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The atmosphere in Sarah’s house is one impossible to create in an institution… I was interested in this new kind of atmosphere to exhibit my work – one that did not ask for immediate business outcomes or goals. It created a form of having conversations about my work – productive talks and thinking processes where a kind of free speech was made possible.
— Suse Weber
Launch Pad provides an exciting and playful new platform in London for critically engaged artists to develop site specific work in the context of a private residence. Born out of the committed philanthropy of its founder, Sarah Elson, Launch Pad is both strategic and responsible in its approach to working with emerging and unrepresented artists to develop their practice and build their visibility amongst gallerists, private collectors and patrons.
— Paul Hobson, Director, Modern Art Oxford
As an emerging artist, it’s rare to find the kind of support and encouragement offered through my experience working on the Launch Pad project. Sarah believes in the artists she shows, and understands the kinds of visibility and synergy necessary for each artist’s conceptual and professional growth. Sarah creates an atmosphere where anything and everything is possible. In a way, the residency at Launch Pad functioned as a think tank; a dynamic sounding board for current and future projects—a means to produce and articulate the critical viability around the materials and ideas with which I work.
— Josh Faught
The idea of seeing new works specially created for and inspired by the beautiful home of collector and Whitechapel Gallery patron Sarah Elson is both inventive and not to be missed. I always feel a great sense of excitement before I open the door onto an artist’s imagination – like visiting some of the now famous loft spaces in Manhattan to see new works of art a generation ago.