A gallery that provides an innovative forum for contemporary art.
History of the Saatchi Gallery
The Saatchi Gallery was founded in 1985 by Charles Saatchi to show work from a collection of contemporary art that comprises over 2000 paintings, sculptures and installations. Its aim is to introduce new art to a wider audience. The Saatchi Gallery has an international programme focusing on young British artists, and features exciting and innovative work by Jack and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas, Jenny Saville, Rachael Whiteread and many other artists who have gone on to receive international acclaim.
Location of the Saatchi Gallery
The Saatchi Gallery took 40,000sq.ft. at Country Hall and transformed GLC headquarters into a museum for new art.
Country Hall was selected for The Saatchi Gallery because of its prominence on the South Bank. It is an increasingly important centre for culture and entertainment in the capital. The Saatchi Gallery also believes that new British art is the most exciting in the world and needs a showcase.
The proximity of the London Eye, one of Europe's biggest tourist attractions was obviously another important consideration. However, the suitability of so many magnificent rooms with very high ceilings was paramount in selecting this venue to present contemporary art. The audience for contemporary art has increased widely during the last ten years as general awareness and interest in contemporary art has developed in Britain.
When The Saatchi Gallery first opened eighteen years ago it was only those people who had a dedicated interest in contemporary art who sought out The Saatchi Gallery to see innovative work by new artists. The audience however built steadily over the years, with overall attendance reaching over two million visitors. Over 750 schools and colleges from the UK and overseas have organised student visits to The Saatchi Gallery.
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