Work of Art

The Contemporary Art Society has a new home in Clerkenwell.

The Central Street building opened in early January and marks the first time in its 100-year-history that the society has opened its doors to the public. The charity has traditionally raised funds to buy art works for museums and galleries across the UK, but has moved to become more public-facing and set up its own space after recent cuts to arts fundings in Britain.

“The Contemporary Art Society has championed artists and brought their work to national audiences for generations. Our new home will enable us to generate more support at an especially challenging time for the arts and artists in the UK,” says director Paul Hobson. The Central Street space, which was designed by award-winning architects Carmody Groake, opened in early January and has a full spring programme of displays and talks from the likes of Elizabeth Price, Stephen Nelson and Phyllida Barlow.