ABOUT THE GALLERY
INFORMATION FOR ARTISTS
White Box Gallery is a community gallery in Blackheath run by Frances and Graham High. We aim to offer a venue for contemporary artists who wish to gain more visibility by showing original and progressive work. At the same time we wish to provide an informal environment with an ever-changing programme of stimulating work for the local community to enjoy.
White Box Gallery is small in size but is well located, overlooking the Hare and Billet pond and the Heath behind. Canary wharf and the Shard are to be seen beyond the Heath’s big skies across the river to the North and West. The gallery has been in existence since February 2017 and has become a familiar and well-visited feature of the area.
The gallery is open between 11.00pm and 6.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays only. The gallery is invigilated by the artists themselves, typically over four weekends, on a monthly changeover basis. Some artists have opted for shorter periods. The shows are hung and organised by the artists themselves in conjunction with us, the gallery ‘staff’. Artists have the option of opening on other days of the week as arranged with the gallery, or to have an open day on a weekday if they so choose. The space is too small to have a condensed P.V. gathering. Self-invigilation gives visitors the opportunity to engage directly with artists, encouraging a community of art lovers to grow around the gallery.
The gallery issues a newsletter every month which gives advance notice of the next three months shows. Artists may send proposals for showing at the White Box at any time but it may be better to approach the gallery for our ‘Notes to Artists’ to find out more about the gallery and how it works.
In general our artists are chosen based on strength of ideas and quality of work. We also like to show work of as wide a variety as possible so as to provide a broad and surprising programme.
To date we have shown paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, installations, jewellery, assemblages and multi-media works. We are not a commercial gallery in the sense that sales are not the only objective. This leaves us, and the artists, free to show experimental and challenging work. Most artists, however, will want the opportunity to sell, and so they should be aware of the price ranges that have come to be expected by our visitors to previous shows.
A show at White Box Gallery is an opportunity for early to mid-career working artists, who are not regularly represented by a gallery, and who wish to present a show of their current practice.