Chelsea Futurespace was an exemplary collaboration between Chelsea College of Art and Design, Futurecity arts consultancy, and the property developer, St James Urban Living, part of the Berkeley group. It provided a showcase exhibiting space for the alumni and staff of Chelsea College of Art and Design set within St James’ Grosvenor Waterside development at Chelsea Bridge.
Chelsea Futurespace exhibitions included internationally esteemed artists alongside emerging talents associated with Chelsea College of Art and Design and were favourably reviewed in journals such as Blueprint magazine and Time Out, amongst others. Exhibitions have also included major new projects such as Layla Curtis’s Traceurs commissioned by Westminster City Council in association with Futurecity and shown as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2008 - a superb example of an arts institution, an arts consultancy, a property developer, a city council, and an artist working seamlessly together. This partnership, as well as the artwork produced, was of cultural significance.
Chelsea Futurespace was part of Futurecity’s, ‘cultural strategy’ for this prestigious residential development which also includes a permanent public work by Richard Wilson and artist Clare Wood’s etched metal facades for two buildings by Ken Shuttleworth’s MAKE architects - possibly the largest artwork in London. This cultural strategy was approved by Westminster City Council as part of the Section 106 planning consent for the Grosvenor Waterside Development.
The project ran from 2006-2013 under the Direction of Donald Smith, Director of Exhibitions, CHELSEA space. In its seven year history Smith oversaw 30 exhibitions culminating in the show Peter Blake: Four Decades which ended on 28th July 2013.