Gallery at The Southgate Club will showcase local artists
A private members club in Southgate has opened up to the public to help support local artists.
The Southgate Club is better known as a live music venue, regularly hosting the popular St Harmonica’s Blues Club, but is expanding the use of its premises in the town centre to address a shortage of gallery space in Enfield.
The club in Chase Side is now providing a community space for artists to display and sell their work, allowing non-members to come in for free and browse the artwork being displayed.
Marek Pospieszalski, chair of The Southgate Club, told the Dispatch: “We are offering gallery space to local artists and the plan is to open up a cafe as well and have different displays up every two weeks.
“We realised there was a lack of exhibition space in the area and we wanted to support talented local artists.”
The gallery’s new “atmospheric” hanging space, including lighting and fittings, was funded by benefactor Ralph Hutchings. It is now open during the club’s regular hours, from 5pm until late Monday–Thursday, from 3pm on Fridays, and from 12pm at weekends.
The first artists to feature at The Southgate Club are Anne Hutchings and Nicola Scott, who work in printmaking, drawing and painting.
Anne said: “Enfield has a large number of artists, but a dearth of hanging space has always been a problem. To this effect, the redundant area was given a new floor, paint scheme, new sofas, good lighting and an efficient hanging system.
“It’s curious, double-sided fireplace stripped back to the brickwork.”
Anne says her print and pencil drawings are “driven by an untidy mind” while Nicola’s work “uses nature itself, with hints of decay and regeneration”. She adds: “Future shows already planned will be abstract canvases, panoramic photography and printmaking.
“Post-pandemic, the simpler things in life are becoming more important, and community spirit starts at the grassroots. It is hoped the new gallery can contribute in a small way.”