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Gasworks Building Project Launch Dinner at Brunswick House, April 2013. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Gasworks Building Project Launch Dinner at Brunswick House, April 2013. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Gasworks Building Project Launch Dinner at Brunswick House, April 2013. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Cathrine Petitgas, David Elliot and Alessio Antoniolli speaking at the Gasworks Building Project Launch Dinner at Brunswick House, April 2013. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Cathrine Petitgas, David Elliot and Alessio Antoniolli speaking at the Gasworks Building Project Launch Dinner at Brunswick House, April 2013. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Gasworks Building Project Launch Dinner at Brunswick House, April 2013. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Gasworks Building Project Launch Dinner at Brunswick House, April 2013. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Gasworks Building Project Launch Dinner at Brunswick House, April 2013. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Gasworks Building Project Launch Dinner at Brunswick House, April 2013. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Gasworks Building Project Launch Dinner at Brunswick House, April 2013. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Gasworks Building Project Launch Dinner at Brunswick House, April 2013. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Tai Shani, Visions of Frozen Hell III performance at the Gasworks Building Project Launch Dinner at Brunswick House, April 2013. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Tai Shani, Visions of Frozen Hell III performance at the Gasworks Building Project Launch Dinner at Brunswick House, April 2013. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

On 24th April 2013, Catherine Petitgas, Trustee of Gasworks and Triangle Network, and Chair of Gasworks’ Development Committee, hosted a reception and dinner to launch Gasworks Building Project campaign.

Gasworks has been offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase and renovate the building that has been its home for the last 20 years. The organisation has recently received a £1 million pledge from Arts Council England towards the target of £1.8m needed to complete the project.

The launch dinner took place at Brunswick House in Vauxhall, the 18th Century former residence of the Duke of Brunswick, now reincarnated as an antiques and architectural reclamation emporium and restaurant. Eighty guests attended including representatives of top London galleries, collectors, friends and supporters, some of Gasworks’ current visiting artists and studio holders, as well as alumni Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, whose nomination for the Turner Prize 2013 was announced the subsequent day; and Hurvin Anderson, whose solo show at Ikon Gallery opens in September.

Conversation flowed as champagne, canapés and dinner were served amongst 19th Century busts, taxidermy and cabinets brimming with curiosities. During the speeches, David Elliott, Chair of Trustees for Gasworks and Triangle Network, spoke about the urgency of raising the remaining £800,000 to secure the future of Gasworks, which plays a unique part in the London art scene and internationally through its role as the hub of the Triangle Network. Gasworks’ Director, Alessio Antoniolli, reminded guests of the impact Gasworks has on artists in the early stages of their career, detailing that the organisation needs stability in order to continue to nurture future generations of artists. Finally, Catherine Petitgas, a long term patron and supporter of Gasworks and Triangle, talked about her passion for the organisation, saying how she sees it as a portal for new artistic talent. As a collector, she also praised the intimate and personal connection that she is able to develop with artists taking part in Gasworks’ programmes. Catherine also reminded guests that the extensive regeneration plans in the Vauxhall area present both a threat and an opportunity for Gasworks, which remains the only non-profit studios and gallery complex in the neighbourhood.

To close the evening’s events, Gasworks’ studio holder Tai Shani presented Visions of Frozen Hell III, a specially commissioned performance where the protagonist sensuously recounts moments of apocalypse and rebirth.

Gasworks wishes to express huge gratitude to Catherine Petitgas for supporting the event at Brunswick House. Thanks also go to the Gasworks Building Project Development Committee Members: Christian Albu, Alexandre da Cunha, Tom Dingle, Darren Leak, Rachel Mapplebeck and Kristina McLean for all of their work in making the event a success.

For more information and to contribute to Gasworks Building Project please download our Building Project Brochure.