Dürst Britt & Mayhew
Dürst Britt & Mayhew was founded in The Hague in 2015 by curator Jaring Dürst Britt and art critic Alexander Mayhew. We chose The Hague as a homebase for the gallery, because of its flourishing climate for contemporary art and an abundance of experimental non-for-profit spaces.
Jaring Dürst Britt formerly worked as artistic director of Nieuwe Vide in Haarlem and business coordinator for Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht. He is a board member of De Zaak Nu, a Dutch interest group representing artists’ initiatives and presentation organisations. He is also one of the founders of The Hague Contemporary.
Alexander Mayhew has written for various publications such as Metropolis M and Tubelight and was a board member of the Dutch section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). In 2013-2014 he participated in the second edition of the pioneering Gallerist Programme of de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam. In 2014 he was a jury member for the Dutch Prize for Young Art Criticism.
Dürst Britt & Mayhew is committed to helping artists from different national and artistic backgrounds to further develop their practice. The gallery offers a platform for a more experimental approach to making exhibitions with the aim of reaching both Dutch and international audiences. In the gallery we make five shows a year, allowing artists to use the rough space, which used to be a garage, as they see fit. At art fairs we prefer to bring solo-booths or tightly curated group presentations, as we see the fairs as an extension of our gallery space and programme. The past three years we have participated in amongst others LISTE – Art Fair Basel, Independent Brussels, Artissima (Turin), ARCO Madrid, ARCO Lisboa and SUNDAY (London).
For each of our exhibitions and art fair presentations we commission an art critic or curator to write an accompanying interview or an essay. These texts are printed on handouts created by Studio Hendriksen, an acclaimed Dutch graphic design studio with clients such as Frans Hals Museum / De Hallen Haarlem and Amsterdam Art Weekend. We deem it important that visitors can take away something analogue and tactile that contextualises what they have seen.