Somerset House Studios
Somerset House, London's premier art gallery exhibition space, is launching Somerset House Studios: A new experimental workspace for artists, makers and thinkers. Located in Somerset House's new wing and boasting 36,000 sq ft of former Inland Revenue offices transformed into studio, rehearsal and project spaces, it creates affordable and experimental work spaces for over 300 creatives, and aims to support a new generation of creative thinkers by fulfilling the changing needs of artists and creators today. From visual arts to performing, musical, film, fashion, and technology, Somerset house Studios places itself at the centre of ultra-contemporary, multi-disciplinary arts.
A pilot collective will mark the launch of the innovative studio spaces and includes fashion designers Gareth Pugh and Charles Jeffrey, musicians Anna Meredith and LoneLady, visual artists Christian Marclay, Katie Paterson and Larry Achiampong. Internet artist LaTurbo Avedon, experimental architecture studio Minimaforms, performance artists Project O, writer Juliet Jacques and Forest Fringe co-director Deborah Pearson.
“People sometimes think that everything artists need is in their own minds. But it isn’t: as well as talent and enthusiasm, they need good places to work, and they need people to talk to and share ideas with. Somerset House is a fantastic space right in the heart of cultural London, and with these new studios, it represents a lot of possibilities for creative cross-pollination. I look forward to seeing it develop as a crucible of creative thinking in London.”–Brian Eno on Somerset House Studios
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