1. Abbas Zahedi and Sadie Murdoch

    Belmacz | 45 Davies Street, W1K 4LX

  2. Amalia Pica

    Koenig London | 259-269 Old Marylebone Road, NW1 5RA

  3. Anna Barham

    Arcade | Chelsea Space, 16 John Islip St, London SW1P 4JU

  4. Darren Bader

    Sadie Coles HQ | 62 Kingly Street, W1B 5QN

  5. Helen Cammock

    Kate McGarry | 27 Old Nichol Street, E2 7HR

  6. Heman Chong

    Amanda Wilkinson | 18 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SH

  7. Paul Maheke

    Goodman Gallery and Galerie Sultana | 26 Cork Street, W1S 3ND

  8. Tim Etchells

    VITRINE | 15 Bermondsey Square, SE1 3UN

Performance Exchange is a new dispersed platform for performance art in commercial galleries. Hosted in venues across London over a single weekend in July 2021 each participating gallery will present a performance from an artist they represent.

Alongside the presentation of the works themselves, Performance Exchange has worked with the artists and galleries in the programme to research and produce detailed digital documents that will highlight a direct link from the live work shown to its acquisition – be that as a contractual relationship, or through documentation and material residues such as film, installation, props and scripts.

Together the set of bespoke acquisitions documents will make up a unique and innovative digital guide to the programme, the purchasing and support of performance art that merges aesthetic, economic, and practical factors.

Since its beginnings in the underground art scenes  of the 1950s and 60s, performance has become an increasingly important part of a great number of contemporary artists’ work – both as a stand-alone practice, and within much broader constellation of production, from painting to ceramics, film, drawing, and installation.

Performance Exchange highlights the ways in which commercial galleries do support artists whose practice is multi-disciplinary, yet might struggle to make the live and ephemeral elements of their work visible within the object-focused art market and acts as a catalyst for changing collecting structures so they can reflect individual artist’s practice as a holistic entity.

Following on from the live programme, three UK public museum partners—Towner Eastbourne, Leicester Gallery at De Montfort University and Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool—will each acquire an artwork from the programme, supported by an acquisitions fund, and with a view to their future presentation.

Museum Acquisitions create new audiences for artists and provide important long-term legacy for their practice. Through this acquisition programme, Performance Exchange also creates a cross-sector collaboration of the art market and museums, encouraging them to share knowledge and expertise towards their common goals of having as broad a spectrum of practices as possible being supported now, and understood in the future.

Performance Exchange is Founded and Directed by Rose Lejeune.   The Founding Galleries are Arcade, Seventeen Gallery and VITRINE.

Performance Exchange acquisition documents are made possible thanks to support from Art Fund. Performance Exchange public talks are kindly supported by Arts Council England.