Coordinates: Hales Gallery is an contemporary art gallery located in London's East End, representing a number of British and international artists. In nurturing young talent and steadfastly supporting the post-war legacy of Britain's pioneering black artists, Hales Gallery has marked 20 influential years on the London and international arts scene in 2012.
The gallery was founded by Paul Hedge and Paul Maslin in 1992, and successfully launched the careers of a number of emerging British artists at that time, including Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mike Nelson and Sarah Jones.The café at Hales became a social environment for local artists to exchange and develop new ideas.Both gallery and café were regularly written about in the art press, national and international newspapers and attracted worldwide media attention.
In 1997 Hales became a commercial gallery and started to represent artists from international backgrounds, including Tomoko Takahashi, Spencer Tunick, Hew Locke and Hans Op de Beeck. Then in 2004 the gallery moved from its original location on Deptford High Street to a new space designed by architects HawkinsBrown in the Tea Building on Shoreditch High Street.
Hales Gallery has an ongoing programme of exhibitions with the art-work display changing every six-eight weeks. In its tenure the gallery has participated in numerous international art fairs including Frieze, Volta, the Armory Show and is also a regular participant of Seven Miami and as of recently Seven NY — alternative art fairs void of the traditional layout of gallery segregation into booths, instead focusing on a curated collective exhibition-like style of display.
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