The Otolith Group, “A Long Time Between Suns,” 2009. Exhibition view at Gasworks, London. Photo: Matthew Booth
Starting out as an artist-run space in 1994 in a converted Victorian warehouse, Gasworks provides studios for London-based artists and organizes a program of artist residencies, exhibitions, events, and outreach projects. Under one roof, Gasworks houses various aspects of contemporary art practice: conception, production, dissemination, and debate, and addressing the need of artists to create work in a context that instigates dialogue and the exchange of ideas. These are supported through open-ended and process-based residencies, as well as commissions that involve longterm engagement and discussion between coordinators, curators, and artists.
Gasworks’s exhibition program aims to contextualize existing and new work within critical frameworks. Residencies and exhibitions are complemented by events including artists’ talks, seminars, conferences, screenings, and performances. An interactive program is offered to Gasworks’s local communities through its participatory program of activities.
As a part of Triangle, an international network of artists and arts organizations, Gasworks is able to conduct in-depth curatorial research on an international level. While maintaining strong connections with the UK art scene, Gasworks also draws on its links with Triangle Network to present emerging practices and artists from countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, as well as from North America and the rest of Europe.