Westminster celebrates Ambika P3’s tenth anniversary
Art and Design 8 December 2017
Ambika P3, which was recently awarded ‘Best Exhibition Space’ at the Academic Venue Awards, is a 14,000 square ft space developed from the vast former concrete construction hall for the University of Westminster’s School of Engineering.
Built in the 1960s, it is a distinctive space for contemporary art and architecture which presents a public programme of solo and group exhibitions, education projects and talks and events involving the academic community from the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment and the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design.
Its size is unique for an exhibition space in crowded central London’s West End. Dedicated to innovation, experimentation and learning, Ambika P3 operates as a laboratory and meeting place for practitioners, industry and academia.
On Wednesday 6 December, the University of Westminster hosted a 10-year anniversary celebration and welcomed over 350 guests. The event included projections, musical performances from the London Contemporary Music Festival, which are still running until 10 December, as well as the launch of four printed and electronic catalogues, designed by Paul Khera and put together by Professor Katharine Heron and Ambika P3 Curator, Dr Michael Maziere, documenting all the past exhibitions, musical and film events, as well as student shows which took place at the venue.
Back on 6 June 2007, the first event held at Ambika P3 was a celebrative party organised by Ambika P3’s first sponsor, Sheppard Robson architects.
The venue started as a temporary provision and has then become, over ten years, one of the most exciting spaces on the London scene.
Professor Katharine Heron, Director of Ambika P3, said during the event: “I would like to thank the Chancellor, Lady Frances Sorrell, for her deep engagement in the world of design and education, recognising the value of the opportunities and understanding the point of using this previously disused space in this way.
“We are grateful to those who supported this idea initially – colleagues within the university including VCs and their executive board members, to successive faculty deans and our own management boards, all those who have worked behind the scenes as advocates for this project and all those who help both front and back of house.
“Particular thanks are due to Lord Paul and the Ambika Paul Foundation who provided the initial investment, and to Angad Paul who made that gift happen.”
Photo credit: Shang Alan Xin
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