Sadie Coles HQ

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Sadie Coles HQ is a contemporary art gallery in London, owned and directed by Sadie Coles. The gallery focuses on presenting the work of established and emerging international artists. It was at the forefront of the Young British Artists movement.[1]


Sadie Coles HQ opened in April 1997 and has since operated from a variety of distinctive spaces. Its inaugural exhibition at 35 Heddon Street, by American painter John Currin, was followed by Sarah Lucas’s exhibition ‘The Law’ in lofts on St John Street.

Between 2010 and 2013, Sadie Coles HQ was located at both New Burlington Place – a 5,000 square feet (460 square metres) space on the site of Nigel Greenwood's gallery during the 1980s and 90s – and on South Audley Street.[2]

In 2013, Sadie Coles HQ moved to its current location, a 6,000 square feet (560 square metres) first floor gallery on Kingly Street in what was formerly the La Valbonne nightclub.[3][2] In November 2015, it opened a third location in a glass-fronted 3,000 square feet (280 square metres) space on Davies Street in Mayfair designed by 6a architects[2]

Since her inaugural exhibition, Coles has followed the same formula for each of her invitations. Taking the graphic identity of the gallery itself – a grey block that represents the gallery space and is found on all her branded material – she uses the same block on the invitations, allowing each artist to choose their own colour. A piece of the artist’s work is then shown on the inside of the card.[4]


Coles has worked with Sarah Lucas since the founding of Sadie Coles HQ.[5] From February to December 2012, Situation, a temporary space, showed works by Lucas.[6] The extended display will include works both new and historical, mainly by Lucas and occasionally involving other artists.

Artists represented include Carl Andre, Matthew Barney, Avner Ben-Gal, Frank Benson, John Bock, Don Brown, Spartacus Chetwynd, Steven Claydon, William N. Copley, John Currin, Sam Durant, Angus Fairhurst, Urs Fischer, Jonathan Horowitz, David Korty, Gabriel Kuri, Jim Lambie, Hilary Lloyd, Sarah Lucas, Hellen van Meene, Victoria Morton, JP Munro, Laura Owens, Simon Periton, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, Ugo Rondinone, Wilhelm Sasnal, Gregor Schneider, Daniel Sinsel, Andreas Slominski, Christiana Soulou, Helen Marten, Rudolf Stingel, Ryan Sullivan, Nicola Tyson, Paloma Varga Weisz, TJ Wilcox, Steve Dowson, Jordan Wolfson, and Andrea Zittel.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Jonathan P Harris, Art, Money, Parties, University of Chicago Press, 2005, p4
  2. ^ a b c Shaw, Anny (5 November 2015). "Sadie Coles opens double-height 'fish tank' gallery in Mayfair". The Art Newspaper.
  3. ^ Buck, Louisa (11 September 2013). "Sadie Coles opens new space in former West End nightclub". The Daily Telegraph.
  4. ^ Sadie Coles HQ invitations Wallpaper, 22 December 2008.
  5. ^ Alice Rawsthorn, "Space women", Guardian, 12 October 2006,
  6. ^ Coline Milliard, "YBA Sarah Lucas Gets a Room of Her Own Above Sadie Coles in London", ARTINFO, 16 February 2012,

Further reading[edit]

Sadie Coles and Jonathan Harris, "Sadie Coles HQ: Anatomy of a gallery in the age of globalised contemporary art" in Art, Money, Parties: New Institutions in the Political Economy of Contemporary Art, ed. Jonathan Harris, University of Chicago Press, 2005.

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Coordinates: 51°30′31″N 0°09′06″W / 51.50857°N 0.1516°W / 51.50857; -0.1516