11 September 2012 § 1 Comment
Quite coincidentally, a couple of days after I make cycle tour of the Clerkenwell arts scene (see last post) I have been reminded that the excellent CAS is moving to the self-same area. The local art galleries will be delighted with the cachet that their new neighbour will bring. Arcade Gallery, a few yards away will be especially pleased and can hardly have dreamed of the bonus of extra traffic which will surely come their way.
Due to open in October 2012 their new home will be in Central Street – purpose built and designed by award-winning architects, Carmody Groarke. In addition to accommodating offices, the newly designed premises will provide their first publicly accessible programme as well as providing greater visibility in the organisation’s mission to place new works of art in public collections.
The 3,000 square feet development is split across two floors in a new, mixed purposed development and will include spaces for hosting public events, seminars and small displays of the works gifted – both currently and historically – by the Contemporary Art Society to museums across the UK.
Looking further ahead, their new home will also host an archive of the thousands of works donated by the organisation over the past 100 years, along with a study centre and research facility focused on collection development for curators, academics and arts professionals.
Membership of the society is, alongside the Tate, the best bargain for people wishing to get a closer insight in to the Contemporary Art scene in London. For just £50 – and currently reduced even further to £37.50 – members get access to a good quality series of members events, tours, seminars and courses (some at extra cost). Collector members and patrons pay more for extra benefits.
For details of the Contemporary Art Society work and details of their current membership offer go to www.contemporaryartsociety.org
- exploring the clerkenwell art scene (akickupthearts.wordpress.com)