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Goldsmiths opens art gallery contest

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Goldsmiths College has launched a design competition for a 400m² art gallery in New Cross, south east London

The constituent college of the University of London is seeking an ‘architecturally innovative design’ for a new exhibition space inside the water tanks of a Grade II-listed Victorian bath house.

The scheme for the disused Laurie Grove Baths is intended to serve as a ‘symbol of creativity and excellence’ for the prestigious college which includes Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley and Sarah Lucas among its influential alumni.

The project will create a new 400m² gallery inside the building’s water tanks and adjacent spaces, and also create a new entrance hall in front of the tanks.

Research-led projects, residencies and a regular exhibition programme of international artists are all planned for the new space.

Ambitious, young practices have been encouraged to submit expressions of interest for the contest which will be judged by former student Gormley, RIBA gold medallist David Chipperfield and philanthropist Candida Gertler.

Previous commissions by the college include Will Alsop’s Ben Pimlott Building completed in 2005.

The deadline for registration is noon on 4 April and the expressions of interest must be received before noon on 11 April.

Shortlisted teams will be invited to compete in a design contest launching on 19 May. The deadline for submitting designs will be 7pm on 27 June.



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