Established in 1994, Gasworks is a contemporary art organisation based in South London, housing eleven artists’ studios and offering a programme of exhibitions and events, artists’ residencies, international fellowships and educational projects. Seven studios are rented to London-based artists and four are reserved for the International Residency Programme for non-UK based artists.
Gasworks hosts up to twelve residencies a year, encouraging the exchange of ideas between international and local practitioners. The non-prescriptive and process-based nature of the residencies allows visiting artists to develop projects in response to their new context, or to conduct research benefiting from London’s resources. As a result, residencies generally culminate in an Open Studio. The residencies programme is also accompanied by activities such as talks and seminars, aiming to introduce the general public to international artists and their practice.
The exhibition’s space accommodates four main projects a year, as well as a series of small-scale events. The programme includes solo and thematic exhibitions, screenings, workshops and seminars. Gasworks focuses on visual arts practice in its broadest sense, including design, documentary filmmaking and media art, amongst other areas of activity. These are all linked by a commitment to constantly reassess the position of artists within their wider cultural, social and political frameworks.
The exhibitions are accompanied by related activities varying from artists’ presentations and critics’ talks, to participatory projects organised by the participation programme to widen access for younger audiences, families and community groups.
The exhibitions programme benefits from its link to Triangle Network’s international network of artist-led projects and organisations. Through the network, the programme is able to showcase practices from a wide diversity of contexts, often looking beyond the typical parameters of Western Europe and North America. Artists are presented on the critical basis of their individual practices and the ways in which they engage with and challenge international artistic discourses.
Admission to all exhibitions is free and the space is fully wheelchair accessible.