In 2019 Matt’s Gallery will open their new space within a newly built blockwork and concrete shell unit in Nine Elms.
The brief calls for a flexible, economically and environmentally sustainable space to be developed through a phased approach. Responding to the way in which the gallery works directly with artists to create new work, M&W's design emphasises the importance of making.
Two new, large galleries will provide dedicated and adaptable exhibition space. New artist’s studios provided at mezzanine level will help the gallery continue to nurture artists at key moments in their development.
The project will provide access for the first time to the extensive Matt’s Gallery archive which spans the forty years of the gallery’s existence. During the first phase of the project the archive will be brought to Nine Elms before being carefully processed.
M&W have developed a material palette for the new spaces which sustains and modulates the raw qualities of the existing shell. Recycled metal access flooring, unpainted blockwork, and concrete beam-and-block mezzanines will be efficiently arranged to form spaces required for the expanded Matt’s Gallery.
Over the next two years Matt’s Gallery will raise public and private funds to realise the project in a series of phased developments. Arts Council England have awarded £200K of capital funding towards realising the project. You can also support Matt’s Gallery by visiting their website.
Phase one of the project will provide dedicated gallery spaces, new artist studios, gallery offices, and a dedicated space for talks, screenings and perfomances.
Visualisations by Gilbert Leung.