New gallery Albion Jeune joins London’s contemporary art scene

Albion Jeune founder Lucca Hue-Williams on her new London gallery and its debut show by Esben Weile Kjær

Albion Jeune
Left: Esben Weile Kjær, The Poodles Core, Fibre-Glass (2022). Right: Esben Weile Kjær, Mirror (2022).
(Image credit: David Stjernholm. © Albion Jeune and the artist.)

The London art scene just got bigger. Albion Jeune, which opened its doors at 16-17 Little Portland Street in November 2023, is founded and directed by Lucca Hue-Williams. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, ‘I Want to Believe’, by Danish multimedia artist Esben Weile Kjær, celebrates a unique exploration of performance, installation, and stained glass.

Albion Jeune exterior

Albion Jeune, 16-17 Little Portland Street, London

(Image credit:  Charlie Horne.)

Spanning over 1,300 sq ft, the gallery is set to be a new creative platform for both renowned and up-and-coming artists. After the debut show, there will be an interior redesign of the space before the diverse programme – a consideration for Hue-Williams since the project’s beginnings – launches fully. Speaking with Wallpaper*, she reflects: ‘[…]Albion Jeune is set to offer a diverse exhibition programme featuring emerging artists from around the globe, embodying its commitment to fostering a truly global art world.’

Lucca Hue-Williams outside Albion Jeune

Lucca Hue-Williams outside Albion Jeune

(Image credit: Charlie Horne)

For Hue-Williams, Esben Weile Kjær was a natural choice to be the first featured artist. ‘Due to his remarkable talent and performative energy, Esben is having a real moment currently.[...] Thematically, his work is perfect to inaugurate the next generation of Albion. Focusing on identity politics in the age of constantly evolving new media, Kjær’s performances, stained glass, and installations examine his generation’s construction of selfhood and the rise of popular culture and technology in determining one’s experience of community and authenticity.’

Artist Esben Weile Kjær with butterfly artwork

Esben Weile Kjær and BUTTERFLY! (2023)

(Image credit: Lasse Dearman. © Albion Jeune and the artist.)

Esben Weile Kjær, ‘I Want to Believe’ is at Albion Jeune until 18 November 2023,

People and silver inflatables

Esben Weile Kjær, HYPER!, Miami, Florida (2022)

(Image credit: Nick Hudson. © Albion Jeune and the artist.)

Tianna Williams is the Editorial Executive at Wallpaper*. Before joining the team in 2023, she has contributed to BBC Wales, SurfGirl Magazine, and Parisian Vibe, with work spanning from social media content creation to editorial. Now, her role covers writing across varying content pillars for Wallpaper*.