London’s Carroll/Fletcher Gallery Closes as Co-Founders Part Ways

The former partners will separately lead a commercial space and a nonprofit.

Carroll/Fletcher, courtesy @carrollfletchergallery via Facebook.

After just five years together, Jonathon Carroll and Steve Fletcher will part ways as they restructure Carroll/Fletcher Gallery into two independent entities.

Carroll plans to set up a new commercial business, while Fletcher will run a nonprofit dubbed The Artists’ Development Agency.

“Following a strategic review of the business and the contemporary art market in late 2016, the Directors of Carroll/Fletcher decided to restructure the business into two distinct, independent entities, one commercial and one not-for-profit,” writes Fletcher on the Agency’s “about” page.

Established in 2012, Carroll/Fletcher Gallery represented established and emerging artists making use of new technologies and media to wrestle with contemporary culture, and pioneered a unique online exhibition and screening space. 

Artists on their roster included Constant Dullaart, Mishka Henner, and Basel Abbas as well as computer art pioneer Manfred Mohr.

artnet News was alerted to the development via a tweet by Belgian collector Alain Servais, who confirmed that it was a snapshot of an email sent to him by from Steve Fletcher.

According to the website, Fletcher’s nonprofit The Artists’ Development Agency, was established September 2017 in response to a dearth of support available to artists whose practice don’t fit into the commercial gallery world.

Agency artists are typically contracted for three years, for which they annually pay a fee in work. Current artists include Jesse Brennan, Felicity Hammond, Libby Heaney, and Jake Elwes.

A group of advisors will provide “strategic and practical advice to The Agency and critical, intellectual support to the artists,” according to the site. Among the advisors are media artist Jeremy Bailey; Whitechapel Gallery’s Adjunct Moving Image Curator, Gareth Evans; writer and curator Duncan Forbes; the founder and director of Birmingham Open Media, Karen Newman; filmmaker William Raban; and Lindsay Taylor, curator of the University of Salford Art Collection.

According to the email tweeted by Servais, The Agency will have a soft launch at the Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria, where Fletcher has a space in POSTCITY Galleryspaces, and Jake Elwes is exhibiting.

artnet News’ request for comment from Jonathon Carroll and Steve Fletcher was not immediately answered.

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