Gasworks is unique amongst London’s contemporary visual arts organisations in combining artists’ studios, international artists’ residencies, exhibitions and a community participation programme.
Established in 1994 in Vauxhall, south London, Gasworks has built a reputation for discovering and introducing new international and British talent. More than 300 artists from over 70 countries around the world have taken part in Gasworks’ programmes. Alumni include Turner Prize nominees Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Goshka Macuga, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and The Otolith Group; as well as other internationally renowned and award winning artists such as Yinka Shonibare, Tania Bruguera, Matthew Darbyshire, Cinthia Marselle, Subodh Ghupta and Renata Lucas.
Gasworks is also the hub of the Triangle Network, a network of thirty grass-roots arts organisations from across the world. Triangle creates unparalleled links and develops projects with artists and arts organisations in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, South Africa, Lebanon, Brazil and Colombia amongst others.
Gasworks is currently undergoing a period of transformation as it fundraises for a £2 million capital project to purchase and refurbish its current building. This exciting campaign, supported by a £1 million pledge from Arts Council England, will secure the future of the organisation and upgrade the quality of the spaces provided to artists and the public.
Gasworks Building Project will:
• Double the size of the current gallery space
• Add two more studios for London-based artists
• Create a bigger and brighter participation and events’ space
• Construct a new kitchen and terrace to encourage further interaction between artists
• Make Gasworks’ building greener, reducing energy consumption by 50%.
Building work is scheduled to begin at the end of 2014 and Gasworks’ new building will re-open in 2015. More information on the Building Project can be found here.
In the meantime, Gasworks’ world-class programme of exhibitions, residencies and participation projects continues.
Currently on show in the gallery space is the solo exhibition Mouthfeel by Maryam Jafri. Comprising the newly commissioned short film of the same name and a new photo-text work entitled Product Recall: An Index of Innovation (both 2014), the exhibition explores the politics underpinning the industrial production of food, connecting themes as diverse as “big food”, flavour enhancement technology and overconsumption. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of events, and continues until 18 May 2014.
Mouthfeel is the third exhibition of The Civilising Process, a yearlong programme of exhibitions and events at Gasworks inspired by German sociologist Norbert Elias’ eponymous 1939 book, which looks at the development of the tastes, manners and sensibilities of Western Europeans since the Middle Ages.
As part of Gasworks’ Residencies’ programme, four international artists Joon Kim (Korea), Wilhelm Klotzek (Germany), Christina Kral (Germany) and Luisa Ungar (Colombia) will spend three months at Gasworks, their time in London culminating in an Open Studio Weekend on 27 and 28 June. Find out more about the artists here.
Gasworks is located at 155 Vauxhall Street, London SE11 5RH.