A group show featuring works by recognised artists Sara Pope, Thomas Webb, Lauren Baker, and Eve de Haan for the gallery’s first group exhibition in its new space. This collection of works explore themes lying within the realm of futurism.

Press Release


The worlds of luxury property and contemporary art have joined forces for the launch of Imitate Modern, the new art gallery located at The Viaduct on Fairchild Place at The Stage in Shoreditch, a development by joint venture partners Galliard Homes, Cain International, McCourt, Vanke and The Estate Office Shoreditch.

The developers have partnered with contemporary art gallery, Imitate Modern, who will operate the gallery and organise a programme of exceptional art exhibitions at the new 2,800-sqft space, which is located within the brick arches of a Victorian Railway Viaduct, built in 1865, disused since 1986; and now a new venue which will showcase a different contemporary art exhibition each month.

Imitate Modern’s inaugural exhibition at The Stage, is in conjunction with The TAX Collection, an exhibition of neon artworks called ‘Futurama’ featuring works by esteemed artists Sara Pope, Thomas Webb, Lauren Baker and Eve de Haan. The work, curated by The TAX Collection and Caroline Argirakos, Creative Director & Gallery Manager of Imitate Modern, is on display for the inaugural exhibition from the 2nd of May until the 30th of May.

The ‘Futurama’ exhibition was launched at the new Imitate Modern gallery, on the evening of the 2nd of May, with a VIP party hosted by Gallery Founder Jacqui Brantjes. Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés whilst viewing the exquisite exhibition of neon artworks.                                                       

The Stage is the £750 million transformation of the 2.3-acre site of William Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre, into a new mixed-use destination for London. The new central square, one of the largest to be created in the capital, will be bordered by 400,000 sqft of mixed use space including cafes, restaurants and shops with four striking new buildings – a 37 storey landmark residential tower providing 412 private sale apartments and penthouses; two office buildings providing over 257,000 sqft of “blue chip” commercial space and retail premises at ground level and a leisure/performing arts pavilion.

Founded in 20112 Imitate Modern is a contemporary London art gallery with a difference, edgy and friendly, intimate yet globally recognised. Imitate Modern’s first gallery is at 19 Shepherd Market in Mayfair, now the gallery has opened their second brand at The Stage development in Shoreditch.

The ‘Futurama’ exhibition is a collection of neon art works, which explore themes lying within the realm of futurism, how art is constantly evolving through digital and physical mediums, and the result of advances in technology and technique.

Featured in the exhibition, contemporary artist Sara Pope, whose work is also being displayed at the Saatchi Gallery, is well known for her bold, seductive paintings of voluptuous lips. Sara Pope has a piece in the Vatican Collection. Taking inspiration from Haute Couture fashion and beauty trends, she captures the glamour and power conveyed by the lips and mouth, raising questions of ideals of beauty and femininity.

Also part of the impressive exhibition is the work of Thomas Webb, a British born artist living in London. His work orbits around real-time data and how it can be applied to reveal present contemporary life but also exact thoughts, feelings and beliefs of digital data. Some of his recent works include collaboration with Valentino, Proof Of Parallel and Depression.

The third artist featured at ‘Futurama’ is Lauren Baker, a British contemporary multidisciplinary artist who exhibits internationally. Her work explores the fragility of life, energy fields, the after-life and other dimensions. Recent works visually interpret unseen energy. Lauren had installations at the V&A, Tate Britain and Tate Modern and was futured from Saatchi Gallery as world’s best emerging artist.

The fourth artist featured at the ‘Futurama’ exhibition is Eve De Haan, a London based artist who has exhibited her work across Europe and in America. In 2017 her work was featured in the Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles, and featured on a variety of platforms including GQ, The Times Style and Refinery29.


  1. Galliard ‘Presenting Imitate Modern at the Stage’ : https://www.galliardhomes.com/news/the-stage/presenting-imitate-modern-at-the-stage