GOOD BYE FROM SKULL & HEART – WE ARE CLOSING
Dear Artists, Friends, and Supporters of Skull & Heart,
It is with great sadness that I announce the closing of Skull & Heart Online Gallery & Store.
I have had an incredible past few years running Skull & Heart, getting to meet and work with some of the most talented and wonderful people along the way, and so this update was never going to be easy to write.
I’m sure many of you who have followed us over the years have noticed that we have been a little quiet of late, with less prints being produced and a lull in the events and exhibitions that we put on. When I first started Skull & Heart I had an idea of where I wanted the company to go, but sadly now, I feel as though the industry has changed, and it’s becoming a lot harder for us to survive each year. I’ve witnessed many projects, stores, and galleries run by our friends and peers closing-down due to lack of public interest, funding, and/or affordable space, and I so I had a tough decision to make about the future of Skull & Heart. After much consideration throughout the past year, I have decided that we will close up shop and cease trading at the end of 2018.
Skull & Heart was born out of a need to create something new, and at the time, very much needed in London (in my opinion). I had found myself in this limbo land of finishing higher education and needing a job, but feeling uninspired by many of the galleries in London, and wanted to try and shake things up a bit. Having been a huge fan and follower of everything lowbrow, new contemporary and alternative in the art world, I knew I wanted to focus on something that would help nurture and bring to light those artists, and so, I started Skull & Heart.
What began as a small artist led screen print series, turned into years of incredible art, friendships, events, exhibitions, and even three books! It was more than I could have ever hoped for, and I’m forever grateful to those who trusted me enough in the beginning to work with me, and to all those who supported us along the way. The artists, event spaces, and customers were the driving force behind everything I did at Skull & Heart, and that sense of community is something I will never forget, and will carry into my next projects with pride.
As many of you already know, I launched an artist agency this year (Roar Illustration Agency) and I’m sure a lot of you will recognise most of the artists I represent! Roar was founded directly from my experiences with these artists, and the friendships I was lucky enough to form. I have always worked hard at trying to create a space where artists can feel listened to, safe, and most importantly, appreciated, and so, this move felt like the most natural for me, and whilst Skull & Heart may be closing its doors, this does not mean the end of exciting projects and exhibitions! I have plans to do so much with Roar next year, and I personally will make sure to keep trying to push new and interesting art into the world however I can.
The web-store will be open until December 31st 2018, and we will then spend the next couple of weeks preparing any orders that have come through over the Christmas period. We will keep a discount code running until midnight December 31st (UK) Code: GOODBYE and hope that you will help support us in these last months. The website, emails and Instagram will remain archived for at least 6 months, but we will close-down the Facebook and Twitter pages
I want to again thank you all from the bottom of my heart, Skull & Heart gave me life when I needed it the most, and I really hope that we have managed to bring something new and exciting to you all as well.
Goodbye for now, and thank you.
Founder and Art Director at Skull & Heart
Note: If you want to remind yourself of some of the fun things we have done, please head on over to our blog