37 years of art
37 years ago, on the 6th of October 1979, Renate and John Hammond opened their 'Galerie am Theater' in Fürth, Bavaria (Germany). Since then, the couple has made a name for itself as international art curators, which reaches far beyond the regional art scene.
Renate Hammond graduated as a painter from the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. Since 1983, she has been a practising artist with numerous solo and group exhibitions, national and international.
John Hammond had worked for ten years as an advertising photographer, in his hometown of London, until he became a culture management consultant.
The Hammonds were the co-founders of the art society 'Spielraum für Kunst e.V.' in Fürth, in 1990. In 1993 they founded the Art-Agency Hammond, an agency for art consultancy and culture management in Fürth.
Together, they organised outstanding art exhibition projects in cooperation with the towns of Nuremberg and Fürth, including Dennis Hopper’s solo show, in connection with the regional art festival 'Facing America' (1992) or 'Aufbruch – Moderne Afrikanische Kunst' (1996), the first Africa festival in the area.
From 1995 until 2002, as part of their work as culture management consultants, they co-managed 'Gallery ZAK', (Gallery for Contemporary African Art, featuring the collection of Dr. Bernd Kleine-Gunk), in Fürth.
For many years, the Art-Agency Hammond has been organising art exhibition projects. These projects have specifically mapped out concepts and occur regularly in locations such as the Stadttheater, the Sparkasse and the Klinikum. An additional key factor of their culture management consulting activity is 'Business Art', John and Renate Hammond advice and support businesses individually, concerning the artistic design of their business premises and are always open for new challenges.
In 2008, Renate Hammond founded "room for humour"
(www.roomforhumour.com) in England, taking a big step towards the metropolis region of London.
Information about present art exhibitions can be found under www.art-agency-hammond.de.