A former public baths and a derelict water tank will form part of Goldsmiths University new contemporary art gallery in the heart of south-east London.
Building work is already underway on the gallery which will incorporate a Grade-II listed Victorian water tank in New Cross. The gallery has been designed by the Turner Prize-winning architectural practice Assemble.
A spokesperson for Goldsmiths, University of London told Eastlondonlines: “Goldsmiths has a proud tradition of supporting innovative and challenging art, and of making that art accessible to the people that share our community.”
They added: “We want to build on those traditions as we move into a new phase of outreach and growth.
“As a showcase for local, national and international talent the Goldsmiths Gallery will boost the cultural and economic regeneration of South East London and inspire people from all walks of life, from local people who may not habitually visit galleries to students, academics and artists.”
Sarah McCrory, a former curator of the Freize Projects and Films art fair, has been appointed gallery director.
McCrory comes to Goldsmiths from Glasgow International, arguably Scotland’s best-known art festival. She has previously been a curator of Frieze Projects and Film, producing works with over 40 artists. McCrory was also on the panel for the selection of the 2017 British pavilion for the Venice Biennale and the 2014 Turner Prize.
Richard Noble, head of the Department of Arts at Goldsmiths, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Sarah McCrory is joining the gallery as director. Her distinctive curatorial vision and her extensive practical experience as director of Glasgow International make her uniquely qualified for this challenging and exciting new position.”
The public venue will be on the university’s South London campus and will host a “world-class programme of exhibitions residencies and projects by leading professional artists.”
The gallery is expected to open its doors to the public in spring 2018.