The Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, and artists Jane & Louise Wilson were amongst those attending the re-launch of Delfina Foundation following a £1.4m redevelopment, making it London’s largest provider of artists’ residencies. Currently located in an Edwardian townhouse in Victoria, the Foundation has expanded into the adjacent building, doubling its residency and exhibition space. It will re-open to the public on Monday 20th January.
Ed Vaizey, Culture Minister, attending the launch event said: “The reopening of the Delfina Foundation is tremendous news for artists not just here in the UK, but from around the world. The collaborative and experimental processes championed by the Foundation has resulted in the brilliant pieces showcased in “The Politics of Food”, and I know the opportunities afforded by the newly expanded building will see the organisation go from strength to strength.”
The first exhibition in the new space, The Politics of Food, features a range of work by international artists including Tadasu Takamine, Zineb Zedira, Abbas Akhavan, and Candice Lin, who examine relationships between food and environmental, economic and social concerns, as well as notions of cooking and eating as performative acts.
Founded in 2007 by renowned arts patron Delfina Entrecanales CBE in 2007, Delfina Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to facilitating artistic exchange and developing creative practice through residencies, partnerships and public programming, with a special focus on international collaborations.
The foundation promotes cross-cultural dialogue and artistic experimentation. They create opportunities for emerging and established artists, curators and writers to reflect on what they do, position their practice within relevant global discourse, create career-defining research and commissions, and network with colleagues. The foundation forges international collaborations to build shared platforms to incubate, to present and to discuss common practices and themes.
Photo: © Tim Bowditch 2014