Imogen Cleverley, Tough Stuff from the series Coming to Power, 2023 / Courtesy of the artist
Pretty Doomed
October 12–15, 2023
Ugly Duck
London, UK

Save the date for Pretty Doomed, an unconventional art fair & exhibition presented by Ugly Duck & Queer Art Projects, which seeks to challenge the sustainability of the underground and queer art worlds, from the 12th to the 15th of October. Ugly Duck is one of the few independent art venues that showcases queer and alternative art in London. Artist-led Queer Art Projects has the only online art gallery dedicated solely to queer art: qap.digital. Together, they have united their creative forces to offer you a glimpse into the world of outsider art during Frieze week.

Pretty Doomed has emerged from the intricate interplay of various emotions: the feelings of doom, unsustainability, exhaustion, and financial constraint juxtaposed with the sensations of fabulousness, queerness, vitality, and alignment with our core values. Our aim is to scrutinise the sustainability of our art community, explore new economic possibilities, foster mutual support, and extend an invitation to audiences, collectors, and friends to discover artists and their works, potentially making acquisitions. Pretty Doomed will feature a group exhibition in the format of an art fair where each artworks will be on sale and a three-day program of performances, artist talks, discussions, conversations, and film screenings. The program details will be announced shortly on our social media and website.

Get ready to immerse yourself in a diverse array of artists working across mediums, all set to question, or even showcase, the sustainability of queer art and independant art spaces. The exhibition will be set across four different spaces giving the audience the rare opportunity to discover all floors of Ugly Duck’s former Victorian factory.

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