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    Midnight Blue Collective's Peckham car showroom

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    Gallery Yujiro

    Gallery Yujiro occupies the top floor of an industrial building in Bermondsey that overlooks Building One – the derelict biscuit factory where Damien Hirst mounted ‘Modern Medicine’, the show that first drew Charles Saatchi’s attention to the YBAs. Run by artist Dale Adcock (who worked at Sadie Coles) and Andrea Adcock (who was in advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi), the gallery has the status of a CIC, a company that invests 30 per cent of its profits into the community. The beneficiaries will be the graduates given cheap studio space during those two difficult years after college, along with advice from critics and curators.

    ‘We want to make a difference,’ Andrea tells me, ‘so it’ll be more than just a gallery representing artists. There’ll be workshops, talks and exhibitions curated by artists and guest curators. We have links with Japan and will also set up residencies here and over there.’

    Midnight Blue Collective

    Located in a derelict car showroom in Peckham, the Auto-Italia South-East London Gallery is run by four first-year students at Central Saint Martin’s. It reminds me of the exhibitions mounted by the YBAs in the late ’80s. ‘We’re not trying to copy the YBAs,’ says Alistair Maddox, ‘but doing our own thing. We give people free space on our website, for instance.’ The collective has four core members plus 70 others, and anyone can have a show in the space, which doubles as a workshop. They simply have to install and monitor the exhibition and contribute towards the beer for the opening. ‘We don’t censor or judge,’ says Alex Ressel. ‘We haven’t made any sales; selling is not important.’

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