Art in the Underbelly is closing. Over the last two years the space has hit capacity in numbers and temperature as people clamoured to get a first look at the shows, stand sweat swappingly close to the bands, find just enough space to dance to our DJ’s and snap up one of our exclusive free giveaways.
Some of the people I’ve had the pleasure of working with are now doing great things. Alec Cumming, recently had his first British Council showcase in India, Dan Tombs has been working with the likes of Gold Panda, Factory Floor and Four Tet, we even had a secret performance by Luke Abbott who shook the walls of the Underbelly and the bar upstairs with his tunes. Our walls have seen work displayed by artists from around the UK and as far afield as India and the USA. AITU has squashed in performances by the likes of Death of Death of Discotheque and Inlay and DJ’s like Penny Arcade, Tom L, The Anthropologist and DJ 78.
Peel back the plaster on the walls and you’ll unearth remnants of TXLW & AsOne’s street art characters, Alec Cumming’s abstract paintings, Phil Cooper’s wheat pastes and the faintest glimpses of all the holes that have been drilled into the walls to hang the 100’s of works we have displayed. Sadly, this is the end for AITU. I want to thank everyone who worked with us and took a leap of faith with me on working in a very unusual space. To Dan and Katie, thank you for trusting me and for asking me to take it on in the first place. It’s been an honour, the last three years have been an incredible ride.
We’ll be having a big send off on the 19th of February, with a chance to see Andy Reeve’s exhibition, hear some twisted, bleepy sounds from poppa and some ace DJ’s. Plus, Jo Stafford of Stew Print Rooms is producing a one off limited edition run of commemorative t-shirts. Each one will be individually numbered and we’ll be giving them out on the night, FOR FREE.
So from me and Art in the Underbelly, it’s thank you and goodbye. See you on the 19th.
Luke Emery – Art in the Underbelly Curator and Manager
Sneak peek of Andy Reeve’s show, opening tonight at AITU
@anthonyzinonos cutting, sticking, pasting at the install of his show, opening this Thursday at 8pm
Our next opening. Come join us for the usual ace blend of art, music, drinking and freebies.
Photos from Jim Mortram’s opening night at Art in the Underbelly on Oct 11th. Taken by Laura Manfre
A sneak peek at the work of the supremely talented Jim Mortram, see you all on Thursday night for his show opening….
The first exhibition of our Autumn/Winter programme. Featuring the powerful documentary photography of J.A Mortram, join us for the opening night on October 11th with live music from Inlay and a limited edition giveaway of Red Neck Land zine by Tilney1 whom Jim features regularly in his Small Town Inertia series.
Check out a feature by BBC News editor Phil Coomes on Jim’s work here.
Our brand spanking new programme of exhibitions running from Oct 2012 - Jan 2013. Expect the usual blend of ace art, excellent music and exclusive limited edition giveaways at every opening night