Established in 1994, Gasworks is a contemporary art organisation based in South London, housing twelve artists' studios and offering a programme of exhibitions and events, artists’ residencies, international fellowships and educational projects. Nine studios are rented to London-based artists and three are reserved for an International Residency Programme for non-UK based artists.
Gasworks hosts up to twelve residencies a year, encouraging the exchange of ideas between international and local practitioners. The non-prescriptive and process-based nature of the residencies allows visiting artists to develop projects in response to their new context, or to conduct research benefiting from London’s resources. As a result, residencies generally culminate in an Open Studio. The residencies programme is also accompanied by activities such as talks and seminars, aiming to introduce the general public to international artists and their practice.
The exhibition’s space accommodates six main projects a year, as well as a series of small-scale events. The programme includes solo and thematic exhibitions, a yearly open submission project, screenings, workshops, seminars and guest-curated events. Gasworks focuses on visual arts practice in its broadest sense, including design, documentary filmmaking and media art, amongst other areas of activity. These are all linked by a commitment to constantly reassess the position of artistic practices within their wider cultural, social and political frameworks.
The residencies and exhibitions programmes regularly cooperate, often to facilitate research and production for international artists invited to develop a project for the exhibitions and events programme.
Gasworks runs an education and outreach programme which responds, as well as operates independently from, the residencies and exhibitions. The programme aims to instigate dialogue and exchange through art, and to work with local groups and organisations to widen access to contemporary art.
Gasworks is part of Triangle Arts Trust, an international network of artists and organisations set up in 1982 whose activities include residencies and workshops. The Trust provides Gasworks with unique connections to artists and organisations in more than thirty countries around the world. Each year, through the Arts Council England’s International Artists Fellowship Programme, Gasworks organises residencies for six to eight UK-based artists in one of the Triangle partners' organisations, in countries including Cuba, China, South Africa, Kenya and India.