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Art Fund Pavilion mothballed due to funding shortfall

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The organisers of the high-profile Art Fund Pavilion competition have postponed the construction of the winning scheme until next year

Designed by contest victors, New York’s Tina Manis Associates, the semi-permanent pavilion was to have become the showpiece of competition backers Tent London’s event at the London Design Festival in September this year.

According to the originalpalns it would then have travelled to its permanent home outside Marks Barfield’s Lightbox Gallery in Woking.

However The Lightbox, which had secured £100,000 from The Art Fund Prize to build the strucutre, has said it wanted an extra six months to raise ‘further sponsorship’ so that it could ‘construct the building to the highest standard and do justice to Tina Manis Associates’ wonderful design.’

The revised launch launch will now take place in late spring 2010 at The Lightbox in Woking.

Tina Manis Associates saw off an incredible 600 entries to land the project back in April this year.

Update: 6 April 2009

Americans win Art Fund Pavilion contest

New York-based practice Tina Manis Associates has won the competition to design the new semi-permanent pavilion outside Marks Barfield’s Lightbox Gallery in Woking.

The Art Fund Pavilion architecture contest, organised by design consultancy Tent London, attracted 600 entries from more than 50 countries.

The structure will initially go on show as part of Tent London’s event at the London Design Festival in September this year, before heading on to its permanent home in Woking, where it will be re-erected every summer.

Picked by a jury which included the AJ’s deputy editor Christine Murray, the winning scheme will be built with £100,000 from The Art Fund Prize - the hefty cash windfall awarded to The Lightbox earlier this year.

Speaking about its design, Tina Manis Associates described its pavilion ‘as a transient entity [which] will act as a sort of three-dimensional postcard or viewport; a means for transporting the experience of viewing artwork across the city.’

A selection of the application boards submitted to the competition are currently on display at The Lightbox until 12 April 2009.

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