looking forward to LDF 2017.
See the full LDF 2016 round up here.
MR MEN LITTLE MISS MINI MUSEUM
Perhaps one of the most eagerly anticipated shows of 2016, by fans both big and small, was Mr. Men Little Miss’ pop-up exhibition at gallery@oxo to celebrate the brand’s 45th birthday. The museum, which was designed to be at a child’s scale and featured hundreds of pieces of memorabilia from the past 45 years, amassed a grand total of 10,718 visitors, no doubt thanks to being included in Time Out, Event Magazine, Evening Standard and Londonist listings.
Since November the Courtyard at Oxo Tower Wharf has been lit up with the colourful and mesmerising Mise-en-abyme, brought back to to life by London-based design studio, de Allegri & Fogale after the success of the acclaimed installation at the V&A for the London Design Festival 2015. The sculpture remains on view in the Courtyard until 19 February.
It’s fair to say we have had a wonderful year at Oxo Tower Wharf, filled with exciting and thought-provoking art, design, illustration and photography exhibitions as well as spectacular events. Huge thanks to all of the lovely exhibitors we have worked with over the past year and, of course, to all of our visitors. We look forward to welcoming you in 2017. Take a look at what’s on and keep your eye out for updates.
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