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Côte Brasserie Supports Local Artists at Hays Galleria Pop-up Event

On Tuesday 25th April, Côte Brasserie held a pop-up gallery at its Hays Galleria restaurant to celebrate and support up-and-coming student artists.

The event, titled The Future of British Art, was an afternoon affair with canapés and drinks on our first-floor mezzanine level overlooking the River Thames and showcased the excellent work of these amazing artists.

Arts, Theatre and Culture

Most of our Côte Brasserie restaurants are in close proximity to a gallery, theatre or major arts venue. We take pride in being close to some of the most famous and influential arts and culture venues in the world.

We have seen a diverse range of inspirational British artists and art forms over the last 100 years, but this time we wanted to show our appreciation for up-and-coming artists.

So, we invited five artists from some of the best art schools in the UK to exhibit their work in a pop-up gallery at our Hays Galleria restaurant.

From painting on canvas to screen-printing on metal, the artists featured showcased a range of artistic disciplines that really showed how British art is becoming more ambitious through the types of medium being used.

Their work showed us that art in Britain today is becoming harder to define, as the lines separating painting, sculpture, film-making and digital artworks have become even more blurred.

Let us introduce you to some of the artists that exhibited…

Holly Kerslake

Holly Kerslake is a third-year student at Loughborough University and studies Fine Art. Holly submitted two pieces to exhibit, ‘We can get along’ and ‘Thought’, both created with oil on canvas.

Her work visualises the process of thought as a series of tangible objects which travel through space, existing unseen in our world.

“Individual fragments of information fit together like a complex jigsaw which expands to form our never-complete understanding” – Holly Kerslake

Jonathan Lawrence

Jonathan Lawrence is a London-based artist who graduated from De Montfort University. He specialises in the ‘dystopian’. Surreal touches, a mixture of the natural, the organic and the futuristic, dominate his artwork.

“The future of British art is probably automation, or some form of artificial intelligence. We need to embrace it but claim to be rebelling against it” – Jonathan Lawrence

Georgia Munns

Georgia Munns is a student from the University of the Arts London – Central St Martins. Her degree is in Graphic Design and she especially loves working with screen-printing techniques on a variety of surfaces.

The piece she submitted to exhibit (unnamed) is a photograph of New York Architecture that has been screen-printed onto a sheet of steel and corroded.

Tan Liqing

Liqing is a student from China who is currently studying for a Master’s of Fine Art at the UCL Slade School of Art. With a mixed educational background, British art has been a growing influence in her artwork since attending Slade.

“The future of British Art as far as I understand it will be more free and independent. It will be symbolic as the viewer could dig out their own experiences within a piece, and it will be experimental” – Tan Liqing

This piece by Liqing is called ‘Bye, Jellyfish’ and is meant to transmit an emotional grey to the viewer.

Discover more about our pop up art event in the below video


Cultural Dining

Are you looking to book for dinner before the theatre or do you fancy a spot of lunch after a stroll around the galleries? Côte Brasserie offer fantastic menu options, whether you’re in the mood for a perfect pre-theatre set menu or something à la carte.

Find the nearest restaurant to you or find out how to book a table today.