Wednesday 25 January: 6.30pm – 9pm
74 – 80 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7PB
Construction Gallery is a three-month pop-up creative hub in Tooting, showcasing locally-based talent across the fields of visual art, live art, music and literature. Through the generosity of the Outer London Fund the main space will host ambitious large-scale sculpture with a further five project spaces dedicated to bringing together artists, writers, performers and designers to create new work for the public to explore.
We are proud to launch the gallery with thought provoking artworks that consider the construction of landscape by three artists who each have a personal connection to Tooting.
In the main space, Alistair McClymont’s large scale installation After the Rain conjures up the smell of rain on a hot summer’s day. Introducing infra-red heaters, dripping water and large tarmac road surfaces into the gallery, the Royal College of Art MA Sculpture graduate uses man-made debris to create a visual and sensory experience constructed from environmental waste.
Our first project space residency artists, Sam Robinson and Rebecca Lucraft, will be presenting new works for the gallery launch. A recent graduate of the BA Painting at Wimbledon College of Art, Robinson overlays romantic paintings with geometric man-made forms, investigating our changing relationship to nature and landscape.
Lucraft responds to the exquisite creations of our resident pop-up cafe Tea Party Cakes to provide an atmospheric landscape for the cafe window display; a work of intricate detail to both charm and intrigue. With a background in print design, Lucraft’s integration of 2D surfaces with 3D forms began whilst studying for an MA in Mixed Media Textiles at the Royal College of Art.
All visitors welcome! From local residents to international tourists: drop by for exhibitions and events, browse the on-site shop for fabulous designs, limited edition artworks and cutting edge literature, use our free Wifi work-desks and hang out in our cafe for delicious freshly made treats that are baked to order and hot drinks by Tea Party Cakes.
Presenting a diverse contemporary art programme in a relaxed and informal setting; this is a place to meet, talk, create, perform, think, question and enjoy.
Construction Gallery is directed by POST Artists network. Founded in 2008, POST is the peer-led network for artists who respond to place. POST Projects seek to reveal hidden sites and investigate notions of public space.
The project has been made possible by a grant from the Outer London Fund and the generosity of Tooting Arts Network, Wandsworth Council, Russells DIY and Hardware and the many artists and residents who have given time and energy to the project.
Wednesday to Sunday from 18th January to 25th March 2012
12 noon to 7pm
Wednesday 25th January 2012
Press and official welcome: 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Public preview, bar and live music: 6.30pm – 9pm
Nearest tube: Tooting Bec – Northern Line
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