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"In a former gunmaker's this superb gallery shows work by upcoming artists and is very much a part of Londons current creative landscape. It's an understatedly cool place."

TIME OUT

"Innovative exhibitions"

THE TIMES

"A consistently innovative gallery"

The SUNDAY TIMES

"Aim for the coolest art space in town, Riflemaker in Soho, the art world's hip new location"

The Vogue List, VOGUE magazine

"My favourite gallery of all - perhaps my favourite place in the capital - is Riflemaker. It has lots of work by up and coming artists and its exhibitions are wonderful"

Nick Rhodes' London, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE: Olympics Special Supplement, August 2012

"London's funkiest gallery space"

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
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"Iwona Blazwick (Whitechapel Gallery director) also points out that artists are currently clamouring to hold shows in the modest domestic settings of Soho's Riflemaker and the Frith Street, barely converted Georgian buildings patinated by age, "where art is embedded in the domestic and the everyday"

Financial Times, 'Out-there Space'
Interview by Edwin Heathcote


"The London gallery Riflemaker has somehow managed to blow the roof off again"

The Guardian's Laura K. Jones reviews Gavin Turk's 'Me as Him', SAATCHI website

RIFLEMAKER HISTORY

Riflemaker is a contemporary art space in London co-founded in 2004 by Virginia Damtsa and Tot Taylor. The gallery exhibits and represents emerging artists as well as the historical artists who may have inspired them. It has been widely praised for its innovative programme.

Housed within an historic gunmaker's workshop off Regent Street, W1F 9SU (built 1712 - the oldest public building in the west end) the gallery has worked closely with English Heritage to preserve this unique architectural building. Music and film events, talks/discussions and performance are held on Monday evenings.

In 2011/2012/2013/2014 Riflemaker's represented artists featured in museum exhibitions at MoMA New York, Tate London, National Portrait Gallery London, Venice Biennale, the LACMA Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, Baltic UK, Nottingham Contemporary, MiMA and the ICA London.

Recent exhibitions have included Judy Chicago, William S. Burroughs, Alice Anderson, Penelope Slinger, Josephine King, Stuart Pearson Wright, Leah Gordon, Juan Fontanive and John Maeda.

Current news includes the United Nations decision to select Josephine King's painting 'Uncontrollable' for a United Nations postage stamp in the US, Liliane Lijn's nomination for the shortlist for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, Judy Chicago's upcoming retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum in April 2014 following her exhibition at Frieze Masters (2013), Alice Anderson's upcoming exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London in April 2014 and Penelope Slinger's solo presentation at Paris Photo, Los Angeles April 2014.

Damtsa and Taylor have curated exhibitions by Jaime Gili, Marta Marcé, Gavin Turk, Francesca Lowe and Christopher Bucklow. Riflemaker presented the first London retrospective of Martin Kippenberger (in 2004), Turk's Warhol Fright Wig exhibition 'Me as Him' (2008), Andrey Bartenev's Venice Biennale 'Disco-Nexxion' (2008) and Liliane Lijn's NASA-inspired 'Stardust' (2010) as well as exhibitions by the writer William Burroughs and MIT/RISD guru Maeda, who created two 'live' week long performances: 'Maeda/MySpace' and 'John Maeda is the Fortune-Cookie'. The novelist Alasdair Gray and painter Francesca Lowe made a wall-to-wall narrative 'Terminus' and our 2008 themed exhibition was an investigation of 'Voodoo: Hoochie-Coochie and the Creative Spirit'. Jaime Gili created a six mile long installation 'Ruta Rota' (broken route) for London Architecture Week. Julie Verhoeven built a 'virtual garden' at the Economist Plaza. Marta MarcÚ asked visitors to 'design' her paintings at Camden Arts Centre. William S. Burroughs shot sherriffs series. Yoko Ono gave a rare Bagism performance as part of our Indica celebrations.

Other recent exhibitions have included Judy Chicago solo presentation at Frieze Masters 2013. The portraitist Stuart Pearson Wright in a dual painting and film exhibition featuring the actress Keira Knightley in her debut art-film performance, and Haitian photographs by Leah Gordon (co-curator Venice Biennale Haitian Pavilion 2011) as well as a themed exhibition on the disappearance of the ANALOG world - particularly with regard to print photography and recorded music. In 2006, the gallery stopped being Riflemaker for four months and transformed itself into the seminal London art space Indica (active from November '65 - November '66), with a changing exhibition of work actually shown at Indica and a series of performances including Peter Whitehead and Yoko Ono.

'Riflemaker has changed the cultural landscape of the capital' (Time Out)
'Innovative exhibitions' (The Times)
'A consistently innovative gallery' (The Sunday Times)
'The coolest art space in London' (Vogue)

VIRGINIA DAMTSA: CO-FOUNDER OF RIFLEMAKER:

Born Athens, lives and works in London. Damtsa moved to Paris when selected by the Opera National de Paris schools to train for a career in dance. Studied in Paris, Belgium, New York and Cambridge, England before settling in London. Damtsa worked with her family on museum collections and donations whilst at the same time, setting up support structures for contemporary artists using disused buildings for studios and exhibitions. The collection was donated to different museums in Europe.

In 2000, she relocated to London to continue her studies in the Arts, at the same time she opened her own gallery specialising in emerging artists. In 2004, Damtsa co-founded Riflemaker with Tot Taylor.

TOT TAYLOR: CO-FOUNDER OF RIFLEMAKER:

Born Cambridge, England, lives and works in London. He is a composer, author and music producer. Taylor's National Theatre score to Brian McAvera's eight hour play 'Picasso's Women' is one of many soundtrack compositions issued on CD (Sony) (iTunes)

Co-founded the Compact Organization record label (1981-85) re-issued via Colette (Paris) label (2011). Attended Goldsmiths in London (from 1986-88) to study orchestration and composition which brought him into contact with the contemporary art world's new wave. Worked with private collectors to build themed collections specialising in emerging artists. His music has featured in numerous film soundtracks. His novel 'The Story of John Nightly' will be published in 2014.
www.johnnightly.com

In 2004, he and fellow director/curator Virginia Damtsa, co-founded Riflemaker.



Riflemaker publishes a hardback book to accompany each exhibition.

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The Riflemaker spaces in London are all available for Special Event Hire.

Call on: 07794-629-188 for further details


Hours of opening:
MONDAY - FRIDAY 11.00 AM - 7.00 PM
SATURDAY 12.00 PM - 6.00 PM

79 Beak Street Regent Street London W1F 9SU
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7439 0000 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7439 0070
Email: info@riflemaker.org Website: www.riflemaker.org
Directors: Virginia Damtsa & Tot Taylor
  




RIFLEMAKER PRESS

Writers or reviewers seeking hi-res images should contact
Tot Taylor at Riflemaker: 07794-629-188
or Theresa Simon Communications: 0207-734-4800
or check the Theresa Simon website: www.teresasimoncommunications.com
or the Gallery direct. Tel: 0207-439-0000


Recent praise and news about Riflemaker exhibitions...


JUDY CHICAGO
FINANCIAL TIMES
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JUDY CHICAGO
TIME OUT
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PENELOPE SLINGER
THE GUARDIAN
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Virginia Damtsa
Sunday Times
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LEAH GORDON
THE GUARDIAN
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Stuart Pearson Wright
The Art Newspaper
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Stuart Pearson Wright
The Independent
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Richard Nicholson's best shot
The Guardian
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ANALOG
Trends in Sound and Picture (A Survey of London's Disappearing Photographic Darkrooms and Music Recording Studios)
The Observer
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JOSEPHINE KING
The Observer
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LEAH GORDON
The Sunday Times
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Alice Anderson
Time Out
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Alice Anderson
Harper's Bazaar
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Voodoo: Hoochie Coochie and The Creative Spirit
Artforum
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José-Maria Cano
Profile in Architectural Digest
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Voodoo: Hoochie Coochie and The Creative Spirit
The Times #1 Critic's Choice
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Voodoo: Hoochie Coochie and The Creative Spirit
Times 2
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TIM SHAW
Time Out
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MARTA MARCÉ
Artforum
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Francesca Lowe will represent the UK at the Beijing biennale at the National Art Museum, Beijing, China from 8 July 2008.


Andrey Bartenev
The Times
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Andrey Bartenev
The Independent
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Gallery Profile
The Independent
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MARTA MARCÉ
Financial Times
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Gallery/Art Fair Profile
The Independent
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Indica
Times 2
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PSJM
The Guardian
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Alasdair Gray
Time Out Things Writers Like
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Francesca Lowe & Alasdair Gray
Dazed & Confused
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Marta Marce Artist in Residence at Camden Arts Centre
Marta Marce was Artist in Residence at Camden Arts Centre from July until September Summer 2007. She produced a new body of work and presented a series of talks and events under the title 'Is This Abstraction'.

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Volta - Basel
Riflemaker at VOLTA show at Basel, from 10 - 16 June 2007

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JOHN MAEDA
The Times
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JULIE VERHOEVEN has a solo exhibition
'Still Life with Women' - at Zinger in Amsterdam from 18 January - 3 March 2007

www.zingerpresents.net


MARTA MARCE appears in an exhibition
'Slipping Abstraction' - with Angela de la Cruz, Joanne Greenbaum, Ruth Root and Katy Moran
at the Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre from 13 January - 17 March 2007

www.warwickartscentre.co.uk


Indica
Time Out
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Indica
Blueprint
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Indica
The Independent
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Indica
The Times
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Indica
The Observer Magazine
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Indica
The Art Newspaper
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Gallery Profile
Vogue
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Julie Verhoeven
Time Out
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Julie Verhoeven
The Times
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Julie Verhoeven
The Sunday Times
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Julie Verhoeven
The Guardian Guide
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Jaime Gili
Artforum
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Jamie Shovlin
The Guardian Guide
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