MOT International, formerly MOT Gallery, is a contemporary art gallery in east London run by Chris Hammond.
In August 2002, as the first of two projects taking place during that summer, Louise Harris showed new works, which addressed a subject via a particular medium, including watercolours of blondes, landscape images made from felt and abstract collages with paper on the theme of sex.
In 2005, Hammond curated Shezad Dawood's Paradise Row. Dawood bought a run-down Georgian house in Paradise Row, Bethnal Green and renovated the property with the interior being white throughout. It was then put up for sale through an estate agent, Blake Stanley, the result being simultaneously an art exhibition and a conventional property vending. Hammond said, "Fantasy is really important, both in terms of architecture and where you want to live. Architecture is all about a projection of where you want to live, it's about imagining space that doesn't actually exist yet." Although the initial idea was a hoax to confuse the estate agent as to the nature of the enterprise, he took to it as a good marketing venture to local creatives and a novel way to enhance his new business.
It received funding from the Arts Council of England.
The gallery address is Unit 54/5th floor, Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN. It is housed in Regent Studios, which is also home to the Transition Gallery and Five Years Gallery. The nearest tube station is Bethnal Green.
Notes and references
- Waddell, Heather (2006). London Art and Artists Guide, 10th edition, p. 156. London Art and Artists Guide. ISBN 0-9520004-6-6, ISBN 978-0-9520004-6-4
- "Showbiz news", Evening Standard, 15 August 2002. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
- Grimshaw, Chloe. The Independent on Sunday, "Interiors: Welcome to Paradise", 19 June 2005. Retrieved from findarticles.com, 28 January 2009.
- "Bubble & Squeak at PM Gallery", Artdaily. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
- "Emerging artists", Frieze, January – February 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2009.