Half Moon Studio is having an exhibition in a rather special setting – at the Rectory Gallery in Spitalfields. This is the result of a collaboration between Andy Rider, Rector of the historic Hawksmoor Christ Church and Jill Hutchings of the Curwen Gallery in Fitzrovia, to show contemporary art within a period setting. The exhibitions are organised by the Curwen and are aimed at supporting interesting and fresh art projects.
The Rectory (at 2, Fournier St, London E1 6QE) is a largely original 1720″s Hawksmoor building and the gallery is in the panelled Georgian reception rooms on the ground floor. Through an impressive doorway, is a grand hallway with a magnificent staircase, leading upwards to a private living area, and downwards to the church office. On the left are two sitting rooms, now transformed into one long open gallery space, yet retaining their Georgian splendour and atmospheric traces of a domestic space.
As this is the Rector’s private home, it is only open by appointment, outside of the PV’s and First Thursdays.
First Thursdays is a route through the East End of art events and gallery tours on the first Thursday of every month and as our exhibition is on for two months, we have two, on 6th June and 4th July 1-9pm).
If you can’t do any of these dates and would still be interested in coming along for a viewing, please make an appointment with the Curwen Gallery, by phoning 020 7323 4700 or by emailing [email protected].
In any case, I will be there for the Private View this Sunday afternoon (19th May 2-4pm). Please come along and say hello!