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Gasworks exterior, 2013

Adelita Husni-Bey, Playing Truant exhibition installation view at Gasworks, 2012. Photo: Sam Scott-Hunter

Artist Daniel Sinsel working in his studio at Gasworks, 2013

Gasworks is pleased to announce the appointment of HAT Projects as architects for the redevelopment of its building in Vauxhall, South London.

Selected from a number of architects who tendered for the project, HAT Projects, a young practice based in Colchester, UK, winners of the Civic Trust Award and the 2013 RIBA National Award for their design of the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings.

Gasworks has been given a ‘once-in-lifetime’ opportunity to secure its future by purchasing and renovating the building that has been its home for the last 20 years. Arts Council England has pledged £1 million towards the project, leaving the organisation in a good position to raise the remaining £800,000 needed to realise the redevelopment.

With the help of HAT Projects, Gasworks plans to redevelop the building in order to:

• Improve the ‘experience of art’ for visitors to the gallery
• Create a new purpose-built participation space improving the free workshops facilities for local residents
• Build new studios for emerging artists
• Make Gasworks greener by improving the heating and insulation systems in the building.

Alessio Antoniolli, Director, Gasworks, said:
This exciting partnership with HAT Projects will enable us to significantly improve our building, ensuring we can continue to nurture future generations of artists and present cutting-edge art to the public. We are delighted to be working with HAT Projects; their design for the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, and their work with ACME Studios demonstrates their exceptional ability to design beautiful and simple spaces for making and enjoying contemporary art.

On their appointment, Tom Grieve and Hana Loftus of HAT Projects commented:
We look forward to working closely with the team at Gasworks, to make as big a difference as possible to the functionality and sustainability of the building for its artists and community. The Gasworks building has many fantastic qualities and is a container for the values and sense of community built up over the last twenty years. We propose to retain the aspects that still hold value, while adding new elements that convey the identity of the organisation in a fresh way.

The building purchase and redevelopment project represents a significant investment in the cultural life of the capital, securing one of the few free public art venues in the Vauxhall area. Gasworks also responds to a critical need for centrally-located, affordable spaces where artists can develop and show their work.

Originally a Victorian warehouse built in the late 1800s, Gasworks’ 6,000sq foot building has served as a light industrial space and was later used as a plastic Christmas Tree depot, before being turned into artists’ studios in 1994. The Building Redevelopment Project comes at a time when Vauxhall is embarking on a period of extensive regeneration, led by major developments such as the soon-to-be-completed The Tower and Vauxhall One Business Improvement District (BID), which includes an urban re-design plan that will connect the new American Embassy, in Nine Elms, to the South Bank.

The final design for the Gasworks’ building will be presented in early 2014, with construction work scheduled to begin later that year. The newly refurbished building will reopen in 2015.

Notes to Editors:

About Gasworks
Founded in 1994 as a UK registered charity, Gasworks provides studios for some of the most promising artists in London. It also develops a programme of sixteen international artists' residencies and four ambitious exhibitions each year. The programme has provided the first major platform for award-winning UK and internationally recognised artists including Subodh Ghupta (India), Song Dong (China) and Renata Lucas (Brazil), as well as Turner Prize nominees Goshka Macuga, Spartacus Chetwynd, the Otolith Group and Lynette Yiadom Boakye. Gasworks also delivers an extensive programme of participation activities with local communities and schools.

Gasworks is also the central hub of the Triangle Network, an international network of 30 grass-roots arts organisations from across the world, giving it unparalleled links with artists and arts organisations in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, South Africa, Lebanon, Brazil and Colombia amongst others.
www.trianglenetwork.org

About HAT Projects
HAT Projects is an award-winning young architecture practice described as among ‘Britain’s brightest young architects’ in The Observer. With particular expertise in arts and community projects, HAT Projects were the architects for the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, described by the Sunday Times as ‘a little jewel of a gallery, beautifully considered and detailed’.The Jerwood Gallery won the Civic Trust Award and the 2013 RIBA National Award. HAT Projects are currently completing 43 new affordable artists’ studios for Acme, in Essex.

Founded in 2007 by Tom Grieve and Hana Loftus, HAT Projects combine their wide range of experience across architecture, urban planning and community engagement. Tom Grieve was previously a senior architect at Haworth Tompkins, where he worked on a range of theatre and arts projects including the Egg Children’s Theatre, Bath; and at Tony Fretton Architects where he worked on the British Embassy, Warsaw, Poland. Hana Loftus was deputy director at General Public Agency, a cultural regeneration consultancy, and also worked at Haworth Tompkins. Hana is an Enabler for the Glass-House Community Led Design and writes for the architectural press. www.hatprojects.com

For further information and images, please contact Holly Jennison, Communications Coordinator on 020 7587 5202 or email: holly@gasworks.org.uk