House of Voltaire is a pop-up shop set up by Studio Voltaire. A South West London non-profit organisation based in Clapham, that’s been running for fifteen years. The initiative sets out to help new and emerging artists by offering affordable studio spaces as well as a service for local residents and schools. Simultaneously making art affordable to the masses, as items are set at obtainable prices, but should something be out of reach there is a non-interest loan scheme on offer.
But back to House of Voltaire, the shop will be popping up for 24 days from the 11th until the 4th of December and will be housed in Rupert Sanderson's new exhibition space above their store on Bruton Place. Having only recently opened, Sanderson is looking forward to inviting different artistic experiences into the space. Which is ideal as it’s a black canvas, meaning the hosts have a free reign. Of Voltaire, Sanderson comments, "It’s a great idea from a unique organisation and fits perfectly with our annual programme of hosting a one-off artistic endeavour in our Mayfair flagship".
All proceeds will be going back into Studio Voltaire to help the artists within the Voltaire community continue to flourish. And they will be retaining their affordable ethos with work starting at just £10. Items on sale have come from a multitude of famous contributors who back the message, including Wolfgang Tillmans, Pam Hogg, Nicholas Bryne, Princess Julia and Betty Jackson to name a few (there’s close to one hundred in total). And it is rumoured that some of these famous faces will be manning the decks of the store throughout its course. Artworks span unique limited edition paintings and prints, homeware, clothing and accessories - so there’s sure to be something for everyone.
House of Voltaire, Upstairs at Rupert Sanderson, 19 Bruton Place. Mayfair London, W1