After purchasing its freehold and undergoing a major redevelopment by award-winning British architects HAT Projects, the Gallery is re-opening. The redevelopment secures a permanent home for Gasworks and allows us to continue to nurture future generations of artists and their audiences in Vauxhall, South London. The £2.1 million project has been funded by a £1.2 million grant from Arts Council England as well as by contributions from artists and donations from many trusts, foundations and generous individuals. In addition, a number of internationally renowned Gasworks Alumni, including Turner Prize winners and nominees, donated works to a fundraising auction hosted by Christie’s in October 2013; and to a Kickstarter campaign curated by Art Basel, in October 2014.
HAT Projects were selected in 2013 as the architects for the redevelopment of Gasworks. Their proposal for the 650m2 structure has included: doubling the size of exhibition spaces, providing a purpose built education and events space, creating two new studios for London-based artists, raising the total studio number to 13, adding a kitchen area for artists and their visitors and ensuring the building is fully accessible and more environmentally friendly. Hana Loftus of HAT Projects said: “Working with Gasworks has been a wonderful collaboration and we are delighted to have enabled this transformation of their physical space. Gasworks has a really special quality in combining the place where artists make their work, with the place art is exhibited, critiqued and learnt from”. She also said:
The reconfiguring of the building creates a stronger street presence and vastly better quality internal spaces, but also now connects all these functions in an intuitive spatial sequence. We are excited to see the art that is made and shown here in the years to come.
Peter Heslip, Director of Visual Arts, Arts Council England said “We are excited to see Gasworks reopen this autumn after a landmark refurbishment by HAT Projects. Small scale, artist focussed organisations are important to Arts Council England and Gasworks has an impressive track record of supporting artists at key moments in their careers, through providing quality, affordable studio space and career defining residencies and exhibitions. At a time when the workspace infrastructure in London is under pressure from a rising property market, we were delighted to have enabled Gasworks to purchase its building. It is another in a string of strategic investments which represent our ongoing commitment to supporting individual artists. I look forward to watching Gasworks’ continuing success in delivering their unique programme and contributing to a sense of place in its South London neighbourhood.”
They are looking forward to welcoming you at Gasworks. http://www.gasworks.org.uk