Monday, August 07, 2006

Delfina studios to close

Word has it that possibly London's most influential studio complex, Delfina on Bermondsey Street in Southwark, is to shut down. This may be connected to the breakdon of the relationship between its two wealthy founders. The place has been on a downward spiral for years as the area around it has simultaneously been gentrified and colonised by the corporate financiers of Ernst & Young, the Financial services Authority and many others. The well-regarded programme of exhibitions curated by David Gilmour was closed down years ago, and the interesting off-site gallery round the corner lasted only a couple of years. The restaurant, which is renowned for providing cut-price food to the resident artists, increasingly depends on hosting corporate events and ridiculous themed Christmas parties which the neo-Yuppies flock to like flies to a corpse.

So pretty soon a whole bunch of artists including Glenn Brown, Gary Webb, Jane & Louise Wilson, Goshka Macuga and Gareth Jones will be turfed out. And London's curators in search of an interesting 'foreign' artist will have to do a little more than just pick up the phone and ask for the names of the latest International Resident Artists.


Anonymous canvas art said...

You seem to be in the know. Where do you get your information from?

3:03 pm  

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