Contemporary gallery Gazelli Art House supports a wide range of international artists, presenting a broad and dynamic programme to a diverse audience through global public projects and exhibition spaces in London and Baku. Gazelli Art House was founded in 2003 in Baku, Azerbaijan where it held exhibitions with Azeri artists. Having hosted conceptually interlinked off-site exhibitions across London, founder and director of Gazelli Art House, Mila Askarova, opened a permanent space on Dover Street, London in March 2012. In 2017, the redesigned gallery space reopened in Baku, with an ambitious annual program showcasing both local and international artists.
Representing artists like Aziz+Cucher, Derek Boshier, Stanley Casselman, Francesco Jodice, Recycle Group, Kalliopi Lemos, Niyaz Najafov and Saad Qureshi amongst others, the gallery has built a consistent and diverse program with artists working in sculpture, photography, painting, video, performance and virtual reality. In 2015, the gallery launched its Digital Art House www.gazell.io, an online residency for artists working in the digital and virtual reality realm. On an annual basis, curated shows titled Enter Through the Headset are held to feature a select few from the previous residents in the physical space of the gallery. Committed to building a market for VR works as a medium, audiences can access previously shown works both within the residency and at the group shows, through a headset available at all times in the gallery.
In 2012, the gallery launched the Window Project utilising the frontage of the gallery as an additional display platform. Since 2015, the initiative has been remodelled to solely accommodate art school graduates through open call competitions three times a year. As part of the gallery’s on-going commitment to art education, the gallery publishes catalogues and artist books as well as hosts a program of Tuesday Talks – one per show – to address topics raised through the exhibitions and encourage a deeper dialogue around them.