Encounter was founded by Alexander Caspari in 2014. The gallery curates academically rigorous and immersive exhibitions, working with a core group of leading emerging and established international contemporary artists. We have successfully realised over forty curatorial projects across public and private spaces throughout London. Since its inception, Encounter has focused on building dynamic relationships with both new and established collectors, institutions and foundations, who are dedicated to supporting diverse contemporary art practices.
In Autumn 2022, Encounter will open its first permanent space in Lisbon. The gallery, comprised of seven exhibition rooms, two viewing rooms and a sculpture garden, will be located in a large 19th Century apartment on Rua de São Bernardo next to Jardim da Estrela and The British Embassy.
The gallery is committed to exploring the role of artist and curator outside the gallery walls. This has resulted in numerous installations and commissions in the public realm, both in the UK and globally. In 2017, Encounter was appointed to curate the contemporary sculpture program of Smithson Plaza, St James’s, building on an important legacy of Post-War and Contemporary sculpture at this iconic architectural site.
Antony Cairns, LA-LV_071 2018, Inkjet on 108 cream with coloured stripes computer punch cards negative.
Vanessa da Silva, Muamba M, Cement, Ed.2 of 3, 2017