Margherita Berloni and Nathan Engelbrecht’s new East London art gallery provides an invaluable platform for emerging artists
Motivated by a lack of support for emerging artists, Margherita Berloni and Nathan Engelbrecht have established EB&Flow – a new art gallery in Shoreditch dedicated to building long term relationships with artists, bringing their work to the attention of the public. As well as featuring work from those in the early stages of their career, EB&Flow is due to run educational workshops aiming to equip young artists with the skills to turn their passion into a working career.
The gallery will provide high quality facilities, otherwise inaccessible to the young artists, across its two floors in the open space of the former print works located on Leonard Street. Curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini, the galleries first exhibition, 'Since Tomorrow', includes installations, paintings, sculptures and photography from Briony Anderson, Gemma Anderson, Neil Ayling, Ross M. Brown, Shannah Bupp, Sue Corke, Dylan Culhane, Alessandro Librio, Nicholas McLeod, Katie Louise Surridge and Cristian Zuzunaga.
Dazed Digital: How would you describe the Shoreditch art scene at the moment?
EB&Flow: It seems like the art galleries in Shoreditch weathered the recession storm relatively well, and as such has refocused the art world on Shoreditch rather than Bethnal Green and Vyner Street. As always the art scene in the East is more avant garde and contemporary than the West end and as such many new exciting and interesting artists can be exhibited
DD: What inspired the idea to build EB&Flow?
EB&Flow: We felt that emerging contemporary art and artists were not supported enough, and such made a exhibition space that is world class, well we support our artists in ways that only the big galleries do.
DD: Do you think it’s important now more than ever to nurture emerging talent and in turn to reach and engage individuals through art?
EB&Flow: To nuture new talent is paramount, our generation’s artistic expression needs to shown, we are not interested in the same concerns as the YBAs did. In terms of giving access and engaging with individuals through art, the biggest barrier is education, people need to armed with a visual vocabulary that allows them to engage with contemporary art. We are trying to combat this by running education programmes that help people who don’t have an art history degree, understand and ultimately enjoy contemporary art
DD: Can you tell us a bit about the opening show, Since Tomorrow?
EB&Flow: As we have decided to represent 11 exciting artists as a sign of our support for young artists, the show will be a presentation of our artists. Fortunately with our curator, we have been able to develop a show that conveys our artists’ reaction to space, be it urban space, natural space or personal space.
DD: Do you prefer to work with up and coming artists as opposed to more established ones?
EB&Flow: At the moment, it makes sense as a young gallery to work with up and coming artists. We want our artists to grow and become established artists, so I suppose we can answer this question better in some years to come!
DD: Ideally, where do you see the project going forward?
EB&Flow: We want all 11 artists to be fully professional artists, making a living through art, while at the same time being critically acclaimed and present in public collections. Further to that, we would have liked to create more awareness of the emerging art scene and let people get excited by art rather than alienated by it.
'Since Tomorrow', EB&Flow, 77 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4QS, 2 April – 26 May