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Debut Contemporary Launch Their New Website
October 8, 2013
This month Debut Contemporary, the exciting contemporary gallery space in Notting Hill, launched their state of the art website and online shop. I went along to the launch party to talk to Samir Ceric, one half of the husband and wife duo who foundered the gallery, to find out why they decided to take the gallery’s art online.
Debut Contemporary is a unique gallery in that they don’t just represent their artists but work as a professional development platform, coaching artists in the commercial and networking aspects of developing their art practice into a successful business. Their philosophy outlines the importance of this process; ‘Artists have historically found it difficult to access gallery space and professional industry assistance in pushing their careers in the right direction. A lack of professional development in the industry has had a devastating effect with respect to the loss of creative talent for decades now. Debut Contemporary’s role is to change that, and give talent an opportunity to succeed and get the necessary exposure within the right networks…’ The rest of which can be read on the Debut Contemporary website.
As a result of this nurturing environment the artists that pass through the Debut space aren’t just forgotten when they leave but remain alumni of sorts. The gallery space can only hold a finite number of artists work, the new website allows Debut Contemporary to offer up the work of all their artists past and present, reconnecting with all these alumni artists and furthering the opportunities the gallery can offer them.
Samir told me that, as well as allowing them to offer a larger selection of work from all their artists old and new, the online shop enhances their connection with the global network of art dealers and collectors that are starting to take note of this innovative London gallery. There are of course other online art galleries and places you can browse and buy original art – degreeart.com and riseart.com for example, but uniquely with Debut you can browse online and then visit the gallery to see the work in person, which isn’t usually an option with online art shops.
Debut Contemporary are situated in Notting Hill at 82 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5RT. The gallery throws a private view party where you can meet Samir and a number of the artists on the first Wednesday of each month, you can get your name on the guest list by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can visit during opening hours which are Monday-Saturday 11am – 7pm or visit their website and online shop at debutcontemporary.com.
Words by Kirsty Sapsford Junior Arts Editor