Author: Charlotte Bearn

Damien Hirst: New Public Gallery Planned for 2014

Damien Hirst, Britain’s most famous living artist, has announced plans to open his own public gallery in which to exhibit and house his personal collection of art.

Hirst, who is seemingly unavoidable in the media at present, due to his forthcoming Tate retrospective, unveiled his plans for a public gallery to be located in South London. The project, which is being developed to display his personal art collection, will open in 2014, the artist has said.

Damien Hirst: New Public Gallery Planned for 2014 | Image

Image Credits: © Damien Hirst/ Science Ltd, 2012 Photography Prudence Cuming Associates

The project has been years in the planning and is eagerly awaited. The space in Newport Street, Vauxhall, is "a place to show my collection of contemporary art", which reportedly includes more than 2,000 pieces. Hirst continues, “it feels bad having it all in crates. It's basically Bacon and beyond."

The gallery - designed by architects Caruso St John - will take up the whole of Newport Street, incorporating a conversion of a long terrace of three listed buildings, formerly used as theatre carpentry and scenery production workshops, flanked by two new buildings.

The space is being designed to include six galleries, a cafe/restaurant as well as office rooms for Hirst himself. The ground and upper floors of the listed buildings will be linked to allow the space to be used for both small and large exhibitions.

Hirst’s gallery follows in the freshly laid footsteps of White Cube, who recently opened their third space in Bermondsey, as well as Saatchi, of course, who opened the Saatchi Gallery in 1985 as a means to display his own collection to the public.

Hirst comments, "it's my Saatchi gallery, basically. Collecting is the way the world works, as a human being you go through life, you just collect… I always think collections are like a map of a man's life." Works on display are set to include some by Hirst as well as others including Banksy, Francis Bacon and US artist Jeff Koons.

Damien Hirst: New Public Gallery Planned for 2014 | Image

Tate Modern's Hirst retrospective will run from 4 April to 9 September and one of Hirst's most famous pieces - the £50m diamond-encrusted skull entitled For the Love of God, will be on display in the Turbine Hall from 4 April to 24 June.

If you are interested in Damien Hirst and would like further information of available works or to enquire about other works and artist’s we have in the gallery please call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com

art to arrive by christmas

Rise no.1 Art Print by Lisa Lloyd
Exclusive

Rise no.1

60 x 60cm

£150

60 x 60cm

£48

6 x 10 cm

RYCA £80

Blowing A Kiss

12 x 12cm

£80

12 x 12cm

United Colour of London Art Print by Jayson Lilley
Exclusive

£195

31 x 24cm

BALLOON DOG 7 Art Print by VeeBee
Exclusive
VeeBee £270

BALLOON DOG 7

21 x 29.7cm

£270

21 x 29.7cm

Love is the Drug - Pink Diamond Dust, 2020 Art Print by Ryan Callanan
Exclusive

£200

60 x 60cm

Tom Lewis £125

Stag

30 x 30 cm

£125

30 x 30 cm

Gorilla - Pink Foil

42 x 59.4cm

£195

42 x 59.4cm

Jungle Blooms 2 Small

32.5 x 32.5cm

£50

32.5 x 32.5cm

Not My First Rodeo (11th Edition) Art Print by Babak Ganjei
Exclusive

£135

50 x 70cm

Choco Happy Dog

12 x 6 x 12cm

£300

12 x 6 x 12cm

£150

50 x 70cm

£150

60 x 30 cm

Canary

40 x 50cm

£150

40 x 50cm

£50

50 x 70cm

£125

60 x 60 cm

Miss Travel UK

26 x 33 cm

£55

26 x 33 cm

I Love London

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

Snoopy Cube

40 x 40 cm

£195

40 x 40 cm

Sara Pope £150

Amped

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

£150

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

Oli Mumby £120

£120

59.4 x 42cm

Shark Tank (Neon Green and Pink) Art Print by Memori Prints
Exclusive

£85

52.7 x 38.7cm

You've Got the Love Art Print by Kid-B
Exclusive
Kid-B £65

£65

50 x 50cm

£195

51 x 24 cm

Honey Bee, 2020 Art Print by Dylan Floyd
Exclusive

Honey Bee, 2020

20 x 20cm

£35

20 x 20cm

Ellipsis - Remix, 2020 Art Print by Dan Hillier
Exclusive

£98

42 x 42 cm

Right Hand Red, 2020 Art Print by Static
Exclusive
Static £35

£35

20 x 20cm

chatbot-image