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Hell's Half Acre at The Old Vic Tunnels

The Lazarides galleries has operated for years outside the conventional gallery system – with founder Steve Lazarides the one-time agent for Banksy. Although now operating from more traditional gallaries in Newcastle and London’s Soho together with off-site projects and online activities, Hell’s Half Acre is going underground – literally – by teaming up with The Old Vic Tunnels for a ground-breaking series of installations from Tuesday, October 12th to Sunday, October 17th.

Bringing the vision of Steve Lazarides to one of London’s unique performance spaces, the maze of tunnels will
be converted into a large-scale evocation of Dante’s literary masterpiece Inferno. Visitors will explore the nine circles of Hell through the contributions of artists including George Osodi, Antony Micallef, Polly Morgan, Jonathan Yeo, Conor Harrington, Christian Lemmerz, Vhils, Paul Insect, Mark Jenkins, Boogie, David Choe, Doug Foster, Zak Ové,
Todd James and Ian Francis.

Artists will provide their own interpretation of hell with reference to both Purgatorio and Paradiso from the trilogy of The Divine Comedy, featuring for the very first time three-dimensional installations by Conor Harrington and Jonathan Yeo, a new, exclusively-commissioned film by Todd James (aka REAS), the chilling photographs of George Osodi and Boogie as well as with a surprise finale by Paul Insect.

The Lazaridies Gallery is a force of nature, a global phenomenon

Interaction with the paintings, sculptures, video pieces, performance and mixed media installation will be encouraged and part of a multi-sensory experience. Steve Lazarides, owner of Lazarides Gallery said: “Hell’s Half Acre is a subterranean journey into hell as envisaged by a group of young, cutting edge artists. It’s a vision of our hellish society under coalition rule, inspired by Dante’s Inferno.”

Hamish Jenkinson, Director of The Old Vic Tunnels, said: “The Lazaridies Gallery is a force of nature, a global phenomenon and I mean that in a epic way! ‘Sell Out’ shows in Los Angeles, Miami and this October, at the Old Vic Tunnels here in London. I can’t wait.”

Hell’s Half Acre at The Old Vic Tunnels will be open for viewing from Tuesday, October 12th to Sunday, October 17th October from 6pm to 11pm Tuesday to Thursday and extended hours on the weekend.

Entry to the exhibition will be free, but as space is limited all visitors must book ahead. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.lazinc.com or www.hellshalfacre.co.uk.

Get involved: The Old Vic Tunnels need your help to run this incredible art show – email tovt@oldvictheatre.com to find out how you can help.

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