Raqib Shaw and Chapmans Pub Sign Artwork To Be Auctioned

Raqib Shaw

Raqib Shaw’s pub sign artwork – The Queen Elizabeth – is being auctioned for over £100k for Space In Between gallery’s fundraiser ARTISTS MAKE PUB SIGNS. Shaw, alongside Jake & Dinos Chapman, Charles Avery, Goshka Macuga and Ernesto Neto have all made one off pub signs, currently on show at The Londonewcastle Space and available to buy via silent auction.

ARTISTS MAKE PUB SIGNS opened on Thursday evening with bidding taking place online throughout the week. The pub signs, donated by over 20 artists, are all being sold in aid of Space In Between’s ongoing gallery programme, focused on commissioning and exhibiting work by emerging artists at an important stage in the development of their careers.

With restrictions on public funding increasing, small-scale commissioning arts organisations have to find new and inventive ways to raise money to support their activity. The established artists included all acknowledge the value of these types of developing organisations and their support, along with the support of all the artists involved, is hugely generous.

Installed inside the white cube gallery space, and alongside the pub sign show, is a fully functioning pub. The Faithful Muse is open daily, serving a selection of drinks and playing host to a series of events including a pub quiz on the 10th, and a live music night on the 12th.

Artists: Becky Bolton & Louise Chappell, Charles Avery, Christian Newby, Ernesto Neto, Freddy Dewe Mathews, Goshka Macuga, Ian Burke, Jake & Dinos Chapman, James Irwin, Jennifer Bailey, Kazimierz Jankowski, Lilah Fowler, Luke Montgomery, Matt Ager,  Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Melanie Manchot & Stuart Haygarth, Raqib Shaw, Richard Cramp,
Sandy Smith, Simon Linington, Xavier Poultney,

Space In Between (SIB) was founded in 2009 to provide a platform for emerging artists, and to date the gallery has worked with over 50 individual artists and collectives from across the UK. Many of these artists continue to work with SIB today, contributing to the strong aesthetic and theoretical identity of the gallery.

An edition of beer mats and wine bottles – featuring images of the pub signs – are available to buy at the exhibition. All proceeds from sales of the original signs and the editions will go exclusively towards SIB’s future gallery projects.

Bidding on all the pub signs closes on Friday 13th at 8pm, to bid on the pub signs go to

A closing event will take place from 5pm, hosted by a lively compare and featuring bands and an after party until 10pm.


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