Around 200 people turned up throughout the evening for the HotShoe Gallery opening last week. ePHOTOzine has an online review, while recent BA photography graduate (Art Institute Bournemouth), Sophia Brothers, reviews the event for us here:
“The moment I stepped into the HotShoe Gallery, I was amazed at the transformation. The abundance of space and light, hidden from the outside, gave way to what appears to be the perfect use for the space. With its inaugural show, Jim Naughten’s Re-enactors, the private view was set to be a night not to be missed, and it certainly lived up to its promise. The work itself provided a fresh perspective on the ever current subject of war, which couldn’t have been a better choice for the first show. Full to the brim, with people coming and going all night – the atmosphere was positively buzzing. Beautifully curated, the space also provided for the optimum level of interaction with the work.
“However, for me, the greatest success of the night was not necessarily the work, but the various aspects of contemporary photography brought together in one place. The combination of gallery, magazine and books provides a place for people passionate about photography to come together and discuss, not only the work on show, but much, much more.
“A truly inspirational idea for a gallery, which should provide a more relaxed and open space for ideas to come together, free from the restraints of the more commercial galleries.”
Written by Sophia Brothers, October 12 2009
Thanks to all the people behind the scenes who put so much hard work into making the opening such a success, and especially to Gallery Director Daniel Campbell Blight and Associate Curator Marcin Dudek.