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Gallery heist


Stop press: 'Bank raid paid for pavilion, admits Serpentine supremo.' If you have ever wondered how the Serpentine Gallery manages to raise enough money to fund its spectacular annual pavilion project, wonder no more. Each year the gallery needs between £100,000 to £1.2 million, excluding fees, to build the temporary structure in London's Kensington Gardens. However, it appears that there is a new fundraising underworld hitting hard targets to fund quality art-based projects. Speaking at the RIBA annual lecture last Thursday, Serpentine director Julia Peyton-Jones confessed that she too had turned to crime to find the dough. She joked: 'The truth of the matter is that we do rob a bank every Friday and have become skilled in doing so.' Even so, Astragal fears the gallery staff may also have to make a series of midweek raids if they want the ambitious - and now delayed - MVRDV mini-mountain scheme to get off the ground next year.

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