South place art PARTY!!! This friday


Published Nov 4, 2014 by admin

LONDON 2014: Being named one of the ‘Big Six: Art Hotels’ by The Independent, art and design are clearly at the heart of South Place Hotel. The luxury boutique hotel by restaurateurs D&D London, celebrates and supports the local art scene with the South Place Hotel Art Prize. In its third year, this annual competition, open to recent MA graduates, provides an exceptional opportunity for emerging artists to display their work to the general public of the Square Mile.

Bringing something distinctively different to the London hotel scene, South Place Hotel’s animated art collection reflects the unique character of its neighbourhood. The collection includes a variety of disciplines from sculpture and painting to photography, video installation and printmaking, a result of partnerships between the hotel and with local artists and galleries.

aking centre stage in the collection is the South Place Art Prize where the winner receives a £5,000 cash prize and the work is prominently displayed in a dedicated window on the ground floor. With an unlimited free reign to create a piece that will complement the chic hotel, the only prerequisite is that the artwork fits within the 2450mm x 1350mm x 400mm dimensions of the display window.

This year’s applications were an overwhelming display of the talent emerging from the London art scene. Submissions were overseen by a prestigious panel including Helen Little, curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art at Tate, Eleanor Young, Executive Editor of The RIBA Journal, Johan Deurell, Design Historian and Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, Tina Norden, Associate Director at Conran + Partners, Hanne Puttonen, Planning & Technical Manager at Frogmore and, of course, key

embers of D&D. The distinguished group carefully reviewed and narrowed down submissions to four inspiring works by Kevin Callaghan, Mona Choo, Myrianthe Sozou and wiiner, Kaan Alpagut. From Choo’s twisted plastic figure sculpture to Alpagut’s ATM inspired floating marble sculpture, the submissions saw a range of mediums that reflected the diversity of the art scene.

It was Kaan Alpagut’s Kolaj that eventually swayed the judges. Graduating from University of East London with a MA in Architecture, Alpagut’s Kolaj  is a floating painting with a void, subverting the relationship between the ‘frame’ and ‘art’. A new perspective from both the street and the lobby space of the hotel.  A voyeuristic adventure that questions the civic and private spaces within the city, by reshaping the liminal. The marble echoes the materials that are of the surrounding buildings of financial power and authority, and seeks to re-contextualise it back into the realm of sculpture.

The scale and shape of the piece not only mimic the language of a cash machine, but the void in the centre of the sculpture directly references ‘a hole in the wall’. Bruce Robertson, General Manager of South Place Hotel, comments: “South Place Hotel draws its inspriation from many of the things that make London buzz including the cultural diversity of the local area and neighbourhoods. As such, I am excited to see how artists from various disciplines and practices havel tackled the space – it’s a great opportunity to support emerging talent, providing the winner with an incredible showcase for their work.”

South Place Hotel strikes a happy balance between business and pleasure, offering modern luxury and memorable service to hotel guests whilst providing a new haunt for the local neighbourhood.

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