Shame that Fitzrovia Lates fizzled out but good that we still have many excellent galleries.
Towards the end of 2011 I wrote enthusiastically about the increase in the number of commercial galleries, from 16 in 2008 to 37. By 2012 the number peaked at around 54, but there has been a big fallout over the last five years, and we are now down to around 32 spaces.
Fitzrovia Lates, one of the initiatives to promote the area as an art hub, fizzled out long ago.
Also, these figures don’t take into account the many galleries that came and went during this period: I have noted over 60 gallery closures over the last six years.
There are many reasons for this falling off, the massive increases in West End rents and business rates, that has affected art galleries all over central London, being an important factor. While one reads daily about auction records being smashed and vast sums of money being paid for paintings at…
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