Nick Hackworth

Paradise Row Returns

Press Financial Times

Melanie Gerlis

London’s cutting-edge Paradise Row gallery, which closed after eight years in 2014, is coming back. It will return in a different format, opening in September for just a year as a non-profit. The plan is to give 40 per cent of sales income back to the artists and 20 per cent to charities chosen by the creators. Any further profits, after costs, will also go to the charities. Nick Hackworth, who will run the gallery alongside the collector and curator Pippa Hornby, says, “I didn’t want to restart the gallery and do the same thing. This way we can have more of a social impact.”

The opening show will be curated by the artist Shezad Dawood and features seven London-based artists of south Asian descent (Hawala, September 15-October 29). This will be followed by a show of indigenous art, culture and thought from Brazil, curated by Sandra Benites, an anthropologist who was the first indigenous curator to be hired to a museum in Brazil (the Museu de Arte de São Paulo).

Paradise Row’s new space will be on Bourdon Street, Mayfair, in spitting distance of Gagosian, Sadie Coles HQ and Phillips auction house. Its landlord, the Grosvenor Estate, is supporting the gallery with what Hackworth describes as a “good deal” on a space vacated by the fashion label Chalayan.