25 May Inspire 2021 – Opens 8th June with Solo Exhibition Prize to be Awarded
8th – 18th June
ArtCan and D Contemporary are pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition of their new partnership. The annual exhibition will be a celebration of our shared passion and dedication to contemporary talent, the commitment to provide a platform for artistic expression and creative development of artists in various stages of their career in the UK and internationally. Inspire 2021 opening in June will be curated by ArtCan Founder & Director Kate Enters and D Contemporary Manager & Curator Will Coups.
The exhibition brings together a diverse range of artists exploring the inspiration and positivity of art within today’s society. It acts as a chance for artists to express their personal style, vision, and concept for their work at the same time as providing inspiration to the viewer. To further support the ArtCan ethos, a D Contemporary art prize will be awarded to one of the exhibiting artists. The prize comprises of a solo exhibition at D Contemporary during 2021 and the winner will be selected by Tabish Khan, Art Critic and ArtCan Trustee and Peter O’Kane, D Contemporary Gallery Director.
Selected artists are: Aisling Drennan, Amy Devlin, Brad Kenny, Diana Burch, Emma Hill, Hannah Pratt, Helen Shulkin, Jessica Ballantyne, Karl Singporewala, Laura Fishman, Laura Parker, Lisa Price, Maria Kokkonen, Mirella Bandini, Pernilla Iggstrom, Sarah Jayne Bird, Sophie Anne Wyth, Teresa Zerafa Byrne, Yaprak Akinci.
“ArtCan’s unique approach highlights the importance of putting the artist first. We are delighted to be partnering with them for a series of exhibitions that will showcase our combined belief in the power of creativity.” – Will Coups, D Contemporary
ArtCan is an artist-led, non-profit arts organisation with members across Britain and internationally. Our work is supported by the efforts of artist-member volunteers, contributions from our Founder Friends and Friends of ArtCan, and with the valued guidance of our Board of Trustees.
ArtCan has expertise in producing collaborative art exhibitions in London, across Britain and internationally. Our exhibitions complement the work of established galleries by enabling talent to gain experience and skills. We work with galleries, but also seek new spaces where art becomes a part of everyday life and with the aim of involving audiences in an organic and personal way. ArtCan’s artist-centred ethos means that our model does not involve charging membership fees or commissions on sales, to help artists focus on developing a sustainable practice.
The Gallery was set up in 2015 and has since held over 50 exhibitions in what is exceptional space in Mayfair. It focuses on two areas. The first is UK contemporary art, showing both established artists and seeking to actively support emerging British-based talent with the opportunity to exhibit in the heart of London’s W1 gallery district. The second is to attract contemporary art from emerging and high growth markets around the Globe with traditionally less exposure in London but outstanding art. Examples over the years have been Estonia, Kazakhstan, Portugal, South Africa, Belarus, Kurdistan, and Uzbekistan.