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Subversive summery images raise the temperature at new London outdoor gallery

Luke Stephenson, Julie Cockburn and Weronika Gęsicka - Outside Art Project John Sturrock for King’s Cross

Art lovers withering in the UK’s current heatwave should head for the Outside Art Project, a new permanent outdoor gallery located in the open spaces of the King’s Cross Estate, north London, near Granary Square. For the launch show, Games We Play (until 1 November), a series of witty and warm summertime images by Luke Stephenson, Julie Cockburn and Weronika Gęsicka are dotted around 15 seating benches (all socially distanced of course). The show, organised by The Photographers’ Gallery in London, serves up sunkissed scenes such as a melting ice cream adorned with a shower of rainbow-bright toppings, along with a series of audacious 1940s bathers. Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery, says: “In advance of the gallery’s own plans to transform the public realm outside its Soho venue during the course of 2021, this partnership represents an exciting opportunity for the public to enjoy photography outdoors within the safe and attractive spaces afforded by N1C.” The next show planned for the new arty outdoor space will be organised by the mentoring organisation Mentivity.

Luke Stephenson, Julie Cockburn and Weronika Gęsicka - Outside Art Project John Sturrock for King’s Cross