A skull filled halloween show filled the basement space of Dalston’s newest gallery BSMT Space over the past week. Rapidly put together, it was a five day only event which once again managed to draw some of the brightest and the best of the street art scene.
Only formed two months ago, BSMT space sits a little bit beyond Dalston Kingsland overground station on Stoke Newington Road. It’s brought a little bit of street art life back to an area which has been losing its scene due to developments.
For co-founder and curator Lara Fiorentino, who I spoke to at the show, it’s been a passion project. Formerly a turkish betting shop, she took over the space in June and set about transforming it into a working spot for a gallery.
An artist herself, she has spent a career gilding the buildings of the rich and famous and restoring heritage properties to their former glory. She had workied on the Queens barge during the Jubilee and before setting up BSMT space was painting villa interiors in the Tuscan sun.
It wasn’t enough though and she wanted to put her creative energies to something else. Then she met her co-founder and partner Greg Key and the passion for creating a gallery space was kickstarted.
BSMT space are already gaining a reputation in the art world as a place where the brightest and best hang and for Dalston to have a gallery like this means that the street art scene has a bit of life in it yet.
Death in Dalston was launched at the BSMT Space gallery on 28 October 2015 and runs until 1 November 2015. The show is created by Lara Fiorentino and Greg Key.
Death in Dalston Gallery