In the game of art, it would be more than a cliché to say that many are called but few are chosen. That is, artists who sit in their studios churning out works – no matter how exceptional – and waiting for curators and gallery directors to come knocking are likely to wait a while… sometimes a lifetime. That is perhaps why there is a long tradition of artist-run spaces in London. Why wait when you can take matters in your own hands?
Transition gallery is the brainchild of painter Cathy Lomax who transformed the unit 25a of the Regent Studios, off Andrews Road in Hackney, into a flexible display space. Since its inception in 2002, Transition Gallery has expanded to spawn Transition Editions which now publishes the occasional book as well as three regular magazines: Arty, Garageland and The Critical Friend and a few “Tranzines” (i.e. Transition-fanzines). As if this was not a sufficient demonstration of business acumen via diversification, there is now a “Transition shop” to cater to all your arty needs, whether you’re looking for a unique art work, a limited edition or just a badge.