In an exclusive and innovative approach to the art fair season in London, In Residence was an exhibition presented by Oliver Sears Gallery gallery in London during the Frieze Art Fair and which ran for the entire month of October 2015. Curated by Brian Kennedy, the venue chosen for this prestigious event was Six Fitzroy Square, an elegant eighteenth century townhouse designed by Robert Adam, which is located in one of London's most handsome squares. The exhibition showcased work by gallery artists as well as a number of invited artists representing different genres: painting, photography, sculpture and applied arts.
Also exhibited were paintings by key artists in Irish art history – namely Jack Yeats, William Leech, Paul Henry, and William Scott as well as the first ever viewing of Lucian Freud's 'Donegal Man, Profile', loaned to the gallery by the subject himself Mr Pat Doherty. The painting now forms part the Freud Project at The Irish Museum of Modern Art.
The aim of ‘In Residence’ was to bring the best of Irish contemporary fine and applied art to a new platform in London showcasing what this tiny but highly interesting and influential country has to offer.
In Residence was opened by Lord Gowrie with over 250 people attending the opening night and we were delighted that the initial enthusiasm was sustained with a constant stream of visitors and clients throughout the entire month of October. We were also gratified that the exhibition attracted significant media attention with coverage in a wide range of print and online media, including the UK and Irish Sunday Times Culture and the Financial Times. We were also featured in NUVO, a high end Canadian lifestyle website and were selected by Seymours Art Consultancy as one of the top ten events to see in London in October alongside Frieze, Tate Modern, and Goya at the National Portrait Gallery.
A catalogue of the exhibition is available.