Regent Street: A Place for Art

Monday 7, October 2013


Regent Street: A Place for Art


Regent Street, W1, is becoming a world renowned destination for contemporary art.


Fashion and art are inextricably linked and for an international fashion destination like Regent Street to attract prestigious art galleries into the area is a confirmation that:  Fashion is art; Art is fashion.


Regent Street has approximately 50,000 square feet of new gallery space with the 3 internationally recognised galleries, Sadie Coles, Hauser & Wirth and Blain|Southern who all have exceptional gallery spaces showcasing some of the world’s leading contemporary artists including Sarah Lucas, Louise Bourgeois and Mat Collishaw.  These leading art galleries are all centrally located around Regent Street with its many flagship stores including the largest Burberry in the world, about to open J Crew and Longchamp’s new space, displaying luggage in an impressive three floor gallery type interior.


The latest addition to the art community in Regent Street is making contemporary art more accessible to visitors who may not have previously considered Regent Street as a place to enjoy art.


Sadie Coles has just opened a new 60,000 square ft headquarters on Kingly Street, running parallel to Regent Street. Sadie Coles nurtures some of the world’s most innovative artists. It will be one of the largest contemporary art galleries in Europe, located in a central shopping destination.  Artists represented by Sadie Coles include Sarah Lucas, Richard Prince, Elizabeth Peyton, Carl Andre and Florian Hecker. The gallery will provide scope for an ambitious and diverse programme of exhibitions. The listed building has excellent views onto Regent Street and provides a unique gallery experience. The inaugural exhibition is the New York artist Ryan Sullivan, with a new series of large scale paintings using spray paint.  His unique work combines textures, image and abstraction. The exhibition is running from the 11 September – 2 November 2013.


Just off Regent Street on Savile Row is Hauser & Wirth who are a leading contemporary art space, originally founded in Zurich in 1992 by Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser.  In October 2010, Hauser & Wirth London opened their new gallery, designed by Selldorf Architects, at 23 Savile Row. This gallery offers 15,000 square ft of exhibition space and an additional 7,000 square feet on the first floor for including an extensive library and archive.  Contemporary artists they represent include Louise Bourgeois, Martin Creed, Paul MaCarthy, Christoph Büchel, Subdodh Gupta, Christopher Orr and the estates of Eva Hesse andJoan Mitchell.  


Heddon Street, the Regent Street food quarter is home to two contemporary art dealers: Pippy Houldsworth Gallery at 6 Heddon Street who have Rachel Goodyear, Martin Kobe, Neil Farber and Daniel Arsham in their stable.  At 23 Heddon Street, Galleria Sprovieri represent amongst others Nan Goldin, Jimmie Durham, Boris Mikhailo. 23 Heddon Street is also the iconic location where a young David Bowie created the album cover for Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars. The artwork for the album was created by graphic artist Terry Pastor.  This in commemorated in a heritage plaque on the wall of 23 Heddon Street.


Blain|Southern was established in September 2010 and now represents some of the world’s leading contemporary artists. The gallery is located just off Regent Street on Hanover Square with a minimalist white cube aesthetic. Artists they represent include Mat Collishaw, Yinka Shonibare, Rachel Howard, Francesco Clemente and Anton Henning.


Regent Street is a world renowned shopping and lifestyle destination and with over 75 flagship stores, such as Liberty, Apple, Hamleys, Superdry, Coach, UGG Australia, Anthropologie and the largest Burberry store in the world.        



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