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The Assembly Room – A petite gallery for passers-by.

Assembly room black and white text logo
  • Written byPostgraduate Community
  • Published date 09 February 2022
Assembly room black and white text logo

An introduction to a unique gallery space from its owners Adrian Baynes and Chris. Dugrenier


Almost a year ago, we opened a Gallery in our small rural village in the East Midlands.

Yes !!! When all the galleries, theatres, cinemas & cultural spaces -along with nearly everything else- were closed, we opened our new space.

Actually, it was because everything had closed that we thought:

“If they cannot come to the Gallery, let’s bring the gallery to the street!”

So, #fortheloveofArt and after some ‘light’ modification to the ‘space’, we opened The Assembly Room on Valentine’s Day 2021.

Before

solid front door
Assembly Room Door - Before

After

front door with a window display
Assembly Room Door - After

But first, lets us introduce ourselves.

We are Artists Adrian Baynes (founder of Baynes&Co Designers) and Chris. Dugrenier (currently in second year studying for a MA in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins) and we are totally devoted to the Arts.

The Assembly Room is a petite Gallery where artworks are visible to those who walk by it.

Our space – a white cube of 84 x 82cm x 30cm deep- is small, deliberately so, allowing for a maximum of 2 artworks to be in dialogue. The exhibit changes every 2 to 3 weeks.

With this simple format, we encourage the making of association, opposition, contrast and evolution…

The focus is solely on the artwork with no other information added. Title/Exhibition Text/Artist names and work descriptions are accessible from the website (www.theassemblyroom.co.uk) and on a couple of local social media pages.

Our philosophy is to develop slowly, carefully consider what we show as we build relationships with artists.

Our ambition is to present the work of contemporary artists to showcase the wealth and breath of what art can be to a rural audience. Thus far, we have exhibited oil paintings, pastel drawings, architectural plans, Neon, Light, Kinetic and Digital Art. And even, Installation – albeit small.

To give you an idea of the type of works we show, here’s a selection from the last exhibition. On Portraiture... It featured the works of a past Camberwell College of Arts student, a current MA Fine Art Central Saint Martins student (with the participation of peers from the course) and a recent MA Fine Art Central Saint Martins graduate.

portrait painting
Iris by Rosalind Stoddart - Camberwell Student

Iris by Rosalind Stoddart (Camberwell Art Student)– an exquisite oil painting, that won the artist the top prize at The Mall Gallery some years back.

Guess Who Board Game sutomiused with avatars and portraits
Guess Who? - IRL vs URL by Chris Dugrenie - Current MAFA at CSM
Guess Who Board Game sutomiused with avatars and portraits
Guess Who? - IRL vs URL by Chris Dugrenie - Current MAFA at CSM

Guess Who? IRL vs URL by Chris. Dugrenier (Current MA Fine Art student at Central Saint Martins) plays with the game of the same name and adapts it to present a new type of self-portraiture: the avatars or icons that we choose as our online identities. It is interesting to see what people choose to represent themselves: from a cartoon character or a close up of a physical feature, to an album cover, or even to more abstract forms, the choice is infinite. Self-representation is entering a new realm.

Chris. would like to thank everyone from the MA Fine Art student at Central Saint Martins course and friends who participated.

photograph collage portrait
photographic work is by Yun Kim (2021 alumni)

This photographic work is by Korean Artist Yun Kim who graduated last year. The Three Universals is a work of collected images from www.thispersondoesnotexist.com which generates unlimited ‘human beings’ by GAN (Generative Adversarial Network) one of AI programs. The program collects human images that exist online, maps them and recreates look-alike human faces. Yun Kim explains: “The three of them are forced to remain as ‘they’ erasing ‘me’ or ‘you’ and creating a new community”.

Get in touch

We are always interested in featuring other artists’ works so if you have anything text based for the next Text Art exhibition, you’re welcome to send us an email to discuss further (chris.dugrenier@mac.com).

As we look back on the 3 exhibitions thus far and plan the future, we have a dilemma: do we choose a birthday cake or a Valentine’s Day card?

Adrian & Chris.

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