Sluice__ is an art initiative run by an artist, a curator and an educationalist.
Sluice__ was formed as a provocation and foregrounds criticality as a central concern.
Sluice__ strategically adopts structures in order to showcase artist, curator and emergent discourse, projects and galleries.
Artist run galleries and projects as sites of communication
The network in-and-of-itself as manifestation of the desire to communicate
Artist/curator-run initiatives and the broader arts ecology
The internal interaction of the network on a local, national and international level
The external interaction of the network on a local, national and international level
Systems of inter-connectivity of the self organising arts community
The sustainability of the grassroots
The grassroots relationship to institutionalism
The network as seen from a social capital perspective
Participation as collaboration
Fluid nature of autorship in the artist/curator run context
Exhibition as artwork
Organisation as artist
The inaugral edition of Sluice was borne of a desire to present a counter to the predominant model of the art fair. To focus on galleries and projects that focus on the business of making art over the art of business. Sluice 2011 included fifteen galleries and was held in a 300 sq m venue in Mayfair.
The second edition of Sluice included thirty=seven galleries, including a much broader regional focus and international offering. Sluice__2013 was held in a 600 sq m venue in Bermondsey.
Every second year Sluice__ stages a fundraising auction to enable us to continue programming ambitious events.
Director / Karl England
Director / Ben Street
Associate Curator / Charlie Levine
Production Manager / Paul Cole
Photos / Laura Mott
Trustees / Lindsay Friend
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