The Gas Board: Commission I
4 NOV 04 – 9 JAN 05
Launch of first billboard commission by Eileen Perrier
As part of the proposed 2003/04 redevelopments and refurbishments of 155, Vauxhall Street, Gasworks and art/architecture team Boehm and Lang have developed a street level display area that will act as a permanent billboard on the front of the building. This feature entitled The Gas Board has been integrated into the front door design and will be used as a space for artists' commissions that will see high quality, new, innovative and experimental work being produced by four artists per year in collaboration with four local groups. The Gas Board project will be an exciting addition to Gasworks exhibition programme and it is hoped that due to the very public presence of the commissioned work, Gasworks will be able to attract passers by as well as specially targeted audiences.
The first of the selected artist for the billboard commission is Eileen Perrier.
For the first Gas Board commission which will coincide with the re-launch of the building, Perrier has photographed local residents in the gallery during the refurbishment.
Eileen was keen to invite people in so that they could see the building stripped bare and under construction and then come back to see the finished result!
The photographic shoots took place on 3rd and 4th of April and 47 local residents took part. The images will be printed by Eileen and distributed to the participants and will be displayed on The Gas Board throughout the first two months of Gasworks re-opening.
Three of the images will be selected by Eileen and distributed to Gasworks' mailing list during Mid-May.