Goldsmiths gallery appoints Sarah McCrory as Director
Sarah McCrory — curator of the art festival Glasgow international — has been appointed Director of the new contemporary art gallery that will open at Goldsmiths University in London in 2018.
Located at the heart of Goldsmith’s South London campus, the venue will host a world-class program of exhibitions, residencies and projects by leading contemporary artists. The space will be open to the public, and is expected to host its first exhibition in Spring 2018. Construction works are already underway on the 10,760-square-meter space, which will be situated between the campus’s Grade II-listed Laurie Grove Baths and its derelict Victorian water tanks. The gallery is being designed by architecture collective Assemble, who became the first “non-artist” to win the Turner Prize in 2015.
McCrory was formerly curator of Frieze Projects and FIlm, working with over 40 artists across three editions of the fair. She was co-curator of London’s Studio Voltaire and currently serves as curator at Monteverdi Gallery in Tuscany. McCrory was also on the selection panels for the British Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale and the 2014 Turner Prize. Speaking of her appointment, McCrory said: "I’m honoured and thrilled to be appointed Director of the new gallery at Goldsmiths. At a time when cuts and closures threaten our cultural institutions, the opening of a new gallery as part of a university with such a rich artistic history is an exciting and encouraging occasion.”
Richard Noble, head of Goldsmith’s Department of Art, commented: "We are confident Sarah will build Goldsmiths’ gallery into one of the most distinctive and influential contemporary art spaces in the UK.”