waterside contemporary is committed to developing an ambitious and vibrant multidisciplinary and cross-generational programme. Representing a portfolio of UK and international artists, the gallery brings institutional-quality exhibitions to London art audiences and market and supports the artists through curatorial projects and international art fairs.
d’Alancaisez and Ovenden share an interest in determined and engaged art practices. An international commitment allows the gallery to foreground current and historical overseas debates in a London context.
The gallery’s programme and projects encompass practices that pertain to and stem from political periphery, for example those of Karen Mirza and Brad Butler or Ştefan Constantinescu. In parallel, the gallery engages with conceptually-driven work of mid-career European and UK artists including George Barber and Karim Noureldin.
In a series of group and solo exhibitions, waterside contemporary has worked with artists including Hreinn Fri∂finnsson, Anna Ostoya, Damien Roach, A K Dolven, Anita di Bianco, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Ernesto Salmerón, Amikam Toren and Graham Hudson.
The gallery works closely with its artists on developing projects in London and abroad, with large-scale Karim Noureldin's RSIM and publishing interventions by Javier Rodriguez and Marcin Dudek’s Screen House examples of an evolving international line-up.
waterside contemporary has collaborated with galleries and institutions including no.w.here, The London Consortium, Stanley Picker Gallery and LETO (Poland). In parallel with the gallery programme in London, d'Alancaisez and Piotr Sikora co-direct waterside foundation in Warsaw, Poland.
Pierre d’Alancaisez grew up in Poland, France, Sweden and the UK, and studied at the University of Oxford and Central Saint Martins. He has worked as curator and producer with artists in the UK, Scandinavia and Europe on a variety of gallery and public-realm projects, and has collaborated with curators such as Maxa Zoller before establishing waterside contemporary in 2008.
After a career in law in Moscow, Olga Ovenden was engaged in a variety of art contexts, including The David Roberts Arts Foundation and Ancient&Modern, before joining waterside contemporary. Pursuing her interest in the post-ideological realities, she has developed a wide network within artistic communities in her native Russia, UK and internationally. Ovenden is active in the work of Contemporary Art Society, notably organising the annual fundraising events.