We frequently host temporary exhibitions in our London office. These are just one of the ways in which we endeavour to support up and coming artists from the communities in which we work by offering them a showcase for their work outside of the traditional gallery environment and alongside other artists who have now become household names. By hosting tours and events around the exhibition we are able to provide our staff, clients and the community with opportunities to engage with some of the most interesting aspects of contemporary art and culture.
Just Be Yourself, March 2017 - September 2017
‘Just be yourself’: the construction of identity in Trevor Appleson’s portraits of contemporary youth culture. In 2014 Trevor Appleson was commissioned by MAC Birmingham and the Library of Birmingham to create a new body of work exploring the city’s youth culture. Appleson, accompanied by a group of assistants and equipped with the basic elements of his signature portable ‘studio’ – a film camera and a plain black cloth to use as a backdrop for his photographs – went out into the streets of Birmingham, to its music venues and its shopping districts, in daytime and at night. He met and photographed hundreds of people, from ravers to girl guides, most in their teens and early twenties – although the oldest subject was sixtytwo (after all, for some people, does youth ever end?). In each case, the subjects would be photographed in whichever outfit and items or accessories they were carrying at the time, and in whatever state of mind or sobriety. Appleson would simply tell them where to stand and to look towards the camera. In terms of their pose, the only instruction he would give was to ‘just be yourself’.
A Sense of Place, September 2016 - February 2017
In the 1930s Gertrude Stein famously said of Oakland, California, 'there is no there there'. What did she mean by that? The term 'sense of place' is often used to describe characteristics that make a place special or unique, that foster a sense of authentic human attachment and belonging. The place is not just a backdrop but, as Philip Hensher writes, 'it is part of the humanity at the centre of the endeavour'. The artists in the exhibition explore or record three-dimensional spaces that are imbued with this special sense of place.
Multiple Choices 2016, Editions in support of not-for-profit institutions April 2016 - August 2016
Curated by litigation associate Michael O’Donoghue and art intern Lucy Cox, Multiple Choices 2016: Editions in support of not-for-profit institutions is the firm’s first client-facing selling show. It includes over 80 works by artists in the firm’s collection, including Howard Hodgkin, Paula Rego, Rachel Whiteread, Paul Morrison (who did the 15 metre wall drawing in our London reception area), Mat Collishaw, Bob and Roberta Smith, Hurvin Anderson, Cornelia Parker and Michael Landy, as well as a host of other established and emerging artists working around the United Kingdom.
All proceeds went directly to the 21 participating institutions, who are as follows:
Art Fund, Camden Arts Centre, Centre for Recent Drawing, CGP London, Chisenhale Gallery, Drawing Room, Glasgow International, Hundred Years Gallery, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), Ikon Gallery, Matt’s Gallery, The Multiple Store, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Serpentine Galleries, South London Gallery, Studio Voltaire, Tate, Transition, Vital Arts, Whitechapel Gallery and Zabludowicz Collection
Piercing the Veil September 2015 - February 2016
From established artists to new graduates, Piercing the Veil examines the use of obscuration in contemporary art to induce a curiosity about, or longing to get nearer to, that which is concealed. The show, curated by Jon Sharples, Co-Chair of the Simmons & Simmons Art Network, will include works by artists in our collection - Hurvin Anderson, Alex Gough, Gary Hume, Danny Rolph and Joel Wyllie, as well as works by James William Collins, Lucy Cox, Dangerous Minds, Dan Haycock, Jenny Holzer, Justin Mortimer, Azadeh Nia, Eddie Peake, Natasha Peel, Tom Phillips, Sean Rohr, Andrew Salgado, Dario Srbic, Sophia Starling, Eleanor Watson and Christopher Wool.
Recent Acquisitions March 2015 - September 2015
Simmons & Simmons continues to collect significant works by early-career artists, operating in our communities. The works in this small exhibition are all fine examples of our acquisition policy. All of the works exhibited here are by artists new to the collection such as Alastair Gordon, Alex Gough, Andrew Hewish, Jeremy Hutchison, Nicholas John Jones, Ian Kiaer, Mackie, Wendy McLean, Andrea Medjesi-Jones, Aimée Parrott and Douglas White
Painting About Painting September 2014 - March 2015
From established artists to recent graduates, Painting About Painting explores the attention and opprobrium that painting can attract within contemporary art.
The show includes works by artists in the Simmons & Simmons collection - Hurvin Anderson, Jacopo Dal Bello, Peter Davies, Mark Francis, Bernard Frize, Neil Gall, Alexis Harding, Gary Hume, Callum Innes and Danny Rolph; as well as works by Alice Browne, Andrea Büttner, Maria Chevska, Dexter Dalwood, Katherine Ellis, Nick Goss, Alex Gough, Mike Graham, Mouez Hamdi, Lewis Hammond, Andrew Hewish, Robert Holyhead, Nicholas John Jones, Ian Kiaer, Wendy Mclean, Andrea Medjesi-Jones, Matthew Musgrave, Aimée Parrott, Neal Rock, Joel Wyllie and Toby Ziegler.
Curated by David Stone, Art Partner at Simmons & Simmons, with thanks to Hollybush Gardens, Josh Lilley Gallery, Karsten Schubert, Limoncello Gallery, Mummery Schnelle, Simon Lee Gallery and Supplement Gallery.
Are you sitting comfortably? April - August 2014
The works in this exhibition respond to personal and societal conflicts, showcasing artists from within the Simmons & Simmons contemporary art collection alongside other selected artists. Curated by staff members Louise Rains and Jonathan Sharples.
Artists from the Simmons & Simmons contemporary art collection include Hurvin Anderson, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Martin Creed, Tracey Emin, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Richard Hamilton, Siobhán Hapaska, David Hockney, Gary Hume, Michael Landy, Roy Lichtenstein, Chris Ofili, Lucienne O'Mara and Emilie Taylor.
We're delighted to also feature works by Aziz Cucher, Francisco Goya, Luca Indraccolo, Agata Madejska, Basim Magdy and Andrew Salgado.
Anticipating the Unexpected July 2013 - April 2014 (extended from December 2013)
There is ambiguity inherent in the word 'anticipating'. It can mean 'expecting'. However, 'to expect the unexpected' is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. To anticipate can also mean to guess or be aware of what could happen, to take action in order to be prepared, to predict, to forestall. - Stuart Evans, July 2013
This exhibition places together works by a number of contemporary artists (all women), in order to investigate the strategies they've employed in their work to forestall possibilities, however remote. Artists include Catherine Bertola, Aliki Braine, Sandy Curry, Tacita Dean, Katy Dove, Tracey Emin, Nogah Engler, Emily Floyd, Abigail Lane, Sarah Lucas, Adriana Molder, Cornelia Parker, Luisa Roa, Sarah Strang, Catharina van Eetvelde, Gillian Wearing and Carey Young.
New Points of Reference 10 - 28 June 2013
Following the collaborative art project led by Sarah Strang, working in partnership with Simmons & Simmons and the Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow; this exhibition explores what it means to be responsible both on an individual and collective level - and asks how the two are linked. Visit our news page for more information.
A Late Take on Pop January - June 2013
This exhibition of modern and contemporary art explores the transient and expendable nature of consumer-age culture. It features works by classic pop artists, such as Richard Hamilton, Jim Dine and Roy Lichtenstein; as well as complimentary works by more contemporary artists such as Rachel Whiteread and Michelle Zalopany.
House Rules April - December 2012
Investigating issues around social exclusion, the pieces in this exhibition are united in challenging circumstances in which individuals, or sometimes entire communities, are blocked from the rights and resources that are key to social integration. See the exhibition catalogue or video introduction for more information.
Steppin' Stone 2010
An exhibition curated by Stuart Evans and Yinan Zhang to mark Black History Month. The exhibition explored the invention and perpetuated myth of race through the practices of contemporary artists Hurvin Anderson, Mark Boulos, David Huffman, Glenn Ligon, Hew Locke, Isaac Julien, Steve McQueen, Chris Ofili and Tom Price.
While history and language lend insight into the implementations and effects of racial categories, they are incapable of conveying the full range of individual human experience. This exhibition aimed to open up dialogue amidst the slippages of pre-existing understandings of race through the works of selected artists, which explore inherent contradictions of classification and challenge preconceptions.
At Home in the City? 2010
An exhibition featuring images of people from Asian countries, providing the firm with an opportunity to celebrate diversity.
Instability: Art Interrogating Crisis 2009
Launched during our Diversity and Inclusion Week, this exhibition appraised works in the collection in the context of environmental, financial and political uncertainty, and formed the subject of talks and tours as part of that programme. Artists included Hernán Salamanco and Carey Young.