the foundry gallery
a space to explore relationships between art & architecture
OUR EXHIBITION PROGRAM:
The gallery since its conception has exhibited a wide range of work informed by contemporary artistic practice, across multi-disciplines. Each year we choose four artists to exhibit new artwork within the gallery space. Each artist has put forward a proposal for either a new body of work or a continuation and development of current work which fits the galleries remit of art work that explores the relationships between art and architecture. We work together with an artist over a period of approximately nine months in putting together an exhibition of their work giving them a supportive framework to explore their working practice. Above all, we support the making of new art.
Our gallery program also consists of us hiring out the gallery space which can be used for events or exhibitions by artists, gallerists and curators who are looking for a gallery space to rent in the heart of Chelsea, London.
This income enables us to continue working with the artists we support.
ABOUT LE LAY ARCHITECTS
The Foundry Gallery is the brainchild of Jason Slocombe and Jonathan Goode of Le Lay Architects who set up the gallery as a contemporary art space in the heart of London’s Chelsea and its distinct relationship with Le Lay Architects who reside downstairs from the gallery. The gallery forms the foundation of the practices own research into how architectural ideas are conceived and how people engage with buildings and structures.
Le Lay Architects are influenced by our work on historic buildings and this experience underpins our approach to contemporary design. Our research allows us to understand the culture and tradition of built form and how it is embedded within the fabric of the building. The principles of architectural stewardship are very much contemporary issues and form the basis of our approach to sustainability. We believe that the creative process is a reconciliation between opposites, a balance between forms. Our desire for modern design tempered by our love of the past. We strive to create architecture that is simple, elegant, ordered, and beautiful.
Elizabeth Goode has been the curator and gallery director of The Foundry Gallery for the past 5 years under which it has become an established gallery on the London Art Scene. Elizabeth comes from a practical fine art background with a degree from UCA and an MA from UAL, Camberwell. She previously worked as a lecturer in fine art for 7 years, using this experience she works closely with artists helping further develop their artwork for up to a year before their exhibition. This relationship builds the basis of the curatorial decisions she makes. Elizabeth has worked freelance for other galleries including Sim Smith Gallery in the research and project management of art projects and exhibitions. Her photographic work has been published in international newspapers, magazines and websites and she has written articles for Design Exchange Magazine.