With galleries finally allowed to open their doors again, there's one Kensal Rise space that's aiming to make art more accessible for all while showcasing the works of exciting emerging artists.
Wilder Gallery is an independent art gallery which launched its website in December 2020 and finally opened the doors in April. Since launching during lockdown the gallery has hosted online exhibitions on their website showcasing the works of exciting emerging artists and fundraising for charitable organisations such as The Trussell Trust, Cancer Research UK, Mind Charity and The Brain Tumour Charity.
Not just set on raising money for some great causes, they have also exhibited an impressive list of sought after and exciting emerging artists including James Owens, Amy Beager, Olivia Sterling, Catherine Repko, Beth Rodway, Eleanor Watson, Sophie Vallance Cantor among many other fantastic talents.
Founded by Michelle Lee Medjeral-Thomas, an expert curator with over 10 years of industry experience, Wilder Gallery wants to put their own spin on the traditional gallery model. Wilder Gallery believes in transparency and accessibility. They want to make art accessible to all and encourage a new generation of conscientious collectors. As such, Wilder Gallery supports collecting art with a conscience and a percentage of profits will continually be fed back into charitable and community projects that support social and environmental concerns.
All art within the gallery is accessible and affordable with pieces starting from £150. Each artwork in the gallery is eligible to buy with 10 interest free installments to try to break down the misconception that buying art can be an intimidating and expensive process and is reserved for the wealthy. Wilder Gallery works with Own Art on this, which is a national initiative that makes buying contemporary art and craft affordable by providing interest-free loans for the purchase of original work. Own Art can be used to buy artworks priced between £100-2,500 and in some cases up to £25,000. By breaking down the price into 10 easy direct debit payments clients can buy the work they love in a more manageable way and support the next generation of talented emerging artists.
The gallery is both child and dog friendly and wants to shed the stuffy image that can often be associated with the art world and its exclusivity. Michelle says, “it’s important to me how the local community responds to the space, we have an open door policy and I would love everyone to feel welcome to come in and engage with the art”.
The exhibitions will run on a three week cycle in the physical space with more frequent online exhibitions running concurrently on their website. Again a break from the norm which means throughout the year the gallery will be able to host a wealth of artists.
The current show is After Hours, a solo exhibition by acclaimed Greek artist Vasilis Avramidis and is on now until 5 June 2021. He is a contemporary master of his craft, skillfully and delicately constructing imagined landscapes that live in between the genres of landscape and still life. Created between 2020-2021, Wilder Gallery presents a series of seven new oil paintings that are the culmination of an exploration and reintroduction of colour into Vasilis’ recent monochrome work but also bear witness to a playful approach to juxtaposition of form.
Online they are showing ‘Between Six & Seven’ new watercolor monotypes by Eleanor Watson with 30% of sales donated to The Brain Tumour Charity.
The next exhibition features new works by recent Royal College of Art graduates Catherine Repko and Anne Carney Raines. Online they will be showing works on paper by highly sought after artist, Amy Beager.