Campaign to save Cork Street galleries

Written on 30 August 2013 by Courtney Manton in London


Campaigners protest against Mayfair galleries closure to make way for luxury apartments.

Campaigners claim that the heart is being ‘ripped out’ of the Mayfair art scene as planners approve a new residential development on in the infamous Cork Street.

The collection of galleries, many of which are renowned for launching the careers of some of the greatest British artists ever, will be closed down to make way for 42 luxury apartments by property developer, Native Lands.

Despite months of objections by galleries, art lovers and local residents, the plans were given the go-ahead by Westminster Council earlier this month. Native Lands has pledged to lease some of the ground floor commercial premises to galleries and artists, and the council believes the move will secure the future of art on Cork Street.

Save Cork Street campaigners believe that the new premises will be too large for small, independent galleries and artists, meaning that the area would lose out on those galleries who have always been willing to take a risk on ‘up and coming’ artists.

Seven small galleries will be closed to make way for the redevelopment on Cork Street, which once counted Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, David Hockney and Sir Peter Blake as among its many high profile residents.

Source: West End Extra

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