Giving emerging artists a space

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  • Feb

No 20 is a new centre for contemporary art in the heart of Islington. A former frame factory turned into a multi-functional space. We spoke to gallery manager Ambra Gattiglia about its programme of events that support emerging and established artists.

Ambra is Italian and has lived in London for seven years, three of those in Islington. “Islington has such a vibrant community and its residents are very much involved in what is going on culturally in their neighbourhood,” she says.

“No 20 is very much involved with the local community and with local artists, but also with galleries that don’t have a space in London.”

Ambra’s job involves the day-to-day running of the gallery on Cross Street, organising exhibitions and events, liaising with artists and working with local organisations involved in shows, like the Almeida and Little Angel Theatre.

“We have a show planned in June with a young artist called Augustine Carr who graduated last year from the Royal College of Art; two exhibitions that involve Jim Threapleton; and are working on a multimedia project with another duo. They all live in the local area,” Ambra says.

First up is the gallery’s new exhibition, ‘Staccioli | Bavia | Caplin’ which opened on Friday. It displays the work of Paolo Staccioli, Silvano Bavia and Steve Caplin and is the first London show for all three artists.

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