Gasworks announces the purchase, expansion and
development of its gallery, studios and participation space in London with a major Arts Council
England pledge of £1 million.
Gasworks, a non-profit contemporary visual arts organisation based in London, has received a £1million commitment from Arts Council England towards the purchase and renovation of its building. This is the first of a two-stage process and launches a £1.8 million capital campaign to secure the future of the organisation. The capital development project will represent a significant investment in emerging artists and in the cultural life in the capital.
Gasworks provides studios for London-based artists and delivers a programme of international artists’ residencies, exhibitions and participatory activities. Gasworks is also the hub of the Triangle Network, a network of artists and art organisations in over 30 countries around the world.
Securing a sustainable future for Gasworks
The pledge from Arts Council England is a huge step towards realising Gasworks’ once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase and refurbish the building that has been its base for the last twenty years. The redevelopment will:
- Secure for the long-term one of the few art spaces in the Vauxhall area, where art is both made and experienced.
- Create a new fit-for-purpose participation space, to host community-led workshops for adults and children living in Gasworks’ vicinity.
- Build two additional studio spaces for artists, addressing the need for workspaces in South London at a time when major studio providers are closing their buildings.
- Enhance the ‘experience of art’ for visitors, providing a larger and more flexible exhibition space and creating better communal facilities.
- Improve the building’s environmental performance, upgrading the heating system and building insulation.
Need for the project
The redevelopment will secure and increase Gasworks artists’ studio provision, responding to a critical and identified need for centrally located, affordable facilities where artists can develop their practice. Securing Gasworks’ future aligns with the Mayor of London’s Cultural Strategy: Cultural Metropolis, which identifies the continuing pressure on artists from increasing rents on short-term studio space: “the temporary use of vacant buildings for artists’ workspace has dominated the provision of artists’ studios which perpetuates the trend for artists studios to kick start regeneration, but then become victims of it when prices rise”.
The timely purchase and refurbishment of Gasworks will safeguard the future of its provisions in an area of London undergoing extensive regeneration including the Vauxhall and Nine Elms’ redevelopment (with new landmarks such as The Tower, the new American Embassy, Embassy Gardens and the Albert Embankment regeneration project), and the creation of ‘Vauxhall One’ Business Improvement District (BID).
In developing the project Gasworks has carried out extensive consultation with artists, local residents, community leaders and local teachers. The London borough of Lambeth has endorsed the project by awarding a grant to support the development phase of the project. Read more Read the rest of this entry →