Chelsea Futurespace is an exemplary collaboration between Chelsea College of Art and Design, Futurecity arts consultancy, and the property developer, St James Urban Living, part of the Berkeley group. It provides a showcase exhibiting space for the alumni and staff of Chelsea College of Art and Design set within St James’ Grosvenor Waterside development at Chelsea Bridge.
Chelsea Futurespace exhibitions have included internationally esteemed artists alongside emerging talents associated with Chelsea College of Art and Design and have been favourably reviewed in journals such as Blueprint magazine and Time Out, amongst others. Exhibitions have also included major new projects such as Layla Curtis’s Traceurs commissioned by Westminster City Council in association with Futurecity and shown as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2008 - a superb example of an arts institution, an arts consultancy, a property developer, a city council, and an artist working seamlessly together. This partnership, as well as the artwork produced, is of cultural significance.
Chelsea Futurespace is part of Futurecity’s, ‘cultural strategy’ for this prestigious residential development which also includes a permanent public work by Richard Wilson and artist Clare Wood’s etched metal facades for two buildings by Ken Shuttleworth’s MAKE architects - possibly the largest artwork in London. This cultural strategy was approved by Westminster City Council as part of the Section 106 planning consent for the Grosvenor Waterside Development.
“Chelsea Futurespace represents a unique partnership between St James Urban Living, the arts consultancy Futurecity, and an internationally renowned art school - a showcase exhibition space for the alumni of Chelsea College of Art and Design based within the Grosvenor Waterside development. Together we have created a new cultural space for London, and have designed an important and hugely popular changing exhibition programme open to the widest possible public audiences. This also creates a talking point for the Grosvenor Waterside residents and cultural cachet for their property. Together we have produced a credible and exciting project which is highly regarded by planners and architects as well as arts connoisseurs”.
Donald Smith, Director of Exhibitions, CHELSEA space and Chelsea Futurespace.
Mark Davy, Director, Futurecity.
Paul Pritchard, Operations Director, St James Urban Living.