SKIP Gallery: art for the people

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From bin men chuckling at David Shrigley sculptures to mums taking selfies with the work and their kids, SKIP Gallery challenges preconceptions about where art can be shown and who it is shown to. Ahead of their upcoming exhibition series at Selfridges, Like it of Lump it, we spoke to curator duo Baker & Borowski about making the art world more accessible for artists and audiences alike, bringing gender politics to a shopping mecca and how to set up your own gallery if you’re strapped for cash.

Hitting the shop floor at Selfridges between 4 and 31 March, SKIP Gallery’s latest exhibition Like it or Lump it will see three uncompromising artists bring their take on identity, gender and body politics to the West London fashion hotspot.
In a skip sandwiched between Gucci and Chloé, Serbian-born multidisciplinary artist Maja Djordjevic will exhibit her signature ‘pixel’ nude girl, while makeup enthusiast and YouTuber Paul Kindersley will combine live action, film and sculpture for a performance-focused two weeks. Elsewhere in the building artist Claire Pearce will fill a changing room with an installation about the intersection of body image and social media. For curators, Lee Baker and Catherine Borowski, anywhere, even a department store, can become a gallery.
Baker & Borowski first set up SKIP Gallery in 2016 when they had a project to show but couldn’t catch a break from conventional art spaces. From personal struggle, the itinerant skip-based exhibition venue has become something much bigger – it’s a space that challenges where art can exist and who it exists for.
Ahead of the show, we wanted to find out more about SKIP’s social mission, exploring gender politics at Selfridges and quiz them on how they got started…

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