A New Middle Eastern Art Centre for London
Middle Eastern art is gathering momentum in the capital. Tate’s acquisition committee, and the numerous exhibitions dedicated to artists from the region, are but a few signs of the trend. Now Edge of Arabia, a staunch promoter of the Middle East’s artistic production, and its sister education charity Crossway Foundation, are moving up a gear. After four years under the roof of London’s Arab British Centre, they will inaugurate their new venue at TESTBED 1, in Battersea, on March 7.
The 4000 sq. ft, Will Alsop-designed premises feature a 4000 sq. ft gallery, as well as a research library and space to host screenings, workshops, and performances. It will be inaugurated by “It’s a project,” a multi-media exhibition showcasing the organization’s activities since Stapleton’s first meeting with the future co-founders. In the next few months, collaborations with guest curators are not excluded. “We want to reach out to London audiences, invite them to engage with the emerging Middle East art scene,” said Stapleton.
by Coline Milliard
Testbed 1, a cavernous studio and exhibition space for artists, inventors and scientists - creative space co-run by the architect, Will Alsop