Gilbert & George to turn 19th century brewery into an art gallery - FAD Magazine

FAD Magazine

FAD Magazine covers contemporary art- News, Exhibitions, Interviews and cool art stuff reported on from London

Gilbert & George to turn 19th century brewery into an art gallery

Gilbert & George are converting a 19th-century brewery in London’s Spitalfields into their own public gallery. Tower Hamlets council has already granted planning permission to SIRS – a design firm founded by Gilbert Prousch’s architect nephew – to convert a building off Brick Lane.

Gilbert & George to turn 19th century brewery into an art gallery

The pair have acquired the 18th-century brewery-turned-workshop on Heneage Street through their foundation, the Gilbert and George Centre. The site was formerly occupied by the artist Polly Hope, the wife and creative partner of Globe architect Theo Crosby, who lived and worked there until her death in 2013. Gilbert and George have been based in the area for over 30 years, living and working in two almost adjacent townhouses on Fournier Street.

The old brewery would become the main base for the Gilbert and George Centre, a non-profit with the aim of providing a place for the local community to encounter contemporary art for free.Plans submitted by SIRS suggest the centre will hold two rotating exhibitions a year, with 200 visitors expected each week.

The property falls within the Brick Lane conservation area but is not listed. The brewery building itself dates to circa 1830 and the artists wish to preserve its heritage.

The ground floor of the refurbished brewery building will be turned into an entrance lobby with a circulation area for the staircase and a lift, providing wheelchair access and a means of transporting the art between floors. The first floor will be turned into an 83-square-metre exhibition space. A basement level is proposed to house storage areas and bathrooms, to be built in line with the existing building footprint. A 1970s workshop will be demolished and rebuilt to meet current environmental standards as a second, 104-square-metre exhibition space. Although they plan to widen the entrance gate to avoid traffic jams they want to retain the greenery filled courtyard, aside from cleaning and re-bedding the moss-covered cobblestones.

“You walk in there and it is like a magic garden and we [will] try to keep that, because it is extraordinary,”

Prousch told the Evening Standard.

The planning documents state an intent to retain the birch tree growing by the entrance, and to plant new climbing plants once an overgrown and dilapidated boundary fence is replaced.




Related Posts

New Gilbert & George exhibition slated for March

White Cube is to present the ‘NEW NORMAL PICTURES’ by Gilbert & George. This major exhibition brings together 26 new pictures described by the artists as ‘celebratory, crazed and super-modern’.

Gilbert & George Three, 1984 Signed, titled and dated Hand coloured gelatin silver prints in artists' frames 12 parts, 242.5 x 151.5 cm; (95 1/2 x 59 5/8 in.

An extraordinary group of pictures by famed British artists Gilbert & George to be exhibited together for the first time

Ben Brown Fine Arts is to present an extraordinary group of pictures by famed British artists Gilbert & George at the London gallery, exhibited together for the first time from a prominent private collection. After meeting at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London in 1967, Gilbert & George have been creating art together ever since, fully integrating all aspects of their lives into their art, making themselves ‘living sculptures’.

Trending Articles

Submit Your Work

Submit your work to be featured on FAD