The final show before the hip Mornington Crescent gallery closes this autumn – after five years, no less – is (X) A Fantasy, with new commissions by both historical and contemporary artists.
Over thirty artworks explore the “transgression of boundaries” between public and private spheres, with the focus on eating, dancing, seducing, and how individual and collective engagements “make the political personal”.
But why is the gallery shutting its doors after this? The aim, says a spokesperson, is that DRAF has “exciting plans to significantly expand our programme beyond our London base, with the aim of reaching new and broader audiences”.
This will include partnerships with regional institutions, tours, increased loans of works from the David Roberts Collection and “innovative pop-up events”.
And how will it all be funded? Why, by “an endowment of funds raised from the sale of our current London exhibition space in Camden”.
Boo: so we assume the space will be developed into flats. Can’t say that’s not a real shame, not to mention a genuine loss to Camden’s art scene.
In the meantime, catch the final show if you can.