The NOW Commission invites shortlisted artists, designers and creatives to come up with an exciting and exceptional installation that will transform and react to the gallery space.

Last January we celebrated contemporary sculpture with ‘Aperture’ by Robert Orchardson. Phoebe English took over the gallery with her largest installation to date in May. The focus in the Autumn was on design with Alex Chinneck’s curled up pylon – ‘Straight jacket star jump’ which complimented his London Design Festival piece on the Greenwich Peninsula ‘A Bullet from a Shooting Star.’ Other shows in 2015 curated by Kaia Charles, included a collaboration with ELCAF and Ricardo Calvolo; and ‘Home Affairs’ – an African living room was created by fashion designer Christine Mhando and Yinka Ilori, furniture designer.

This year we are spreading our arms wider and moving into the public realm with a series of outdoor commissions. Look up for Morag Myerscough’s colourway cranes, our hoardings have an illustrator’s take, and we are awaiting a designer’s invention for our seating under the canopy – and more for 2016.

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Jemima Burrill, NOW Gallery curator, said “NOW Gallery acts as the catalyst with exhibitions responding to the continuously evolving Greenwich Peninsula site. Fashion designers, designers, and artists create exhibitions which are playful, inspiring and bring our unconventional gallery space to life. How design can become art and how artists can create design has been our preoccupation. Moving forward with a playful theme, Something & Son’s installation in June is an interactive work, where everyone has the opportunity to make a peninsula brick. Concurrently we are looking at placemaking and the importance of the public realm around the gallery. Thinking outside the box is the key for any of our commissions, an opportunity to think wide and see how a design/art can integrate itself into Greenwich Peninsula in an exciting way.”

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