First View: Bedlam at The Old Vic Tunnels (Frieze Festival)

Unless you’ve been hiding in a hole, you will know that Frieze Week is upon us. Well you lovely lot, I’ve got a little treat for you outside of Regents Park.

Swanky Soho private members’ club, Apartment 58, home to the great and good of the art and fashion worlds, has teamed up with the Lazaridis Gallery to bring you a new pop up experience throughout Frieze: Bedlam.

For those of you who don’t know, Lazaridis Inc is one of the most important, edgy galleries around, famous for bringing street art into the limelight and working with incredible artists over the years like Invader, Jonathan Yeo, Conor Harrington, and most notoriously, Banksy. Because of this reputation, of course it wouldn’t do to be in the pristine tents of Regents Park. Instead they have taken residency at one of my favourite London Venues, the Old Vic Tunnels.

I went down to the launch party earlier this week to check it out. My Big Bro and I walk through tunnels adorned with true London graffiti, through some more winding tunnels with stripy murals painted on the walls, into another brick tunnel, grab a beer from the bar, and start wondering around the galleries. Some parts of this place are very very dark and for good reason. You have no idea who else is wondering around you (somewhat of an anti-Frieze considering what a fixture it has become on the social calendar) and these modern works of art look stunning, spot lit beautifully in the old tube tunnels under Waterloo Station.

The works are provocative, possibly a little morbid, some interactive, but all quite fabulous.

Apartment 58 has also obviously got its own pop up club within the venue complete with yummy drinks, DJ and apparently a whole host of surprise performances drawing on their famous friends in the entertainment business. The Apartment 58 website will be updated with the performance schedule.

The best bit about this though, is that you don’t have to be a member to go (although obviously all Apartment 58 members are welcome). Mere mortals just have to register here to gain access:

The scale of the venue also allows for bold and large instillations. My favourite was a ginormous eyeball. I can’t really describe it. You’ll have to get down there yourself. It’s all very very cool. As we were leaving, I walked past someone who summed up the feeling perfectly: “Fuck white walls”. We couldn’t agree more.

Bedlam is open from 9th – 21st October at the old Vic Tunnels.










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