In the fourth edition of “Office Sessions”, a London-based art and community project founded and directed by Caitlin Mavroleon, “Office Sessions IV: Beak Street” opens on 28 July 2015 and ends 6 August 2015. Over 60 artists exhibit their work in an abandoned office space, with art practice ranging from sculptural/3-D works to installation, performance, and 2-D pieces such as paintings, photography, and drawings. Ends 6 August 2015.
A visionary use of derelict space
The latest edition of Office Sessions, founded by Caitlin Mavroleon who curates and directs the project, opens on 28 July 2015 with a scheduled end date of 6 August 2015. “Office Sessions IV: Beak Street” includes over 60 artists from London and abroad, and is installed over five floors of a disused building in Soho, near Carnaby Street.
This same address on Beak Street, formerly a police station, was the site of a planned “Carnival against Capitalism” in June 2013, in which an estimated 200 people gathered to vociferously protest against the 39th G8 forum (between the world’s 8 richest countries: US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia) taking place in Northern Ireland at that time.
Two years later, in “Office Sessions IV”, 40 Beak Street is taken over by over 60 artists to show a range of art practice that is almost overwhelming in its breadth and variety; visitors can expect to find large-scale sculptural objects, room-sized installations, as well as smaller but still impactful paintings, prints, photographs and other objects. Some artists have chosen to paint the walls behind their work “gallery style” while others retained the graffiti and other embellishments left behind by the former squatters; either way, an interesting energy and context is lent to the artwork throughout the site.
There is much to see here, so allow plenty of time to peruse all the rooms and hidden spaces throughout the building. And don’t miss out; look up, around corners, and on the floor – the artists of “Office Sessions IV” have installed many artworks where you least expect them, making the most of this challenging space.
Participating artists in “Office Sessions IV: Beak Street” include:
Paul Abbott, Pooja Aggarwal, Dalia Animé, Jheni Arboine, Chris Bagnall, Vanya Balogh, Andrea Bergqvist, Siobhan Binaghi, Yvette Blackwood, Scarlett Bow, Victoria Burgher, Hannah Campion, Ayelet Carmi, Gerard Carson, Nicholas Cheeseman, Roger Clarke, Rosemary Cronin, Aidan Dun, Sarah Faulkner, Luca Federici, Ashley Scott Fitzgerald, Nicholas Funk (Yang Chang), Henry Gardiner, Gzillion Artist, Eldi Hablo, Guy Haddon-Grant, Stephen Hennessy, Georgina Hodgson, Lauren Jacobs, Vanja Karas, Bom Kim, JinJoo Kim, Rosa Lamas, Jeremy Lee, YeHee Lee, Joseph Lichy, Bronac McNeill, Julian McSweeney, Rebecca Molloy, Nazanin Moradi, Mud, George Myers, Yuko Nabeta, Afshin Naghouni, Regan O’Callaghan, Joscelyne O’Flaherty, Michal Ohana-Cole, Simon Oliver, Wayne Parker, Lenka Rayn H., Barak Reiser, Andrew Rickett, Alex Roberts, India Roper-Evans, Robin Rutherford, Mario Varas Sanchez, Natalie Sanders, Alice Shirley, Guy Shoham, Jonathan Slaughter, Ian Sinclair, Laura Solomons, Christine Stewart, Alice Straker, David Stupple, Ambika Subramaniam, Kelly Sweeney, Mari Tayama, Nalini Thapen, Nadine Thau, Claire Timmis, Christopher Ward, Mark Woods, Adam Zoltowski and many more!
PR, documentation, and assistance provided by Kelise Franclemont.
Office Sessions is founded and directed by Caitlin Mavroleon.
More links and information about “Office Sessions IV”
- For further details, images, and to arrange viewing, click link to contact:
- View/Download Press Release: OSIV_Beak_Street_PR_24July2015 [PDF]
- Social Media:
- Facebook: Office Sessions IV
- Twitter: @caitmavroleon, #OfficeSessions, #OfficeSessionsIV
- Learn more about Beak Street protests in The Guardian by Haroon Siddique – 12 June 2013.
- Read about “Office Sessions III: Anchorage House” on kelise72.com – 25 November 2014
Exhibition details: “Office Sessions IV: Beak Street” is open 28 July – 6 August 2015, 40 Beak Street, Soho, W1F 9RQ. Free admission. Please note there is NO step-free access.
Private View: Tuesday 28 July 2015, 5:00 – 9:00PM
Including performances by:
6:30 PM – Ian Sinclair, sound/spoken word
6:45 PM – David Stupple, durational sound piece, basement
7:00 PM – Jheni Arboine, “Concrete Poetry”, stairwell
7:30 PM – Aidan Dun, spoken word/poetry
8:00 PM – Dalia Anime, “Fixation”, 1st Floor
Private View: Tuesday 4 August 2015, 5:00 – 8:00PM
Otherwise open by appointment.