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Toilet Gallery

The Toilet Gallery, a converted public convenience in the heart of Kingston, was founded by Paul Stafford, head of Foundation Studies at the School of Art & Design at Kingston University. It opened to a fanfare in October 2003 with art world super stars Gilbert & George cutting the toilet roll. Its brief was to provide a free and unique exhibition space to recent graduates and young artists as well as giving the local community a chance to engage with contemporary art and it soon gained a reputation for putting on innovative shows.

In July 2009, three graduates under the moniker of Copernicium, and previously of the University’s MA Art & Space course proposed taking on the gallery on a year-long, curatorial/research residency and signed a contract with the trustees to this effect. Dave Loder, Kate Renwick and Patrick Blower, the artists concerned, recognised by means of their own artistic practice that the twelve month residency in the Toilet Gallery should not simply be used to exhibit their own personal work for that period. They acknowledged that there existed a responsibility as artists to engage with the local ... [ Read all ]

Kingston

United Kingdom
Address:
Toilet Gallery Nipper Alley Kingston upon Thames KT1 1 QT
KT1 1QT
Phone: 07807051894
Website: www.copernicium.org.uk


Gallery/Dealer Photos (1)

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Artists Represented

Kate Renwick, Dave Loder, Patrick Blower.


Current Exhibitions

Closed for installation, to re-open 25th February for Event 'Leave your Ego at the Door' and again for exhibition 'Open Road' 3rd March.


Forthcoming Exhibitions


Current – MELT 5 – Restless Suburbia

‘Restless Suburbia’, by DESIRE LINE (Maria Marzaioli & Kate Renwick)

13th -15th August
Saturday – Sunday 12am – 4pm
Private View Friday 13th 6 – 8pm

FICTION:VIDEO:PERFORMANCE:THEREMIN

Toilet Gallery
Nipper Alley
Clarence Street
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1AD


Previous Exhibitions

Preface (October 2009)
Fluxion (November 2009)
Index-mas (December 2009)
[sic]note (January 2010)
With me, with you, with nobody (February 2010)
Open Road (March 2010)


Exhibition Photos (1)

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Submission Policy

Contact 'Copernicium' @ www.copernicium.org.uk


Press Releases



Open Road
3rd – 21st March 2010

In October 2009, the three artists resident at the Toilet Gallery launched a campaign to name the anonymous side-street where the gallery resides. Just four months later, they are proud to announce the council-approved creation of Nipper Alley, named in honour of the dog made famous in the HMV trademark, who lies buried only metres away.

To celebrate the official opening of Nipper Alley, Copernicium are mounting a multi-media exhibition at the Toilet Gallery. Taking the HMV trademark as a starting point, it’s a show of departures. Ranging from a short film shot from a dog’s eye view to a makeshift recording studio and encompassing cartoons, animations made on a iphone, paintings, an installation of vinyl discs and recorded local folklore, it’s a show for all ages. So hit the road and come visit.

Over the course of the exhibition, the public will be invited to use the roentgenizdat recording studio, to record their own songs, stories and local folktales.

An official opening of Nipper Alley with an unveiling of the street sign will be held at 12 midday on 10th March. Please c... [ Read all ]


Location And Getting There

Toilet Gallery
Nipper Alley
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1 QT

1 minutes walk from Kingston Station. ;-)~


Contact-Directors/Staff

krenwick19@aol.com


Opening Times

Varied opening times, due to varied useage.
General times:1pm-6pm Wed-Fri
10am-6pm Sat-Sun