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10 Questions Interview with... One Church Street Gallery

written by: Be Smart About Art Team Jan. 15, 2014 5) Interviews + Guest Blog Posts 5206 views

10 Questions Interview with... One Church Street Gallery

Each month we ask an art world professional 10 questions about their practice. This month we speak with gallery directors Joanna Bryant and Lyndsey Keeling from One Church Street Gallery...

Born in:
Lyndsey: Boston (Lincolnshire)
Joanna: Birmingham
Lives in: 
L: I sleep, eat and work at the gallery
J: I eat and work at the gallery, but sleep elsewhere
We sleep, eat, think and talk about art – in addition to running a commercial gallery that reflects our personal choices and enthusiasm 
Career Ambition: 
We aim to expand the gallery into new areas and to wider audiences, embrace collaboration and travel widely.
Life ambition:
L: Be respected by peers for running an exciting art business  
J: To carry on smiling whilst we do it

Q1. Describe your practice/profession with 5 words: 
Contemporary.  Thoughtful.  Fun.  Creative.  Inspiring.

Q2. Best and worst thing about your profession?  
Best: Visiting artists’ studios where the work makes us feel excited
Worst: ‘Over-the-sofa art’

Q3. What is the biggest challenge you face professionally?  
Standing firm by our creative judgments and convictions, whilst maintaining financial stability to let us do what we do best 

Q4. What or who inspires you in your career?  
L: I met Rebecca Hossack 15 years ago when she was giving a talk at Christies and her story inspired me to open my own art space
J: Angela Flowers - who listened to her instincts, held her nerve, has respect for her artists and has infectious drive 

Q5. What’s been your most embarrassing moment? 
L: Going to the Jerwood Gallery and asking why there wasn’t an exhibition on.  Unfortunately I hadn’t noticed that there was a sound event happening.
J: Having to apologise to a top gallerist at an art fair for the behavior of a celebrity (shall-be-nameless), who put her leopard-skin boot onto a florescent pink sculpture of a walrus, to pose for a BBC film crew that I was working with.

Q6. If you weren’t in your profession, what would you do?  
L: Be an artist
J: Go back to my roots in the media, but as an art journalist

Q7. What was your first job?  
L: Teaching conservation
J: Working for the Financial Times  

Q8. What person, dead or alive, would you invite for dinner?  
L: Grayson Perry
J: James McAvoy (and no one else)  

Q9. What item would you be lost without?
L: My dog
J: My iPhone and my hair conditioner  

Q10. What would you do if you were given £1 million today?  
Have a big party before expanding much quicker than we’d hoped 

Keep in touch with Lyndsey and Joanna at:

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Posted by : Roni Wilkins 16/01/2014 00:02

Great answers the format.

We are so fortunate to be able to view diverse ,interesting ,occasionally weird wonderful art locally.thankyou.

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Great to read this as I met Joanna Bryant and Lyndsey Keeling for the first time on Saturday during a visit to the gallery. We even mentioned how much we liked the Be Smart newsletters. Best wishes.