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Driving Out the Darkness: A New Exhibition at Lights of Soho

SEEN has waxed lyrical in the past about the excellent Lights of Soho private members’ club and art gallery on Brewer Street in Soho. An exhibition of open submissions by artists working in the medium of neon and light art is due to open this Wednesday evening. Naturally, SEEN will be in attendance.

SEEN has waxed lyrical in the past about the excellent Lights of Soho private members’ club and art gallery on Brewer Street in Soho. An exhibition of open submissions by artists working in the medium of neon and light art is due to open this Wednesday evening. Naturally, SEEN will be in attendance.

The show, named by Mark Westall, Editor-in-Chief of FAD Magazine, (a multimedia online platform offering an eclectic mix of art), attracted submissions from hundreds of established and emerging light artists across Europe. Mark Westall and Lights of Soho’s Exhibitions Producer Alexa Pearson, have curated 33 artists and over 40 artworks that will be available to view and purchase, with prices starting at £300.

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Amongst those selected include renowned neon artist, Olivia Steele – who has displayed works across the world from Burning Man festival to the Rumney Guggenheim Gallery, New York; The ‘Prince of London Pop Art’ Philip Colbert, will exhibit his first series of neons; Christabel MacGreevy and Kate Bellm will be exhibiting a series of photographs on lightboxes, shot by Kate and edited by Christabel; Lauren Baker, who has just had her first solo show at MC Saatchi; Dangerous Minds and Benjamin Murphy, plus many more leading light artists.

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Inspired by the quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that” the open submission show remembers the power of light in times of political unrest across the world. Westall states, “It was a sheer pleasure to be involved in the curation of this show. We wanted artists to show us work that drives away the dark and hate – we want to celebrate light and love. Lights of Soho is one of the most exciting venues in London and it is admirable that the gallery is, once again, supporting emerging artists and giving talented young people the chance to demonstrate their creativity and exhibit their work.”

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Lights of Soho curator Hamish Jenkinson states, “The quality of submissions this year was fantastic, and perhaps even exceeded the standard of submissions we received last year. It is incredibly heartening to see so many submissions, and such a wide variety of styles. The sheer number of submissions shows us that there is a real need for emerging artists to have a platform to display their work, and we at Lights of Soho consistently aspire to provide that.” The exhibition will be on from 29th September to 29th October.

Alongside having their art displayed in Lights of Soho, artists will also receive complimentary memberships to Lights of Soho members’ club.

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Gallery opening hours:
Monday – Sunday 11am – 6pm

Lights of Soho
35 Brewer Street
London
W1F 0RX