Carmody Groarke have designed and realised the first purpose built office and exhibition space for the Contemporary Art Society, to showcase the work of the organisation and provide a hub for exhibitions and events for artists, curators, collectors and arts professionals interested in collecting and collections. The space occupies the ground floor and basement within a new build mixed-use office and retail development. The large window at street level will be occupied by a series of temporary interventions by artists. Maximising the minimalist opportunites of the space the open plan offices, foyer and library are on the ground floor, while the exhibition space, meeting room and services are in the lower ground.
Carmody Groarke is a London-based architectural studio undertaking projects of highly varied typologies, established by Kevin Carmody and Andrew Groarke in 2006. Recent projects include the pop-up King’s Cross Filling Station restaurant and the Frieze Art Fair pavilions for 2011 and 2012. The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Memorial, a huge, singular geological fragment located at Natural History Museum, was a joint winner of the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture for 2012.
The contemporary art society has a unique role of working with contemporary visual artists and in supporting art institutions in developing their collections of contemporary art in the UK. During the past 100 years they have donated more than 8,000 works to public collections and have a programme of events, talks, displays and projects developed in partnership with sixty-four Member Museums and Galleries. Set up as the Modern Art Association in 1909, it became the Contemporary Art Society in May 1910. The Contemporary Art Society Consultancy provides a commissioning service for public art projects – a recent collaboration with InSite Arts produced a public art strategy for the Cambridge University’s NW Cambridge development prior to a 15 year programme of permanent and temporary commissions.
Images: Contemporary Art Society’s new headquarters. Designed by Carmody Groarke. Interior Photos: Nuwan Wije. Architectural Models: Carmody Groarke.
Langlands and Bell. Moving World, BAA Heathrow Terminal 5, 2008
James Ireland. You Mistake My Horror For Love. The Economist Building, London 2007
Clare Woods. Brick Fields and Carpenters Curve. Olympic Park 2012
Joy Gerrard. Alenchus/Aporia, LSE New Academy Building
Tania Kovats. Birch (detail). Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care Commission, King’s College, London 2010