The Great Eastern Bear Gallery launches with an exhibition of works by Jo Syz

Shoreditch’s newest art space opens its doors on March 14th with an exhibition titled ‘Peripheries – British Landscapes’ by photographer Jo Syz.

‘Peripheries – British Landscapes’ explores the boundaries between public, military and state space. The series is a record of military bases, training areas and industrialised landscapes accessible from public byways and paths.  Using Ordnance Survey maps, Syz  finds public rights of way, which anyone can have access to, that go through military environments and forestry sites.

Gallery owner (and acclaimed photographer) Rich Hendry says ‘,‘I was first attracted to Jo’s work because as well as being beautiful pictures there is also a story behind each one, which is exactly what I want the gallery to represent…’

Hendry converted the space – which is situated next door to event venue Village Underground – from its former use as a brothel! The exterior of the building is covered in colourful graffiti by artist Muro Cracia, providing a stark contrast to the white space inside. Also on display are bespoke items of furniture made by Hide and Stitch using leather from British company Crest JMT.

‘The exhibition opens with a Private View on March 14th and will hang until mid-April. All the artwork shown is for sale.

More information at


For more information or media requests, or to RSVP for the Private View, contact

Notes to Editors:

  • Rich Hendry’s own works can be viewed at He is available for interviews and is on twitter @richhendryphoto
  • The Great Eastern Bear Gallery is at 8a Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3NT – nearest tube is Shoreditch High St or Liverpool St
  • Info on Jo Syz is at
  • More information about Hide and Stitch is at and

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