Horse Hospital

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The Horse Hospital
Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD 01.jpg
The Horse Hospital, 2016
Horse Hospital is located in Greater London
Horse Hospital
Location within Greater London
General information
AddressColonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD
CountryEngland, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°31′22″N 0°07′28″W / 51.5228°N 0.1244°W / 51.5228; -0.1244Coordinates: 51°31′22″N 0°07′28″W / 51.5228°N 0.1244°W / 51.5228; -0.1244
Construction started1794
Completed1797
Design and construction
ArchitectJames Burton
Website
www.thehorsehospital.com

The Horse Hospital is a Grade II listed[1] not for profit, independent arts venue at Colonnade, Bloomsbury, central London.[2] It has a curatorial focus on counter-cultural histories, sub-cultures and outsider as well as emerging artists. It delivers through frequent events, underground film and artist's moving image screenings, and exhibitions.[3] Founded in 1992 by Roger K. Burton,[4] the venue opened with Vive Le Punk! a retrospective of Vivienne Westwood's punk designs in 1993.[5]

The building was originally built by James Burton in 1797 as stabling for cab drivers' sick horses.

History[edit]

Initially programmed by Burton and Ian White, the venue's reputation grew both in London and abroad. James B. L. Hollands later replaced White as curator. The artist, Tai Shani was the programmer from 2006 to 2016, followed by Sholto Dobie and Letitia Calin.

In 1998, the Horse Hospital hosted the debut British exhibition by outsider artist / painter Joe Coleman which attracted a new audience. Subsequently, the venue played host to a variety of performers, musicians, artists, film makers and writers, including Dame Darcy, Anita Pallenberg,[6] Iain Aitch, Jack Sargeant, Valie Export, Chris Carter, David Tibet, Helen Chadwick, Dennis Cooper, Nan Goldin, Morton Bartlett, Lydia Lunch, Bruce Bickford, Gee Vaucher and Crass, Alejandro Jodorowsky,[7] Stewart Home, Jeremy Reed, Franko B, Ron Athey, Banksy, Marc Almond, Yvonne Rainer, Artūras Barysas and others.

It has also been used by various record labels, publishing houses including Soft Skull Press, Verso, Serpent's Tail and Clear Cut Press. and journals such as Strange Attractor and Granta for special events, as well as a screening space for numerous film festivals including the Fashion in Film Festival, London International Animation Festival, London Porn Film Festival[2] amongst others.

The Horse Hospital houses and is supported by the ‘Contemporary Wardrobe Collection’, a fashion archive that specialises in post-war street fashion, sub-cultures and British design. The Chamber of Pop Culture is located there.[8] Proud Camden has been located there since about 2008.[9]

In 2015 The Horse Hospital was listed with London Borough of Camden as a Community Asset and the site was selected for inclusion in the British Library’s UK Web Archive as a website of cultural importance.

In 2019 it was announced that The Horse Hospital was at risk of closure after its landlord proposed a 333 per cent rent increase, from £30,000 to £130,000 annually from the beginning of 2020.[10][11][12] At the start of January 2020 it secured an extension on its lease until 28 February.[13] Eventually, according to The Horse Hospital's website, a new lease was secured until December 2024, with a rent increase of 33%.[14]

The building[edit]

The building is Grade II listed.[1] It was originally built by James Burton in 1797 as stabling for cab drivers' sick horses, the Horse Hospital is notable for its unique stone tiled floor. Access to both floors is by concrete moulded ramps, the upper floor ramp retains hardwood slats preventing the horses from slipping. It can be found at Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London.

Major exhibitions[edit]

  • 1993 Vive Le Punk!, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren
  • 1998 Original Sin, Joe Coleman[15]
  • 1998 Remote Control, Laurie Lipton[16]
  • 1998 Meet, Brian Griffin
  • 1999 Car, Photographs by Peter Anderson
  • 1999 Andre the Giant Has a Posse by Shepard Fairey[8]
  • 2000 Oh Lover Boy, Franko B
  • 2000 The Situation At This Address Has Changed, Sculpture, Drawing, Painting Harry Forbes
  • 2000 Transromantik, Cathy Ward and Eric Wright
  • 2001 Two Es And A Viagra, Peter Rigby
  • 2001 Beat 13!, Lucy McLauchlan, Tim Watkins, Al Murphy
  • 2001 Gee Vaucher
  • 2001 Hospital Brut, The Toxic art of Le Dernier Cri
  • 2002 David Tibet and Steven Stapleton
  • 2003 The Bogside Artists
  • 2003 Unquiet Voices, English and American Visionary Art 1903 - 2003
  • 2004 Heralding the Apocalypse, Barry Hale
  • 2005 The 45th Annual Convention of the Middleman and the Cherry Brigade - Tai Shani
  • 2006 Some Bizzare Exhibition, Stevo Pearce[17]
  • 2007 Visual Athletics Club, Edward Barber
  • 2007 The Other Side of the Island David J Smith
  • 2008 Miron Zownir - Radical Eye
  • 2008 Sandow Birk - Dante's Inferno
  • 2008 Sacred Pastures - Cathy Ward, Eric Wright and Norbert Kox
  • 2008 Instead of wives, they shall have toads, Stephen Fowler[18]
  • 2008 30,000 Years of Cryptomnesia
  • 2008 From Fear to Sanity - CND and the Art of Protest from 1958 to 1963[19]
  • 2009 The Impossible World of Stu Mead
  • 2010 HOLOGRAPHY for Beginners, Ole Hagen
  • 2010 Drag and Cinema, Cinema in Drag – Brice Dellsperger
  • 2010 Ian Johnstone - The 23 Stab Wounds Of Julius Caesar
  • 2010 Fake Food & Fast Cars: The Pop Couture of Kate Forbes
  • 2011 Adrian Di Duca: Monstrorum Historia
  • 2011 Edweard Muybridge: Muybridge's Revolver
  • 2011 Ronny Long - My Life on Earth 1991-2002
  • 2011 Every beautiful thing... The Michael Ho Chong Collection
  • 2012 The Playgrounds of War - Gina Glover
  • 2012 LFP: The Queen, The Chairman And I – Kurt Tong
  • 2012 The Butcher Of Common Sense
  • 2012 Bunti's Picture Show – Ian Ward
  • 2012 Camouflage, Revolution, and Desire – drawing from movies
  • 2013 Morton Bartlett
  • 2013 Jacques Katmor & The 3rd Eye Group
  • 2013 BASHA: the unsung hero of Polish poster art
  • 2013 The Hobo Kings and Queens of Leanne Castillo
  • 2014 A Goodly Company: Ethel Le Rossignol
  • 2014 Walerian Borowczyk – Posters and Lithography
  • 2014 The Opium Den: Jennifer Binnie
  • 2014 Nick Abrahams – Lions & Tigers & Bears
  • 2014 Alien Puma Space Train: The Visionary Work Of Daniel S. Christiansen
  • 2014 Saturation 70
  • 2014 Stephen Holman
  • 2014 Stephen Dwoskin - Ha! Ha!
  • 2015 The School Of The Damned Degree Show 2015
  • 2015 Melinda Gebbie: What Is The Female Gaze?
  • 2015 George Tobias: My Little Kingdom
  • 2015: X-Ray Audio by Stephen Coates[20]
  • 2016 The Detroit Artists Workshop
  • 2016 Punk in Translation: Burst City
  • 2016 Plastique Fantastique: After London
  • 2016 Welcome, Space Brothers: The Unarius Academy Of Science
  • 2016 Destroy All Monsters
  • 2016 Autopsia: Thanatopolis[21]
  • 2017 The Higher Powers Bible: From Genesis To Revelation, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Peter Harris
  • 2017 Cesca Dvorak: Dewy Guises
  • 2017 Peace Love And Anarchy = Freedom And Fun Forever: exhibition of the squatted house, 64-65 Guildford Street
  • 2018 Jakup Ferri: Muscle memory
  • 2018 The Art of Magic
  • 2018 Relating Narratives: A Common World of Women
  • 2018 Cathy Ward: Sub Rosa
  • 2018 Trigger Warning: Films of Tessa Hughes-Freeland
  • 2019 Herve Guibert: Modesty or Immodesty
  • 2019 Lunar Futurism: Costumes, Props & Ephemera from Andrzej Żuławski's 'On the Silver Globe'
  • 2019 Lydia Lunch Presents: SO REAL IT HURTS
  • 2019 Jenkin van Zyl: Oblivion Industry
  • 2019 The Gutter Art of Stephen Varble: Genderqueer Performance Art in the 1970s, photographs by Greg Day
  • 2019 Psychic Communities –_ Drift Fright: New Noveta residency

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Historic England. "The Horse Hospital (1271476)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Basciano, Oliver (26 April 2019). "Alternative London porn festival changes location after protests". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 18 December 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  3. ^ "THE HORSE HOSPITAL". English Heritage. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  4. ^ "The Contemporary Wardrobe by Roger Burton". Bryonesque. 10 May 2012. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  5. ^ Rose, Steve (2 February 2013). "This week's new film events". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 18 December 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  6. ^ Hodgkinson, Will. "Anita Pallenberg: more rock'n'roll than the Stones". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 18 December 2019 – via www.thetimes.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Alexandro Jodorowsky & Pascale Montadon at The Horse Hospital - Soho to Hampstead - Time Out London". Archived from the original on 18 December 2019.
  8. ^ a b Guardian Staff (25 November 1999). "Stick 'em up". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 18 December 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  9. ^ Cooper, Leonie; Baird, Patric; Mitchell, Marc Rowlands & John (18 June 2010). "This week's new clubs". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 18 December 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  10. ^ Gómez, Edward M. (4 July 2020). "Fighting to Save a Fringe Landmark". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  11. ^ "Arts space The Horse Hospital at risk after 333 per cent rent rise". Evening Standard. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Rent rise puts future of arts space in doubt". Islington Tribune. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  13. ^ "Stop The Horse Hospital". The Horse Hospital. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  14. ^ "The Horse Hospital: Independent Arts Venue". The Horse Hospital. Retrieved 20 October 2021.
  15. ^ "Original Sin". The Horse Hospital. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  16. ^ "Remote Control". The Horse Hospital. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  17. ^ "Stevo: Bizzare after all these years "[dead link]Independent Online Edition, accessed 22 December 2007
  18. ^ Lack, Jessica (18 July 2008). "Discovering the DIY way". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 18 December 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  19. ^ Aitch, Iain (8 August 2008). "Event preview: From Fear To Sanity, London". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 18 December 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  20. ^ Paphides, Pete (29 January 2015). "Bone music: the Soviet bootleg records pressed on x-rays". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 18 December 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  21. ^ "AutopsiA Thanatopolis". The Horse Hospital. Retrieved 18 December 2019.

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