Gaia Art Foundation and Outset Contemporary Art Fund are delighted to launch the Outset x Gaia Art Foundation Hub at the Paint Room, Somerset House. The multi-purpose space will provide a platform of exchange for artists, makers, thinkers and entrepreneurs at the crossroads of the newly opened Somerset House Studios and Makerversity communities. This new partnership sees both philanthropic organizations realizing a new cultural hub and supporting the £1.8m capital campaign transforming former Inland Revenue offices into Somerset House Studios. The joint support is part of the Studiomakers initiative in partnership with The Mayor of London to secure affordable workspaces for creative professionals in London for the long term.
The unique shared social and event space at The Paint Room will be programmed by Outset, Gaia Art Foundation and Somerset House to further the interdisciplinary dialogue and organic cross collaboration between Somerset House Studios artists and members of the entrepreneurial innovation platform Makerversity, and to share the process with a wider audience. The transformation of the subterranean arches into the new space has been made possible by Makerversity. Krisi Hayman, Director of Makerversity comments: “We are very excited that the Outset x Gaia Art Foundation hub at The Paint Room will bring life back to this area of the building. Not only will we be hosting a programme of events but we also want the hub to become a space for organic cross collaboration between artists and makers”.
The first event will be a critical panel discussion including artists, entrepreneurs and researchers in early 2018.