Developer Opening New Art Space in London

Image via: Simon Heijdens

Hong Kong based company Knight Dragon will open a new permanent, art space near the Greenwich Peninsula in South London, The Art Newspaper first reported. Opening in September, the 130 square meter (1400 square feet) NOW Gallery will be housed within two buildings designed by Marks Barfield, the architects famous for constructing the London Eye.

The gallery will feature commissions from well-known and emerging artists and designers, showing for three months each. The inaugural show, Shade, by Dutch designer Simon Heijedens will open on September 17 coinciding with the London Design Festival and will present an “immersive exhibition”. NOW Gallery’s curator, Jemima Burrill told The Art Newspaper “It is going to be Simon’s largest and most ambitious work to date and really symbolizes the way forward for us in terms of having exciting, ambitious installations.”

A responsive covering on the gallery’s windows will react to the wind outside, creating a kaleidoscope of shadows inside the space. At night the patterns will be reversed projecting the shadows outside.

The NOW Gallery is part of the ongoing regeneration of South London, the Greenwich Peninsula and the area surrounding the 02. In 2012, Knight Dragon took a 60 percent stake in a redevelopment project for the area, a commitment of around £500 million. The developer is owned by Hong Kong-based billionaire Henry Cheng Kar-shun.

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