17/07/2022 - 04/09/2022
Children's Show - Immersive
Tue-Sat: 11-6:30pm; Sun: 2-6pm
The Gallery of Everything is proud to present its long-awaited summer show: ZOOOOO!
ZOOOOO! takes the form of a contemporary bestiary within the gallery space - a fantastical array of creatures, from the tiny and oversized, to the beautiful and somewhat strange. Yet ZOOOOO! offers a twist: for it is the first show of its kind in an independent London art gallery, catering exclusively for the curious and not-so-curious under the age of 12. Yes ... ZOOOOO! is a kids’ show - not by kids, but for kids (although adults may wish to visit!).
ZOOOOO! features over 50 different artists, each of whom practices beyond the framework of contemporary art society. Many have been celebrated by, or are drawn from, the archive of the gallery’s parent project, The Museum of Everything.
Notable inclusions are world-famous self-taught authors, such as Bill Traylor, William Edmondson and Nek Chand Saini. Others are sourced from the unwritten chronicles of art’s minor makers. All are represented by a painting or object, be it an animal, fish, insect, bird, vertebrate or invertebrate, travelling by land, sea or air.
Conceived and curated by The Gallery of Everything with curator and former editor of Tate Etc. magazine Simon Grant, ZOOOOO! is as inspired by the paucity of child-friendly art shows, as it is by the histories of artists and curators captivated by a child’s eye view.
As the title suggests, the theme of the exhibition is a bestiary. It is flexible, literal, abstract and diverse, its authors drawn from the annals of self-taught artists and makers from the 18th century to the present. The show includes texts by leading figures and authors, as well as performance proposals from a number of contemporary parent/artists.
The exhibition opens with a child-height doorway, leading into a room where artworks are hung at children’s eye-lines. Spaces then focus on particular animals or artists. There are paintings, drawings, sculptures, performance, things to touch and things to do. The aim is to encourage children to see, view, consider, critique. It presents imagery to which they will respond and identify, organised as a visual journey to stimulate emotion, engagement and enquiry. All but a few pieces are available for parents to purchase.
Marylebone 4 Chiltern St, W1U 7PS