Ingrid Swenson became director of PEER in 1998 when the organisation was known as The Pier Trust, a peripatetic, short-term curatorial project, supported by The Glass House Trust. In 2002, the organisation secured affordable local authority premises in the form of a 1970s shop unit located next to the post office and opposite Hackney Community College on Hoxton Street, which provided gallery and office space. When the Glass House Trust funding for PEER came to an end in 2007, new means of support were gained through local partnerships, trusts and foundations, and other income generating initiatives. PEER acquired the lease on the adjoining shop unit and doubled the gallery space in 2010, and then in 2012 became an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio organisation.
PEER carried out signficant capital improvements in 2015/16. This work transformed an unloved street corner into the welcoming and strikingly designed Hoxton Street Public Space, creating a 10-metre wide glass façade to bring PEER's work straight onto the street and cementing its place in the neighbourhood. More recently, Arts Council England renewed PEER’s funding for 2018/22, and awarded an uplift in its annual grant to specifically support our work with building local audiences.
Between 1998 and 2018, PEER has commissioned and presented an ambitious programme for the gallery and offsite working with established, mid career and emerging artists. Landmark shows include Martin Creed (1998) whose commission for PEER is now part of Tate’s collection; Mike Nelson (2001) whose 3,000 sq ft immersive installation at PEER, became the precursor for his astonishing transformation of the British Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale; and We The People by Danh Vo (2013) whose work has recently shown to great acclaim at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. PEER has also exhibited work by renowned artists including Chris Marker (1999), Breda Beban (2003), Siobhan Hapaska (2004), Anthony McCall (2006), Bob & Roberta Smith (2006), John Frankland and Yuko Shiraishi (both 2008), Stuart Brisley (2010), John Smith (2011), Karin Ruggaber (2013), Fiona Banner (2014), Andrea Luka Zimmerman (2015), Angela de la Cruz (2016), Emma Hart & Jonathan Baldock (2017) and more recently, Abigail Reynolds and Simon English (both 2018).
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Unsolicited exhibition proposals policy
PEER's exhibition programme is strategically researched and developed in advance. Unfortunately we are unable to accept unsolicited approaches for exhibitions or projects and cannot respond to invitations for studio visits or to review portfolios.
PEER UK Ltd annual report 2016-2017
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