In 1997, VOID was established by three practising artists. Jennifer
Mehra, Yoko Yamashita and Rebecca Maynard found London to be
lacking in approachable, affordable and professionally run venues
that provide emerging artists with opportunities to stage independent
exhibitions and events.
response to this Yoko, Jennifer and Rebecca set out to locate
a suitable space to hold a temporary exhibition of their work.
intending to hold a 'one-off' show Yoko, Jennifer and Rebecca
realised the potential of the temporary gallery and decided
to approach and invite other artists to became involved and
hold further exhibitions. The original VOID was located on Brick
Lane, London El. The space was previously a leather workshop
and consisted of two rooms.
1998, Rebecca moved overseas and Jennifer and Yoko continued
to manage VOID. In May 1999, the last event was held at the
Brick Lane venue. During June, VOID was relocated to 511 Hackney
Road, a much improved space featuring a glass shop front, an
internal exhibiting space of approximately 10m X 4m [3m height]
and a large courtyard.Tim Maslen joined VOID in 1999.
1997 until 2000, VOID exhibited painting, sculpture, photography,
drawing, installation, sound, video, performance and digital
work by artists emanating from Europe, Asia, the Asia-Pacific
region and the UK.