Looking for a gallery in London

Last year I spent a day in London checking out galleries in preparation for the current Mail Me Art project. I decided it was best to do London on foot, as you never know what you’re missing if you hop from place to place on the tube. I must have checked out over 30 galleries, some of them were amazing and some not so much… I even got shooed out of one or two. It was a very tiring day! But I did get to stop for a very nice lunch with the talented Rod Hunt.

I’ve meet up with Rod a couple times now and it’s always a pleasure. I even did an LCS interview with him a while ago. He’s been helping plan ICON8 and it looks like they’ve finally settled on an amazing location (Portland) for it, after what I assume were a number of very lengthy meetings. I’m hoping I can go, but it’s a long way to travel from little old Britain, although I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Closer to home we’re hoping to be able to make it to OFFSET 2013 in Dublin during April. The last one we went to was 2011, plus I have family in Ireland.

Getting back to my London visit, it was well worth the effort! I would have never have found the gallery I did if I hadn’t been there in person. London is so dense, it’s always so tempting to skip bits and just check out the landmarks. You really need to take your time and take it all in while you’re there as you never know what’s round the next corner, plus stopping every five minutes for a coffee helps too. While I was there I meet some lovely people, had some nice food and finally settled on The Framers Gallery in Windmill Street as my gallery of choice. It ticked all of the boxes and then some. So that’s where Mail Me Art is going be this year!

Darren Di Lieto

Darren Di Lieto is the founder and editor of The Little Chimp Society. He created the LCS in 2005 as an illustration news portal to promote the illustrators and artists who bring joy to our everyday lives. Since then the LCS has grown into a publisher, hosting provider and events organiser.