Orla Bennett along with her co-founder Holly Lander, launched Atomica Gallery in 2012 as a pop-up in Shoreditch, East London.
Following its success, Orla applied for a Start Up Loan of £9,500 which helped them secure a premises in East London. At the end of last year they were given the opportunity to move over to central London on a temporary lease and have since occupied spaces in Soho and now Covent Garden. As a moving gallery they can showcase art all over the city, at pop ups and festivals. They also have a very successful online store selling limited edition framed prints, original work, collectable objects, books, magazines and other hard-to-find/easy-to-love artist-made rarities.
Atomica Gallery aims to showcase more off-beat contemporary art and the gallery works with both well-known names and emerging talent. As well as holding regular exhibitions of original work, they offer affordable art such as limited edition prints, art curios, books and magazines.
Holly and Orla have been best friends since we were 15 years old, bonding over their shared obsessions with Daniel Clowes, John Waters, Americana, weird collectibles and punk rock. Holly has worked in numerous galleries across the world, and Orla has a background in publicity and events. Combined, the duo have managed to create a unique and vibrant business.
“Start Up Loans has made it possible to start a business together based around all the art and culture we have been fans of for years!”
Atomica prides itself on supplying affordable art, all sourced direct from artists, with the aim of making buying art an enjoyable experience for each and every customer. They do home delivery and will even install works, as well as curating spaces for both commercial and personal purposes.