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What we do


THE THEATRE OF BUILDINGS

We are currently developing our new programme for 2018. Drawing on our past programme working in disused buildings we will focus on installation, film, performance and talks. We will be inviting exciting London artists as well as exceptional region...
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NEWS


OUR STORY


24 Manchester Street, London W1U 4DJ (from December 2016)

Roaming ROOM is an art facility: we place contemporary art in dilapidated or unused buildings and invite artists to produce new works that act as creative antidotes, presenting projects that may not always be possible within commercial spaces.

We are inspired by a 'Fluxus' sensibility, collaborating with artists to instigate compelling imaginative experiments.

"Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether."
- Luis Buuel -

"I'm an artist because I want to be free" Laurie Anderson

OUR HISTORY

R O O M opened in Bristol in 2002 where it formed the annexe of a newly built custom made house.

After five years it moved and opened temporarily on Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, as FOUND Gallery.
In 2007 the name changed to R O O M London and it opened on Waterson st, Hoxton where it remained for for five years.
The initiative has now evolved and grown and Roaming ROOM opened its fourth Marylebone gallery space in December 2016.
Over the past five years we established a relationship with the Portman Estate, which enabled us to operate in different sites in Marylebone. This was a move away from conventional gallery spaces: the buildings are due for redevelopment, and therefore have a history, but are in a somewhat raw state.

Each space had been stripped of former domestic layers, to expose the interior architecture at its simplest, whilst retaining an idea of memory and atmosphere. Here we offered a challenge to artists to intervene or engage with the space, from architectural intervention, installation, film, and performance to other artistic disciplines.

Our last building was at 24 Manchester Street, London W1U 4DJ, near to the Wallace Collection. It was a four storey Georgian House.

Now we will move on to pastures new in other areas of London. This is an exciting move forward and a chance for us to expand and develop our creativity and skills. Roaming ROOM evolves and grows as time advances and we are stimulated by always working with new exciting artists and by changing our approach as contemporary art changes. We also have a group of artists who we continue to support and mentor.