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A contemporary art gallery is being built at Goldsmiths, providing a landmark space which will host high-profile professional exhibitions open to the public.
The gallery will give new use to a Grade-II listed, derelict Victorian-era water tank. The tank, which once provided water to the Laurie Grove Baths, will host a world-class programme of exhibitions, residencies and projects by leading artists and curators.
Open to members of the public throughout the week, the gallery will throw open the gates of the campus to the local community and the world in a new and exciting way.
One of the cultural showcases of south east London
All of our staff, students and neighbours will soon benefit from having a first-rate centre for the Visual Arts on their doorstep. Housed at Goldsmiths, the gallery will be at the heart of a creative community devoted to cutting edge analysis and innovation in visual art.
Hosting resident artists in a university environment is a unique model for a gallery. We hope that the academic environment will stimulate inventive and original pieces, whilst simultaneously contributing to new research.
Goldsmiths has played an important part in sustaining the dynamism of the London art world, as our successful alumni illustrate (seven Turner Prize winners and 24 nominees). A Gallery will solidify this position by bringing the art world onto the campus.
Sarah McCrory appointed gallery Director
Sarah McCrory has been appointed Director of the new gallery. McCrory joins Goldsmiths from Glasgow International, Scotland’s best-known art festival, and is a former curator of Frieze Projects and Film.
As Director she will assume operational responsibility for management of the gallery, including the development of an innovative programme of exhibitions, commissions and residencies, while building upon an already successful fundraising campaign. Read more.
Cutting-edge young architecture collective Assemble selected as the winning designers of the Gallery
Turner Prize-winning artist Sir Antony Gormley and world-renowned architect Sir David Chipperfield were members of the panel that selected Assemble from a competitive shortlist of six designs for the new gallery.
The design will expose the hidden character of the Laurie Grove bath tanks and create a unique opportunity to welcome the public to Goldsmiths, enabling them to experience both the tanks and existing building in new and exciting ways.
Paloma Strelitz and Adam Willis, from Assemble, commented: "The Victorian bathhouse at Laurie Grove offers a series of extraordinary found spaces. The cast iron water tanks have a powerful materiality which will be preserved and amplified, whilst new top-lit galleries will provide a rich spatial counter-point in an ensemble offering unique opportunities for the display of art."
"We envisage the gallery becoming a new centre for the arts in South London, and are honoured to contribute to an institution that is further promoting its identity as an inspirational source of creativity for students, practitioners and the public."