The Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science and Technology will go ahead. Thanks to our lovely supporters, the new centre will open in King's Cross in January 2016. The initial £15,000 target for our Art Happens crowd-funding campaign was surpassed, bringing the total to £16,016, with a record 255 funders!
The new centre will provide a dynamic focus for The Arts Catalyst’s international programme of artists’ commissions, exhibitions and research. In the past year, the organisation’s exhibitions and commissions have attracted more than 164,000 visitors worldwide.
The new centre will host exhibitions, residencies, workshops, talks and events. As the site of generative projects, it will seed ideas that may scale up from the intimate rooms to produce large scale and long-term commissions, both nationally and internationally. At the same time it will serve as a site for consolidation and reflection, hosting ‘notes from the field’ from The Arts Catalyst’s larger off-site work. A programme of events will be announced later in the year, ahead of the centre’s launch.
The Arts Catalyst team would like to thank supporters of the campaign, as well as the artists; Melanie Jackson, Tomás Saraceno and We Colonised The Moon, and scientists; Dr Marek Kukula (Royal Observatory Greenwich's Public Astronomer) and Dr Lucie Green (BBC’s Sky At Night / Royal Society University), who provided the exclusive rewards.
The Centre will be located on 74-76 Cromer Street, Bloomsbury. Architects Simon Jones Studio, whose previous clients include House of Voltaire, Pompidou Centre and Raven Row, will transform the former double shop to create a flexible exhibition, symposia, social, workshop and archive space.
We are very excited and look forward to meeting you in the new space when you come to visit us.