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Tuesday 25 October 2022
13:00pm - 14:00pm
PLEASE NOTE: This event is exclusively for STEAMhouse Create Programme members.
Join Miles Thurlow, Co-Founder & Director of Workplace for an informal conversation about how he works with artists.
Led by Ruth Claxton, this is the latest in a series of events exclusively for STEAMhouse Create Programme members designed to demystify the commissioning process and help artists understand how different curators and organisations work, and how projects and relationships with artists evolve.
The event will be hosted on Zoom
Miles Thurlow studied BA Fine Art Sculpture at Loughborough College of Art before completing his MFA in Fine Art at Newcastle University in 2000. Deciding to stay in the Northeast of England, Miles set up Workplace with another ex-Newcastle Fine Art student Paul Moss in 2002, and they opened their first gallery in Gateshead Town Centre beneath the 1960’s Brutalist masterpiece ‘The Get Carter Car Park’ in 2004.
Representing a group of artists from the North East, Workplace grew in parallel to the art fair boom of the early 2000’s and they were soon taking part in prestigious fairs such as Zoo Art Fair, NADA Miami, Art Cologne, Artissima, The Armory Show and Frieze Art Fair to name a few. In 2013 Workplace opened a second gallery in London where it ran a programme until 2018.
In 2020, after a hiatus from London and the commercial art scene, Miles relaunched the commercial gallery in the capital with a new team and vision for the future establishing a new exhibition space in Central London, followed by a temporary space in Haggerston, East London in 2021. Since reopening, Workplace has refocussed its programme taking on a number of new artists including Simeon Barclay, Olivia Jia, Miko Veldkamp, James Prapaithong and Katinka Lampe, with a wish to represent the work of artists whose practices reflect the multiplicity of voices that constitute our society today.
Workplace is now based in Mayfair where it continues to promote, engage and champion artists working across media and at different career stages, through a program of exhibitions, events, and art fair participation. Workplace is owned and led by Thurlow with support by Director, Alice Amati and a growing team.
In 2017 Miles and Paul founded Workplace Foundation, a Charity supporting emerging and under-represented artists based outside of London with a specific focus on the North. Workplace Foundation recognises that more work needs to be done to support and connect the vital yet fragile communities and art scenes outside of London in the UK to an International audience and aims to address the lack of opportunities for artists and improve the cultural landscape and social fabric of life in the UK.
Through working with a diverse community of artists outside of a commercial context, Workplace Foundation aims to cultivate a dynamic and critically aware art scene in the North of England and connect it to national and global audiences.
Miles continues to live in the North East of England with a weekly commute to London.