As were feeling the spookily festive in the run up to Halloween The Vaults of Terror is a group TV horror exhibition that you can drop by all week if you just can’t wait to celebrate until the weekend. Featuring prints sculpture and curiosities by 20 great illustrators, artists, street artists and printmakers, the exhibition hosts a movie night, amongst exquisite corpse monster workshops and other frightening fun, taking place until November 1st (after opening last Thursday) at the Vaults Gallery in the old Victorian vaults underneath Waterloo. I caught up with curators Ben Rider and Russell Taysom to find out more about the show..
Reflecting upon the show King of printmaking Ben Rider explained “For me the show was a good chance to bring loads of great talent and share something together, also it was a great way to work on some self initiated projects, try something new and experimental and to just have a bit of fun at the same time. Russell came up with tv horror as the theme and we could all think of something cool and run with that.”
Russell – “We love horror, we love carving pumpkins and we love drawing monstrous stuff so inviting a bunch of our favourite artists to do a Halloween art show and have a party with us was amazing! Growing up all my favourite programs were pretty supernatural from Goosebumps to The Outer limits so the Horror TV theme was really fitting. Apart from that we kept the brief super loose to give the artists the opportunity to make and show whatever work they wanted and we were totally blown away by what they did. It was really cool to have such a wide variety of work from painting to sculpture to textiles.”
Ben – “As well as doing some insane printmaking and testing new techniques, this was also a time to try out something new and made these weirdly wonderful 3-D collage sculptures. I’ve never done that before, and like Russell said it was great to see loads of other people branched out to work with all sorts of different formats”
Russell – “We held it at The Vaults gallery because it used to be a morgue in the 19th century and is probably the most haunted gallery in London and definitely the spookiest.”
Ben “Yeah the Vaults always put on some insane and creative shows and work I’ve never seen before, so we were really excited to hold the show there – its just such a mad venue to exhibit in and perfect for Halloween”
Photos by Suzi Corker