REJECTS: Get rejected – but make it art!

REJECTS: Get rejected – but make it art!

Find out about exhibiting artists and the artworks HERE

Art Friend presents REJECTS, a celebration of the best art submitted and rejected by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Where: Unit 3, Larch Court, 156-170 Bermondsey Street, Royal Oak Yard, London, SE1 3GB - MAP

When: 27 July to 3 August Mon–Fri: 11am–7.30pm, Sat: 10am–6pm, Sun: 11am - 5pm Thursday 27th July launch party: 6pm–9pm,

RSVP HERE - choose date from drop down menu. OPENING PARTY SOLD OUT.

Some of the biggest names in the art world were rejects once – and now Art Friend is showcasing the best of a new gen of rejects.

Art Friend is proud to introduce REJECTS, the Alternative Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, where the best artworks from the 13,000 rejected pieces will be showcased at a gallery hidden in the heart of Bermondsey next to White Cube.

These talented artists all submitted their artwork for consideration by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, but were not selected for display. It’s not for us to challenge the decision of the panel… instead you should come and see for yourself if these artists should have made the cut, and if you can find an artist as talented as previous rejects such as Banksy, Édouard Manet and Rebecca Salter. The difference? You can probably still afford this art.

'Mindfulness' - Craig Keenan

The art is as eclectic as the range of artists themselves, featuring a display of the best contemporary art on the market, with work across a range of different mediums from large-scale abstract paintings to mixed media collages, experimental photography to oil paintings and drawings, screen prints to embroidery.

It might sound like we’re presenting ourselves in opposition to the Royal Academy. Just because they’re royal and we’re friendly; they’re about rejects and we’re about acceptance; they’re west London and we’re south London… well, maybe we are a bit different. You’ll just have to come and see for yourself.


Opening night

Come launch the exhibition in style on Thursday 27 July from 6pm to 9pm, as REJECTS throws an opening night party for the hottest rejects in town. There will be drinks flowing, a DJ playing, and live screen-printing – plus the opportunity to knock-around with the artists themselves (although don’t mention the Summer Exhibition).

Please RSVP to secure a spot, as space is limited.


About Art Friend

Art Friend throws art jargon out the window and invites everyone to the gallery. A non-conventional, inclusive space run by female gallerist Shona Bland, Art Friend makes art accessible, inviting and fun by showcasing and celebrating art from artists of all backgrounds and identities. This is a safe space where everyone can enjoy art – no stuffy vibes, no admission fees, and no wankers (well, maybe a few wankers).


Exhibiting Artists:

Angus Vasili

Anna Marrow

Assia Bennai

Cassandra Yap

Cherry Mcalister

Clare Halifax

Craig Keenan

David Newton

Diego Arellano

Emma Yeomans

Ewan Taylor

Fran Giffard

Gavin Gob

Gina Cross

Hannah Pratt

Harry Watmough

Laura Nevill

Laura Parker

Lorelei Bere

Luana Asiata

Lucy Merriman

Lucy Stevens

Mark Yates

Maureen Grayson

Nicole Rose

Sanne Glasbergen

Shumaiya Khan

Saroj Patel

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