Art Fund Pavilion Competition is launched

  • 19 December 2008

Tent London and The Lightbox in Woking have launched a competition to design a summer pavilion for The Lightbox - last year's winner of The Art Fund Prize.

The pavilion, which will be known as The Art Fund Pavilion, will provide additional exhibition and event space for The Lightbox, and presents a unique opportunity for a designer or architect to create a semi-permanent structure to sit alongside a RIBA award-winning building by Marks Barfield Architects.

The winning design will be built with funding from The Art Fund Prize of £100,000, the UK’s largest single arts prize, and the pavilion will be launched during the London Design Festival 2009 as part of Tent London before taking up residence at The Lightbox.

Entries will be judged by an elite international panel including Wayne Hemingway, Sarah Ichioka, Director of the Architecture Foundation, and David Barrie, Director of The Art Fund. Tent London, which is managing the competition and is keen that entrants explore the latest technologies available, has proposed a digital method of fabrication. Facit, an architecture, design and construction company that has developed a new digital method for fabricating designed buildings using computer controlled machines more commonly used in the manufacturing industry, will engineer and build the winning design.

David Barrie, Director of The Art Fund, said: "A summer pavilion is a wonderful way to spend part of the £100,000 Art Fund Prize won by The Lightbox last year. Not only will it give the gallery a fantastic new exhibition space, but the competition to design it

presents a genuine opportunity for designers and architects. We are delighted that the winning design will be called The Art Fund Pavilion and eagerly await its unveiling at Tent London next year. "

Marilyn Scott, Director of The Lightbox, said: ‘When we were fortunate enough to win The Art Fund Prize we were determined to mark this achievement with something lasting. The architecture of our wonderful building has been so much a part of our success that we felt the addition of a further gallery space would be a great idea. We are delighted to be working with Tent London and The Art Fund in promoting what I think will be a really exciting competition and we can’t wait for the entries to come flooding in."

Jimmy MacDonald, Director of Tent London, commented: "The opportunity to induce a new way of thinking, by specifying an innovative construction method for the competition, which has the potential to free up creativity, but also puts everyone on a level playing field, is ultimately exciting."

Sarah Ichioka, Director of the Architecture Foundation, the UK’s leading independent architecture centre said: "Economic slow-downs will inevitably cause casualties. Within the architecture and building industry we have already seen contracting workforces and frozen projects, and by all accounts 2009 will be a rough ride for many. One project that will be built however is The Art Fund Pavilion. Funds are already committed to construct the winning entry to this design competition, offering a glimmer of hope and fresh thinking amidst the general gloom, which the Architecture Foundation is pleased to support."

The deadline for competition applications is 3 March 2009. Entry to the competition is free and the website lists full details of the application process:

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