Established in 2019, Informality is a contemporary art gallery based in the United Kingdom, situated in the Oxfordshire town of Henley on Thames. With a focus on the environment and co-existence, Informality works with an international selection of artists on site-specific collaborations. The programme encourages its artists to use exploratory practices that reinvent traditional mediums.Read More
The gallery was founded in late 2019 between arts advisor Frederick McDonald and a private collector of Australian contemporary art. The gallery aims to explore thematic topics whilst increasing the representation of Australian art.
Informality’s opening exhibition, Painting During Technology, in September 2019 was a solo show by renowned British illustrator Brian Grimwood. The show saw the artist explore for the first time the idea of using digital technology as a medium for painting; the artist turned to items such as the digital tablet to create new works.
Paris-based Australian artist Anthony White’s exhibition, The Curious Eye Never Runs Dry was held at Informality later in 2019. The gallery has since quickly developed a diverse roster of international artists and its programme has marked the first of several artist appearances in the United Kingdom.
Informality’s first group show, Symbiosis (31 October 2019–11 January 2020), embodied the gallery’s core ethos of exploring themes of co-existence and the environment. The show brought together several artists on the gallery’s roster and beyond to explore the relationship between their art and the environment. Such themes have remained consistent through the gallery’s thematically curated shows.
Informality enhances its exhibition programme with accompanying talks and lectures. In February 2020 McDonald inaugurated the Informality Lecture Series, which involves talks tailored to aid emerging collectors in researching artists and understanding the art market.
In keeping with its support of international artists, the gallery represents a large contingent of Australian contemporary artists, including, painters Anthony White and Chen Ping, sculptor Jamie North, as well as multi-disciplinary artists Todd McMillan and James Drinkwater. The gallery also shows young Australian photographers Anthony Hodgkinson and New York based Brooke Holm. The gallery also presents the work of the late Indigenous Pitjantjatjara artist Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri.
Counterbalancing the gallery’s roster which largely supports Australian artists, the gallery also encourages international contemporary artists.
Informality beyond the white cube
Outside of the gallery’s own walls, Informality has committed to site-specific collaborations. In late 2019 Informality collaborated with Jamie North and Pi Artworks to bring the artists first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, Inflection (11–17 November 2019, Pi Artworks), to Central London’s Fitzrovia district. The bustling metropolis provided a poignant location for a show exploring the current climate crisis and the fragility of human cities in the face of nature.
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