The Square occupies the ground and basement floors of the Berkeley Square Hotel in Bristol, an eclectic yet elegant art-hotel recently ranked fifth in The Guardian’s top 100 UK boutique hotels for under £100. The gallery space incorporates the Square Club which is the region's leading members' club for the arts and creative industries. Open Gallery was asked to provide art programming for the Hotel and Club, setting up two permanent video art installations therein.
Open Gallery provided two installations for the Square Gallery to permanently complement its schedule of challenging and varied temporary exhibitions, as well as its edgy interior design and furnishings. These are situated in the main lounge on the ground floor and in the basement bar. Sharing space with the private members club, which itself provides the public spaces for the Hotel above, creates one of the most unusual exhibition venues in Bristol. Rather than contemplating sparsely hung works in cavernous white silences, the Square Gallery hopes to offer a new way of experiencing art for its visitors which builds upon the day-to-day happenings of the space to promote a lively stage for discourse and enjoyment.
The material exhibited at the Berkeley Square is regularly changed. However, in keeping with the fact that is was the very first permanent installation completed by Open Gallery, the curated collection is dominated by natural imagery of the gallery’s early Elements series.
Images were projected directly onto the matte surfaces of the walls. Both projectors, although exposed, were installed discretely using ceiling mounts in the lounge on the ground floor and wall mounts at the left rear of the bar in the basement.