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This Free Exhibition In Finsbury Park Is Just A Load Of Rubbish

April Curtin April Curtin

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SKIP Gallery makes rubbish look quite the opposite — and its free exhibition, called LOOK AT THIS, is amazing.

London’s coolest new exhibition opens its door to the public today and, according to its curators, it “champions the virtues of a rubbish bin”.

Baker & Borowski have opened this extraordinary show inside the Arts Building – Finsbury Park’s newest and chic-est space for the creative community.

Lee Baker, co-founder of SKIP Gallery, said: “When we saw the vast Arts Building space, our jaws hit the floor and we realised this was going to be something special; a chance to really explore the three year journey of SKIP Gallery.”

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Arts Building X SKIP Gallery opens LOOK AT THIS Exhibition (Photo: Richie Hopson, courtesy of Arts Building)

The art inside these rubbish tips celebrates its origins in Finsbury Park, with seven huge works by some of Britain’s most famous contemporary artists. Two of these works will also be brand new – never seen until now!

Expect absurdist art from David Shrigley, humorous work from Gavin Turk, and a bold, brave and mischievous creation from award-winning, often controversial artist Sarah Maple. These playful pieces of art certainly don’t shy away from having their say.

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Arts Building X SKIP Gallery opens LOOK AT THIS Exhibition (Photo: Richie Hopson, courtesy of Arts Building)

The show is the first of its kind, and SKIP Gallery’s biggest and most ambitious to date, meaning it’s surely worth the visit.

But SKIP Gallery is no newbie to London, having presented Londoners with artworks housed in skips in public locations since 2016.

 

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The thought behind the unusual use of skips is this: skips are everywhere, but they are an overlooked reminder of the throw-away culture of the city, lending a playful irony to the artwork within them.

Who knew skips had such meaning in our lives?

And their power doesn’t stop there. The mobility of the skip means the gallery can exhibit anywhere there is a parking space, bringing unexpected eruptions of art into the everyday urban landscape,
anywhere in the world. Brilliant.

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Arts Building X SKIP Gallery opens LOOK AT THIS Exhibition (📸:Richie Hopson) Courtesy of Arts Building

The gallery has become more than just a mobile exhibition space; connecting artists around
the world through an ongoing programme of collaboration. From Ben Eine, one of the most successful street artists in the world, to Milan’s AS Velasca, ‘the world’s most artistic football
club’, everybody wants to get their art in the bin.

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Arts Building X SKIP Gallery opens LOOK AT THIS Exhibition (Photo: Richie Hopson, courtesy of Arts Building)

Catherine Borowski, co-founder of SKIP Gallery, said: “We’re continuing our trash art mission to turn skips into works of art and places of performance.

“We’re throwing open the Arts Building doors to residents of Finsbury Park and art lovers alike to come view our skips – the first time that 7 skips housing art will be viewed in one single space.”

The Arts Building x SKIP Gallery exhibition is running until September 15, and it’s totally free to attend. If you miss it, you’re trash 🚯

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